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DOMA Repeal Changes Immigration Rules for Gay Marriages

DOMA Repeal Changes Immigration Rules for Gay Marriages

The Supreme Court’s decision to strike down a key part of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is going to change immigration policy for same-sex couples in a big way. One of the main features of DOMA, which became a federal law in 1996 under the Clinton administration, is that it denied same sex spouses […]

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Supreme Court Strikes Down AZ Voter Law Aimed at Illegal Immigrants

Filed in Uncategorized by on June 19, 2013 0 Comments
Supreme Court Strikes Down AZ Voter Law Aimed at Illegal Immigrants

The U.S. Supreme Court struck down an Arizona law that made people show proof of citizenship before registering to vote – a requirement aimed at keeping illegal immigrants from voting. Supporters of voting rights applauded the Supreme Court’s ruling. “For two decades, the motor voter law has made it dramatically easier for Americans to register […]

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Boston Globe to Get Names of Immigrant Criminals

Filed in Crimes, Immigration by on June 17, 2013 0 Comments
Boston Globe to Get Names of Immigrant Criminals

In a lawsuit by the Boston Globe, a federal judge ruled that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) must disclose the names of thousands of immigrant criminals who were released in the U.S. Immigrant Criminals’ Names are a Public Interest “The public has an interest in knowing how [Immigration and Customs Enforcement] handles aliens […]

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Student Visas Get Attention after Boston Bombings

Student Visas Get Attention after Boston Bombings

The Boston Marathon bombings have affected immigration policy in a number of ways, and are now bringing attention to student visas. According to government officials, the bombing suspects got help from someone who entered the U.S. on an invalid student visa.  Azmat Tazhayakov came into the country on January 20th, even though his visa was terminated […]

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Immigrants Help to Sustain Medicare, Says Boston Study

Immigrants Help to Sustain Medicare, Says Boston Study

According to a recent study by scholars in the Boston area, immigrants contribute more to Medicare than they use in medical services. “Immigrants, particularly noncitizens, heavily subsidize Medicare,” said researchers in their study in the journal, Health Affairs. In an apparent reference to immigration reform legislation now before Congress, the authors added, “Policies that reduce […]

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Asylum Rules for Boston Immigrants Might Change with Immigration Reform

Asylum Rules for Boston Immigrants Might Change with Immigration Reform

Asylum rules that let people stay in the Boston area and beyond, instead of returning to their home country to face persecution, could change with immigration reform legislation now before Congress. Immigrant advocates want Congress to make it easier for more people to get asylum in the United States. On Tuesday night, the Senate Judiciary […]

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Marriage Interview – Advice for Boston Immigrants

Filed in Immigration by on May 23, 2013 0 Comments
Marriage Interview – Advice for Boston Immigrants

Marriage interviews are a requirement for anyone trying to get a green card and citizenship based on their marriage to a U.S. citizen.  In a marriage interview, someone from United States Customs and Immigration Services (USCIS) will ask a series of questions about your relationship designed to see whether your marriage is real or was […]

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Deportation is Focus of Immigrants’ Rally in Boston

Deportation is Focus of Immigrants’ Rally in Boston

Immigrants and their supporters rallied in East Boston on Saturday to bring attention to the effects of deportation on families and to call for immigration reform. Numerous immigration advocacy groups, including the Student Immigrant Movement, Mass Uniting, and the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition, organized the event in honor of Mother’s Day. Conrado Santos, […]

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Tech Companies in Boston Seek More H-1B Visas

Tech Companies in Boston Seek More H-1B Visas

Many of the nation’s leading tech companies, some of which have a presence in the Boston region, are aggressively lobbying Congress to include an expansion of the H-1B visa program in any immigration reform legislation.

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U Visa Helps Immigrant Victims of Crime Stay in US

U Visa Helps Immigrant Victims of Crime Stay in US

A Path to Residence for Certain Victims The U Visa program is giving immigrants in the Boston area and beyond who are victims of certain crimes a way to stay legally in the U.S.  Immigrants who help law enforcement officials investigate and prosecute certain serious crimes can get temporary legal status with a U Visa, […]

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