Many undocumented immigrants who reside in Louisiana struggle to get their affairs in order because there often is no clear path to citizenship. Part of the problem is that many people are allowed to live, study, or work in the U.S. for a set period of time, but their futures remain unclear. Many live under a constant threat of deportation, amidst much confusion about temporary and permanent immigration options.
The U.S. Supreme Court will be hearing a case that may affect the ability of immigrants to legally enter into our country. Mayorkas v. Cuellar de Osorio involves the application for a 1998 visa by a woman from El Salvador and her 13-year old son who wished to join the woman's mother in the United States. While the application for the visa was approved, it did not actually become available until 2005.
There were 214,700 homes damaged in the New Orleans area during Hurricane Katrina. It is said that one quarter of the reconstruction workforce following this storm in the New Orleans area was conducted by undocumented immigrants. These individuals assisted thousands of homeowners in the area under less than ideal circumstances.
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