If asked to identify those industries here in the U.S. that have seen steady growth and sustained consumer demand over the last decade, chances are good people would list areas like technology, energy and engineering.
Earlier this week, the Department of Justice's Executive Office for Immigration Review, whose immigration courts handle everything from removals to administrative hearings and appellate reviews, released a rather shocking report outlining how its backlog of cases has grown to staggering levels in recent years.
Last week, we started exploring the circumstances under which the Secretary of Homeland Security can officially designate a foreign nation for temporary protected status and what this step means as far as immigration matters are concerned for those who call this foreign nation home.
While there is no doubt that some U.S. immigration laws are rather draconian in nature, it's nevertheless important to understand that others are rather humanitarian in nature. By way of example, consider the process by which the Secretary of Homeland Security can officially designate a foreign nation for what is known as temporary protected status.
Federal law dictates that while lawful permanent residents can be legally conscripted into the military, they are also able to enlist in any branch of the armed forces. Indeed, statistics from the Department of Defense reveal that roughly 12,000 active duty service members are non-citizens and another 500,000-plus veterans are non-citizens.
Back in May, our blog discussed how a group of Cuban migrants seeking to enter the United States was intercepted at sea by the Coast Guard, and faced with detention, decided to swim to nearby American Shoal Lighthouse. The group remained there for a few hours, until they were convinced by the Coast Guard to climb aboard a cutter, where they've been held ever since.