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  1. DHS' OFFICIAL WINK-WINK REAL ID ANNOUNCEMENT

    by , 04-03-2008 at 07:17 PM (Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy)
    This is one of the stranger immigration stories in the news today. Remember REAL ID, the mandate passed by Congress in 2005 that largely creates a national ID card by requiring all states to make extremely expensive changes to their drivers licenses to make it impossible for people illegally in the US to get driving privileges? Apparently, many states didn't like being told to spend all that money and not be reimbursed by Washington. Now DHS is saying that they're going to pretend that the states are all going along even though many are telling DHS they have no intention of ever complying.
  2. USCIS AND FBI ANNOUNCE PLAN TO ELIMINATE SECURITY CLEARANCE BACKLOGS

    by , 04-02-2008 at 08:25 PM (Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy)
    According to the agencies, they hope to be able to turn around 98% of cases within 30 days and the remaining 2% within 90 days. They plan on achieving this by June 2009. In the mean time, the agencies hope to meet the following completion goals:

    May 2008 - Process all name checks pending three years or more
    July 2008 - Process all name checks pending two years or more
    November 2008 - Process all name checks pending more than one year
    February 2009 - Process all name checks pending more than six months
    June 2009 - Meet the time frames noted above

    Download uscis_news_release_plan_to_eliminate_fbi_name_check_backlog_20080402.pdf

  3. 30 DAY O-1 PROCESSING BILL PASSES IN HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE

    by , 04-02-2008 at 11:21 AM (Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy)
    HR 1312, a bill that mandates O-1 visas be adjudicated in 30 days or
    less (or be automatically converted at no cost to the applicant to
    premium processing), has passed the House. The bill also mandates USCIS
    adjudicate a premium-processed case within 30 days of documentation
    being supplied in response to a request for evidence.


    S.2178 is the Senate version of the bill. It was introduced by Senator
    John Kerry (D-MA) last October, but has not been heard in committee
    yet.

    The bill reads as follows:AN ACT

    To expedite adjudication of employer petitions for aliens of extraordinary artistic ability.

          Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

    SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

          This Act may be cited as the `Arts Require Timely Service (ARTS) Act'.

    SEC. 2. EXPEDITED ADJUDICATION OF EMPLOYER PETITIONS FOR ALIENS OF EXTRAORDINARY ARTISTIC ABILITY.

          Section 214(c) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1184(c)) is amended--

                (1) by striking `Attorney General' each place it appears and inserting `Secretary of Homeland Security'; and

                (2) in paragraph (6)(D)--

                      (A) by striking `(D) Any' and inserting `(D)(i) Any';

                      (B) by striking `Once the' and inserting `Except as provided in clause (ii), once the'; and

                      (C) by adding at the end the following:


    `(ii) The Secretary of Homeland Security shall adjudicate each petition
    for an alien with extraordinary ability in the arts (as described in
    section 101(a)(15)(O)(i)), an alien accompanying such an alien (as
    described in clauses (ii) and (iii) of section 101(a)(15)(O)), or an
    alien described in section 101(a)(15)(P) (other than an alien described
    in section 214(c)(4)(A) (relating to athletes)) not later than 30 days
    after--

    `(I) the date on which the petitioner submits the
    petition with a written advisory opinion, letter of no objection, or
    request for a waiver; or

    `(II) the date on which the 15-day
    period described in clause (i) has expired, if the petitioner has had
    an opportunity, as appropriate, to supply rebuttal evidence.


    `(iii) If a petition described in clause (ii) is not adjudicated before
    the end of the 30-day period described in clause (ii) and the
    petitioner is an arts organization described in paragraph (3), (5), or
    (6) of section 501(c) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 and exempt
    from tax under section 501(a) of such Code for the taxable year
    preceding the calendar year in which the petition is submitted, or an
    individual or entity petitioning primarily on behalf of such an
    organization, the Secretary of Homeland Security shall provide the
    petitioner with the premium-processing services referred to in section
    286(u), without a fee.'.

    Passed the House of Representatives April 1, 2008.

    Attest:

    Clerk.
  4. 15% OF ARIZONA EMPLOYERS ARE USING E-VERIFY

    by , 04-01-2008 at 12:18 PM (Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy)
    Since Arizona law mandates all employers use E-Verify, this means 85% of Arizona employers are breaking the law.
  5. DREW CAREY ON THE BECKHAM FACTOR

    by , 04-01-2008 at 11:41 AM (Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy)
    Comedian Drew Carey nicely makes the case that there is nothing new in the immigration debate and that the arguments used today to oppose immigration are the same as 100 years ago. They were wrong then and they are wrong today.

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