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Political Asylum and Its Impact on Immigration

Over the past few weeks, news sources and political leaders have reacted to political asylum statistics released by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). There has been some misunderstanding as to the number of “defensive” asylum claims, those that are made at the ports of entry into the United States, versus those applying for asylum who are already living in the country without authorization. 

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U.S. Immigration Changes Its Policy on Same-Sex Couples

President Obama has directed immigration officials to recognize same-sex partners as family members in deportation cases. According to recent reports, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano notified immigrations and customs offices to interpret the phrase “family relationships” to include long-term, same-sex…

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