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Oregon First Lady Admits to 'Illegal' First Marriage

Cylvia Hayes says Gov. John Kitzhaber didn't know she had married immigrant

(Newser) - Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber knew his fiancee had been married before when they got engaged this summer after a 10-year relationship. The only problem is, he didn't know Cylvia Hayes had had three previous marriages, not two—and that the third one was to an Ethiopian immigrant looking to... More »

Obama's 'Drunken Uncle' Staying in US

Onyango Obama gets green card

(Newser) - Onyango Obama, or as some in the GOP like to call him, President Obama's "drunken uncle," is staying in the States. A US immigration judge ruled yesterday that the elder Obama, who dodged deportation for decades and was arrested in 2011 for drunk driving, can remain in... More »

Record Numbers Renouncing US Citizenship

Probably to avoid tax crackdown

(Newser) - Many American expats are following in the footsteps of Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin and ditching their US citizenship, the Wall Street Journal reports. In likely related news, the US is cracking down on overseas tax evaders. The number of citizenship renouncers is not huge, but it is growing in record... More »

Gay Pride Has a Momentous Weekend

First green card issued to gay couple as pride parades held, anthem turns hit

(Newser) - Following last week's Supreme Court decisions , it was a big weekend for gay pride. Two days after the court struck down DOMA, a gay Fort Lauderdale couple was able to get a green card, the Miami Herald reports—making them the first same-sex married couple to do so. Music... More »

Green Card Lottery Faces Axe

Diversity program expected to be cut in overhaul

(Newser) - The green card lottery program that attracted nearly 8 million applicants for 55,000 visas last year is expected to be cut amid the immigration overhaul, the Washington Post finds. The program, aimed at diversifying the pool of immigrants to the US, has been wildly popular since it began in... More »

US Bride, Mexican Groom Wed on Border Raft

Treaty from 1848 makes strange ceremony possible

(Newser) - An American woman married her longtime Mexican beau on a raft in the middle of the Rio Grande river yesterday, in a strange ceremony designed to exploit an obscure treaty loophole. Ruben Alfonso Fierro and Stephanie Guerra have been living together in America for years, and have four American children... More »

Asian Immigration Overtakes Hispanic

Illegal immigration down as trends shift

(Newser) - With Hispanic immigration—both legal and illegal—to the United States on the decline , Hispanic immigration last year was topped by immigrants from Asia for the first time since 1910, reports the AP in a look at new census data released today. The data also showed that the number of... More »

Southern Miss Band Cuts 'Green Card' Chanters

Members lose scholarships, take sensitivity training

(Newser) - Five Southern Mississippi band members have been dropped from the group following an offensive chant at a game, GulfLive reports. The students have lost their scholarships and will have sensitivity training after they targeted Kansas State's Angel Rodriguez , shouting, "where's your green card?" Said a Southern Miss... More »

Southern Miss: Sorry About 'Green Card' Chant

Band members razzed Kansas State player

(Newser) - The University of Southern Mississippi has apologized after members of its band recited an offensive chant at a Kansas State player during the NCAA tournament. As KSU's Angel Rodriguez approached the free-throw line, some in the band chanted, "Where's your green card?" Video of the incident was... More »

Russian Green Card Marriages Are Big Biz in NY

(Newser) - Russian women are so eager for green cards that one New York-area weekly devotes an entire page to marriage ads, the New York Post reports. A Post reporter, posing as an immigrant angling for a green card, contacted a marriage broker and got the going rate: $31,500, $6,500... More »

Fla. Developer Offers Investors Green Cards

Foreigners with $1M cash can get US residence

(Newser) - Foreigners still interested in the American dream can get permanent residence in the US by investing $1 million in a Florida condo-hotel project starved for credit. The government-approved offer gives investors a conditional visa in exchange for the investment, the Orlando Sentinel reports. If the foreigners can prove within two... More »

'Rockefeller' In-Law: Con Man Wed and Fled

Alleged kidnapper got green card, ditched Wisc. bride in 1981

(Newser) - Alleged kidnapper and con artist Clark Rockefeller tricked a Wisconsin woman into marrying him in 1981 and then bolted with his new green card, the bride's sister told the Boston Herald. “He tells stories and takes advantage of people,” she said. “He screws with people’s heads.... More »

New US Tax Law Looks Heartless to Foreign Workers

Would-be tax evaders will pay, but so will wealthy green-card holders

(Newser) - A new tax law set up to help troops and veterans, offset by taxing wealthy Americans who give up citizenship to beat the IRS, hits some others in the wallet, Portfolio reports. Long-term, legal foreign workers who return home will see unrealized capital gains taxed—potentially damaging the perception of... More »

No Rebates for Immigrant Taxpayers—or Yank Spouses

Caught in rules designed to cut illegal immigrants

(Newser) - Hundreds of thousands of legal, taxpaying immigrants and their Americans spouses are among the unhappy few who won’t be getting a tax rebate check, AP reports. Taxpayers need a Social Security number to qualify—a rule intended to carve out illegal immigrants. Also inadvertently cut from the benefit are... More »

FBI Bails on Immigrant Probes as Backlogs Mount

Backlog means immigrants will be granted residency before background checks

(Newser) - Immigration officials are expected to grant green cards to tens of thousands of aliens before required FBI background checks, because the Department of Homeland Security is struggling under a ballooning backlog, McClatchy Newspapers reports. Background checks would be performed after immigrants are granted residency, which could be revoked if problems... More »

Feds Bust Sham Craigslist Marriage

Russian woman looking for green card found hubby in ad

(Newser) - It was a match made not in heaven but on Craigslist, and the Russian bride and American groom are charged with staging a sham marriage to get her a green card. The woman posted not-so-subtle ads: "Green Card Marriage—Will Pay $300/Month. Total $15,000," the LA Times... More »

EU Will Lure Skilled Migrants With 'Blue Card'

Universal visa will mimic US Green Card, fill projected shortages

(Newser) - Facing a projected shortfall of 20 million workers by 2030, the European Union unveiled its own version of the US Green Card yesterday in hopes of attracting skilled migrants. The Blue Card will grant workers full employment, social security, and health care benefits, as well as permanent residency after five... More »

Missing GI's Wife Faces Deportation

Feds may send Boston- area woman home to Dominican Republic

(Newser) - While the US military searches for MIA Army specialist Alex Jimenez, the US government may be looking to deport his wife. Yaderlin Jimenez snuck into the country from the Dominican Republic six years ago; Alex, who disappeared in Iraq with two other soldiers last month, had tried in vain to... More »

Immigration Fees Skyrocket

Prices to rise by two-thirds; critics see barrier for poorer immigrants

(Newser) - The price of citizenship is going up. With applications on the rise, the federal agency for citizenship and immigration is raising charges for almost all benefits, reports the Los Angeles Times. The cost of a green card will go from $325 to $930, while citizenship applications will rise from $330... More »

Citizenship Push Aims to Create Latino Voters

Cable giant spearheads effort to transform green cards into ballots

(Newser) - The nation's largest Spanish-language broadcaster is preparing to launch an unprecedented citizenship drive that could sway the 2008 presidential election. Univison's "Ya Es Hora" ("It's About Time") campaign, already under way in Southern California, will encourage the country's eight million green card holders to apply for citizenship—... More »

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