Despite outcry from illegal immigration watchdogs, a House committee on Wednesday easily approved legislation that would grant driving permits to North Carolina residents who are in the U.S. illegally.

House Bill 328 would create a "restricted ID" for the state for undocumented residents who undergo fingerprinting and background checks and prove their identity and state residence.

"This bill has nothing to do with immigration, immigration law or immigration reform," said sponsor Rep. Harry Warren, R-Rowan. "This is a bill about law enforcement and public safety."

Bastille Kitchen in Fort Point, a restaurant in a Fort Point Channel development financed through the EB-5 visa program.

Boston developer Steve Samuels needed financing for his latest project, a 30-story condominium and retail tower that will rise from the site of a Fenway sandwich shop. But instead of just turning to large banks and institutional investors, he jetted to Hangzhou, a Chinese city that is home to the e-commerce juggernaut Alibaba and a small army of overnight millionaires.

A Texas federal judge refused to lift a temporary block on a White House immigration plan that would defer deportation for up to 5 million people in the country illegally.

U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen rejected a request by the federal government that he stay his Feb. 16 decision, which granted a preliminary injunction blocking President Barack Obama's executive action. He said the government has not "shown any credible reason" why the order needed to be set into action immediately.

More than 70 cities and counties nationwide have signed a legal brief pressing for President Obama's immigration executive action to move forward.

The Justice Department filed an appeal of a decision by a Texas district judge in mid-February that would prevent Obama's executive action — which would shield as many as 5 million illegal immigrants from deportation — from going into effect.

Business is booming in China for companies that coach pregnant women on how to deceive U.S. immigration authorities so they can enter the United States for the sole purpose of giving birth to American citizens.

At least 500 companies offered "birth tourism" services in China last year, the Shanghai newspaper National Business Daily reported. While there are no official statistics, the number of Chinese citizens heading to the USA to give birth likely is in the tens of thousands each year. The cost of a trip, including medical expenses, runs from $20,000 to $80,000.

Thousands of international students were rejected for permanent residence this winter, caught up in changes to Canada’s immigration system intended to speed up recruitment of skilled workers but criticized as leading to uncertainty for prospective immigrants and employers.

A federal judge who has blocked President Barack Obama's immigration executive action suggested on Thursday that he could order sanctions against the Justice Department if he rules it misled him about when exactly the administration began implementing one of the measures.

On April 1, 2015, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin accepting H-1B petitions subject to the fiscal year (FY) 2016 cap. U.S. businesses use the H-1B program to employ foreign workers in occupations that require highly specialized knowledge in fields such as science, engineering and computer programming.

The congressionally mandated cap on H-1B visas for FY 2016 is 65,000. The first 20,000 H-1B petitions filed for individuals with a U.S. master’s degree or higher are exempt from the 65,000 cap.

A panel of immigration lawyers from the Esperanza Center will be holding a FREE informational session at St Matthew Catholic Church in Baltimore, Maryland on Thursday, March 19, 2015 starting at 7pm.

The session will address recent immigration policies announced by the Obama administration, specifically DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) and DAPA (Deferred Action for Parental Accountability), among other immigration topics.

The session is organized by the Immigration Outreach Service Center (IOSC) at St Matthew Catholic Church.

Event Date: 
Thu, 03/19/2015 11:59PM -0400

One of the longest-serving immigrant detainees in the United States is now free. This week an immigration judge in California granted bond to Sylvester Owino, a 38-year-old Kenyan national, almost a decade after he was transferred into Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody on no criminal charges.

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