The number of foreign students attending college in the United States has seen a decline over the past couple of years and there is a lot of disagreement regarding the cause of the decline. According to a recent Reuters report, the number of foreign students declined by 3.3% for the 2016-2017 academic school year and doubled to 6.6% for the 2017-2018 school year.
As the number of foreign students has decreased, our Salt Lake City deportation defense attorney with Familia America Immigration has received an increase in the number of calls from concerned current foreign college students and foreign college graduates who have remained in the U.S. The concerns they share are likely related to the dip in numbers of United States foreign college students.
Foreign college students’ concerns
Calls from current and recently graduated foreign college students focus largely on the following issues:
- The environment towards immigrants that seems to be increasingly more hostile to foreigners and minorities. Immigrants fear for their safety and being stripped of their legal rights. They often feel discriminated against and they fear retaliation for raising discrimination issues.
- The number of deportations of undocumented citizens is increasing, especially at the Salt Lake City ICE office where according to the Salt Lake City Tribune, deportations have nearly doubled since Trump took office in 2016. Even those with non-violent crimes and those without criminal records have not been spared from deportation in the past two years.
- Trump’s immigration policy changes related to ‘unlawful presence’ after graduation and its retroactive application is especially distressing to many foreign college students and graduates who call with questions about the possibility of being barred from the U.S. for three years or ten years.
- Another reason for the decline may be the feeling that the American dream no longer exists because immigrants are no longer welcome. Clients call to discuss options for studying in the United States and the likelihood of being able to stay here after graduation and it is clear that many of them feel unwelcome and they fear that even stricter laws and policy changes may be on the horizon.
How an immigration attorney can help
If you are currently a foreign student in the United States, a U.S. college graduate immigrant still living in the United States, a potential DACA applicant, or if you have any other legal concerns related to immigration status and deportation, contacting a Salt Lake City deportation defense attorney may be your first step toward freedom and relief. Immigration experts at Familia America Immigration have the knowledge and skill to help in all areas of immigration law including the following:
- Green card
- Removal proceedings defense
- Naturalization and citizenship
- Voluntary departure
- Family immigration
- Parole in place
- Waiver pardon
Our immigrant advocates at Familia America Immigration are passionate about their work because they believe in immigrant rights and American opportunities. They work to bring families together and help people successfully live and work in the United States.