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April 2014 Archives

Immigration legislation may be passed this year after all

The issue of immigration reform has been the topic of many political debates over the past year, both in Louisiana and throughout the nation. The issue was so divisive that many had given up on the possibility of passing immigration legislation in 2014. However, all hope is not lost. Speaker of the House John Boehner announced last month that he was determined to handle the issue this year. Other Republicans of the House, such as Representative Bob Goodlatte, agree that it is possible for action to occur before the year ends. Goodlatte may have indicated that reform in 2014 was possible by preparing to vote on several related bills this summer.

Increase in employment visas a good thing for Louisiana?

The number of foreign workers coming to the United States for employment immigration seems to be on the rise and it looks like this number will only go up as the years go by. Each year, companies send in applications for H-1B visas with the hope of employing these highly qualified foreign workers. Citizenship and Immigration Services has reported that over 170,000 applications have been sent in this year, but only 85,000 were accepted.

The positives of immigration reform

Over the last few years, immigration reform has become a hot-button issue for politicians as well as Louisiana residents. The opposition to immigration reform can be loud at times, but it is important for people to be aware of all the positives of immigration in general. Being aware of these things will encourage improvements to US immigration law and help undocumented immigrants get on the path to citizenship.

Immigrant father released from Louisiana detention center

Immigrants who are not yet U.S. citizens face the risk of being deported, especially if they are found guilty of a criminal charge. One young girl's fight to save her father from deportation has captured national attention. The girl's father, a Mexican immigrant, was charged with drunk driving late last year and spent six months in jail. Once he served his sentence, he was held in a Louisiana detention facility by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. He was required to stay there until he could appear before a judge for removal proceedings.