Immigrant Law and Legal Definition

Immigrants are persons who depart from ones’ native land and get settled at another place. Usually, persons immigrate to another place for finding a permanent residence. Immigrants are regulated in the U.S. by several statutes. Half of the immigrants that reach the U.S. are considered to be illegal immigrants. The U.S. federal agencies enforce laws regulating the admission of foreign-born persons to the U.S. and for administering various immigration benefits, including naturalization and resettlement of refugees and other immigrants. Restrictions placed on immigrants are based on race or nationality. There are also restrictions against the entrance of diseased persons, paupers, and other undesirables, and laws are passed for the deportation of aliens.