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June 2013 Archives

Senate passes immigration reform bill

On Thursday afternoon, the U.S. Senate passed a bill that marks the most significant reform of U.S. immigration law in decades. The bill passed by a 68-32 vote. The Senate’s 52 Democrats were joined by 14 Republicans and two independents in support of the bill. Lawmakers have attempted unsuccessfully to pass legislation overhauling the current immigration system multiple times in the past 10 years.

DOMA decision may impact immigration reform efforts

Just yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which defined marriage as between one man and one woman for purposes of federal law. In many ways, this is the biggest Supreme Court decision in several years and it may have an impact on the currently proposed immigration reform bill.

Proposed federal immigration law causes privacy concerns

For many people who hope to live in North Carolina or any of the country's other 49 states, the immigration procedures by with non-residents may gain citizenship are of the utmost importance in U.S. immigration law. Additionally, others who hope to undergo naturalization in order to join their family members here in the United States are anxious to see how family-based immigration will be impacted. For some politicians, however, the details of the proposed federal immigration bill pose significant threats to the rights of individuals currently living within the country.

DHS: more humane treatment for immigrants rescued near border

As summer weather finally begins to arrive in force, it becomes more dangerous for people from Mexico to attempt to cross the border. On both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border fence, what used to be called the Great American Desert stretches for hundreds of miles with little relief from the heat.

Naturalized citizen target of constant deportation attempts

Naturalization is such a big deal for immigrants who reside in the United States, and with good reason. It is a major accomplishment -- and the final one -- on their path to U.S. citizenship. There are many steps along the way, and each requires the aid of a skilled attorney to help the immigrant swap that title out for "citizen."

Bipartisan support growing for immigration procedures overhaul

When federal laws must be made or changed, a lot of work has to go into getting enough politicians to agree about how the new laws will be phrased. Bills important to our national budget, defense and well-being have failed many times before finally finding written formats that appease the interests of sufficient federal lawmakers. Like the federal lawmakers from the other 49 states, North Carolina's representatives and senators are often tasked with the challenging job of compromising on important national issues.

Forced 'voluntary departure' at center of ACLU lawsuit

"Voluntary departure" sounds, well, voluntary. Ignoring the literal, "voluntary departure" also sounds like something that is mutually agreed upon -- that both the individual departing and the party informing him or her that they must depart understand that the circumstances warrant this action. It seems, for lack of a better term, "fair."

Federal distractions may impact immigration reform

Washington politics are nothing if not confusing. Here in North Carolina and across the country, local and national news outlets have been vigorously reporting on possible national security leaks, diminishing confidence in Attorney General Eric Holder and possible scandals involving the Internal Revenue Service. With so many controversies cluttering the national political scene, individuals anxious to see how the government settles its immigration lawreform efforts are apprehensive that such reforms will even happen.

Report finds minors in adult detention centers for over 3 days

Imagine your son or daughter is in their early teens. On a Friday night, while out with friends, your 14-year-old gets into a little trouble -- nothing extremely serious, but certainly something that will require some attention because the police are involved.