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What Some Consider Illegal Immigration is Not Really Illegal

What Some Consider Illegal Immigration is Not Really Illegal

Public Radio International recently published an article discussing the attitude of the public, as well as both Republican and Democratic administrations, toward so-called “illegal” immigration. While many members of the public often distinguish between welcoming “legal” immigrants , as opposed to “illegal” immigrants, the bottom line is that when immigrants escape the area surrounding U.S. borders, federal authorities do little to enforce federal immigration laws. This is the case for a variety of reasons. One major reason that both political parties have tolerated illegal immigration to a large degree is the need of businesses for a reliable, low-cost workforce. Immigration has been such a hot-button issue in recent years that Congress has declined to increase the number of legal visas for businesses seeking immigrant workers. As a result, administrations from both sides of the aisle have quietly allowed immigrants who have overstayed their visas or entered the country without proper legal authority to remain in the country and work. Those immigrants whom the government does pursue are mostly those immigrants who have committed crimes. In fact, past administrations have protected immigrants residing in the U.S. by enacting legislation to allow immigrants a means of obtaining legal status. President Ronald Reagan pushed through an amnesty program in 1986 that allowed many immigrants to achieve legal status, and, eventually, naturalization. Likewise, President Bill Clinton greatly reduced the number of immigration raids in workplaces. Most recently, President Barack Obama issued an executive order that granted temporary work permits to immigrants who have lived in the U.S. since they were children. While deportations under the Obama administration definitely increased, the vast majority of those deportations were related to criminal convictions and occurred at or near the borders. Notably, deportations that occurred in the interior areas of the country reached the lowest number in eight years. At Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C., we care about you and your family, and want to help you preserve your home in the United States. We focus our law practice solely on deportation defense cases, which allows us to expend all of our efforts in standing up for the rights of those who are facing potential deportation, including those who are seeking asylum. Our California deportation defense lawyers know how to gather persuasive evidence to support your case and we know all of the procedural ins and outs of the U.S. deportation system. Allow us to handle your deportation case by contacting us today to schedule your consultation.

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