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Family-based immigration visas in the United States

When you or a family member wants to come the United States, it might be possible to get a family-based immigration visa. There are several considerations that you must think about when you are thinking about pursuing one of these visas to come into the U.S. Our readers in Texas might be interested in learning about some of the points of family-based immigration visas.

Government solicitation could signal green card expansion

You've heard that it's all about the Benjamins, but you may be surprised to learn that a new type of green paper is making waves in Texas and other states. The federal government recently released solicitation documents seeking the procurement of more cardstock for the printing of new green cards, potentially signaling a massive shift in immigration policy. Government documents show that the proposed number of printed green cards is listed at about 5 million per year.

Immigration woes worsen with Affordable Care Act restrictions

Hundreds of thousands of immigrants who purchased health insurance through the Affordable Care Act stand to lose their coverage this month if they do not submit required paperwork proving their legal status. However, communications about this issue have been hindered, largely because of language barriers and technological woes. Even though the federal government sent out letters to attempt to notify those with immigration concerns, it appears that more than 200,000 immigrants stand to lose their coverage if they fail to comply.

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.

Obama takes immigration into his own hands

Although most recent talk about immigration reform in Texas and other states has revolved around the decisions of the national legislature, President Obama can still make some changes on his own. Congress has again failed to agree or back an immigration reform plan, so our chief executive says he intends to institute new immigration programs through his own branch of government. Reports show that he intends to target green cards and the H-1B visa system.

Immigration system strained by asylum-seekers

The scene is familiar: Texas immigration officers watch from afar as people-smuggling operations bring dozens of illegal immigrants into the southern state. What is not so familiar, though, is the actions that occur after the travelers are across the border. Instead of scattering, they surrender. This is a growing concern for immigration authorities, as more immigrants are seeking asylum through the courts under U.S. immigration law instead of simply sneaking into the country. Now, more legal resources are needed to manage the influx of new asylum-seekers.

Pregnant women may have special immigration detention rights

A pregnant immigrant from Honduras said that immigration officials shackled her and forced her to board a plane bound for Texas from California just days before she gave birth. The woman, who had crossed the border illegally, said that she was sexually assaulted in a Mexican town. She tells a horrific immigration story involving kidnapping, abuse and substandard medical care. However, the woman was released on humanitarian parole because of her pregnancy status.

Business visa program provides green card for foreign investors

Franchise businesses are setting up shop throughout many Texas communities, but the popularity of chains such as YoBlends and Elements Therapeutic Massage may be based on more than just customer demand. Business professionals say they are teaming up with well-to-do international immigrants in mutually beneficial relationships. The franchise businesses have begun pitching their opportunities as a way to obtain an EB-5 visa, which allows foreign investors to obtain a green card if they invest at least a half-million dollars into a stateside business.

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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