Justice Dept. Sues Arizona Over Voting Restrictions

It is the third time the Justice Department under Attorney General Merrick B. Garland has sued a state over its voting laws.

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New York City’s Noncitizen Voting Law Is Struck Down

A State Supreme Court judge from Staten Island said the measure, which would have allowed more than 800,000 noncitizens to vote, violated the State Constitution.

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Gorsuch Calls for Overruling ‘Shameful’ Cases on U.S. Territories

The justice urged his colleagues to revisit the Insular Cases, which denied full constitutional protection to unincorporated territories. A petition filed last week gives them a chance.

#american-samoa, #citizenship-and-naturalization, #constitution-us, #fourteenth-amendment-us-constitution, #gorsuch-neil-m, #race-and-ethnicity, #supreme-court-us, #united-states-politics-and-government

They Grew Up Legally in the U.S., but Can’t Stay After They Turn 21

Children of temporary visa holders who can’t gain permanent residency are one of several groups urging the Biden administration to act on an immigration overhaul.

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11 Set Up Hundreds of Sham Marriages for Green Card Seekers, U.S. Says

Clients paid fees up to $30,000 as part of the yearslong scheme, an affidavit said. Some applications falsely claimed the clients had been abused by their spouses, prosecutors said.

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Madrid Rivals Miami as a Haven for Latin Americans and Their Money

Turmoil and a political swing to the left have brought an influx of prominent and affluent exiles from the region to the Spanish capital in recent years.

#citizenship-and-naturalization, #immigration-and-emigration, #ledezma-antonio, #madrid-spain, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #venezuela

Arizona Passes Proof-of-Citizenship Law for Voting in Presidential Elections

Voting rights groups said the legislation signed into law by Gov. Doug Ducey, a Republican, could prevent tens of thousands of people from voting for president.

#arizona, #citizenship-and-naturalization, #ducey-doug-1964, #republican-party, #state-legislatures, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements

Demetrios Papademetriou, Top Immigration Scholar, Dies at 75

He designed the “Grand Bargain,” an ambitious plan for Mexican immigrants to gain legal status in the U.S., but it collapsed after the terrorist attacks of 9/11.

#carnegie-endowment-for-international-peace, #citizenship-and-naturalization, #deaths-obituaries, #grand-bargain, #immigration-and-emigration, #mexico, #migration-policy-institute, #papademetriou-demetrios, #politics-and-government, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #september-11-2001

Kaillie Humphries Takes Gold in Monobob’s Olympic Debut

Humphries accused her coach in Canada of mental abuse and became a U.S. citizen last year.

#bobsledding, #canada, #citizenship-and-naturalization, #humphries-kaillie, #olympic-games-2022, #united-states

The Lesbian Writer and Her Flamboyant Gay Husband

Peter taught me to laugh at fate as we lived our dream. At least for a while.

#black-people, #citizenship-and-naturalization, #dating-and-relationships, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #love-emotion, #marriages

Criticism of Zhu Yi, a U.S.-born skater, shows the harsh scrutiny of naturalized athletes in China.

Social media users began deriding Zhu on Sunday, after she fell during the women’s singles short program.

#china, #citizenship-and-naturalization, #figure-skating, #olympic-games-2022, #social-media, #zhu-yi

Census Memo Cites ‘Unprecedented’ Meddling by Trump Administration

Newly released documents show that top career officials at the Census Bureau had drafted a list of complaints about political interference in the 2020 count.

#brennan-center-for-justice, #census, #census-bureau, #citizenship-and-naturalization, #population, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #ross-wilbur-l-jr, #trump-donald-j, #united-states

Born and Raised in Pakistan, but Living in Legal Limbo

Pakistan has refused to grant the children of Afghan refugees full rights as citizens. A lack of identification documents limits their livelihoods and puts them at risk of deportation.

#afghanistan, #citizenship-and-naturalization, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #karachi-pakistan, #khan-imran, #labor-and-jobs, #pakistan, #politics-and-government, #refugees-and-displaced-persons

At Every Step, Afghans Coming to America Encounter Stumbling Blocks

U.S. officials concede that the system was unprepared.

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N.Y.C. Grants Noncitizens Right to Vote in Local Elections

The legislation approved by the City Council will set up a system for legal residents to vote in municipal elections.

