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Jul 1, 2020 3:47 AM ET

5 US Immigration Issues to Watch in 2020

iCrowd Newswire - Jul 1, 2020

Immigration has for many years been a hot topic. And this year, with an election coming up, has brought it even more to the forefront. Will all individuals that are in this country with no visas be able to obtain one? Will citizenship be granted to everyone who is in the country at this time and requests it? Will the situation at the border with Mexico be resolved with no more need to hold people for an undetermined period of time until their cases are heard? These may be improbable scenarios, but several others represent important issues that immigrants need to be aware of. They may have a direct impact on their personal situation.

The “Remain in Mexico” Issue

This policy tries to address the immense problem of what to do with people trying to gain entrance into the United States through the southern border. On the one hand, holding facilities inside the United States are overcrowded and people held in them have to wait for indefinite periods of time to be processed. On the other, the idea that they can safely wait in Mexico to get their day in court also presents huge challenges. These individuals or, in many cases whole families, risk being kidnapped, robbed, or even killed while waiting.

Reunification of Families Seeking Asylum in the US

Since the beginning of 2020, the number of refugee admissions was cut to a record low. This not only impacts refugees themselves but presents delays in family reunifications. Also, this cut in the asylum seekers allowed affects the survival of a national refugee resettlement infrastructure that has taken decades to be built.

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

What awaits the many DACA recipients in the future is an issue still to be decided. Although it seems that a huge majority of US citizens are in favor of providing a pathway to citizenship for DACA recipients, the polls will decide what pathway, if any, will be open to them in the future.

New Restrictions for International Students

International students may discover that they now have to seek new approval for each stage of their academic careers in the US. They may also have to contend with a new guideline that will determine the maximum period they are authorized to stay in the country. The admitted point of these rulings is to ensure that international students do not overstay their visas and improve the integrity of the non-immigrant student visa program.

Temporary Protected Status (TPS)

Citizens from countries such as Nicaragua, El Salvador, Haiti, and Sudan, which have benefited under their TPS designation, may now find that their country’s TPS status has been rescinded, ending the possibility of staying in the United States long-term for hundreds of thousands of people.

Even in non-election years, the number of issues that immigrants to the United States need to be concerned about is quite worrisome. Add an election to the mix and the way each of these issues is perceived, portrayed, and possibly changed, makes the lives of many immigrants quite stressful. If you or your family members require help with any immigration issue, visit and read about the options available to you. An immigration lawyer may be just what you need to help you deal with the issue that is worrying you.

Author Bio:

Michael Davis is the Content Director of Miami’s On the Map Marketing, Inc. As the chief content editor of one of the fastest-growing internet marketing firms in the country, Michael has made it his mission is to provide high-level, factual, and error-free content that emphasizes the best SEO practices and helps his company’s clients convert sales. When he’s not editing SEO content for On the Map, Michael writes his own industry-specific content for various publications.


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