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June 2013 Archives

Will Pennsylvanians be able to sponsor Cuban family members soon?

Cuban-Americans in Pennsylvania have likely heard that the United States has announced that it will start negotiations next month with Cuba regarding migration. For anyone with a relative still in Cuba, this could be an important step toward bringing him or her to the United States and to hopefully sponsor the family member with his or her application for permanent residency. This has been a privilege for most Americans with family members abroad, but one that very few Cuban-Americans have been able to take advantage of.

Will immigrants face consequences for their employers' abuse?

Two years ago, a man walked up to a police officer and asked for help. He told the officer that he was not being paid for his work. Understandably, the officer started digging a little deeper and this is how a two-year investigation began into the operation of 14 different 7-Eleven stores. Although none of the stores that were investigated were in Lancaster County, it is not inconceivable that there aren't similar situations here.

36,000 binational same-sex couples await court's decision

This blog has previously talked about the way in which both the current immigration law and the federal Defense of Marriage Act have made it difficult for binational same-sex couples in Pennsylvania to remain together. Now, with the Senate's rejection of an amendment that would have allowed same-sex couples the right to sponsor their spouses for permanent residence and citizenship, many Lancaster couples are looking to the Supreme Court of the United States to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act, allowing those couples who were married in states that allow for same-sex marriage to sponsor their spouses.

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program loses funding

Last yeear, President Obama announced that the Department of Homeland Security would stop deporting individuals who were brought to this country as children but never received the permission to remain in the country. As long as these young people had been in college or had served in the military, the Obama administration was willing to give them a temporary legal status and would prevent deportation for two years. While it stopped short of allowing them to become naturalized citizens, it did provide considerable assistance to a group of people who might otherwise be deported.