June was a busy month for immigration news with the Department of Justice announcing its intentions to sue the state of Arizona for the controversial immigration bill, SB 1070. Since then, United States vs. Arizona has been and will continue to be a contentious subject among Republicans and Democrats alike. While June began with news stories of tension along the US/ Mexico border and students and married couples facing the threat of deportation, it ended with an announcement by President Obama on the need for comprehensive immigration reform. These stories and more were the most read immigration related news items for June.
- U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced a proposed 10% fee increase for most immigration services, except the citizenship filing fee.
- A New York couple, married for 17 years, is still trying to get United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to recognize their marriage as legitimate so one of the two can get a green card.
- A Harvard student who was facing deportation after using his Harvard ID card to board a flight has been granted deferred action for his case.
- The federal government will sue Arizona over the new immigration law “on the basis that it's the constitutional responsibility of the federal government -- not states -- to set immigration policy.” The possible discriminatory nature of the law may also be challenged.
- President Obama renewed his commitment to comprehensive immigration reform in a meeting with immigrant activists and labor leaders.
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