Let’s talk about immigration..and what most people probably don’t know.

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  1. Most of the undocumented immigrants in the US come into the United States legally, but overstayed their visas. The idea that the bulk of undocumented immigrants entering the United States illegally across the border is erroneous (source). Building a wall between the U.S. and Mexico is not likely to stop immigrants from entering the country, as many of them do so by taking a regular old plane.
  2. There are many different avenues for gaining legal permanent residency in the US. I will not go into specifics of each because there are many. I will share a few below:
  • Family-Based: This form constitutes most of the pathway to residency, more than half. This has to do with being a direct relative to a U.S. citizen (source).
  • Refugee: This form has 14% of the total immigration into the United States (source)
  • Employment-Based: This is 13% (source).

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