Tag: Legal Permanent Residents

What the New Citizenship Fee Structure Means for Aspiring Americans

What the New Citizenship Fee Structure Means for Aspiring Americans

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) is primarily a fee-funded agency within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Every two years they are required to review the fees they collect and adjust as needed. Earlier this month USCIS announced they have completed their “fee study” and have proposed raising fees across the board by an […]

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Undocumented Immigrants Pay Billions in State and Local Taxes

Written by on February 25, 2016 in Economics, Tax Contributions with 2 Comments
Undocumented Immigrants Pay Billions in State and Local Taxes

Undocumented immigrants contribute to the U.S. economy in many ways. They fill essential jobs, they sustain U.S. businesses through their purchase of goods and services, and—contrary to popular misconceptions—they pay taxes to federal, state, and local governments. Their contributions would be even greater if they had a chance to earn legal status and didn’t have […]

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Immigration Appeals Court Reverses Position on Deportation Waivers

Immigration Appeals Court Reverses Position on Deportation Waivers

In a decision issued last week, the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) reversed course and decided that a subset of Legal Permanent Residents (LPRs) who have been convicted of certain crimes may now have an opportunity to avoid deportation by proving to an immigration judge that their removal would cause extreme hardship to their U.S. […]

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The Cost of Citizenship is a Barrier for Some Immigrants

Written by on January 9, 2015 in Demographics, Integration with 7 Comments
The Cost of Citizenship is a Barrier for Some Immigrants

Of the 13.3 million legal permanent residents (LPRs) in the United States, 8.8 million are currently eligible for citizenship. Many, however, are not making the leap from legal permanent resident status to citizen. The number of those naturalizing has been less than 800,000 for the past five consecutive years, and in 2013, a mere 8.9 […]

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New Data Sheds Light on the Potential Power of Immigrant Voters

Written by on May 8, 2012 in Demographics, Elections, Integration with 0 Comments
New Data Sheds Light on the Potential Power of Immigrant Voters

It is difficult to quantify the electoral power of immigrant voters. However, new data from DHS’ Office of Immigration Statistics provides us with one way to gauge the electoral potential of the immigrant population. The numbers tell us how many Legal Permanent Residents (LPRs) arrived in each county of the United States since 1985. Using this data, it is […]

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