League of nations lobbying immigration bill

By Adam Wollner

Immigration reform bill attracting special interests from all corners of the globe.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Judiciary Committee":

"… puty assistant attorney general. The other is James French, a former House Judiciary Committee counsel. Their lower-chamber connections come to bear as immigration refo …"

New immigration bill provides ray of hope for separated families

By Susan Ferriss

New immigration bill may ease years-long 'bars' that have split spouses and children

Witnesses tell Congress that Americans, legal residents’ families suffer due to immigration laws

By Susan Ferriss

Representatives from American Families United testified before House Judiciary subcommittee on hardships of immigration bars

Mental-health study of U.S. kids affected by surge in deportations

By Susan Ferriss

As Congress debates immigration reform, mental-health investigators urge legislators to consider children's welfare.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Texas":

"… ho have begun a study of this population. This week, researchers based in Texas, California and Mexico released a joint announcement about a project they …"

"… earcher Luis Zayas, dean of the School of Social Work at the University of Texas at Austin, said he wanted to draw attention to his team’s work now becau …"

"… Researchers are interviewing a total of about 80 children in the Austin, Texas, and Sacramento, Calif., areas, as well as children who’ve moved to Mexi …"

Rep. Gutierrez meets on Capitol Hill with families torn apart by 1996 immigration law

By Susan Ferriss

Separated families meet with Rep. Gutierrez, hoping to be included in proposed reforms.

Senator mistakenly says marriage quickly legalizes young immigrants

By Susan Ferriss

A new GOP idea would allow undocumented youth to earn limited legal status, but not a green card, the prerequisite to citizenship.

Separated by law: Families torn apart by 1996 immigration measure

By Susan Ferriss and Amy Isackson

Immigration measure has split husbands from wives, children from parents.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Congress":

"… cumented people in the country to earn legal status. But the president and Congress could also face pressure to look at penalties now enshrined in immigration …"

"… bar” the spouses from the U.S. for years at a time, were instituted by Congress in 1996 specifically to punish immigration-related offenses. Since then, …"

"… he 1996 law. The penalties emerged from Republican leaders in a get-tough Congress. They argued the country had become too easy on illegal immigrants by allo …"

"… police record and adjust their status without having to leave the country. Congress increased from $650 to $1,000 the fine such immigrants would have to pay. …"

A dizzying series of legal twists and turns

By Susan Ferriss and Amy Isackson

Immigrant spouses struggling to understand changing laws, partisan politics

Excerpts from this story referencing "Congress":

"… hin the largely family-based U.S. immigration system.Republican members of Congress argued back then that more had to be done to discourage illegal immigratio …"

"… fficials in the U.S. who had the power to grant them that status. In 1994, Congress adopted a statute that codified the ability of illegal immigrants with leg …"

"… ing fees or fines, so long as they had no serious criminal record.In 1996, Congress upped the fine from $650 to $1,000, and passed the 1996 legislation in an …"

"… ars” to applicants who had tried to enter the U.S. illegally.Ultimately, Congress allowed people who had filed petitions for legal status before April 30, 2 …"

Most eligible for Obama undocumented program already working

By Susan Ferriss

Aug. 15 start date for undocumented youths ages 15 to 30 to apply for deportation reprieve

Excerpts from this story referencing "Obama administration":

"… tes that 1.76 million undocumented people could attempt to benefit from an Obama administration decision to shield them from deportation, temporarily, and grant them two- …"

Obama decision eases undocumented kids' turmoil

By Susan Ferriss

Thousands of 16- to 30-year-olds could benefit from relief that will let them work legally, and stop fearing deportation.

About 46,400 immigrants claiming U.S. children deported in six months

By Susan Ferriss

Obama administration clashes with immigrant advocates over deportations of parents, and the definition of criminal immigrants.

$94 million visa security program is largely ineffective

By Laurel Adams

GAO: Visa security program set up to screen known threats to US isn't effective

Temporary foreign worker program has long-term problems

By Laurel Adams

The temporary foreign worker program, known as the H—1B visa, allows educated workers in specialty occupations to work in the United States

Civil rights groups want details on immigrant fingerprint program

As Arizona turns up the heat on illegal immigrants, civil rights groups are demanding the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) rel

Airline bombing suspect originally denied visa by U.S. officials

By John Solomon

A U.S. consular official originally denied terrorism suspect Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab a visa to enter the United States in 2004 after findi

Excerpts from this story referencing "United States":

"… lly denied terrorism suspect Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab a visa to enter the United States in 2004 after finding false information on his application, but that offic …"

"… esentation and that he had the intent of returning home after visiting the United States,” one official explained.The official said a key factor in the superviso …"

Description of citizenship database available – if you’re willing to pay nearly $112,000

By Nick Schwellenbach

After taking nearly four years to respond to a Freedom of Information Act request, the U.S. immigration agency is demanding $111,930 for rec

Lack of progress on immigration reform

By The Center for Public Integrity

A path to citizenship for the more than 12 million illegal immigrants residing in the United States still out of reach