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September 29, 2008

Ciudad Juarez Announces Online Inquiry System

Just in from AILA, Sep. 29, 2008;

The U.S. Consulate General in Ciudad Juarez now offers an inquiry system for legal representatives. The U.S. Consulate General in Ciudad Juarez processes all immigrant visa cases from Mexico as well as non-immigrant and American citizen services.

The U.S. Consulate General in Ciudad Juarez accepts inquiries from legal representatives online at http://ciudadjuarez.usconsulate.gov/feedback-form.html. Use of this form allows the Consulate to quickly respond to inquiries while giving lawyers a quick, secure way of communicating with the Consulate. All inquiries from legal representatives regarding immigrant visas, non-immigrant visas or citizen services such as passports should be submitted via this online form rather than through phone, fax or regular mail. The Consulate will reply via email to all inquiries submitted online within 5 business days.

Family members or applicants wishing to make an inquiry should continue to use the Consulate's call center at 1-900-476-1212 if calling from the United States or 01-900-849-4949 if calling from Mexico.

Posted by VisaLawyer at 07:39 AM | Comments (0)

September 23, 2008

FAQ; How can I learn English in Nashville


Fall 2008 Schedule

Programa para el otoño 2008
LOCATION/Lugar ADDRESS/Dirección DAYS/días Enrollment begins/ Comienzan las inscripciones TIME/Hora

Cohn Adult Learning Center
(Twice a week-Evening/ 2 veces a la semana, de noche)
4805 Park Avenue, Nashville, 37209
Aug. 20
6pm-8 pm
6pm-8 pm

Cohn Adult Learning Center
(Twice a week-Morning/ 2 veces a la semana, por la mañana) 4805 Park Avenue, Nashville, 37209 Tue./Martes
Thu./Jueves Aug.19
Aug. 21 9am-12pm

Belmont United Methodist Church
(Twice a week-Morning/ 2 veces a la semana, por la mañana) 2007 Acklen Avenue, Nashville, 37203 Tue./Martes
Thu./Jueves Aug.19
Aug. 21 9am-12pm

Glencliff High School
(Twice a week-Evening/ 2 veces a a la semanana, de noche) 160 Antioch Pike, Nashville, 37211 Mon./Lunes
Wed./Miércoles Sept.08
Sept 10 6pm-8 pm
6pm-8 pm

McMurray Middle School
(Twice a week-Evening/ 2 veces a la semana, de noche) 520 McMurray Drive,
Nashville, 37211 Tue./Martes
Thu./Jueves Sept.09
Sept 11 6pm-8 pm
6pm-8 pm

McGavock High School
(Twice a week-Evening/ 2 veces a la semana, de noche) 3150 McGavock Pike
Nashville, 37214 Tue./Martes
Thu./Jueves Sept.09
Sept 11 6pm-8 pm
6pm-8 pm

St. Edwards Catholic Church
(Twice a week-Evening/ 2 veces a la semana, de noche) 188 Thompson Lane
Nashville, 37211 Tue./Martes
Thu./Jueves Sept.09
Sept 11 6pm-8 pm
6pm-8 pm

(*) Además de estas clases, APOLLO MIDDLE SCHOOL (631 Richards Rd., Antioch) ofrece CLASES DE INGLÉS COMPLETAMENTE GRATIS para adultos cada lunes por la noche durante el año escolar. Las clases comenzarán el LUNES, 18 de agosto, de 6:30 a 8:30 pm. Para más información comuníquese con Phil Stauder a phillip.stauder@mnps.org.
In addition to these programs, APOLLO MIDDLE SCHOOL (631 Richards Rd, Antioch) offers FREE ESL classes for adults every Monday night during the school year. Classes will begin MONDAY, AUGUST 18, 6:30-8:30 p.m. For more information please contact Phil Stauder at phillip.stauder@mnps.org

Posted by VisaLawyer at 11:26 AM | Comments (0)

September 17, 2008

FAQ; does 287g make Nashville safer?

