2008 population studies indicated that 40% of all US brickmason, blockmason, and stonemason positions are held by immigrants in the United States illegally, as are 31% of roofer positions, 28% of dishwasher positions, and 21% of parking lot attendant positions.
Being an immigrant with an expired visa or residency permit inside the US is a civil offense, while entering illegally or smuggling immigrants across the borders could be classified as a misdemeanor, a felony, or even as a capital crime.
A Dec. 2007 USA Today poll of 2,981 readers revealed that 86% of those who were asked "Should illegal immigrants be allowed to use public services?" responded with "No," 13% said "Yes" response, and 1% "Do Not Know."
The 1790 Alien Naturalization Act, passed by the US government on Mar. 26, 1790, was the nation's first federal legislation regarding US citizenship rules. The law limited naturalization to immigrants who were 'free white persons,' omitting indentured servants, slaves, and most women.
The Mar. 28, 1898 US Supreme Court case United States v. Wong Kim Ark ruled that the 14th Amendment, which reads in part that "All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States," constitutes citizenship to all persons born in the United States.
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