The men and women who serve in the United States military dedicate their lives to ensuring that the rest of their compatriots are safe and secure. Throughout Kentucky countless individuals have left their families to travel great distances in an effort to protect the nation and its people. What readers may not know is that not all of those who have served have been citizens of this country.
Sometimes mistakes are made, and a non-citizen in Kentucky or elsewhere in the nation commits a crime. However, particularly if the crime they are convicted of is a felony (or even certain misdemeanors), the consequences could go far beyond the fines and jail time that citizens would expect -- the person may face deportation and removal. Whether this happens depends on the person's status, what crime was committed and the specific facts of the person's case.
Undocumented immigrants in Kentucky and elsewhere are at constant risk of being caught and deported. However, the deportation and removal process can require a lengthy detention period and the immigrant will not get to choose where in their home country they will be deported. Moreover, it may be years before they can reapply to enter the U.S. As recent numbers show, many immigrants in such situations are choosing to voluntarily leave the country.
Is it lawful for the government to detain immigrants who have committed a crime without a bond hearing, even if the immigrant is in the country lawfully? And if so, when should the government be able to detain these individuals? These issues went before the U.S. Supreme Court, and the Court's ruling could have a significant effect on some immigrants who are facing deportation and removal after having committed a crime.
Should an immigrant who has been convicted of a crime and served their sentence be forced to face the possibility of deportation at any point following his or her release from incarceration? This question on deportation and removal was recently argued in the U.S. Supreme Court.
A federal appeals court issued a ruling recently that is good news for migrants residing in Kentucky and elsewhere in the United States who are seeking asylum. In the ruling, the court determined that asylum seekers who are facing "expedited removal" have the right to pursue a judicial review of this ruling, per the U.S. Constitution.
Sometimes an immigrant enters the United States unlawfully, violates their visa or commits a crime. When this happens, immigrants in Kentucky and elsewhere in the nation may face deportation and removal. It is important for our readers to have a basic overview of the deportation and removal processes in the U.S.
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.
Immigration issues are making news headlines as of late, especially those involving the U.S.-Mexico border. Kentucky residents may be concerned about immigrant rights, particularly those of immigrants seeking asylum. Those individuals may want to learn more about a presidential proclamation President Trump recently signed regarding those entering the U.S. to seek asylum.
Some people immigrate to the United States because their homeland is not safe to live in. The federal government recognizes this, and thus implemented a special immigration program known as the Temporary Protected Status program. The current presidential administration ordered that this program should be ended, but Kentucky residents may be interested to hear that a federal judge has ruled that doing so is unlawful.