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ICE enforcement continues to grow

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents have been busy lately. Federal immigration agents visited over 120 businesses over the last five days (Feb. 12 –16, 2018) looking to crack down on the hiring of undocumented workers. In 2017, ICE conducted a total of 1,300 of these workplace audits. In many cases, workers stop showing up to work fearing ICE would arrest them during these audits.

Employers face civil fines and criminal prosecution for employing undocumented workers. ICE expects a 300 percent increase in the amount of workplace audits in 2018.

Louisiana Man Fights Deportation To Stay With His Family

Jose Torres, a husband and father of two young children, is in an uncertain limbo in a New Orleans church. He sought sanctuary there to avoid deportation so he can continue to be with his family. Originally from El Salvador, he immigrated to the United States to work in the construction trade after Hurricane Katrina.

Increasing Deportations, Growing Fears

Status of Dreamers still uncertain

The biggest hope for many immigrants is that their children will be able to live a better life in a new country. In recent weeks, the President and Congress have focused policy on children who arrived in the country with their parents in an uncertain status. What does the future hold for these young people known as Dreamers?

Deal or no deal?

Although the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) is set to expire, there are a couple of ways it could continue. Supporters of DACA are using both legislation and lawsuits in an attempt to preserve the law. 

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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