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NEWS & ARTICLES
NEWS UPDATE & ARTICLES
“Immigration Reform Still Absent-- But Enforcement and Removals at
Immigration Reform is still absent and not predicted to occur any time
soon. However, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary
Janet Napolitano and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
Director John Morton announced on Oct. 6, 2010 record-breaking
immigration enforcement statistics. In fiscal year 2010, ICE set a record
for overall removals of illegal aliens, with more than 392,000 removals
Since January 2009, ICE has audited more than 3,200 employers
suspected of hiring illegal labor, debarred 225 companies and
individuals, and imposed approximately $50 million in financial
sanctions—more than the total amount of audits and debarments than
during the entire previous administration.
“Did You Know?”:
With a staff of 10,700 full-time employees and an annual budget of
approximately $2.6 billion, USCIS processes six million applications for
immigration benefits each year. This makes USCIS the largest
immigration service in the world.
“Fast Track Not Always the Wisest:”
The Government identified 184 aliens who falsely received naturalized
United States citizenship from one corrupt USCIS supervisory
adjudicator, by the name of Robert T. Schofield. In addition, the
defendant sold 13 Advance Paroles and 23 Temporary I-551 Stamps as
identified in the Indictment. Schofield personally received more than
$600,000 in bribes from the various brokers and aliens. The aliens who
received these fraudulent benefits paid $30,000 or more for those
authentic, albeit falsely made, United States immigration documents.
These aliens learned the hard way that even the payment of such
exorbitant fees to such a well placed official did not guarantee the
Government would never investigate the matter.
New USCIS Fee Schedule: Final Rule
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today announced a
final rule adjusting fees for immigration applications and petitions. This
rule is effective November 23, 2010. Applications or petitions mailed,
postmarked, or otherwise filed on or after November 23, 2010 must
include the new fee. USCIS - September 23, 2010
DREAM Delayed in the Senate
Washington D.C. - Today, the Senate voted 56 to 43 against proceeding
to the Defense Authorization Act. This procedural vote, which basically
followed party lines, ends consideration of critical social issues that
affect the military and were to be offered as amendments to the bill.
Among the amendments not considered is the DREAM Act, an
immigration bill that would provide legal status to young people who
graduate from high school and pursue college or military service.
The following is a statement from Mary Giovagnoli, Director of the
Immigration Policy Center:
"The political gridlock that has immobilized the Senate has resulted
once again in a lost opportunity for the American people. By refusing to
allow the Defense Authorization Act to proceed, America will not see, at
this time, an up or down vote on the DREAM Act, which would have been
a first legislative step in resolving our immigration crisis. The Senators
who voted "no" today are ignoring unequivocal evidence that the DREAM
Act is good for military readiness, the American workforce and the U.S.
The energy and enthusiasm of thousands of young people who have
poured themselves into promoting the DREAM Act has not been wasted,
however. Because of their efforts, more people today understand the
importance of DREAM to our economy, our military, and the future of our
country than ever before." - AIC - September, 21, 2010
DREAM Time - UPDATE ON DREAM ACT
"Congress may soon have a chance to repair, in a powerful way, the
shambles it has made of immigration. It can pass an amendment to the
defense authorization bill due to come before the Senate on Tuesday.
The amendment is the Dream Act, an inspired bit of carving from the
hugely ambitious, chronically unsuccessful comprehensive immigration
reform." New York Times Editorial, Sept. 19, 2010.
ICE to Serve More Than 500 New Notices of Inspection
"Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has confirmed to AILA
that the agency is serving more than 500 Notices of Inspection (NOIs) to
companies throughout the U.S. this week. According to ICE, the audits
flow in large part from leads about employers who allegedly are
engaging in hiring unauthorized workers and paying employees unfair
wages or otherwise exploiting workers.
October 2010 Visa Bulletin
Department of State Publication 9514, CA/VO:September 9, 2010.
Congress Passes Border Bill; AILA Calls for Real Immigration Reform
After some procedural stumbling, today the U.S. Congress passed a
$600 million immigration enforcement supplemental appropriations
package for additional border enforcement funding through the fiscal
year 2011. The package was sponsored by a group of senators and
representatives who had previously insisted on holding the line for a
comprehensive approach to immigration reform. Having taken an
enforcement-first step, the leader of that group, Senator Charles
Schumer, said "Hopefully colleagues on both sides of the aisle will [now]
come together and we can pass comprehensive reform".
