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December 2013 Archives

Number of immigrant detainees remains inaccessible

The American Civil Liberties Union has been requesting data on the number of immigrants detained across the country for five years. In 2011, the ACLU filed a lawsuit in a Manhattan federal court per the Freedom of Information Act. The lawsuit again requested that the government produce the data.

Immigrants taken advantage of by fraudulent FBI agent

North Carolina has many undocumented immigrants who have settled in the state to raise their families. Most of them do not have any plans of leaving and desire to be legal citizens of the United States. There are steps that many can take to start on the path to citizenship, but before becoming a U.S. citizen, they must first get a green card -- become a legal permanent resident. However, a word of warning: find a legitimate immigration attorney to help you on this path.

Shortage of staff for immigration hearings

The unsettled immigration laws keep North Carolina immigrants on edge. It's a waiting game -- waiting to see what new laws will be passed, waiting to see if they will be able to get permanent citizenship, waiting to be with family members again or even waiting in jail for deportation because they have no legal counsel.

Pew polls: surge in deportations the top concern among immigrants

Two surveys just released by the Pew Research Center found that the recent surge in the deportation of undocumented immigrants is the issue closest to most immigrants’ hearts, even above a realistic path to U.S. citizenship. Pew researchers polled two groups of authorized U.S. immigrants, one made up of Hispanics and one targeting Asian immigrants. The two groups represent about two-thirds of all lawful immigrants currently in the U.S.

All crime-victim U visas available until Oct. 2014 already issued

Each fiscal year, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has authority from Congress to issue up to 10,000 U-1 nonimmigrant visas to victims of certain crimes. These are people who have suffered serious mental abuse yet are still willing to help law enforcement investigate and prosecute the perpetrators. This is an extremely valuable resource for police, because crime victims often fear coming forward due to immigration issues.

Study: US CBP border agents routinely abuse immigrant detainees

Even as Congress contemplates adding thousands of new agents to the U.S. Border Patrol, a major study has just revealed apparently systemic abuse of immigrants in the custody of those very agents. After interviewing 1,100 randomly-selected people shortly after their deportations to Mexico, the researchers found a shockingly high number had been subjected to physical, sexual or verbal abuse, along with confiscation of their valuables.

Unauthorized students do qualify for many college scholarships

One of the main issues for America’s DREAMers is access educational opportunities. The problem is that many unauthorized immigrants to the U.S. were brought here as young children. Even the harshest proponent of strict immigration enforcement can’t argue that these kids had any role in violating U.S. law. Moreover, once they graduate from high school, most have lived in the U.S. for virtually their entire lives.

Study: lack of sleep found to increase risk of workplace injuries

Researchers at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health confirm that workers who don't get enough sleep are at a higher risk of injuries on the job, yet the number of hours a night the average American sleeps has been shrinking. The issue is significant enough that scientists from NIOSH joined others from the Centers for Disease Control, National Institutes of Health and the University of Pennsylvania recently held a Twitter chat to discuss it.

Lawmaker blasts 'bloviating' members' attack on 'parole in place'

As we discussed on this blog earlier this week, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has just implemented an extraordinary new policy at the direction of. Using its existing authority to “parole” immigrants at its own discretion, the agency will grant legal status to all unauthorized-immigrant spouses, children and parents of active-duty or prior U.S. service members who apply and who have no other bar to residency.

Close family of US military to be given legal status: just apply

The Obama Administration has just made a staggering announcement on family immigration. All unauthorized-immigrant spouses, children and parents of active-duty or prior U.S. service members will now be given legal status immediately upon filing a free application, as long as they have no other major bar to immigration. Even more exciting, the new policy opens a path to citizenship.