Immigration policy in the United States reflects multiple goals. First, it serves to reunite families by admitting immigrants who already have family members living in the United States. Second, it seeks to admit workers with specific skills and to fill positions in occupations deemed to be experiencing labor shortages. Third, it attempts to provide a refuge for people who face the risk of political, racial, or religious persecution in their country of origin. Finally, it seeks to ensure diversity by providing admission to people from countries with historically low rates of immigration to the United States. Several categories of permanent and temporary admission have been established to implement those wide-ranging goals.

LANA’s mission is to advocate for the social, economic and educational advancement of Laotian Americans. In conjunction with SEARAC, the Southeast Asian Resource Center, we have a variety of information and resources to help you better understand the immigration issues that may affect your citizenship status.

What do do when the federal government formally removes you from the US for violations of a number of immigration or criminal laws

Form N-648
Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has revised Form N-648, Medical Certification for Disability Exceptions
“Sentenced Home”
Anyone guilty of aggravated felony and serving more than 18 months in jail will be deported to their country of origin, usually the country you were last in or the country you were born in
Juvenile Detention
Between 1990-2003, of the Asian Pacific Islanders subgroups, Laotian youth had the most total arrests in this period, with a peak of 47 arrests in 1998

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