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  • Did Obama Administration Really Accidentally Disobey Judge’s Order on Immigration?

    05/24/2015 9:27:01 PM PDT · by upchuck · 31 replies
    daily signal ^ | May 24, 2015 | Hans von Spakovsky
    The Justice Department’s latest filings in the immigration lawsuit brought by 26 states in the Southern District of Texas are a little hard to believe—and somewhat comical, in a way. Back in February, Judge Andrew Hanen issued a preliminary injunction against the implementation of President Obama’s executive orders on immigration. Now, in an attempt to explain why the injunction was violated, Leon Rodriguez, director of the U.S. Customs and Immigration Services, has outlined in an affidavit a long list of instructions and orders he gave to implement Hanen’s order. The main excuse given for USCIS’s issuing three-year deferrals and Employment...
  • Obama gets mayors to welcome immigrants with open arms

    05/11/2015 9:01:17 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 36 replies
    GOP USA ^ | 5/11/2015 | Michael F. Haverluck
    President Barack Obama got four mayors to fully endorse his nationwide program to “build welcoming communities” for millions of “new Americans” and roll out the red carpet. Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed — who recently made headlines for terminating his city’s fire chief over a Christian book that described homosexual behavior as sin — signed on late last month to join three other mayors of major American cities: Los Angeles’ Eric Garcetti, Chicago’s Rahm Emanuel and Nashville’s Karl Dean. Reed’s message to the millions of refugees and immigrants entering the country: Come to Atlanta. “Reed became the nation’s fourth mayor to...
  • Immigration agency: Single Hispanic females deserve asylum in U.S.

    04/23/2015 1:04:33 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 34 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 23, 2015 | Stephen Dinan
    Being a single mother or witnessing a gang crime could be enough for Central American illegal immigrants to get on the path to asylum under guidance the Homeland Security Department issued last week, opening up new ways for the current surge of illegal immigrants to gain a legal foothold in the U.S. The guidance, a 27-page training document from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, says women who flee Central America because they fear being a single woman at the head of a household can be deemed to be part of a targeted social group, and can make a claim that...
  • Obama gives amnesty to known gang member, possibly 20 others

    04/21/2015 9:26:39 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 21 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 21, 2015 | Stephen Dinan
    The administration granted amnesty to at least one known gang member under President Obama’s program for Dreamers, and as many as 20 others may also have been approved, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee revealed Tuesday. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the agency charged with approving amnesty applications, admitted it broke its own rules in approving the gang member for tentative legal status, agency chief Leon Rodriguez said in a letter to Sen. Charles E. Grassley. “Based on standard procedures and processes in place at the time, the [deferred action] request and related employment authorization should not have been...
  • Obama Using Your Tax Dollars to “Resettle” Central Americans in the United States

    04/04/2015 6:18:53 PM PDT · by progunner · 27 replies
    Tea Party ^ | April 1, 2015 1:25 pm | Judicial Watch
    Free Transportation Included To facilitate the often treacherous process of entering the United States illegally through the southern border, the Obama administration is offering free transportation from three Central American countries and a special refugee/parole program with “resettlement assistance” and permanent residency.Under the new initiative the administration has rebranded the official name it originally assigned to the droves of illegal immigrant minors who continue sneaking into the U.S. They’re no longer known as Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC), a term that evidently was offensive and not politically correct enough for the powerful open borders movement. The new arrivals will be officially...
  • Gov’t Union: Obama’s Weak Immigration Policy Is Inviting An Attack Worse Than 9/11

    03/03/2015 10:16:44 AM PST · by Perseverando · 7 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | March 03, 2015 | Neil Munro
    President Barack Obama’s lax immigration policies are inviting another massive jihad attack similar to the 9/11 atrocity, says Kenneth Palinkas, president of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services employees’ union. Obama’s deputies are “lessening the vetting of each and every alien who applies for permanent residency or citizenship in the U.S.,” Palinkas said in a statement Tuesday. “By not scrutinizing each and every applicant to the fullest extent possible to ensure America’s security, we invite an even more catastrophic event than what occurred on 09/11/2001,” he said. Obama’s rollback of security checks means that “it is more than likely that...
  • Obama amnesty has feds bracing for illegal immigrant onslaught

