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  • Obama Admin. On Pace to Issue One Million Green Cards to Migrants from Majority-Muslim Countries

    06/17/2016 9:40:53 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 58 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | Jue 17,2016 | CAROLINE MAY
    Green cards, or Lawful Permanent Residency, puts immigrants on the path to citizenship and allows for lifetime residency, federal benefits, and work authorization. Included in the totals are refugees, who are required to apply for a green card after one year of residency in the U.S. Unlike other types of immigrants, refugees are immediately eligible for welfare benefits including Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), food stamps, and Medicaid Green Card Totals, FY09-FY14: Pakistan (102K), Iraq (102K), Bangladesh (90K), Iran (85K), Egypt (56K), Somalia (37K), Uzbekistan (30K), Turkey (26K), Morocco (25K), Jordan (25K), Albania (24K), Afghanistan (21K), Lebanon (20K), Yemen...
  • U.S. Gives 680,000 Green Cards to Migrants from Muslim Nations

    04/14/2016 3:43:23 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 18 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | April 14, 2016
    With Islamic terrorism on the rise in the United States and Western Europe, it’s worth mentioning that the Obama administration issued around 680,000 green cards to foreigners from Muslim countries during a five-year period, according to data published by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The stats, the latest made available by DHS, also show that the U.S. government admits more than double the number of immigrants from Muslim nations than from the European Union. This disturbing information was circulated by the Senate Judiciary Committee’s subcommittee on Immigration, which assesses that if there’s no change in the current policy, the...
  • US giving green cards to more than twice as many Muslim country entrants than Europeans

    04/07/2016 7:08:40 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/07/2016 | Thomas Lifson
    The de facto immigration policy of the United States is to rapidly increase the number of Muslims in this country. I doubt very much that this has been articulated, but it is what is happening, beneath the radar. Donald Trump’s proposed ban on Muslim entry has riled the elites but received majority support in every poll that I have seen. The plain fact is that Islam is a political ideology that requires its adherents to support the imposition of sharia law, which is deeply antithetical to our Constitution. Now comes a report from the Senate Subcommittee on Immigration and...
  • Mind-boggling incompetence at DHS sends green cards to people who didn’t apply for them

    03/17/2016 8:28:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 03/17/2016 | Thomas Lifson
    The Department of Homeland Security’s Inspector General John Roth has issued a report that, in any private sector company, would have people fired, but in government will probably only see budgets increased. You see, the people in charge of keeping out terrorists who have proclaimed their intention to infiltrate us and destroy us with weapons of mass destruction have been sending permanent residency cards out to the wrong addresses. Even to people who have filed change-of-address forms. And the inauguration of a new computer system to handle the process in 2012 made the problem worse. Joe Davidson of the...
  • Misprinted green cards 'may have fallen into wrong hands'

    03/16/2016 6:27:51 AM PDT · by detective · 12 replies
    WND ^ | 03/15/2016 | Leo Hohmann
    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services was supposed to have completed its conversion to a new automated system last year that would streamline and speed up the processing of green cards and other immigration benefits. Not only has the system gone 480 percent over budget and failed to meet its deadlines but it has increased green card errors rather than reducing them, an audit by the Inspector General’s Office has found.
  • Obama Administration Approves 3 Million New Immigrant Workers in One Year (Treason)

    12/15/2015 2:58:53 PM PST · by Signalman · 16 replies
    freebeacon.com ^ | 12/15/2015 | Adam Kredo
    At least 3 million foreign nationals were granted work permits, work visas, and green cards in 2013, with most being granted to individuals from Mexico, China, and India, according to the most recent data issued by the Congressional Research Service. While the 2014 numbers have not been disclosed, recent statistics provided to Congress reveal that work permits continued to be issued at record numbers, according to congressional sources and statistics provided to the Washington Free Beacon. This includes about 1 million green cards with work authorization, 1 million employment-based nonimmigrant visas for foreign workers, and 1.2 million work-permit authorizations for...
  • MARCO RUBIO TELLS HANNITY: I STILL SUPPORT GREEN CARDS FOR ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS

