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Don't Judge Today's Refugee Screening Process By Past Failures, Says Official

The Huffington Post | Akbar_Ahmed | Posted 11.19.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A top Obama administration official handling the now-controversial admission of refugees from Syria on Thursday pushed back against a p...

Refugee Screenings Are More Intensive Than Some Politicians Would Have You Think

The Huffington Post | Elise Foley | Posted 11.17.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republicans in Congress and half of the nation's governors have said the U.S. shouldn't accept Syrian refugees in light of terrorist att...

Cinderella, A Hot Dog And A Mini-Donald Trump Just Became U.S. Citizens

The Huffington Post | Elise Foley | Posted 10.30.2015 | Politics

Anna from "Frozen" and Captain Phasma from "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" are now U.S. citizens. So are a hot dog, a butterfly, a SWAT team officer a...

Asylum: What You Should Know Before Applying

Umar Akbar Ahmed | Posted 10.01.2015 | Politics
Umar Akbar Ahmed

The United States offers protections to individuals who have suffered persecution, or fear that they will suffer persecution, due to their race, religion, national origin, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group.

Overcoming Barriers to Citizenship

National Council of La Raza | Posted 09.15.2015 | Latino Voices
National Council of La Raza

The clear upside of naturalization makes it all the more puzzling why eligible immigrants are not taking this step and are instead renewing their green cards.

I Just Became an American Citizen. Why I am Proud.

Alakbar Raufoglu | Posted 07.09.2015 | World
Alakbar Raufoglu

Last week, I became an American citizen. My wife and I were among 101 new Americans from 45 different countries who took the Oath of Allegiance at Mount Vernon's special 4th of July Naturalization Ceremony.

DACA Allays Fears and Brightens Futures

National Council of La Raza | Posted 06.11.2015 | Latino Voices
National Council of La Raza

Mayra Melendez graduated from Maryland's Salisbury University last month with a degree in international studies. On campus, Mayra has been a leader of immigrant student activism. While there, she helped organize the Undocumented Students Forum with the hope of increasing undocumented student resources at the university

Elise Foley

DHS Deputy Secretary Defends Himself Against Charges Of Improper Influence | Elise Foley | Posted 04.30.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Department of Homeland Security's Deputy Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said Thursday he regretted that he'd appeared to show favoritism a...

Is Your DACA Renewal Delayed? You Are Not Alone

Juan Escalante | Posted 06.29.2015 | Latino Voices
Juan Escalante

The following advice should not be taken as replacement for that of a seasoned attorney. However, from one undocumented immigrant to another, here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions regarding DACA.

One of These Things Is Not Like the Others...

Dan Kowalski | Posted 02.13.2015 | Politics
Dan Kowalski

So, let me get this straight. Our top priority for immigration arrests lumps together terrorists, convicted felons, gang bangers and...drywallers, moms and kids?

Two Years Later, Deferred Action Is Renewed Without Future Guarantees

Juan Escalante | Posted 08.05.2014 | Politics
Juan Escalante

Let us stop and reflect on where we are, how we got here, and where we are headed. Despite the fact that some of us being able to breathe a sigh of relief, the work to achieve a sensible reforms that will bring about change to immigration laws is far from over.

USCIS Works to Improve the EB-5 Visa Program. Will Congress Follow Suit?

Ali Jahangiri | Posted 06.08.2014 | Politics
Ali Jahangiri

During a time when Washington, D.C., is almost completely overcome by gridlock and when comprehensive immigration reform inches from debate to debate with an indefinite timeline, EB-5 is the outlier, garnishing the endangered species known as bipartisan support.

Will a Bisexual Journalist Be Deported for Being Married to His Wife?

Faith Cheltenham | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Faith Cheltenham

Since they are both bisexual, their marriage is under fire, and their relationship risks being broken apart after they were reported to USCIS. I recently met Ivo and Laura for pizza, and he said in all seriousness, "What can we do but sexually perform for them before they will believe us?"

Immigration for Same-Sex Spouses in a Post-DOMA World

Scott Titshaw | Posted 09.25.2013 | Gay Voices
Scott Titshaw

Without DOMA, the federal validity of same-sex marriages will depend on state law, but it is not always clear which state law applies after married couples cross state lines: What happens when a couple is married in Massachusetts but lives in Georgia?

Probe Into Official Could Have Campaign Reverberations

AP | ALICIA A. CALDWELL | Posted 07.24.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- An internal investigation of President Barack Obama's choice to be the No. 2 official at the Homeland Security Department has the potent...

Obama Nominee Faces Serious Probe

AP | ALICIA A. CALDWELL | Posted 09.22.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama's choice to be the No. 2 official at the Homeland Security Department is under investigation for his role in...

The Curious Case Of Ivo Widlak

Faith Cheltenham | Posted 02.18.2013 | Gay Voices
Faith Cheltenham

Unfortunately for Ivo, ignorance regarding bisexuals may have contributed to his deportation hearings. Ivo tells me that he was interrogated by USCIS on his sexual orientation as officers sought to prove his marriage valid since he had been reported as homosexual.

Elise Foley

4,600 Undocumented Immigrants Granted Deferred Action | Elise Foley | Posted 10.13.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Nearly 4,600 young undocumented immigrants have been granted deferred action under the Obama administration, lifting their fears of bein...

Elise Foley

Mississippi Joins Lawsuit Against Obama Immigration Policy | Elise Foley | Posted 10.10.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The state of Mississippi joined a lawsuit Wednesday against the Obama administration over its decision to stop deporting some undocument...

DREAMERS Are Now "Childhood Arrivals"

Aggie R. Hoffman | Posted 10.07.2012 | Latino Voices
Aggie R. Hoffman

There is nothing simple about immigration law; it has never been a matter of just filling out forms. To be successful, it is necessary to understand the underlying law and regulations behind each bit of information being elicited by each question of the application.

Elise Foley

Deferred Action Applications To Cost $465, Won't Lead To Enforcement Proceedings | Elise Foley | Posted 08.04.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Young undocumented immigrants who apply for deferred action under a new Obama administration policy can be confident that the informatio...

Phantom of a DREAM

Aggie R. Hoffman | Posted 06.23.2012 | Latino Voices
Aggie R. Hoffman

So, why was such fanfare made of this two year provision? Was it the EAD? Was this election year politics? Is this a peace offering by President Obama for not tackling promised immigration reform during his first two years in office?

The U.S. Recognizes Straight Binational Marriages With Transgender Spouses

Erwin de Leon | Posted 06.16.2012 | Gay Voices
Erwin de Leon

The U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services issued a memorandum last week that updates the Adjudicator's Field Manual, a guide binding all agency staff overseeing immigration procedures. USCIS will now issue immigration documents that reflect an individual's gender identity.

Coffman: Obama Rushing Illegal Immigrants Onto Voter Rolls

Jason Salzman | Posted 11.02.2011 | Denver
Jason Salzman

Rep. Coffman accused the Obama administration of speeding up the citizenship process for illegal immigrants, so they can become citizens in time for the 2012 election. That's a serious accusation.

Alex Wagner

White Houe Criticized On Skilled Worker Visa Rules | Alex Wagner | Posted 10.18.2011 | Business

The White House has been dragging its feet on implementing basic administrative reforms that would ameliorate the country's broken immigration system,...