In Georgia as in the United States, individuals differ greatly when it comes to their views on race and crime. The divisions tend to lie along political lines, and have widened in recent years. A new study conducted by the Pew Research Center reveals that the U.S. population has become, in some senses, less biased toward foreigners and people of color. Unfortunately, our justice system and other institutions have yet to catch up with popular opinion.
The Department of State has just announced a new rule for what will happen to travelers who misstate the true purpose of their travel to the U.S. -- or who change their minds too quickly. Previously, if a traveler stated one purpose for travel on a visa application but then acted contrary to that purpose within a month of arriving in the States, immigration officials could presume that traveler had misstated the purpose of their trip.
In response to changes in immigration policy from the Trump Administration, the legislatures of 42 states and the District of Columbia are passing their own immigration measures. A total of 133 new immigration laws and resolutions have been passed at the state level this year, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures’ Immigrant Policy Project. That’s nearly twice as many as last year.
Tens of thousands of those who have entered the U.S. illegally in recent years are children unaccompanied by parents. Many of these kids are fleeing Central American countries such as Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador. They are seeking to escape the rampant drug and gang violence of their homelands.
People who were brought to this country as young children by parents who immigrated illegally may have breathed a tentative sigh of relief this month amid reports that President Trump was not going to move at this time to deport "Dreamers" and that they could continue to get work permits.