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August 2011 Archives

South Carolina braces for hurricane -- and new immigration law

In June, South Carolina passed a new immigration law called the South Carolina Immigration Reform Act. The act requires business owners across the state to comply with strict new immigration verification regulations or suffer harsh penalties. Although the law does not go into effect until January 1 of next year, the Office of Immigrant Worker Compliance is urging employers to start working toward compliance now.

Groups continue to fight Secure Communities program

The Department of Homeland Security has continued its assault on the civil rights of immigrants using a new potential piece of legislation, immigrant advocates are saying.

Border patrol busting undocumented immigrants on public transit

Immigration lawyers and others have reported an increase in the number of undocumented immigrants being caught on Greyhound Buses and on Amtrak trains by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents.

Immigrant advocates protest Secure Communities program

Yesterday Latino advocates protested outside of President Obama's campaign office, pleading for him to put an end to the Secure Communities program, which partners local law enforcement agencies with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency and has led to many deportations of non-criminal illegal immigrants.

New immigration initiatives aimed at attracting entrepreneurs

The United States is gearing up to welcome many more entrepreneurs from outside of its borders. The chief of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services said the country has several initiatives aimed to attract and retain technologically-savvy immigrant entrepreneurs, thereby sparking growth in the country's economy.

All state legislatures addressed immigration this year

If you don't think immigration is a major issue in the state of South Carolina and the rest of the United States right now, let these numbers from a recent report by the National Conference of State Legislatures sink in:

Farmers have a cow over proposed E-Verify bill

Immigration reform is in the works, and certain businesses don't some of the proposed changes one bit. A new bill forcing farmers to verify their employee's immigration status is one of the bills under fire by the employers it targets.

Asylum difficult for many Mexican immigrants

Many foreign nationals migrate to the United States each year to escape persecution by their government or other oppressive forces in their home country. This is possible because United States immigration law allows any person with refugee status to seek admission into the country whether here legally or illegally.

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