Recent media headlines have been abuzz about President Trump’s travel ban and the proposed wall between the U.S.-Mexican border. What these reports have overlooked, though, is the fact that the move toward stricter immigration policies is stirring anxiety among predominantly white illegal immigrants from western European countries.
A recent report from CNN investigated how Irish immigrants are reacting to the sudden changes to U.S. immigration regulations. One immigrant confessed that, although white illegal immigrants are spared the brunt of the racially charged rhetoric, fear is rising among Irish immigrants who are worried about being uprooted from a country they have called home for decades.
Orla Kelleher runs the Bronx-based Aisling Irish Community Center, which provides support to immigrants who need legal advice, a job, or a place to live. Kelleher disclosed that since Trump’s travel ban in January, there has been a three-fold increase in the number of undocumented Irish immigrants seeking advice.
If you or a loved one has entered the United States illegally and you would like to learn about potential options to live and work in the country, contact Kuck Immigration Partners. Charles Kuck will evaluate your case and provide comprehensive legal guidance. Call 404-816-8611 today to schedule a consultation with a green card attorney in Atlanta.
No Path to Citizenship for Irish Immigrants Who Overstay Their Visas
According to PolitiFact.com, approximately 40 percent of illegal immigrants in the United States entered the country legally but overstayed their visas. Ciaran Staunton, a member of the Irish lobby for immigration reform in the United States, asserts that there is no path to citizenship for Irish immigrants who overstay their visas, and those who are caught doing so face a ban from the country.
One immigrant who was interviewed in the CNN report stated that she and her boyfriend have considered marrying a U.S. citizen just to get a green card. This, however, is considered fraud and can have serious consequences for both the immigrant and the U.S. citizen who consented to the marriage.
Are Illegal Irish Immigrants Taking Jobs from Americans?
It’s one of the most common arguments in favor of tighter immigration restrictions: “Immigrants are taking jobs from Americans.” But is there any validity to this point?
In his interview with CNN, Ciaran Staunton asserted that undocumented Irish immigrants fill jobs that Americans don’t want. This has been a common argument against immigration restrictions. According to the Pew Research Center, more than one-quarter of all unauthorized immigrants in the United States in 2014 worked in the farming industry.
Whether illegal immigrants are taking jobs from Americans remains a subject of debate, but if immigration restrictions continue to tighten, the United States workforce is poised to lose millions of its employees.
If you are facing an immigration crisis or if you would like to help a foreign national enter the United States on an employment- or family-based visa, contact Kuck Immigration Partners. Call 404-816-8611 today to schedule a consultation with an immigration lawyer in Atlanta.