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July 2012 Archives

Once deported, man faces federal, state drug charges

A 59-year-old man with a last known address in Mariners Harbor was arrested by New York police officers for allegedly trying to sell cocaine on Kinsey Place. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials were tipped off to the man's illegal status when it was discovered that he had been deported over 20 years ago to his home country of Trinidad and Tobago. It is not clear when the man returned to the U.S.

Cost, process for temporary work permits revealed

An executive order made by President Obama may cost more than $585 million to implement. Last month, the Administration announced that young, illegal immigrants will be granted temporary work permits instead of being deported. An estimated one million requests are expected each year.

Portions of DREAM Act enacted with executive order

As we've discussed in earlier posts this year (June 13, March 21) the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act, or DREAM Act, has garnered a lot of attention and raised many hopes this year. The federal legislation would give permanent resident status to undocumented students and military service members brought illegally to the U.S. by their parents. Because Congress has been unable to pass the bill at the federal level, many states have attempted to adopt their own versions, including New York.

Federal Secure Communities program sued for detaining citizen

For the first time ever, a U.S. citizen has sued the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Homeland Security Department for wrongly identifying him as a deportable immigrant and detaining him in a maximum-security prison for two months.

Nonjudgmental immigrant language adopted by SCOTUS

In the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling on an immigration case, the judges purposefully omitted the words "illegal immigrants" and "illegal aliens," and opted for a more humanistic language approach to our immigration law. The court used words like "removable alien" and "undocumented worker" and "foreign national" instead.

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