    02/10/2015 5:51:29 PM PST · by jazusamo · 19 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 10, 2015 | Stephen Dinan
    The government expects so many applications for President Obama’s new deportation amnesty that it’s seeking a contractor just to open the new mail and enter the forms into the system, with plans to operate two shifts from 6 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. every workday to keep up with the anticipated workload. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the agency charged with approving the applications, expects more than 800,000 applications in just the first two and a half months, or a 70 percent surge compared to last year’s total intake for the entire agency. Over the first 18 or so months, the...
  • Cruel Reality: Obama Paying for Illegal Amnesty With Fees Paid by Legal Immigrants

    12/12/2014 12:47:26 PM PST · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 12, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    As the debate rages on Capitol Hill about how to defund President Obama's executive action that gives legal status to 5 million illegal immigrants, it's important to take a look at where the funding for his new amnesty program is coming from. The funding for Obama's executive action is coming through the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, a fee, not tax based agency under the jurisdiction of Homeland Security. Because the USCIS is a fee based agency, many have argued Congress cannot defund it. According to the Congressional Research Service, Congress does in fact have the ability to defund the...
  • Scandal-Ridden Alejandro Mayorkas Now Contender to Replace Holder: Same Old Same old

    11/06/2014 9:13:26 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 11/6/2014 | Ian Smith
    This week the New York Post [1] reported that Department of Homeland Security Deputy Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas has emerged as a leading contender for the top spot at DOJ. The race to replace outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder has included the controversial Labor Secretary Tom Perez, and like Perez, MayorkasÂ’ tenure in the federal government is filled with a considerable amount of ethics-defying shadiness.Prior to taking his current position as the number two man at DHS, Mayorkas was head of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), which is mandated to administer the biggest immigration system in the world...
  • Immigration Agents’ Union Begs Public for Help Fighting Obama’s Executive Amnesty

    10/28/2014 6:13:12 AM PDT · by Seattle Conservative · 15 replies
    National Review Online ^ | October 27, 2014 | Joel Gehrke
    A union of federal immigration-law-enforcement workers issued a statement “pleading” for the American people to pressure Congress to block President Obama’s expected executive orders on immigration. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services union president wrote of “constant violations to the Immigrant and Nationality Act” in his letter. “This statement is intended for the public: if you care about your immigration security and your neighborhood security, you must act now to ensure that Congress stops this unilateral amnesty. Let your voice be heard and spread the word to your neighbors,” wrote union president Kenneth Palinkas. “We who serve in our...
  • USCIS Scrubs Webpage Confirming Native-Born And Natural-Born Are Separate Subsets Of Citizen.

    09/05/2013 10:36:52 AM PDT · by Cold Case Posse Supporter · 56 replies
    U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services ^ | 9-5-2013 | Cold Case Posse Supporter
    Back on April 2, 2013 I posted a thread titled 'Listen Up: Here Is Proof Native-Born Citizens And Natural-Born Citizens Are Separate'. In that thread I provided a link to the U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services website page that stated the following: The Immigration and Naturalization Service: “Interpretation 324.2 Reacquisition of citizenship lost by marriage.” Interpretation 324.2(a)(7): “(7) Restoration of citizenship is prospective . Restoration to citizenship under any one of the three statutes is not regarded as having erased the period of alienage that immediately preceded it. The words “shall be deemed to be a citizen of the United...
  • Immigration Union Warns Republicans About Legalizing DREAMers (Cantor's KIDS Act)

    08/01/2013 9:56:00 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 5 replies
    Univision ABC ^ | 7/31/13 | TED HESSON
    A union representing 12,000 federal immigration workers is warning top House Republicans against legalizing young undocumented immigrants. The union is made up of employees of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), which handles immigration paperwork. In a letter sent on Tuesday to four Republicans, including House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (Virginia) and Rep. Paul Ryan (Wisconsin), the union expressed worries about a Republican bill that would legalize DREAMers. Since President Obama has already given deportation relief to young undocumented immigrants -- and bypassed Congress to do it -- the union worries he might similarly use his executive power to rework...
  • Feds probe company that helped get EB-5 funding for McAuliffe's Greentech

