Many families come to the U.S. every year for many reasons. Whether it be to escape dangerous conditions in their homeland, for a job opportunity, or just to start a new life, immigrants have always been the backbone of the United States. Immigrants have special needs and it is important that they understand their rights. A recent Federal court decision is highlighting the needs of counting everyone in the U.S. for the 2020 census regardless of immigration status.
Order issued to ban illegal immigrants from taking U.S. Census
The Trump Administration had issued an order banning illegal immigrants from being counted in the 2020 U.S. census. The census is an important event that occurs every 10 years and helps fund projects and determine how many seats a state gets in Congress. If the ban on not counting illegal immigrants goes through, it could mean Arizona not counting more than 250,000 residents of the state.
U.S. District Court calls order illegal
A federal District Court in New York has called the order a clear violation of the law. Several government and private plaintiffs, including the city of Phoenix, called it a victory over the President’s fearmongering. It is believed that there is already an undercount among immigrant communities which may result in further disparities with education, housing, healthcare and infrastructure.
Immigrants need effective legal counsel on their side
Immigrants often face an uphill battle in the United States. There are complicated procedures in order to gain citizenship and it can feel like there are many policies in place trying to prevent immigration from occurring. A legal professional who is skilled in immigration can help a family legally obtain their green card and become a U.S. citizen. An attorney understands how important citizenship is for their client and will aggressively defend their legal rights.