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Cinco De Mayo 2012: Why Politicians Swarm Cinco De Mayo Festivals

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Reprinted from Huffington Post: 05/05/2012 9:28 am Updated: 05/05/2012 10:50 am With the intersection of Cinco de Mayo and an election year in which Latino voters are likely to play a definitive role, President Barack Obama’s quick pivot this week from a party to immigration policy isn’t unique. For candidates across the country, the act […]

Executive Order Suspending Entry of Certain Syrians, Iranians

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  “…I hereby find that the unrestricted immigrant and nonimmigrant entry into the United States of aliens determined to meet one or more of the criteria in subsection 1(a) of this order would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, and I hereby suspend the entry into the United States, as immigrants or […]

Questions & Answers About NACARA 203 Relief

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The Nicaraguan Adjustment and Central American Relief Act or NACARA (Title II of Pub.L. 105-100) is a U.S. law passed in 1997 that provides various forms of immigration benefits and relief from deportation to certain Nicaraguans, Cubans, Salvadorans, Guatemalans, nationals of former Soviet bloc countries and their dependents who had arrived as asylees. Below are […]

Obama Administration Refuses to Allow Court Review of Asylum Seekers’ Detention

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Reprint from Heartland Alliance March 22, 2012 The Department of Justice has refused to issue regulations that would allow immigration judges to decide whether to detain asylum seekers who are determined to have viable cases and pose no threat to society. The administration released its decision in response to a petition for rulemaking submitted by […]

Pondering the Definition of Moral Turpitude

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By: Karen Smith* Because some criminal activities and convictions can result in adverse immigration consequences for non-U.S. citizens, a number of recent cases in federal courts and the Board of Immigration Appeals (the Department of Justice’s immigration court) have questioned which crimes may result in deportation or inadmissibility. The U.S. Attorney General advised courts on […]

Immigrants Face Red Tape in Obtaining Visas

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By: Karen Smith, BOILA legal intern and third-year law student at American University Photo Credit: The Republican | Michael S. Gordon Immigrants who wish to obtain visas for the first time, renew their visas, or change their immigration statuses often face difficulties in dealing with the United States immigration system. The Immigration Policy Center attributes the […]

One Century Later, Still Much Work to be Done to Achieve Worldwide Equality of Women

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By: Danielle Beach-Oswald and Karen Smith, BOILA legal intern and third year law student at American University   International Women’s Day is March 8, 2012. The holiday was first proposed by Clara Zetkin of Germany in 1910, during the Second International Conference of Working Women. The holiday was observed for the first time on March 19, […]

CBP Global Entry Program Arrives at Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport

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Reprinted from US Dept. of Homeland Security website (03/06/2012)   On a typical chilly Minnesota morning, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recently launched the Global Entry program at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, interactive Global Entry kiosk demonstrations and tours of the new MSP Airport Global Entry enrollment center for […]

International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting

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Press Statement Hillary Rodham Clinton Secretary of State Washington, DC February 6, 2012 Today, we mark the ninth annual International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C). It is estimated that 100 to 140 million women around the world have undergone this brutal procedure and three million girls are at risk every year. […]

Timing is Everything: Getting Your Driver’s License or Social Security Number

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Source: http://www.ice.gov/doclib/sevis/pdf/bm1112-05-dmv-timing.pdf One of the first things a new F, M or J nonimmigrant typically wants to do after entering the United States is get a driver’s license or, where appropriate, an SSN. Like many things, however, correct timing is everything. The Student and Exchange Visitor Program wants all F, M or J nonimmigrants eligible […]