Immigration Laws in the US: Facts You Must Know

Immigration Laws in the US: Facts You Must Know

People from all over the world are drawn to America in search of a better life. The US immigration, however, is constantly evolving. So, it is not easy to stay updated with new developments. On January 20, 2021 the US immigration system was fundamentally modernized by President Biden as he announced the US Citizenship Act of 2021. He made several amendments to the previous version of the act and this opened a new door for opportunities for not only the country but also for the people wishing to settle here.

Unauthorized immigration

Many people in the USA believe that the number of unauthorized immigrants is continuously increasing. The reality, however, is quite different.

The number of undocumented US immigrants has been decreasing. There were 12.2 million undocumented immigrants in 2007, and this figure dropped to 11 million in 2018. As of 2020, the curve had been flattened.

Besides, according to United States Border Patrol data, undocumented migration from Mexico has also dropped. In fact, net migration from Mexico has fallen to zero.


According to the latest edition of the American immigration laws, a person can be granted asylum if they claim a fear of persecution from their native land. The US government provides protection to the people who have been persecuted in their country because of reasons based on race, religion, or nationality.

So, if a noncitizen makes a “fear claim”  and applies for asylum DHS’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will conduct a screening process to determine the credibility of the individual. Several improvements have constantly been made in the screening process to enhance the effectiveness of the system.

A brown passport

Temporary protection

If a country’s citizen cannot return to their home because of a civil war or a natural disaster, the Secretary of Homeland Security marks their country as a “Temporary Protected State” and permits the eligible noncitizens from designated countries to stay and work until the circumstances in their own country are normalized.

But one has to remain careful with Temporary Protected Status, as their work authorization may expire during the period. Although DHS provide extensions and notifies the people in the Federal Register and mails. But USCIS needs to update their strategy of communicating work extensions to employers as employers fired several eligible employees in recent years as they were not notified about the legality of the mailed extension letters.


All in all, immigrants contribute greatly to the US economy. A lot of Americans falsely believe that immigrants are responsible for reducing job opportunities for American citizens. However, immigrants are actually highly entrepreneurial.

According to annual New American Fortune 500 report released by the New American Economy, a bipartisan research and advocacy organization US immigrants are the founders of nearly half of the Fortune 500 companies—providing jobs to almost 14 million Americans. The report further elaborates that these companies generate trillions in annual revenue, thus creating a tremendous impact on the country’s overall economy.

In this regard, several improvements have recently been made in the US International Entrepreneur program. Recent advancements in this program have opened a plethora of opportunities for the US immigrants.

These are just some of the facts about the immigration system in US. So many people aspire to come to the country and work here. If you also want to stay in the US, you might need to understand the system better. Proper guidance can help you follow the required procedures easily.

The Lincoln Law Group is a team of licensed and experienced immigration lawyers, truck accident lawyers, tax litigation lawyers, criminal lawyers, and, child custody lawyers in Baltimore, Silver Spring, and Maryland. If you are looking for advocacy services or just want to hire an immigration attorney ,feel free to contact them.

Disclaimer: Information in this blog is provided for educational purposes. It should not be used as a substitute for legal advice.

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