Unit 1:Immigration & Legal Issues of New Populations in Your Communities.
Unit 1 - Immigration and Legal Issues provides a broad overview of the topics and issues that will be elaborated on in the subsequent units in this module.
America is a melting pot of races, cultures and religious groups that have come from many points on the globe. In fact, the United States is often referred to as a “nation of immigrants”.
Top 10 Largest U.S. Immigrant Groups
While the aforementioned groups represent the largest immigrant groups in the U.S. over the past century, Bureau of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service data (FY 2002) indicates that the majority of new immigrants in the U.S. come from:
The Most Common Reasons Include:
Contrary to popular belief, most immigrants who are here illegally (6 out of 10) enter the U.S. legally with a student, tourist, or business visa and become illegal when they remain in the U.S. after their visas expire.
Most legal immigrants, about 8 out of 11, come to join close family members.
Family-sponsored immigrants enter as either immediate relatives of U.S. citizens, such as:
Enter through the family preference system.
Family reunification is a key aspect of U.S. immigration policy and is based on the premise that strong families build good communities.
The second priority of the U.S. legal immigration system is to allow U.S. employers access to a small number of skilled workers from other countries when qualified Americans are not available.
U.S. immigration policy acknowledges our support of religious and political freedom and ensures our commitment to advocate and provide a haven for individuals fleeing oppression and persecution.
Obtaining an Immigrant Visa
Becoming a Permanent Resident
Obtaining a Work Permit
For Immigrants Needing Legal Guidance
Overcoming Barriers of Language & Culture
How Can the Extension Educator Enhance the New Immigrant’s Assimilation Into the Community?