Many immigrants to the United States, including many in the Miami area, came here as children or infants. Some were brought by their parents, and some were adopted from overseas by U.S. couples. These children have attended American schools, made friends in America, grown up in America and started careers here. Many of them have no memory at all of their original homelands. Any some of them may be unaware that they are not U.S. citizens.
Bicycling as a means of getting around has been increasing in popularity in recent years. But as more bicyclists share busy roads with automobiles, fatal accidents become more likely. One such tragedy took place recently in the Miami area.
For many immigrants in Florida, citizenship is one of their ultimate goals. In order to become a U.S. citizen, a foreign national must meet certain qualifications. If those are met, he or she is eligible to go through the legal process of becoming a citizen, known as naturalization.
In 2012, President Obama signed an executive order creating a program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. Under DACA, people who were brought to the U.S. as children and who are undocumented can seek deferred action protecting them from deportation. Those who qualify for DACA can also seek work authorization. DACA does not, however, confer legal status.
By the time this post is published election day will have come and gone. It was an election in which illegal immigration was a major issue, and the issue is unlikely to go away now that the votes are in. But, a recent study debunks one widely believed falsehood behind much of the campaign rhetoric -- the myth that illegal immigrants are taking jobs in the U.S. that would otherwise go to American citizens.