Alternative detention for released detained immigrants

Several hundred immigrants have been released from detention facilities by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, who pointed out that financial resources have become limited as a result of the fiscal crisis, the Washington Post has reported.  On February 22nd the newspaper revealed that the average immigration court case can take up to as long as …

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Economy damaged by US immigration policy

Washington’s failure to directly address the many problems within the US immigration system has hurt not just the immigrant community but has also been a contributing factor towards the crisis with the nation’s economy. “The immigrant community, especially the undocumented immigrant community, is being blamed for the problems that are happening nationwide,” says union organizer …

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Immigration reform hits farmers in California

In the fight for comprehensive immigration reform in the United States, farmers in California are among the primary employers who have to deal with the consequences.  Many have had to cancel their harvesting due to a lack of workers, resulting in losses of several thousand dollars. The Los Angeles Times says that Rayne Pegg, who …

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Unregistered spouses to benefit from immigration shake-up

Millions of couples in the United States are hoping that the new immigration rules that were finalized last month will legalize their undocumented married partners and children without them having to be separated for a number of years. From March 4th this year the path for the undocumented offspring and spouses of American citizens is …

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Language and high fees hold back immigrants

The Center for the Study of Immigration Integration at the University of Southern California has released a study named Nurturing Naturalization: Could Lowering The Fee Help?  The study has found that the top reasons holding immigrants back from applying for US citizenship are language obstacles and the high price tag. The Capital Times says that …

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US economy could be saved by smart immigration

For the last few years the debate over immigration in Washington has resembled the immigration system of the United States – vague, disorganized and lacking in anything resembling clear borders.  Happily, it appears, however, that at long last some progress is finally being made.  Thanks partly to the State of the Union address by President …

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Final rule supporting family unity announced by USCIS

On the 2nd January this year Janet Napolitano, the Secretary of Homeland Security, announced the Federal Register’s final rule to cut down on the amount of time that US citizens would be forced to spend separated from members of their family who are engaged in the task of attempting to gain permanent legal status.  That …

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Silicon Valley calls for immigration reform

A coalition of entrepreneurs, social media experts and venture capitalists from Silicon Valley, have launched a campaign in favor of comprehensive immigration reform in the United States, which is set to conclude in April with a “virtual march” on Washington. The aim of the March for Innovation campaign is to convince lawmakers to give their …

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Coalition pushed citizenship for immigration reform

A new coalition made up of a number of prominent human rights and labor groups is urging Congress to feature a “meaningful” path to US citizenship as an aspect of any immigration reform agreement.  The Alliance for Citizenship – which consists of groups like the Service Employees International Union, the Southern Poverty Law Center and …

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Oscar nominated film director almost deported

The very first film director from Palestine to receive an Oscar nomination, Emad Burnat, almost did not get to attend the ceremony after nearly being deported by US immigration officials.  The 5 Broken Cameras director arrived at Los Angeles International Airport with his wife and children on 19th February, only to find himself being held …

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Immigration boosts economy experts claim

Workers who are born overseas are much more likely than those who were born in the United States to either hold an advanced degree or not have a high school degree at all, which makes it easier in either case for them to be placed into jobs than is often the case with native workers, …

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