For immigrants in Ohio, the current legal landscape in the United States can be worrisome. It is understandable that there is fear as to what can happen to people whose immigration status is tenuous or technically illegal. When confronted with these issues, it is wise to have legal assistance to ensure that the government and law enforcement do not violate peoples’ rights.

President Trump’s attempt to prevent immigrants who get public assistance from being in the U.S. legally was blocked in federal court. As proposed, those who are trying to get a visa or a green card can be rejected if their income is deemed too low or their education is not classified as sufficient and there is a likelihood that they would need public assistance to make ends meet. That includes assistance for housing, food and medical care.

So far, nine lawsuits were filed to combat the rule. Concerns about it centered on immigrants who might avoid pursuing government help even if they are entitled to it. This can affect those who have children who are U.S. citizens when their parents are not. Evidence of this coming to fruition stems from a troubling increase in the number of people who did not have health insurance in 2018. Notably, more Latinos and children were without health insurance.

A recent study stated that one of every seven adults whose family were immigrants said they or their family members did not seek benefits because they were worried about how it would impact their green card status.

In some cases, these immigrants are already in the U.S. legally and have been detained or pursued. Those who have question regarding immigration should contact an attorney. A law firm experienced in immigration matters might be able to help.