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Work permits passed without approval

South Carolina residents may be affected by thousands of work permits still issued after a judge ordered the immigration initiative to remain on hold. According to the federal government, the work permits were awarded erroneously after a temporary block was put on the executive action. Court documents filed on May 7 state that 2,000 people were awarded three-year work authorizations after the Brownsville judge issued a preliminary injunction on Feb 16.

The injunction was requested by a 26-state coalition that is opposed to the new immigration initiative. The group of states is claiming that the president's proposal is unconstitutional and that may make like more difficult for local residents. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will deliberate on whether or not the injunction should be lifted. The Justice Department maintains that government officials regret the circumstances and are making efforts to help rectify some of the issues.

The Republican governor of Texas contends that the government's actions demonstrate a direct disregard for the laws defined by the constitution. According to the Justice Department, the immigrants became eligible to receive two-year work permits through a program established during 2012. Authorities claim that the three-year work permits are being converted into two-year permits. Some have said that the presidential administration is stalling, and the judge described their tactics as misleading.

People who need more information about immigration may be interested in consulting legal counsel. Lawyers may be prepared to assist immigrants with obtaining the appropriate documentation for different circumstances, such as extending the stay in the country or applying for an employment visa. Legal counsel may also be able to help relatives and spouses living abroad gain entry into the U.S. People seeking asylum or fulfilling employment obligations may also benefit from consulting a lawyer.

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