Immigration 101

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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Celebrating Immigrant Heritage Month and Being Welcoming Is Good for You and Your Community

Celebrating Immigrant Heritage Month and Being Welcoming Is Good for You and Your Community

June is Immigrant Heritage Month, and given the shrill and often negative rhetoric we hear around immigration, it seems more important than ever to take time to appreciate our immigration history and what newcomers bring to our nation and our lives. Though our country’s roots can be largely traced back to successive generations of immigrants, […]

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Trump’s Nominee for Refugee Bureau Has an Anti-Immigrant History

Trump’s Nominee for Refugee Bureau Has an Anti-Immigrant History

When it comes to U.S. refugee policy, the Trump administration is asking Congress to let the fox guard the hen house. The administration has nominated Ronald Mortensen to be assistant secretary of state for the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM), housed within the U.S. State Department. Mortensen is a retired foreign service officer, […]

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Government Playing Fast and Loose With ‘Gang Member’ Label

Government Playing Fast and Loose With ‘Gang Member’ Label

There is no doubt that criminal gangs operating in the United States adversely impact the lives of many people living in communities throughout the country. However, in a nefarious act, President Trump is attempting to cast young people fleeing Central America as gang members—which is simply untrue. As the Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC) points […]

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What You Need to Know About Immigrant Women Entrepreneurs

What You Need to Know About Immigrant Women Entrepreneurs

The United States depends on a growing private sector to remain strong and immigrant entrepreneurship is a key component to this growth. Immigrants are more likely to start businesses than their native-born counterparts. Though much has been written about immigrant entrepreneurs, far less is known about the specific role that immigrant women play as entrepreneurs. […]

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The Trump Administration Is Placing More Long-Residing Immigrants Into Court Proceedings

The Trump Administration Is Placing More Long-Residing Immigrants Into Court Proceedings

For years, immigration enforcement officials prioritized recent border-crossers over long-time residents with U.S.-born children, clean criminal records, or other evidence of roots in the United States. This was done by exercising “prosecutorial discretion” in deciding against whom to initiate deportation proceedings. The basic idea was that scarce law-enforcement resources shouldn’t be wasted tracking down people […]

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Canadian Lawsuit Challenges the United States’ Designation as a Safe Country for Asylum Seekers

Canadian Lawsuit Challenges the United States’ Designation as a Safe Country for Asylum Seekers

The United States has historically been viewed as a nation that welcomes refugees fleeing from violence and persecution in their home countries. Yet, the Trump administration recently reiterated its proposal that Central American refugees seeking asylum in the United States should instead seek refuge in Mexico. As these debates on Mexico’s ability to take on […]

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