The shutdown of the federal government has affected the lives of many people in Kentucky and across the United States. This includes not just residents who work for the federal government and those in need of services performed by federal agencies, but also immigrants seeking U.S. permanent residency.
When an immigrant in Kentucky or elsewhere decides they wish to stay in the country permanently, they will need to apply to become a permanent resident. U.S. Permanent residency is a privilege, and as such, bestows upon a person both rights and responsibilities. It is one step on the road to one day becoming a U.S. citizen.
The most recent federal government shutdown that began just before Christmas 2018 has had a major effect on many individuals in the nation, including some in Kentucky. The fact that many federal employees aren't being paid has been given a lot of attention in the news. However, another sector of people -- migrants awaiting a hearing on their immigration status -- are also being impacted by the government shutdown.
No matter the circumstances that placed you at risk for removal, you are likely afraid and confused. Deportation may mean leaving behind loved ones, perhaps even your own children, and returning to a country you may not have seen for many years. In recent months, those who once felt safe from removal now live in fear, and those who lived in fear may now be in trouble.