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January 2018 Archives

Congress agrees to make immigration law changes by Feb. 8

Many here in New Orleans watched with interest as Congress attempted to keep the government open on Friday, Jan. 19 and through the weekend that followed. The government did shut down for approximately three days when immigration law issues failed to be addressed as part of the proceedings to pass a spending bill. Now that Congress has come to a short-term agreement to keep the government open, lawmakers gave themselves until Feb. 8 to address the fate of hundreds of thousands of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals participants.

Obtaining family visas could become problematic

It would be a challenge to find anyone in New Orleans who is not already aware of the immigration law changes taking place here in the United States. More than likely, the administration will push for even more changes this year. One area where significant changes could be on the horizon is in family visas.

U.S. Attorney General questions use of immigration law by judges

In 2017, the status of hundreds of thousands of people living in the United States, including many here in New Orleans, were put in jeopardy. Now, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has some questions for immigration judges. Over the last few years, those judges have used immigration law to administratively close hundreds of thousands of cases.

DACA renewals now being accepted

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program has opened up for renewals once again, following a judge’s decision blocking the termination of the program.

Immigration law: What to keep your eye on in the new year

In 2017, many New Orleans residents who are not United States citizens had their worlds turned upside down. Changes in immigration law came at a fast rate, and many issues still need resolving. Now that a new year has begun, they may want to keep their eyes on certain issues that could mean significant changes in their lives.

Temporary Protected Status program suffers under Trump

Immigrants come to America for numerous reasons, but sometimes they feel forced to leave by conditions in their home country. While political instability has brought refugees to the U.S., natural disasters have historically demolished countries to the point that recovery takes decades.

Be wary of immigration law scams

Without a doubt, these are uncertain times for New Orleans residents who are not U.S. citizens. In their desperation, they may turn to anyone who makes promises of being able to legally remain in the country. However, if it sounds too good to be true, it just may be an immigration law scam.