The U.S. immigration court system is rife with clerical errors and lack of notice, according to immigration attorneys and others who have worked in the court system. As a result, immigrants living in Indiana and elsewhere are at risk for being deported "in absentia" without knowing it.
Indiana residents may know that the Trump administration has tried to implement many policies aimed at changing how people enter the United States. Individuals who are trying to cross the Mexican border into the United States may have to submit to DNA testing as part of the immigration process. The process is being implemented on a pilot basis at two or three different towns along the border. It is intended to confirm claims made by individuals claiming to be part of a family.
Many people in Indiana and across the country have raised serious concerns about the Trump administration's policies in regard to immigration, especially their effects on asylum seekers at the U.S. southern border. One federal judge has blocked the implementation of a widely publicized policy that sought to force hopeful immigrants to return to Mexico to await processing of their asylum claims in U.S. courts. The federal judge ruled that the Department of Homeland Security exceeded its authority under federal immigration law in issuing the order for the policy.
For those in Indiana dealing with the U.S. immigration system, reports about the Trump administration's stance on border security may be deeply concerning. Individuals may be worried about their family members as well as their own ability to enter or remain in the country. One issue that has troubled many is the announcement that the U.S. government plans to process applications for asylum from inside Mexico. According to reports, both Mexican and U.S. officials are unsure about how the plan will operate and what effects it will have on asylum seekers.