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Part 2: The long and difficult road to legal immigration

We are discussing a recent article published in USA Today that describes the difficulties most foreign nationals face while going though the often long legal immigration process.

Part 1: The long and difficult road to legal immigration

This week, USA Today featured an inside look at the legal immigration process foreign nationals must go through before entering the country, becoming permanent residents or eventually becoming a naturalized U.S. citizen. The article said that it's a long road, often filled with detours and potholes.

Groups try to block new South Carolina immigration law

A new immigration law in South Carolina that mandates police and employers use the digital E-Verify service to check a person's immigration status is scheduled to go into effect Jan. 1, 2012, but not if two advocacy groups have anything to say about it.

Deportations rise by 13 percent in South Carolina, nearby states

This week, officials with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) reported that there were 22,963 noncitizens deported from Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina during the past fiscal year, which ended in September. This was a 13 percent increase over the preceding fiscal year, officials confirmed.

Should South Carolina schools check for immigration status?

The children of undocumented immigrants are currently admitted to public schools in South Carolina, like elsewhere in the nation, as mandated by federal law. Under current state and federal law, school officials have no authority to inquire into a student's immigration status or ask for documents supporting citizenship.

Study: It could take Indian immigrants 70 years to get green card

Recently, the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement Oversight held a hearing to address why a growing number of immigrants educated in the United States wish to return to their home countries upon graduation. Two reports from the National Foundation for American Policy, a non-profit organization, appear to show at least part of the answer.

South Carolina immigration law scrutinized by Justice Department

The U.S. Department of Justice is undertaking a review of a recently passed South Carolina immigration law that becomes effective at the start of 2012. A spokesman for the department indicated that it was fully prepared to file a lawsuit against the state if it determines that the state statute interferes with the federal government's implementation of immigration laws.

24 convicted illegal immigrants arrested in South Carolina

There were 24 convicted criminal undocumented immigrants arrested in South Carolina after a sweep last month. The sweep was part of a program led by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to remove as many convicted aliens from the country as possible.

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