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August 2013 Archives

'I have a dream' speech rings true to modern-day immigrants

Civil rights are on the minds of many Americans as this week marked the 50th anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s histrocial "I have a dream" speech. But the celebration may be especially meaningful to immigrants who are currently in the country illegally.

Federal government still over-incarcerating illegal immigrants

This year, more than 60,000 individuals will be incarcerated in federal prison for coming into the country illegally. These are mostly non-violent offenders who can face between six months and 10 years in prison if convicted.

Pro-immigration reform groups winning rallying efforts

Congress is in recess the month of August, and advocates on both sides of the immigration reform issue have taken the time to rally for their sides. Although the U.S. Sentate has already approved an immigration bill that would create a path to citizenship for approximately 11 million undocumtned immigrants, Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives are still reluctant to approve immigraiton reform, especially the "amnesty" portion.

Deferred Action: One year later and future is still uncertain

It's hard to believe that it has already been a year since the Obama Administration implemented new immigration policy allowing certain young immigrants to apply for temporary protection from deportation and removal. The policy, known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), allows immigrants who meet certain requirements to apply to work and attend school in the United States for two years.

Many immigrants qualify to apply for citizenship

According to a report issued this week by the Department of Homeland Security, there are more than 13.3 million documented immigrants with permanent residency in the United States, 8.8 million of whom are eligible to apply for citizenship.

Federal district court mandates bond hearings for detainees

A federal district court in California recently held that suspected undocumented immigrants who are detained for six months or longer are entitled to bond hearings. The decision came months after the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals afforded the same right to certain detained immigrants.

Same-sex couples to be treated equally under immigration laws

For years we have been writing about the hardships bi-national same-sex couples faced under the U.S. immigration laws. Spouses and fiances of U.S. citizens have long been able to enter the United States using marriage and fiance visas, but the same was not true for same-sex couples who were legally married in a jurisdiction that allowed it.

Asian immigrants could suffer if family visas are cut

If immigration reform happens, it will likely mean some serious changes to the current immigration laws. Advocates fear that green cards for many Asian immigrants could be one of the first things to go in exchange for more green cards for skilled workers or a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants who are currently in the country.

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