Family-Based Immigration

Supreme Court Decides Immigrants Can “Age-Out” of Visa Petitions

Supreme Court Decides Immigrants Can “Age-Out” of Visa Petitions

In Scialabba v. Cuellar de Osorio, a heavily-divided Supreme Court ruled against thousands of aspiring young immigrants who were included on their parents’ visa petitions as minors, but who turned 21—known as “aging-out”—before visas became available. Aging-out is tantamount to someone losing his place in the visa line with his parents; the majority ruled that […]

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The U.S. Deportation System’s Human Toll

Written by on May 27, 2014 in Enforcement, Family-Based Immigration with 18 Comments
The U.S. Deportation System’s Human Toll

The injustice of the U.S. deportation machine is apparent in many ways. There are the senseless deportations of people whose worst offense was a traffic ticket. There is the tearing apart of families as wives are separated from husbands, children from parents—not to mention the impact on communities within which those families live. And there […]

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Mission Not Yet Accomplished: The Affordable Care Act and Immigrants

Written by on May 19, 2014 in Family-Based Immigration, Legislation with 0 Comments
Mission Not Yet Accomplished: The Affordable Care Act and Immigrants

By Jenny Rejeske, Health Policy Analyst at the National Immigration Law Center. In the fall, Jirayut Latthivongskorn—known as “New” to friends and family—will make history. He’ll get one step closer to achieving his educational dreams by becoming the first DACAmented student at the renowned University of California-San Francisco School of Medicine. Even as New learns […]

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Changes Could Help Spouses of H-1B Visa Holders Work in U.S.

Changes Could Help Spouses of H-1B Visa Holders Work in U.S.

The spouses of some H-1B visa holders could receive work authorization in the U.S., according to a proposed rule change the Department of Homeland Security announced Tuesday. This change, as well as a proposal that would remove obstacles to staying in the U.S. for specific high-skilled workers, stemmed from an overview the White House provided […]

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May Day Protests Remind Legislators Immigration Reform is Workers Issue

Written by on May 2, 2014 in Enforcement, Family-Based Immigration, Reform with 1 Comment
May Day Protests Remind Legislators Immigration Reform is Workers Issue

On Thursday, protesters expressed their mounting frustration over Congress’ failure to pass immigration reform in May Day demonstrations across the nation. From New York to California, thousands of labor, faith, and immigrant rights activists took to the streets to lift up the positive impact immigrant workers have on our economy and the detrimental impact our […]

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Righting a Historical Wrong in Same-Sex Marriage Case

Righting a Historical Wrong in Same-Sex Marriage Case

Anthony Sullivan, a native of Australia, fell in love with Richard Adams, an American, in 1971. A few years later, the couple traveled to Colorado when they learned the county clerk in Boulder was issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Soon after, they filed a green-card petition based on their marriage to the then-Immigration and […]

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American Boston Marathon Winner Came to U.S. as Refugee

American Boston Marathon Winner Came to U.S. as Refugee

For the first time in more than 30 years, an American man won the Boston marathon yesterday. Meb Keflezighi, a naturalized American citizen who came to the United States at age 12, finished the 26-mile race with a time of 2:08:37, his personal best. The 38-year-old Keflezighi is a three-time Olympian who won the 2009 New […]

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Immigration Advocates End Fast, Bus Tour with Calls for House Action

Written by on April 9, 2014 in Family-Based Immigration, Reform with 0 Comments
Immigration Advocates End Fast, Bus Tour with Calls for House Action

After traveling 18,000 miles and meeting with hundreds across the country, the Fast for Families bus tour ended in Washington, D.C., Wednesday with a rally in front of the U.S. Capitol. The fasters, faith leaders, and immigration advocates left Los Angeles seven weeks ago to take their message to 96 congressional members’ home districts. To […]

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Faith Leaders and Groups Make the Moral Case for Immigration Reform

Faith Leaders and Groups Make the Moral Case for Immigration Reform

There is an increasing number of people and groups of faith across the country pressing for humane immigration policies. In spite of the legislative standstill immigration reform is facing on Capitol Hill, the faith community continues to lift up the need for immigration reform through various events across the country including the ongoing Fast for Families […]

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An Unnecessary Pre-Emptive Strike Against Young Undocumented Immigrants

Written by on February 25, 2014 in Family-Based Immigration, Legislation with 1 Comment
An Unnecessary Pre-Emptive Strike Against Young Undocumented Immigrants

This week, the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) issued a criticism of the Kids Act, a bill not yet released by House leadership. The thrust of their argument is that any legalization program the bill could propose would be an “amnesty,” no matter what the requirements, and that even young, educated immigrants who came to […]

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