Answer; we can learn from Arizona, there is a report titled "Myth: Training Local Police to Enforce Immigration Law Will Make our Communities Safer."

Restrictionists often prescribe this mythological solution to the mythological problem of high crime rates among immigrants. But, it's far from the truth! But, before you throw your hands up in defeat when you hear someone repeat it, consider responding with these quick mythbusting facts!

FACT: Engaging in 287(g) programs can be costly to the local police department. Three months after Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopia County partnered with ICE, the office had created a $1.3 million deficit. By the end of the first month of the partnership, deputies began working 4,500 extra hours every two-week pay period (compared to 2,900 extra hours previously). In April 2007, deputies worked more than 9,000 overtime hours at a cost to the county of $373,757.

FACT: Staffing the immigration beat pulls police officers away from their other duties. In Maricopia County in 2006 and 2007, patrol cars arrived late two-thirds of the time on more than 6,000 of the most serious calls for service. In order to staff the immigration team, Sheriff Arpaio pulled deputies off patrol beats and used them to staff the human-smuggling unit. Every patrol district, the trails and lake divisions, and central investigations bureau all lost deputies. Armed with fewer deputies, the districts’ response times to emergency calls increased.

More mythbusting facts on this issue can be found in the IPC's Immigration Fact Check What Happens When Local Cops Become Immigration Agents?


Posted by VisaLawyer at 07:25 AM | Comments (0)

September 16, 2008

free Obama button


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Posted by VisaLawyer at 07:17 AM | Comments (0)

September 12, 2008

Behind the Veil: Video Portrays Anti-immigrant Extremism

Click the link or copy it to your browser.


From www.wecanstopthehate.org:

What if all the leading anti-immigration groups were founded by the same man, funded by the same organization, and had ties to White supremacy?” So begins Heidi Beirich’s narrative in “Behind the Veil”—a new video being released today that details the common origins of many of the country’s leading anti-immigration groups and their ties to White supremacists. In the video, Beirich of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC)—the nation’s premier monitor of hate groups—discusses SPLC’s research on organizations such as the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), NumbersUSA, and the Social Contract Press.

Beirich also draws the connection between the dramatic rise in hate groups over the past eight years to their refocus on anti-immigrant rhetoric. According to the SPLC, the number of hate groups targeting Latinos is up 48% since the year 2000.

“The driving factor that we found behind this,” says Beirich, “is the shift to pounding the anti-immigrant drum. Every one of them recruits now on immigration. That’s what is driving the rise of hate groups—that, and almost that alone.”

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September 11, 2008

Obama Pitches Immigration Policy

I get asked all the time about the immigration proposal of Obama and McCain. Personally I support the Obama position as it is more comprehensive. Here is an article from the Wall Street Journal which describes the positions of each candidate;

September 10, 2008, 10:27 pm

T.W. Farnam reports on the presidential race.

Barack Obama spoke on Wednesday night about a subject that often gets short shrift on the 2008 campaign trail: immigration. The Democratic candidate made the speech to a crowd of Hispanic leaders at black-tie dinner capping the end of a Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute gathering in Washington.

After spending a few minutes talking about his opponent and his other policy proposals, Obama got his loudest cheers with these lines: “This election is about the 12 million people living in the shadows, the communities taking immigration enforcement into their own hand. They are counting on us to stop the hateful rhetoric filling our airwaves, and rise above the fear, and rise above the demagoguery, and finally enact comprehensive immigration reform.”

Obama complimented John McCain for championing the comprehensive immigration package that died in the Senate last year — and that helped (temporarily) sink his primary campaign. The bill, which would have created a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, inflamed widespread anti-immigration sentiment. Congress was deluged with calls, emails and faxes expressing opposition.

Since then, most politicians have kept the issue out of the spotlight. McCain has even made a pledge to tackle border security before any other changes — a reversal Obama made sure to point out Wednesday.

“Well, I don’t know about you, but I think it’s time for a president who won’t walk away from comprehensive immigration reform when it becomes politically unpopular,” he said.

