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June is Immigration Heritage Month

The United States is a nation built by immigrants. More than 41 million individuals living in the U.S. today are actually immigrants. According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2013 American Community Survey, of the 316 million individuals residing in the U.S., that’s 13 percent.

Historically, immigrants came from European nations. More recently however, the immigrants who now call the U.S. home are from countries in Asia and Latin America including:

  • Mexico
  • India
  • China
  • Philippines
  • Vietnam
  • El Salvador
  • Cuba
  • Korea

They move the U.S. for a variety of reasons including to be reunited with family members and to work or study.

While lawmakers in the United States continue to drag their feet in overhauling the immigration system, immigrants throughout the nation are poised to observe the second annual Immigration Heritage Month. During this month the accomplishments and contributions of immigrants to the culture and history of the U.S. are honored.

The individuals from other nations who have made the U.S. their home have had to navigate the country’s immigration system. As a result, they likely understand how complex the immigration system can be. Depending on how they made their way to the U.S., securing green cards or citizenship can be difficult. For assistance navigating the complicated and ever-changing system, there is a good chance that they engaged the assistance of an immigration lawyer in achieving those goals.

Immigration lawyers stay on top of the immigration matters so that those who are in need of assistance don’t have to. For anyone who is in this situation, meeting with a lawyer is good place to start.

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