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What are the family preference system visa quotas?

Having already gone through the immigration process, you know firsthand just how complex it can be. Yet now that you are settled in Yuma, bringing the rest of your family here to join you may be somewhat easier than the process you were made to go through. That is because one of the primary goals of U.S. immigration policy is reuniting families. An unlimited number of visas are made available for immediate family members such spouses, unmarried minor children and parents of U.S. citizens. After that, a certain number of visas is allotted through the family preference system annually. The question, then, is how many are available and how are they distributed? 

President Trump is merely repeating a pattern

Immigration and deportation continue to be at the forefront of American politics and President Trump’s latest action means that there are likely to be National Guard troops at the U.S./Mexico border by the time you read this post. The president on April 4 signed orders deploying Guardsmen to the border to help fight illegal immigration, the Chicago Tribune reports. He made the decision in response to having his plans to build a wall between the two countries stalled repeatedly by Congress.

Applying for a green card for a family member

Being a state that shares a border with Mexico, is it not surprising that immigration is a hot topic in the area. Whether you were born in the United States and have citizenship as a result of that or whether you came to the U.S. from another country and became a citizen through the naturalization process, you may well have a spouse or other family members who are not citizens that you would like to be in the U.S. with you.

Arizona Dreamers Protest at Nation's Capital, Await Answers from Congress

Tens of thousands of young people in Arizona have been nervously waiting for answers since President Donald Trump let the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program expire in September.

Report: Hundreds of Thousands of Immigrants May Be Eligible for Legal Status

If you feel that current U.S. immigration policy is to deport first and ask questions later, you are not alone. The reality, though, is that immigrants and their families often have legal options that are not clear until they talk with an immigration attorney.

If I entered the U.S. unlawfully as a child, how can I avoid deportation?

You were a child when it happened: your parents brought you with them to the United States and you entered the country without proper authorization. You were born somewhere else. Now, you are in a country where you are not a citizen and do not have legal permission to be here. You worry about being deported. You are afraid every time you see a police officer or someone who you think might ask about your citizenship status. You stayed in school and abided by the law. You worry about your future: will you be able to legally get a job? How long will you be allowed to stay here? Will you be separated from your family, friends and the life you built? Will you be immediately deported if the federal government finds out you entered without authorization?

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