VAWA Immigration Provisions

Some experts claim that the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), intended to help women who are victims of domestic abuse, is being abused and manipulated by women who want to obtain green cards more quickly. These experts allege that some women are speeding up the application process by filing false claims of abuse against their …

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Corrupt Immigration Manager

A judge has convicted former immigration manager Diane Serré of fraud and breach of trust after Serré accepted gifts and money in exchange for granting preferential treatment to some immigrants. Thanks to the evidence in the case, Ontario Superior Court Justice Catherine Aitken found Serré guilty of 15 counts of fraud and 12 counts of …

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Florida’s Voter Purge

Florida has been trying to purge its voting rolls of non-US citizens, alleging that potentially thousands of people who are not qualified to vote have been registered to vote in elections. However, the state’s process for purging the voter rolls has caused controversy, with many alleging that legitimate voters are being questioned about their status. …

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Mail voter registration drive

In Florida, a group is mailing voter registration forms in the mail to possible voters in the state, asking voters to confirm with the state’s Division of Elections that they are US citizens and have not committed a felony. The mail is official-looking but some voters have expressed suspicion over the letters. The letters are …

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Illegal Immigrants

The Department of Homeland Security has a new, expanded “deferred action” policy which will allow some undocumented immigrants to remain in the country and enjoy some protection rather than being protected. Qualified immigrants are those who: 1) Came to the US when they were younger than 16 years of age. 2) Have already lived in …

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Cuts to Food Stamps

The food stamp program, officially known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is being threatened, according to some advocates, by the new Farm Bill and other proposed legislation in Congress. SNAP is based on citizenship, employment, and household income, and it provides a safety net for those who may not have enough money for …

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Guest Worker Program

An unprecedented approval on the part of Texas Republicans means there may be a call for a national guest-worker initiative. The GOP, known for a tough stance on many immigration issues, have now taken a stand that may win them approval from Hispanic voters. The changes to the Republican platform are not binding. In fact, …

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STARS Act

The STARS (Studying Towards Residency Status Act) Act, Senator Marco Rubio’s answer to the DREAM Act, has been introduced this week by Rubio and Representative David Rivera.  While the DREAM Act has been unable to get past Congress for the past decade, there is hope that the STARS Act might pass into law. A similar …

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Obama Stops Deportation

President Obamas has signed an executive order which allows more than 800 000 young undocumented immigrants to remain in the US without the risk of deportation. While the president has not been able to get the DREAM Act passed to give the children of undocumented immigrants a path to citizenship, the executive order will offer …

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Should I Pay Taxes If I Am Outside the US

If you are a US citizen living outside the US, you may believe that you have nothing to do with the IRS, especially if you have a job and earn income in your country of residence. You even likely pay income taxes in your country of residence. However, the US is the only developed nation …

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Torn by Immigration, United by Major League Baseball Manager

Hazleton has been known to have immigration tensions. The city was the first in the country to pass a tough law against undocumented immigration and the region has been rocked by immigration-related violence. In one instance, for example, an uproar ensued when two undocumented immigrants shot a city resident in the face. Joe Maddon, the …

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