Visa Bulletin for September 2010
Department of State Publication 9514 CA/VO:August 9, 2010
New Passport Fees - Effective July 13
New passport fees for the U.S. Passport Book, the U.S. Passport Card,
and other passport services will be in effect on Tuesday, July 13, 2010.
Visa Bulletin for August 2010
See notes D, E and F regarding: RETROGRESSION OF THE MEXICO
FAMILY FOURTH PREFERENCE CUT-OFF DATE: APPLICABILITY OF INA
SECTION 202(a)(5)(A)AS IT RELATES TO THE ALLOCATION OF
“OTHERWISE UNUSED” NUMBERS; and DETERMINATION OF THE
NUMERICAL LIMITS ON IMMIGRANTS REQUIRED UNDER THE
TERMS OF THE IMMIGRATION AND NATIONALITY ACT (INA). Department
of State Publication 9514, CA/VO:July 9, 2010.
USCIS to Welcome 3,800 New Citizens During Fourth of July Celebrations
WASHINGTON — U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will
commemorate America’s 234th birthday by naturalizing more than 3,800
citizenship candidates in approximately 55 special ceremonies held
across the United States and abroad. Nine of these ceremonies are
specifically for members of the U.S. armed forces and military spouses.
This year’s ceremonies will celebrate the theme, “A Spirit of
USCIS website makeover
"U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announces today the
launch of new web features designed to expand users’ access to their
case information. As part of USCIS’s commitment to improve customer
service, these enhancements include a new online inquiry tool and
tailored case status information, as well as new features for Spanish-
speaking customers available at USCIS.gov/espanol." USCIS, Aug. 2,
USCIS Expands Payment Options at All Domestic Offices
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today announced that
beginning October 1, 2010, domestic offices and U.S. territories,
including the U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam, will no longer accept cash
payment. Eliminating the acceptance of cash will reduce USCIS
operating costs. As an alternative to cash, our customers may pay using
checks (including personal checks),\ money orders, and credit cards.
USCIS, July 26, 2010.
Free Web Site Launched to Help Immigrants Learn English
"The U.S. Department of Education today launched U.S.A. Learns, a free
Web site to help immigrants learn English. The Web site, which is
located at www.USALearns.org, provides approximately 11 million
adults who have low levels of English proficiency with easily accessible
and free English language training."
Don't Be a Victim of Immigration Fraud
Notarios, Notary Publics and Immigration Consultants
Notarios, notary publics and immigration consultants may NOT represent
you before USCIS. While in many other countries the word “Notario” means
that the individual is an attorney, this is not true in the United States and they
may not provide the same services that andattorney or accredited
A notario may NOT:
Give you legal advice on what immigration benefit you may apply for or what
to say in an immigration interview
Hold him or herself out as qualified in legal matters or in immigration and
If you are seeking help with immigration questions, you should be very
careful before paying money to a non-attorney. Please use the following
guidelines when selecting an individual to represent you:
How to Protect Yourself from Becoming a Victim:
1.DO NOT sign blank applications, petitions or other papers.
2.DO NOT sign documents that you do not understand.
3.DO NOT sign documents that contain false statements or inaccurate
4.DO NOT let anyone keep your original documents.
5.DO NOT make payments to a representative without getting a receipt.
6.DO NOT pay more than a nominal fee to non-attorneys or make payments
on the internet.
7.DO obtain copies of all documents prepared or submitted for you.
8.DO verify an attorney’s or accredited representative’s eligibility to
9.DO report any representative’s unlawful activity to USCIS, State Bar
Associations and/or State Offices of Attorneys General.
For more information on how to report unlawful activity, please see the links
on the right side of this page for the National Association of Attorney
Generals and the American Bar Association. These websites contain
contact information for your state Attorney General or State Board.
Attorneys and Accredited Representatives
You may choose to have someone, such as an attorney or accredited
representative of a recognized organization, represent you when filing an
application or petition with USCIS. Only attorneys and accredited
representatives may communicate on your behalf regarding your
application with USCIS. For more information on finding an attorney or
accredited representative to help you file an application or petition, please
see the “Finding Legal Advice” link on the left side of this page.