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July 2011 Archives

Deportation proceeding extended in North Carolina case

The DREAM Act seeks to give young adults who have lived in the country for most of their lives a path to citizenship, but it has not yet passed. This means many young people in both South Carolina and North Carolina live in fear of deportation after being brought to the county illegal by their parents when they were young.

Congressman arrested at White House deportation protest

Immigration is a highly contentious issue in South Carolina and the rest of the United States right now, with lawmakers speaking out on all sides of the issue. But one representative took demonstrating his beliefs to the next level by protesting deportation in front of the White House yesterday, and ended up arrested.

Migrant family reunited thanks to Skype

Skype, the well-known video conferencing software, is not something one necessarily thinks of when reading a news story involving deportation and child custody hearings. However, in the case of one Mexican migrant family, it has made all the difference.

New crime hotline for Spanish speakers in South Carolina

In what members of the South Carolina Hispanic Leadership Council call a victory for Hispanics, Spanish-speaking immigrants living in South Carolina now have a special telephone hotline to report crimes. The hotline, called S.C. Crime Stoppers, is operated 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is staffed by Spanish-speaking operators.

Another case to test gay marriage and green cards

We have recently discussed the struggle bi-national gay couples face when one spouse is at risk of deportation because the Defense of Marriage Act, which prevents the federal government from recognizing a same-sex marriage, stands in the way of applying for a green card.

How do I apply for Asylum in South Carolina?

Individuals seeking asylum in the U.S. must demonstrate that there is a well-founded fear of persecution based on their race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group or political opinion if returned to their country of origin. To be considered for asylum relief, the applicant generally must file his/her application with supporting documentation, including, without limitation, a personal statement showing a well-founded fear of persecution, with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) within one year of entering the U.S. The USCIS does not charge any filing fee for seeking asylum relief.

NFL player could be deported if convicted of aggravated felony

Immigration issues affect countless Americans, even those we may never expect. Recently, it was reported that New York Jets football player Kenrick Ellis could face deportation depending on the outcome of a trial for an arrest that took place in April 2010. This is because Ellis was born in Jamaica and is not a United States citizen.

Are you seeking a green card in South Carolina?

I am often contacted about green cards for illegal entrants (aliens) who have not been inspected, admitted or paroled into the United States.  Generally, in illegal entry cases, the alien cannot get a green card (lawful permanent residency) unless the alien satisfies certain waiver requirements. First, the alien must file a waiver application for admission to the U.S. The bigger hurdle, however, is establishing that the alien is eligible for a waiver because illegal entrants to the U.S. who have been here for more than 180 days but less than 1 year are subject to a bar of 3 years upon voluntarily leaving the U.S. and a bar of 10 years if they have been in the U.S. for 1 year or more. Generally, in order to be eligible for a waiver, the alien must demonstrate that his or her U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident spouse or parent would experience extreme hardship if denied admission to the U.S. "Extreme hardship" requires presentation of substantial evidence, including, without limitation:

Obama admits E-Verify tool needs improvement

As an undocumented worker, finding employment is getting increasingly more difficult as many states and the federal government are cracking down on the hiring practice of businesses, which forces businesses to make employees jump through additional hoops.

DREAM supporters seek to stop deportation of Carolina student

A 22-year-old who is in jeopardy of being deported to Mexico has made national headlines this week as members of the North Carolina Dream Team, the state's advocacy group made up of young people who support the DREAM Act, help him fight the removal.

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