Helping An Undocumented Immigrant In Your Life: What Can You Do Without Getting Into Trouble Yourself?

If you’ve encountered a person in your life you believe to be kind and worthy of your friendship, but they happen to be an undocumented immigrant, you probably feel like you’re between a rock and a hard place. You want to extend yourself as a friend, but that may include helping someone who is deemed as a criminal, which, in turn, technically makes you a criminal. While most people don’t want to commit a crime, nor do they advocate it for others, it’s human nature to want to help a friend and despite the legal and political landmine that the immigration issue has become, you can act in your friend’s best interest without sacrificing yourself.

How The President's Views On Immigration Would Affect Refugees

Recently, the newly-elected President of the U.S. restricted travel on anyone coming into the country from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. One particular individual made headline news as he was returning from visiting family in one of these countries and was stranded in an airport until the ban was lifted. While the President continues to push for restrictions on refugees from Muslim nations, you may wonder how that affects all refugees from predominantly Muslim nations, such as the one your family came from.

Will A Felony Negatively Impact Your Chances Of A Green Card?

While committing a felony isn’t a good idea for anyone, it is an especially bad idea for someone who is in the United States on a green card or visa. After committing the felony, immigration officials have the right to downgrade your status or deport you based on the nature of your crimes. Crimes labeled as “aggravated felonies” carry rough penalties for individuals who are not US citizens. Furthermore, committing an aggravated felony may even make you ineligible for a green card and cause you to be barred from coming back to the United States.

FAQs About Foreign-Born Children And Citizenship

In the United States, not being a legal citizen can limit some of your child’s opportunities. For instance, without citizenship, your child might not be able to receive financial aid or even run for political office. If you are unsure whether or not your child will be regarded as a citizen or if you need to obtain citizenship for him or her, here is what you need to know. What If You Are a Naturalized Citizen?