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April 2016 Archives

Lawmakers seek repeal of controversial 1996 immigration laws

Immigrants in South Carolina and around the country live with the knowledge that even a small misstep could dash their hopes of naturalization and lead to deportation proceedings, and many of these fears are rooted in two crime reduction bills passed in 1996. Crime rates were soaring in the 1990s, and the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act and the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act were two of many tough on crime laws introduced by the Clinton administration to reassure a nervous public.

Supreme Court may be split on immigration case

There are likely immigrants living in South Carolina who will be affected by the Supreme Court's ruling in U.S. v. Texas. The case concerns the lawsuit that was filed against President Obama after he attempted to issue executive orders on immigration. The Supreme Court heard oral arguments for the case on April 18, and analysts say it looks like the judges are split in a 4-4 tie.

Immigration visas for foreign fiancés or fiancées

South Carolina residents may know that U.S. citizens who marry foreign nationals can petition United States Citizenship and Immigration Services for a visa, but they might not know that the process is different for a fiancé or fiancée and a husband or wife. Citizens who marry abroad must complete USCIS form I-130, Petition for Alien relative. Those who get engaged overseas but plan to marry in the United States must complete USCIS form I-129F, Petition for Alien Fiancée.

Large rally planned in support of Obama's executive order

People in South Carolina who are interested in U.S. immigration may want to know about the case scheduled to be heard by the Supreme Court of the United States on April 18. The case concerns the deferred action program signed into law by President Obama via an executive order.

ACLU takes action over the treatment of immigrants

Immigration was a hot-button topic during the 2016 presidential primary campaigns held in South Carolina and many other states. While the candidates continue to debate about how the nation's borders could best be managed, American Civil Liberties Union lawyers in two states have taken action against the federal government over the treatment of illegal immigrants. While the filings were both made on April 6, the ACLU say that they are not connected.

Situations that allow citizenship applicants to bypass tests

An individual who lives in South Carolina and wishes to naturalize may find the tests of English language ability and civic knowledge to be intimidating. However, some individuals may be more challenged than others in learning the information and language skills needed because of disability issues. There are certain cases in which a disability could be grounds for being excused from these tests.

Citizenship for South Carolina residents born elsewhere

While those who are born to one parent who is a United States citizen may also be citizens, that is not automatically true. Typically, that parent must have spent 10 years in the United States or in outlying possessions, and five of those years must have been after the citizen parent was older than 14. Furthermore, the may may need to have been the legitimate child of that parent to qualify for automatic citizenship.

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