Tag: Citizenship

The Huge Flaw in Trump’s Deportation Plans

The Huge Flaw in Trump’s Deportation Plans

Organizations that handle border security and deportation are facing heavy expectations  with Trump’s plans to raid sanctuary cities and ramp up border safety. Border Patrol and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement are mostly affected. Congress will be voting on a bill that gives an extra $5 billion to both ICE and border patrol, so we will see how the democratic resistance goes.

The other problem is hiring these actual agents, Trump has signed an executive order a few months ago detailing those plans. The order states that 15,000 agents will be hired as fast as possible while trimming the strenuous application process.

This goal is unreachable in the near future, there aren’t nearly as many applicants since Trump has taken office and only 40 border patrol agents were hired last year and on average 2,000 ICE agents.

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly is not optimistic of this goal either, saying the hiring process itself would take 2-3 years alone.

 


Sources: http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-ice-oig-20170420-story.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

http://www.npr.org/2017/02/23/516712980/trumps-plan-to-hire-15-000-border-patrol-and-ice-agents-wont-be-easy-to-fulfill

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Pathway to Citizenship, the New American Dream

Pathway to Citizenship, the New American Dream

According to a recent McClatchy-Marist Poll nearly 80% of Americans favor a path to citizenship that requires an immigrant to learn English, pay needed fines, and have a job that pays taxes. Which is expected of any American citizen anyway, so why isn’t this path being formed into bipartisan legislature?

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You guessed it, Donald Trump.

Trump has singed these three major executive orders that directly affect immigration and the path to citizenship.

  • The stripping of federal grant funds to self declared sanctuary cities and also requires publicly available lists of all crimes committed by undocumented immigrants.
    • Which includes the removal of a path to citizenship for those who are undocumented with immediate deportation without trial.
  • The controversial Travel Ban we have heard so much about.
  • The bulking of border control units and the beginning of federal funding to the construction of the U.S. Mexico wall.

These executive orders only further relations between current U.S. citizens and prospective citizens that presently carry short term VISAs or are completely undocumented.

The current path to citizenship eligibility is laid out on the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Site, but to even be eligible for that you  must be a green card (permanent resident) holder for at least 5 years. The other main requirements are as follows.

  • 18 or older
  • Be physically in the U.S. for 30 months of those 5 years
  • Able to read, write, and speak English
  • Have knowledge and understanding of U.S. government and history
  • Spotless criminal record and in line with U.S. Constitutional principles

Then take the final Naturalization Exam, overall this process can take up to a decade in some circumstances.

The proposed path to citizenship that over 80% of Americans support in the above poll is one that we highly encourage as a community. First off this system would encourage undocumented immigrants to register with ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) in exchange for amnesty and work VISAs that would require to be renewed yearly. Fees would also be assessed to cover the registration expenses and semiannual meetings with ICE officials. Which ultimately leads to citizenship.

The proposed system would also include accelerated VISA grants and entrance to the U.S., especially if family members are already residing.

A man weeps and holds a U.S. flag at a May Day rally in Lafayette Square Park near the White House in Washington

These fees themselves would rack up millions for the U.S. government as opposed to the billions that would be spent building the wall, maintaining border security, and locating then deporting the over 11.1 million illegal immigrants currently in the U.S..

This proposed path to citizenship rewards our government and the citizens who have been residents since 1776. The cost greatly outweighs the benefits for our current system and plans moving forward under Donald Trump. We urge you to think of the morality and ethics concerning other humans and their equal opportunity to grasp what is now the new American Dream, citizenship.

We always urge you to contact your local Congressional representatives about an issue like this, but you can take it a step further and visit https://unitedwedream.org/ to follow up on the latest immigration news and potential drafting of pro-immigration legislature!


Sources:

http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/white-house/here-s-full-list-donald-trump-s-executive-orders-n720796

https://www.uscis.gov/policymanual/HTML/PolicyManual-Volume12.html

http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2016/11/03/5-facts-about-illegal-immigration-in-the-u-s/

http://maristpoll.marist.edu/wp-content/misc/usapolls/us170215/McClatchy-Marist%20Poll_National%20Nature%20of%20the%20Sample%20and%20Tables_Immigration_February%202017.pdf#page=3

http://www.cincinnati.com/story/opinion/contributors/2017/04/15/america-needs-reset-its-immigration-policy/100411888/

 

 

 

“Not a pretext of religious discrimination?” Wrong

“Not a pretext of religious discrimination?” Wrong

 

“The exclusion of aliens is also a core federal prerogative: a power ‘inherent in sovereignty, necessary for maintaining normal international relations and defending the country against foreign encroachments and dangers…” 

On 3/27 nearly a month after Donald Trump’s proposed travel ban 2.0 was affirmed in a circuit appeals court, an amicus brief, a document filed in response for court case consideration, was filed. The authors were attorneys generals from 12 Republican led states including Texas, Florida, and Louisiana along with Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant. Headlines across the country read that Trump order was now backed by many prominent immigration prone states, the actual brief basically stated:

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States included in amicus brief supporting travel ban.
  • States do not have the authority to set immigration standards that threaten citizen safety and national security.
  • Congress has delegated the case of immigration limitation to the executive branch and this is a utilization of that.
  • The order is not a pretext of religious discrimination.
  • The Obama administration also identified the same 6 countries banned as “countries of concern.”
  • “The Executive Order does not violate due process because nonresident aliens abroad have no liberty interest in seeking admission into the country; therefore, no constitutional claims accrue from a suspension of those aliens’ ability to enter.”

First and foremost not a month goes by without a U.S. citizen or SUSPECTED terrorist being killed in unmanned drone strikes, given no form of due process. Which has led to multiple lawsuits on both the Obama and Trump administrations by organizations like the ACLU and CCR. The case the states involved make in the generic facade idea of banning the terrorists and criminals, for unspoken religious reasons. The less than 1% makeup of Muslims in America mainly occupy the south and midwest which have seen major gains in Muslim followers since 2000.

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Graph shows % change of Islam adherence from 2000-2010.

The states that have seen the largest rises in Muslim populations are also the same states in which Islam is the largest non Christian groups. Those states include: Texas, Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, Florida, West Virginia, and South Dakota, EIGHT of the THIRTEEN states that have also pledged their support behind the travel ban. Although the brief claims the ban is not for religious reasons, why would the state governments of the mainly Muslim populated states urge for passage? Many friends and family of those in these states would have no form of transportation unless verified already and traveling back and forth is extremely unpredictable just as in the case after the first inaction of the ban.

The lack of statistics in the brief are extremely questionable and just seem like a following of political and party politics with disregard of those living in their own states.


Sources:

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/02/the-four-wrong-numbers-behind-trumps-immigration-ban/515025/

http://www.cnn.com/2015/12/08/us/muslims-in-america-shattering-misperception/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/27/most-and-least-muslim-states_n_1626144.html

http://www.lifezette.com/polizette/13-states-rally-support-trump-travel-ban/

Introduction

Introduction

            As a group, we will examine the current and future U.S. immigration reform, including travel ban policies as well as plans to build the wall on the Mexican border. We intend to relay to our readers that the proposed ideas at least as of now could be detrimental not only financially but also to the makeup of our society/culture. We will keep up to date with stories concerning diplomacy between the U.S. and Mexican governments and future implications for visa holders and the like.