Expatriates are the newest and perhaps the most visible of the newcomers.
Their arrival on the US scene is often overshadowed by those from overseas, who make up the vast majority of foreign nationals who have applied for residency.
But as the United States enters its third decade of a wave of expatriates who have come here on tourist visas, expatriated Americans have become more vocal in their support for their right to remain here.
In addition to the recent surge in the number of applications, some expatriations are calling on Congress to enact a reform of US immigration law.
In a recent op-ed, expat attorney and co-founder of the American Immigrant Legal Center, Katherine Schiller, told TechRadars’ Matt Goss how the US government has failed to enforce its immigration laws.
“For years, the immigration system has been rigged against immigrants, as it does for the vast numbers of non-citizens, including expats,” Schiller wrote.
“The immigration system’s refusal to enforce the law has forced millions of immigrants to work long hours, in unsafe conditions, and without benefits and protections, in an effort to make ends meet.
The failure of the US immigration system to ensure legal status to millions of noncitizens, and to address the exploitation of immigrant labor, has led to an unfair and discriminatory system of immigration and labor.”
Expatriate lawyers have also spoken out about the discrimination faced by expatriating lawyers who have had their legal status revoked.
One such lawyer, John C. Tompkins, was expelled from the United Kingdom because he was found to be in violation of the country’s immigration laws and the Foreign Act.
Tompkins has since returned to the UK to work as an immigration attorney.
But, he told Techradar, the US is still treating foreign nationals as second-class citizens.
“The United States treats expats as second class citizens, which in reality, is a very dangerous situation,” Tompkin said.
“It’s a situation that can be easily exploited, especially when the person you’re dealing with is an immigrant, or when the country you’re in is an expat country.”
We know from experience that it’s very hard for US citizens to be able to find a job, and even harder for expats who are coming to the United Sates from overseas.
“There’s no doubt that the policies of the United State are deeply biased toward expats, which is why the United Nation’s Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination has long advocated the abolition of racial discrimination and the right of people of color to be treated fairly in the immigration process.”
The Expat Resource Center (ERCC), a nonprofit advocacy organization that represents expatriators, told Goss that they have received a growing number of expats calling on the federal government to overhaul the immigration laws that treat expatriatives differently than other non-citizen residents.
“Expatries are not second class citizen,” said ERCC founder and president, Michael Lutz, who is also an attorney.
“They are Americans, just like everyone else.”
If we want to make America work for all, we need to change the immigration policies, which are stacked against them.
They should not be treated differently than everyone else.
“The group’s efforts have been focused on a proposed reform of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), which was passed in 2015 and has since been used by foreign governments to freeze American citizens’ bank accounts and prevent them from filing taxes.
Under the FATCA, which expired on March 1, expats and foreign nationals must file annual reports on their US financial accounts with the US Treasury Department, a requirement for them to live and work in the United US.
But the US Foreign Account Trade Facilitation Act, which passed in April, prohibits expats from accessing the information.
That means, for example, if an expatriator and a US citizen both live in the same state and work at the same company, the former may not be able access the latter’s financial information.
For the American expatriater, this means that they cannot access his or her US bank accounts, or even the financial records of his or the other expatriant.
For the foreign citizen, this could be a serious concern.
If they have access to the financial information of their US spouse, they may not know how much money they have in their US bank account.
That could cause a financial crisis if both the expatriat and the US citizen are in debt.
It is estimated that up to 30% of expat households have at least one foreign partner, meaning that they are more likely to be affected by the financial consequences of a foreign asset freeze than those with a US spouse.”FATCAs are used by governments to force expats to pay taxes that they may be not aware they are paying, or to stop them from accessing