In the past, immigration authorities often gave people a chance to regularize their immigrant status when faced with a deportation order. This was especially true when the order was old and the immigrant had a good chance of qualifying for legal status. For example, old deportation orders were often lifted when the immigrant was married to a U.S. citizen, as long as that marriage was validated by immigration authorities.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has just released a formal policy on when it will send immigration agents into local, state and federal courthouses in order to make arrests.
The Department of Homeland Security's Inspector General's Office has just issued a report about immigrant detention centers. It found "significant issues" in four centers, including insufficient hygiene and medical care, potentially unsafe food, and inhumane treatment.
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.
Many illegal immigrants in the United States face a fear of being deported despite their contributions to the country. Fortunately, many of them are able to avoid deportation through available actions. This has proven to benefit immigrants in Louisiana and all across the nation.