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Taking a look at chain migration in the United States

,Chain migration has become a hot topic in the news since President Donald Trump gave the annual State of the Union address back in January. President Trump made a claim that one immigrant is able to bring in "virtually unlimited numbers of distant relatives" to the United States in what he says is chain migration. Under the current administration's plan, immigrants would only be allowed to sponsor spouses and minor children for access to the country.

If you take a deep look at the law, one could argue that when one immigrant comes to the United States, it could lead to their aunt or uncle winding up in the country via sponsorships. This would happen by the original immigrant sponsoring their parents, who would then sponsor their brother or sister for access to the country.

Seeking green card status as a widow/widower of a U.S. citizen

There is much debate in the corridors of power in Washington these days about the legal status of people who live in this country but weren't born here. Therefore, it's only natural that many immigrants as well as those who seek to live in this country are nervous and confused.

One group that isn't widely discussed is people who are widows and widowers of U.S. citizens. Under the law, anyone who was legally married to a U.S. citizen when he or she died can obtain a green card.

Helping juveniles seek legal status

As the political debate rages on in Washington, D.C., and throughout the country about immigration, we cannot forget that among the most vulnerable people in our country are immigrant children and minors.

Unmarried immigrants under 21 years old who have been abandoned, neglected or abused by parents or guardians can seek legal protection by qualifying for special immigrant juvenile status (SIJS). This status provides lawful permanent residence in our country.

Trump makes getting a green card just a little bit more difficult

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) officials, under direction of President Donald Trump, announced on December 18 their intentions to update an aspect of the green card application process. They will discontinue honoring congressional appeals for green cards as they've historically been accepted in the past.

For years, many who have been seeking permanent residency in the United States have turned to their congressional representatives in Washington, D.C. for help in dealing with USCIS. These individuals have relied on congress-issued privacy waivers as a way of filtering communication among immigration, family members and attorneys.

How does the U.S. government grant asylum?

Immigrants come to the U.S. for a number of reasons. Some of these immigrants have suffered persecution in their home countries and are seeking protection.

For these immigrants, the U.S. offers asylum. Anyone can seek asylum if they have been persecuted against or fear persecution due to their:

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