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What percentage of workers are immigrants?

The United States is often touted as the melting pot, a place for people from all countries to gather. That means that immigrant workers factor heavily in the workforce. Have you been wondering what percentage of workers are immigrants?

The statistics change on a yearly basis, of course, but a study that came out this spring looked at a very complete data set from 2014. It sheds some light on the current state of affairs.

Entering the U.S. and your civil rights

Law enforcement officers cannot stop, detain, search or remove anyone based solely on your political beliefs, ethnicity, gender, national origin, race or religion. At the border and at all airports, though, law enforcement has the right to search any and all bags, and ask questions about your travel itinerary and citizenship.

Lawful permanent citizens and non-U.S. citizens may be questioned about their immigration status, although if you have a valid passport and are a U.S. citizen, you do not have to answer those questions. Failing to answer those questions could result in a longer delay.

How much do immigrants need to invest?

One option for immigrants is to qualify as immigrant investors. However, the United States wants these investments to be substantial, so they've put minimums in the law.

First off, the standard minimum is $1 million. This investment has to be made to a commercial enterprise that qualifies, but there is some flexibility there.

Possible Solutions for Holders of TPS (Temporary Protected Status)

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In May 2017, Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly rocked the world of immigrants that hold "temporary protected status" (TPS) by announcing a limited 6-month extension of TPS for the 58,706 Haitians who are enrolled in the program. But the end is coming, DHS officials warned, telling these Haitian TPS-holders to use their remaining time in the US until January 22, 2018, "to handle their affairs." He continued with these chilling words: "This six-month extension should allow Haitian TPS recipients living in the United States time to attain travel documents and make other necessary arrangements for their ultimate departure from the United States, and should also provide the Haitian government with the time it needs to prepare for the future repatriation of all current TPS recipients."

This has understandably caused panic for all TPS-holders from other countries. Yes, if you are a TPS-holder, you could soon be hearing the same cruel news as these poor Haitians.

Immigration bill vote delayed by council members

Earlier this year, Ozment Law filed a lawsuit against the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, alleging that detention of suspected noncitizens by the Davidson County Sheriff violates the law and detainees' constitutional rights. At the same time, two bills (sponsored by Councilmen Bob Mendes and Colby Sledge, among others) are pending in the Metro Council that would provide accountability to the Nashville sheriff when he attempts to detain people he suspects are immigrants.

On Tuesday, the Metro Law Director abruptly issued a brief opinion alleging that the bills would not be valid, because they cannot stop the sheriff from "cooperating" with ICE officials.

Need more workers? Turn to your laborers’ loved ones for help

One problem that many employers have is finding an adequate number of qualified workers. This holds true in all types of industries, and employers are limited in how they can hire non-U.S. citizens already in the country. For example, a potential worker may have no immigration papers or is on another type of work visa.

The solution may well lie close to home, at least in part. Say that your business needs temporary agricultural workers. You could collaborate with current contractors or laborers to bring their loved ones into the United States. After all, you need workers. You need help, and the people who work hard for you want to see their loved ones again soon.

Learn about immigration factors that might affect your case

Coming to the United States is a dream for many people. The opportunities here seem to call people who are looking for a better life. When you have a family and want to come to the United States, you probably want to come as a family.

We understand that will everything going on in the world today, it might seem almost impossible to think about moving into the U.S. We can help you learn about how the changing laws and policies might impact your chances of coming here legally.

2 grounds on which you can file for asylum in the United States

In the United States, there are two different methods an individual can pursue in applying for asylum. One technique is referred to as the affirmative process and the other is referred to as the defensive one.

In order for an individual to be eligible to participate in the affirmative process, he or she must already be physically in the United States. Decisions are entered in these types of asylum cases regardless of how the individual is reported to have arrived in the country or his or her present immigration status.

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