Young people across the country, including here in Maryland, are joining together to declare their undocumented immigration status. Tired of living in fear from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials, they are hoping that this movement will help to change negative views about their status.
Four Senators (two Republicans and two Democrats) have introduced legislation that would help businesses looking to hire highly-skilled immigrant workers as well as foreign students. Dubbed Startup Act 2.0, the legislation is an attempt to increase immigration opportunities for immigrants who would invest in the U.S. or who have extensive education in science, math, engineering and/or technology.
K-1 visas, or nonimmigrant visas for fiancé(e)s, allows foreign-citizen fiancé(e)s to travel to the United States in order to marry their U.S. citizen spouses.
While Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has a policy to deport undocumented immigrants who have committed serious crimes over those that are in the U.S. peacefully, the number of people that have faced deportation in the last few years hit an all-time high. Also increasing is the number of ankle monitors installed by ICE.
According to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), 8.1 million immigrants currently qualify for naturalization (citizenship).