    07/23/2013 11:46:29 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 5 replies
    AP reporter Alicia Caldwell has discovered that a high ranking official in the Department of Homeland Security is under investigation for helping to facilitate access to the EB-5 program for a Chinese Company through the group Gulf Coast Management.
  • APNewsBreak: Homeland Security official probed (Hillary link)

    07/23/2013 11:57:41 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 27 replies
    MYSA/AP ^ | July 23, 2013 | By ALICIA A. CALDWELL,
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's choice to be the No. 2 official at the Homeland Security Department is under investigation for his role in helping a company run by a brother of former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, The Associated Press has learned. Alejandro Mayorkas, director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, is being investigated for his role in helping the company secure an international investor visa for a Chinese executive, according to congressional officials briefed on the investigation. The officials spoke only on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release details of the...
  • IMMIGRATION UPDATE: U.S. Government Now Giving Green Cards for Gay Marriage

    03/15/2013 9:29:28 AM PDT · by John Q. Patriot · 14 replies
    John Q. Patriot ^ | March 15, 2013 | John Q. Patriot
    During the course of the ongoing Comprehensive Immigration Reform debate, media outlets have called attention to the plight of Americans in same sex relationships who, it is claimed, have no means of petitioning for the legal immigration of their partners. See for example one recent Seattle Times article at: http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2020501363_lgbtimmigrationxml.html. Recently, the Obama Administration has made the inclusion of provisions for same sex immigrants part of their proposal for the complete overhaul of America's immigration system. However, it would seem that both the official line of the Administration and the popular line of the media are substantially outdated. U.S. Citizenship...
  • Activists Warn of Possible Dangers of Deferred Action in Video

    08/16/2012 12:31:01 PM PDT · by AuntB · 32 replies
    Hispanically speaking news ^ | Aug. 15, 2012 | Hispanically Speaking News
    A group of pro-immigrant activists in Chicago on Tuesday released an informational video warning about the possible dangers of deferred action, which on Wednesday will begin to register undocumented young people who want to try and postpone deportation. The video, “Defer the Bulls—t,” may be seen online at www.moratoriumondeportations.org and is an effort to resist the government’s alleged disinformation campaign about the program. “While some youth may have a chance at relief, Deferred Action is at best insufficient, and at worst misleading, dangerous and deliberately deceptive,” said Jose Herrera of the Moratorium on Deportations Campaign on Tuesday. Some 20 members...
  • OUTRAGE: Obama Officials Push Agents to ‘Rush’ Immigrant Visas – Even If FRAUD Suspected (USCIS)

    01/03/2012 3:52:50 PM PST · by montag813 · 13 replies
    Stand With Arizona ^ | 01-03-2012 | John Hill
    by John Hill Stand With Arizona As if Obama's plan to cut National Guard troops on the Mexican border by 75% at a time when there has been a sudden surge in border crossers wasn't leaving the United States vulnerable enough, now a report has revealed a new insanity - lowered standards for granting immigration visas: 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....A 40-page report, drafted by the Office of Inspector General in September but not publicly...
  • Three Convicted in Terror-Related Cases Later Granted U.S. Citizenship by Obama Administration

    04/30/2011 5:39:14 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 7 replies · 1+ views
    CNS News ^ | April 29, 2011 | Edwin Mora
    (CNSNews.com) -- Three people convicted of crimes as a result of a terrorism-related investigation by the Department of Justice (DOJ) were later naturalized as U.S. citizens by the Obama administration, according to federal auditors. The March 2011 audit (released on April 21, 2011) by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), entitled Criminal Alien Statistics: Information on Incarcerations, Arrests and Costs, shows that three individuals were among “defendants where the investigation involved an identified link to international terrorism but they were charged with violating other statutes [not directly related to terrorism], including fraud, immigration, drugs, false statements, and general conspiracy charges,” referred...
  • VIDEO: Broken Immigration: Mayor Bloomberg Declines to Discuss His Solution – that is already Law

