Recently the number of illegals crossing the southwestern border of the U.S. has surged 15%. As for the raw numbers here they are from Homeland Security for the past 12 months, ending in September:
- 530,350 illegals arrived, with many from Central America
- 450,954 sent back.
So, the problems associated with illegal immigration are not only competition for jobs or a suspected criminal background.. In addition it's the big bucks involved in the process of monitoring the border, maintaining detention centers and deporting. Here is the coverage from The Washington Post which the Drudge Report links to.
Meanwhile, as Bloomberg reports, immigration lawyers in the U.S. face extreme angst from their clients. Both the lawyers and the clients fear the policies of the incoming Trump Administration.
Some of those clients are already in the U.S. and want to stay. Others are still in their homeland and seek permission to enter the U.S. And, the reasons go beyond fleeing political persecution. At the top of the list is the contention that they will be an asset to the U.S. because of an extraordinary talent or accomplishment.
In my communications assignments for U.S. immigration lawyers, I have assessed too many of the petitions to be "weak." I wondered if there is an ethical responsibility to inform prospective clients that the odds of their case turning out successfully are low. Meanwhile, the lawyers collect a fee.
Interestingly, though, not all foreigners in the U.S. see this as the Economic Promised Land. Some studying here at American universities perceive greater career opportunities in their homelands. After graduation, they will return to places such as the Arabic nations for good. Currently they are attending academic institutions such as Youngstown University in Eastern Ohio.
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