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Immigration Daily November 18, 2008
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Pardons Unlikely

NewsWeek reports "Among rejected applicants for commutation were Jose Compean and Ignacio Ramos, two former U.S. Border Patrol agents whose convictions for shooting a Mexican drug dealer have become a lightning rod in the illegal immigration debate." For the full story, see here.

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Deadline Is Tuesday, Nov 18th For USCIS Administration of the EB5 Program

Tuesday, Nov 18th is the deadline for the Thursday, November 20th phone session of "EB-5 Immigrant Investors: Here And Now" (with Lincoln Stone, Edward Carroll, Kevin Cummings (USCIS), Robert Divine, Carolyn Lee, Joseph Whalen (USCIS) and Other Speakers To Be Announced). The curriculum is as follows:

  • Recent developments at USCIS with the EB5 program
  • Hot issues at USCIS in EB5 adjudications
  • Expedites and other processing pointers in EB5 adjudications
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The Element Of Discretion In 601 Determinations
Steven D. Heller writes "When I was adjudicating I-601 waivers at the US Embassy in London my colleagues and I used to theorize on the element of discretion in waiver determinations."

Coming To America
This exploration of immigration is a collaboration between the editorial staff at GOOD and Hank H. Huang

Bloggings on PERM Labor Certification
Joel Stewart shares the latest entries as of November 17, 2008 on his PERM Labor Certification blog.

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DHS Adds Additional Countries To Visa Waiver Program
DHS published notice of a final rule effective November 17, 2008 adding the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, the Republic of Korea, and the Slovak Republic to the list of countries authorized to participate in the Visa Waiver Program.

DHS Privacy Impact Assessment Update
DHS published a privacy impact assessment update for the USCIS Person Centric Query Service supporting visa benefit adjudicators, visa fraud officers, and consular officers of the Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs.


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Advocates For Immigration Reform Differ In Predictions For New Administration
Now that Latinos have helped Democrats regain the highest office in the land and bought into the promise of a problem-solving president, there is hope for another attempt to overhaul the immigration laws.

Benefits System Overhaul Expected To Expedite Results
Immigrants navigating the labyrinthine federal immigration benefits system usually learn a quick lesson: Better be patient, as it may easily take months or even years before getting a response on their applications.

HIV-Positive Travelers Challenge Countries With 'No Entry' Policy
When HIV-positive Winnie Sseruma was invited to speak on the subject at the United Nations in New York last June, she never expected that her condition would prevent her from obtaining a visa.

Illegal Aliens Prepare To March On Washington
A California-based immigration reform activist hopes supporters of illegal immigration will follow through on their plans to stage huge rallies in Washington, DC, on January 21, to push the incoming Obama administration for amnesty.


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Readers are welcome to share their comments, email: (300-words or fewer preferred). Many letters to the Editor refer to past correspondence, available in our archives.

Dear Editor:
Regardless of one's beliefs towards U.S. immigration policy, for whatever reason this case had "frame up" written all over it from day one (11/17/08 ID comment). I'm afraid Ramos and Compean will turn into martyrs.

A. Chiletti
Thousand Oaks, CA

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