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Deportation and Removal Archives

Deportation and removal raid scrapped citing hurricanes

Immigrants in Kentucky and nationwide come to the United States to seek a brighter future, to be reunited with loved ones or to escape danger in their homeland. However, the road toward citizenship is not always easy, and sometimes an immigrant faces the threat of deportation.

'Dreamers' may have deportation concerns if Trump ends DACA

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program protects young people known as "Dreamers," who came to America illegally before age 16 and have been living in the country for a certain amount of time and have not done anything illegal. DACA has allowed almost 800,000 young immigrants to avoid being deported and gave them the chance to find lawful work through a two-year work permit, which could be renewed. Many of these immigrants came to America when they were so young, that they have no memory of their birth country.

Could new Justice Department memo mean more deportations?

When it comes to immigration cases, sometimes the time an attorney has between meeting their client and the immigration hearing is so short, that they do not have enough time to prepare their case. In the past, when this happened an attorney might ask for a continuance. However, Louisville residents may be concerned to hear that the Justice Department, under orders from the Trump Administration, has asked immigration judges to grant fewer continuances.

Dealing with immigration issues here and now

Louisville is not officially labeled as a so-called “sanctuary city.” The mayor is on record, though, as saying that the city is welcoming to immigrants. He also says the city isn’t making arrests of individuals who are in violation of immigration law. That continues to put the onus on each individual seeking to comply with immigration laws and protect his or her rights.

A pardon isn't enough to prevent deportation after minor offense

An El Salvadoran mother of two was deported recently, despite significant efforts being made on her behalf by an advocacy group and her state's governor. Now, her family has been broken up.

Law-abiding undocumented immigrants still face deportation risks

The immigration system in the United States is ripe for reform. Is there anyone in Kentucky or any other state who would disagree with that view? Probably not. The problem, as has been so clearly in evidence for decades, is that no one seems to agree on what shape reform should take. Meantime, as leaders in Washington engage in a policy tug of war, people get snared in the rope.

The dilemma of being undocumented and a domestic abuse victim

Being in the U.S. without proper legal documents has always made for an uncertain life. In the current social and political environment, efforts to find a viable route to asylum and avoid removal have become even more difficult.

What happens if my R-1 Visa status changes?

These are uncertain times for any foreign-born person in the United States or trying to get in. As we noted in a post earlier this year, there are many reasons someone might be entering the U.S. and specifically coming to Kentucky. These can include such things as working for a local religious denomination – perhaps as an educator at a seminary or as a minister at a church.

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