    11/11/2015 8:28:19 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 57 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11/10/15 | CHARLIE SPIERING
    Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) is defending his participation in drafting the "Gang of Eight" Senate amnesty bill, which offered illegal immigrants a path to American citizenship by allowing them to apply for a green card. In an interview with Sean Hannity last night, Rubio explained that he was "trying to make a difference" by participating in the 2013 process with liberal Democratic Senators like Chuck Schumer to create the "most conservative bill possible" in a Democratic led Senate. "What we underestimated is how much people distrust the federal government," he said, pointing out that Americans demanded border security first before...
  • U.S. To Accept More New Immigrants On Green Cards Within Decade Than The Entire Combined Populations

    08/06/2015 5:03:07 PM PDT · by WilliamofCarmichael · 23 replies
    Press Release from U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions ^ | August 3, 2015 | U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions
    This has been posted by news sites with links to their sites. I post this again this time with a direct link to the Senator; but most of all I reformatted the text with HTML to emphasize the startling facts equal to or more than what the colorful chart conveyed.
  • Sessions releases shocking graphic showing influx of legal immigrants

    08/05/2015 1:05:25 PM PDT · by ConservingFreedom · 32 replies
    Yellowhammer News ^ | August 5, 2015 | Jordan LaPorta
    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Senate Judicial Committee’s Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest, chaired by Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL), released this week the text and charts of a report concerning America’s ongoing policy of massive legal immigration. While much political attention has been paid to the issue of illegal aliens entering the country, the overwhelming majority of immigration to the United States is the result of visa policies. Millions of visas are issued every year to temporary workers, foreign students, refugees, those seeking asylum, and permanent immigrants for admission into the United States. The vast majority of these...
  • New California: Mass immigration is turning Virginia blue (Democrat)

    07/27/2015 9:27:49 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 17 replies
    Breitbart ^ | July 27 2015 | Julia Hahn
    A remarkable transformation is underway in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The birthplace and final resting place of George Washington, James Madison, Thomas Jefferson—and once one of the most reliably-red of red states—is being rapidly turned into a progressive stronghold. These changes are not the result of an inside agency, or a natural evolution in political thinking, but rather the result of one of the most impactful yet least-discussed policies of the federal government. Each year the federal government prints millions of visas and distributes these admission tickets to the poorest and least-developed nations in the world. A middle-aged person living...
  • New California: Mass Immigration Turning Virginia Blue

    07/26/2015 7:44:08 PM PDT · by conservative98 · 48 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 26 Jul 2015 | Julia Hahn
    A remarkable transformation is underway in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The birthplace and final resting place of George Washington, James Madison, Thomas Jefferson—and once one of the most reliably-red of red states—is being rapidly turned into a progressive stronghold. These changes are not the result of an inside agency, or a natural evolution in political thinking, but rather the result of one of the most impactful yet least-discussed policies of the federal government. Each year the federal government prints millions of visas and distributes these admission tickets to the poorest and least-developed nations in the world. A middle-aged person living...
  • 1.6 million green cards issued to immigrants from Muslim countries; refugees in the mix

    05/13/2015 7:38:38 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 35 replies
    Refugee Resettlement ^ | May 12 2015 | Ann Corcoran
    This is a gem. Thanks to Conservative Review and investigator/writer Daniel Horowitz for pulling these numbers together in an easy to see graphic form. See the whole story here. Horowitz mentions refugees as part of the flow. (hat tip: Dick): There is one caveat we need to mention and that is that not all of those entering the US from countries such as Iraq or Iran are Muslims, but we do get at least a ball park number from this data. Also, we do not take refugees from all of those countries listed above which reminds us that there are...
  • Top Homeland Official Alejandro Mayorkas Accused of Political Favoritism [Hillary's Brother]

    03/24/2015 10:41:18 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 1 replies
    ABCNews ^ | March 24, 2015 | MATTHEW MOSK and BRIAN ROSS
    Top Homeland Official Alejandro Mayorkas Accused of Political Favoritism Mar 24, 2015 By MATTHEW MOSK and BRIAN ROSS Deputy Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas tainted the image and integrity of the immigration program he oversaw by fostering “an appearance of favoritism and special access” in how the agency treated projects that would bring visas and Green Cards to wealthy foreign investors, a new report from the agency’s Inspector General says. “The juxtaposition of Mr. Mayorkas’ communication with external stakeholders on specific matters outside the normal procedures, coupled with favorable action that deviated from the regulatory scheme designed to ensure fairness...
  • Immigration Union Sounds Alarm Over Order for Millions of Blank Work Permits, Green Cards

