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Can immigrants post bail when they're in a detention center?

Citizens who get arrested in the United States can often post bail in order to get out of jail. They then have to return for a court date, but they can spend the time waiting at home, rather than behind bars. This is a very common practice for most non-violent crimes.

Is the same true for immigrants who get detained? Can they also post bail and get out of the detainment centers?

Does the U.S. still lead the world in refugee resettlement?

For decades, the United States has led the world in refugee resettlement. In 2016, for instance, a total of 97,000 refugees arrived in America from numerous countries. These refugees were often escaping persecution, war, famine and other life-threatening issues in their countries of origin.

Things have changed drastically in the last few years, though, as the U.S. has slashed the number of refugees allowed in the country. In 2017, statistics show that the U.S. only allowed 33,000 refugees to arrive. Graphs show an unprecedented drop in such a short time -- though it is worth noting that other countries, like Australia and Canada, also saw significant drops around the same time.

After toddler passes away, mother sues detention center

In a heartbreaking testimony, a young mother explained why she is suing a detention facility after her toddler passed away.

The young girl was not even 2 years old when she died. She was in the care of a private prison company, which was tasked with running the detention center for immigrants. The company has multiple detainment centers and also runs prisons.

Applying for an H-1B visa isn't a slam dunk anymore

U.S. employers have historically hired foreign workers to fill their specialty roles. They've applied for H-1B visas on their behalf to get them here. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is reportedly making it increasingly harder for them to do this though.

American companies seeking these visas for their workers are receiving increased pushback from USCIS when they apply for H-1B visas on behalf of their prospective employees. They're being asked to prove that their new workers will have enough to do while they're living here in the United States. If they can't do this, then their requests are being denied.

New fast-track deportation rule goes into effect

The Trump administration is broadly expanding its power to deport undocumented immigrants. This new strategy allows immigration officials to deport immigrants within two years of illegal entry without court hearings. Officials claim this is necessary due to the influx of immigrants at the U.S.-Mexico border. 

This fast-track deportation process takes the hardline immigration positions of the Trump administration to new levels. The expedited removal process is no longer only applicable to migrants who get caught within 100 miles of border within two weeks of entry. Now, immigrants who illegally enter the U.S. may face quick removal for up to two years, no matter their location within the country. The two-year time limit comes from a 1996 federal law authorizing the fast-track removal process. Approximately 300,000 of the 11 million unauthorized immigrants may be subject to this new removal method. 

False alarm on ICE raids has benefited immigrants

On July 12, 2019, the government did something unusual: It announced that mass raids conducted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers were about to take place over the weekend.

Most of the time, the government doesn't publicize such raids in advance. Doing so could, after all, hinder the effectiveness of the raids by warning immigrants without documentation or with expired paperwork to stay in hiding.

What qualifications must you have for an EB-1 employment visa?

Under U.S. immigration law, about 140,000 employment-based immigrant visas become available to qualified applicants each fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1.

According to the U.S. State Department, employment-based visas are divided into five categories. One of those categories is Employment First Preference, which concerns applicants who are determined to have "extraordinary abilities" and can lead to the granting of an EB-1 visa.

Immigrant children held in very poor conditions

It's hard to be a child as your parents attempt to immigrate to the United States. Just how hard has recently been exposed, though, even for children who wind up in the custody of the U.S. government. Reports claim that they are being held in very poor conditions in many cases.

One professional has been working with these children and touring the facilities, and she painted a very clear picture of just how bad things had gotten. The Columbia Law School professor claimed that she was appalled by the conditions she saw. She said that she had spent about a dozen years working with children who were being held by the government, but she had never before seen this level of inhumanity and degradation.

3 issues that commonly lead to green card denials

Many noncitizen New Orleans area residents face challenges while trying to gain the right to become a permanent resident of the country. Some of them are aware that they need to apply for a green card. In order for them to qualify for a green card or permanent residence, they must supply information and documentation to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services Agency and wait for a decision. 

Approval for a green card is not automatic. There are many reasons that green card applicants receive denials. Here are a few common issues that can waylay green card applicants and cause delays or outright denials with petitions to become permanent residents of the United States. 

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