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Immigrants face discrimination issues

With the current state of immigration in the United States, immigrants may feel that they face discrimination issues in many areas. This can impact their ability to get a job, find a place to live, integrate into society and much more. In some cases, discrimination could even lead to arrest and incarceration.

You can see how common this is when you consider the fact that the term "illegal alien" was recently banned in New York City. Lawmakers note that it can be demeaning and discriminatory. It can be used to harass and stereotype people, often based on an assumption about their ethnic background or national origin.

Tips for overcoming a workplace language barrier

You speak English, but you are certainly a nonnative speaker. This means you face some hurdles in the workplace. You don't always know how to communicate effectively with English-speaking co-workers. You also worry that some of them have trouble understanding you due to your accent, even when speaking properly.

This can be a challenging and frustrating situation, especially when you immigrated to the United States for work, and you know you are more than capable of doing your job at a high level. You do not want this language barrier to hold you back. What can you do?

Understanding immigration detention and the removal process

If you or a loved one have been detained as an immigrant, it is likely to be an upsetting situation in which you feel powerless to do anything. Immigrants who have not yet proven their right to reside in the US risk being detained by law enforcement so that their immigration status can be reviewed.

A person could be detained by law enforcement officials because their visa has expired, or because they entered the country illegally. Many immigrants are subject to detention when they are arrested for a non-immigration related offense, and found to not be a US citizen. As a result, they are detained due to their questionable immigration status.

How immigration improves health care

America's health care system faces many obstacles, one of which is patients having access to care, particularly minorities and/or those living in rural places. Additionally, the growth in the aging population contributes to a higher doctor-to-patient ratio, and time-consuming administrative tasks prevent providers from seeing more patients.

The Association of American Medical Colleges projects a shortage of up to 121,900 doctors by 2032. Those helping to alleviate this shortage, however, are foreign-born immigrants.

How the immigration decline hurts the future

Did you know that immigration is falling in the United States? Even fully legal immigration is down lately, dropping 12% between 2017 and 2018. That's a massive fall for just one year, especially if that trend continues.

If it does, it could have a very negative impact on the future of the United States. After all, this is not the first country to see such a decline.

Administration wins Supreme Court immigration victory

This week, the highest court in the land sided with the Trump administration on an immigration issue that can potentially affect even legal United States immigrants.

The Supreme Court sided with the government, which effectively granted them the authority to indefinitely detain those legal immigrants who await deportation following the completion of prison terms.

How long do immigrants typically remain in detention facilities?

President Trump has taken a hard-line approach to deal with illegal immigration since he first came into office a few years ago. This has resulted in an uptick in detentions of would-be residents and citizens. While many news outlets and lawmakers alike have called attention to the plight of these immigrants, very little has been said about how long that they generally remain locked up.

According to Syracuse University's Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC), all but 30% of the immigrants who are detained remain in detention more than a month. The other 70% are generally released from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody the same day that they're detained.

Does the United States have a lot of job opportunities?

There are numerous reasons for employment-based immigration, but one of the biggest is simply that the United States is considered to be a country with a lot of opportunity. There are job openings and career opportunities here that people cannot find in their home countries. They immigrate to create a better life for themselves and their families, and they seek out new career paths that they have always wanted to follow.

But is this just a historical perspective, or is this really the way things are today? Does the United States have a lot of job opportunities?

3 benefits of immigration

Some Americans fear immigrants entering the country due to beliefs largely based on misinformation. This fear is nothing new. It was even present during colonial times, although the U.S. was a young nation born from immigrants. The natural human traits of misunderstanding and prejudice contribute to common myths about immigration being dangerous to the country.

The truth is that immigration brings positive changes to countries, including the U.S. These are just three of the many benefits immigration has had on America.

How can a U.S. citizen be detained by immigration officials?

It might seem impossible that U.S. citizens, including people born in this country, could be detained by agents of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) or Customs and Border Protection (CBP). However, it's happened at airports and border crossings in the U.S. and even aboard a domestic flight.

One case that made headlines this summer involved an 18-year-old young man, born in the U.S., who was held for three weeks by ICE after he was stopped at a border checkpoint some 100 miles north of the U.S./Mexico border. ICE and CBP claimed that the teen gave "conflicting reports regarding status of citizenship." His attorney says he presented, among other documents, a copy of his birth certificate showing that he was born in this country.


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