    10/28/2014 6:53:45 AM PDT · by lbryce · 18 replies
    Fox ^ | October 28 ,2014 | Staff
    Original Title:Immigration Officer Union Sounds Alarm Over DHS Order for Millions of Blank Work Permits, Green Cards A union that represents thousands of federal immigration officers is raising alarm after the U.S. government ordered supplies to create millions of blank work permits and green cards, touching off speculation that the Obama administration may be preparing executive action on immigration. The Associated Press reported last week that the new federal contract proposal from the Homeland Security Department would allow the government to buy enough supplies to make as many as 34 million immigrant work permits and residency cards over the next...
  • ABC-TV REPORT: Harry Reid Fast-Tracked Visas to Chinese 'Investors' (sub rosa system exposed)

    02/03/2015 6:47:25 AM PST · by Liz · 37 replies
    weeklystandard.com ^ | 2/3/15 | DANIEL HALPER
    ABC-TV reports on suspicious visas being fast-tracked -- and the role top Democrat, Harry Reid, played. Officials overseeing a federal program that offers an immigration short-cut to wealthy foreign investors have ignored pointed warnings from federal agents and approved visas for some immigrants suspected of having committed fraud, money laundering, and even one applicant with alleged ties to a child porn website, an ABC News investigation has found. The shortcomings prompted DHS concerns that the boutique immigration program would be exploited by terrorists, according to internal documents obtained by ABC News. “It is shocking,” said Sen. Charles Grassley, an Iowa...
  • Federal Agents Investigating Firm Involved in US Visa Program

    02/03/2015 5:26:05 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    ABC News ^ | February 3, 2015 | By BRIAN ROSS and MATTHEW MOSK
    Federal agents in Los Angeles are investigating an L.A. shipping firm and its Iranian-born owner who for years have participated in and promoted an obscure U.S. immigration program -- allowing the company to recruit wealthy foreign investors to receive visas and potentially Green Cards, law enforcement sources told ABC News. Whistleblowers inside the federal agency that oversees the immigration have been deeply frustrated by an inability to de-certify the company, even after they became aware of the investigation and saw the company’s name surface in an alarming internal Department Homeland Security memo. The memo outlines concerns that Iran’s Revolutionary Guards...
  • Green-card sale: Harry Reid pressured Homeland Security to approve EB-5s for Vegas project

    02/03/2015 8:54:10 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/03/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    Harry Reid loves the EB-5 program — and now we know why. The visa grants residency status for those who invest $500,000 or more in a US venture, assuming that the applicant can pass a background check for emigration. DHS supposedly prevents fraud and worse by conducting these background checks, but it turns out that Reid’s only interested in another kind of check entirely. ABC News’ Nightline did an exposé of the EB-5 program, showing that officials twist arms (or have theirs twisted) to bypass the background checks in order to get favored individuals into the US (via Daniel...
  • Whistleblowers: US Gave Visas to Suspected Forgers, Fraudsters, Criminals

    02/03/2015 8:42:59 AM PST · by ColdOne · 8 replies
    abcnews.go.com ^ | 2/3/16 | BRIAN ROSS and MATTHEW MOSK via Nightline
    Officials overseeing a federal program that offers an immigration short-cut to wealthy foreign investors have ignored pointed warnings from federal agents and approved visas for some immigrants suspected of having committed fraud, money laundering, and even one applicant with alleged ties to a child porn website, an ABC News investigation has found. The shortcomings prompted concerns within the Department of Homeland Security that the boutique immigration program would be exploited by terrorists, according to internal documents obtained by ABC News.
  • Obama’s post-election plans for a secret radical agenda

