Nora E. Sydow
Federal immigration laws not only function as a gatekeeper for the nation’s border, but they likewise determine who is an alien and the associated legal rights, duties, and obligations of aliens in the United States. While immigration is primarily a federal issue, state courts can likewise be affected by a rapid population increase, not only causing an increase in caseloads, but also the need for additional court interpreters.
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Future Trends in State Courts. Ongoing immigration to the United States, along withincreasing home-grown demographic diversity within our society, have dramatically increased the need for courts to become more culturally competent and to address the complicated interplay among federal, state, and local immigration law, policy, and practice.