Survivors of boat crash released from ICE custody

Fifteen people were held in custody by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services following the capsizing of their boat off the Miami coast on October 17th.  Four women were killed when the vessel, which was allegedly used for smuggling, capsized, and those who survived were put into detention while an investigation was mounted into …

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Annoyed Republicans scupper immigration reform

There is no hope of immigration reform taking place in 2013 thanks to the bitter rows between Democrats and Republicans over the federal budget, according to one of the House of Representatives’ leading Republican members. Idaho Republican Raul Labrador has told journalists that Obama can kiss goodbye to immigration reform after his refusal to talk …

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Immigration reform bill backed by Republican

In an attempt to get immigration reform moving forward within the House of Representatives, Republican Jeff Denham from California has teamed up with Democrats in the House to create a brand new bill to deal with the controversial issue.  Denham has become the only Republican to team up with the group of 185 Democrats who …

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Uncertain fate for immigration bill

The likelihood of comprehensive immigration reform legislation being passed this year has become murkier than ever in spite of President Barack Obama making another push and a campaign by a coalition of law enforcement, religious and business groups to overhaul the system, which has remained unchanged for decades. The great majority of Republicans who are …

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Getting a green card via work

A lot of people who enter the United States in order to work wind up getting a non-immigrant visa, but if they receive a job offer while in the country they can put in an application for permanent residency, or in other words apply for a green card. There are a number of different paths …

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Green card lottery to close November 2nd

The 2013 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program, also known as the Green Card Lottery, is to close on November 2nd, meaning that anyone who wishes to enter needs to do so by then.  A total of 50,000 permanent resident visas, or green cards, are issued every year under the green card lottery.  There is no fee, …

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Passing the naturalization test in America

Children who attend elementary school, middle school and high school in the United States are forced to study American history and government.  In the event that a permanent resident puts in an application for citizenship, they must take a civics test in order to determine their knowledge when it comes to these subjects. Although people …

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Immigration reform still kicking

In spite of a spate of news articles that have been published in the last week claiming that comprehensive immigration reform is now dead in the United States, advocates say that reform is still a strong possibility in the House of Representatives and that they will keep on fighting until it is achieved. “We’re not …

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Obama pushes immigration reform again

The time has come to fix the broken immigration system in the United States, President Barack Obama declared yesterday, noting that the revamping of immigration laws has bipartisan support.  Although the speech offered little new information, it did put immigration reform firmly back in the spotlight after the bitter wrangling between the major political parties …

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Protection for abused immigrants

It is a frightening thing to find yourself in an abusive relationship, and trying to escape from it can be even more terrifying.  October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and immigrants need to be aware of their rights so as to make sure that they are able to remove themselves from an abusive situation. The …

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Boehner still hopeful for 2013 immigration reform

House Speaker John Boehner seems to have capitulated to the wishes of the Republican Party by refusing to introduce to the chamber the comprehensive bill for immigration reform that passed the Senate back in June.  However, Boehner claims that he hopes he will be able to bring a bill to the floor of the House …

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