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What is a sanctuary city?

It’s a term you may have heard a lot recently: Sanctuary city. With all the talk across the country about illegal immigration and deportations, people have been using the phrase frequently.

What exactly is a sanctuary city? Is New Orleans considered a sanctuary city? How does it affect residents? Today we’ll answer some common questions on this topic.

You may be protected from deportation

There are few things scarier than deportation for undocumented families. Removal from the United States is heartbreaking after you have worked so hard to pursue a better life here. However, you may be able to remain in the U.S. despite deportation orders against you. Here are some ways you could be protected.

Changes to U.S. work visa programs: What does it mean for workers?

The Department of Homeland Security has recently issued a rule to improve job flexibility for employment-based immigrant and nonimmigrant visa holders. The rule has been eagerly awaited by the business immigrant community and employers. It will take effect just before President Barack Obama leaves office, on January 17.

The US limits the number of employment-based immigrant visas that it grants each year. Many skilled workers, especially from India and China are waiting on work visas for years. The main issue is the long backlog. Processing periods are another problem. Since there is a time limit for work visas, processing delays can add to the problem. The newly issued rule intends to tackle those obstacles.

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