#citizenship-and-naturalization, #city-council-nyc, #law-and-legislation, #local-government, #new-york-city, #politics-and-government, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements

New York Moves to Allow 800,000 Noncitizens to Vote in Local Elections

New York City will become the largest municipality in the country to allow legal residents to vote if the legislation is approved as expected in December.

#citizenship-and-naturalization, #city-council-nyc, #green-cards-us, #law-and-legislation, #local-government, #new-york-city, #new-york-immigration-coalition, #politics-and-government, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements

Democrats’ Plan to Overhaul Legal Immigration Focuses on Green Card Backlog

A proposal in President Biden’s social spending bill would make hundreds of thousands of unused green cards available for immigrants. But it faces an uncertain future under Senate rules.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #citizenship-and-naturalization, #democratic-party, #foreign-workers, #green-cards-us, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #law-and-legislation, #macdonough-elizabeth, #united-states-politics-and-government, #visas

Green Card Backlog Focus of Democrats’ Latest Immigration Effort

A proposal in President Biden’s social spending bill would make hundreds of thousands of unused green cards available for immigrants. But it faces an uncertain future under Senate rules.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #citizenship-and-naturalization, #democratic-party, #foreign-workers, #green-cards-us, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #law-and-legislation, #macdonough-elizabeth, #united-states-politics-and-government, #visas

Biden Bars Immigration Enforcement in ‘Protected Areas’

The Biden administration included schools, hospitals, parades and places of worship on a list of areas off limits to immigration arrests or other types of enforcement.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #citizenship-and-naturalization, #customs-and-border-protection-us, #deportation, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-customs-enforcement-us, #immigration-and-emigration, #mayorkas-alejandro, #united-states-politics-and-government

What Keeping American Democracy Alive Looks Like

The historian Martha S. Jones documents the marginalized groups that forged the country’s political system.

#bouie-jamelle, #citizenship-and-naturalization, #fourteenth-amendment-us-constitution, #jones-martha-s, #united-states, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements

Democrats Scramble to Keep Immigration Overhaul Alive

Democratic leaders are considering a long-shot proposal intended to get around political and procedural roadblocks to provide temporary legal status to millions of undocumented immigrants.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #citizenship-and-naturalization, #deferred-action-for-childhood-arrivals, #democratic-party, #house-of-representatives, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government

The Enduring Importance of the 1965 Immigration Act

How Asians arrived in America.

#asian-americans, #chinese-americans, #citizenship-and-naturalization, #foreign-workers, #immigration-and-emigration, #internal-sub-only, #johnson-lyndon-baines, #korean-americans, #visas

Biden Administration Moves to Protect Undocumented Young Adults

A proposed rule could save the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which a federal judge in Texas found unlawful in July.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #citizenship-and-naturalization, #deferred-action-for-childhood-arrivals, #dream-act-development-relief-and-education-for-minors-act, #immigration-and-emigration, #united-states-politics-and-government

Adoptees Shouldn’t Have to Live in Fear of Being Deported

There’s bipartisan support for legislation that could put an end to the peril facing transnational adoptees.

#adoptions, #blue-bayou-movie, #chon-justin, #citizenship-and-naturalization, #immigration-and-emigration, #law-and-legislation

After Setback, Democrats Vow to Push Ahead on Immigration Overhaul

After a top Senate official rejected a proposal to legalize millions of undocumented immigrants, Democrats said they would craft an alternative.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #citizenship-and-naturalization, #dream-act-development-relief-and-education-for-minors-act, #federal-budget-us, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-customs-enforcement-us, #immigration-and-emigration, #macdonough-elizabeth, #menendez-robert, #migrant-labor-agriculture, #schumer-charles-e, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government

Democrats Dealt a Blow on Immigration Plans

The Senate’s parliamentarian ruled that Democrats’ plan to give 8 million immigrants a path to citizenship could not be achieved through the reconciliation process.

#citizenship-and-naturalization, #democratic-party, #dream-act-development-relief-and-education-for-minors-act, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #macdonough-elizabeth, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government

A Love Worth the Phone Bill

As teens, Jody Prendergast and Lancelot Ferguson spoke so much on the phone — she in Rosedale, Queens, he in St. Mary Parish, Jamaica — that her father cut the cord. Their connection persisted.

#citizenship-and-naturalization, #jamaican-americans, #marriages, #weddings-and-engagements

Spain Pledged Citizenship to Sephardic Jews. Now They Feel Betrayed.

