Kentucky.com reports that Asians have been slow to seek the new immigration protection that President Barack Obama introduced. The protection allows young immigrants temporary reprieve and gives some the chance to remain legally in the country. Community advocates among Asian population groups are now working hard to make sure the message gets through to those who may be eligible but have not yet applied.

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Some analysts suggest the reason for the low turnout is that people in the Asian community fear stigmatization due to their illegal status. In certain areas of the population, not having the requisite papers is not culturally acceptable.

Also contributing to the problem is that an older generation of Asians is living and working illegally in the United States. They fear that announcing their status will put their families and wellbeing in jeopardy.

The U.S. government expects at least 5 million people qualify for the new plans, which will provide work permits and protection from deportation to the parents of legal residents and American citizens. The reform will also help people who came into the country illegally when they were still children.

Most applicants for the program will likely be Hispanic, but at least 500,000 Asians qualify for protection, as well. As a result, Asian advocates are increasing measures to spread the word of the reprieve. They are introducing workshops and private consultations to assist immigrants who do not want to publicize their status.

How Can an Immigration Lawyer Help?

If you are looking for advice on how to live and work legally in the United States, or you are facing deportation, a Louisville deportation lawyer can provide some clarity and assist in your fight. The O’Brien Law Group is an experienced immigration law firm based in Kentucky, and we have many years of experience in matters pertaining to deportation and immigration. Call us today at 502-400-7890 to discuss your case.

Democrats Block Action on Department of Homeland Security Immigration Bill

Kentucky.com reports that democrats in the U.S. Senate have blocked action on certain legislation that gives funding to the Department of Homeland Security and prevents President Obama from proceeding with his immigration reform plans. Senators blocked the attempt to begin a formal debate on the bill by just nine votes. The result was 51-48, but a minimum of 60 was required for the debate to proceed.

Republicans retaliated, saying that the democrats were preventing funding for the organization needed to prevent terrorist activities. There will be a second vote in the coming days, but if the senate does not act by the end of February, the agency will begin losing some of its funding.

If you are facing a deportation crisis, contact a Louisville deportation attorney at the O’Brien Law Group. We have experience in all immigration and deportation matters, and we will work tirelessly to help you live and work in the United States legally. Call us at 502-400-7890 to schedule an appointment.

 

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