    09/27/2010 4:43:29 AM PDT · by Opinionatedtoday · 1 replies
    marinkapeschmann.com ^ | September 27, 2010 | Marinka Peschmann
    New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg loves the press when journalists fawn over him but dare to call him on his truthfulness and candor; he hides. Last June, Mayor Bloomberg created a media splash when he launched the Partnership for a New American Economy, a national coalition to reform immigration, where he spoke about one of his solutions – to give investors green cards to create jobs for Americans. But as I reported here, the Mayor’s idea is not new– it’s already the law. Called the EB-5 category, it’s been on the books since 1990. The EB-5 provision has the...
  • USCIS National Children's Art Project ["We Are America"]

    08/06/2010 12:50:46 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 7 replies
    USCIS ^ | August 4, 2010 | Staff
    USCIS National Children's Art Project- "We Are America": The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has commissioned an art project for children across the United States to create images depicting their interpretation of the theme, “We Are America.” This project asks children to draw pictures that answer the question “People have come from all over the world to become Americans. Why does that make us great?” USCIS will collaborate on this project with public libraries and other community-based organizations serving America’s immigrant communities this summer. USCIS will display submissions in offices across the country and will recognize participants during the...
  • EDITORIAL: Obama's immigration back door--The federal government has become the enemy of the law

    08/02/2010 6:26:10 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 19 replies · 7+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | August 2, 2010 | Editorial
    The Obama administration's way to deal with the problem of illegal immigration is to declare it legal. This is the upshot of an 11-page memo from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) about "Administrative alternatives to comprehensive immigration reform." As the title suggests, it is a compendium of backdoor measures the executive branch claims it can take without having to deal with pesky things like congressional authorization. The Obama administration is seeking to "reduce the threat of removal" for "individuals present in the United States without authorization," employing the latest euphemism for illegal aliens. The fact that the government considers...
  • Obama 'Scheming' on Immigrant Amnesty? Memo Draws Republican Fire

    07/30/2010 10:39:20 AM PDT · by toma29 · 16 replies · 2+ views
    ABC News ^ | 7/30/2010
    Critics of President Obama's immigration policy have pounced on an internal government memo they say shows the administration is trying to circumvent Congress on immigration reform and avoid deporting some illegal immigrants. An undated, internal draft memo by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services leaked Thursday outlines "administrative relief options to… reduce the threat of removal for certain individuals present in the United States without authorization." "In the absence of comprehensive immigration reform," it reads, "USCIS can extend benefits and/or protections to many individuals and groups by issuing new guidance and regulations." While the federal government has long exercised discretion in...
  • You've got mail: America's broken Immigration Agency at work

    05/11/2010 2:30:40 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 15 replies · 412+ views
    Big Government ^ | 5-11-10 | Marinka Peschmann
    Under a bombardment of condemnation, Arizona has taken action to address illegal immigration and is fighting back by telling Washington to “do your job.” Meanwhile, on Sunday President Obama’s Attorney General Eric Holder said that the Justice Department was “considering” a federal lawsuit against Arizona’s new immigration law. How did the immigration crisis occur? It happened because Washington didn’t do their job and secure the borders — and because under both Republican and Democratic leadership, the United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS), formerly the Immigration Naturalization Services (INS), ran amok. If Americans want to see how broken and incompetent...
  • Immigration Reform: Terrorists Have Applied for Green Cards

    03/17/2010 7:48:08 AM PDT · by AuntB · 8 replies · 300+ views
    Big Government ^ | Mar. 17, 2010 | Marinka Peschmann
    Last Thursday President Obama, whose commitment to comprehensive immigration reform is “unwavering,” met with Sen. Chuck Schumer D-N.Y. and Sen. Lindsey Graham R- S.C. to discuss a proposed bill to fix the broken immigration system. While the details remain somewhat elusive, according to the Los Angles Times: “The basis of a bill would include a path toward citizenship for the 10.8 million people living in the U.S. illegally. Citizenship would not be granted lightly, the White House said. Undocumented workers would need to register, pay taxes and pay a penalty for violating the law. Failure to comply might result in...
  • Remarks by the President... [Re: Immigration]

    06/26/2009 3:16:56 PM PDT · by Cindy · 18 replies · 557+ views
    Note: The following text is a quote: THE BRIEFING ROOM THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary ____________________________________________________________________________________________ For Immediate Release June 25, 2009 REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT AFTER MEETING WITH MEMBERS OF CONGRESS TO DISCUSS IMMIGRATION State Dining Room 3:17 P.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT: Hello, everybody. We have just finished what I consider to be a very productive meeting on one of the most critical issues that I think this nation faces, and that is an immigration system that is broken and needs fixing. We have members of Congress from both chambers, from parties, who have participated in...
  • Art Bell's Wife Denied Visa

