In today's society, a debate continues to brew about whether immigration is really beneficial to the United States, including the state of New York. Some U.S. citizens believe that immigrants who seek citizenship according to the immigration law can be beneficial to the economy, whereas others have argued that it offers no benefit. However, new research indicates that many immigrants who entered the United States during the latter part of the 19th century had a long-lasting and positive impact on the local areas in which they settled.
The federal building in New York -- specifically, in Manhattan -- features the busiest immigration court in the United States. Currently, there is a backlog of a whopping 80,000 cases. The recent deployment of immigration law judges to other parts of the country may unfortunately contribute to even more delays in New York cases.
Immigration remains a controversial issue sparking passionate opinions on both sides throughout the United States, including in New York. However, many immigrants' rights groups are taking steps to help those interested in becoming U.S. citizens according to the current immigration law. A total of 80 groups recently signed on to a proposal made by the New York City comptroller for a private-public fund that would help to cover the high citizenship application fee.
There are several grounds on which immigrants may seek an adjustment of status, or lawful permanent residency in the United States. Eligibility can be based on factors such as family, employment, or asylum or refugee status. However, the current administration has sought to modify immigration policies regarding Muslim refugees.
When an agent from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services showed up at P.S. 58 in Queens last week, everyone assumed it was an immigration raid. The agent was seeking information about a fourth grader for benefits purposes, not immigration issues, according to reports. Stories differ about whether the agents were turned away without being given any information, or if they were told the student didn't attend P.S. 58. Either way, they did not get what they were looking for.
In a time when the Trump administration continues to ratchet up raids and deportation efforts targeting undocumented immigrants, the simple act of knocking on the door of a home strikes fear in residents. Those on the other side are fearful that the police are poised to arrest them.
The “Declined Detainer Outcome Report” was created to spotlight the lack of cooperation from the country’s “sanctuary cities.” Announced via a January executive order and still in its infancy, the weekly document lists the number of times communities have turned down requests from federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials.
Mayor Bill de Blasio has already laid bare his feelings regarding the newfound push to enforce federal immigration law. With backing from the New York Police Department commissioner, he continues to resist any and all efforts to deport undocumented immigrants in the city he rules.
For opponents of President’s Trump new immigration ban, the latest executive order is more “second verse, same as the first.”
At a March 1 press conference in Jackson Mississippi, Daniela Vargas, a 22-year-old undocumented immigrant, was speaking out against Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for the agency’s recent arrests of immigrants, including her father and brother.