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TRAC Report on Criminal Immigration Prosecutions

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The Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) issued a report on trends in criminal immigration prosecutions. The report finds that the rate of reported prosecutions during the first three months of FY 2010 decreased by 8.8% compared to 2009 quarterly figures. If the prosecution continues at the same pace, the number of criminal prosecutions will reach 83,722 as opposed to 91,899 during FY 2009.  However, one should keep in mind that in 2009 prosecutions were at an all time high and when compared to five years ago when there were 37,614, the number of FY 2010 prosecutions are projected to be up 123 percent. The Obama administration has no doubt overall stepped up enforcement and criminal immigration prosecution.

Click here for the complete TRAC data.

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Written by MithrasLaw

March 22, 2010 at 11:09 am

Temporary Protected Status Granted to Haitian Nationals Present in the US

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Department of Homeland Security Secretary, Janet Napolitano, has announced the designation of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Hatian nationals who were in the United States as of January 12, 2010.  The DHs has issued a statment that this is a historic disaster and TPS will allow eligible Hatian nationals who are currently in the United States to continue living and working in our country for the next 18 months. 

TPS designation will protect Hatians who would otherwise be endangered by returning home. It should be noted that TPS will apply only to those individuals who were in the United States as of January 12, 2010. Those who attempt to travel to the United States after January 12, 2010 will not be eligible for TPS and will be repatriated.

Haitians in the U.S. who are eligible to apply for TPS can go to http://www.uscis.gov/ or call USCIS toll-free at (800) 375-5283 to claim TPS status.

President Obama’s FY 2010 Budget and Proposed Plans for Department of Homeland Security

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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is responsibile for providing immigration-related services and benefits such as naturalization and work authorization as well as enforcement responsibilities for enforcement of federal immigration laws, customs laws, and air security laws.  

DHS will be allocated budget totaling to $42.7 billion for Fiscal Year 2010 , in addition to the $ 2.8 billion in the Recovery Act, includes key national security priorities that range from border control to cyberspace security.

The budget proposes strengthening border security and immigration services, as well as efforts to improve the delivery of immigration enforcement by streamlining and modernizing immigration application processes.

The DHS’s budget highlights are:

  • Safeguarding our nation’s transportation system
  • Enhancing cybersecurity and technology R&D
  • Strengthening border security and immigration services
  • Supporting state homeland security activities

For more details see http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/assets/fy2010_new_era/Department_of_Homeland_Security.pdf

Written by MithrasLaw

March 3, 2009 at 4:56 pm

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