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How the United States Immigration System Works: A Fact Sheet | Immigration Policy Center

How the United States Immigration System Works: A Fact Sheet | Immigration Policy Center | Immigration to the U.S | Scoop.it
U.S. immigration law is very complex, and there is much confusion as to how it works. The Immigration and Naturalization Act (INA), the body of law governing current immigration policy, provides for an annual worldwide limit of 675,000 permanent immigrants, with certain exceptions for close family members.
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"How the United States Immigration System Works: A Fact Sheet." Immigration Policy Center. American Immigration Council, 1 Mar. 2014. Web. 08 Nov. 2014.

http://www.immigrationpolicy.org/just-facts/how-united-states-immigration-system-works-fact-sheet

The Immigration Policy Center is a web page dedicated to the rules and categories of immigration to the United States. It gives information about the different types of immigration. All the information is updated and shown in various tables. Family-based immigration lets U.S resident bring certain family members to the country. Employment-based immigration is divided into two categories: temporary visas and permanent visas. It lets high-skilled foreign workers come to the United States for a given amount of time. Refugees and Asylees are people unable to go back to their home countries due to a fear of being persecuted. In 2013, the United States opened its arms for 70,000 refugees, most of them from Africa and East Asia. The U.S also has other forms of humanitarian relief, like the Temporary Protected Status (TPS), and the Deferred Enforced Departure (DED). In order for Immigrants to get citizenship, they must have the “green card” status for at least 5 years, unless they get married or fall under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).

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Growth, Cities, and Immigration: Crash Course US History #25 - YouTube

In which John Green teaches you about the massive immigration to the United States during the late 19th and early 20th century. Immigrants flocked to the US ...
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Green, John. "Growth, Cities, and Immigration: Crash Course US History #25."YouTube. CrashCourse, 15 Aug. 2013. Web. 07 Nov. 2014.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RRhjqqe750A

This video explains immigration to the United States since the 1800’s. It is explained in detail by American History professor, John Green. The Agricultural Golden Age period is responsible for the mass migration to the east. This lead to the expansion of cities around the United States. Due to the increase of opportunities, millions of European immigrants start coming to the U.S in cargo ships. Immigrants contributed to America’s growth by working in factories and mines. Some people trying to stop the flow of immigrants to the country lead to some court decisions against foreign workers. The Chinese Exclusion Act was signed in 1882 by president Chester A. Arthur. It prohibited the immigration of Chinese workers as well as deprive their rights. Thanks to the millions of immigrants, America grew up to be an industrial power.

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Illegal Aliens Taking U.S. Jobs (2013)

Illegal Aliens Taking U.S. Jobs (2013) | Immigration to the U.S | Scoop.it
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Passel, Jeffrey S., and Cohn D'Vera. "Illegal Aliens Taking U.S. Jobs." Illegal Aliens Taking U.S. Jobs (2013). Federation for American Immigration Reform, Mar. 2013. Web. 08 Nov. 2014.

http://www.fairus.org/issue/illegal-aliens-taking-u-s-jobs

Immigrants come to the United States to take jobs and look for opportunities. They are often welcomed by U.S employers who hire them and pay them lower wages. An acted created in 1986 makes this type of unemployment illegal, but there are still a lot of illegal aliens taking jobs. Illegal immigrants are often people crossing the border between the United States and Mexico or “Over stayers”. The increase of hired illegal immigrants will decrease the U.S workers attractiveness for that sector. Currently, 71.4% of the 11.2 million illegal immigrants are illegally hired. Texas, California, and Florida are the states with the most illegal employees in the U.S.

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piechart-PN.gif (858x470 pixels) | Immigration to the U.S | Scoop.it
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U.S Department of Homeland Security. Immigrants by Regions During 50-year Periods. Digital image. Scholastic. N.p., 2014. Web. 05 Nov. 2014.

http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/immigration/immigration_data/images/piechart-PN.gif

The image shows 4 pie charts, each one of them representing a 50 year span. It has the data of legal immigrants entering the United States between 1820 and 2010. There can be seen different changes over the years. Between 1820 and 1869, Europeans were the immigrant majority. It did not change that much until the 1920-1969 period, where the number of North & South American immigrants was even with the number of European immigrants. From 1970 to 2010, the number of Asian and N.&S. Americans immigrants increased significantly.

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Here's how we can solve our immigration problem

Here's how we can solve our immigration problem | Immigration to the U.S | Scoop.it
This could be the key to solving the immigration problem, says Carol Roth.
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Roth, Carol. "Here's How We Can Solve Our Immigration Problem." CNBC. N.p., 13 June 2014. Web. 09 Nov. 2014.

http://www.cnbc.com/id/101755719#.

Carol Roth tries to give a possible solution for America’s immigration issues. Some important companies like McDonalds and Coca-Cola are requesting their need for more low and unskilled workers. Roth says that illegal immigrants are looking for jobs more often than citizenship. For illegal aliens, work is a “path to legality, not to citizenship”. The United States should create a job reform where illegal immigrants are given the chance to apply for a working bridge program. During the bridge program lapse, illegal aliens might have the chance to apply for residence or citizenship. Immigrants that are part of the program would have to pay taxes and will not receive any benefits. This idea would create a stronger workforce, reduce the border patrol costs, and provides a long-term solution.

