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Can States Refuse Refugees?

Syrians have been fleeing their war-torn country in droves over the past few years, sparking a humanitarian crisis in Europe as refugees try to find safe haven in Europe and America. On Friday night, a terrorist group operating in Iraq and Syria conducted a series of attacks in Paris, killing hundreds of civilians.

In response, conservative governors have been lining up to announce they won't allow Syrian refugees into their states. But do they actually have that power? Can states refuse to allow refugees to cross their borders?

September 17 is Citizenship Day and Constitution Day, when Americans celebrate their founding document and those who have become U.S. citizens. Signed on this day in 1787, the Constitution lays out the founding principles of the nation and the parameters for citizenship.

So how does one become an American? Some ways are automatic, while others are not so simple. Here are the four paths citizenship:

Ever since the Fourteenth Amendment was passed in 1868, the U.S. Constitution has guaranteed the citizenship of any person born in the United States. But in the past few weeks, Republican presidential candidates have been calling for an end to birthright citizenship.

How could a new president change the Constitution on citizenship? Or can states simply decide citizenship matters for themselves?

If your permanent resident status is based on a marriage, and that marriage is falling apart, you may be worried about your green card. Getting a divorce can be an emotionally and legally scary prospect, especially if you're worried about being deported.

While you may not lose your green card due to a divorce, you may have to file some extra paperwork.

Sanctuary. What does that mean to you?

For many undocumented immigrants, sanctuary means being able to go to work or school or just the DMV without the constant fear of being reported to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and deported.

However, does living in a sanctuary city mean an undocumented immigrant will never be deported? How does a sanctuary city protect immigrants?

Are you eligible for DACA? Do you know how to apply? Are you afraid to study abroad because you're undocumented?

Undocumented students of the University of California system can now get their legal immigration questions answered for free.

Being a non-citizen resident in the United States can a precarious position. Until you become a naturalized citizen, there are many grounds upon which you can be deported.

A criminal conviction doesn't just affect your day to day life, it can get you deported. But, what if you never went to trial? Can a guilty plea affect your immigration status?

Under new rules, dependent spouses of H-1B visa holders (known as H-4 visa holders) will soon be able to apply for work permits.

In a recent announcement, USCIS Director Leon Rodriguez said that DHS will extend eligibility for employment authorization to H-4 visa holders. H-4 visa holders previously could not work while they lived in the United States with their H-1B spouses. This reform, part of Obama's executive action on immigration reform, will allow H-4 visa holders to develop financial independence and will widen the pool of highly skilled workers in the United States.

If you're an immigrant hoping to take advantage of this reform, here are four things you should know:

U.S. Eases Rules on Travel to Cuba: What You Need to Know

The U.S. government is set to begin easing its long-standing rules restricting travel to Cuba on Friday.

The Obama administration announced the changes on Thursday, reports The New York Times. In December, President Obama has previously said that the U.S. and Cuba would resume full diplomatic relations for the first time in more than 50 years, including hosting a U.S. embassy in Havana.

What do these new rule changes mean for those interested in traveling to Cuba?

Supreme Court Calendar: 10 Cases to Watch in January

The U.S. Supreme Court returns from its winter break to hear 10 cases in January, starting today.

Many of the High Court's cases this month will deal with statutory interpretation, but a few deal with polemical issues like free speech, housing discrimination, and unlawful searches.

Here's what Court watchers have to look forward to this month: