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  1. Passport Day at the Buffalo Passport Agency on October 14th

    by , 09-20-2017 at 01:49 PM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    FYI:

    Buffalo Passport Agency
    U.S. Department of State

    Passport Day on Saturday, October 14

    The Buffalo Passport Agency is hosting a special passport day on Saturday, October 14 as part of the U.S. Department of State’s Passport Awareness Month.

    This year, the State Department’s public awareness campaign focuses on the benefits of getting a U.S. passport card and how both products (the passport book
    and card) are great forms of photo ID. The event on Saturday is a convenient way to apply for the first time or renew your passport.

    Day: Saturday, October 14
    Time: 10:00am – 3:00pm
    Location: 111 Genesee Street, Suite 101
    Buffalo, NY 14203

    Payment: Credit card, personal check, exact cash (no change is given)

    Applicants may choose routine service (4-6 weeks) or expedited service (2-3 weeks). Expedited service costs an additional $60. Applicants will be seen on a
    first come, first serve basis and no appointment is necessary.

    For information on passport forms and fees, or to learn more about Passport Awareness Month, visit Travel.State.Gov.

    For media inquiries please contact:
    Kristine Knapp
    716-855- 6005
    BuffaloCS@state.gov
  2. ICE removes top Mexican drug trafficker

    by , 09-12-2017 at 01:24 PM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    NEW YORK – Deportation officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) removed a top Mexican drug kingpin Sept. 1.

    Esteban Rodriguez-Olivera, 52, departed from John F. Kennedy Airport in New York and arrived in Mexico without incident.
    He was transferred to ERO New York custody Aug. 28 from the Federal Bureau of Prisons Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn where he was serving a sentence for a felony cocaine conviction.

    Rodriguez-Olivera, one of the leaders of the “Los Gueros” international drug organization, pleaded guilty in November 2012 to charges of conspiring to import illegal narcotics into the United States.

    He was sentenced Aug. 24 to 60 months incarceration, and credited for time served, by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

    According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York, the Los Gueros drug cartel is estimated to have imported more than 100,000 kilograms of cocaine into the United States from 1996 to 2008. It smuggled cocaine from Colombia to the Gulf of Mexico. From there, it routed the cocaine through Mexico to Texas before delivering it to various parts of the United States, including New York.

    Rodriguez-Olivera and his brother Luis Rodriguez-Olivera were both designated as ‘kingpins’ in 2007 by the U.S. Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force.
  3. ICE canceled a large planned deportation operation due to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma

    by , 09-08-2017 at 06:17 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    Via Business Insider:

    US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials planned to conduct sweeping raids targeting 8,400 undocumented immigrants in "the largest operation of it's kind in the history of ICE," according to an NBC News report published Thursday.

    The report, which cited three law-enforcement officials and an agency-wide internal document, revealed that the raids, dubbed "Operation Mega," were scheduled over a five-day period starting on September 17.


    However, after NBC News' report, ICE officials said they had "adjusted" the upcoming operations in light of severe weather from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.


    Click here for more of the story.
  4. Where You Live Impacts Ability To Obtain Representation in Immigration Court

    by , 08-30-2017 at 07:54 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    Via Syracuse University's TRAC Immigration:

    [N]ewly obtained case-by-case court records show that depending upon the community in which the immigrant resides, the odds of obtaining representation in Immigration Court deportation proceedings varies widely. In some places in the United States the odds are 1 out of 100 of obtaining representation in cases filed in the last 90 days, and rise to only 20 out of 100 for all pending cases. In other communities your chances rise to over 82 out of a 100 of securing an attorney in recently filed cases, and climb to 98 out of 100 for all pending cases.

    These and other findings are based upon very current case-by-case court records that were obtained under the Freedom of information Act and analyzed by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University. Information reflects court records as of the end of May 2017.



    Table 1. Communities With Pending Immigration Court Cases by Residence of Individual*
    States with: Number
    1 or more residents 50
    10 or more residents 50
    100 or more residents 47
    1,000 or more residents 39
    Counties with:
    1 or more residents 2,507
    10 or more residents 1,372
    100 or more residents 470
    1,000 or more residents 111
    Census County Subdivisions with:
    1 or more residents 11,894
    10 or more residents 3,158
    100 or more residents 766
    1,000 or more residents 96

    Click here for the full report.
  5. USCIS will Increase Number of Applicant Interviews

    by , 08-28-2017 at 12:30 PM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    Protecting the Integrity of the Immigration System:
    USCIS will Increase Number of Applicant Interviews
    Agency Develops Strategy to further Detect and Deter Immigration Fraud

    WASHINGTON –U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has begun a multiphase approach to expand interviews across benefit types, focusing on benefits that, if granted, allow an individual to permanently reside in the United States. Conducting these in-person interviews will further strengthen the agency’s fraud detection and national security initiatives.


    This change complies with Executive Order 13780, “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States,” and is part of the agency’s comprehensive strategy to further improve the detection and prevention of fraud and further enhance the integrity of the immigration system.

    Effective Oct. 1, USCIS will begin to phase in interviews for:

    • Adjustment of status applications based on employment (Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status).


    • Refugee/asylee relative petitions (Form I-730, Refugee/Asylee Relative Petition) for beneficiaries who are in the United States and are petitioning to join a principal asylee/refugee applicant.


    “USCIS is collaborating with our federal partners to develop a uniform baseline for screening and vetting standards and procedures. Part of our USCIS strategy to support this uniform baseline is the incremental expansion of interviews for those benefit types which would provide permanent residence in the United States,” said Acting USCIS Director James W. McCament.

    Conducting interviews will provide USCIS officers with the opportunity to verify the information provided in the application directly with the individual(s), discover new information that may be relevant to the adjudication, and determine the credibility of the individual(s) seeking permanent residence in the United States. USCIS will meet the additional interview requirement through enhancements in training and technology as well as transitions in some aspects of case management.

    Additionally, individuals can report allegations of immigration fraud or abuse by completing ICE’s HSI Tip Form.

    For more information on USCIS and its programs, please visit uscis.gov or follow us on Twitter (@uscis), YouTube (/uscis), Facebook(/uscis) and Instagram (@USCIS).


    - USCIS

    Updated 08-28-2017 at 12:32 PM by MKolken

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