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  1. Dems Urge Equality for LGBT families in Deportation Cases

    by , 09-29-2011 at 10:39 PM (Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy)
    The Hill reports that Nancy Pelosi and other House Democrats have sent a letter to DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano pushing  for the Department of Homeland Security to ensure that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals family ties be given equal consideration in deportation proceedings.
    According to the Hill:

    The letter makes two suggestions aimed at ensuring this change is implemented. First, it notes that a DHS and Department of Justice working group would be established to review deportation cases and prepare guidance for officials.
    But a June memo from Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which is expected to guide field officers, only discusses factors such as family relationship and makes no mention of considering LGBT ties to U.S. citizens.
    "We ask that consideration of LGBT family ties be communicated in the guidance being prepared by the new DHS/DOJ working group," the letter said.
    Second, the letter asks that the working group include someone "experienced in working with LGBT immigrants and their families to ensure that these factors are recognized and understood."
  2. Green Card Lottery Entry Period Starts Next Week

    by , 09-29-2011 at 09:22 PM (Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy)
    It's an online process and you can begin filing on October 4th by going here.
  3. Bloomberg: Failing to Reform Legal Immigration is National Suicide

    by , 09-29-2011 at 09:01 PM (Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy)
    New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has not been afraid to speak out in favor of liberalizing immigration policies and has given his most explicit warning yet regarding the dangers of ignoring this need.
  4. Perry's Shaky Stand on Immigration; By Danielle Beach-Oswald

    During the Republican presidential debate in Florida, Governor Rick Perry's stand on immigration landed him in second in the straw poll. The issue that cost him a large number of supporters was his support of the Texas bill that made Texas the first state to let illegal immigrant children pay in-state college tuition. The illegal immigrant children who are eligible for these grants are those who have lived in Texas for three years and are in the process of seeking permanent resident status in the United States. Texas is the first state to have passed this bill, and many of its residents are highly displeased that illegal immigrants are allowed this financial privilege. In fact, just last year sixteen thousand illegal immigrants took advantage of this bill. Depending on the universities they attended, the amount of money they were granted varied. However, in expensive universities such as the University of Texas, the total sum of the grant was $100,000 per illegal immigrant. These sums were, of course, financed by the tax payers.
    Governor Perry's reasoning for his stand is that: "If you say that we should not educate children who come into our state for no other reason than that they've been brought there through no fault of their own, I don't think you have a heart. We need to be educating these children, because they will become a drag on our society." He argues that the children illegally immigrated to the United States through no fault of their own - they were brought by their parents, and thereby do not deserve to be punished for their parents' actions. Mitt Romney challenged Governor Perry's stand, saying: "I think if you are opposed to illegal immigration, it doesn't mean you don't have a heart. It means you have a heart and a brain."
    Despite Perry's humanitarian stand on giving illegal immigrant children a more affordable college education, he also has a firm stand opposing illegal immigration. He opposes the DREAM Act, opposes amnesty for illegal immigrants, and has spent ten years and $400 million securing Texas' border from illegal immigration. It has yet to be seen whether his stand on immigration will change in the months to come, but at present Governor Perry is opposed to illegal immigration, but is sympathetic to those children and young adults who are here through no fault of their own and who will through education be an economic benefit rather than a drain for Texas. Seeing that Texas has a large Mexican population and that reform is clearly needed on immigration, his weakness here for Republicans could be a strength if he is the Republican candidate.
  5. DREAMer Nadia Habib set to be Deported TODAY by the Obama Deportation Machine

    by , 09-29-2011 at 04:50 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    DREAMer Nadia Habib and her mother are set to be deported today.
    The following summary was taken from the New York State Youth Leadership Council website:

    Nadia and her mother are scheduled to be deported back to Bangladesh on September 29 at 11am. They were denied motion to reopen their case after a mistake of the immigration judge. Please take action immediately to stop their deportation!
    Nadia was brought to the U.S. when she was only a one year old. She is now 19 and a junior at Stony Brook University in New York studying Psychology. Nazmin is married to a green card holder and has three younger children, all of whom are U.S. citizens and need her to stay in the country.


    Click here to see how you can help stop this from happening.




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