Questions tagged [illegal-immigration]

Questions relating to the migration of people into country in ways that are not legally allowed by that country.

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Does the EU have similar deals with other countries to prevent migrants from illegally immigrating to Europe?

The European Union on Sunday announced a €7.4 billion aid package for cash-strapped Egypt amid concerns that economic pressure and conflicts and chaos in neighbouring countries could drive more ...
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Is there evidence that Biden administration policies are encouraging undocumented immigration?

My question is similar to a closed one from five years ago, but I think it's worth revisiting and expanding on as a lot has changed since then. I'd also like to focus more narrowly on the actions of ...
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Like the EU, have US states discussed refugee sharing system?

EU countries have been talking about an agreement wherein the burden of refugees will be shared across many countries, not just the ones on frontier. For example, refugees that come to Italian shores ...
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Rationale for illegal immigration to Europe?

I am trying to understand to what extent attempts to illegally migrate to Europe (EU,UK) are rational, or whether misinformation about the target countries is playing a crucial role. To clarify, ...
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What happens to Chinese illegal migrants to the US that the US wants to deport but China won't accept?

The NYTimes' November 24, 2023 Growing Numbers of Chinese Migrants Are Crossing the Southern Border begins with the line: More than 24,000 Chinese citizens have been apprehended crossing into the ...
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In what sense did the English Channel migration crisis begin “nearly five years ago”?

According to this article, Meanwhile, ministers are understood to believe they have finally turned a corner on the number of migrants crossing the Channel, nearly five years after the crisis began. ...
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Why, if at all, do municipal governments in the US not seek to spread out immigration?

Recently, the Republican governors of many states in the USA have been pursuing a strategy of sending immigrants to specific cities with Democratic governments. While the reception has been mostly ...
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What was Fico's party/government (stated) motivation for introducing a (seemingly unique at EU level) document for illegal migrants?

According to DW's (possibly biased-- they don't seem to like Fico) summary: Many people from the Middle East come to Slovakia in the hope of getting a universal document that will allow them to stay ...
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Do any 2024 Republican Presidential candidates oppose a pathway to legalization of illegal immigrants?

During the 2016 US Presidential campaign, Republican Presidential candidate Ted Cruz said this: My position is very simple. I oppose amnesty. I oppose citizenship. I oppose legalization … Today, ...
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What incentive is there for the French policy of escorting small boats across the channel?

According to recent reports (for instance in the Daily Mail on August 12, 2023) the French navy as of the last three years has embarked on a policy of escorting small migrant boats across the channel ...
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Why is there a strong drive for undocumented migration, from France, to the United Kingdom?

Since years, undocumented migrants camp in Calais and try to get to the United Kingdom. In recent days, media have reported this has increased. For example, BBC News. I can understand why ...
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Why didn't the UK want a return policy when negotiating Brexit?

I've just watched this video that shows that the rise of boat immigrants to the UK is because the UK didn't want a return policy. It seems as though it would have been very important to the UK to have ...
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How are Canada and the USA similar and different with regards to immigration?

While reading the NY Post this morning I found this short opinion piece. It states: While “a politically divisive debate continues to rage” in the United States over a Census question on ...
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What is the actual cost and human load (short and long term cost) of immigration across EU countries?

There is currently (November 2022) increased tension between France and Italy regarding the reception of migrants from Africa who were rescued by the humanitarian boat Ocean Viking. The boat has been ...
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What are the arguments for destabilization as a Lukashenko motive?

It is November 2021 and thousands of people from Syria and Iraq are trying to cross the Belarus border into the EU. The migrants are transported to the border by Belarusian officials. On the EU side ...
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Which Democratic Presidential candidates favored making illegal entry only a civil violation?

Under Federal law, illegal entry into the United States is both a criminal violation and a civil violation. But historically, most people caught crossing the border illegally were not criminally ...
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Why are Democratic presidential candidates promising free health care for Illegal Immigrants?

During the second night of the first Democratic Presidential Debate, NBC host Savannah Guthrie asked the ten candidates at the debate: "Raise your hand if your government [healthcare] plan would ...
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(Why) does OLAF have authority to investigate whether FRONTEX engaged in illegal pushbacks?

In a piece of news from January 2021 it was said that: The EU’s anti-fraud watchdog, OLAF, has opened an investigation into Frontex, the bloc’s border agency, over allegations of harassment, ...
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Why are national guards in states nowhere near the US Mexico border getting involved in border security with Mexico?

I have seen an article saying that the state national guard of North Dakota is preparing to send troops to the US Mexico border. Other states have done this too, I just pick North Dakota because it is ...
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For PART III of this convention, does "ALL MIGRANT WORKERS" include undocumented workers? [closed]

The convention in question: International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families The reason I am asking is because of PART IV. Please at least ...
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Any US deportation illegal immigrants statistics by presidents?

Different US presidents usually have different view on the question of adopting illegal immigrants. Some, for example D.Trump are generally opposing immigration, some, like current POTUS J.Biden, are ...
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What's going on with the wall building on US-Mexico border in Summer 2021?

Stopping the wall was part of Joe Biden's campaign points. And then, his administration signed an order on Inauguration Day ending the national emergency at the border and launching a 60-day review of ...
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Why can't we just turn back migrants at the US border? [closed]

Asking specifically about migrants that are picked up at the Mexican border. They should be turned back unless we have probable cause to believe they are political asylum seekers. Border patrol ...
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Is there any better estimate of the cost of a completed US-Mexico border wall?

First, I realize that this question was asked back in Jan 2017, but it was difficult to obtain useful data because the details of construction were not available. This question arises as a spin-off ...
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How many new linear miles of border fencing has been built by Trump?

