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December 31, 2007

Man born in USA endures arrest by immigration authorities

Immigration can apply to everyone in the U.S.;

By ELOÍSA RUANO GONZÁLEZ, YAKIMA HERALD-REPUBLIC, Published on Friday, December 28, 2007;

It seemed like a bad dream when 72-year-old retiree Rafael "Ralph" Franco woke up to a loud pounding on his front door, opened it, and found four federal agents waiting to seize him.

The longtime Yakima resident was arrested about 6 a.m. on Nov. 28 at his South Second Street apartment. Immigration officers believed that Franco, a U.S. citizen, was an undocumented immigrant convicted of several alcohol- and weapon-related crimes.

The four federal agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement seized and handcuffed him, and drove him to a holding cell a few blocks away. The agents planned to start a deportation process against him, even after Franco says he showed them his state identification card and gave his Social Security number.

Franco remained calm while agents led him out of the apartment where he and his grandson live. At the ICE office, the Mexican-American man told them about his family in California while they took his fingerprints.

"I didn't think they were going to pick me up," said Franco, who was born in California. "I didn't do something wrong."...".

at http://www.yakima-herald.com/page/dis/290625525501520

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December 30, 2007

Immigration Hardliners Try to Unhinge America

By Peter Schrag, The Nation. Posted December 29, 2007;

"Widespread uncertainty about immigration has splintered the U.S., creating an unnecessary panic similar to the Red Scare or the McCarthy years. "In the past year, we've become a nation of a thousand immigration laws and policies -- a confusing mosaic of fear, anger and nativism, of generosity, reason and self-defeating silliness. Although some of those laws were enacted before the Senate failed to pass comprehensive immigration reform in June, that failure greatly expanded the vacuum that local efforts sought to fill. It has also nourished the demagoguery that helps drive them, made immigration a prime domestic issue in the 2008 presidential campaign and intensified the fears those laws in turn produce.

If your name is Hernandez and you speak little English, can you risk reporting a crime to the local cops without being turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement? If you have a contagious disease or you're a drug addict, how willing will you be to seek treatment, and how safe are other residents because of that fear? And what about those driver's licenses? What happens when a car driven by an American citizen collides with one driven by an undocumented -- and uninsured -- immigrant? As the anti-immigrant zealots fan a generalized hysteria, these unresolved questions, which provoke legitimate fears, get little airtime. And there are many more: what are the chances of being stopped on the highway by sheriff's deputies empowered to arrest illegal immigrants, or of legal residents being rousted at midnight by warrantless raids?

There are also important questions of social policy crying out for redress. What sort of future is facing an 18-year-old high school graduate who was brought here by her parents as a young child and knows no other country but can't go to college, get a driver's license or a legal job? Conversely, how large a price should local schools have to pay to teach English to the children of illegal immigrants? A nation struggling with such issues is in dire need of leadership from its central government...".

at; http://www.alternet.org/story/71879/

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December 29, 2007

FAQ; I am a teacher how do I geand I get a visa?

FAQ: I don't know how to start applying US visa but I do really realize that I want to have any US visa entry type.

I'm a teacher with long experience in teaching in both languages English and Arabic. I have got diploma certificate as vocational education teacher.

If the above information is useful to my visa case please tell me what to do, I mean what is the good first step to us?

Answer; you need an immigration interview to discuss how you may apply for at visa. You need a strategy to help ensure that your application will be successful.

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December 27, 2007

FAQ; can I apply for an H-1B visa?

FAQ: Can you help me to obtain H-1B or EB-2 visa? i have a 4 years degree. my husband and i got married in 2003, he file for me but i was denied and i was unable to renew my work authorization card. we even appeal but we still haven't hear anything. if you thing I'm qualify because of my educational background please contact me.

Answer; it depends on obtaining more information; this is a good example of the danger of giving a fast response. This person really needs an interview with an immigration lawyer to obtain a qualified response.

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December 26, 2007

McCain's rebound and immigration

December 24, 2007 12:15 PM from the UK Guardian;

"The former is occurring despite his stance on the latter

Contra the trend of his campaign, John McCain appears to be making a comeback in New Hampshire. A new poll by the Boston Globe shows him running a narrow second to Mitt Romney. McCain seems to have capitalised upon the fading fortunes of Fred Thompson and Rudy Giuliani in the granite state, and perhaps is also reaping benefits from his recent endorsement by independent Joe Lieberman.

