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USCIS: immigration-related help for Filipinos affected by typhoon

Now that the immediate aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan (called Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines) has passed, many lawful permanent residents and U.S. citizens of Filipino origin are coming to realize that the disaster had an impact on immigration-related issues. While these are certainly secondary to the need to help those suffering after the catastrophic storm and grieving for lost loved ones, immigration issues are important, especially now, and not just for you.

Asylum now available for Albanian women facing human trafficking

After a difficult transition from communist rule to a free-market, democratic member of the European Union, Albania can still be a dangerous place for vulnerable young women. Add to that a large number of people emigrating elsewhere, and the protections available to young single women can be further diminished to unacceptable levels.

Could US immigration law regarding Cuba be about to change?

Even as immigration reform makes its way through Congress, bilateral meetings were held this week between the United States and Cuba on resolving some long-term immigration issues between the two countries. Currently, U.S. immigration law, specifically the Cuban Adjustment Act of 1987, is enforced using what is often referred to as the “wet foot, dry foot” policy, meaning that Cuban immigrants who actually set foot on U.S. territory before being intercepted are allowed to stay, while those caught by either government while attempting to migrate are returned to Cuba.

Revised Senate bill could cut illegal immigration in half

The Congressional Budget Office, after analyzing a newly revised Senate immigration reform bill, estimates that, if the provisions in the bill are implemented the country will see half as many unauthorized immigrants crossing our borders annually. This CBO review comes after analysis of a prior version of the bill, one that likely would have yielded only about a 25 percent reduction in unauthorized immigration.

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.

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.

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.

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