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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
On one hand, the appellant can claim victory. On the other, it might not prove to be a win in the long run. Either way, an immigration law ruling today by the U.S. Supreme Court has significant implications.
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.
Becoming a citizen of the United States isn't easy. Ask anyone in Kentucky who came into this country as a foreigner and went through the process. We're sure they will agree.
Good help is hard to find, goes the old saying. It's on the basis of that claim that many companies in Kentucky and across the U.S. look to fill certain positions with individuals from outside the country. As we noted in a post earlier this month, the need might be a temporary one, but that doesn't necessarily make things easier.
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.