In 2015, Spain said it would give citizenship to the descendants of Sephardic Jews expelled during the Spanish Inquisition. Then rejections started pouring in this summer.

#citizenship-and-naturalization, #genealogy, #immigration-and-emigration, #jews-and-judaism, #politics-and-government, #roman-catholic-church, #spain, #synagogues

Biden Aims to Rebuild and Expand Legal Immigration

Documents obtained by The New York Times show far-reaching efforts by President Biden to remake the immigration system and undo much of his predecessor’s legacy.

#asylum-right-of, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #citizenship-and-immigration-services-us, #citizenship-and-naturalization, #executive-orders-and-memorandums, #foreign-workers, #immigration-and-emigration, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #sunstein-cass-r, #united-states-politics-and-government, #visas

State Dept. Ends Citizenship Policy in Win for Same-Sex Families

The previous policy, which predated the Trump administration, required a child born abroad to have a biological connection to the American parent.

#americans-abroad, #artificial-insemination, #citizenship-and-naturalization, #discrimination, #immigration-and-emigration, #reproduction-biological, #same-sex-marriage-civil-unions-and-domestic-partnerships, #state-department, #united-states

Netflix to Debut Italy’s First TV Show With a Majority Black Cast

The creators of “Zero,” including the co-writer Antonio Dikele Distefano, say they hope viewers enjoy it so much that the characters’ racial identity becomes irrelevant.

#black-people, #citizenship-and-naturalization, #italian-language, #italy, #netflix-inc, #television, #writing-and-writers

Florida Man Who Posed as Immigration Lawyer Gets 20-Year Sentence

Elvis Harold Reyes filed hundreds of fraudulent applications, collecting $411,000 that he spent on himself and his girlfriend, prosecutors said.

#asylum-right-of, #citizenship-and-naturalization, #elvis-harold-reyes, #frauds-and-swindling, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #impostors-criminal, #tampa-fla

Jill Biden, in California, Lends Support to Farmworkers Seeking Vaccinations

The first lady was in Delano, Calif., to mark the birthday of César Chávez, the labor organizer who formed the country’s first successful farmworkers’ union.

#agriculture-and-farming, #american-rescue-plan-2021, #biden-jill-tracy-jacobs, #central-valley-calif, #citizenship-and-naturalization, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #organized-labor, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

In an Immigrant Family, the Tension Between Freedom and Duty

I lived without the societal pressures that would have existed for me in India. But when my father died, my sense of duty was profound.

#citizenship-and-naturalization, #cremation, #families-and-family-life, #funerals-and-memorials, #immigration-and-emigration, #parenting

California’s First Latino Senator, Alex Padilla, Wants an Immigration Overhaul Now

Senator Alex Padilla, the Democrat who was appointed to fill Vice President Kamala Harris’s seat, is pressing for a pathway to citizenship for five million unauthorized immigrants who are essential workers.

#california, #citizenship-and-naturalization, #content-type-personal-profile, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #democratic-party, #dream-act-development-relief-and-education-for-minors-act, #hispanic-americans, #immigration-and-emigration, #padilla-alex-1973, #senate, #senate-committee-on-the-judiciary, #united-states-politics-and-government

Israeli Court Says Converts to Non-Orthodox Judaism Can Claim Citizenship

People who convert in Israel to Reform or Conservative Judaism have a right to citizenship, the Supreme Court ruled, chipping at the power of Orthodox authorities that see them as non-Jewish.

#citizenship-and-naturalization, #decisions-and-verdicts, #israel, #jews-and-judaism, #orthodox-judaism

Cherokee Nation Addresses Bias Against Descendants of Enslaved People

The tribe’s Supreme Court excised language from its constitution that limited the citizenship rights of descendants of Black people who had been enslaved by the tribe before the Civil War.

#black-people, #cherokee-indians, #citizenship-and-naturalization, #muscogee-creek-nation-okumlgee-okla, #native-americans, #oklahoma, #race-and-ethnicity, #slavery-historical, #supreme-court-us, #treaties

Democratic Lawmakers Introduce Biden’s Immigration Overhaul in House

Senator Bob Menendez of New Jersey and Representative Linda Sánchez of California disclosed details of the proposal on Thursday in a news conference.

