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  • A record 1,046,539 persons were naturalized as U.S. citizens in 2008. The leading countries of birth of the new citizens were Mexico, India and the Philippines.
  • The number of first- generation immigrants living in the United States has quadrupled, from 9.6 million in 1970 to about 38 million in 2007.
  • The number of undocumented residents reached an estimated 10.3 million in March 2004 with undocumented Mexicans numbering 5.9 million or 57 percent of the total.
  • An estimated 1 million people legally migrate to the U.S. yearly.
  • From 2000-2009, The U.S. issued over 10 million green cards, the highest decade of American history.
  • Currently, there are 38 million immigrants, 24 million of whom are in the workforce.  This does not include temporary workers.
  • Less than 10% of new green card holders are from Europe.
  • People of extraordinary ability, investors, and immigrants with advanced degrees made up less than 8% of the new immigrants.
  • The estimated 12 million undocumented immigrants living in the country have virtually no way to achieve legal status.
  • The U.S. Department of Homeland Security reports that between 2006 and 2007, citizenship applications doubled from 730,000 to 1.38 million.
  • There were an estimated 34.2 million immigrants in the United States in 2004, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Of these, 18.3 million came from Latin America, 8.7 million from Asia and 4.7 million from Europe.
  • Los Angeles is home to one fifth of the US Hispanic population. First in growth of all US cities, it gained 18% of the Hispanic population between 1900 and 2000.
  • Immigrants are an essential element in keeping the American economy strong, from fast food businesses to high-tech industry, they are filling an intrinsic need in the labor force.
  • An estimated 11 million to 12 million undocumented immigrants live and work in the United States, or around one in every 20 workers, according to a study by the Pew Hispanic Center based on government figures.
  • Despite what many view as the intuitively obvious relationship of immigration to wages, the fact is that most economists have not found a significant link between rising immigration and falling wages, the exception being studies in the early 1990s that showed a slight negative effect on African-American high school dropouts’ pay.
  • Businesses founded by immigrants are a source of substantial economic and fiscal gain for U.S. citizens.
  • During the recent unprecedented expansion in the American economy, immigrant workers were essential in filling jobs ranging from computer programmers to hotel and restaurant workers. As America’s workforce ages, and the “baby boomers” retire, immigrants will again play an essential role in reducing a long-term projected labor shortage.
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Discussing about naturalizing? Do it for your children

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Are you a long-time US resident cardholder and still not sure about becoming a US citizen? Are you having difficulties to clearly understand how US citizenship? Can it benefit you and your family?

Here is something important that you may not have considered yet: becoming a US citizen. You can protect your children from deportation.

US government You can (and often do) deport permanent residents for various reasons.

According to the most recent statistics, in 2014 the US government had deported 102,224 people living in the US (not counting those expelled at the border).

Although the statistics released by the government do not specifically indicate which of those deportations belonged to permanent residents, you may be surprised to discover what little is needed so that green card holders can end up in a deportation process.

Let’s face it, children do stupid things all the time. Even the best parents cannot always watch their teenage children 24/7. Unfortunately, for children who are not citizens, even the things that most people consider to be typical or minor mistakes could lead to immigration court. It is also important to remember that under the law it usually does not matter if the crimes are committed as a minor or as an adult.

We discuss below four situations that, surprisingly, could lead your child to face deportation

1. Theft

Under U.S. immigration law Certain crimes are seen as a sign that a person lacks good moral character. These crimes are called “crimes of moral turpitude (IACML).” Surprisingly, the law does not give a very specific definition of what this means but instead allows federal agencies and immigration courts to determine which crimes fall under this category.

A green card holder can be deported by an IACML for two main reasons. The first is if a permanent resident commits a crime within five years of obtaining his residence card, and the crime carries a possible sentence of at least 1 year. Second, if the individual committed two or more CIMTs at any time after receiving their green card.

In addition, a crime may be an IACML, regardless of whether it is a minor or major crime. US government and the courts have determined that crimes related to theft or conspiracy to commit robbery are likely IACML for immigration purposes.

2. Possession of marijuana

A conviction for marijuana can lead to serious problems for green cardholders. While it is an exception to carry up to 30 grams of marijuana (1.06 ounces) for personal use once, it will still be necessary for the green card holder to attend an immigration court to present their case to an immigration judge. This is typically a very long process and could end up costing thousands of dollars, even if your child is never deported.

Also, this is an exception only once. If your child ends up with 2 or more crimes for possession of marijuana, the situation becomes much worse.

3. Possession of a controlled substance

A conviction of a controlled substance could result in a residence card being deported. Unlike a conviction for marijuana, there is no exception for any other type of drugs under the law. The amount of drugs found does not matter either. Controlled substances may include completely illegal medications, such as cocaine or heroin, as well as prescription medications such as Xanax or hydrocodone.

This means that your child could face expulsion from the country for possession of a Xanax pill while a US citizen. could face a sentence with probation.

4. Drug addiction

Green cardholders who are addicted to drugs can be deported under United States immigration laws. It is not necessary to have a criminal conviction of any kind, you just have to admit that you use drugs, that you are addicted to drugs, or that there is the basis of evidence from a medical report so that they are sufficient legal argument for the expulsion of the United States. UU.

Your children under the age of 18 and permanent legal residents automatically become citizens of the United States when they are naturalized through your channel.

Protecting your children from deportation due to one or more of the reasons mentioned above may be easier than you think. According to the USCIS, if you become a U.S. citizen. and his son:

  • He holds a green card
  • He is living with you in the US and legally in your custody
  • He is currently under 18 years of age
  • He was under 18 or not yet born on February 27, 2001

Your child can automatically receive U.S. citizenship! This means that they don’t have to wait until they turn 18 years of age to go through the naturalization process. It also means that once they become a U.S. citizen, immigration laws will not apply and will be protected from deportation.

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