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Month: June 2016

Visitors on US visas could be asked for social media information

A proposal has been made by the federal government to add a line to the forms filled out by those visiting the US where they can volunteer information about their social media accounts in order to verify their identity for security reasons. Overseas visitors who enter the US via the Visa Waiver Program, which enables …

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Hotel-style immigration center bid rejected by Texas

South Texas officials have decided not to go further into the business of family detention, rejecting a bid from an oil company based in South Carolina to use a former Dimmit County worker camp as a hotel-style detention facility for families that could have offered much better conditions than two nearby facilities. The officials unanimously …

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Deport undocumented immigrant criminals, Obama administration told

In 2015, over 2000 undocumented immigrants were returned to the streets of the United States after completing prison sentences, with many going on then carry out more crimes, including murder and rape, Senator Charles Grassley alleged on Monday. The lawmaker’s accusation comes a week after the murder of a Connecticut woman by an undocumented immigrant …

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Singaporeans get faster immigration clearance to US

Frequent travelers from Singapore to the United States may soon be able to get through immigration checks much quicker than was previously the case with the US-Singapore Trusted Traveller Program having launched on Monday. The initiative enables eligible citizens of the United States and Singapore to use automated clearance kiosks at major traveler entry points …

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Hotel-style detention center considered by immigration officials

Plans from federal immigration officials to create a new family detention center capable of housing up to 500 women and children are moving forward, despite many politicians and immigrant advocates calling for the complete abolishment of such places. Officials from Dimmit County, which is situated 45 miles from the US-Mexico border in Texas, are considering …

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US government should do more for Irish undocumented immigrants

More should be done to end the legal limbo in which undocumented immigrants from Ireland are caught in the United States, according to the Irish Lobby for Immigration Reform co-founder, Ciaran Saunders. Saunders’ comments came in the wake of the Supreme Court defeat of the President Obama executive action plan for immigration reform. Staunton says …

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