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Immigrants contribute heavily to the population of U.S. children

If you want to see the impact that immigration has on the United States, you can consider it from many different angles. Immigrants create jobs. They boost the economy. They contribute to society in terms of art, culture and religion. They really make the United States what it is today.

One key thing that they do, though, is contribute massively to the population of young children in the U.S. For instance, did you know that about 25% of kids who are 7 years old and younger are the children of immigrants? They may be U.S. citizens themselves, having been born here, but their parents immigrated from another country. As the first generation to be born in the U.S., they find themselves in a unique position.

Immigrants' real impact on U.S. jobs

Those who oppose immigration often trot out the old line about how people coming into the U.S. from other countries are going to take away the jobs that the Americans who were born within the borders wanted to get. They say that this is only going to lead to unemployment, homelessness, welfare needs and many other such issues.

But is that true? Studies have found that it is not.

Warning signs that could lead claims of marriage fraud

Dealing with the immigration laws of the United States can be stressful and difficult for visitors or those who wish to make a life in the country. It's in your best interest to learn the laws so you are positive you are not breaking any of them, which could lead to you being deported and not being allowed back across the border. Here are some warning signs that could lead to claims of marriage fraud.

The most common signs that agents from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) look for include the following:

  • A big difference in your ages
  • No shared language
  • A difference in religious beliefs
  • Difference in race
  • A difference in your cultural background or social class
  • Educational backgrounds are not equal
  • No interaction between the two of you despite living in the same house
  • Having separate mailing addresses or physical location addresses
  • The marriage has been kept a secret from family, friends and your employer
  • You got married quickly after meeting each other
  • Attempt to create evidence of the marriage immediately before an agency interview
  • The timing of your marriage is too convenient
  • You got married rather quickly after going through a divorce
  • Your petitioner in the United States has a history of sponsoring other spousal immigrants
  • There are no children from the marriage if the woman is of childbearing age
  • Either spouse has a history of fraud or other crimes
  • The person who is not the citizen hails from a country known for fraud

Wait times lengthen for United States citizenship

Immigrants with green cards face increased wait times as the naturalization process bogs down those aspiring to citizenship. In some cities, application backlogs have doubled or tripled for those waiting for advanced job placements or higher education opportunities.

Shifting laws and proposed amendments keep applicants in a state of tension. Even after following all procedures, many fear that they stand on unstable ground while aiming at a moving target. Each new day begins with hope and ends with despair when the all-important appointment does not materialize.

Louisiana's private jails are now being filled with immigrants

Louisiana once had the dubious distinction of being the number one state in the nation for incarceration. A pack of criminal justice reform bills signed in 2017 helped turn things around.

However, that meant that a lot of privately owned and operated, for-profit prisons in Louisiana suddenly started having empty beds. That was a problem for them.

Trump shares immigration proposal that favors employment

President Donald Trump recently introduced a plan to vastly reform legal immigration and alter the way the border is protected.

Under Trump's proposal, which was spearheaded by senior adviser Jared Kushner, the government would prioritize letting younger, more educated immigrants into the United States instead of people with family in the country. It also included the formation of a border security trust fund to be built with money collected at border crossings.

Asylum seekers being detained in Louisiana jails

The number of inmates in Louisiana jails has dropped over the past few years, but their beds aren't empty.

Instead, local jails have contracted with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to house those detained by the federal agency. Chief among the detainees are people seeking asylum.

Trump seeking more changes in immigration procedures

The Trump administration wants to charge change a number of immigration regulations, which includes adding a fee to process applications filled out by asylum seekers as it continues to try to stem the number of people from Central America who want to enter the United States.

Many of the migrants showing up at the border say they are trying to escape poverty and violence and need asylum.

The path to citizenship begins with a green card

Immigration is a topic that has reached a fever pitch these days. With the government's stance on those here illegally, both sides of the issue have ceaselessly battled over the right to live in the U.S. and the pathway to doing so.

Becoming a legal U.S. citizen can seem convoluted and difficult. Knowing the steps you should take and what you can expect may help ease your fears and set you on the path to becoming a legal resident.

U.S. seeks to keep pot smokers, industry workers from citizenship

In Louisiana, legislators have sponsored more than a dozen bills this year related to marijuana, with some of them leading toward making it legal for recreational use if the bills pass.

And should marijuana become legal, that could spell disaster for immigrants in the state seeking to become citizens. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) department announced recently that any immigrants who have a link to marijuana can be denied citizenship.

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