USCIS Revises Name Check Policy
USCIS previously required that the FBI name check clearance be obtained before any immigration benefits applications were approved, regardless of the length of time required for the FBI name check approval. USCIS issued a revised FBI name check policy,
"Where the application is otherwise approvablc and the FBI name check request has been pending for more
than 180 days, the adjudicator shall approve the 1-485,1-601,1-687, or 1-698 and proceed with
card issuance. The FBI has committed to providing FBI name check results within this timeframe."For the full USCIS memo, see here.
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Aytes Memo On Revised Name Check Guidance
USCIS Associate Director, Domestic Operations Aytes issued a revised name check policy memo which appeared as part of Mocanu v. Mueller, et. al (USDC, Eastern District of PA, Case 2:07-cv-00445-MMB (Feb.06, 2008). For the entire case document, including Aytes memo, see here. For the excerpted Aytes memo, see here (thanks to Greg Siskind and Kip Steinberg).
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New York - Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP is pleased to announce the election of Janet L. Henner. Ms. Henner received her B.A. from Brandeis University and is a cum laude graduate of Tulane University School of Law (JD). She currently serves on the executive committee of the New York Chapter of AILA. Janet is admitted to practice in New York, Connecticut, Illinois (inactive) and Washington, D.C. www.fragomen.com.
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I watched the "debate" between Lou Dobbs and Janet Murgia, the head of La
Raza, (I don't recall her exact title) and came away with a different
impression of the results than Emilio Decker Jr. Ms. Murgia did have
charts and graphs of information supplied by the SPLC (Southern Poverty
Law Center) and the ADL (Anti-Defamation League), neither of which is
exactly unbiased. Her shrill arguments were, apparently, that violence
against hispanics had increased slightly and that Dobbs has had people on
his program who the ADL and the SPLC allege to promote hatred. When asked
to talk about immigration, Ms. Murgia declined and continually repeated
the same allegations. The people who have been on Dobbs' show are well
known speakers on the immigration issue and have been asked to speak by
many organizations, including Congress in some cases. By the same token,
some of the folks associated with La Raza tend to foster their own kind of
hatred. I've watch Lou Dobbs for several years and have never heard him
say he hated anyone, not illegal aliens nor Latinos in general. (If anyone
has proof to the contrary I appreciate a citation; I might change my
mind.)He doesn't like illegal immigration, but is able to differentiate
between illegal immigration and illegal immigrants. People are free to
disagree with Dobbs, but they at least should be accurate in their
pronouncements against him. One reason why we're not able to clean up the
"immigration mess" is because both sides resort to distortion and
hyperbole instead of searching for facts and dealing with them. I've done
enough "problem solving" to be convinced that there's going to have to be
some compromising if we're ever going to have any kind of solution.
John H. Frecker
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