People from all different walks of life have varying opinions on those who are coming to this country through the immigration system. Some New York families may even have concerns that immigrants, often coming from places where violence or corruption are threatening the way of life, may engage in criminal activity once they enter the United States. However, one recent study suggests that this is not the case and that immigrants are not raising crime rates. Supporters of immigration are pointing to this study as a reason to continue to expand U.S. immigration law.
The United States is known around the world as a land of opportunity. Many who come here do so because they face dangerous conditions in their home countries. They're often able to create better lives for themselves and their families. However, recent changes to U.S. immigration law may alter that. The new regulations surrounding the issue of asylum may have a far-reaching effect on migrants here in New York and around the nation.
Though most immigrants come to this country for a better life, they may not be totally safe. Some immigrants are victims of domestic violence. No one should ever feel unsafe due to threats from someone they love. Unfortunately, this is a reality for far too many immigrants right here in New York. An immigration advocacy group recently released a report noting that there has been a sharp increase in the number of immigrants whose partners have threatened to call Immigration and Customs Enforcement if the immigrant reports abuse.
Being an undocumented immigrant can be difficult in today's world. Many struggle to provide for their families, which can sometimes lead a person to break the law. Those offenses sometimes connect to U.S. immigration law. In the past, undocumented immigrants who commit certain crimes in New York were subject to deportation. Governor Andrew Cuomo has changed a key portion of the state's Penal Law, which he says will save thousands of people from the threat of deportation.
There are many groups of people who come to this country because they are in fear for their lives. To them, the United States offers a chance to improve their situation, care for their families, and not just survive but thrive. One such group that falls into this category includes several thousand people from Liberia who relocated to several different states, including New York. They were fleeing great turmoil in their home country and hoping U.S. immigration law would allow them to stay. Though the humanitarian program that allowed them to stay was set to expire, the presidential administration has decided to extend the program another year.
All across the state of New York, communities are debating whether it is a good idea to issue driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants. Supporters say that doing so would allow immigrants to legally drive, thereby strengthening their ability to be a part of their community. One city held a recent forum to discuss this potential piece of U.S. immigration law, highlighting how issuing driver's licenses regardless of legal status can benefit everyone.
Those people who come to this country as undocumented often find employment with various businesses. Some of these companies exploit those undocumented workers by paying them less money than what would be considered acceptable by the standards of most American workers. The workers can feel as though they have no way to report their employers, as doing so may make them vulnerable to deportation. However, new legislation here in New York related to employment immigration seeks to remedy that, by clarifying an existing law to include protections for undocumented workers.
Immigration is a highly contentious issue across the nation right now. Advocates of immigration have long touted the benefits of allowing foreign-born people to come to the United States. The state of New York in particular has done a great deal to assist immigrants from all parts of the world and in encouraging each one to become a permanent resident. Those who support immigration are pointing to a new study that indicates that New York has seen significant positive economic impact from its immigrant population.
Immigration has been a divisive issue in our country, including right here in New York. Those who support immigration say that it makes the United States better in many ways, while there are critics who say that abuses of our immigration system run rampant. President Trump recently mentioned potential changes to the H-1B program that grants temporary visas related to employment immigration. Many people on both sides of the debate are wondering exactly what those proposed changes will mean.
Numerous laws surround immigration, and many of those laws are in place with good reason. However, the desire to crack down on illegal immigration efforts and immigration issues as a whole has resulted in proposed changes to those laws that many individuals find questionable. As of late, changes to asylum procedures have been at the forefront.