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Family-based immigration policy and the needs of same-sex couples

The Republican co-sponsor of a federal bill known as the Uniting American Families Act has announced that she is committed to passing the legislation next session in one of two ways. The family-based immigration measure seeks to grant equal immigration rights to bi-national same-sex couples who wish to petition for American visas.

One in four deportees have children who are American citizens

Recent statistics indicate that American families numbering in the hundreds of thousands have been affected by the deportation of a parent living in a household characterized by the mixed immigration statuses of its members. Specifically, more than 200,000 parents of American citizens were deported between July of 2010 and September of 2012, according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Influential groups push Congress on immigration reform

The largest Latino organizations in the nation have banded together to put pressure on Congressional members to approach immigration reform seriously and promptly. They have specifically warned that 2013 Congressional debates related to any immigration rules and procedures will be analyzed on a report card.

Lawsuit honoring rights of immigrants moves forward

Protections and responsibilities outlined under American law are binding on all citizens. Some of these protections also apply to non-citizen immigrants and some do not. But other laws specifically related to visa and immigration matters uniquely protect non-citizens. When these laws are broken, non-citizens have every right to hold law-breakers accountable in court.

New STEM bill could help families of legal immigrants

In September, the U.S. House of Representatives failed to pass the STEM Jobs Act. However, it has been refashioned and the House passed the new measure just last week. Originally, the bill was focused only on expanding green card access for international students pursuing advanced technology and science degrees in the U.S. The original bill did not address concerns related to family-based visas for spouses and minor children of those students.

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