#asylum-right-of, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #citizenship-and-naturalization, #democratic-party, #house-of-representatives, #immigration-and-emigration, #senate, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

After Three Years in a Church Facing Deportation, ‘Today I Have Freedom’

Saheeda Nadeem, 65, an undocumented immigrant from Pakistan who was given sanctuary by the First Congregational Church in Kalamazoo, Mich., learned this week that she would not be deported, her lawyer said.

#asylum-right-of, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #citizenship-and-naturalization, #deportation, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-customs-enforcement-us, #immigration-and-emigration, #kalamazoo-mich, #michigan, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Biden to Announce Broad Plan to Reverse Trump Immigration Policies

Legislation he will propose on his first day as president will give undocumented immigrants the chance to become citizens and restore and expand programs for refugees and asylum seekers.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #citizenship-and-naturalization, #deferred-action-for-childhood-arrivals, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Biden plans to propose a sweeping immigration overhaul on his first day in office.

If passed by Congress, the legislation would profoundly reshape the American immigration system.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #citizenship-and-naturalization, #deferred-action-for-childhood-arrivals, #dream-act-development-relief-and-education-for-minors-act, #house-of-representatives, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #presidential-transition-us, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government

Stateless, She Became the Face of a Largely Invisible Plight

Maha Mamo had no citizenship. Born in Lebanon of Syrian parents, she was ineligible for either nationality. It took her years of perseverance, some lucky breaks and a painful loss to find a homeland — in Brazil.

#beirut-lebanon, #brazil, #citizenship-and-naturalization, #content-type-personal-profile, #immigration-and-emigration, #maha-mamo, #refugees-and-displaced-persons

France Fast-Tracks Citizenship for Frontline Workers

Some 700 foreigners who were exposed to the coronavirus through their frontline work are being given expedited naturalization reviews.

#citizenship-and-naturalization, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #france, #schiappa-marlene

New U.S. Citizenship Test Is Longer and More Difficult

Critics say the new test is harder for English learners. It features more nuanced questions and highlights such issues as states’ rights and the Vietnam War.

#citizenship-and-immigration-services-us, #citizenship-and-naturalization, #tests-and-examinations, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

Women in ‘Birth Tourism’ Ring Had 119 Babies on Long Island, Officials Say

Six people were charged in federal court with bilking Medicaid of $2.1 million and taking $750,000 from pregnant women in Turkey seeking to give birth in the United States.

#citizenship-and-naturalization, #frauds-and-swindling, #homeland-security-department, #immigration-and-emigration, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #turkish-americans, #visas

128 Tricky Questions That Could Stand Between You and U.S. Citizenship

‘‘Name one example of an American innovation.” Umm … “Real Housewives”? Skyscrapers? This test?

#citizenship-and-immigration-services-us, #citizenship-and-naturalization, #immigration-and-emigration, #tests-and-examinations, #tuberville-tommy

Shamima Begum, Who Joined ISIS in Syria, Seeks Return to U.K.

Shamima Begum, who traveled to Syria in 2015 as a teenager and remains in detention there, is challenging a decision by the British authorities to revoke her citizenship.

#begum-shamima, #citizenship-and-naturalization, #great-britain, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #syria, #terrorism

Edward Snowden Will Seek Russian Citizenship Ahead of Son’s Birth

The former intelligence contractor, who became a fugitive after revealing mass U.S. surveillance, said he and his wife were taking the step to give the family more freedom crossing borders.

#citizenship-and-naturalization, #russia, #snowden-edward-j, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government

Why India’s Muslims Reach for Liberalism

When Prime Minister Narendra Modi makes Hindus more equal than religious minorities, Muslims seek equality from the secular Constitution, not Shariah.

#amnesty-international, #bharatiya-janata-party, #citizenship-and-naturalization, #constitutional-amendments, #constitutions, #delhi-india, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #discrimination, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #hinduism, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #india, #kashmir-and-jammu-india, #malaysia, #minorities, #modi-narendra, #mumbai-india, #muslims-and-islam, #politics-and-government, #religion-and-belief, #shah-amit-1964, #sufism-religion, #supreme-court-of-india, #times-of-india, #turkey

A Teacher, His Killer and the Failure of French Integration

For generations, public schools assimilated immigrant children into French society by instilling the nation’s ideals. The beheading of a teacher has raised doubts about whether that model still works.

#citizenship-and-naturalization, #education-k-12, #france, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #muslims-and-islam, #paty-samuel-1973-2020, #politics-and-government, #religion-and-belief, #religion-state-relations, #school-shootings-and-armed-attacks, #terrorism