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January 2014 Archives

Huge drop in unauthorized immigrant detentions last fiscal year

According to fiscal year 2013 statistics on the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, a big change in enforcement priorities could be underway. Over its fiscal-year period ending Sept. 30, 2013, ICE arrested a lot fewer people for being in the country illegally. Nationwide, the number of unauthorized immigrants arrested dropped by 23, according to numbers from the Department of Homeland Security.

Fewer deaths due to work-related injuries seen in North Carolina

It is not unusual for a government entity to keep statistics on relevant or controversial topics. The Department of Labor for North Carolina keeps annual statistics on the number of people who were killed while doing their job. The most recent report shows that deaths due to work-related injuries decreased in 2013.

Human rights group battles immigration discrimination

Immigration rights and reform are a topic of great interest to many people in North Carolina and the rest of the country. Just because a person is not a citizen does not mean that he or she has relinquished the right to be treated fairly and with respect. Eradicating immigration discrimination is a worthy goal, but it is one that won't be achieved easily.

Ruling may help 'aged out' kids gain U.S. citizenship

The Supreme Court is evaluating a lawsuit that could protect the rights of people who "aged out" of their family's attempt to obtain a visa to live in North Carolina or elsewhere in the United States. Under the current law, people who do not have U.S. citizenship, but are covered under their parent's visa bid, lose that status once they turn 21. That can result in deportation and exile from their family and home.

How does the Child Status Protection Act affect grown children?

Under the Immigration and Naturalization Act, the immigrant children of American citizens and lawful permanent residents are given higher priority than many others. If you read the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website, you’ll note, for example, that unmarried, adult children of U.S. citizens are listed as first-preference immigrants. Minor children with a U.S.-citizen parent who live abroad, however, have traditionally been granted even greater preference.

North Carolina immigrants protest state tuition costs

Any college-age resident in the state of North Carolina knows how expensive it can be to go to college. For students living in North Carolina and attending college, tuition is manageable and oftentimes easily affordable. But for those paying out-of-state tuition, this is a very different story. At many colleges and universities this means paying nearly three times as much as their in-state-tuition classmates, which is becoming a deterrent for many students.

Could Justin Bieber's O-1 visa be affected by 'egg-gate'?

Superstar Justin Bieber, a Canadian citizen, is currently living in the U.S. on an O-1 visa, a temporary work visa for “individuals with extraordinary ability or achievement.” Generally, non-citizens need work visas to live and work in the U.S., but not all work visas are for permanent immigrants. Many visas allow people to temporarily live and work in the U.S. One of them, the H-1B visa, is often in the news.

Family fears deportation after staying in U.S. for child's health

Any parent in North Carolina can understand putting the needs of your child before anything else. Even in a difficult situation, most parents would put their child's best interests above all else. Unfortunately, one immigrant family may face deportation for their choice to put their child's needs first.

Farm injury rate drops overall, but increases for kids under 10

“Farming in and of itself is one of the most dangerous occupations,” points out an investigator for the National Children’s Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety, “so to have that child in that work setting, it’s equivalent to having a child in a construction site.”

Job-related accident claims life of North Carolina man

Going into work shouldn't be something that can cause injury or death, especially not with all the safety regulations that are in effect. Unfortunately, when safety regulations aren't followed or when workplace accidents occur, worker injury or death can occur. North Carolina residents might be interested in learning about a workplace accident that claimed the life of a Randleman man.

Father blocking woman’s path to U.S. citizenship

A woman is suing both her estranged father and the immigration authorities for blocking her desire to become naturalized in the U.S. She is a refugee from Ethiopia who came to this country at the age of 17, accompanied by her father and five other children, her mother stayed behind. That was in 2004. She obtained a green card later with sister she was living with. She now has not communicated with her father in years. Authorities say that his paternity must be proven with a blood test as part of her process of becoming a U.S. citizen. He refuses, however, to cooperate by taking the test.