Many people in Illinois and across the nation have been watching the shifting tide and actions regarding immigrants and how they are treated in the U.S. since the last presidential election. Despite being a nation all but built on immigration, there can be a sense that today's administration is working against immigrants. A recently announced plan concerning public housing options for immigrants raises that feeling again.
According to Reuters, the Trump administration is looking into expanding current laws that allow for the deportation of immigrants who utilize public benefits. While this law has been in place for some time, it's rarely used unless an immigrant has a pre-existing issue for which they require help but failed to disclose it upon entry into the country or they fail to repay benefits when requested.
Many people in Illinois know someone who has come to the United States from another country or who was raised by parents who came to the U.S. from another nation. Immigration is, in many ways, an essential building block of modern American society. Yet, today, immigration may well be on the fast track to becoming one of the hottest political topics around.
If you are weighing your options and have the desire to become a U.S. citizen, there is no better time than now to begin pursuing that dream. At Francis Law Center, we are committed to helping people in Illinois realize the many incredible benefits of becoming a citizen of the United States as we help guide them through the process.
Immigration has always been a hot topic in government discussions but has gained even more traction and attention since Donald Trump has taken office. Even though establishing the groundwork for seamless immigration processes has been a longtime goal of government officials, it continues to be a work in progress with no end in sight. For immigrants in Illinois who are seeking asylum in the United States, the increase in major decisions by the government in relation to immigration could continue to slow the progress for many.
It is sometimes politically expedient for those in government, and/or those who want to get into government, to take a firm stance against immigration, claiming that it poses a threat to the culture, economy and way of life in the United States. However, claims that immigration is detrimental to the economy, both in Illinois and throughout the U.S., are demonstrably false. In truth, immigration actually helps the economy by providing a steady flow of new workers and generating tax revenue at both the state and national levels.
The immigration process can be a precarious one, even for those who might appear to have distinct advantages in getting their applications approved. It may be well-known that those who have the sponsorship of family members already legally living in the United States have a leg up on those who do not. Yet one should be mindful of their actions during any part of the immigration process, whether it be while waiting to get approval to enter the U.S. to working to secure permanent residency after having already been admitted to the country. Any missteps could lead to either an automatic denial of entry to deportation.
If you are a U.S. citizen either by naturalization or permanent residency, you have the right to petition for family members from out of the country to join you here in the United States. Those family members do not need to wait in line for a visa but rather, get priority for green card status. If you live in Illinois and wish to petition for a family member, you should first know for which family members you can petition before you begin the process.
After immigrating to the U.S. and settling in Illinois, you are gaining more and more optimism about your ability to help your family immigrate. Your desire to be with your family members is fueling your effort to learn more about the immigration process so that you can reunite the people who mean the most to you.
There are many ways to immigrate to the United States. If you want to live in Illinois, you need to find the right path for your family. One option is to seek asylum, but do be aware that this option is not available for everyone. You must meet specific requirements, according to the American Immigration Council, and follow the right pathway to claim asylum.