response to discussion below 5
Immigration and border security is one the most focused issue within Homeland Security currently. Officials under the U.S. Immigration and Citizenship Services now have more freedom to issue “Notices to Appear” if an “immigration benefit request has been denied.” On October first, USCIS implemented a new protocol issuing Notices to Appear. This new protocol instructs “non-citizens” to appear in immigration court. If applications, petitions, or benefit requests get denied, even if they have entered legally, their presence becomes “immediately unlawful.” More so, USCIS can now issue NTAs on denials of “I-914/I-914A, Application for T Non Immigrant Status,” “I-918/I-918A, Petition for U Nonimmigrant Status,” “I-360, Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er), or Special Immigrant,” “I-730, Refugee/Asylee Relative Petitions,” “I-929, Petition for Qualifying Family Member of a U-1,” and “I-485 Applications to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status” (Roth, 2019).
In my opinion, I think anti-vaccination outbreaks need more attention. With the rise of the anti-vaccination movement, outbreaks such as measles have been recorded around the world, and it is due to people not getting vaccinated. These outbreaks have also been recorded here in the United States. As of March 14, 2019, states have reported to the CDC a total of 268 individual cases in “Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Texas, and Washington” (Measles, n.d.). The anti-vaccination movement is direct threat to public health. As a responsibility of Homeland Security, new policies need to be enacted in order to preserve the nation’s health.