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August 2013 Archives

'Don't fly during Ramadan' snaps man kicked off JetBlue flight

You may already have heard about the New York scientist who was recently detained for several hours by the Transportation Security Administration, apparently on the mistaken assumption that he was a Muslim immigrant. While the story doesn't directly involve immigration issues, it certainly illuminates some of the ugly truths immigrants and minorities are often forced to deal with when they come into contact with U.S. law enforcement.

Report: number incarcerated for immigration offenses skyrocketing

After U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder called for a sharp reduction in the incarceration of non-violent drug offenders in federal prisons, you may have thought our prison population would actually decrease once his plan was put in place. That might not be true, according to a new analysis of federal incarceration data. Instead, the federal government may simply replace non-violent drug inmates with non-violent immigration offenders.

Queens man detained by ICE for 4 years found to be US citizen

An auto mechanic from Queens was just released from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement cell where he has languished for the past four years because the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals found that he is a U.S. citizen, and has been all along. He found himself wrongly detained and facing deportation because he had previously been told by immigration officials that he was merely a permanent resident, subject to deportation upon even a minor criminal conviction.

Kerry: US LGBT marital visa process now regularized

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced on Friday that the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services has been directed to begin processing visa applications for same-sex spouses in the standard way that such visas would be handled for heterosexual spouses of U.S. citizens. Kerry announced the change, which is the result of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in US v. Windsor which invalidated the federal Defense of Marriage Act, while on a diplomatic trip to London.

Asian American groups urge you to file for any family visas now

Under the current version of the immigration reform proposal making its way through Congress, U.S. citizens and green card holders may no longer be able to sponsor those relatives U.S. immigration law categorizes as "lower preference," such as siblings and married adult children, for lawful permanent residency. While the bill is unlikely to be passed this session, limitations on family immigration are likely to be included, or at least used as a bargaining chip, in the final bill.

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