I'm willing to eat crow over my earlier pronouncement that McCain's campaign was a "train wreck", but it is curious that the senator is resurging despite his controversial stance on illegal immigration, to which most have attributed his electoral failings thus far. When asked for their favoured solution to the immigration crisis in this same poll, likely New Hampshire GOP voters overwhelmingly opted for either stopping the flow of illegal immigrants or deportation, not the 'path to citizenship' approach endorsed by McCain...".

at; http://blogs.guardian.co.uk/usa/2007/12/mccains_rebound_and_immigratio.html

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December 25, 2007

Charcoal for Christmas

I have a client is the beneficiary of an approved labor certification from the backlog reduction center who filed an application for Alien Employment Certification dated 04/27/2001 (receipt date; Tennessee Department of Labor) by his employer and the subsequent successor in interest as per 204.5(d) Priority date; "The priority date of any petition filed for classification under section 203(b) of the Act which is accompanied by an individual labor certification from the Department of Labor shall be the date the request for certification was accepted for processing by any office within the employment service system of the Department of Labor". I attached a copy & tabbed within the application for the original certified mail domestic return receipt).

I filed a I-140 petition for alien worker with a simultaneous adjustment of status application. The application was mailed August 15, 2007 to qualify under the original July 2007 visa bulletin.

It was returned in November as per CIS that the VISA number was not available. As per the July Bulletin his number was eligible; he has been eligible as per the Bulletins in September, October, November and December 2007.

Yesterday my client received the application with the same stated reason; a VISA number is not available. I checked the January 2008 Visa Bulletin; the date is 15 OCT 02 for employment based third preference all areas.

So I have sent the application back to USCIS for the third time; my client getting charcoal for Christmas.

Mario Ramos
Immigration Lawyer
615-329-4588
www.mrvisa.com

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December 24, 2007

Dream Turns Nightmare: Milwaukee Police Officer to Be Deported

In the line of not forgiving anything immigration is deporting a police officer;

"By CATRIN EINHORN, Published: December 22, 2007

MILWAUKEE — Growing up here, Oscar Ayala-Cornejo recalls, he played chess and devoured comics, hung out at the mall and joined the Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps. After high school, he realized a childhood dream, joining the Milwaukee Police Department.

But when Mr. Ayala-Cornejo filled out recruitment papers, he used the name of a dead relative who had been a United States citizen. He had to, Mr. Ayala-Cornejo says, because ever since his parents brought him here from Mexico when he was 9, he has lived in the country illegally.

The life that Mr. Ayala-Cornejo carefully built here, including more than five years with the police force, is to end at noon on Saturday, when, heeding a deportation order, he will board a plane bound for the country he left as a child.

In May, acting on an anonymous tip, immigration agents arrested him on charges of falsely representing himself as a citizen. He pleaded guilty, and is now permanently barred from the United States.

“I’m going to be saying goodbye to my family, my friends, my city — everything that I know,” Mr. Ayala-Cornejo, 25, said in an interview at the home he shares with his widowed mother and his brother, filled with family photos.

The authorities say that in violating the law, Mr. Ayala-Cornejo made himself vulnerable to blackmail and assaults on his credibility that could have jeopardized police investigations. “You can’t be a law enforcement officer when you yourself are breaking the law,” said Gail Montenegro, a spokeswoman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Mr. Ayala-Cornejo’s case is familiar to many illegal immigrants. Brought here by their parents illegally as children, they grow up thinking of themselves as Americans, often speaking English without a trace of an accent. But their immigration status frequently catches up with them when they prepare to attend college or take a job...".

at; http://www.nytimes.com/2007/12/22/us/22deport.html?_r=1&th&emc=th&oref=slogin

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December 23, 2007

Tancredo Drops Out, Endorses Romney

JASON PULLIAM, REGISTER STAFF WRITER, December 20, 2007

"U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo announced today he's ending his long-shot bid for the White House.

The Colorado Republican made his exit from the race official at a press conference this afternoon in downtown Des Moines. He'll throw his support behind GOP candidate Mitt Romney, he said.

Tancredo's name was most associated with his fight against illegal immigration, one of the presidential election's most controversial issues. But his hard-line approach to curbing the unlawful migration of millions across the United States' southern border wasn't enough to vault him from the back of the GOP field.

He registered 6 percent support among likely Republican caucusgoers in the most recent Des Moines Register Iowa Poll".