Obama makes frequent mention of his healthcare and energy proposals on the stump, and his aides have said those will be the top priorities in the first year of his administration. A deal on immigration could still be elusive even with bigger Democratic majorities in Congress, given the success of Republican opponents who stopped two previous attempts to get the bill past the Senate in the summer of 2007. Those proposals had the support of President George W. Bush.

Obama pointed out that the Republican Party platform didn’t include language on a comprehensive immigration deal, saying McCain didn’t “stand up to opponents of reform at his own convention.”

The McCain campaign took the unorthodox approach of not forcing his positions into the party’s platform this year, but his campaign did make an effort to block one new proposal regarding immigration: a plan to deny U.S. citizenship to the children of illegal immigrants.

Obama ended his speech with the words “si se puede,” the Spanish version of his campaign chant “yes we can.” His words were not so much a translation as much as a return to a native tongue — the phrase was used widely in Spanish before Obama adopted it, most often for protest marches and demonstrations.

at; http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2008/09/10/obama-pitches-immigration-policy/

Posted by VisaLawyer at 09:48 AM | Comments (0)

September 10, 2008

Bipartisan Immigration Bill Recaptures Unused Visas H.R. 5882 To Be Marked Up Today

September 9, 2008

Washington, DC-This week, the House Judiciary Committee will mark-up H.R. 5882--a bipartisan bill which will allow for the critical recapturing of visas that have gone unused in past years due to bureaucratic delays and instead permit the visas be issued to family-based or employment-based legal immigrants. The bill is co-sponsored by Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) and James Sensenbrenner (R-WI). Critics of the bill claim that H.R. 5882 would create new visas and dramatically increase immigration. However, H.R. 5882 does not create any new visas--it simply issues visas that were already authorized by Congress.

The fact is that H.R. 5882:

Helps American families and employers who would otherwise wait longer than necessary to bring in close family members and needed workers.

Maintains strict eligibility standards for new immigrants entering the US.

Honors Congressional intent by ensuring the number of visas Congress allocated are actually awarded to qualified immigrants.

Fact Sheet from the Immigration Policy Center:

"Recapture of Unused Immigrant Visas: An Idea Whose Time Has Come" (Washington, DC: September 2008).

Posted by VisaLawyer at 09:27 AM | Comments (0)

September 08, 2008

Elliott Ozment fired from Davidson County Sheriff's Immigration Advisory Committee

Elliott Ozment has been fired from his position on the Davidson County Sheriff's Immigration Advisory Committee for criticizing the 287(g) program. They should re-title the committee as the Sheriff non-advisory committee.


You can email a protest to the Sheriff's Department at info@nashville-sheriff.net

I don't know Sheriff Hall's, email but it likely is dhall@dcso.nashville.org

You can also send a letter to the editor of the Tennessean here:


Posted by VisaLawyer at 09:08 AM | Comments (0)

September 04, 2008

CDJ Waiver Appointment System Back Up

Warren Janssen, Officer-in-Charge at the USCIS Ciudad Juarez office, has advised AILA liaison that the immigrant visa waiver appointment system has resumed operation effective September 4, 2008, and that the first available appointments are on November 12, 2008.

Posted by VisaLawyer at 12:59 PM | Comments (0)

September 02, 2008

FAQ: can I appeal a denial of a I-601 waiver from Cuidad Juarez?

Answer; Yesterday was Labor Day here in the USA. I was hiking with my family when my I-phone rang at the top of the mountain. I noticed that the call was from Mexico. A very happy client was calling to tell me that his wife had received an approval on her appeal. Previously her self prepared waiver application had been denied at the consulate in Cuidad Juarez, Mexico. Her husband came to hire me for her appeal. It took my office less than two weeks to prepare and submit the appeal. That was at the beginning of July, 2009. So, in less than two months her appeal was granted. She may now call the consulate to go receive her permanent residency based on marriage to a U.S. citizen.

Posted by VisaLawyer at 07:44 AM | Comments (0)