Many young undocumented immigrants were lawfully residing in the United States through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. However, the Trump administration has decided to end that program. This has made these young adults in Kentucky and elsewhere fear the very real possibility of deportation and removal.
Many people from other countries flee their homelands for the U.S. in hopes of having a better life. However, non-citizens in Kentucky and other states may, for a variety of reasons, face the possibility of deportation and removal. Therefore, it is important that they are familiar with the deportation process, so they can understand their rights and know what to expect.
Not every country is safe to live in. Natural disasters, such as earthquakes or man-made disasters, such as war, can threaten the lives of those living in these countries. Therefore, many people from countries, such as these, may choose to seek a safe haven in Kentucky and other states in our nation. One way some immigrants were able to lawfully reside in the U.S. was through a government program that was meant to help those seeking refuge from unsafe countries.
Sometimes, immigrants come to Kentucky and other states in the nation and reside there for many years, even if they do not have authorization to do so. These immigrants can be productive members of society, but they do face the threat of deportation. However, they still have rights when it comes to removal proceedings that must be protected.
Many service members from Kentucky and nationwide bravely serve in the United States military to protect the country they now call home. However, this service does not always last until retirement. Sometimes, a person is discharged from the military before retirement. When a person is discharged from the military, there will usually be a reason given (good or bad). But, some members of the U.S. military are being discharged without explanation or an opportunity to defend themselves.
Many students from abroad come to Kentucky to attend college or other institutes, such as graduate school, law school or medical school. These students general do so through a lawful visa. After graduating from college, graduate school or law school, a foreign student may want to seek work or continue their education. If they are able to do so with the proper visa, they can lawfully continue living here. But, per a new policy by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), this may become harder and could even lead to deportation and removal.
Kentucky residents may have seen many stories in the news as of late regarding undocumented immigrants being detained and deported. These reports are certainly disturbing to those in our country who are undocumented or have loved ones that are. Therefore, it is important to understand how the deportation process works.
Many may say the current immigration system in the United States is dysfunctional with overburdened courts, an overly complicated application process and unreasonably long wait times. However, at least two colleges in Kentucky have taken steps to help many immigrant students lawfully stay in the country.
The United States is often seen as a refuge for people trying to escape a war-torn nation, or a nation that has been struck by a natural disaster. Many people in Kentucky and elsewhere support initiatives to help these people legally reside in the U.S. However, one program that allowed Hondurans to reside and work in the U.S. temporarily is soon coming to an end, affecting the lives of thousands.
Many people immigrate to the United States with the best of intentions. However, sometimes an immigrant in Kentucky or elsewhere will have committed a crime and hence will face deportation. However, not every crime committed automatically means mandatory deportation. Unfortunately, the laws surrounding the commission of crimes and deportation can be vague.