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Immigrants could be affected by revised version of VAWA

Immigrants in North Carolina and around the country face a number of challenges. Some face the additional obstacle of being in an abusive relationship, but the Violence Against Women Act has provided them with some protection. The Act is up for renewal, and both chambers of Congress have passed competing versions of the Act, but they are vastly different and have distinctly disparate effects on immigrants in this country. The Senate version would increase the protections currently available to immigrants, while the House rendition would curtail a number of provisions of the law that protect immigrants who are the victims of domestic violence.

Some lawful permanent residents may face tougher deportations

While North Carolina residents and the General Assembly wait for the release of the Supreme Court's opinion on the high-profile immigration case involving a state's ability to create immigration law, the high court released a potentially influential opinion today in another immigration case. That case involved the interpretation of an immigration law regarding the deportation of lawful permanent residents.

Federal court in North Carolina hears important immigration case

An important immigration case has reached the federal court system. It involves the application of new immigration rules to an illegal immigrant who has resided in this country after he arrived here with his parents as a young teenager. He has been living and gainfully employed in the United States for a number of years, and is now a married father of two.

Some North Carolina immigrants could have deportation suspended

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement reported its highest-ever number of deportations last fiscal year. The agency removed approximately 400,000 people from the country. Despite setting a deportation record, a limit on resources prevents the government from pursuing every immigration case. Therefore, the government has announced a new immigration process that prioritizes certain cases while putting others on hold.

North Carolina waits for high court's ruling in immigration case

Earlier last month, we discussed the North Carolina General Assembly's hesitation to craft new immigration legislation until the Supreme Court heard and decided the highly important case now on its docket. That case involves a challenge to Senate Bill 1070, one state's attempt to impose stricter immigration policies within its borders.

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