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The do's and don'ts of an immigration interview

Receiving a notice from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) that you will need to go through an immigration interview is stressful and worrisome. You likely will start wondering what it is you've done wrong to result in an interview or if you filed the wrong paperwork to be in the country. Either way, let's take a look at the do's and don'ts of the immigration interview.

How do I handle deportation in Louisiana?

There are various reasons why someone might be slated for deportation in New Orleans. One of the most common reasons is that their visa to work, study or visit has expired and it was never renewed. If you are headed for deportation and it's the first time you are experiencing this situation, you are likely worried and scared. So, how do you handle deportation?

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.

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.

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.

Are immigrant families being separated unlawfully?

An Illinois senator has accused the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) of separating immigrant families unlawfully. A coalition of Democrats has requested an investigation into whether families in immigration custody are being unlawfully separated from their children. At this time, it's unclear if the senator's claims are true, but there have been some reported incidents of this happening.

Advice for those arrested by immigration officials

Nearly all undocumented immigrants in the United States are ethical and otherwise law-abiding individuals. They just happen to be here in the United States without proper documentation. For this reason, they are branded "illegal" immigrants, and they could be arrested.

White House policy changes lead to increased deportation risk

Early in the current presidential administration, the White House issued executive orders to expand the types of immigrants prioritized for deportation. The Trump White House has also scaled back on the use of "administrative closure," which was a way of putting immigration cases on pause in order to focus on those immigrants prioritized for deportation -- such as immigrants who had been accused of violent crimes.

Caregiver of paraplegic boy deported by authorities

An unfortunate immigration case in Cincinnati highlights the reasons why immigrants need to take their legal status seriously in the United States. A 27-year-old man who has been helping to financially support and provide care to his 6-year-old paraplegic stepson was recently deported. Now, the boy will not be able to receive the care his stepfather once generously gave.

Was your loved one detained by immigration police?

In a perfect world, the United States would be more open to allowing the family members of immigrants to legally come to the country so that they can be together again. While there are some programs that help family members of immigrants legally enter and live in the United States, they do not apply to everyone. Also, some people don't know about these programs and they end up living in the United States without authorization.

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