America's complex immigration policies

Immigration is a term most Americans are familiar with. With the heated debate on the country's current policies, the topic is a crucial one for countless families. Many may wonder what charges, exactly, might call for deportation under federal law, while others already face threatening measures all because of one minor offense. It is important for immigrants in Arizona to be aware of current policies, as well as possible changes to the future of the country's immigration laws, to best preserve wellbeing and protection. 

Today's media coverage has spun many unfortunate images of immigrants in America. The Pew Charitable Trusts released an article that considered the wide spectrum of crimes that could lead to immigrant deportation, ranging from traffic violations to small-time theft. Immigrants could face threats of deportation even after they have served jail or prison time for crimes, and, according to The Pew, most of these immigrants have entered the country legally. Despite the fact that a large majority of immigrant crimes are minor, President Trump's decision to deport anyone with a criminal record has placed many in not only places of uncertainty, but of potential danger. For example, deporting a mother for a traffic violation back to El Salvador could end badly -- and could permanently separate a family. In addition, The Pew notes that first-generation immigrants have lower crime rates than U.S. citizens, but by the same token, criminal data does not clarify the exact crimes committed by immigrants. 

Earlier this month, CNN shared the devastating story of one veteran who had served two tours in Afghanistan but now faces possible deportation. A 2010 drug conviction has landed Miguel Perez Jr. in a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center, where he could be deported back to Mexico. The veteran fears he may not receive the proper PTSD treatment in his home country; drug cartels may also recruit him for his skills in combat, and could threaten his safety should he refuse to join. Perez Jr. is one of many veterans who were threatened with deportation after drug charges. Under the belief that their enlisting would automatically make them U.S. citizens, these veterans were mistaken. For those facing threats of deportation, it appears that serving time does not necessarily clear up a charge the way it would for other U.S. citizens.   





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