Techie groups are taking a stand on immigration reform the only way they know how: a virtual march. Leaders from AOL and Mozilla are just a couple of the influential people behind a virtual push to get lawmakers to change current immigration laws.
United States citizens who are married or engaged to foreign nationals have the opportunity to apply for a K-1 fiancé visa or a K-3 spouse visa. That is, if the fiancé or spouse is of the opposite sex. On the other hand, same-sex couples have an extremely difficult time obtaining green cards for their foreign-born spouses, even if the couple is legally married in one of the states that recognize same-sex marriage.
Over the past several years, the Obama Administration has described its immigration policy as focusing on the deportation of undocumented immigrants who have committed crimes, while halting some efforts to deport those who are considered low-priority cases.
Federal officials recently reported that the U.S.-Mexico border in Arizona had the lowest number of illegal crossings in 20 years. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection said arrests of people who were trying to cross the border illegally fell by about 43 percent in the past two years.
Last week, we reported that the outline of a new immigration bill had been presented by members of Congress. Among other things, the bill would essentially provide a path to citizenship for millions of immigrants who are currently in the United States illegally, so long as they meet certain standards.
Immigration reform is one of the hottest issues in the United States right now. Immigrant advocates say that immigration reform is not only needed to provide a path to legal residency for millions of undocumented immigrants, it's also needed to regulate the many businesses that take advantage of immigrant workers.
Whether one agrees or disagrees with the proposed immigration reform that is going on in Washington, D.C., there appears to be support from both political parties (including Senator Lindsay Graham, a Republican from South Carolina) for significant changes to be made regarding the rights of immigrants to come to our country and, in some cases, to seek asylum. Especially noteworthy are efforts underway to open up immigration opportunities for same-sex couples that are migrating to the United States.
The right to drive through owning a legal license is an important part of every American citizen's life. Even those who do not drive themselves frequently rely on the ability of friends and family members to get both across town and across the country on our streets, highways, and interstates.