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September 2012 Archives

Court allows 'aged-out' green card applicants back in line

An important immigration case was decided by a federal court of appeals this week. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals narrowly held on Wednesday that immigration officials must give priority status to thousands of green card applicants who "aged out" of eligibility for a special visa when they turned 21.

Disbarred South Carolina attorney arrested for immigration rogue

A disbarred South Carolina lawyer has been charged with providing fake immigration services in the state. According to officials, the 55-year-old Hilton Head man has swindled at least 10 people out of money after he charged them for immigration services that were never provided.

'Show me your papers' law given green light in Arizona

This week, the most contentious provision of Arizona's controversial immigration law took effect, prompting rallies throughout the country. Several dozen civil rights activists gathered at a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement building in Phoenix on Wednesday, a day after the law took effect.

First applicants accepted into Deferred Action program

The Obama Administration's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which gives qualifying illegal immigrants the opportunity to avoid deportation and obtain a work permit, began taking applications on Aug. 15. Since then, the U.S. Immigration and Citizenship Services said it has received about 82,000 applications from hopeful young immigrants.

Florida discovers fewer ineligible voters than thought

With the 2012 presidential election upon us, several states in the country are currently grappling with the issue of voter identification laws. Proponents of the laws believe that they are necessary in order to prevent non-U.S. citizens from voting. Opponents of the laws argue that they will have a disparate impact on low-income people, the elderly and minorities who do not have government-issued identification.

Border patrol to discontinue repatriation flight program

For the past seven years, the United States government has offered a repatriation flight program that provided Mexican citizens who had illegally crossed the border between the United States and Mexico a free flight back to their home country. It was announced this week by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol that the program will be coming to an end.

Young undocumented immigrants face student aid obstacles

The Homeland Security's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program has given young undocumented immigrants -- who were brought to the United States by their parents as young children and meet several other qualifications -- the opportunity to avoid deportation. Many young people in this group are attending college, or wish to, to further their education and job prospects. A problem they face, however, is that they are blocked from receiving student aid.

Program offers permanent residency for legal wards of the state

As South Carolina readers may know, thousands of young undocumented immigrants are going through the application process right now to take advantage of Homeland Security's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. But what many may not know is that thousands of undocumented children acquire permanent residency each year through a little-known immigration program that has been in effect for 15 years.

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