Illinois is home to one of the largest immigrant populations in the country, and some immigrant advocacy groups are warning that a program intended to help protect young undocumented immigrants may now do more harm than good. According to Business Insider, advocates at the National Immigration Law Center and the Immigrant Legal Resource Center are voicing concerns that applying for the program may expose an immigrant’s undocumented status to the Trump administration, among other fears.
People born inside the United States or to U.S. citizens while in another country, are U.S. citizens by birth. This includes births inside U.S. territories. However, another way to become a citizen is through the naturalization process. Children, under the age of 18, will become naturalized citizens with their parents. There are several steps in this process, including determining if you are eligible for naturalization.
Now that President-Elect Donald Trump is set to take over the White House in just a few short months, immigrants across Chicago, Illinois, are worried about what it might mean for their careers and their families. Per Fox 32, the election results are causing considerable concern among local immigrant communities, with many immigrants expressing fears about job security and the possibility of deportation.
Many immigrants who travel to the United States do so with the intention of staying on a long-term or permanent basis. Illinois was among five states with the largest immigration growth over a recent period, with MigrationPolicy.org reporting the state’s immigrant population grew by 577,000 between 1990 and 2000, and that immigrants now account for roughly 26 percent of the U.S. population. However, a new analysis indicates that not all immigrants hoping to avoid deportation face an even playing field.