    10/26/2014 2:59:14 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 62 replies
    NY Post ^ | 10-25-14 | Paul Sperry
    He’s the Staller in Chief — President Obama has punted almost every hot-button issue past the key midterm elections on Nov. 4. Obama has postponed decisions on a raft of contentious issues related to ObamaCare, Gitmo, immigration and his Cabinet. This is partly to protect Democratic candidates and hold onto the Senate. But it’s more than that. Obama plans a number of radical moves later this year when the administration believes the media, and the public, are paying less attention. This includes a forced transformation of our neighborhoods, a huge influx of immigrants and billions of dollars in additional taxes....
  • Homeland Security Braces for Flood of Immigrants Seeking Work Permits

    10/22/2014 3:57:12 PM PDT · by lbryce · 8 replies
    New York Post ^ | October 22, 2014 | Modal Trigger
    The Homeland Security Department appears to be preparing for an increase in the number of immigrants applying for work permits after President Barack Obama announces his long-promised plans for executive actions on immigration reform later this year. US Citizenship and Immigration Services confirmed to the Associated Press that it has published a draft contract proposal to buy the card stock needed to make work permits and Permanent Resident Cards, more commonly known as green cards. The proposal calls for providing material for at least 5 million cards a year, with as many as 9 million “during the initial period …...
  • White House: Immigration stories 'crazy'

    10/22/2014 1:19:13 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 24 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 22, 2014 | Justin Sink
    Business and immigration organizations lobbied Obama to expand the green card program for high-tech workers and the relatives of existing U.S. citizens and permanent residents. They've suggested altering how the federal government issues green cards and specialty visas. Rather than counting each individual family member against the overall cap, the government could instead only count the head of a family — and not siblings, spouses, or children. The White House said Wednesday it was “crazy” to attempt to divine the president's post-election plans for an immigration executive order based on a procurement request issued by the Department of Homeland...
  • Regime Prepares for Surge of 9 Million Illegal Immigrant ID Cards

    10/20/2014 4:23:22 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | October 20, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: From Breitbart: "Despite no official action from the president ahead of the election, the Obama administration has quietly begun preparing to issue millions of work authorization permits, suggesting the implementation of a large-scale executive amnesty may have already begun." Now, this is not a surprise. You've all known this was coming. It was gonna happen before Labor Day, but Obama couldn't find a way to pin it on the Republicans. Luis Gutierrez, congressman from Chicago, he was running around all excited, he'd already set the system up to help people adjust to it after if it happened....
  • EXCLUSIVE: OBAMA ADMINISTRATION QUIETLY PREPARES 'SURGE' OF MILLIONS OF NEW IMMIGRANT IDS

    10/20/2014 12:08:29 AM PDT · by lbryce · 146 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | October 19, 2014 | Johnathan Strong
    Despite no official action from the president ahead of the election, the Obama administration has quietly begun preparing to issue millions of work authorization permits, suggesting the implementation of a large-scale executive amnesty may have already begun. Unnoticed until now, a draft solicitation for bids issued by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Oct. 6 says potential vendors must be capable of handling a “surge” scenario of 9 million id cards in one year “to support possible future immigration reform initiative requirements.” The request for proposals says the agency will need a minimum of four million cards per year. In...
  • Obama's immigration plan worse than we think: Green Cards being printed for up to 11M illegals

    10/20/2014 7:41:55 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/20/2014 | Rick Moran
    Just how many illegal aliens is President Obama planning to amnesty and grant work permits to after the election? An announcement to federal contractors that the government is seeking to print millions of Green Cards and Work Permits gives us an idea of what the president has in mind. Daily Caller: President Barack Obama deputies are secretly preparing to print work permits for up to 11 million illegal immigrants over the next two years, despite the nation’s high unemployment, stalled wages and increasing automation. If Obama actually goes ahead with the plan that is sketched in a federal contract...
  • Exclusive: Obama Administration Quietly Prepares 'Surge' Of Millions Of New Immigrant IDs

    10/20/2014 6:51:49 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 14 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 19 Oct 2014 | by Jonathan Strong
    Exclusive: Obama Administration Quietly Prepares 'Surge' Of Millions Of New Immigrant IDs Despite no official action from the president ahead of the election, the Obama administration has quietly begun preparing to issue millions of work authorization permits, suggesting the implementation of a large-scale executive amnesty may have already begun. Unnoticed until now, a draft solicitation for bids issued by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Oct. 6 says potential vendors must be capable of handling a “surge” scenario of 9 million id cards in one year “to support possible future immigration reform initiative requirements.” The request for proposals says the...
  • Same-Sex Couples Flood Immigration Offices For Green Cards [A Republic of Sodomites?]

