The issues surrounding immigration in this country are impossible, to sum up, or explain in a short article if they can even be fully explained at all. One Utah lawmaker recently took a trip to the Mexico border to learn about this country’s immigration policy. She is now back in the state and talking about what she saw. At Familia America, our Salt Lake City immigration lawyers want to discuss what this representative is saying. We are here for families being torn apart by the immigration policies in the US.
What happened on this trip?
Representative Karen Kwan (D-Murray), recently traveled to the US/Mexico border so she could see firsthand what it is like for people seeking asylum in this country.
“It’s frustrating. It’s intentionally confusing to discourage people from coming to America,” says Kwan. “The story here in Utah is the fear of being deported. Even our residents with permanent residency status are threatened with deportation.”
Kwan says she has reached out to US Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agents for constituents in her district but has not heard back from them. She wants clarification of their policies and processes.
Kwan is a descendant of Chinese immigrants, and she is pushing for comprehensive immigration reform.
“The bottom line for me is to make sure that we as America are creating an atmosphere that is not violating any human rights, and without transparency, we don’t know.”
What is going on right now?
Everyone is aware that we are heading into an election year. With one party still choosing their nominee and the other party getting ready for the election, you will hear plenty about immigration in the news. But what do the immigration numbers look like right now, and how have they changed over the last few years?
America’s foreign-born population has grown by a little more than 200,000 people from 2017 to 2018, the smallest single-year increase since 2010. In other years this decade, the population has increased by more than twice that number.
Currently, 13.7% of all of the people in the US are foreign-born, with 45 million people. Between 2010 and 2018, college graduates made up more than 60% of the net gain for foreign-born adults.
Before 2010, Latin Americans represented most of the new US immigrants, but now Latin Americans and Asian Americans both make up 40% of the immigrant population. Of note, America has been losing the share of international students coming to US universities and colleges.
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