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Families seeking asylum under immigration law are being separated

Every year, many people come to the United States seeking asylum. Families flee their countries of origin in order to escape atrocities and find safety and freedom. However, when they arrive, whether it be in New Orleans or elsewhere, they could end up separated from their family members. Officials take children from their parents and put them into separate detention centers. Immigration law officials claim the separation is necessary in order to verify parentage and ascertain whether the children are victims of trafficking.

Supreme Court: Immigration law does not include bond hearings

The threat to the freedoms of those here in New Orleans and across the country who are not U.S. citizens seems to increase almost on a daily basis. Hundreds of people find themselves in detention centers as they await the government's decision as to whether they can remain in the country. Some of them spend a significant amount of time in those detention centers without the benefit of a hearing, which some believe to be a violation of their rights under immigration law.

Immigration law news: ICE arrests up last year

People residing here in New Orleans and throughout the country after entering the United States without proper immigration paperwork have much to fear right now. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents search for those without proper documentation and target them for deportation. Under immigration law, ICE can deputize local law enforcement agents to help them in these endeavors.

What proposed changes in immigration law could mean for America

The United States was built on the blood, sweat and tears of those who risked everything to come here. It may be hard to believe that immigration law as we know it only came about around 1965. Since then, many more people have entered this country and prospered, many of them here in New Orleans. The proposed changes to the current system could have prevented around 57 percent of those who entered the country since that time and 2016 from entering the country.

Immigration law changes may move toward merit-based system

Immigration is an important facet in the lives of many people, including many in Louisiana. They likely came to the United States in hopes of obtaining better lives for themselves and for their children than they faced in their countries of origin. However, due to immigration law changes, they may now fear that their new lives will be substantially disrupted, especially if they face deportation.

Immigration law: Did Motel 6 overstep its bounds?

One of the greatest advantages of living in the United States is freedom of movement. One can travel from New Orleans to anywhere in the country without worrying about border crossings from state to state and without being on the government's "radar" as is often the case in many other countries. That is, unless it involves a stay at certain Motel 6 locations that seem to be taking immigration law into their own hands. The question is whether the motel chain violated certain guests' civil rights.

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.

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.

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.

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.