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July 2013 Archives

Key provisions of South Carolina immigration law blocked

Last week, a U.S. Court of Appeals panel in South Carolina upheld a block against key parts of the state's strict immigration law that essentially makes it a crime for undocumented immigrants to even be in the state. In their unanimous ruling, the three judges cited the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to strike down similar portions of Arizona's immigration law.

House Republicans warming up to Dream Act

For years, the Dream Act has been discussed by lawmakers in Congress, but it has never gained the support it needed to be passed into law. Essentially, the Dream Act would provide permanent residency to young immigrants who were brought into the country as children, have good moral character, graduated from high school and have lived in the United States for the past five years continuously.

When does an immigrant child obtain citizenship automatically?

Most people know that children who are born in the United States are automatically U.S. citizens. But what about children who immigrate to the United States? That's where things get a little more complex. Under U.S. immigration law, certain children obtain citizenship automatically when immigrating to the United States.

Requests for asylum quadruple from five years ago

According to data from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the number of immigrants seeking asylum in the United States has nearly quadrupled over the past five years with many of the new claims coming from people in Central America. Asylum is granted each year to many foreign nationals who are escaping persecution in their home countries.

Agreement on immigration reforms appears out of reach

In frustrating news for supporters of immigration reform, it was announced that the Senate's immigration bill -- which had bi-partisan support -- is dead in the House of Representatives. That means an agreement for comprehensive immigration reform this legislative session seems far off.

DOMA repeal gives same-sex couples green light to green cards

Last month, the United States Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, which defined marriage as between one man and one woman only for purposes of federal laws and benefits. This included immigration laws, which meant that bi-national same-sex couples who were legally married in states that recognized it were not entitled to the same immigration rights as opposite-sex couples.

CBO: Immigration reform could leave U.S. citizens better off

Some American citizens worry that the immigration reform bill Congress is considering will affect American jobs in industries from farming to technology companies. It is true that expandeding H-1B visas for high-tech and skilled workers and providing a path to citizenship, which Congress is considering, could allow thousands of immigrant workers into the country.

Study suggests tough state immigration laws aren't working

South Carolina and Georgia are two of the states that passed tough immigration laws in recent years. However, according to a study of farmers in Georgia, the laws have not been very effective at keeping illegal workers out of that state. The study revealed that while many undocumented farm workers left the state temporarily after the laws were put into effect, many of the workers returned after enforcement of the laws eased up.

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