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This Citizenship Day Marred by Government’s Focus on Stripping People of Their Citizenship

This Citizenship Day Marred by Government’s Focus on Stripping People of Their Citizenship

Each year on September 17, America marks Citizenship Day, an annual opportunity to reflect on the benefits and responsibilities of U.S. citizenship. In years past, it was used as a day to celebrate new Americans and encourage others who are eligible to become U.S. citizens. However, this year is different, as the security associated with […]

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Rural Communities Get Boost From Growing Immigrant Population

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Rural Communities Get Boost From Growing Immigrant Population

In rural communities throughout the United States, immigration has been a demographic lifeline that offsets—at least in part—the dwindling number of native-born Americans. In fact, as a report from the Center for American Progress (CAP) explains, there are many rural areas in which schools, hospitals, and businesses would have shut their doors if not for […]

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John McCain’s Legacy on Immigration

John McCain’s Legacy on Immigration

The United States Senate and Republican Party lost one of their biggest champions for bipartisan immigration reform and most vocal critics of President Trump’s immigration policies when Senator John S. McCain III (R-AZ) passed away at the age of 81 last week. While McCain will largely be remembered for his 32-year career in the Senate […]

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USCIS’ Wait Times for Citizenship Have Doubled

USCIS’ Wait Times for Citizenship Have Doubled

The average wait time on a U.S. citizenship application was about five months in 2014. Today, the average time a green card holder will wait for their citizenship application to be processed by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is 10 months. With the increased wait time, the backlog of pending applications has also grown […]

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White House Residents Directly Benefit from America’s Generous Immigration System

White House Residents Directly Benefit from America’s Generous Immigration System

America’s generosity is reflected in our immigration system. Throughout our nation’s history (with some shameful exceptions), we have allowed individuals to come to the United States to reunite with family members and offered safety and protection to those who need it most. Yet the Trump White House publicly opposes these fundamental American traditions and values. […]

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How Long Does It Take USCIS to Issue a Green Card?

How Long Does It Take USCIS to Issue a Green Card?

How long does it take to process an application for permanent residence in the United States, or a “green card?” You might be surprised by how difficult it is to find a reliable answer to this common question. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)—the agency that adjudicates applications for permanent residence and other immigration benefits—provides […]

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It Is Legal to Seek Asylum

It Is Legal to Seek Asylum

As thousands of asylum-seeking parents were separated from their children in recent months, the Trump administration actively portrayed them as law breakers who must be prosecuted and punished for coming to the United States. Left out of the narrative is one well-established fact: it is legal to seek asylum. The Immigration and Nationality Act, which […]

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14,000 Become U.S. Citizens to Celebrate Fourth of July

14,000 Become U.S. Citizens to Celebrate Fourth of July

Coinciding with the Fourth of July each year, naturalization ceremonies turn immigrants into new American citizens. This Independence Day, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will welcome over 14,000 new citizens nationwide. These new citizens will be naturalized in approximately 175 ceremonies across the country—at a time when the U.S. government’s negative rhetoric towards immigrants, […]

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Re-Definition of ‘Public Charge’ Could Drastically Slash Family Immigration

Re-Definition of ‘Public Charge’ Could Drastically Slash Family Immigration

The Trump administration is quietly attempting to revamp the U.S. immigration system by circumventing Congress and changing the nation’s immigration policies through new federal regulations. The administration has always favored a significant reduction in legal immigration and has pursued that goal through multiple avenues: admitting fewer refugees, cutting Temporary Protected Status for several countries, and […]

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Read This Year’s ‘Celebrate America’ Creative Writing Contest Winning Entry

Read This Year’s ‘Celebrate America’ Creative Writing Contest Winning Entry

  The American Immigration Council is proud to announce the winner of the 21st Annual Celebrate America Fifth Grade Creative Writing Contest. This contest encourages educators to incorporate lessons on U.S. immigration into their classrooms and gives fifth graders the opportunity to explain, in their own words, why they are proud America is a nation of […]

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