Many in Yuma may hear the word "refugee" and immediately envision hordes of impoverished people crowded into planes or on boats rapidly embarking on precarious journeys away from their countries of origin. While many in this scenario may fit the definition of a refugee, the definition itself is not limited to one's socioeconomic status. In reality, people from all walks of life can become refugees, and their status in the United States in protected by the principle of asylum.
If you or a friend or family member of yours in Arizona are a citizen of another country but entered the United States as a child, you may want to learn about a program that may offer opportunities to stay in the U.S. As explained by the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement office, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program was enacted to help people that meet certain criteria remain legally in the country. This program has undergone some uncertainty in the past year.
Because Arizona is a state that borders with Mexico, it is often one of the first places that people come to when trying to enter the United States from Mexico, Guatemala or other countries in Central America. Immigration is therefore an important topic to people in Arizona as is the treatment of immigrants and the process they must go through in order to seek and be granted asylum.
As the controversy around illegal immigration in Arizona and throughout the U.S. continues to simmer, the plight of immigrants remains the same; deportation. This is shown in an Aug. 21 Fox News story about more than 100 illegal immigrants who were abandoned in the state, according to Border Patrol officials.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Uncertainty continues for immigrants of all ages in Arizona and across the United States. In September, President Donald Trump could make a decision on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA).
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.