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New American citizens (L to R) Leslie Tapia, from Mexico, Sanzida Khanam, from Bangladesh and Pablo Espinales, from Ecuador, raise their hands for the Pledge of Allegiance during a naturalization ceremony at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York on J

The US government finally lifts the curse of the ‘golden cage’ visa


Thousands of highly skilled immigrants are admitted into US each year, but their highly skilled spouses were not allowed to work. But that’s about to change.

Brahim Djahra, from Algeria, clings to the Americans flag during a special naturalization ceremony held at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington on August 28, 2014.

Help is finally on the way for holders of America’s ‘prisoner visa’


Chicago’s Polish Village businesses hope immigration reform leads to revival

Global Politics

Immigration reform would bring end to U.S. visa program benefitting Africans

Global Politics

Mexican families separated by border look to immigration reform to reunite them

Global Politics

As immigration reform talk boils, immigrants wait in lines — that may only get longer

Global Politics

There are thousands, perhaps millions of immigrants waiting in line, legally, to become U.S. citizens. Politicians agree that those who may be put on a path to legalization by immigration reform should wind up “behind” those already in line. What that means, though, is ill-defined. And if the line doesn’t speed up, folks may die in line.

Chicago’s Polish Village Hopes Immigration Reform Will Spark a Revival

Conflict & Justice

It’s unclear whether Congress will pass immigration reform this year, but one neighborhood in Chicago thinks reform may represent a way to revive its ethnic identity.

Senate’s Immigration Bill Quietly Curtails African Flows

Conflict & Justice

The immigration bill making its way through the Senate would put an end to the so-called ‘Green Card Lottery.’ The World’s Jason Margolis explains why the proposed change has sparked anger among African immigrants living in the US.

The World

In Mexico, Families Hope Immigration Reform Will Trigger Long-Awaited Reunions

Conflict & Justice

Many Mexican families are tuned into news from Washington and whether Congress will change immigration laws. From the public radio collaboration Fronteras Desk, Jude Joffe-Block reports from Mexico about families hoping for long-awaited reunions.

Immigration: What Does ‘Getting in Line’ Really Mean?

Conflict & Justice

When it comes to immigration reform, President Barack Obama and Republican lawmakers generally agree on one starting point: that undocumented immigrants seeking US citizenship should get in the “back of the line.”