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March 2012 Archives

Immigration court delays deportation of gay spouse

A Mexican man, who was brought to the United States as a boy, was stopped for a routine traffic violation last year. Because he was undocumented, he was detained and now faces deportation. Even though the man has lived in the United States for 21 years and his spouse is an American citizen, he could still be sent back to Mexico.

Rights group says discrimination occurring along Mexican border

Over the past few years, the United States has significantly tightened immigration security along the 2,000-mile Mexican border, with stepped-up fencing, patrols and surveillance technology. But an American human rights group says that discrimination is also taking place along the border, and people's rights are being violated.

Advocates unsatisfied with new immigrant detention center

When a person is accused of being in the country illegally, it can be a very scary ordeal. The person is often in fear of losing his or her family, home and job. What can make matters even worse is when the rights of individuals are not respected when they are facing removal or deportation.

Loophole in South Carolina immigration law for some workers

Immigrant workers are required to prove status and work eligibility to conform with state and federal law, however, a loophole in the South Carolina immigration law exempts farmworkers, private maids and nannies from a mandatory state immigration status check.

South Carolina immigrant gets support from Illinois congressman

U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez is working on behalf of a South Carolina father to try and get the deportation proceedings against him dropped. Congressman Gutierrez has become an advocate for undocumented immigrants who are facing deportation from the country. Gabino Sanchez is a 27-year-old husband and father of two young children, both United States citizens. The reason for his deportation hearing appears to be repeat misdemeanor traffic violations.

Deportation defense wins reprieve for teenagers

In 2004, President George W. Bush proposed that millions of undocumented immigrants gain legal status, impacting immigrants across the United States, including South Carolina. More recently, the Obama Administration indicated that it would allow discretion for certain undocumented immigrants including those:

More Mexican citizens seeking asylum due to drug violence

In 2010, more than 3,000 Mexican citizens sought political asylum in the United States, yet only 49 were successful. In 2011, the number of asylum seekers doubled to more than 6,000. However, once again only a small number of people -- 104 -- were granted asylum.

Major league baseball pitcher fights to regain work visa

As major league baseball's catchers and pitchers started training camp for the upcoming season in the third week of February, one team did so without the presence of pitcher Juan Carlos Oviedo, formerly known as Leo Nunez.

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