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July 2012 Archives

What does Arizona v. United States mean for South Carolina?

Earlier this summer, the United States Supreme Court issued a ruling on Arizona's controversial immigration law. South Carolina is one of the states that followed in the footsteps of Arizona by enacting a similar immigration law. The question is, what does the Supreme Court ruling on Arizona's law mean for South Carolina's law?

New information revealed on immigration policy change

Last month, the Obama Administration announced a new policy aimed at granting work permits to young immigrants who are in the country illegally as an alternative to deportation. In addition to other requirements, the new rule applies to immigrants who arrived in the United States before the age of 16 and, as of June 15, were not over age 30.

Raised in America, young woman may be forced out

The 20-year-old Missouri woman doesn't look like someone you'd suspect is in the country illegally. Blonde-haired and blue-eyed, the young woman was a cheerleader in high school and has lived the epitome of the American Dream.

Tech companies push for new green card program

It's no secret that foreign-born workers are essential to the STEM fields -- as the areas of science, technology, engineering and math are referred to. That's why the biggest tech companies in the United States are urging lawmakers to pass a bill that would grant permanent residency to holders of advanced degrees in STEM fields.

Lawsuit challenges Secure Communities on basis of Privacy Act (2 of 2)

Welcome back. As we began discussing last week, the first lawsuit of its kind has been filed alleging that the Secure Communities program violated the rights of an American citizen. If what the lawsuit alleges is true, the rights of millions of other U.S. citizens may have been violated by the Secure Communities program as well.

Lawsuit challenges Secure Communities on basis of Privacy Act (1 of 2)

In 2008, the federal government launched a program known as Secure Communities, which requires that fingerprints obtained during arrests are crosschecked with immigration databases as well as the FBI criminal databases. The goal of the program is to flag immigrants who are in the country illegally and guilty of committing crimes.

ACLU launches PSA informing immigrants of their rights

Last week, we discussed the United States Supreme Court's decision regarding the controversial immigration law adopted first in Arizona and then in other states, including South Carolina. As we reported, the federal government challenged four main provisions of the law, and the Supreme Court struck down three of them.

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