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Woman suffered miscarriage in immigration detention center

U.S. immigration law instructs ICE officials to detain pregnant women in Louisiana and elsewhere who have not yet entered their third trimesters if their paperwork is not in order when they cross U.S. borders. A 23-year-old woman was approximately four months pregnant when she was detained. Sadly, she suffered a miscarriage in an immigration detention center, which she says happened because officials denied her request for emergency medical attention. 

Executive order impacts immigration detention in Louisiana

Many Louisiana residents, especially those who are immigrants or have family members who are, may be glad to know that President Donald Trump recently signed an executive order whose stated purpose is to end a practice most people (regardless of political party) found morally reprehensible. In the past, children accompanying their parents across U.S. borders were separated from the adults while awaiting adjudication of asylum requests. In fact, more than 2,000 children were separated from accompanying adults when those adults were placed in immigration detention centers for entering the United States without proper documentation.  

Getting sick in an immigration detention center can be deadly

There may be immigrants in Louisiana who will wind up being taken into Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody at some point. Perhaps a traffic stop will lead to a particular detainment or ICE officers will go to a residence, specifically seeking a particular member of the household. Things like this happen every day, and many immigrants say they live in fear that it will happen to them or their loved ones. Recent news suggests that immigration detention centers are dangerous places to be, especially if a detainee becomes ill.  

Father of 2 being held in immigration detention

There are several options for seeking adjustment of legal status under U.S. immigration law. Many Louisiana residents apply for green cards when they marry U.S. citizens. That's what a man in another state did; yet, he recently wound up in an immigration detention center after being taken into custody at a military base in his local community.  

Advocates say immigration detention problems are rampant

Any number of issues could lead to an arrest by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers in Louisiana. Immigration detention centers are full of people who have been taken into custody, sometimes following incidents at a U.S. border, other times while awaiting hearings regarding possible deportation. Many immigrant advocates say there are major problems in some of these facilities, especially those on the West Coast.  

Teenager tries to secure step-dad's immigration detention release

A 15-year-old boy in another state recently had a less-than-typical school day. The day began rather uneventfully; in fact, he got up at his usual early-morning time to go to school to lift weights with his football teammates as many Louisiana high school students also do. Sometime during third period, however, he received news that caused him to worry. His stepfather worked a local concrete company that was reportedly the subject of a federal raid at that time, leaving his stepdad and many co-workers at risk for immigration detention.  

Problematic issues in many immigration detention centers

Louisiana and most other states include residents whose immigration paperwork was not up to par when they entered the United States. Some undocumented immigrants have only just arrived, perhaps weeks, days or even hours ago. Others have been living here for decades. Some wind up behind bars in immigration detention centers.  

Activists call foul play in immigration detention dispute

Many immigrant advocates in Louisiana and throughout the nation are speaking out regarding a recent situation that they say is evidence that the U.S. government is unfairly targeting certain groups of people for possible deportation. One man, who happens to be news reporter, was locked up in an Immigration and Customs Enforcement center in this state following another incident where he was arrested and then released after charges against him were dismissed. Instead of setting him free, his jailers handed him over to ICE officials, who then took him to an immigration detention facility in this state.  

Change in immigration detention policy angers advocates

Immigrant advocates in Louisiana may be among others in the nation who recently expressed anger and frustration over the new ICE policies. The immigration detention situation has brought many immigrant advocates forward to say they believe recent changes are unfair to pregnant women. In the past three months, more than 500 expectant mothers have navigated the immigration detention process.  

Men say their immigration detention is unjust; they want U visas

Years ago, two men entered the United States from Mexico. Later, they were convicted of murder after confessing to the killings of two people. However, they adamantly claimed that their confessions were forced through physical abuse and torture from investigators. The situation took a drastic turn recently when, after spending years behind bars, the men were released from prison and hope to avoid deportation. Some Louisiana residents may currently be facing similar immigration detention issues.

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