Immigration Law

Immigration law covers national statutes and legal precedent governing immigration into a country and deportation from that country. Historically, Supreme Court cases on immigration have dealt with broad governmental policy and executive authority rather than specific sections of the law. 스토킹변호사

That’s why this term’s case about fishing regulations has immigration attorneys talking.

Immigration Policy

Immigration law regulates the process by which foreign nationals gain permanent residency or citizenship in the United States. It also governs how noncitizens gain visitation rights and work permits, how individuals can be deported from the country, and the government’s obligations to refugees.

The federal government has plenary power to manage immigration, and many aspects of the process are determined by Congress. In the 1920s, for example, the nation established a national origin quota system that limited the number of immigrants from each country based on the percentage of native-born Americans of that nation. This system led to a higher number of immigrants from Northern and Western Europe than other countries. Some politicians at the time feared that unassimilated immigrants could undermine American values and culture.

A few decades later, the Immigration Act of 1965 ended admissions policies based on nationality and began favoring visa applicants with in-demand skills and U.S. family ties. The act also created a lottery system that awards 50,000 immigrant visas each year to people with low chances of entering the country through other means.

The last significant immigration reform legislation passed by Congress was in 2013. It included the NO BAN Act, which prohibits discrimination based on religion and limits presidential authority to issue future travel bans, and the Build Back Better Act, which expands programs to promote immigrant integration and civic participation. The bill also provides funding to improve the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) ability to prevent smuggling at all ports of entry, including land, air, and rail border crossings.

Immigration Quotas

The immigration law story continues into the 1920s, with the passage of the National Origins Act, or “the quota bill.” This law imposed nation-by-nation quotas for foreign immigrants based on the percentage of each country’s population in America at the time. It was designed to keep out “undesirable” ethnic groups and maintain the United States’ character as a nation of northern and western European stock. It was also designed to keep out Asians, who were barred from immigrating to the United States by the Chinese Exclusion Act and other policies of that time.

The quota law sparked a massive backlash among people of color, Catholic organizations and immigration advocates. Many of these groups and individuals pushed for the creation of family reunification preferences, allowing close relatives of U.S. citizens to bypass quota restrictions. This movement led to the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act, which ended racial quotas and established preferences for spouses and minor children of U.S. citizens, natives of Western Hemisphere countries and their families, and skilled workers.

Unsurprisingly, this led to a rapid increase in legal immigration from Latin America, driven by the dynamic interplay between rising naturalization rates and a series of congressional decisions that systematically privileged US citizens and stripped civil, social and economic rights from legally resident noncitizens (“green card” holders). As we’ll see next week, this increased immigration caused an avalanche of additional backlogs for those seeking permanent residency.


Many people around the world seek to rebuild their lives in another country. This is often done to escape from violence and human rights violations such as torture, or because their homes are destroyed by war, natural disasters or famine. Millions of these people are displaced and become refugees. They may be sheltered in large settlements, called refugee camps, run by humanitarian aid groups.

A refugee is defined by international law as a person who has fled his or her home country due to a well-founded fear of persecution on the basis of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, political opinion or sexual orientation. Countries that have signed the 1951 Refugee Convention agree to protect them and not return them to places where they might be subject to persecution.

Those who have applied for asylum are considered refugees until the government of the country where they have sought protection decides whether or not to grant them Convention refugee status or complementary forms of protection. This decision is made on a case-by-case basis and depending on the situation and the needs of the individual.

The ACLU is dedicated to protecting and expanding the rights of refugees in the United States. It’s why the organization created the Refugee Advocacy Project, which combines cutting-edge legal advocacy with public education to advocate for the human rights and civil liberties of refugees. The program works with a wide range of partners including the U.S. government, private resettlement organizations, state and local governments, the American public and other nonprofits.


The right to asylum is a legal protection granted by states to individuals who can show that they may not be returned to their homelands because they fear persecution on the basis of one or more of the following: race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion. The United States is required to grant asylum to anyone who can meet this definition, which is why the nation’s asylum system has a high reputation around the world.

To qualify for asylum, a person must file an application with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), a division of the Department of Homeland Security, within one year of arriving in the country. A person seeking asylum can also apply for a lesser form of protection known as withholding of removal.

USCIS officers review the application to determine whether it meets the legal requirements for asylum or withholding of removal. An individual must prove that he or she may not be returned to the home country because of a well-founded fear of persecution for the above-mentioned reasons.

People who request asylum before traveling to the United States are called refugees, while those who seek it once they arrive are known as asylees. Asylum law is based on international law, and the 1951 Refugee Convention and 1967 Protocol establish the strictest definitions for refugees. Since 9/11, laws passed by Congress have broadened the types of acts that can disqualify someone from obtaining asylum, including terrorist activities or providing “material support” to terrorists.