Immigration In Immigration

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Essential Changes and Suspect Countries with Asylees
Immigration has been a touchstone of the American experience since the country’s founding. And the United States remains the world’s top destination for immigrants, accounting for about 20 percent of all international migrants. The United States Immigration Policy determines the number allowed in, the selection criteria used, and the level of resources devoted to controlling illegal immigration. Current Homeland Security policies consist of revisions to this selection process and the asylum process. According to the Borgen Project, an estimated 15.2 million people in the world are refugees forced to leave their home countries because of persecution, war or other kinds of violence (Williams,
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If an individual is eligible for asylum then they will be permitted to remain in the United States. There is no fee to apply for asylum and an individual must apply within one year of their entrance in the U.S. There are two different ways an individual can obtain asylum and that is through the affirmative or defensive process. To obtain asylum through the affirmative asylum process you must be physically present in the United States (Department of Homeland Security, 2011). In other words, as long as you are physically in the U.S. it does not matter how the individual entered. With the defensive process, an individual is usually awaiting removal from the country because they were either caught at the border or in the country itself without proper documentation (Department of Homeland Security, 2011). An individual also may include their spouse and children who are in the United States on their application at the time they file or at any time until a final decision is made on their case. One noticeable difference between the two processes is that during the affirmative process an individual(s) are rarely detained by Immigration and allowed to live in the country during throughout the …show more content…
China was the top country of origin, with 10,151 Chinese receiving asylum in 2012, accounting for 34 percent of all asylum grants that year. The next four largest origin groups were from Egypt (2,882), Ethiopia (1,122), Venezuela (1,099), and Nepal (974) (Nwosu, Batalova, & Auclair, 2014). Together, nationals of these five countries made up more than half of all individuals who received asylum status in 2012. Of the five countries listed, all have had issues with terrorists or terror related groups as of late. So it would be important to do a more extensive background check on individuals from these places. For instance, when Tamerlan Tsarnaev stayed with his Aunt before going to the United States, he was actually in Chechnya studying and acquiring skills from different extremists and terrorist related groups.
In 2013, the asylum requests spiked from Mexican immigrants at the border. They are all claiming that they fear for their life from the cartels. In fact, critics of current immigration reform efforts in Washington have claimed would-be immigrants are using the credible fear claim seeking asylum as a loophole to gain legal entry into the U.S., citing fear of drug cartel violence in Mexico (Skoloff, 2013). Immigration experts say the concerns are overstated. Reports show that 91% of asylum requests from Mexicans are

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