    06/06/2009 10:24:56 PM PDT · by BonRad · 56 replies · 4,967+ views
    Coast to Coast ^ | June 6, 2009 | Art Bell
    http://www.coasttocoastam.com/article/art-bell-s-wife-denied-u-s-visa Art Bell's Wife Denied U.S. Visa June 06, 2009 Art Bell's Wife Denied U.S. Visa Airyn Bell, wife of radio talk show legend Art Bell, has been denied a U.S. Visa. Read about their incredible struggle against the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). [Click the image on the left for proof the USCIS received the necessary documents from the Bells.] Please also help Art plead his wife's case. Contact the President and his staff at whitehouse.gov. Here's the letter Art Bell wrote to Senator Harry Reid on behalf of his wife Airyn Bell: My name is Arthur W....
  • Amnesty? Senator Schumer Chairs Comprehensive Immigration Reform Hearing Today

    04/30/2009 5:44:46 AM PDT · by Opinionatedtoday · 11 replies · 999+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | April 30, 2009 | Marinka Peschmann
    Senator “Chuck” Schumer (D. N.Y.) will chair a hearing on Comprehensive Immigration Reform later today, called “Can We Do It and How?” If past is prologue, with Mr. Schumer crafting immigration reform expect amnesty and a policy that may ultimately hurt America. Why? Because Senator Schumer’s early leadership role to fix America’s immigration system arguably contributed to the broken system that afflicts America today. Recall it was in 1986 when President Ronald Reagan signed the far-reaching and ineffective Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Schumer, the then little known Democratic congressman was singled out by the President for his...
  • U.S Citizenship & Immigration Services Blasts Journalist over Crime & Corruption Story

    02/04/2009 7:21:10 AM PST · by Opinionatedtoday · 7 replies · 610+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | Feb. 4, 2009 | Marinka Peschmann
    On January 24 Acting Deputy Director Michael Aytes, currently the highest ranking official at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) sent a scathing letter to CFP’s editor to rebuke an article I wrote on January 21 entitled, Crime and Corruption at the UCSIS. My article cited criminal investigations like this one where “…several USCIS employees” were “accused of aiding Islamic extremists with identification fraud and of exploiting the visa system for personal gain” as source material. Story here. “It was shameful reporting and a deliberate smear that should not be counted as news,” Aytes wrote, defending the USCIS, an...
  • The Immigration Bailout

    01/15/2009 11:37:42 AM PST · by Sammy67 · 3 replies · 579+ views
    CanadaFreePress ^ | 1/15/09 | Marinka Peschmann
    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ inefficiency turned U.S. law and order into a travesty There is another crisis on the verge of catching fire in America and the bailout has already begun. It is the bailout to fix the costly fallout created by decades of failed immigration policies that taxpayers have been funding and will continue to fund to mop up the mess. Last November, a fraction of the bailout went to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), a $2.6 billion a-year agency. The USCIS received $500 million over five years to modernize its case management system. This agency...
  • The Immigration Bailout

    01/15/2009 6:29:50 AM PST · by Opinionatedtoday · 462+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | January 15, 2009 | Marinka Peschmann
    There is another crisis on the verge of catching fire in America and the bailout has already begun. It is the bailout to fix the costly fallout created by decades of failed immigration policies that taxpayers have been funding and will continue to fund to mop up the mess.
  • Vanity: Pakistan-Sanctioned Terrorists Killed Americans; Shouldn't US Prohibit Paki's from US Entry?

    12/05/2008 3:01:49 AM PST · by AmericanInTokyo · 36 replies · 1,168+ views
    AmericanInTokyo (vanity) | 6 December 2008 | AmericanInTokyo
    Tonight (Friday a.m. US time) Pakistan gave its official answer to India on the request to turn over to India ASAP Islamic terrorists based on Pakistan soil and operating out in the open. Our friend and good ally India has ramped up the pressure and now banned the entry of Pakistani nationals into it's country by land, sea or air.The massive terrorist attack in Mumbai had a strong element of not only India being targeted, but the United States as well. Our fellow Americans were sought out, and some were killed.All intelligence points to Pakistan as the base for these...
  • Exclusive: Did Immigration Fraud Have a Hand in Creation of Alleged Minnesota Terror Group?

