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Thousands become U.S. citizens under immigration law this July 4

The Fourth of July is a day when many foreigners declare their allegiance to the United States in an effort to become U.S. citizens. In fact, about 15,000 people were expected to be sworn in as citizens this past Independence Day. However, what has changed over the years is where immigrants come from, the roles they play in the United States, including in New York, and how they are treated under the country's immigration law.

Right now, immigrants are 13.5 percent of the population in the United States. This percentage is smaller than the huge influx of immigrants that took place in the latter part of the 1800s. However, the current percentage is a lot higher than that during the slowdown of immigration that occurred following World War II.

Most immigrants entering the United States hail from Mexico today. However, larger numbers of them are now coming from countries in Latin America, Asia and Africa as well.  According to a recent study, second-generation immigrants produce a net benefit of more than $30 billion, whereas this figure is more than $223 billion for third-generation immigrants.

However, the current presidential administration supports efforts to boost jail terms for immigrants who lack the proper paperwork. In addition, it is supportive of withholding federal funding from the sanctuary cities that aim to protect them. An immigration law attorney in New York can help those interested in pursuing U.S. citizenship to navigate the complex process and ensure that their rights remain protected in the current political climate.  

Source:, "Immigrants facing new reality this Independence Day", Alan Gomez, July 1, 2017

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