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State Department Helps Provide Information About U.S. Citizens in Haiti

To Ask For or Provide Information About U.S. Citizens in Haiti Email the Task Force at: Haiti-Earthquake@State.Gov , OR From the U.S. or Canada, call 888-407-4747; Outside the U.S. and Canada, call 202-501-4444. For U.S. Citizens in Haiti Seeking Assistance or Reporting Their Status/Whereabouts call the Embassy’s Consular Task Force at 509-2229-8942, 509-2229-8089, 509-2229-8322, or  Read more→

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BIA Allows Immigration Judges To Decide Portability Issues

On January 21, 2010 the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) issued a decision which expanded the powers of immigration judges who are considering deportation of individuals with approved work-related visa petitions and who have pending permanent residence applications; Matter of Neto. The issue was whether an immigration judge has the authority to decide whether the  Read more→

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287(g): The Fall-Out

On January 19 The Herald-Sun (Durham) reported that at a recent Police Executive Research Forum held in the Research Triangle Park, Durham Police Chief Jose Lopez said the problem of undocumented immigrants being victimized by crime and then being too afraid to report it to police is of deep concern to him and other law  Read more→

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SSA’s Policy on SSN Issuance for USCs Born to Undocumented Parents

The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) recently obtained clarification from the Social Security Administration (SSA) regarding problems undocumented families have getting SSN cards issued to their U.S. citizen children. AILA: Are SSNs issued automatically to USC children born in US hospitals? SSA: Yes, if the parents choose Enumeration at Birth (EAB), which is a request  Read more→

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TPS for Haitians; Instructions for Adopting Parents

On January 15 the Administration announced that Haitian nationals in the United States, prior to the earthquake, will be eligible for Temporary Protected Status (TPS). The USCIS Director indicated that the registration process will begin upon official notice being published in the Federal Register, probably during the week of January 18. The registration period will  Read more→

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DHS Secretary Announces Streamlined Citizenship Application Process for the Military

WASHINGTON—On January 15, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano  announced an expedited path to citizenship for persons serving in the armed forces. "The foundation of our national security is the patriotic service and extraordinary sacrifices made by the men and women of our armed forces," said Secretary Napolitano. The change reduces the time requirements  Read more→

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TPS for Haiti: NOW!

A personal note: Chuck Kuck AILA’s immediate past President posted the following message earlier today. His thoughts closely mirror my own, and those of our colleagues across the country; I could not have said it better. President Obama has promised extensive humanatrian aid, there should be no delay, absolutely no delay, in granting TPS to  Read more→

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Analysis: Short Sighted Immigration Policy Will Harm the Ecconomy and National Security

The New York Times reported yesterday that Shi Yigong (Dr. Shi), a former Princeton University molecular biologist is optimistic that China can meet is goal of reversing "the drain of top talent that accompanied its opening to the outside world over the past three decades." The Times article notes that: "China’s spending on research and  Read more→

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AILA Praises Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill

In a statement issued on December 14, 2009 The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) called Congressman Luis V. Gutierrez (D-IL) comprehensive immigration reform (CIR) bill "an important step in creating momentum for an overhaul of our nation’s broken immigration system. AILA said the bill "contains many core principles which immigration advocates consider vital to any  Read more→

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