On October 30, 2018, President Trump announced plans to end birthright citizenship in the United States. Several groups criticized this idea, but a Democrat brought the subject up years ago.
The two main ways that immigrants enter the United States are for employment reasons or family ties. There are other options, but they see far less traffic.
Some people who end up in immigration detention centers are just children. One young woman recently talked about the time she spent in one around her sixteenth birthday.
A green card is the more common name for a Permanent Resident Card in the United States. This card shows the authorities that you have permission to work in the United States and to live within the country's borders. You have gone through the immigration process and you are here legally.
In some cases, immigrants who get arrested in the United States have never violated the law in the past. Their first arrest comes at the hands of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents.
Crime happens every day to innocent people; even immigrants in New Orleans are not immune to them. When people are victims of crime, they can contact the police for protection and justice, but many immigrants, both documented and undocumented, are not aware that they have legal protections against deportation.
The United States is a country that has been shaped by immigration for generations. That is still true today. While the topic may be a political hot button in the modern era, it used to be something that the United States relied on to expand the population and to grow into a world power.