Read the full article on the Des Moines Register's Website: http://www.desmoinesregister.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071220/NEWS/71220020/1001

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December 22, 2007

Testing the Limits: A Framework for Assessing the Legality of State & Local Immigration Measures

From AILA;

"In the wake of Congress' failure in recent years to pass comprehensive immigration reform, state and local governments have taken it upon themselves to try to tackle problems resulting from our nation's broken immigration system. Though the Constitution generally assigns the power to regulate immigration exclusively to the federal government, state and local entities have pounced upon the apparent "wiggle room" provided in recent Supreme Court interpretations regarding the legality of certain state and local attempts to pass immigration related measures. In 2007 alone, for example, the 50 state legislatures considered over 1000 pieces of legislation attempting to regulate immigrants and immigration. Of these measures, at least 156 have become law.

A report released this month by the Migration Policy Institute (MPI), tries to make sense of this jumbled mass of state & local legislation, analyzes these measures as to their legality, and provides a framework for courts to use in order to do the same. According to the report, most of the state and local attempts to regulate immigrants and immigration fall into one of five categories. Given the Constitutional dictum concerning federal jurisdiction over immigration, however, not all of the measures within these categories are legal. The authors of the report provide the following framework of questions for courts to consider in determining whether a given piece of state or local legislation is legal: 1. Has Congress expressly preempted the law?; 2. If not, has Congress ousted state authority by occupying the field in which the state regulates?; and 3. If not, does the state or local law create an obstacle to enforcement of federal law?

Based on this framework, the authors conclude that, in general, the vast majority of state and local attempts to pass immigration-related measures overstep jurisdictional boundaries. A significant and very troubling number deprive individuals of due process rights, and many more raise serious public policy concerns".

To read the report in its entirety, visit the MPI website at; http://www.migrationpolicy.org/pubs/NCIIP_Assessing%20the%20Legality%20of%20State%20and%20Local%20Immigration%20Measures121307.pdf

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December 21, 2007

Enforcement Bill Authors to Continue Co-Sponsor Recruitment

A new bill, the Secure America with Immigration and Enforcement, the "SAVE Act" (H.R. 4088), was introduced in November 2007 by Reps. Heath Shuler (D-NC) and Brian Bilbray (R-CA). A companion bill (S. 2368) has been introduced in the Senate by Sens. Mark Pryor (D-AR) and Mary Landrieu (D-LA). SAVE is steadily gaining momementum in both chambers and the official list of House and Senate co-sponsors has already grown to 113 and 2 respectively. The bill's sponsors are committed to generating more support before the new year.

The "SAVE Act" is an immigration enforcement-only package that, most notably, would dramatically expand the Basic Pilot electronic employment verification system. The Basic Pilot system is currently used by only 30,000 employers, but would expand to cover over 6 million employers in just four years - roughly a 20,000 percent increase. Beyond that, the bill seeks to increase the Border Patrol and spend more resources on the southern border, codify recently withdrawn DHS regulations related to the Social Security Administration "no match" letters, expand local police responsibilities to include immigration enforcement, and a number of other enforcement measures. Absent from the bill are any provisions that would address the more than 12 million people in the US without status.

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December 20, 2007

Omnibus Bill to Include Increased Funding for Border Security

The omnibus spending bill being debated in Congress this week includes a significant drop in the funding for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The fiscal 2008 omnibus would provide a total of $36.3 billion in total spending for DHS, which is greater than the president's request but less than that provided in fiscal 2007.

While overall DHS spending will decease, the bill includes an infusion of $2.7 billion in proposed emergency spending for border security which would go towards initiatives to build border fencing and enforce immigration laws.

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December 19, 2007

Immigration Amendments Not Included In Omnibus Spending Bill

This week the House and Senate will attempt to pass an omnibus spending bill (H.R. 2764) before the congressional recess later this month. Sources report that two immigration amendments originally included in the Commerce-Justice-Science spending bill (H.R. 3093) will not be included in the omnibus measure.

The first is an amendment which contains language that would bar the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) from taking legal action against organizations with English-only work rules. The second is an amendment, originally offered by Senator Mikulski (S.AMDT. 3311), that would extend the "returning worker exemption" in the H-2B program for fiscal year 2008.

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December 18, 2007

Return of the Nativist

There is an article in the New Yorker about immigration and the Republican's anti-immigration frenzy by Ryan Lizza.

