Under current immigration law, there is no single path or “line” for U.S. citizenship. Instead, there are several immigrant channels that foreign nationals living abroad or in the country on a temporary visa can navigate toward permanent residence and eventual eligibility for citizenship. Before any person has the opportunity to become a U.S.
The number of legal immigrants who have gone through the naturalization process and become U.S. citizens has increased every year since the 1990s and currently stands at its highest point ever. The high number of naturalized citizens reflects a significant increase in the foreign-born population in the last 30 years.
In June 2014, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is expected to propose a new regulation for existing power plants under Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act.
Increasingly, over the past 25 years, as a state and federal transportation official, a consultant, teacher, and policy contributor on transportation and infrastructure issues, I have come to appreciate the role that these investments play in building economic growth and prosperity.
The state of America’s entry-exit capability is a core issue in the ongoing immigration debate. This analysis shows that exit records, and particularly biometric exit records, offer mixed value for enforcement objectives.
Discussions about preventing unauthorized immigration often focus on the U.S. border with Mexico—and more specifically, securing the areas between legal ports of entry (POE). Equally relevant to border security are the POEs themselves, where legal entry of people and goods occurs under the direction of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)—the agency charged with securing America’s borders. Between the POEs, CBP’s Border Patrol officers mostly focus on preventing illegal entries and illicit trade. At the ports themselves, however, CBP must balance its prevention and security efforts with another imperative: to facilitate the efficient flow of commerce and travel.
The United States needs a financial regulatory system that is both effective and efficient, and one that will not be a significant contributor to the next crisis