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U.S Department of Homeland Security. "Total Immigrants By Decade." Immigration Policy Center. Scholastic, 2014. Web. 08 Nov. 2014.

http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/immigration/immigration_data/images/line-graph-decade.gif

The graph shows the total number of legal immigrants by decade. The graph shows data from 1820 through 2009. It is numbered from zero to 12 million immigrants. The total number of legal immigrants reached its highest point in the 2000’s decade. The number of legal immigrants is really low in the early 1800’s as well as in the mid 1900’s. In 1820, a total of 128,502 immigrants arrived to the United States. Whereas, in 2009, a total of 10,299,430 immigrants were admitted. The increase in immigration over time can be seen by just looking at the graph.

 

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A Strategy for Rich Countries: Absorb More Immigrants

A Strategy for Rich Countries: Absorb More Immigrants | Immigration to the U.S | Scoop.it
If developed economies are to keep thriving, they’ll need more people. Two paths to that goal are immigration reform and family-friendly working conditions.
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Cowen, Tyler. "A Strategy for Rich Countries: Absorb More Immigrants." The New York Times. The New York Times, 08 Nov. 2014. Web. 10 Nov.2014 http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/09/upshot/a-strategy-for-rich-countries-absorb-more-immigrants.html?_r=0&__scoop_post=eacb95d0-6948-11e4-ab93-90b11c3d2b20&__scoop_topic=3702664#__scoop_post=eacb95d0-6948-11e4-ab93-90b11c3d2b20&__scoop_topic=3702664

The article talks about economic depressions and how “absorbing” more immigrants can solve the problem. The majority of developed countries have a lot of senior citizens that are not able to work anymore. The author uses China and Japan to explain his theory. China has severe childbearing policies to stabilize population, while Japan has strict immigration policies. These codes have led to the decrease of capable workers. If the United States take an anti-immigration position, it would cause the economy’s growth to slow down. The United States has the potential to attract high-skilled workers from around the world. If these foreign workers are given the chance to become citizens, they would contribute to the economy’s stabilization and prevent recessions. 

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Department of Homeland Security. Total Immigrants by Region. Digital image.Http://teacher.scholastic.com. Schoolastic, 2014. Web. 10 Nov. 2014.

http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/immigration/immigration_data/images/bargraph-region.gif

The image shows the total number of immigrants by region of origin. It contains a graph and a map showing the number of immigrants from each continent. The image contains information from 1820 through 2010. Europe is the continent where the majority of the immigrants come from. It has provided 39,716,684 immigrants from 1820 to 2010. Europe’s numbers are followed by North & South America (21,914,545), and Asia (12,140,629). Immigrants from Oceania are the smallest group with only 324,494 people, followed by Africa (1,487,176). There are about 815,819 immigrants with an unspecified continent of origin.

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Why America can't fix its immigration problem

Why America can't fix its immigration problem | Immigration to the U.S | Scoop.it
THERE are an estimated 11m-12m immigrants living in the United States illegally, most of them Latino. Many have families, jobs and property, and far deeper roots in...
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The Economist. "Why America Can't Fix Its Immigration Problem." The Economist. The Economist Newspaper, 08 July 2014. Web. 10 Nov. 2014.

http://www.economist.com/blogs/economist-explains/2014/07/economist-explains-5

Most of the immigrants in the United States are Latino. They have developed more roots here than in their own countries. Obama has tried to pass a law to help immigrants, but he is always stopped by the republican opposition in congress. Immigrants have had a great impact in policies over the years. Latino immigrants helped Barack Obama win the presidential elections against Mitt Romney in 2012. The immigration problem have not been solved because the arguing between two political parties. Republicans want to make the path to citizenship really arduous for immigrants. The problem will not be solved until everybody agrees on something.

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Illegal Immigration from Mexico

Illegal Immigration from Mexico | Immigration to the U.S | Scoop.it
The vast majority of the illegal immigrants in the United States are from Mexico.
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U.S Immigration Support. "Illegal Immigration from Mexico." Illegal Immigration from Mexico. U.S Immigration Support, 2012. Web. 09 Nov. 2014.

http://www.usimmigrationsupport.org/illegal-immigration-from-mexico.html

Over the years, many Mexicans have crossed the U.S-Mexico border looking for better living and opportunities. Illegal immigrants usually come from poverty, they decide to cross the border looking for hope. They are pulled mainly by the “American Dream” desire. A lot of immigrants cross the Arizona desert with “coyotes” dreaming for a better future for their families. Regrettably, most of the illegal immigrants crossing the frontier die from dehydration. Once an immigrant successfully crosses the border, they have two main goals: work and send money to their families in Mexico or bring more people illegally. Usually, Mexican immigrants come looking for citizenship, or at least save up enough money and return to Mexico.

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