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Clarification re U.S. immigration law and asylum often necessary

It can be a very frightening experience to arrive in Georgia or another state as an immigrant. U.S. immigration law is complicated and often confusing to those whose first language is not English. Many who seek asylum face various challenges, including being lumped in with numbers regarding detentions regarding incidents at the Mexican border.

In past years, many of the people crossing the nation's borders were Mexican men attempting to avoid being taken into custody. Currently, these numbers are overshadowed by families coming from Central America, many of whom request assistance from the U.S. government as they flee war-torn violence and extreme poverty. With regard to immigration policies in the United States, Homeland Security and other agencies often assess such situations in order to report statistics.

A recent article discussed the fact that these statistics may be askew, since Homeland Security tends to include asylum-seekers in its apprehension numbers. Others who do not categorize those taking legitimate steps to seek asylum with those trying to enter the country illegally say that blending the two statistics together distorts the true picture of border situations. They worry that this may adversely affect immigration reform.

A man who has served as chief of Border Patrol for approximately six years said the environment at the Mexican border greatly differs today from what it was in 2004. Some blame the government for misrepresenting the numbers and creating confusion regarding who is actually coming across the border and what their intentions are at the time. Those seeking asylum  or other legitimate forms of residency in Georgia typically benefit by gaining an understanding of U.S. immigration law in order to help them in their transitions. Such information may be sought through an experienced immigration attorney.

Source: Fox News, "Report shows big increase in people seeking asylum on border", Oct. 7, 2016

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