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June 2013 Archives

Supreme Court ruling could have impact on immigration

Although the U.S. Supreme Court handled a number of impactful cases this year, few are receiving as much attention as the ruling that struck down much of the federal Defense of Marriage Act. This move will extend many federal rights to married same-sex couples. Even though the state of South Carolina doesn't recognize same-sex marriage, the ruling could still have an impact on immigration status and other legal issues.

Senate to vote on immigration reform bill today

It's an important day for immigration reform on capitol hill. The U.S. Senate is planning to vote on the historic immigration reform bill, which could provide a path to citizenship for 11 million undocumented immigrants, and it is expected that the legislation will pass. The Senate Majority Leader indicated on the Senate floor this morning that the vote will likely occur during the late afternoon or early evening.

Report: Threat of deportation harms children

We all know that deportation and removal proceedings cause a lot of stress and anxiety to the people who are in jeopardy of being thrown out of the country, but the children of these individuals also suffer greatly, a new report from a non-profit public health research organization says.

7-Eleven store owners accused of exploiting immigrants

One of the biggest reasons why so many people are in support of immigration reform in the United States -- including a path to citizenship -- is because countless undocumtned immigrants are taken advantage of and treated unfairly each day throughout the country because of their illegal status.

High Court rejects AZ citizenship proof for voters law

Today, the United States Supreme Court voted to throw out a state's voter-approved law that requires prospective voters to prove that they are U.S. citizens before being allowed to use a registration form that was produced under the federal "Motor Voter" voter registration law.

U.S. could take in thousands of Syrian refugees

According to reports, the Obama Administration is considering taking in Syrian refugees after a civil war has raged on in that country for two years. Obama and other world leaders are reportedly working on a resettlement plan for the 1.6 million refugees who have fled Syria. It is possible that thousands of Syrians could be granted asylum in the United States under the plan.

House Republicans vote to resume deportation of 'Dreamers'

Conservatives in Congress sent a message last week that they are still standing firm on deportation and removal efforts. On Thursday, the House voted to resume the deportation of hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants who were pardoned for two years by President Obama's 2012 executive order.

Immigration reform bill hits first major snag this week

This week, the proposed immigration reform bill hit its biggest obstacle yet when Senate Republicans said the bill would have to do much more to tighten border security in order for it to pass. A leading Republican said there is no way the bill will pass the House and it will struggle to pass the Senate unless changes are made.

Should permanent residents be required to speak English?

As part of the proposed immigration reform bill, millions of undocumented immigrants could have the opportunity to apply for permanent residency in the United States. Of course, the offer comes with several requirements, including an English language proficiency requirement.

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