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The U.S. attracts millions of tourist and immigrants each year for a long list of reasons. Immigrants come to America in droves seeking out new opportunities and freedoms they don’t have in their native countries. If an immigrant chooses to come to the U.S. for travel, for work or to be reunited with a family member, they must get the permission of U.S. immigration agencies either by applying for a visa, asylum or another immigration status.
About 6.4 percent of Michigan’s population was foreign-born in 2014, data from the Migration Policy Institute shows. Following are some additional facts about 2014 immigration in Michigan:
The whole process of immigration can be time-consuming, and there is a high rate of denial. The difficulties associated with legal immigration discourage many immigrants, and they choose to enter the U.S. without authorization. There may be some rewards of illegal entry, but they don’t outweigh the risks which can include detention, deportation and being banned from the U.S. for years, maybe indefinitely. If you are an immigrant and are thinking about unauthorized entry, USAttorneys recommends you speak with an immigration lawyer first. Also, if you are undocumented, there may be a way to adjust your status and get legal authorization.
Being an undocumented immigrant is even more difficult in Michigan because the state participates in a program called Secure Communities. It is a federal immigration program that instructs law enforcement officers to check the fingerprints of the anyone they arrest with a federal database to determine if the arrestee is an undocumented immigrant.
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