    06/30/2013 9:40:25 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 15 replies
    LATimes ^ | June 29, 2013 | Alana Semuels
    Same-Sex Couples Flood Immigration Offices For Green Cards By Alana Semuels June 29, 2013 Kori Kirkbride didn't get that immediate feeling of joy and relief when she heard the Supreme Court had struck down the Defense of Marriage Act. Instead, it hit after she talked to her attorney, and found out that the court's decision will allow her Polish wife, Kasia Kurzatkowska, to apply for a green card, putting an end to a heart-wrenching seven years in which the two have been periodically separated by immigration laws. "When we sat with our attorney, it became real," "Waiting for this decision...
  • Obama administration eases deportation rules

    01/06/2012 11:23:12 AM PST · by ColdOne · 8 replies · 1+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 1/6/12 | Stephen Dinan
    The Obama administration on Friday proposed new hardship rules that would make it easier for illegal immigrants to apply for legal status and stay in the country if they have a spouse or parent already living here legally. Immigrant-rights groups called the move a “tremendous” victory while those who favor a crackdown on illegal immigration said it is another step in what they describe as administrative amnesty. Homeland Security officials, who announced the change in the Federal Register, said the change only applies when an illegal immigrant has a family member living in the U.S. legally and who would be...
  • Obama rule would let undocumented stay in U.S. during application

    01/06/2012 9:01:12 AM PST · by Nachum · 8 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 1/6/12 | Peter Nicholas
    Reporting from Washington— The Obama administration will announce Friday a proposed new regulation that would allow certain undocumented immigrants to remain in America while applying for legal status -- a step aimed at keeping families intact and one that may also shore up the president's support with Latino voters. As it stands, people living in the U.S. illegally who leave the country to apply for a green card face years of separation from family members. Depending on how long they've lived in America, once they leave they are barred from returning for up to 10 years.
  • Probe reveals feds pressuring agents to rush immigrant visas – even if fraud is feared

    01/03/2012 12:49:20 PM PST · by OddLane · 11 replies
    The Daily ^ | January 3, 2012 | Sarah Ryley
    Higher-ups within U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services are pressuring rank-and-file officers to rubber-stamp immigrants’ visa applications, sometimes against the officers’ will, according to a Homeland Security report and internal documents exclusively obtained by The Daily. A 40-page report, drafted by the Office of Inspector General in September but not publicly released, details the immense pressure immigration service officers are under to approve visa applications quickly, sometimes while overlooking concerns about fraud, eligibility or security. One-quarter of the 254 officers surveyed said they have been pressured to approve questionable cases, sometimes “against their will.” The report does not call out any...
  • AP source: Admin. plans change in immigration rule

    01/06/2012 5:04:06 AM PST · by DJ MacWoW · 21 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 6, 2012 7:24 AM (ET) | LUIS ALONSO LUGO and ALICIA A. CALDWELL
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration plans a rule change to help reduce the time illegal immigrant spouses and children are separated from citizen relatives while they try to win legal status in the United States, a senior administration official said Thursday. Currently, illegal immigrants must leave the country before they can ask the government to waive a three- to 10-year ban on legally coming back to the U.S. The length of the ban depends on how long they have lived in the U.S. without permission. The official said the new rule would let children and spouses of citizens ask...
  • End the Immigration Lottery - In an era of global conflict and economic difficulties, it makes no...

