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Housing immigrants in US detention facilities costs $1 billion

During the past few weeks, the main story dominating the news has been the plight of nearly 12,000 immigrant minors held by federal officials in as many as 90 facilities across 15 different states. These children, who range anywhere from a few months old on up to 17, are being held separately from their parents who are awaiting immigration hearings.

If you've wondered how the United States government can afford to house and feed these detainees, it's because doing so has easily become $1 billion industry. Funding for immigration detention facilities increased 10 times during the last decade. In 2007, Health and Human Services (HHS) issued $74.5 million in grants to companies looking to operate these types of facilities. In 2017, they spent $958 million.

How to acquire a temporary work visa

If you need to travel to the United States for work, you will be required to acquire a temporary work visa. This is an important legal document that provides you temporary access to the country. That's why you need to apply for the temporary work visa well before you are scheduled to visit New Orleans so you don't wind up missing the project timeframe.

A person who needs to enter the country for work alone obtains a visa that is not considered permanent or indefinite. That's why it is known as a temporary work visa. The visa will last only for a fixed period of time and once it expires, you are required to leave the country immediately.

Fear of deportation can emotionally cripple families

Families come to America in hopes of finding a better life. Others immigrate to Louisiana and elsewhere before having children. As you are aware, it can be difficult for undocumented immigrants to earn the legal right to stay in the United States. The problem becomes more concerning when parents and children worry that officials will separate them from each other.

Over the past years, you and other undocumented immigrants may not have had much concern about deportation as long as you stayed under the radar and obeyed the law. Immigration authorities were mainly concerned about detaining undocumented immigrants who posed problems, such as the following situations:

  • Those who had received a criminal charge or conviction
  • Immigrants who posed a public safety or national security risk
  • Those who allegedly committed acts that could result in a criminal offense charge

Possible defenses to deportation in New Orleans

When you or a loved one faces deportation in the United States, it can be a stressful and harrowing experience. You likely don't understand why you are being deported. You might also think that the deportation is not justified. Either way, you need to mount a defense immediately so you can prolong your stay in New Orleans. Here are some possible defenses to deportation that you might be able to use in your situation.

If you have been charged with deportation, one of the most common ways to defend against it is to request a motion to terminate. This means you will be asking a court to terminate the motion for deportation. This is best done when the charges listed on the Notice to Appear document are not correct.

How to seek asylum in the United States

Thousands of people come to the country each year seeking protection from discrimination in their country of residence. This discrimination can be religious, sexual, related to race, nationality, political affiliation and belonging to a particular social group. Seeking asylum in the United States can lead to you being allowed to remain in the country permanently. You need to follow the rules outlined in this post in order to legally seek asylum.

It costs you nothing to apply for asylum in the country. You need to complete your application for asylum within one year of arriving in the country. The form required for asylum is Form I-589. This is known as the Application for Asylum and for Withholding of Removal.

Looking at marriage fraud in the United States

Marriage fraud continues to be a problem in the United States even though there are laws in place that make it illegal. Some people will marry simply to obtain a green card so they can either enter the country or remain in the country in New Orleans. Let's take a look at marriage fraud and the law that governs this crime in today's post.

Marriage fraud occurs when two people marry for the reason of keeping one of the spouses in the country permanently. They don't intend to live together, have children or even support each other. When legal residents marry people who are residents of other countries they must prove to immigration that their marriage is real.

Jobs that require an H-1B visa

Working in the United States as a residence of another country requires documentation. You cannot simply enter the country and expect to be allowed in to work a job, even if it is legitimate employment in New Orleans, Louisiana. Let's take a look at some of the jobs that might require, or have typically required, an H-1B visa in order for the subject to hold employment in the United States.

The H-1B visa is typically for people who are working in tech-related jobs. But, that doesn't mean someone can't acquire this visa for another type of job in Louisiana. Many of the jobs that require this visa to work in the country also require a degree in the same field of study. You need to check the job posting thoroughly to see what type of requirements are needed, including a degree to make sure you qualify for the position.

Understanding permanent employment-based immigration

If you count yourself among those considering relocating to Louisiana or another part of the country for work purposes, you may be hoping to do so by obtaining an employment-based visa. The nature of the job and the length of time you plan to stay in the country are among the factors that will determine what type of visa might be appropriate for your needs. Additionally, your chances of being able to obtain an employment-based visa may increase alongside your level of expertise within your field.

If you wish to live and work in the United States on a permanent basis, you must first establish permanent residency.

What to expect if detained by immigration

It can be a scary situation when you or a loved one is detained by immigration in New Orleans. You just don't know what might happen after being detained. You might wind up getting deported or you could be released. It's a situation that needs to be handled by someone with experience in immigration law. Here's what you should expect if you are ever detained by immigration.

Most who are detained by immigration are detained because they have violated immigration law. The most common immigration law violations include criminal convictions, entering the United States illegally and violating or overstaying a visa. When Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), discovers that you have violated a section of immigration law, you will be detained by one or more of their agents.

Push for immigration law changes put on temporary hold

We've heard a lot of talk about proposed changes to immigration laws in recent years -- and especially over the last few days. It appeared that certain politicians in Congress were going to push forward with their agenda to make immigration rules stricter. However, last Thursday lawmakers left Washington to have a week-long recess and the push for immigration reform was put on a temporary hold.

Prominent Democrats and Republicans are hoping to negotiate toward some kind of agreement during the recess period. So far, a proposed immigration reform measure has 213 out of the 218 signatures it requires to move forward with a vote next month. That means only five more lawmakers need to be swayed for the immigration reform bill to move forward.


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