The article examines Tancredoism; a hard line on immigration-is abetted by an absence of Party leadership and by Bush’s unpopularity;

at; http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2007/12/17/071217fa_fact_lizza

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December 16, 2007

New SPLC Report: Nation's Most Prominent Anti-Immigration Group has History of Hate, Extremism

"Dec. 11, 2007 — The country's leading anti-immigration organization — whose leaders have testified repeatedly before Congress and are frequently quoted in the media — has ties to known racists and a long track record of bigotry, according to a new report released today by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).

The group, the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR):

* is the creation of a man who operates a racist publishing company and has compared immigrants to "bacteria;"
* has employed members of white supremacist groups in key positions;
* has promoted racist conspiracy theories; and
* has accepted more than $1 million from the Pioneer Fund, a racist foundation devoted to eugenics and to proving a connection between race and IQ.

FAIR and its ties to white supremacy are examined in the latest issue of the SPLC's quarterly Intelligence Report.

The SPLC today added FAIR to its list of hate groups operating in the United States.

"FAIR's position on immigration is rooted more in its anti-Latino and anti-Catholic beliefs than in policy concerns," said Mark Potok, the director of the SPLC's project that monitors hate group activity. "Remarkably, it has still managed to infiltrate the mainstream and shape the immigration debate in this country..."."
At http://www.splcenter.org/news/item.jsp?aid=295

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December 15, 2007

House Committee to Hold Hearing on Port Security; AILA President Kathleen Campbell Walker to Testify

The House Committee on Homeland Security will hold a field hearing on: "Ensuring Homeland Security While Facilitating Legitimate Travel: The Challenge at America's Ports of Entry" on Saturday, December 15, at 11:00am in the Chamizal National Memorial Theater, 800 S. San Marcial, El Paso, TX.

Witnesses include:

Kathleen Campbell Walker
Attorney at Law
President, American Immigration Lawyers Association

W. Ralph Basham
Commissioner
U.S. Customs & Border Protection

Lurita A. Doan
Administrator
U.S. General Services Administration

Richard Stana
Director
Homeland Security and Justice
Government Accountability Office

Colleen M. Kelley
National President
National Treasury Employees Union

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December 14, 2007

MOBILIZE ON THE H-1B CRISIS!!!

Dear Businesses,

Here is a note from the AILA Business Committee;;

On a daily basis, most of us find ourselves advising clients that, although the H-1B visa would be the perfect vehicle for a talented potential hire, H-1Bs are unavailable for the remainder of the fiscal year. We, and our clients, are in a unique position to understand the strain on U.S. employers and the damage to our economy caused by the current H-1B crisis.

We need to exert constant pressure on Congress to alleviate this situation. Only repeated contact by those employers in need of talented workers from abroad will ensure that this issue stays front and center on Capitol Hill.

Our coalition partner, Compete America, has prepared a persuasive letter to Congress that explains the impact of the H-1B crisis. Your clients can send this letter to their U.S. Senators and Representatives asking Congress to take action now to raise or eliminate the H-1B cap. We have crafted, as well, a cover note for you to send to your clients introducing the letter and asking them to finalize it. We have all had numerous clients to whom we have had to deliver the disappointing news that one or more key hires could not be made. It’s time to contact those clients and empower them on this issue go to www.aila.org, Contact Congress.

Sincerely,

The AILA Business Committee

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December 13, 2007

Driving Jobs and Innovation Offshore: The Impact of High-Skill Immigration Restrictions on America

The recent decision by Microsoft to open an office in Vancouver, Canada, is merely the latest, most publicized symptom of a deeper underlying problem plaguing the U.S. Microsoft's decision was prompted, in large part, by the company's difficulties in navigating through the unqualified mess that is our nation's immigration laws. These laws place very restrictive, arbitrary limits on the number of high-skill foreign professionals allowed to come and work in this country, resulting in a completely inefficient and insufficient system that hurts businesses large and small, chips away at our nation's economic prominence around the world, and exacts a detrimental--and completely avoidable--toll on the well-being of the country at large. In Microsoft's case: because of these laws, and because of Microsoft's subsequent inability to recruit professionals to fill positions of need--not enough qualified Americans exist; and not enough qualified foreign nationals are permitted into the country--the company was forced to open an office in Canada, whose high-skill immigration laws are much more flexible, permissive, and friendly to businesses requiring foreign professional labor.

