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July 2017 Archives

One state ponders ban on citizenship ID in criminal cases

As one state goes, potentially others will follow. A northwestern state is considering making the mention of citizenship inadmissible in criminal court cases unless the defendant's immigration status is relevant to the case. Proponents and opponents are hashing out the details, while other states like New York watch intently. It remains to be seen if similar rules will be applied in other states. 

Citizenship scams being tackled by New York immigrant groups

Some people will stop at nothing for greedy financial gain, even if that means exploiting vulnerable groups of people. A recent news story gives details about scams that are targeted toward the undocumented immigrant community in New York, including fake citizenship scams. City groups are battling the issue by spreading awareness and providing facts. 

Immigrants take citizenship oaths in recent New York ceremony

For nearly 200 immigrants, there could hardly be a better day. Wherever they came from and however far they traveled, their paths all converged at the New York Public Library where they stood to take citizenship oaths, the final step in the path to becoming an American citizen. A short recent news article about the ceremony shares tidbits about the individuals there, giving faces to the many people who travel to the United States looking to establish themselves as naturalized citizens. 

Child detainees now entitled to bond hearings

How should the United States deal with the occurrence of unaccompanied immigrant children? Some individuals captured at the border are minors unaccompanied by an adult. Previously, these children were held as detainees without the option of a bond hearing. A recent court ruling has changed this policy on bond hearings for children, which may have implications for individuals in New York.

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