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Secretary Napolitano Announces an Additional $30 Million in Grants to Effectively Enforce Immigration Laws

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Janet Napolitano, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), announced an additional $30 Million in Operation Stone Garden to support security initiatives along the southwest border, particularly states along the U.S.-Mexico border, which are Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California.

Operation Stonegarden’s
grants will enhance DHS’s capabilities to effectively deter violence, enforce immigration laws and combat illegal trafficking.

The $30 Million additional funds supplement the $60 million in Operation Stonegarden grants announced by Secretary Napolitano in June. Based on greater risk, heavy cross-border traffic and border-related threat intelligence, more than 84 percent of fiscal year 2009 Operation Stonegarden funds will go to the Southwest border—up from 59 percent in fiscal year 2008.

To see the breakup of how much is going to each state see: http://www.fema.gov/government/grant/opsg/index.shtm

Share your opinion:  Do you think this is monies well spent?

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August 14, 2009 at 2:18 pm

National Name Check Backlog Eliminated

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The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced elimination of FBI National Name Check Program backlog. USCIS Acting Deputy Director Michael Aytes said, “Our close partnership with the FBI has resulted in the accomplishment of this significant achievement with national security as its foundation.”

This means that there will be no backlog for most name check requests and that 98 percent of name check requests submitted by the USCIS to the FBI will be completed within 30 days and the remaining 2 percent within 90 days.

Next steps in the adjudication of cases that were previously delayed as a result a pending FBI name check request may now include updating fingerprint results, scheduling interviews, requesting additional evidence and other reviews to determine whether the applicant is eligible for the requested immigration benefit.

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June 23, 2009 at 3:29 pm

New H-1B Count for FY 2010

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On May 26, 2009 USCIS updated the count of H-1B petitions received and counted towards the H-1B cap on the USCIS website.

As of May 22, 2009, approximately 45,700 H-1B cap-subject petitions had been received. Also, USCIS has received approximately 20,000 petitions qualifying for the advanced degree cap exemption. USCIS will continue to accept both cap-subject petitions and advanced degree petitions until a sufficient number of H-1B petitions have been received to reach the statutory limits.

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May 28, 2009 at 3:35 pm

Economy and Border Crackdown Hits Immigrants Hard

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The current worldwide economic crisis along with a recent surge in more emphatic border enforcement is directly affecting thousands of immigrants, both legal and illegal. For America, for long the premier destination for immigrants, this could be a troubling indicator of things to come for the economy.

With the national unemployment rate at record high levels, the 22 million immigrants in the United States (including about 6.5 million illegal immigrants), are finding it increasingly difficult to find or continue in their employments. According to the Washington-based Center for Immigration Studies, 1.3 million illegal immigrants left the country in 2008, a reduction of 11% in the illegal immigrant population in the United States from a peak of 12.5 million in August 2007.

The increased unemployment rate among the immigrant community, 11 percent by some estimates and well above the national average, is also creating an ever increasing strain on schools and social service agencies.

Things are not a lot better for well-educated non-permanent immigrants either. Foreigners working in the United States with temporary H-1B visas have been hit by a provision in the Obama administration’s economic stimulus plan that restricts financial institutions that are recipients of bailout funds from hiring H-1B based foreign workers for two years. Some fear that similar rules will be used to further restrict H-1B visa workers from working in other industries.

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March 3, 2009 at 8:27 pm

Green Card Holders Now May be Required to Provide Fingerprints or Other Biometrics

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The new rule that came into effect on January 18, 2009, requires that nearly all foreign citizens provide biometrics (e.g., finger scans and photographs).   The categories of foreign citizens include:

·         US lawful permanent residents (LPRs), that is, “green-card holders”
·         Foreign citizens seeking admission on immigrant visas (this includes all family-based immigration and EB-1 to EB-5 categories)
·         Refugees and Asylees
·         Foreign citizens paroled into the United States
·         Certain Canadian citizens who receive a Form I-94 at inspection or who require a waiver of inadmissibility

For more detailed information – see, our attorney, Hanishi Ali’s  article featured in New England Ethinc News:

http://www.ethnicnewz.org/en/green-card-holders-not-just-tourists-now-may-be-required-provide-fingerprints-or-other-biometrics

President Elect Obama’s Plan to deal with the Main Immigration Problems

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Tomorrow, history will be made on the steps of the US Capitol as President Elect Barack Hussein Obama will take the oath of office and enter the oval office. “Change” was Obama’s single-word slogan and it is change that Obama will now have to bring and manage.

At present, many issues plague the process of immigration, the main three problems are:

1. Undocumented illegal immigrants coming in illegally or overstaying their visas. The number of undocumented immigrants in the country has increased more than 40 percent since 2000. Every year, more than a half-million people come illegally or illegally overstay their visas.

2. With the immigration bureaucracy being weak and overwhelmed, those immigrants who are legal become required to wait multiple years before any applications can be made.

3. Raids carried out to oust illegal immigrants have been ineffective by not being as productive as hoped and burdening immigrant families by breaking them up due to a weak system.

President Elect Obama’s plan for each of the problems hindering the immigration process, are:

– Secure the border by improving personnel, technology, and infrastructure in order to create more protected check-points. The secure borders will make it more difficult for those trying to come in illegally.

– Dissuade illegal immigrants from working in the United States by restricting the ability of employers to hire illegal workers. Without the lure of employers willing to hiring illegally, there will be no incentive to cross the borders.

– In order to keep families together, Obama and Biden hope to create a stronger, steadier immigration bureaucracy. With a stronger immigration bureaucracy, it will be possible to have more legal immigrants and fulfill necessary jobs that are currently occupied by illegal immigrants.

– Work with the illegal immigrants by requiring them to pay a fine, learn English, and then wait their respective turn to become a legal citizen. The President Elect also wishes to work with Mexico in order to increase their economy to decrease illegal immigration.

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January 20, 2009 at 1:24 am

UK is Cracking Down on Employment of Illegal Immigrants

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Recent estimates of illegal migrants in the European Union (EU) range between 4.5 and 8 million, with an estimated increase by 350,000 to 500,000 per year. From 7 to 16% of the EU’s GDP is estimated to come from the shadow economy, although this is not entirely staffed by illegal migrants. Construction, agriculture, house-work, cleaning, catering and other hospitality services are the sectors of the economy most prone to such undocumented work in general and attracting illegal migrants in particular.

UK, which has an estimated total of more than 500,000 illegal immigrants, is cracking down on employers caught hiring illegal aliens and has increased its enforcement operations by 40 percent over the past year.

 Employers are given an opportunity to respond or explain why illegal immigrants were working for them and those employers hiring illegal immigrants can be subject to fines of up to £10,000 per illegal and persistent offenders can face a jail sentence.

 To support employers, the UK Border Agency provides an employers’ helpline which they can use to check the status of potential employees.  For more information on the helpline see attached link.

 http://www.bia.homeoffice.gov.uk/employers/employersupport/

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January 15, 2009 at 5:22 pm

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