California residents have likely been paying close attention to events taking place at the U.S.-Mexico border. Several thousand migrants from Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua have gathered in Tijuana and say that they plan to apply for asylum in the United States, but their attempts to cross the border illegally have largely been thwarted and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said on Dec. 20 that new rules had been put into place to deter fraudulent asylum claims.
California residents may have heard that auto manufacturers are developing external airbags. One major developer, the ZF Group, claims that external airbags can reduce the severity of accident injuries by 40 percent. The model it is developing comes in at around 13 pounds and is approximately 80 inches long, 21 inches high and 15 inches wide. Its inflation time is an impressive 15 milliseconds, comparable to that of steering wheel airbags.
A national poll conducted in November 2018 indicates that a growing number of Americans see immigration as the most important problem facing the country. People in California who are pursuing residency or citizenship may be affected by policy changes related to changing national perceptions. In October 2018, 13 percent of Americans said immigration was the top problem in the country. By the time of the November poll, that number increased to 21 percent.