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April 2013 Archives

Rights expanded for mentally disabled detainees

In a precedent-setting case, a federal judge upheld a right to counsel for immigrants with mental disabilities who are facing deportation if they cannot represent themselves. The ruling applied to the immigration courts of three states, but a new policy issued by federal immigration officials expands the protection to immigration courts nationwide.

Homeland Security secretary stands behind immigration bill

In a recent Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, the Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano stood behind the proposed immigration reform bill and shot down criticisms that the bill fails to meet satisfactory security levels. Napolitano said the reform would in fact strengthen border security if passed into law.

Poll: Most South Carolina voters favor 'path to citizenship'

Immigration reform is one of the hottest political issues in the country right now, and it seems that every South Carolina resident has an opinion on the matter. Recently, a poll conducted by Winthrop University found that roughly 75 percent of South Carolinians support immigration reform, which included creating a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.

Immigration bill proposes big changes to family visas

This week, a bi-partisan group of senators unveiled a legislative proposal that would mean sweeping reform to the current immigration laws and represent the biggest change to immigration laws in 30 years. In many ways, the bill would provide more opportunities for immigrants who are in the United States or hope to come to the United States.

Details leaked on proposed pathway to citizenship

For weeks, we have been writing about the bi-partisan Senate group that has been tasked with drafting a legislative bill that comprehensively overhauls the United States immigration system. It is believed that the senators will finalize and unveil the bill in the next few days, but the media claims to already know some of the key details.

Facebook founder unveils group supporting immigration reform

After calling the current immigration system in the United States "unfit for today's world," Facebook founder and billionaire Mark Zuckerberg announced that he is leading a new political group that will advocate for "comprehensive immigration reform," among other initiatives.

Two South Carolina farms cited for labor violations

Two South Carolina tobacco farms and an agricultural labor contractor were cited by the U.S. Department of Labor last week for unsafe housing, health and safety as well as wage violations. The employers, which grow tobacco in South Carolina for Phillip Morris and R.J. Reynolds, now face more than $16,000 in fines for the violations.

Immigration reform efforts appear to face roadblock

Over the weekend, lawmakers expressed confidence that a new immigration reform deal could come as soon as this summer. For months, a bi-partisan group of eight senators has been drafting a bill that is said to satisfy most interested parties, including big business and big labor.

Over 300 South Carolina businesses cited for immigration violations

More than 300 South Carolina businesses were cited during the first year tougher employee immigration checks were mandated by state law. According to a recent report, a total of 323 businesses were cited for violating a state law that requires all businesses in South Carolina to run the names and social security numbers of newly hired workers through the federal E-Verify system.

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