    12/23/2010 2:31:39 PM PST · by neverdem · 9 replies
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE ^ | December 23, 2010 | Clifford D. May
    End the Immigration LotteryIn an era of global conflict and economic difficulties, it makes no sense to choose new Americans based on dumb luck. Last week, the DREAM Act failed. DREAM is the cutesy acronym for “Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors.” Had Congress, in its lame-duck session, passed the bill, young people in the U.S. illegally would have been able to acquire citizenship just by spending a couple of years in college. President Obama called the vote to block the DREAM Act “incredibly disappointing.” He had pushed for the law, his spokesmen said, because it was an “education...
  • Proposal: LA City Should Close Down Tax-Funded Tokyo Rep. Office Due to Tough Japan Immigration Laws

    05/17/2010 6:37:52 PM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 8 replies · 581+ views
    Japanese Immigration Service ^ | 18 May 2010 | AmericaninTokyo
    I propose to the City of Los Angeles that they cease and desist from operating an expensive, representative business office in Tokyo, Japan, paid for totally by the tax dollars of Los Angeles residents, in the most expense office and staff-salary location in the world.The City of Los Angeles--whose budget is controlled by the City Council, currently maintains a representative office here in downtown Tokyo, through a representative agency. It can be assumed that the taxpayers of Los Angeles are funding this office (to the tune perhaps of at least US$300,000 a year) in a) a country which blatantly has...
  • (Vanity question) Aren't "green cards" considered "papers"?

    04/28/2010 11:10:41 AM PDT · by Texas Eagle · 93 replies · 1,030+ views
    n/a ^ | 4-28-10 | Myself
    I heard a caller tell Rush Limbaugh that he was a Green Card holder and that when he received his card he also received a packet of information which contained instructions for him to have his Card with him at all times. So, my question is: Isn't the Obama administration guilty of Nazi like tactics also?
  • With 1 in 5 Americans out of work, Obama issues over a million green cards

    04/13/2010 9:15:29 AM PDT · by MamaDearest · 20 replies · 485+ views
    examiner.com ^ | April 11, 2010 | Dave Gibson
    The Department of Homeland Security has just reported that during 2009, they issued 1,130,818 new Green Cards to foreign nationals, allowing them to work legally in this country. That number represents the fourth highest number of cards issued in one year.

750,000 of the new Green Cards were given to the families of U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents.

The top four recipient nations are as follows:

-Mexico…164,920 
-China…receiving 64,238
-Philippines…60,029
-India…57,304 

In Feb. 2009, the financial institution Merrill Lynch announced that the nation’s actual unemployment rate had reached 13.9 percent. A year later, that number had risen to 17.3 percent. This figure represents Americans...
  • With 1 in 5 Americans out of work, Obama issues over a million green cards

    04/12/2010 5:57:25 AM PDT · by opentalk · 236 replies · 2,728+ views
    The examiner ^ | April 11, 2010 | Dave Gibson
    The Department of Homeland Security has just reported that during 2009, they issued 1,130,818 new Green Cards to foreign nationals, allowing them to work legally in this country. That number represents the fourth highest number of cards issued in one year. 750,000 of the new Green Cards were given to the families of U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents. The top four recipient nations are as follows: -Mexico…164,920 -China…receiving 64,238 -Philippines…60,029 -India…57,304 In Feb. 2009, the financial institution Merrill Lynch announced that the nation’s actual unemployment rate had reached 13.9 percent. A year later, that number had risen to 17.3...
  • US Green card loses allure as taxman takes bigger cut

    04/05/2010 7:29:26 PM PDT · by PGR88 · 21 replies · 902+ views
    South China Morning Post ^ | April 6, 2010 | Irene Jay Liu
    Once a symbol of security in uncertain times, the US passport has lost its appeal for an increasing number of people in Asia and across the globe, who are giving up their citizenship in record numbers. For those in Hong Kong, the combination of relative political stability, growing regional economic opportunity, and increasingly complex and costly tax requirements are driving people to give up the safety net of US citizenship. In the last quarter of 2009, 502 people relinquished their citizenship or long-term permanent residency status in the United States, a nearly eight-fold increase compared with the last quarter in...
  • Ban Lifted For Green-Card Applicants With HIV [Who Wins?]

