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December 2013 Archives

Why won't the U.S. admit more Syrian asylum seekers?

Everyone who watches the news in Reading is familiar with the conflict that is happening in Syria. The civil war has been raging for years and there is no apparent end in sight, which means that there are large numbers of Syrians who are seeking asylum abroad. Although the U.S. has been good about admitting many people from the Middle East, there have been relatively few asylum seekers from Syria. Though there has been a shift in where most refugees have come from since the U.S. first started admitting asylum seekers into the country, the majority of refugees came from Iraq and Burma in 2012.

Concerns raised over EB-5 immigration visas

As any regular reader of this blog knows, there are two very different types of immigration categories: family based immigration and employment-based immigration. While most of the employment-based visas require an immigrant to have a job offer lined up prior to applying for a visa, this is not always mandatory. One visa, the EB-5, allows wealthy investors to commit a certain amount of money to creating a business in the U.S. in exchange for a visa. And, since it is a permanent residency visa, these investors will be given green cards and, should they want it, citizenship.

Immigrant family members in difficult spot

When someone from Lancaster County joins the military, most people are grateful for his or her service. The sacrifices he or she makes benefit us all. Yet for members of the military and veterans who have immediate family members who are immigrants without a legal status, the fear is that the same country they are fighting to protect could be deporting their loved ones.

Deportation on hold for wife, mother of 3 U.S.-born kids

Many of us have read stories in the news about how immigration reform is coming and that changes are already underway to help immigrants stay in this country. For example, immigration officials are reportedly focusing deportation efforts on criminals rather than on upstanding community participants, students and family members.