The sex slaves next door: New form of trafficking invades US

April 3rd, 2011 (No Comments)

Latino residential brothels adopt sophisticated camouflage to elude authorities These are all over the US and are in Houston, Texas.

Supreme Court Appears Unlikely to Strike Down Gender Difference in Citizenship Law

November 12th, 2010 (No Comments)

This case brought up to the Supreme Court and article describe a discrepancy on how children of unwed parents gain citizenship through either the US citizen mother or father.   Posted Nov 11, 2010 7:25 AM CST By Debra Cassens Weiss Article Link here.

Favorite Turks

October 13th, 2010 (No Comments)

My husband is Turkish and I was thrilled to find out Dr. Oz was Turkish because I think he helps bring a face to Turkish-Americans and Turkey.  So my husband calls Dr. Oz my second-favorite Turk… Here is a story about Dr. Oz’s father coming to the US in the 1950’s with little English from a book that […]

Increase in USCIS Filing Fees Goes Into Effect on November 23, 2010

September 29th, 2010 (No Comments)

September 26th, 2010 I wrote earlier in the summer about USCIS’ plans and proposed rule to increase certain filing fees.   The final rule was published recently in the Federal Register and the new increased filing fees are set to go into effect on November 23, 2010. Increases (and a few decreases) in USCIS Filing Fees A […]

DREAM Act Coming to the Senate Floor

September 16th, 2010 (No Comments)

From Immigration Policy Center: DREAM Act Coming to the Senate Floor Senator Reid to Attach Act to Defense Authorization Bill September 15, 2010 Washington, D.C. – Yesterday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced that he would attach the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act to the Department of Defense authorization bill expected […]

How to tell where your application is being processed by the Receipt Number

September 15th, 2010 (No Comments)

You can tell by your receipt number where your USCIS applicaiton is being processed: If your receipt number starts with: EAC – It is being processed at the Vermont Service Center WAC – It is being processed at the California Service Center LIN – It is being processed at the Nebraska Service Center SRC – […]

Children in Hiding

September 14th, 2010 (No Comments)

Juarez kids surrounded by violence, dead bodies By Jean Friedman-Rudovsky Wednesday, Sep 8 2010 Link Here Ten thousand of Juárez’s 500,000 children under the age of 14 have been orphaned, according to El Colegio de la Frontera Norte, a Juárez-based university and research institution. Of those murdered, 43 were between the ages of 12 and […]

Asylum Denied

September 14th, 2010 (No Comments)

Houston Press By Chris Vogel and Patrick Michels Wednesday, Aug 25 2010 Unlike refugees from other troubled countries, only a fraction of Mexicans seeking U.S. asylum are accepted – no matter how horrible their wounds or their stories. “But unlike refugees from other war-torn nations who were living under the violent thumb of drug lords […]

Asylum Denial Rate Reaches All Time Low

September 10th, 2010 (No Comments)

Very timely Justice Department data show that Immigration Judges are declining substantially fewer requests for asylum. Denial rates have reached the lowest level in the last quarter of a century according to a new analysis by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC). “One factor contributing to the improved success of the asylum seekers is that […]

Appeals Court Blocks Town’s Immigration Law

September 10th, 2010 (No Comments)

Associated  Press   September 9, 2010 ALLENTOWN, Pa.—A federal appeals court ruled Thursday that Hazleton, Pa., may not enforce its crackdown on illegal immigrants, dealing another blow to 4-year-old regulations that inspired similar measures around the country. Hazleton, a northeastern Pennsylvania city of more than 30,000, had sought to fine landlords who rent to illegal immigrants […]