You may have heard recently that the government is facing another possible shutdown. This can mean many things for each individual government agency and department, because each one operates a little differently. Also, under a government shutdown, there are still "essential workers" in most agencies who would still continue to work. Even though Congress narrowly avoided a shutdown a few weeks ago, the news is already talking about another potential shutdown soon. So what might that mean for immigration issues?
Immigration is daunting and intimidating. You've read all about the ways that things can go wrong and how challenging it can be.
You came to the United States legally, and you want to make sure you can continue to live here without concern. You may want to speak with an immigration attorney, so you can make sure you abide by all immigration laws in the United States.
If you are fleeing from harm in your home country and have already arrived in Georgia, it is possible to seek protection here so that you will not have to return to your home country and be put in danger. Of course, Georgia, and the country as a whole, is tightening its grip on immigration, so the process is not easy or guaranteed, and you must keep your criminal record absolutely clean if you want to avoid deportation. Still, there are ways to seek asylum protection within the United States.
Times continue to be very difficult for immigrants living in Georgia and the rest of the United States, as the Trump Administration's very public effort to crack down on immigrants throughout the country breed fear and confusion. Whether or not these stories are true, each day seem to bring another story of law enforcement exceeding the boundaries of the law, or at least marching right up to the boundary, in the effort to round up any and all immigrants that they can.
If you are already in the United States and cannot return or are unwilling to return to your home country, you may be able to seek asylum. You must have a well-founded fear of returning due to one of several factors. For example, if you feel you will be injured due to your race, persecuted due to your religion or could be hurt due to your social group, political opinion or nationality, then you have the right to seek asylum.
Increased pressure on the part of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) may have lead to the unfair treatment of a Georgian woman who was held in detention for a month after being picked up in a nationwide raid. The raid focused on cracking down on immigrants, but its net may have been cast a bit too wide — at least one of the people it caught claims to be a lawful United States citizen.
You work hard. You made a life for yourself and maybe your family, as well, here in the United States. Then, when you least expect it, the government informs you that it wants to deport (or remove) you. Before you pack your bags, you should understand your rights and options. You could benefit from some form of relief during the removal proceedings.
Falling in love might just be one of the best parts of life. When you decide to solidify that love by getting married, your attentions turn to planning the wedding of your dreams. You struggle with the same decisions everyone else does, but in your case, you also need to bring your non-American fiancé into the country. This adds another item to your list that will more than likely overshadow your other decisions.
It's something few people want to consider, but it happens every day. The parents of children are being deported, leaving their children in America while they're sent back to their home countries. What happens to these children, who are essentially victims of the United States immigration policies?