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August 2014 Archives

Obama: Executive orders could expand number of green cards issued

News reports show that national politicians are considering new proposals that would expand the immigration system to accommodate scores of legal permanent residents. The proposed changes are the result of behind-the-scenes negotiations and lobbying, which could result in executive actions that would delay the deportation of those accused of illegal immigration. Hundreds of thousands of green cards could be issued to qualified high-tech workers. Relatives of American citizens and those with existing green cards could also be eligible under the proposed reforms.

The basics of obtaining American citizenship

Are you a foreign citizen who is considering transferring citizenship to the United States? This process, called naturalization, can be somewhat confusing for those who are not familiar with American law. Obtaining citizenship can be a challenging endeavor, considering the amount of paperwork and legal effort that is involved in the process. A knowledgeable attorney is an essential ally for those who are pursuing American citizenship.

U.S. immigration law keeps border residents in

Most of us are familiar with border checkpoints designed to prevent illegal immigrants from traversing the border between the United States and Mexico. What you might not realize, however, is the ubiquity of another type of checkpoint: those that are located on major thoroughfares within the U.S. itself. Reports from southeastern Texas indicate that scores of illegal immigrants are confined to a relatively small land area because they are concerned about encounters at these interior checkpoints. This immigration barrier has led to some grim consequences, causing far southeast Texas to become one of the poorest regions in the nation.

Why citizenship should be important to green card holders

Texas is one of the hot spots for the ongoing immigration debate, which has a renewed focus on a path to citizenship for those who enter the country illegally. New statistics show, however, that a growing percentage of immigrants may not even be interested in pursuing citizenship or naturalization. In fact, out of nearly 1 million people in Texas who were eligible to naturalize in 2012, only 58,000 did so. Nationwide, about two-thirds of immigrants are eligible for naturalization. So, where is the system breaking down?

Texas National Guard has little power in immigration enforcement

With all of the rhetoric about immigration crack-downs along the U.S.-Mexico border that have occurred throughout recent years, one important fact often fails to catch the public's attention. Even though Texas National Guard troops and others may work to bolster security along the border, military members who are not designated as Border Patrol are not able to detain those who are entering the country illegally. Instead, when National Guard and other military groups are sent to the border, politicians are generally simply trying to send an immigration message -- the actual "crack-down" on those illegally entering the country may not actually exist.

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