Residents of South Carolina might be interested to learn about a new immigration initiative in California. The initiative would allow undocumented immigrants in California to become legal residents of the state after they have lived there for at least five years. With California residency, the undocumented immigrants would be allowed to live in the state lawfully, attend school and apply for jobs.
South Carolina immigrants who were born in U.S. territories may be interested to hear that a suit against the government has failed its bid to ease the path to citizenship. In a federal appeals court ruling handed down on June 5, a panel of three judges decided that petitioners from American Samoa, a U.S.-controlled territory since 1900, were not granted citizenship under existing 14th Amendment provisions.
Many undocumented immigrants in South Carolina will be protected from deportation if the Obama Administration's immigration reform programs are allowed to proceed. However, plans to implement Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents, or DAPA, have been suspended since a federal judge issued an injunction in February.
Those who have immigrated or are attempted to immigrate to South Carolina may be interested to learn that, on May 27, 136 House Democrats requested that the Obama Administration end the detention of Central American families. In their letter to the Department of Homeland Security, they stated that the detention of mothers and their children was causing serious harm.
A foreign-born person in South Carolina may be able to obtain a green card if he or she is an immediate relative of a U.S. citizen. People who qualify for one of four different family preference categories may also be able to immigrate to the United States with the help of their U.S. citizen or permanent resident relative.
Foreign-born individuals living in South Carolina may be following the legal dispute over President Obama's executive immigration actions. In a 2-1 decision that was made on May 26, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit voted to uphold the injunction on the executive actions that has been in place since February.
A lawsuit was filed in federal court in Seattle on May 23 alleging that federal officials have delayed in providing some immigrants with employment authorization documents. In most cases, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will review an immigrant's work status within 90 days. Cases involving those who have applied for asylum may be reviewed in as little as 30 days.