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June 2014 Archives

Children fleeing violence in Central America seeking asylum

What would you do if there was violence all around you? What would you do if gangs threatened you or your family? What would you do if gangs were pressuring you to join them? Though most people in Charleston do not have to deal with such situations, there are a number of children and teenagers in Central America that do. And many of them have fled their home countries in search of peace and refuge, finding it in the United States.

Update: Sudanese woman sentenced to death for apostasy

Nearly one month ago we brought you the story of a 27-year-old woman from Sudan who was sentenced to death for "leaving" Islam. Because the woman claimed that she was a Christian like her mother, instead of a Muslim like her father, she was convicted of apostasy and was sentenced to death.

Business leader and politicians come together on immigration

Even though immigration reform isn't a liberal issue, there are certainly more democrats who support immigration reform than republicans. There is even concern that Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's support of immigration reform was what cost him his primary election. One conservative who has backed immigration reform is Rupert Murdoch, the media mogul whose companies own Fox News and The Wall Street Journal.

Asylum claim causes custody confusion

Generally, our blog tries to provide you with broad topics within immigration law, but this week's story is a little different. Instead of providing information to which many people may be able to relate, we bring you a relatively unique story that highlights just how complex immigration and asylum law can be. While this particular situation may not apply to everyone, it does show how difficult it can be to try to handle immigration problems without a lawyer.

What will Supreme Court's decision mean for immigrants' children?

Immigration law is incredibly complex, in part because there are two main kinds of visas: immigrant visas and nonimmigrant visas. It is very easy to confuse the two, which could have disastrous consequences.

Increasing number of unaccompanied children arriving in US

When we normally cover stories about asylum, we are generally talking about adults who are looking for a new, safer life in the United States. This is not the only group of people who need asylum, however; there are a number of children trying to escape persecution, too. And the number of unaccompanied children crossing into the U.S. has been on the rise with increasing violence in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.

Immigration reform gets religious backing

Though the United States has separation of church and state, it does not mean that religious figures and bodies can't take political stands. And that is what the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops did earlier this month. While it is unknown if he was speaking as an individual or on behalf of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, it is clear that he wants the House of Representatives to work on immigration reform.

Judge rules immigrants must have bond hearings within 6 months

There are a number of immigrants in Summerville, some of whom are living in South Carolina without legal permission. Whether their visas have expired or they never had them to begin with, immigrants outside the legal system are at particular risk of immigration detention and deportation. The deportation process is hardly quick, however, which means that many people are held by Immigration and Customs Enforcement longer than they would have initially assumed.

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