    11/24/2009 10:33:14 PM PST · by Steelfish · 11 replies · 959+ views
    LATimes ^ | November 24th 2009
    Ban Lifted For Green-Card Applicants With HIV A two-decade-old rule kept those with the virus out of the U.S. Now such immigrants will be able to visit the country and apply for legal status. By Anna Gorman November 25, 2009 A stamp in Heidemarie Kremer's passport reveals her health status as HIV-positive. Because of the disease, Kremer -- a native of Germany -- has been barred from becoming a legal resident of the United States. She and her two children are fighting possible deportation, and their plans for the future are on hold. But that soon may change. This month,...
  • Honda introduces bill that would make sweeping changes in legal immigration

    06/04/2009 11:28:17 PM PDT · by IdahoPatriot · 17 replies · 876+ views
    MercuryNews.com ^ | June 3, 2009 | Ken McLaughlin
    To ensure that issues involving legal immigration don't get lost in the fiery debate about illegal immigration, Silicon Valley Congressman Mike Honda today will introduce a bill that would give green-card holders the same rights as citizens to bring their spouses and children to the U.S.
  • Obama and the 'Amnesty' Trap

    04/19/2009 11:18:39 PM PDT · by FromLori · 23 replies · 646+ views
    WSJ ^ | 4/20/09
    The immigration bottom line: We need more legal avenues.
  • ILLEGAL ALIEN SENTENCED FOR RACKETEERING CONSPIRACY

    03/05/2009 12:52:48 AM PST · by Cindy · 10 replies · 490+ views
    Note: The following text is a quote: http://baltimore.fbi.gov/dojpressrel/pressrel09/ba030309.htm ILLEGAL ALIEN SENTENCED FOR RACKETEERING CONSPIRACY Sought to Pay Bribes to Government Officials to Obtain Green Cards Baltimore, Maryland - U.S. District Judge Marvin J. Garbis sentenced Mohammad Akhtar, age 52, today to 33 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for racketeering conspiracy related to a scheme to bribe officials with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to illegally obtain green cards and the Maryland Comptroller's Office to receive abatement of state taxes, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein. Akhtar is a...
  • Hello, I Love You, Won’t You Tell Me Your Name: Inside the Green Card Marriage Phenomenon

    12/02/2008 4:30:26 PM PST · by AuntB · 19 replies · 768+ views
    Center for immigration studies ^ | November, 2008 | David Seminara
    Anything worth having is a thing worth cheating for. — W.C. Fields After September 11th, the existential question of “Why do they [foreigners] hate us?” was hotly debated in the American media without any real conclusion ever being reached. This Backgrounder seeks to answer the opposite question: “Why do they love us?” Key Points * Marriage to an American citizen remains the most common path to U.S. residency and/or citizenship for foreign nationals, with more than 2.3 million foreign nationals gaining lawful permanent resident (LPR) status in this manner between 1998 and 2007. * More than 25 percent of all...
  • 'Little Baghdad' hosts US relocation fair

    10/16/2008 4:16:44 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 226+ views
    www.thelocal.se ^ | 10/16/2008 | Jennifer Heape
    A Swedish town with a large concentration of Iraqi immigrants played host on Thursday to a unique fair designed to provide information about the United States to prospective job seekers. Speaking to a packed audience of foreign immigrants, schoolchildren and journalists, Wood explained the drive behind the fair: "When I visited Södertälje back in April, I was impressed by the economic situation and the amount of refugees the town has taken in. “I was subsequently challenged by Lago to provide 1,000 new green cards. Obviously I couldn't achieve that, but I got his point." As a joint effort between the...
  • Most immigrants lived in California illegally, study says

    06/05/2008 7:43:45 AM PDT · by SmithL · 12 replies · 112+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 6/5/8 | Matt O'Brien
    More than half of new California immigrants who are permanent legal residents lived in the state illegally before getting green cards, according to an analysis released Wednesday by the Public Policy Institute of California. The study suggests that the conventional notion of a legal immigrant as a brand-new arrival who has waited in a home country to get a green card is not the norm. "The idea (is) you sit at home, you wait, you get the green card," said research fellow Laura Hill. "That's certainly an experience for immigrants, but it's not the most common." Of green card holders...
  • Frustration over green-card flip-flop

    07/17/2007 8:39:11 AM PDT · by greyfoxx39 · 19 replies · 815+ views
    Arizona Republic | July 17, 2007 | Daniel González
    Frustration over green-card flip-flop
  • U.S. Withdraws Offers of 60,000 Job-Based Visas, Angering Immigration Lawyers