    12/01/2008 8:08:18 PM PST · by Sammy67 · 4 replies · 564+ views
    FamilySecurityMatters ^ | 12/1/08 | Michael Cutler
    A recent ABC report should be of concern to all Americans and to our elected leaders. It regards Shirwa Ahmed, a naturalized U.S. citizen who is believed to have committed a suicide bombing in Somalia and – even more disturbing – may have been involved in the recruitment of young men of Somali descent here in the United States. The news report further states that more than a dozen such men, perhaps as many as 40 and mostly in their 20s, have "disappeared." Here are the most important questions: How did Shirwa Ahmed acquire citizenship through the naturalization process? Did...
  • Widespread problems, fraud found in H-1B program

    10/12/2008 12:30:26 PM PDT · by CE2949BB · 12 replies · 660+ views
    Computerworld ^ | October 9, 2008 | Patrick Thibodeau
    Widespread problems, fraud found in H-1B programU.S. study finds incidents of forged documents, fake degrees, 'shell' companiesAn internal report by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) examining the H-1B visa program has found evidence of forged documents and fake degrees, and even "shell" companies giving addresses of fake locations.The USCIS report, released Wednesday by U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), indicates that serious violations of the H-1B program by employers are so common that one in five visas are affected by either fraud or "technical violations." This means that potentially thousands of employers may be violating the rules, some willfully.Employers...
  • U.S. Immigration Agents (USCIS & ICE) Fell Short of Probe Goal

    12/18/2007 8:04:10 PM PST · by Robert Lomax · 7 replies · 198+ views
    Washington Post ^ | December 15, 2007 | Spencer S. Hsu
    U.S. immigration agents investigated only 139 suspected fraud cases referred by the main anti-fraud unit of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services last year, or less than 1 percent of 1 percent of about 6 million applications for citizenship, green cards and other benefits, federal investigators reported yesterday.
  • Agency's Message: No Reason To Fear Us

    11/10/2007 6:08:45 AM PST · by 3AngelaD · 6 replies · 160+ views
    Washington Post ^ | November 10, 2007 | Karin Brulliard
    The Northern Virginia office of the federal agency that processes immigration applications will hold its first public forum next month to answer questions from immigrants. The forum also is intended to spread word that the agency, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, or USCIS, is distinct from its feared federal cousins, the Border Patrol and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE. "We don't want people to fear us," said Greg Christian, director of the Vienna office of USCIS.... The agency is often assailed...as an impenetrable bureaucracy with complicated forms and a help hotline that dispenses unreliable information. It has also recently...
  • U.S. agents accused of aiding Islamist scheme (TREASON ALERT)

    08/15/2007 10:03:03 AM PDT · by SeafoodGumbo · 117 replies · 6,807+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 8-15-07 | Sara Carter
    A criminal investigations report says several U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services employees are accused of aiding Islamic extremists with identification fraud and of exploiting the visa system for personal gain. The confidential 2006 USCIS report said that despite the severity of the potential security breaches, most are not investigated "due to lack of resources" in the agency's internal affairs department.
  • FBI Name Check Cited In Naturalization Delays

    06/17/2007 12:57:06 PM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 20 replies · 1,131+ views
    Washington Post ^ | June 17, 2007 | Spencer S. Hsu and N.C. Aizenman
    ...Since 2005, the backlog of legal U.S. immigrants whose applications for naturalization and other benefits are stuck on hold awaiting FBI name checks has doubled to 329,160, prompting a flood of lawsuits in federal courts... In his annual report to Congress last week, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) ombudsman Prakash I. Khatri called the backlog of FBI name checks "unacceptable from the standpoint of national security and immigration benefits processing." Calling the delays the "most pervasive problem" in processing, Khatri concluded that they "may increase the risk to national security by prolonging the time a potential criminal or terrorist...
  • Police: Woman dragged to death under minivan

