Bill Would Give U.S. Visas to Foreign Home Buyers

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The reeling housing market has come to this: To shore it up, two Senators are preparing to introduce a bipartisan bill Thursday that would give residence visas to foreigners who spend at least $500,000 to buy houses in the U.S. more

Texans for Immigration Reform Monthly Meeting

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2nd Saturday (10m-12:30pm) or Thursday (7-9pm) each month at Tracy Gee Community Center, Houston, TX. Ongoing events from the group, American Border Patrol as seen in “Border Invasion Pics.” There are several home videos taken on the US/Mexico border. According to the website, “All activity shown… is a result of citizen volunteer effort. Detection is by citizen, and where apprehension takes place it is by citizen guidance of Border Patrol agents. More and more citizens are doing a job our government won’t do.”

Immigrants fearing deportation make plans for kids

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They’re signing documents allowing others to care for their children if needed, assistance groups say

Hispanic students vanish from Alabama schools

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updated 9/30/2011 7:04:01 PM ET

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama — Hispanic students have started vanishing from Alabama public schools in the wake of a court ruling that upheld the state’s tough new law cracking down on illegal immigration.


Local and state officials are pleading with immigrant families to keep their children enrolled. The law does not ban anyone from school, they say, and neither students nor parents will be arrested for trying to get an education…The Obama administration filed court documents Friday announcing its plans to appeal the ruling that upheld the law…


‘Til 2013 do us part? Mexico mulls 2-year marriage

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Reform would allow couples to decide on the length of their commitment

Around half of Mexico City marriages end in divorce, usually in the first two years.”

This is all very interesting. In a practical way, this could affect US immigration. If this law passes, I would assume that US Immigration/Foreign Affairs Manual would not allow immigration visas to be dependent on these 2-year marriages.


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Foreign teachers’ American dreams vanish in a flash

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US district hired them to meet No Child Left Behind demands, but now they’re left in the lurch







Snapshot: I-601 Waiver in Juarez, Mexico – Pilot Program – Mexican Pilot Program

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The Mexican Pilot Program provides a process for the rapid adjucation of waiver applications by USCIS. The process can be broken down into four distinct steps:

1. Inadmissibility

The process begins at the IV consular interview when an alien is deemed inadmissible on awaivable ground by a consular official. The applicant can then schedule a waiver appointment by calling the Call Center.

2. Waiver Appointment

At the waiver appointment, the consular official handling the case will pass the waiver to the adjudicating USCIS officer in the neighboring room. The USCIS officer will then make a 5-minute review and conduct immediate judgment on the waiver. If the USCIS officer approves the waiver, then the file is returned to the consular official and the official then grants the immigrant visa either in approximately 1-3 weeks. If the officer determines that the waiver is not clearly approvable it is referred to the original adjudication process.

3. Original Process

If the applicant has been referred to the original adjudicating process, then the applicant must wait until the USCIS office has reviewed their file. Due to a backlog, this review can take up to a year. The USCIS officer in charge of reviewing their file will either approve their waiver or deny it. If approved, the waiver is sent to the consular office where the official will grant the immigrant visa in approximately1-3 weeks. If denied, the applicant can either  appeal to the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) or apply again with new evidence and circumstances.***

4. AAO – Administrative Appeals Office 

If the applicant is denied and chooses to appeal, they are presented with two options. They may either choose to appeal directly to the AAO, in which case the consular office will give one final review of the file before sending it to the AAO, or they may request that the case be reopened and the decision reconsidered by the consular office. In the case of the former, if the AAO denies their appeal, then the applicant must submit a new waiver and restart the process to receive further consideration. In the case of the latter, the consular office will give a final verdict on the file with no further referral or adjucation. As with the AAO option, if the applicant is denied then they must restart the process to receive further consideration. If the applicant is approved through either one of the options then the immigrat visa is granted.

*** The Law Office of Ruby L. Powers has assisted several waiver denials in which the client either: 1. hired a ‘notario,’ 2.  filed the waiver application themselves, or 3. hired another immigration attorney, and Firm was able to get the waiver approved on the second try.

Immigration Enforcement Since 9/11: A Reality Check

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September 9, 2011 report

In the decade since the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) were created in the wake of 9/11/01, senior officials in these agencies have repeatedly asserted that their primary enforcement mission was to deport terrorists, persons who threatened the national security and serious criminals from the United States.
An examination of millions of case-by-case government records about the day-to-day actions of the DHS and ICE, however, has determined that these frequent claims — made by senior executives under both President Bush and President Obama — are misleading.
The contrast between the official pronouncements and actual achievements of the government during the last twenty years has been documented in an analysis by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) of case-by-case records of all deportation proceedings[1] initiated by ICE, and its predecessor agency (the Immigration and Naturalization Service, or INS), in the Immigration Courts.
The data — current through July 26, 2011 — were obtained by TRAC under the Freedom of Information Act from the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) which maintains these official immigration court records.

US ImmIgratIon PolIcy SInce 9/11: Understanding the Stalemate over Comprehensive Immigration Reform

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Post 9/11 U.S. Immigration Policy

A report by the Migration Policy Institute (CAP) reviews the response to 9/11 in U.S. immigration policy by examining the state of affairs in 2001 before 9/11, and the subsequent legislation and policies. The report also explores the debate on comprehensive immigration reform (CIR) during the years of 2006-2010 and the reasons for its failure.

Read the report, “U.S. Immigration Policy Since 9/11: Understanding the Stalemate over Comprehensive Immigration Reform” on MPI’s website.

From what I can tell, so much has changed in immigration since 9/11. They have updated databases, they created SEVIS to monitor foreign students, and they created the Department of Homeland Security. I briefly worked in DC for the US House of Representatives’ Committee on Homeland Security in 2004.  This would be a good read.

Investigation reveals widespread insider hacking at immigration agency

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Investigation reveals widespread insider hacking at immigration agency


The investigation began in January 2008, when officials at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, which is part of Homeland Security, reported to the department’s inspector general that numerous personnel had violated federal security rules at the agency’s Texas Service Center, one of four regional centers that handle a variety of immigration-related petitions and applications. According to the materials obtained, employees and supervisors abused system logon privileges, gained unauthorized access in some instances and then allegedly sabotaged audit logs to leave behind no traces of their illicit activities. IG papers list the redacted names of 17 subjects of the investigation, all of whom were information technology specialists.

The evidence of breaches at the center is the latest revelation of insider threats at USCIS. With their ill-gotten access rights, the Texas personnel were capable of, for example, granting citizenship rights, as well as reading files containing sensitive information on contract awards, immigration reform or other policy formulations, say former USCIS IT officials there at the time.


Wow, this is horrible.  They need better oversight.