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Comment: The So Called Pro Immigrants - Citizen Orange provides a transcript of a recent NPR interview with Luis Miranda, Director of Hispanic Media at the White House (H/T Greg Siskind):

Luis Miranda: The expectation is, we'll continue to see deportation numbers at similar rates because that's what they are based on Congressional funding.[...]

Maria Hinojosa: Luis, but can you really say that this White House has prioritized it's resources when now the number that is carried by President Obama is the fact that he has deported more immigrants than any other President in U.S. History?

Mr. Miranda: And you know it's such a misleading number because it is really a factor of congressional funding for this. So any President who would have come in would have had a similar number of deportations.[...]

Ms. Hinojosa: So the Obama administration, at this point, will continue to reach that number of a 400,000 deportation per year

Mr. Miranda: Well we don't have a specific quota, but the funding from Congress is going to put any President in that range.

Today, ICE released FAQs about the prioritization (the FAQs are largely a defense against the complaint that this is an administrative amnesty), baldly stating:
Does the implementation of the process mean that only individuals with criminal convictions will be removed?

No. Many individuals who have violated civil immigration law but lack a criminal conviction are a DHS priority for removal from the United States.

So, nothing has really changed. The same number of people will continue to be deported for the same reasons as before. It is clear that the primary purpose of the so-called prioritization is to not to offer deportation relief for immigrants, but to parade a few "show cases" for the news media to achieve public relations relief for the administration. It is disturbing that the so-called pro-immigrant Washington elites are helping the administration to pretend that it is doing something positive on immigration. Re-electing President Obama seems to be a higher priority for the so-called pro-immigrant DC voices than holding the Administration's feet to the fire on immigration matters, even when hundreds of thousands of immigrant families continue to be broken up as a matter of policy, and millions live in fear. Fortunately, we now have a lively immigrant media, who cannot be so easily fooled time and time again. This administration's expectation that they will keep winning the Hispanic vote with words and promises alone, while its actions continue to wage war against immigrants, will not work this time around. We are confident that New Mexico, Nevada, Colarado and above all, Florida will be lost to Mr. Obama and his Party even should the Republicans nominate someone considerably right-of-center. Please express your opinions using our letters section or by writing to us at

Article: New Developments And Hot Topics In The EB-5 Investor Green Card Arena by Bernard P. Wolfsdorf

Article: Administration Puts Secure Communities Imbroglio To Rest With Prosecutorial Discretion Applicability To 300,000 National Immigration Court Caseload by Alan Lee, Esq.

Bloggings: Congressional Candidate's Partner Faces Deportation by Matthew Kolken

News: ICE Publishes FAQs On Prioritization Of Enforcement

News: USCIS Updates H-2B Cap Count

Focus: The Consular Posts Book
The Table of Contents for "The Consular Posts Book" is as follows:
A chapter each on - Argentina - Buenos Aires; Armenia - Yerevan; Australia - Sydney; Brazil - Sao Paulo; Canada -Toronto; China - Beijing, Guangzhou, and Shanghai; Colombia - Bogota; France - Paris; Germany - Frankfurt, and Munich; Haiti - Port au Prince; India - Chennai, Kolkata, Mumbai, and New Delhi; Jamaica - Kingston; Nigeria - Lagos; Philippines - Manila; Taiwan - Taipei; Trinidad and Tobago - Port of Spain; United Kingdom - London; Vietnam - Ho Chi Minh City.
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: New Attorney Vulnerabilities in International Practice
Chapter 3: Trade and Immigration Tightening? NAFTA, WTO, GATS Soup to Nuts
Chapter 4: Tips for Avoiding B-1/B-2 Visa Denials and Correcting other Refusal Issues with the Consul
Chapter 5: The Visa Waiver Program (VWP): Not As Simple and Easy As It Looks
Chapter 6: Non-Immigrant Classes and Their U.S. Tax Obligations
Chapter 7: E-1/E-2 Treaty Traders and Treaty Investors
Chapter 8: The Consular Role in L-1 Blanket Petitions
Chapter 9: H-1B "Dependent Employees": From Labeling to Lawbreaking
Chapter 10: Temporary Assignment of H-1B Employees to Client Work Sites
Chapter 11: State Department Name-Checks and Security Advisory Opinions (SAOs)
Chapter 12: ICE Data-Mining and Federal Benefits Fraud Task Forces - Send In the Marines: Best Practices to Survive Audits and Task Forces
Chapter 13: What to do if Your Client's Visa is Denied: Visa Office Advisory Opinions
Chapter 14: A Template for Attorney Risk-Assessment
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Headline: Detention centres prepare for scrutiny
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Headline: Does the Alabama Law actually do something to fix the broken immigration system?
Headline: Rep. Gutierrez Says Immigrant Voters Put Obama In Office
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Letters of the Week by Honza Prchal, Oscar Jaeger, Esq., Luz DeCuadro, Linda Grays (2), Overseas Workforce, Richard A. Hujber, Esq., Tony Hardin, CPA, Richard Y (2), Stanley Wayne and Tom Klocek

ComingsNGoings: Immigration Event
Meeting Invitation - September 7, 2011 - 2:00 pm EDT - The USCIS Verification Division and the Office of Public Engagement invite you to participate in a bilingual national stakeholder engagement to discuss E-Verify Self Check. To RSVP, please contact the Office of Public Engagement at by September 2, with subject line "Self Check- In Person" or "Self Check" if attending by phone or webinar.

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