Fighting Back Against Excessive Use of Force by Immigration Agents

Immigration officials and agents do an important job, enforcing immigration laws and keeping both immigrants and US residents safe. These officials have a challenging job, and most work hard to do the best job possible to enforce laws and keep everyone safe. However, there have been some worrying claims about use of excessive force by …

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Are More H1B L1Applicants Being Turned Down?

Immigration experts and legislators in the US and abroad are questioning the apparent rise of rejections of H1B visa applicants and L1 work visa applicants. According to a Congressional hearing, in 2012, there was a 26% rate for requests for additional on H1B petitions and a 17% denial rate for those applications. Legislators and immigration …

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Enforcement Program That Targets Illegal Immigration to be Closed

An immigration enforcement program known as 287(g) is being dismantled by the Obama administration after slowing down over the years. The program authorized local police officers to be deputized in order to function as immigration agents in order to help with immigration issues and enforcement. Under the program, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) worked with …

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For Undocumented People Immigration is a Very Real Issue

Over the past two years, immigration has been a very hot button topic for people from all walks of life. Illegal immigration, especially, is something that is debated in the news and by legislators. Some states, including Alabama, have passed tough new laws that make it easier for law enforcement and immigration officials to find …

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Are Changes to Immigration Law Coming in Alabama

On February 7, 2012, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley delivered a State of the State address at the Capitol in Montgomery, Alabama. While a combined session of the Alabama Legislature listened to the address, which did not address immigration issues, protestors outside voiced concerns about Alabama’s immigration laws. Immigration laws in Alabama have been a source …

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USCIS E-Verify Expansion Update

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) E-Verify system is a way for employers to check the employment authorization of workers and potential employees. The system was created in response to concerns about undocumented workers in the US. In many cases, employers claimed that it was difficult for them to determine who was authorized to …

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Passport Fees and the Value of U.S. Citizenship

Most people are used of the process of inflation pushing consumer prices up, but do people expect the price of US citizenship to go up? New fees posted recently by State Department do just that. The State Department has announced new consular fees through the Federal Register, including fee changes proposed as far back as …

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Kansas Immigration Plan Revealed

There is little doubt that immigration is vital for the economies of many states, and some business groups in Kansas are forming a coalition to support just that view. The coalition hopes to start a new program to ensure that industries with labor shortages can hire immigrants. The group hopes to create a program that …

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Best Way to Apply for Green Card Renewal

For every green card holder, the green card renewal process is an important step in maintaining proof of status. Although permanent residency is permanent, the green card that proves your status is not. In most cases, green card renewal has to occur every ten years, since green cards expire every ten years. It is important …

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How to Get a Refugee Travel Document

Refugees who have become green card holders in the US due to their refugee status may eventually want to return home or travel to see family. However, to travel outside the US, refugees must have a refugee travel document. This document helps establish the traveler’s status at the border and ensures that a refugee can …

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US Immigration and Eligibility Employment Verification

In the US, employers are only allowed to hire US workers or those non-US workers who have valid authorization to work in the US. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure that all workers they hire (both US citizens and non-US citizens) are authorized to work in the US. To make the process easier, and …

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