Tag: Immigrant

Closing Remarks

Closing Remarks

As our blog coms to end we can’t help but ponder the future we will face as citizens and the future immigrants will face to become citizens. Over the last few weeks we have discussed high value issues like the Trump Travel Ban, efforts to build the U.S. Mexico border wall, Trump and his words and actions on immigration, and the morality and impossibility of the proposed measures. We hope that you enjoyed our perspective on the eve changing idea of immigration into the United States from all countries, not just Mexico or war ravaged areas. We hope that you see humans just as we do in searching for opportunity and prosperity in the United States, no matter where the journey takes them. The foundation of this very nation is in jeopardy since this recent election and only the citizens have the power to change its course.

We strive everyday to make the world and country a better place for ourselves and our family, just as immigrants entering our country do. Have a heart and sympathize with these other families and people who can’t enter our country because one person changed their mind and said no.

We’re all for national security and keeping our country safe, but there has to be a better way. We have outline alternative methods and policies to counter Donald Trump in his ideas and executive orders. We urge you to seek the truth on your own and to not always trust what could be “fake news.” We as a nation will have to see how the presidency of Trump, one of our most ambitious political figures yet, dictates the future of immigration reform.

We appreciate any of the reads, likes, and comments. We will be signing off for good, but will still strive for the best when it comes to fair immigration reform.

Thanks,

-USA Immigration Site Team

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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/

The Cost of Isolation

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President Trump’s travel ban on six Muslim-Majority countries that had initially been met with ethical backlash is now causing serious economic trouble.  The restrictions have sent an inhospitable message to the international world and in turn, reflect on tourism.  Companies and businesses that would have looked towards the U.S. for trips and meetings are beginning to back out in fear of employees having travel difficulties.  Airline bookings have taken a hit in the wake of the initial travel ban announcement on January 27th and after word of the revised plan on March 6th.  Unfortunately, the hospitality industry is feeling the effects too and have experienced less occupancy in February.  Arnie Sorenson, CEO of Marriott International, says that the company “suffered a 3% decline in international bookings to the U.S. in February, according to a March 21 earnings call. The drop included a 25% to 30% decline from the Middle East and a 10% decline from Mexico”.  The drop from a country like Mexico which is not directly included in the travel ban hints at worsening diplomatic ties.  The present and future implications of the ban are abundant and widespread.  Students from all around the world seek out the United States as a destination to study, but the new restrictions compromise that.

Airline bookings have taken a hit in the wake of the initial travel ban announcement on January 27th and after word of the revised plan on March 6th.  Unfortunately, the hospitality industry is feeling the effects too and have experienced less occupancy in February.  Arnie Sorenson, CEO of Marriott International, says that the company “suffered a 3% decline in international bookings to the U.S. in February, according to a March 21 earnings call. The drop included a 25% to 30% decline from the Middle East and a 10% decline from Mexico”.  The drop from a country like Mexico which is not directly included in the travel ban hints at worsening diplomatic ties.

The present and future implications of the ban are abundant and widespread.  Students from all around the world seek out the United States as a destination to study, but the new restrictions compromise that.  United by their concern, six hundred colleges wrote to Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly on Feb. 3 fretting over losing international students.  This comes at quite the cost, one million international students spend $32 billion a year according to the senior vice president for the American Council on Education.  The theme here is that the U.S. is on track to miss out on a lot of money as a result of the travel ban.  U.S. tourism is a $250 billion industry.  The Tourism Economics of Wayne, Pennsylvania project that the United States will welcome in 4.3 million fewer international travelers in 2017, accounting for a loss of $7.4 billion.  It is odd that a president so grounded in business like Trump does not see the financial harm that the travel ban will cause.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2017/03/29/trumps-travel-ban-could-cost-18b-us-tourism-travel-analysts-say/99708758/

 

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.