As fall sets in, we're nearing the end of 2020 -- a year filled with many unprecedented events. Needless to say, there have been many challenges for immigrants as a result.
The idea of the "American dream" is often what lures immigrants to the United States in the first place. They see it as a land of opportunity, a country where they can improve their lives and find new opportunities -- for education, work, careers, family life, etc -- that they wouldn't have at home.
Travel restrictions are tight in the United States right now, and it is impacting immigration. It's unclear exactly when this will end, depending on a variety of factors, but it is clear that the new immigration suspension is both strict and controversial.
The entire country is feeling the impact of COVID-19, a novel coronavirus that has led to thousands of deaths and put many parts of the U.S. into isolation. People are encouraged not to gather in groups, and those who have it need to quarantine themselves so they don't spread it to others.
One way to look at trends in U.S. immigration is to compare the numbers with other developed countries that offer similar opportunities. A recent report just came out comparing the U.S. numbers to our neighbor to the north, Canada.
Immigrants come to California, and to the United States in general, for a whole host of different reasons. Every case is unique, with many factors to consider, and that's part of the reason that this can be a rather long and complex process.
Due to changes to immigration policy and attitude in the last few years, the number of people coming into the United States has declined considerably. Experts believe that the trend may hold, at least through 2020. The reduction could even become more notable than it is now, at the beginning of the new year.
Many immigrants come to America looking for a new life. Often, that means a new line of work. Research has demonstrated time and time again that they help companies grow and start many new companies of their own.
Have you ever wondered just how many people cross U.S. borders every day? Some of them drive over at specified checkpoints. Others fly over and land at a multitude of airports all over the country. Still others come by ship.
Immigrants play a very important role in America's workforce, filling tens of thousands of jobs. Throughout U.S. history, they have always had a big impact on the economy, and that continues to be true today.