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June 2014 Archives

Family that sought refuge in church gets stay of deportation

A Mexican immigrant who had sought refuge in a church in the American Southwest will receive a temporary reprieve from his deportation order. The man, age 35, had reportedly fled to a church in Texas' regional neighbor of Arizona after he faced deportation because of a traffic stop. He will benefit from a one-year stay of deportation that will allow him to build an immigration case for staying in the country.

Citizen of nowhere: Reproductive technology v. immigration law

There's a fictional work called "A Man Without a Country" that has garnered acclaim in recent years. Would you believe that there are actual people without countries, though? One 4-year-old girl provides a prime example of this; stuck between two sets of unfair immigration laws, she is a citizen of nowhere.

Report: Legal status for immigrants helps U.S.-born workers

Would you believe that American workers actually suffer when highly skilled employees from other countries are left out in the cold without appropriate visas? A new study shows that American employees in Texas and other states could actually benefit from expanding programs that encourage adjustment of status, including the H-1B visa for highly skilled tech workers. Official reports show that major cities such as Nashville, Tennessee, may lose out on thousands of tech jobs for native-born workers because foreign nationals are denied a green card or other concession.

Overcrowding affects immigration detention facilities in Texas

Experts from the Texas Border Patrol say they are struggling to stay on top of the flood of immigrants who are attempting to enter the U.S., but they are running out of room for these individuals in area detention facilities. Authorities in the Rio Grande Valley say they have made about 160,000 arrests in the past eight months, which is a significant increase over last year. Many of those accused of illegal immigration are shuttled off to detention centers in Laredo and other areas, but overcrowding has become an increasingly serious concern.

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