Sadly, far from being an isolated case, Microsoft's decision to set up shop outside the U.S. is likely to be a harbinger of things to come for U.S. businesses--a replicated norm for many businesses in the future, rather than an exceptional occurrence--should U.S. immigration laws remain so restrictive. This is the conclusion of a new study published by the National Foundation for American Policy, a nationally renowned public policy think tank focusing on trade, immigration and related issues. The study dispels the many myths about high-skill immigration routinely and subversively circulated by immigration opponents, and attempts to highlight the urgent need our nation has for more high-skill immigrant labor, all with an eye toward finally convincing Congress just how dire the situation is becoming and how close this country is to falling precipitously, irretrievably behind our global competitors.

The full study is available on the NFAP homepage at; http://www.nfap.com/pdf/071206study.pdf

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December 12, 2007

You can still tell your members of Congress not to co-sponsor SAVE by sending an email from Contact Congress today.

A new bill, the Secure America with Immigration and Enforcement, the "SAVE Act" (H.R. 4088), was introduced in November 2007 by Reps. Heath Shuler (D-NC) and Brian Bilbray (R-CA). A companion bill (S. 2368) has been introduced in the Senate by Sens. Mark Pryor (D-AR) and Mary Landrieu (D-LA). SAVE is steadily gaining momementum in both chambers and the official list of House and Senate co-sponsors has already grown to 113 and 2 respectively. The bill's sponsors are committed to generating more support before the new year.

The "SAVE Act" is an immigration enforcement-only package that, most notably, would dramatically expand the Basic Pilot electronic employment verification system. The Basic Pilot system is currently used by only 30,000 employers, but would expand to cover over 6 million employers in just four years - roughly a 20,000 percent increase. Beyond that, the bill seeks to increase the Border Patrol and spend more resources on the southern border, codify recently withdrawn DHS regulations related to the Social Security Administration "no match" letters, expand local police responsibilities to include immigration enforcement, and a number of other enforcement measures. Absent from the bill are any provisions that would address the more than 12 million people in the US without status.

You can still tell your members of Congress not to co-sponsor SAVE by sending an email from Contact Congress today at www.aila.org, Contact Congress.

First, tell Rep. Jim Cooper not to co-sponsor SAVE in the House. Send a letter from Contact Congress.

If Rep. Jim Cooper is already a House co-sponsor, you will automatically be provided an opportunity to email a letter expressing your disappointment.

Next, tell Sen. Lamar Alexander and Sen. Bob Corker not to co-sponsor SAVE in the Senate. Send a letter from Contact Congress.
If Sen. Lamar Alexander or Sen. Bob Corker is already a Senate co-sponsor, you will automatically be provided an opportunity to email a letter expressing your disappointment.


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December 11, 2007

Employer sanctions foes want start delayed

December 9, 2007, Employer sanctions foes want start delayed
By Howard Fischer, Capitol Media Services

"Running out of time, groups challenging the new employer sanctions law said Saturday they will ask a federal judge to temporarily block the state from enforcing the measure until they get another day in court. David Selden, lead attorney for businesses seeking to void the law, said foes of the law decided Saturday to refile the case. The decision came one day after U.S. District Court Judge Neil Wake threw out the case - at least in part because Selden's clients did not sue the right people.

Selden acknowledged there is now no way to have a full-blown trial on the legality of the statute before it's due to take effect on Jan. 1. Instead, he will seek a restraining order to buy more time to make his case.

In his ruling Friday, Wake said the business groups asked him to block the Arizona Attorney General's Office from enforcing the law.

But the judge pointed out that the statute gives that duty to each of the state's 15 county attorneys. And since they were not brought into the case as defendants, the judge said he couldn't tell them what to do.

Selden said the new papers, to be filed Monday, will name the county attorneys as defendants...".

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December 10, 2007

Stop Tancredo

Dear Friends,

When we launched the petition to get Tom Tancredo's ad off the air less than two weeks ago, our goal was 1,000 signatures. Today, we sent 1,500 signatures to twelve television stations in Iowa! Thank you all for taking the time to sign the petition and forward it on to your family & friends.

But we can't stop now! Tancredo has announced that he also intends run the ad in New Hampshire. We need to make sure these television stations understand how harmful these misleading ads are to immigration reform and the American people. Candidates who use fear mongering to win elections must be stopped. Now is our chance to double our signatures!


If you haven't signed the petition yet, please do so now at:

http://www.immigrantslist.org/tancredo

And if you haven't already, please take a moment to forward this email to family, friends, and colleagues to make sure their voice is heard!

