Under U.S. and international law, refugees are individuals who have fled their country of origin because of persecution that was on account of their race, religion, political opinion, national origin, or social group. Those who have fled because of poverty, a natural disaster, or for other reasons are not considered refugees under the law, so this full statement is false.
It is a violation of civil (not criminal) law to be present unlawfully in the United States, so it is inaccurate to say that it is a crime to be present unlawfully. It is a misdemeanor crime to enter the United States unlawfully; however, at least 40% of undocumented immigrants entered the country lawfully, on a valid visa, and overstayed (and even most of those who did enter ...
Prior to the passage of the Chinese Exclusion Act in 1882, there was no federal immigration law limiting who could migrate lawfully to the United States, and thus all migration was legal. The Chinese Exclusion Act, which was the law from 1882 until it was repealed in 1943, created the first legal restrictions on migration to the United States, and thus resulted in the first ...
Presently, about 12.8% of the U.S. population is foreign-born. A century ago, about 15% of the U.S. population was foreign born.
19.8% of Nevadans are foreign-born, according to the U.S. Census bureau, compared to 12.8% of the overall U.S. population.
Those five states alone are home to more than 6.5 million undocumented immigrants, more than half of the total undocumented population nationally.
While the City of Chicago continues to be a gateway city to which many immigrants from around the world arrive, as of the 2000 census, there are more immigrants residing in the suburbs of Chicago than within the city limits. This is both because many immigrants have moved from the city to the suburbs and because, increasingly, newly-arrived immigrants are settling in the suburbs ...
As of 2011, Arizona was home to 360,000 undocumented immigrants, compared to 400,000 in North Carolina, according to U.S. Department of Homeland Security estimates.
Evidence of legal status is a requirement to receive SNAP (food stamp) benefits. In fact, even many immigrants who have Lawful Permanent Resident status are ineligible for these benefits.
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