The federal government says that August 15 is the date on which applications will first be accepted in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. The DACA program was first announced June 15.
Immigration issues have been a hot-button topic at both the state and federal levels across the country. In the last post, this blog began a discussion of issues being considered in Florida this year related to immigration law. The discussion continues, with a look at several measures related to higher education in Florida.
In 2004, a Vietnamese woman came to the United States looking for a better life for her and her son. She arrived on a fiancée visa, engaged to marry a Vietnamese American. Unfortunately, she left her son behind with his biological father. She says "it was an ordeal" for her to come to the U.S. without her son at the request of the boy's father, but she had great hopes for the future.
After the November elections, the United States Congress entered into what is referred to as a "lame-duck" session. It is referred to as a lame-duck session because many of the members of Congress are finishing the remainder of their terms only to be replaced by new lawmakers in January. Usually, very little gets accomplished in a lame-duck session.