    06/04/2007 4:08:57 PM PDT · by Wolfie · 57 replies · 1,177+ views
    CNN.COM ^ | June 4, 2007
    Police: Woman dragged to death under minivan FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida (AP) -- A woman trying to stop a motorist from fleeing after a collision was dragged for several miles to her death under the man's minivan, officials said Monday. Authorities said they were still searching for the minivan's driver. Sandra Hall was in a Cadillac that was struck by the minivan Sunday night, Broward County sheriff's officials said. The minivan was driven away with the Cadillac in pursuit, and when both vehicles were stopped in traffic Hall got out and stood in front of the minivan, authorities said. The minivan...
  • Agency could hinder immigration reform

    05/30/2007 1:44:39 PM PDT · by USconvoy.com · 3 replies · 288+ views
    Washington Post ^ | May 29, 2007 | Spencer S. Hsu
    WASHINGTON -- Last June, US immigration officials were presented a plan that supporters said could help slash waiting times for green cards from nearly three years to three months and save 1 million applicants more than a third of the 45 hours they could expect to spend in government lines. It would also save about $350 million. The response from the US Citizenship and Immigration Services: No thanks. Leaders of the agency rejected key changes because ending huge immigration backlogs nationwide would rob it of application and renewal fees that cover 20 percent of its $1.8 billion budget, according to...
  • With The H-1B Visa Cap Filled In Record Time, Reform Is In The Air

    04/12/2007 12:08:19 PM PDT · by Kevmo · 55 replies · 1,437+ views
    EE Times ^ | April 7, 2007 | Marianne Kolbasuk McGee
    EE Times: Semi News With The H-1B Visa Cap Filled In Record Time, Reform Is In The Air http://i.cmpnet.com/infoweek/1133/133NAfiles_r_110.jpg Marianne Kolbasuk McGee Page 1 of 3 InformationWeek (04/07/2007 12:00 AM EDT) For both critics and supporters of the H-1B visa, two days last week revealed everything you need to know about the foreign worker program, one of the most controversial topics in business technology. In the first two days that the U.S. government accepted applications for H-1B work visas, 133,000 envelopes poured in with applications seeking 65,000 openings. The crush was enough that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services cut off...
  • USCIS REACHES FY 2008 H-1B CAP

    04/03/2007 5:16:54 PM PDT · by jas3 · 28 replies · 3,307+ views
    United States Citizenship And Immigration Services ^ | April 3 2007 | Office of Communications: USCIS
    USCIS REACHES FY 2008 H-1B CAP WASHINGTON – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that it has received enough H-1B petitions to meet the congressionally mandated cap for fiscal year 2008 (FY2008). USCIS will use a random selection process (described below) for all cap-subject filings received on April 2, 2007 and April 3, 2007. USCIS will reject and return along with filing fee(s) all petitions received on those days that are not randomly selected. Cap Procedures: In keeping with USCIS regulations, USCIS will use the following process to handle H-1B petitions subject to the FY2008 cap: • USCIS...
  • Bill Gates: Remove limits on H1-B visas

    03/08/2007 9:47:42 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 124 replies · 2,582+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/8/07 | Nancy Zuckerbrod - ap
    WASHINGTON - Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates told Congress on Wednesday that overhauls of the nation's schools and immigration laws are urgently needed to keep jobs from going overseas. "The U.S. cannot maintain its economic leadership unless our work force consists of people who have the knowledge and skills needed to drive innovation," Gates told the Senate committee that oversees labor and education issues. Gates, whose charitable foundation has given away more than $3 billion since 1999 for educational programs and scholarships, noted that about 30 percent of U.S. ninth-graders fail to graduate on time. "As a nation, we should start...
  • U.S. Citizenship Without Background Check

    12/06/2006 6:37:34 AM PST · by FLOutdoorsman · 11 replies · 529+ views
    Corruption Chronicles ^ | 29 Nov 2006 | Judicial Watch
    The government agency responsible for granting immigrants permission to live in the United States legally has lost thousands of crucial alien background files used to determine eligibility as well as deportation. The Alien files (also known as A-files) are a key to approving an immigrant’s U.S. citizenship yet the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) approved 30,000 applications for aliens with missing A-files. The USCIS is the agency within the Department of Homeland Security responsible for processing non citizens’ applications to live or work in the U.S. or to become a citizen. Every foreigner who applies to live in...
  • Immigration Benefits: Additional Efforts Needed to Help Ensure Alien Files Are Located

