Question #48: Should the immigration processes be improved and how?
Yes, the immigration process should be improved. I do think we have an immigration crisis. For far too long our government has done little to nothing to address this issue. We continue to incentive people to come to our country illegally. We need to fix our immigration laws. We need to properly fund all of our aspects of our Border. We also need to work on making the immigration process easier and quicker as it is really taking a toll on our court systems.
Immigration is the international movement of people into a destination country of which they are not natives or where they do not possess citizenship in order to settle or reside there, especially as permanent residents or naturalized citizens, or to take up employment as a migrant worker.
We have four types of immigration status that exist: citizens, residents, non-immigrants and undocumented.
There are many different facets of immigration law, but they generally fall under three major categories:
- family-based immigration,
- employment-based immigration, and.
- humanitarian immigration.
Immigrants comprise about 14 percent of the U.S. population more than 43 million people out of a total of about 323 million, according to the Census Bureau. Together, immigrants and their U.S.-born children make up about 27 percent of U.S. inhabitants.
In 1970 there were fewer than ten million immigrants in the United States. But there are proportionally fewer immigrants today than in 1890, when foreign-born residents comprised 15 percent of the population. Mexico is the most common country of origin for U.S. immigrants, at 25 percent, but the proportion of immigrants from South and East Asia—who number about 27 percent—is on the rise.
The United States granted 1.1 million individuals legal permanent residency in fiscal year 2017. More than two-thirds of them were admitted on the basis of family reunification. Other categories included: employment-based preferences (12 percent), refugees (11 percent), diversity (5 percent), and asylees (2 percent). In late 2018, nearly four million applicants were on the State Department’s waiting list for immigrant visas.
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