• Border Fencing 

During the 2016 presidential election, Donald Trump argued that the partial barrier between United States’ Border and Mexico’s border should be a highway. This is a policy question. Those who support it agreed that making the border a highway will prevent smugglers, drug traffickers, and other Immigrants from entering illegally wholesome argue that if they make the border a highway, undocumented migrants can still cut through other means. 

The U.S/Mexico border wall: Kelli Ward stated in one of his post on Facebook that “the current law mandated 700 miles of fence— but we only have 36.” This claim is correct to some extent, but it is not really true where he concluded that only 36 miles of fences are along the southern borders. Anyway, this depends on your knowledge about “fence”. 

  • Public Services 

There have been so many arguments concerning the use of public Services by both naturalized and non-citizens immigrants in the United States. The Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) support that the naturalized and non-citizens are benefitting more public services than the citizens. The CIS argue that the Immigrants who have less education in the country have less tax to pay, leading to a “net Fiscal deficit” on the country’s budget. 

But the Cato Institute opposes the CIS’s view. They argue that naturalized and non-citizens enjoy less public services due to some economic barriers. They concluded that most public services are enjoyed by the native residents of the United States. 

As of 2016, lawful immigrant children and pregnant women were admitted to the Medicare or Children Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Over 32 states allowed this, including California. But the unregistered people were unable to benefit from it. They could only benefit from it in emergencies, which allows federally qualified health care without checking their citizenship status. 

In October 2016, the undocumented migrants were given in-state tuition but on the condition that they must attend or be a graduate of high school. Six states don’t allow undocumented immigrants, while other states don’t have any official policy concerning in-state tuition. 

As of 2001, California, which has the highest Immigrants, provides tuition for undocumented residents who meet specific criteria. Their criteria include; 

  • Eligible students must attend high school for at least three years in California. 
  • They must have obtained a GED or diploma. 
  • Must sign an affidavit to be a legal member in the state as soon as possible. 

There have been many debates going on concerning driver’s license. Some people like Connecticut Governor Daniel Malloy (D) and Boston Globe editorial board support driver license issuance to Immigrants. The belief that a driver license will make the migrant know the state’s rules and regulations and promote safety in the country because vehicles are insured. While others, despite the issuance of driver’s licenses, conclude that it causes undocumented migrants to be legalized, threatening public safety. 

As of July 2015, 12 states were announced by the national conference of state legislation to issue a driver’s license to unofficial Immigrants. During that period, California was also included. 

Neda Zaman Esq.
Immigration Attorney in Encino, Los Angeles
Services in English, Farsi, Arabic, Armenian, Turkish

Address: 16633 Ventura Blvd suite 510, Encino, CA 91436
Phone: +1(310)855-0992 | +1(818)290-3625