Citizenship Applications Surge

The New York Times ran an interesting article recently titled: ” Citizenship Applications Surge as Immigration Talk Toughens.”

The article begins with the story of a 49 year old man who has had a green card for almost a decade talking about how he felt safe in the U.S with his green card.  He did not feel that becoming a U.S. Citizen was a priority.  In addition, the need to study for an oral civics test, the application fee and the time he would need to take off of work discouraged him.  He felt attached to the U.S.  However, he changed his mind after the new President took office.

“All this tough talk about immigrants got me thinking I still could be deported,” said Mr. Bernal, 49, a homeowner who is married and the father of two teenagers born in the United States. “You never know.”

“Last week, he was among 3,542 immigrants who raised their right hands to take the oath at a naturalization ceremony inside the Los Angeles Convention Center.”

Many feel that even having a green card is not enough to protect themselves in these current times.

Naturalization applications generally spike during presidential cycles and fall after an election. But this year, the volume of applications is on track to surpass that of 2016, as a perennial backlog continues to pile up. It is the first time in 20 years that applications have not slipped after a presidential election, according to analysis by the National Partnership for New Americans, an immigrant rights coalition of 37 groups. And with an unrelenting stream of hard-line rhetoric and enforcement in the news, as well as a swell of citizenship drives and advocacy, there are no signs the trend is abating.

About 8.8 million people are eligible to become American citizens, meaning they have been lawful permanent residents, or had a green card, for at least five years.

In the first three quarters of the 2017 fiscal year — from Oct. 1, 2016, through June 30, the latest period for which data is available — 783,330 people filed applications, compared with the 725,925 who filed during the same months a year earlier. The current figure is well on pace to surpass the 971,242 who applied in the 2016 fiscal year.

With the surge of applications, the processing backlog has ballooned. There were 708,638 pending applications at the end of June, a steady rise from 522,565 at the end of the 2016 fiscal year and 291,833 in 2010. The average wait time has doubled, to 8.6 months from four months a few years ago, with applicants in cities like Dallas, Houston, Las Vegas and Miami waiting a year or longer.

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, which processes the applications, said it was enlisting officers to work overtime and seeking to fill vacancies, noting “there is no quick fix” for the delays.””

The article goes on to explain that green cards ” can be revoked, and green card holders can be deported if they are convicted on charges such as aggravated felonies, drug trafficking and crimes of “moral turpitude,” which can be broadly defined. Each time a permanent resident leaves the United States, re-entry is at the discretion of an immigration official.

Citizenship protects immigrants from deportation if they commit a crime, and gives them access to federal benefits and jobs that are restricted to citizens.”

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The U.S. will begin collecting social media data on immigrants, green card holders and naturalized U.S. Citizens

The New York Times ran an extremely interesting article recently titled: “U.S. to collect Social Media Data on all Immigrants Entering the Country”

“The Department of Homeland Security will soon begin collecting social media data from all immigrants entering the United States, part of what agency officials call an effort to more effectively screen those coming to the country but privacy advocates see as an unnecessary intrusion that would do little to protect national security.

The department will begin collecting the information on Oct. 18.

In addition, green card holders and naturalized citizens (i.e. not U.S. Citizens who were born in the United States) will also have their social media information collected “with the data becoming part of their immigration file.”

“It was unclear whether the monitoring would take place only in the application process or could continue afterward.”

“The data collection has alarmed privacy groups and lawyers, who expressed concerns on about how the department would use the information. Advocates say they also worry that the monitoring could suck in information on American citizens who communicate over social media with immigrants.”

This is definitely an article that every person should read.  This is especially true for those of us who are on social media.  Basically, every person who is receiving some sort of Immigration benefit in the United States will be having their social media accounts reviewed by the Department of Homeland Security.

Lawrence Gruner is a green card, fiance visa, and U.S. Citizenship Attorney located in Sacramento California.  He would be happy to talk to you, free of charge, about your immigration case.  He may be reached at 888-801-6558.

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    I met the love of my life in China. When I was looking for an Immigration attorney to help me get the K1 Visa for my fiance, I was so glad that I found the Law Office Of Lawrence Gruner. Attorney’s Lawrence Gruner and Jason Marachi gave us excellent representation throughout the whole process and got us through the process very quickly and smoothly. It only took six month’s for my fiance to get her K1 Visa and move to the U.S. with me so we could get married and start our lives together. And in another six month’s later, my wife now has her Green Card. I highly recommend this Law Office for your Immigration Law needs.
    Thank you Mr. Gruner and Mr. Marachi!!

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    Lawrence and his legal team are stellar. They provided an affordable solution to our immigration related legal issues. My wife and I turned to Lawrence and his team from friends that also had a successful experience. Simply, we all agree that it was the right choice. Everything was completed as offered and his legal advice as a lawyer and a friend is always there. Thank You!

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