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Immigration Daily February 19, 2010
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Haiti Pro Bono Seminar

The second phone seminar for Haiti Immigration Relief will take place on Wednesday, Feb 24 (the deadline to sign up is Monday, Feb 22). USCIS has confirmed that their representatives will be on the call to present information on the subject to the bar, non-profit representatives, and other stakeholders participating in the phone call. The tentative curriculum is as follows:


  • What is TPS?
  • Who eligible for TPS?
  • How do you apply for TPS?
  • How do you prove you were here on January 12th?
  • What if required documents are not available?
  • Can people on TPS travel?
  • How does applying for TPS affect eligibility for immigration benefits?
  • What about people in non-immigrant categories?
  • What would bar someone from TPS?
Removal and Detention
  • What is going to happen to people in removal proceedings?
  • Can Haitians in the U.S with a Final Order of Removal apply for TPS? If so, what is the paper work necessary?
  • What about people in detention now?
  • What should be people do who were in the process of adopting a Haitian child PRIOR to 1.12.10 earthquake?
    • Humanitarian parole available for children with proof of confirmed adoption (case by case basis)
    • (more information available through DHS website)
  • What if I am interested in adopting a Haitian orphan in response to the 1.12.10 earthquake?
    • Being advised to wait. Need to determine if children are orphans or separated form their parents before any new adoption proceedings star taking place.
Family matters:
  • What should be done about original documentation requested by USCIS when most official documents were destroyed during the Earthquake?
  • Has the U.S embassy in Haiti indicated how it will go about processing cases that were on the verge of completion?
  • What is the U.S government doing about approved I-130 beneficiaries still in Haiti?
  • Is there any expedite procedure available to petition for and bring over immediate relatives?
  • What about naturalized Haitian citizens who want to adopt orphaned nieces/ family members?
  • Will people with cases awaiting consular processing be paroled in to the US to file to adjust in the US?
  • Are Haitian nationals fleeing Haiti being granted refugee status in the U.S?
  • What happens if a Haitian is caught at sea on the way to the US?

Monday, February 22 is the deadline to sign up. For more info, including speaker bios, detailed curriculum, and registration information, please see: Online: Fax form: Don't delay, sign up today. Net proceeds received from this seminar series will be donated to Haitian non-profit organizations as detailed on the webpages linked to above.

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CBP Inspections Of H-1B Visa Holders
Matthew Morse writes "In some recent cases US Customs and Border Protection inspecting officers have separated H-1B visa holders from other non-immigrants applying for admission into the US on arriving at a port entry."

Bloggings On Dysfunctional Government
Angelo A. Paparelli writes "The attorney-client privilege prevents me from reporting the facts on the ground with specific details but I know from countless experiences that when businesses hire the best brains and talents without regard to the serendipity of country of birth, creativity, innovation and profits all increase."

Bloggings on Deportation And Removal
Matthew Kolken writes "The following is a clip from an original Immigration Equality documentary that highlights the impact of discriminatory immigration laws on the lives of lesbian and gay bi-national families. Heartbreaking doesn't begin to describe it."

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USCIS On Updated K3 Visa Petition Procedure
USCIS provided information on new procedures effective February 1st, 2010, relating to certain I-129F petitions for a nonimmigrant K-3 visa (courtesy of Goldie C. Domingue, Esq.)

ICE Releases Updated SEVP List
ICE released an updated version of its SEVP approved school list dated February 16, 2010


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Immigration Event
USCIS invites you to attend the next USCIS National Stakeholder meeting to be held February 23 at 2:00 p.m. To attend by phone, please provide your full name and organization you represent to Suzie Clarke, at by COB Monday, February 22nd.


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Dear Editor:
In this forum, I'm glad for whatever agreement there is in regards to the Letters of 2/18/10 ID. I hope that the letter of JSDO ILuonakhamhe is not subject to the vitriolic hate mail and death threats as was Tom Tancredo when he spoke of voting literacy tests. It is too bad that the letters of R. Algase, who lived in AZ at a young age, did not remain there as it is likely that there would be a retention of the reasoned logic that the letters fantasy comparison is lacking. Does the letter believe that speeding laws in areas of Latinos are discriminatory against them because of their skin color? Such "logic" grants special privileges to minorities based upon a false foundation. This is the diversion and phony nature of most "racial profiling" charges. Speed laws apply to all for the safety of society and so would voting literacy tests, fairly administered. The latter is a prerequisite for any law. The failure racial mix therefrom is random and immaterial as such laws are neutral. The letters of RA could find racist meanings in the brown skin of a potato which really is "so far away from reality". In response to the D. Murray letter, "What's wrong with that?", the answer is plenty from citizens and restrictionists viewpoint. While being against CIR as an "unworkable scheme" is on target, the postponement of it, LIR changes, and the mere promise of shutting the door "to future illegal immigration" are not. There is nothing to stop US from ending illegal entry or reducing legal entry now except the will to do so without once again using it as a false bargaining chip for more entry. Amnesty, now or later, is not the legal remedy for illegal entry, removal is, as the Jon Christian Ryter article: "Operation Wetback" discusses three Presidents removal campaigns when past efforts were to preserve jobs for US, not others.

Jim Roberts

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