    07/04/2007 6:15:37 AM PDT · by truthkeeper · 130 replies · 2,642+ views
    The New York Times ^ | July 4th, 2007 | Julia Preston
    Immigration lawyers raised unusually irate protests yesterday after the State Department and the immigration service abruptly withdrew tens of thousands of job-based visas they had offered last month to foreign professionals hoping to become permanent residents in the United States. The outcry was provoked by a terse announcement on Monday in which the State Department said it would not grant any more visas for the 2007 fiscal year to foreigners applying to become permanent residents based on their job skills. That notice reversed one the department had issued on June 13 announcing a two-month window starting July 2 for aspiring,...
  • Fake Immigration Agent Sentenced in Parking, Green Card Scam

    06/25/2007 9:08:32 PM PDT · by Calpernia · 4 replies · 152+ views
    1010wins ^ | Monday, 25 June 2007
    NEW YORK -- A man accused of cheating Hispanic immigrants out of $280,000 by posing as a federal agent and promising them green cards and other documents he never delivered was sentenced Monday to three to six years in prison. John Nevarez, 55, of Manhattan, was sentenced after state Supreme Court Justice Edward McLaughlin refused to let him withdraw his prior guilty plea. Last month, Nevarez pleaded guilty to third-degree grand larceny for the immigration fraud. Nevarez, who worked out of an East Harlem basement, used a fake badge and identification to convince immigrants he was a federal agent who...
  • Officials crack down on phony "Green card" marriages

    10/22/2006 3:54:20 PM PDT · by dennisw · 8 replies · 596+ views
    yahoo. ^ | Fri Oct 20, 4:12 PM ET | By GIOVANNA DELL'ORTO, Associated Press Writer
    Officials crack down on phony marriages By GIOVANNA DELL'ORTO, Associated Press Writer Fri Oct 20, 4:12 PM ET When a woman recently asked for a copy of her marriage license, the court clerk in suburban Atlanta's Gwinnett County had to break some unpleasant news: Her husband was listed as the groom in eight marriages in the county. The husband was later arrested in September on suspicion of bigamy, just days after another man was charged in the same county with similar offenses. Two weeks later, a woman from nearby Decatur was charged with marrying six men in less than two...
  • Caltrans is losing foreign engineers over green cards

    09/10/2006 5:02:38 AM PDT · by radar101 · 67 replies · 1,352+ views
    San Diego Union ^ | 10 SEPT. 2006 | Susan Ferriss and Mehul Srivastava
    Foreign engineers have been vital to the construction of California's complex and mammoth highway system, but they're being pushed out of jobs with the state Department of Transportation because of a conflict between state hiring rules and federal immigration laws. Dozens of foreign engineers during the last decade have left Caltrans because their temporary work visas were going to expire, according to the union that represents Caltrans engineers. Ninety-eight Caltrans employees – 75 of them engineers – are currently on H-1B work visas that last six years at a maximum. These engineers will be forced to leave Caltrans unless the...
  • Panel demands answers - Reports of flawed screening process prompt call for probe

    09/01/2006 10:49:26 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies · 379+ views
    Daily Bulletin ^ | 9/1/06 | Sara A. Carter
    A congressional panel is calling for an investigation and hearing into reports that applicants for green cards, work visas and other immigration documents were not properly screened against the U.S. terrorist watch list. Employees at the National Benefits Center in Lee's Summit, Mo., said they did not know that a simple key stroke would have allowed them to fully check the background of applicants against the terrorist database, according to the report first published by the Daily Bulletin this past week. That report was based on federal documents obtained by the newspaper and interviews with employees at the Missouri center....
  • Slipping Through The Cracks (Immigration Screeners Not Utilizing Watch Lists)

    08/23/2006 7:04:02 AM PDT · by truthkeeper · 4 replies · 200+ views
    The Whittier Daily News ^ | 8-23-06 | Sara A. Carter, Staff Writer
    Slipping through the cracks Officials: Immigration screeners not utilizing watch lists An estimated 75 percent of applicants for immigrant benefits - green cards, work visas, and a host of other documents - at a major federal processing center were not screened through the U.S. terrorism watch list over the past four years, this newspaper has learned. The error - on nearly 3 million applications dating to 2002 - was confirmed by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) officers at the National Benefits Center in Lee's Summit, Mo., near Kansas City. The center is one of several facilities across the country...