Thank you for all that you're doing,

Drew Seman
Executive Director
Immigrants' List

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December 09, 2007

Pew Hispanic Center Releases Report on Hispanics and the 2008 Election

I have voted Democrat and Republican; true to form I have swung to the Democrat side for the coming election in November 2008. The national Republican Party does not want the Hispanic vote. The Republican party will be reduced a regional party. This will cause a shake up as the current extremist in control will be pushed to the sidelines. The moderate will have a voice again. The best way to help this process occur is to vote for the Democrats. Here is an study by the Per Hispanic Center;

"The gains that the Republican Party had been making this decade in partisan affiliation among Latinos have dissipated in the past year, according to a new Pew Hispanic Center survey of Latino registered voters. The Democratic-over-Republican partisan affiliation edge (identifiers and leaners included), which had been 33 percentage points in 1999, then fell to 21 percentage points by 2006, is now back up to 34 percentage points.

The report also examines the potential of Hispanics to be a swing voting block in the 2008 election. Though they make up only a relatively small share of the nationwide electorate, Hispanics comprise a larger share of voters in four of the six "swing states" that President Bush carried by margins of five percentage points or fewer in 2004 – New Mexico, Florida, Nevada and Colorado. The report presents state-by-state data on the most recent eligibility and turnout trends of the Latino electorate.

The report is available at the Pew Hispanic Center's website, www.pewhispanic.org.

The Pew Hispanic Center, a project of the Pew Research Center, is a non-partisan, non-advocacy research organization based in Washington, D.C. and funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts".

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December 08, 2007

DHS Announces 10-Fingerprint Collection

Welcome to America;

The Department of Homeland Security announced on Thursday, November 29, 2007, that it had begun 10-fingerprint collection from international visitors at Dulles International Airport in Washington, DC. This fact sheet gives additional details about the program and indicates that 10-fingerprint collection will soon start at other airports across the country.

Posted by VisaLawyer at 09:40 AM | Comments (0)

December 06, 2007

Inserting comedy into the Immigration debate might prove to be the answer.

Inserting comedy into the Immigration debate might prove to be the answer.

Please view Robot Chicken's take on the Immigration Debate... Enjoy!

Click on the link or paste it on your browser:

http://www.vidiLife.com/video_play_1099274_Robot_Chicken_Illegal_Immigration_Problems.htm.

Posted by VisaLawyer at 08:04 AM | Comments (0)

December 05, 2007

Enforcement Bill Authors to Continue Co-Sponsor Recruitment

A new bill, the Secure America with Immigration and Enforcement, the "SAVE Act" (H.R. 4088), was introduced in November 2007 by Reps. Heath Shuler (D-NC) and Brian Bilbray (R-CA). A companion bill (S. 2368) has been introduced in the Senate by Sens. Mark Pryor (D-AR) and Mary Landrieu (D-LA). SAVE is steadily gaining momementum in both chambers and the official list of House and Senate co-sponsors has already grown to 113 and 2 respectively. The bill's sponsors are committed to generating more support before the new year.

The "SAVE Act" is an immigration enforcement-only package that, most notably, would dramatically expand the Basic Pilot electronic employment verification system. The Basic Pilot system is currently used by only 30,000 employers, but would expand to cover over 6 million employers in just four years - roughly a 20,000 percent increase. Beyond that, the bill seeks to increase the Border Patrol and spend more resources on the southern border, codify recently withdrawn DHS regulations related to the Social Security Administration "no match" letters, expand local police responsibilities to include immigration enforcement, and a number of other enforcement measures. Absent from the bill are any provisions that would address the more than 12 million people in the US without status.

Posted by VisaLawyer at 06:40 AM | Comments (0)

December 02, 2007

Where did the money go?

Why were the fees increase on July 29, 2007;

"Workers who help process millions of visa and citizenship applications for a federal immigration agency are getting pay reductions just as the agency is facing an enormous surge in those applications.
Despite the fee increase on July 29, 2007;

By JULIA PRESTON, New York Times, Published: December 2, 2007;

The workers whose wage rate will be cut are contract employees in document processing centers in St. Albans, Vt., and Laguna Niguel, Calif., that are part of Citizenship and Immigration Services, the agency responsible for deciding visa applications and citizenship petitions. Some 280 of approximately 1,000 contract workers in the two centers will receive lower wages after a new contractor, Stanley Inc. of Arlington, Va., takes over tomorrow...".

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/12/02/us/02immig.html?_r=1&th&emc=th&oref=slogin

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