Currently, the Defense of Marriage Act defines marriage as between a man and a woman only, for purposes of federal law. Everyone knows that several states now recognize same-sex marriage on a state level, but as long as DOMA is in place, these marriages will not be recognized on a federal level.
Immigrants who are in the country on family or work-related visas often choose to become lawful permanent residents by obtaining a green card, which affords them more rights.
South Carolina is one of 18 states that have passed laws requiring employers to use a federal government program called E-Verify. Essentially, E-Verify requires business owners to check the legal status of all potential employees using Social Security and immigration databases before making a new hire. The program is supposed to make it nearly impossible for illegal immigrants to find employment.
After decades of enforcing strict travel restrictions on its citizens, the Cuban government announced this week that it will be implementing new rules to make it easier for people to come and go from the island.
On Friday, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that nearly 180,000 people have applied for the Obama Administration's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which spares qualifying illegal immigrants from deportation and allows them to apply for a work permit. The USCIS said so far 4,500 young illegal immigrants have been approved for the program.
When Jose Antonio Vargas was the member of a Washington Post team that won the Pulitzer Prize in 2008, South Carolina readers did not know that he was an illegal immigrant. That information was only divulged last year in an essay he wrote and published in the New York Times Magazine. In that article he revealed that he was originally from the Philippines, but when he was 12 years old his mother sent him to live with his grandparents in California.
As immigration law is complex and is often in a state of flux, it is very important for South Carolina residents to feel confident that they are receiving accurate information, especially when it can have serious, real-life consequences, such as deportation, also known as removal. One man found this truth out the hard way. He is a native of Honduras and a lawful permanent resident of the United States (green card holder). He has served in the U.S. military and is a Vietnam War veteran. However, more recently he has had some trouble with the law. While he was driving a truck across the country, he was stopped by law enforcement officials. They claim to have uncovered 1,000 pounds of marijuana in his truck.
For entrepreneurs born outside of the United States, this country has historically served as the ideal location to start up a business. Motivated, intelligent and hard-working people have been coming to the U.S. to start up a business, create jobs and drive innovation for generations. However, for the first time in decades, immigrant entrepreneurship is on the decline.
Same-sex couples in South Carolina already face a number of challenges in their relationship. Besides the same issues that we all face in committed relationships, same-sex couples have the additional concerns associated with their legal rights and statuses. When it comes to their citizenship, illegal immigrants in long-term relationships with U.S. citizens have had to worry about deportation.