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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.

For those who relied on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) in order to remain in the United States, what Congress and the Senate do in the coming months will determine their fates. As the country waits to see what will happen, those whose time is running out may be scrambling to find another way to remain in the country. In the meantime, the administration has expressed its intention to put pressure on employers when it comes to workers who are in the country without the proper documentation.

Another issue to watch in 2018 is the fate of sanctuary cities. Many courts have already blocked the federal government from taking federal funding from these cities, but many more cases are still in the court system. One issue that the courts did make a ruling on is the ban of travel to the United States by people from certain countries. Meanwhile, the administration continues to push plans to construct a physical wall between the borders of the United States and Mexico.

Immigrants here in New Orleans and across the country will be watching these issues in the coming months. Immigration law lawyers will be as well. As the legislators do their work, it will more than likely affect how these attorneys help their clients. Whether immigrant or attorney, keeping an eye on these and any other issues that could arise this year will help figure out how to best achieve the right to remain in the country.

Source: npr.org, "5 Immigration Stories To Watch In 2018," Joel Rose, Dec. 29, 2017

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