It appears the state of Kentucky is one step ahead of President Obama when it comes to reforming immigration policies. According to the Pew Research Center, the number of undocumented immigrants has been declining steadily across the entire state since 2009.

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Using data based on the census, researchers found that there were 50,000 unauthorized immigrants in the state of Kentucky in 2009. By 2012, that number had dropped to 35,000, which researchers have attributed to the recession, as well as more families gaining citizenship.

According to the Courier-Journal, fewer migrants from Mexico contributed to a significant decline in the number of undocumented immigrants statewide. Despite the decline, though, there are still many unauthorized immigrants in Kentucky.

If you need a deportation lawyer in Louisville, we can help. At the O’Brien Law Group, we have a team of trusted attorneys who specialize in immigration law. Call our office today at 502-400-7890, and let us know what we can do for your family.

Population of Immigrants Has Leveled off Across the Country

Despite the population decline in a number of states—14 states saw a drop in their undocumented immigrant population overall—seven states saw an increase, and there was a leveling off of the population at about 11.2 million nationwide. Researchers blame the recession for the major declines they found beginning in 2009. When the economy is bad, the number of immigrants, both authorized and undocumented, tends to decrease.

President Obama Details a New Plan to Change Immigration Policies

President Obama has announced a number of steps he plans to take in response to the number of undocumented immigrants in this country. Ultimately, he hopes to protect 5 million immigrants from deportation. This could be the largest group of immigrants affected since 1986, when Congress permitted millions of unauthorized immigrants to obtain green cards.

Though the president’s plan is ambitious, the FCT reminds readers that it is only temporary. Obama plans to essentially “grandfather in” a number of immigrants whose children are authorized citizens of this country; however, anyone seeking citizenship must still submit all of the proper paperwork. Regardless, gaining citizenship in the New Year will be a welcome relief for many.

Not only will they be able to live and work in this country legally, but the undocumented immigrants who gain citizenship or work permits from the new policies, which includes those who have lived here for more than five years, will also be able to obtain a driver’s license. Experts estimate that between 14,000 and 20,000 immigrants in Kentucky will benefit from President Obama’s proposed plan, making it good news for the entire state. More immigrants who are working lawfully ultimately means more money for them, as well as for the state in taxes—not to mention all purchases they make in the local economy.

If you need an immigration lawyer in Louisville, we can help. Call the O’Brien Law Group today at 502-400-7890, and let us know what we can do for you.

 

 

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