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November 2013 Archives

Immigrant community divided over citizenship

Many Texans who are observing the immigration debate from afar may believe that the central issue is simple to determine. Would you believe that citizenship is not the most critical factor in the growing immigration debate? Illegal immigrants throughout the nation are increasingly saying that they are content to remain in the country legally without ever obtaining citizenship, a move that surprises some legislators and may lead to an entirely different path for immigration reform.

Military members' families get Texas immigration reprieve

A new resolution passed by the Department of Homeland Security could help scores of Texas family members stay on American soil. The measure would allow for an adjustment of status for children and spouses of individuals who are actively serving in the military. Relatives of veterans and certain reservists will also be eligible for this clemency.

Texans' opinions vary on pathways to citizenship

With immigration a hot-button issue in both border states and the national government, an in-depth look into Texans' attitudes about immigrants is necessary. A new research study shows that although Texas residents are divided about providing pathways to citizenship for immigrants in the U.S., most would be comfortable granting that status to the children of those immigrants as long as those children met certain prerequisites. These new statistics show that just 46 percent of Texas voters support a pathway to citizenship while 48 percent oppose it.

Some Texans win fight against deportation

In locations throughout the nation, illegal immigrants are praying for the opportunity to stay in the country just long enough for immigration reform to take hold. These immigrants, many of whom are in Texas, are seeking the valuable adjustment of status that would allow them to stay in the United States. In some cases, relief comes from an unexpected source. One woman actually received a discretionary pass to stay in the country indefinitely, thanks to the director of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Clergy: SAFE Act threatens immigrants

Immigration reform advocates throughout the Houston, Texas, area recently participated in a large meeting to bring attention to potentially detrimental federal legislation. The group, which consisted of a large contingent of religious leaders, is pushing back against the SAFE Act, which contains immigration provisions they say would be harmful to their congregations. The legislation, also known as the Strengthen and Fortify Enforcement Act, was approved by the House Judiciary Committee during the summer. The measure has not yet passed, but it would expand the reach of local law enforcement agencies to allow for more arrests of immigrants who may have overstayed their visas. Now, instead of a civil matter, overstaying a visa is likely to turn into a criminal concern.

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