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January 2014 Archives

South Carolina at the front of verifying status of workers

Federal efforts to standardize immigration verification procedures for American workers have floundered as legislators have been unable to agree on how to draft reform laws. In the absence of a coordinated norm, most states have developed their own methods of tracking the immigration statuses of the people working within their borders. South Carolina has done so and appears to be leading the national effort to achieve workplace compliance with immigration laws.

Federal immigration reform potentially moving forward

The Obama presidency has been marked by strings of successes and failures, though what constitutes progress and defeat can vary depending upon the interpreter. Charleston residents are free to form their own opinions of how the federal government has handled major issues of national concern, though one divisive matter may be moving toward a possible partisan reconciliation.

Bill would give citizenship to immigrants for military service

Undocumented immigrants living in the United States face many challenges when trying to gain citizenship to stay living in the country. Many undocumented immigrants came to the country when they were children and now find themselves facing few options to become legal U.S. citizens. 

Tortured man from Tanzania granted asylum in US

The United States offers asylum relief to individuals who can demonstrate a fear of being persecuted for their race, nationality, religion or political opinion if they have to return to their home country. Individuals who may qualify for asylum relief in the U.S. should file their application as soon as they can and within a year of living in the U.S.

Study shows Americans want immigrants to have path to citizenship

Imagine you are a baby, no more than a year old. At this early age, your family decides to try and enter the United States. Your country of origin is irrelevant -- your family is simply trying to get to the U.S. so that they can have their dreams realized. Your family isn't looking to make trouble (and obviously you aren't), they just want to live a normal life raising you.

After several personal attacks, Russian man seeks aslyum in U.S.

"I'm not going to go back to Russia because I feel my safety, even my life, is threatened." These words were spoken by a former manager of a gay nightclub in Moscow during an interview with the Washington Blade.

Some immigrants face long wait times for visa applications

The immigration system in the United States is often under scrutiny for their long wait times for immigrants trying to obtain a visa to live in the U.S. There are several different types of immigration visas that people apply for, with the most popular being family and employment. 

Backlog of immigration cases can be devastating for immigrants

Millions of immigrants are waiting to have their cases heard by a judge in the United States. Unfortunately, many of these immigrants have to wait for several months, even years, before their cases are heard. Why is this? The immigration system has a current backlog of almost 350,000 cases waiting to be heard. 

Fiance visas and the immigration process

Many citizens living in the United States are engaged to foreign nationals living in other countries. Many of these couples want to live together in the U.S. in order to get married. Individuals who are planning to marry a foreign national in the U.S. should become familiar with immigration laws and visas requirements before trying to tie the knot.

Deportation numbers not as good as they seem

Last week we discussed how fewer undocumented immigrants were being deported from the United States. While the 10 percent decrease in deportations last year is good news, immigration advocates are still concerned with the number of people being detained and deported by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. 

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