Well, it’s a new year and House Speaker, John Boehner, seems to have changed his tune and view on immigration reform in 2014. In the first week of the New Year, Mr. Boehner hired Rebecca Tallent, a longtime immigration adviser and advocate for immigration reform. However, Mr. Boehner’s has been hot and then cold on the issue of immigration reform in just the first two months of the year.
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Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) renewal process announced for those individuals granted DACA from June 15, 2012 until August 15, 2012, when USCIS started receiving requests. The process of renewing DACA has NOT yet been announced for individuals who received deferred action by making a request on or or after August 15, 2012. U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services has not issued a renewal form so applicants are advised to use existing forms and note “Renewal Request”. Request for renewals must be submitted 120 days before your current period of deferred action under DACA expires.
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A new version of Form N-400 was released by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and it extend the application from 10 pages (previous version) to 21 pages. The new Form N-400 uses 2D barcode technology for each page which will ensure quick and accurate processing of the application as USCIS gets ready for on-line paperless processing in the near future. The filing fees and requirements have not changed. CLICK HERE to view the new version of Form N-400.
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Before issuance of an immigrant visa, all applicants are required to electronically submit Form DS-260 (Application for Immigrant Visa and Alien Registration) – formerly Form DS-230. Many immigrants do not have access to computers and are not Internet savvy; hence the transition from a paper form to web-based form has not been easy for many with pending immigration petitions at the U.S. Embassy. CLICK HERE to read more.
A New York Times editorial sheds light on the recent trillion-dollar appropriations bill passed by the House of Representative that includes $39 billion for the Department of Homeland Security. It mandates that Immigration and Customs Enforcement “maintain a level of not less than 34,000 detention beds through September 30, 2014.” This represents, at a cost of $2.8 billion, “the highest detention capacity in history.” In an economy where many are still unemployed and can barely make ends meet, our government would rather spend billions detaining mostly non-violent immigrants. There are many alternatives to immigration detention programs (i.e., bond, anklet supervision, etc.) where the government would spend less monitoring immigrants rather than paying $122 per day under the current budget. CLICK HERE to read the New York Times editorial.
Well, it’s a new year and House Speaker, John Boehner, seems to have changed his tune and view on immigration reform. In the first week of the new year, Mr. Boehner hired Rebecca Tallent, a longtime immigration adviser and advocate for immigration reform. Mr. Boehner’s action sends a strong message that he as leader of the House of Representative is committed to what he calls “step by step” approach to revising the immigration laws. CLICK HERE to read more.
Fed up with underwriting the nation’s broken federal immigration system, Miami-Dade County plans to stop paying the cost of temporarily housing (or the immigration detention) of undocumented immigrants in its jails. CLICK HERE to read more.
The percentage of immigrants in New York City’s population is the highest it’s been in a century, according to a report issued by the city on Wednesday. More than 3 million of the city’s residents in 2011 were born in another country, out of a population of 8.2 million. That makes immigrants 37.2 percent of New York City dwellers. CLICK HERE to read more.
Vice President Joe Biden said Wednesday that some of his ancestors came to the United States illegally and said it’s fruitless to compare the immigration system of the 1800s to today’s.
“My great-great-grandparents came escaping the famine, and they didn’t all come here legally,” Biden said in response to a questioner who said her family came to the country legally from Ireland in the 1800s. “They didn’t all come legally. And the existence of the system isn’t all truncated like it is now. I’d check your ancestry to make sure that they did come legally if that’s a concern to you.” CLICK HERE to read more.
House Speaker John Boehner told House Minority Nancy Pelosi that immigration reform legislation is on hold until next year.
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