This September 2019 article discusses how while the Trump administration had built 65 miles of border fencing, it was all built in areas where there was existing fencing. And how zero new linear ...
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If an undocumented immigrant refuses to reveal where they originally came from, where would they deported to?

If the person being deported refuses to reveal their country of origin or they're a Dreamer and grew up in the States, they may not even know where they originally came from. Where would they be ...
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When did the US start separating illegal immigrants from their children and what is this policy called?

I am trying to understand the precise (objective) history of either the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) or Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) practice of separating children (minors) of ...
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What exactly is the “rejections at the border” provision in the Spanish Citizens Security Law?

I've read that Videos and pictures of Spanish police forces getting people down from the top of the [Melilla] fence by all means possible, including violent use of force, began to flood the news. ...
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Is Jeff Sessions’ Zero Tolerance Policy still in effect?

In April 2018, then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions implemented a "zero tolerance policy", requiring the Department of Justice to criminally prosecute every single person caught crossing the border ...
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How much will "new-policy detention" facilities for detained families cost?

As I understand it, the newly announced policy for detention of alien families, is intended to provide a place for these families to stay while awaiting adjudication of their immigration status. What ...
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Under existing US laws, could the US immigration authorities begin issuing fines to employers who hire illegal immigrants?

Trump loves to talk about building a wall on the border with Mexico and how it would help reduce the stream of illegal immigration. However I don't understand why they cannot approach the issue from a ...
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Aborted " ICE Family Op" - What happens when a person is ordered deported?

I'd like to focus my question on the implemention of a deportion order and a failure to comply. (Context: Trump initially ordered ICE to "round up" persons who have either defied a court-ordered ...
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Were most of the Salvadorans granted TPS in 1990 staying legally or illegally in the US before that?

Salvadorans are currently the largest group of TPS holders in the United States, although the Trump administration has decided to no longer extend their status, a decision that resulted in a court ...
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Reasons behind selective filtering of immigrants by India

The president of the ruling party (BJP) promised during election campaigning that only refugees belonging to Hindu, Sikh and Buddha will be allowed into India. The government also seems to be thinking ...
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Failing to enforce immigration laws?

US Senator Rick Scott (R-Fl) this morning said that "we are not enforcing immigration laws". (for context, the discussion centered around the southwest border). I've tried to find examples of this ...
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Why don't hard Brexiteers insist on a hard border to prevent illegal immigration after Brexit?

This is a follow-up to this question about what hard Brexiteers want with respect to the Irish border. It appears that hard Brexiteers are mostly happy to leave this question for the DUP and Ireland ...
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Where can I find the number of U.S. illegal border crossings versus visa overstays?

Immigrants are undocumented if they have crossed the border illegally or overstayed their visas. There are a lot of places where I can find the total number of undocumented immigrants, but where can I ...
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Why did European Commission warn against building a Hungarian-Serbian border fence?

EU Warns Against New 'Walls' As Hungary Plans Fence On Serbia Border Why is it so? After all, other EU countries have such fences on their external borders (e.g. Ceuta and Melilla) and I haven't heard ...
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Why are so few immigrants being processed at the southern border?

News reports say that Trump administration is limiting the number of asylum seeking immigrants to 20 per day in a process called metering. What I don't understand is why this is such a low number, ...
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Why did many voters support a border wall instead of other border control methods?

According to then candidate Donald J Trump's proposal, the US should build a wall on its southern border with Mexico. Seems every time he mentioned the wall in his rallies, his crowd cheered and were ...
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Would it be possible for US asylum applicants to be processed in their home countries?

As I understand it, applicants for USA asylum are required to initially processed either in the US or at a US port-of-entry. (Persons seeking refugee status are processed differently- the focus of my ...
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On average, how many attempts of illegal border crossing, do illegals that are caught do? (US-Mexico border)

I suppose a good number of illegal border crossers (illegal immigrants, criminals, asylum rejects, etc) would have to attempt to cross the border several times before either giving up or making it to ...
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Why does Mexico allow immigrants to cross to the US?

What is the mechanism that allows immigrants from other central-american countries to cross Mexico to the US border? Are Mexican border controls simply lax? Or are there other considerations..?
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Why are members of the migrant caravan making a big deal out of it?

I'm from Mexico, and if I wanted to enter the United States, I can think of about 50 ways of doing it, and that's just off the top of my head. So I wonder what the point of this migrant caravan thing ...
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Has DHS or CBP commented on stopping criminal referrals of illegal entries by families?

The Washington Post just published a story quoting a senior U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) official who says that in response to President Trump’s new executive order about family separation,...
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Why was Schengen a problem in distributing refugees based on quotas?

I'd often heard here in Czechia that quota couldn't really distribute refugees, as everyone has the right to move freely within the EU. Is the Schengen Agreement so strict it is So hard to adjust so ...
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Migrant from Africa to Europe by sea from North Africa

What policy could the European Union adopt to save the large numbers of migrants dying trying to gain access to the EU from northern Africa by sea, without opening the door to a flood on new migrant?
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Is there evidence that the Democratic Party defends illegal immigration? [closed]

Is there evidence that the Democratic Party defends illegal immigration? Statements made by Democratic party officials or seat holders are preferable to Democratic leaning media sources.
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Available data on persons charged with human trafficking on the Southwest border?

One of the justifications offered to support the child separation policy at the SW border is a humanitarian one of liberating children from persons who are bringing children into the US to "sell" or ...
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Physical presence in the US for asylum seekers?

Recently heard (CNN 7/5/18: interview of Rep. Tom Cole (R-Oklahoma)) that foreign nationals should go to the US consulate in their country to apply for asylum, as this is the correct method (and ...