    11/29/2006 12:28:34 PM PST · by freespirited · 3 replies · 351+ views
    Government Accountability Office ^ | 11/28/06 | GAO staff
    To document the interactions of aliens with the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and other government entities, USCIS creates alien files, or A-files. While deemed critical, especially in making citizenship decisions, A-files are sometimes missing during adjudications. In 2002, naturalization was granted to an alien whose A-file was missing and who was later found to be associated with a terrorist organization. GAO focused its review on (1) how often USCIS adjudicates naturalization applications without an A-file and why, (2) the effect that missing A-files can have on the adjudication process, and (3) steps...
  • Whistle-blower let go - Former USCIS worker says termination was retaliation

    10/03/2006 9:36:05 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 19 replies · 1,366+ views
    Daily Bulletin ^ | 10/3/06 | Sara A. Carter
    An immigrant application screener who spoke out earlier this year about his agency's security failures has lost his job, despite a recent decision to extend the contracts of hundreds of other employees like him. Sultan Farakhan, an immigrant benefits application adjudicator, was terminated from employment Friday at the National Benefits Center in Lee's Summit, Mo., one of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services' largest immigration application processing centers. "They are upset with the fact that I spoke out," Farakhan said Friday. "I don't understand why they want to keep the truth hidden, because this is about the national security of our...
  • Immigration’s Broken “US VISIT” System

    09/21/2006 5:47:22 AM PDT · by lucybrownnose · 4 replies · 391+ views
    FamilySecurityMatters.org ^ | 9/21/06t | Mike Cutler
    In the late ‘70’s when the American embassy was overrun in Tehran, Iran, the task fell to the former INS to locate Iranian citizens in the United States to make certain that they were not posing a threat to our nation's security. As a special agent of the INS back then, I was involved in that effort and we were all frustrated by a lack of information and resources to accomplish this important mission. Of course, the need to be able to conduct that sort of field operation was, at the time, a unique situation that we had never confronted....
  • Immigration officer under fire

    09/19/2006 7:58:01 AM PDT · by radar101 · 8 replies · 529+ views
    A U.S. Citizenship and Immigration officer is out on bail after being arrested on charges she issued a visa to illegal immigrants and forged a visa admission stamp for use on other official documents. Maria Barillas, an immigration information officer in Los Angeles, was taken into custody Wednesday on state fraud and forgery charges by officers with the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office, Department of Homeland Security's Inspector General's Office and agents with USCIS Office of Security and Investigations.Barillas is accused of forging and counterfeiting a U.S. Government immigration visa admission stamp; issuing a false visa to an illegal...
  • Editorial: Fraud goes unchecked as foreigners game federal immigration system

    09/17/2006 12:59:13 PM PDT · by dennisw · 11 replies · 499+ views
    examiner ^ | Sep 14, 2006 5:00 AM
    WASHINGTON - Our nation’s security has been seriously compromised by a legal immigration system that provides access to government-issued documents and benefits while ignoring basic security procedures, such as requiring fingerprints from each applicant and making sure they’re not on a terrorist watch list. On April 6, former USCIS Director of Security Michael Maxwell told stunned members of Congress that only six personnel security experts at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services — which awards coveted green cards, work permits and Social Security numbers — were detailed to handle a crushing backlog of 11,000 employee background investigations and 2,771 internal affairs...
  • 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....
  • Immigration Drowning In Paper(scary, long read)

    06/17/2006 6:37:26 AM PDT · by devane617 · 27 replies · 1,238+ views
    TampaBay Online ^ | 06/17/2006 | KEITH EPSTEIN
    WASHINGTON - They are called the Alien Files - or simply, the "A-Files." There are 55 million of them, each up to hundreds of pages thick, stashed in a government warehouse in Missouri. Though they detail no science-fiction secrets of UFO landings or beings from distant planets, they can prove an irritating mystery to those who need them most - immigration officers deciding who can stay in the United States. The "aliens" are people from other countries seeking work permits, residency or citizenship. The records contain their applications, photos and fingerprints. Each time an immigration officer weighs an outsider's destiny,...