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ACLU takes action over the treatment of immigrants

Immigration was a hot-button topic during the 2016 presidential primary campaigns held in South Carolina and many other states. While the candidates continue to debate about how the nation's borders could best be managed, American Civil Liberties Union lawyers in two states have taken action against the federal government over the treatment of illegal immigrants. While the filings were both made on April 6, the ACLU say that they are not connected.

How refugees are admitted to the country

Foreign refugees who want to relocate to South Carolina or anywhere else in the country must go through a rigorous screening process before they are admitted to the United States. The first thing that a person must do is to apply for refugee status by showing evidence that they have been forced to leave their home country. Refugees are eligible for asylum in the U.S. if they are being persecuted in their home country because of their race, religion or political opinion.

Afghan who quit training granted asylum

South Carolina residents were mesmerized by the story of three officers of the Afghanistan National Army when they were found attempting to flee the United States to Canada from a military training museum in September 2014. One of the three was just granted asylum after a long legal path.

ICE's no-release policy for asylum-seekers halted

People in South Carolina may be interested to learn of a recent court action regarding immigration policy in the United States. According to reports, a federal court reportedly halted the Immigration and Custom Enforcement's no-release policy, which the agency had used to detain asylum-seeking women and children who entered the country illegally.

Refugee status and immigration

Foreigners who enter South Carolina to live permanently are classified as immigrants or refugees. An immigrant is someone who has decided to move to the United States for economic reasons or for other personal reasons. A refugee, on the other hand, is a foreigner who has entered the U.S. because they are fleeing persecution in their home country.

Asylum as a means of staying in South Carolina

Those who believe that they would suffer persecution at due to their race, religion or political leanings may file for asylum in the United States. Asylum allows an individual who otherwise may not be a legal permanent resident to stay in the country. Those who file for such protection may also request asylum for their spouses and unmarried children under the age of 21.

Asylum decisions

People who have come to South Carolina from their home countries in order to escape persecution often have questions regarding the types of decisions a judge might make in their requests for asylum. Asylum is a type of status that allows the person to remain and work in the United States so the person may legally stay while being protected by the country's laws.

What are the different ways to obtain asylum?

South Carolina residents who are not United States citizens may be curious about how to obtain asylum. Asylum is the process where the United States allows foreign residents to remain in the country to protect them from persecution in their home countries. A person must be physically present in the U.S. to request asylum, and can apply regardless of how the individual arrived or legal immigration status.

Asylum status now available for certain minors

People who are living in South Carolina and who originated from Honduras, Guatemala or El Salvador may be interested to learn the the federal government has decided to allow children from those countries to apply for asylum. In order to be eligible, the children must apply at an office in their home country, must be under the age of 21 and must be unmarried.

Seeking asylum in South Carolina

Immigrants who are seeking asylum may apply for the procedure in order to remain in the United States. In order to be eligible to apply for asylum, the applicant must have faced or have been threatened with persecution for their nationality, their race, their religion or their political beliefs.

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