Immigration in the Midterm Election
The 2018 mid-term elections are right around the corner and everyone is on the edge of their seats to find out how some hotly contested races pan out. Among the major issues debated among the candidates stands out the discussion of immigration policy. Made a highlighted topic during the Obama and Trump campaigns, debate on deportation enforcement and border security has been on the rise for years. So what does this mean for immigration law in the United States? What are some important immigration-related issues this election, and what does it mean for you if you are a lawful permanent resident, a temporary protected status holder, a non-immigrant, or an individual seeking entry to the United States? Let us look at some important statistics as a baseline for discussion.
According to the American Community Survey (ACS), More than 43.7 million immigrants resided in the United States in 2016, accounting for 13.5 percent of the total U.S. population of 323.1 million. Between 2015 and 2016, the foreign-born population rose by approximately 449,000, or 1 percent, which is lower than 2014 to 2015's increase of 2.1 percent.
As of 2017, the "Current Population Survey (CPS)" reports immigrants, including their U.S. born children, now account for about 86.4 million people, which comes out to about 27 percent of the total U.S. population.
Google also states that as of 4:18PM on 10/23/2018, the current trending midterm election topic is on immigration, or more specifically the caravan coming from Honduras, as previously discussed in our blog, "Hondurans Need Help".
As a matter of fact, immigration is such a widely discussed topic for November’s elections, that it is the only topic currently on the top 23 items searched on Google. This tells us that there will be great discussion and change is approaching during the elections. Make sure to pay attention to these topics and related comments from both Democrats and Republicans whenever the news is made available.
Google projects total search results ranking on the November elections to complete as followed:
1. Health Care
3. Social Security
5. Minimum Wage
What do these numbers mean to the American voter, political observant, or potential immigrant? It means that we may be in a wave of progression, and that even though immigration is a stressful topic, it is being widely discussed. We can only hope for justified, long overdue pro-immigration reform post-mid-terms. We urge you to stay up to date on these topics on Ibralaw.com with Ibrahim Law Office LLC and in the news.
If you are a U.S. citizen, please don’t forgot to vote - your opinion matters. Remember that only citizens of the United States over 18 years old are eligible to vote.