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Trump's border wall plans move ahead: What it means for Louisiana

On Feb. 15, President Donald Trump made the decision to declare a national emergency as he promised he would would do if Democrats failed to pony up the money necessary for him to get his border wall built. Now that he's declared an emergency, it has left many Louisiana lawmakers wondering whether funding for some of their important pet projects in New Orleans will be withdrawn.

Of particular concern to Louisiana senators is whether the $1.4 billion that was committed to the state as part of a flood protection disaster fund will be recinded so Trump can build his wall.

When can the U.S. government order an alien to be removed?

We hear a lot these days about deportation, but just what is it and who can be deported? Deportation, which also is known as removal, happens when an immigrant is detained and shipped out of the country. The alien can be deported for violating a criminal or immigration law. Once returned to their home country, the deported person might not ever be able to come back to the United States, even just for a short visit. But before anyone can be removed, they can challenge the government's order.

When can an alien in the country be flagged for deportation? That can happen for any number of reasons. These are just a few of the reasons the government can order deportation if the alien:

  • Was ineligible to enter the country at the time they entered.
  • Is violating the Immigration and Nationality Act by being in the country.
  • Helped an alien to illegally enter the United States.
  • Married fraudulently to gain entrance to the country.
  • Was convicted of a specified criminal offense.
  • Voted illegally.

Immigration sting a pall over international student visa program

Recent reports detail a sting operation that was set up by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Its target was those involved in an immigrant student visa scam, and the consequences might have a chilling effect for international students seeking to enroll in educational programs all over the country.

As one immigration attorney in another state commented when the sting was revealed, it could "cause further decrease in international students choosing the U.S. . . . to continue their education[s]." Instead, she opined, they might choose countries that "don't set up sting operations with fake universities and say, 'Gotcha.'"

Changing employment during your visa application

Many people and families come to the United States for better opportunities, education or lives in general. For those seeking to stay here permanently, obtaining an employment visa is a common way to accomplish this.

However, the process of obtaining a visa can be long, and over time, things may change. If you have begun your visa application and are considering changing jobs, there are a few important things you should know.

No action on DACA, but get renewals in quickly

If you are a recipient of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, this week's decision by the U.S. Supreme Court bought you a little extra time. The land's highest court declined to take any action on the present administration's petition to abolish the DACA program for the participants known as "Dreamers."

That leaves in place the lower court's ruling prohibiting the administration from dismantling the program. However, the deputy executive director for United We Dream, a group that advocates for young immigrants who have no permanent legal status to remain in the United States, urges Dreamers not to become complacent.

Report: More immigrant children were taken from their parents

When the current administration began allowing officials to separate immigrant children from their families back in early 2018, it caused an uproar. People could not believe that young kids were being taken away from their parents.

However, what many people don't know is that officials were allegedly already doing this for roughly a year before the official policy went into place. A new report, which does not give specific numbers, says that parents saw thousands of children taken away from them.

The types of jobs widely available to immigrants

If you're interested in employment-based immigration -- perhaps you're thinking of coming to the United States yourself or maybe you're already here on a work visa and you want to know how to extend your stay -- you may find yourself wondering what jobs immigrants tend to seek.

Naturally, the answer depends on the person. Some immigrants come into advanced medical and technology fields. They're usually already experts in these fields already, and they want to work with cutting-edge American companies. Others come to start their own businesses, knowing that a model that has worked for them elsewhere can work in the United States.

Migrant child dies while in federal custody

Over the past few months, the immigration debate has reached a fever pitch. The federal government has made its intentions known when it comes to handling people crossing the Mexico-United States border illegally.

One of the rising scenes at the border over the past few months is children. A number of families are taking big chances, crossing over with their small children in tow. Why are families choosing to do this in such large numbers, even after the United States has begun cracking down?

What is on a United States citizenship test?

You want to immigrate to the United States with the eventual goal of becoming a citizen. You know that means you'll have to take a citizenship test at some point, and you're planning ahead. What is on that test and what do you need to know?

There are two main parts to the test: Civics and English.

Can immigrants be detained indefinitely?

One of the hardest parts about being detained as an immigrant, or about having a loved one detained, is not knowing when it is going to end. You may feel like there is no light at the end of the tunnel, and it can feel frustrating and depressing.

Is it possible for the authorities to hold people indefinitely, or should you know when it's going to be over?

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