People who are born in the U.S. are citizens, even if their parents are not. If you are a U.S. citizen but your parents are not citizens, you may be able to sponsor them for permanent residency. People who are at least 21 years old can petition for their parents to become permanent residents in the U.S.
The physical presence of a parent in the United States is a very important part of determining whether or not a child is a citizen immediately upon being born.
As the Great Melting Pot, the American Dream is supposed to be available to all, not a privileged few. Unfortunately, some parts of the country can be more difficult places to carve out a piece of the pie for immigrants, despite the relatively short amount of time that the vast majority of American citizens can trace their heritage within the country's borders. Georgia is no exception — in fact, Georgia is among several states with laws that seem intended to make life and the pursuit of the American Dream for the immigrant even more difficult.
Since the election of Donald Trump, whose campaign contained a good deal of anti-immigrant rhetoric, people of all nationalities who are living and working in the U.S. are understandably nervous as they wait to find out how much of that rhetoric will result in action that could endanger their place in this country.
Often, all that it takes to get deported is a minor event that draws attention to your situation. Minor crimes that don't seem like a reason to be thrown out of the country can be used as an excuse to do just that.
Now that Donald Trump has been elected president of the United States, it is reasonable that many immigrants may be carefully considering their next few steps. While no one knows exactly how the Trump administration may take actions that affect the immigrant community, there are more than a few troubling pieces of immigration rhetoric lingering from the campaign trail.
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, is a program for people who were brought to the U.S. by their parents when they were younger. If you came to the U.S. with your child before your child was 15 years old, they might qualify for DACA.
The outcome of next week's presidential election could have a significant impact on the lives of many immigrants here in Georgia and the rest of the country. A number of undocumented immigrants who came here with their families when they were still children have been allowed to stay in this country and get Social Security numbers, IDs and the work permits they need to go to school and get a job under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival program without fear of being "discovered" and deported. The program was implemented by President Obama.
Domestic violence is one of the worst experiences that someone can go through. Often, victims do not know where to turn, because they are afraid of further angering their abusive partner. It can leave you feeling hopeless and alone.