The federal government is reportedly planning to launch a new initiative that may affect Louisiana residents who have immigrant family members. U.S. immigration law is complex and often changes, so it is difficult to stay updated on new laws, policies and initiatives, even if one is well-versed in immigration issues. The new regulation would require people who are detained after entering the United States between official points of entry to submit DNA samples. It is meant to apply to anyone who enters the country without proper immigration documentation.
The news is doing a pretty good job of painting a grim picture when it comes to immigration. Some people in Louisiana might think that everyone hoping to come to the United States is facing unimaginable barriers. Even though U.S. immigration law can be complicated, this is not true. For example, immigrants from Africa are now the fastest growing population of immigrants.
The cost of health care in the United States can be quite steep. Even with insurance, many patients struggle to pay both monthly premiums and medical bills from seeing the doctor. Still, most people can receive excellent care across the country. A recent change to U.S. immigration law could make some of that care inaccessible by barring certain individuals from obtaining visas or even entering the country.
Applying for asylum can be a matter of life or death. That's why a person may feel very worried when waiting for a decision. However, decisions can be a lot more complicated than just a "yes" or "no." According to U.S. immigration law, a person living in Louisiana could receive a number of different decisions. Here are just some of the possible results.
It would be nice if the immigration process were quicker and less confusing, but it is often a long journey with many different kinds of obstacles. Because of this, navigating U.S. immigration law is a lot harder than it may seem at first. Some of the following tips may be helpful for Louisiana immigrants who are struggling with the process.
Immigrants in Louisiana probably feel like this is an extremely uncertain period of time. U.S. immigration law is rapidly changing, and new policies that affect specific programs can be very confusing. What might be even more confusing is when policy changes are suddenly reversed, and those affected by these ongoing changes and reversals are not sure of where they stand.
Foreign nationals who need specialized medical care sometimes seek treatment in the United States, but these individuals sometimes receive orders for removal or need care beyond the time limits of their visas. According to U.S. immigration law, immigrants living in Louisiana and elsewhere who have serious medical conditions can apply for deferrals. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service -- USCIS -- used to be the agency that considered the deferrals. Now, Immigration and Customs Enforcement will be in charge of making those decisions.
The average person may spend months or even years looking forward to the end of his or her immigration case. Unfortunately, it is not always a satisfactory end, and a person may receive a decision that is not favorable. Under U.S. immigration law, a person may have a right to appeal that decision.
Most people already know that there are federal laws governing the immigration process in the United States. However, states also enforce their own laws on a variety of matters, including requirements for employment, driver's licenses and more. For certain matters, immigrants should be sure to adhere to Louisiana state law. However, when state law may seem at odds with federal immigration law, federal law typically controls.
Expedited removal is a process by which an immigrant without documentation of proper legal status can be detained and removed from the country without a hearing. In the past, the expedited removal was relatively limited. A new policy for U.S. immigration law expands how agents with Immigration and Customs Enforcement -- ICE -- can apply the policy both in Louisiana and the rest of the United States.