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Proposed North Carolina law would permit immigration checks

In the last few weeks, the federal government in Washington D.C. has been actively working on revising immigration laws. While any changes at the national level would impact the possibility of gaining citizenship for immigrants in North Carolina, state level legislation may pose a greater day-to-day impact on the lives of those seeking legal citizenship in this country.

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.

Immigration reform a pressing issue for North Carolina farmer

"It was either go overboard, get arrested, or jump on the ship," said a North Carolina farmer. He was talking about his ancestor who came over from England nearly three centuries ago. "He got on the ship, and this is where he ended up." That man began an American dream that has blossomed into 3,000 acres of farmland and a local cotton gin used to clean the cotton harvested from the fields.

Representative speaks on behalf of immigrant in North Carolina

Much has been written recently about the shift in Immigration and Customs Enforcement policy towards pursuing for deportation those immigrants with criminal records. But some are asking whether the government might be casting too large a net. Immigrants who have committed relatively minor crimes may get swept up by the new policy, and a Congressman is urging ICE to reconsider the case of one such illegal immigrant.

Supreme Court rules that tax fraud has immigration consequences

It is now late February, and North Carolina residents are likely gathering last year's financial information in preparation for the mid-April deadline for filing tax returns. While it is important for all taxpayers to fill out their returns faithfully and accurately, it may be even more important for those who do not yet have U.S. citizenship, as a recent Supreme Court case reveals.

North Carolina farmers push for visa reform for immigrants

Farming constitutes a significant part of many states' economies, including North Carolina's. Few Americans enter the farming workforce, however, so the agricultural industry has increasingly turned to immigrant workers to fill its ranks. But many farmers and their workers find themselves at the mercy of immigration law.

Despite difficult beginning, woman is thriving with family by her side

Many people dream of coming to the United States. In some countries, work is difficult to find or war has torn the country apart. It can be an opportunity of a lifetime to come to the United States and gain citizenship. Although the process is good for some, that wasn't that case for one woman who came to the U.S. from Cameroon.The woman was brought into the U.S. with the promise of good paying job, as well as a safe place to live. In her native African nation of Cameroon, work is scarce. The lure of a steady income was too much for her to resist and she made the trip, being hired by a Greensboro family, originally from Cameroon, as a nanny. Upon her arrival, the family took her from the airport to their home where she was virtually held as a prisoner for five months.

Soldier becomes U.S. Citizen, hopes to see his father again

The American Dream: it is something that more than citizens want to achieve. For some, the "American Dream" means becoming a citizen of the United States of America. After years of struggle, one young man's dream recently came true when he was granted full U.S. Citizenship. Now, he hopes to help his father do the same.

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