Reading Between the Lines

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Ever wonder what thoughts and prejudices reside in a person’s heart? Unless they’re excessively honest, the answer is obviously unknowable. Yet interpreting outward signs of how a person speaks and acts can lead to a highly educated guess. In a speech given in 2002, well-known conservative columnist Pat Buchanan said, “In the next 50 years,…
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Here Comes the Judge?

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In America’s criminal justice system, the accused enjoy the assurance of a speedy adjudication of the charges against them. Unfortunately, this constitutional guarantee does not apply to undocumented immigrants seeking to avoid deportation or gain permanent refugee status in the US. Even more so, non-citizens do enjoy speedy trial and due process rights when it…
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The Story of George Semaan

Mr. George Semaan’s story, although it ended happily, was one that epitomizes how frustrating navigating immigration law can be. He first entered the United States from Syria with an R-1 visa for nonimmigrant religious workers as a deacon for a Christian church. While his R-1 was still valid, he applied for a green card as…
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DHS Funding: When Push Comes to Shove

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Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents. Many employees and agents with ICE, a DHS subsidiary, would have experienced long-term furlough had DHS funding not been approved. Throughout the past week, a rather unfortunate saga had played out in Washington regarding funding for the Department of Homeland Security. The battle centered on the House of Representatives, where…
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How Can I Immigrate to the United States?

Most of us know, to some extent, the options for establishing legal residency in the United States. Therefore, what follows is not meant to be an exhaustive discussion, but rather a brief guide for those who are less familiar with this topic. As a general rule, the U.S. government grants a limited number of visas…
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The Story of Adel Ahmed

According to the Hamilton Project, an economic policy initiative at the Brookings Institution, immigrants are thirty percent more likely to start new businesses in the United States than American-born citizens. Furthermore, eighteen percent of small business owners in the US are immigrants – higher both than the share of the immigrant population (eleven percent) and…
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Top Ten Fortune 500 Companies Founded by Immigrants

The consumer economy in the United States is characterized by branding, and if your company is good enough at branding and selling its product, your company will not only become a household name, but synonymous with a particular product. Pfizer is synonymous with drugs and pharmaceuticals. Proctor and Gamble is responsible for the production of…
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