Month: September 2012

Napolitano Broadens ?Family Relationships? Definition

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Janet Napolitano recently announced that the agency has broadened the definition of “family relationships” in immigration proceedings to now include same-sex couples. On July 31, 2012, 84 members of Congress signed a letter sent to Napolitano asking her to take legal action to prevent foreign-born partners in a same-sex …

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Progressives for Immigration Reform Holds Annual Conference

Progressives for Immigration Reform will host its annual Conference on Immigration, Conservation and Environment on October 1, 2012. PFIR hopes to influence policymakers and the public on the most important issues surrounding immigration policy, and how these issues impact the 2012 Presidential Election. PFIR is an organization that aims to educate the American public on …

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Courts Rule In Favor Of Child Status Protection Act

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled that immigration officials must give precedence to thousands of green card applicants who, when they turned 21, lost their figurative “space in line” for U.S. residency. In a vote of 6-5, the courts decided that United States Citizenship and Immigration Services officials wrongly determined that a …

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USCIS Releases Clarification of Deferred Action Documentation Expectations

Due to the strict U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services regulations on deferred action criteria, schools in the United States have been flooded with requests for legal documents. While applicants want to send in their paperwork as quickly as possible, many find themselves having to wait a few weeks longer than anticipated. The Mexican consulate in …

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Immigration Activist Criticizes Publications? Use Of ?Illegal Immigrant?

With the importance of immigration reform being showcased in the 2012 Presidential Election campaigns, there has been a backlash against certain terms used to describe undocumented individuals in the United States. Jose Antonio Vargas, an immigration activist, is at the helm of the fight against the term “illegal immigrant,” calling out publications like The New …

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President Obama Wants Comprehensive Immigration Reform in Second Term

At a Univision-sponsored event at the University of Miami, President Barack Obama spoke directly to Latino voters on why they should vote him into a second term of office. President Obama said that the biggest failure during his first term was not reaching comprehensive immigration reform, blaming his un-kept promise on the Republicans. Republican lawmakers …

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USCIS Enhances E-Verify Program

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services released new enhancements for the E-Verify Electronic Employment Eligibility Verification Program that went into effect on September 16, 2012. E-Verify is an internet-based system that allows companies to compare information on a prospective employee’s I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification form to U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Social Security Administration …

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Immigration Laws Have Negative Effect On U.S. Farming Industry

The United States experienced billion-dollar losses this year, and many farmers are blaming U.S. immigration laws as the culprit. Farmers rely on thousands of seasonal workers to help them grow, harvest and pack their products. However, with new legislation targeting undocumented immigrants, it has become more difficult to recruit skilled workers. Ralph and Cheryl Broetje …

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