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September 2013 Archives

U.S. citizen repeatedly deported as DHS cited nonexistent law

A 49-year-old man who has been a U.S. citizen since birth tried to four separate times to obtain a certificate of citizenship. He was turned down -- but not legally. Each of those four times, he was deported, however. This was apparently all the result of either anti-immigrant discrimination or complete incompetence on the part of U.S. immigration authorities.

King's remarks bring bias, misinformation into immigration debate

Representative Steve King of Iowa, who has previously referred to unauthorized immigrants as drug mules with “calves the size of cantaloupes,” has brought a new level of misinformation and immigrant discrimination into our nation’s ongoing debate about comprehensive immigration reform. Sadly, King went so far as to invoke the 9/11 tragedy to spread his anti-immigrant bias.

North Carolina orders workers' comp for so-called 'contractor'

When it comes to whether someone is entitled to workers’ compensation coverage for an on-the-job injury, one of the most fundamental issues is who the injured worker’s employer is. Since workers’ comp is provided by employers to employees, workers can’t make a claim if they’re not considered an actually an employee. So, for example, an independent contractor wouldn’t be eligible.

Woman adopted by, married to US citizens still facing deportation

A recent immigration appeal by a woman from Ghana highlights the hostility of some U.S. immigration officials, intentional or otherwise, to family immigration. The now-29-year-old woman was adopted by her U.S. citizen-aunt and is married to another U.S. citizen. Nevertheless, for nine years she has fought through byzantine legal rules and acknowledged due process violations, to avoid being deported to a country she hasn’t seen since age 15.

Revised silica dust limits could prevent fatal workplace illness

In any kind of job, workers may face the risk of becoming injured or contracting an industrial illness. Despite the fact that freak accidents can happen, employers can take steps to minimize the risk associated with occupational hazards.

Civil rights and immigration law have similar connections

Last Wednesday, the nation celebrated the anniversary of a momentous occasion in American history. August 28, 2013 marked the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. The march drew nearly 250,000 people from across the nation, and was highlighted by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King's "I Have A Dream" speech.