AGJOBS: Legalization For Half-Million
A recent news report from the Hill reports that the Agricultural Job Opportunity, Benefits, and Security Act, or AGJOBS has signed on its 60th co-sponsor, paving the way for the bill to clear the Senate. Although AGJOBS is among many immigration reform initiatives introduced this year in Congress, AGJOBS, with bi-partisan support, may be one of the few major immigration-reform measure to become law. AGJOBS could potentially qualify approximately 500,000 undocumented workers for permanent residency, no small number. Read Immigration Daily to keep informed of the latest developments.
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Health Worker Shortages And The Potential Of Immigration Policy
Rob Paral for the Immigration Policy Center writes "Foreign-born and foreign-trained professionals play an important role in the delivery of health care in the US."
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Immigration Law News
Misrepresentation Of Participation In Nazi Camp Precludes Naturalization, Citizenship Under DPA
In US v. Demjanjuk, No. 02-3529 (6th Cir. Apr. 30, 2004), the court said that Defendant was not legally eligible to obtain citizenship under the Displaced Persons Act of 1948 (DPA) because upon signing his application for immigration visa, Defendant, a Nazi guard during World War II, knowingly misrepresented material facts, leaving his entry to the US unlawful and naturalization illegally procured.
Attorney General's Revocation Of Approved Visa Petition Is Precluded From Judicial Review
In El-Khader v. Monica, Interim District Director, Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services, No. 03-2178 (7th Cir. Apr. 29, 2004), the court said that revocation of a previously approved visa petition under 8 USC 1155 was a discretionary decision, precluded from judicial review pursuant to 8 USC 1252(a)(2)(B)(ii).
Democrats Introduce Legalization Proposal
The Desert Sun reports "Top Democratic lawmakers, immigration advocates and union leaders are pushing legislation that would legalize millions of undocumented immigrants and permit up to 350,000 foreigners to work in the US on temporary visas."
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Referring to the article by Mr. Marc Ellis, something has to be done about the consulates. They have probably gotten by because they are "out of
sight..." and most of their activities go unnoticed. Most people don't
know how to appeal their decisions. Granted, there are some good
consulate employees. (I worked at the Honduras embassy for a few
months). We recently had a case in Shenyang China where the applicant
was requesting a B1 visa. He has extensive business properties in
China. He sent a container with some of his product for a scheduled
meeting in the States. He was coming with an interpreter and has a
US sponsor. We sent cables, memo's, emails, to the embassy in advance
of his appointment explaining his situation (they responded once) when
he showed up for the interview, they interviewed both separately. They
asked him 2 questions, then the interviewer remarked "how can you do
business in the US if you don't know how to speak English?" and with
that, he was summarily denied. They tell me that the total interview
took about 5 minutes. They were not given a chance to explain their
case. Unbelievable. In another recent case, the DHS approved a P-3
visa for 1 year when the applicant showed up for interview, they told
him that his visa was only approved for 6 months. When he complained,
they told him that they don't operate under the same rules as DHS.
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