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  1. Help Stop the Deportation of Washington DREAMer, Alberto Yanez

    by , 07-06-2011 at 05:39 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    The follow information about DREAMer Alberto Yanez was found on the America's Voice website.  Unfortunately Alberto is facing the prospect of being yet another statistic of the Obama administration's deportation machine.
    The write-up is courtesy of Mahwish Khan:

    Alberto Yanez is a hard-working student, a committed young father, and an ambitious DREAMer. He came to the United States from Mexico in 1988 when he was just a year old. Raised in California, Alberto moved to Washington state with his family after his junior year in high school. He has been living there ever since.
    His life has been full of accomplishments. In the 3rdgrade, he was placed in the school's gifted program; during high school, he was taking college courses. He was also awarded a scholarship for a summer course at UCLA after his freshman year of high school.  When his family moved to Washington during his senior year, he enrolled in Washington's Running Start program. Six months after his high school graduation, he received an Associate of Art's degree from South Puget Sound Community College.
    But that wasn't the end of it. Soon after, Alberto enrolled in Evergreen State College, and attended for five quarters. Juggling a full time job with other part-time work, he decided to start his own business to give him some flexibility.  Eventually, Alberto was able to return to school and finally enrolled at Clover Park Technical College in Tacoma to become a Pharmacy Technician.  Even while running a business, working part-time, supporting a family, and studying for classes, Alberto managed to achieve 3 A's and one B in the pharmacy technician program.
    This is one high-achieving 24-year old.
    His future, however, is now in the hands of ICE agents. On November 16, 2010, Alberto was taken into ICE custody, and spent approximately 30 days in the Tacoma Detention Center. With no criminal background, and as such a productive member of the community, Alberto Yanez is the lowest possible priority for deportation, according to the Department of Homeland Security's recent memo clarifying its discretion in enforcement. What's worse, if ICE does decide to deport this talented DREAMer, they would be ripping a father away from his three US citizen children, ages 4, 19 months, and 5 weeks.
    Alberto is scheduled to check-in with the ICE officer at the Tukwila office this Thursday, July 7, 2011. According to Alberto:
    It's a coin toss whether the ICE officer is going to extend my stay or just detain and deport me.
    It's up to us to help. Sign the petition to tell ICE to keep Alberto at home with his family and then please share Alberto's story on twitter.
    We need thousands of signature in only a couple of days to send a message to ICE that they should let Alberto stay with his children. Please help get the word out. 

    Please urge everyone you know to sign the petition.
  2. Rep. Luis Gutierrez Calls for President Barack Obama to stop deporting DREAMers

    by , 07-06-2011 at 05:23 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
  3. Bloggings: Is hate becoming America's leading export? A comment on another Ugandan legislative development of interest to American immigration lawyers, by Roger Algase

    Thanks to Yosef Yacob for his informative and useful summary of Ugandan marriage law (07/05/ID). There is another legislative proposa which is still pending in Uganda, to the best of my knowledge and understanding, which reads as follows:
    "A person who commits the offense of aggravated homosexuality shall be liable on conviction to suffer death."
    Another section of the same bill makes purporting to enter into a same sex marriage an offense punishable by life imprisonment.
    Uganda's notorious anti-gay bill is, as everyone knows, being actively supported by right wing extremist groups in the US. Many of these same groups are also opposed to any attempt to liberalize America's immigration laws. Arizona, Georgia and other states are now trying to impose drastic criminal penalites for immigration violations.
    In late 2005, the then Republican controlled House of Representatives tried to do the same thing, even with regard to minor immigration violations. Congressional Republicans are now promising more of the same. 
    Will we be seeing the day sometime soon when entering the US without inspection or overstaying a US visa will carry the death penalty? While we are waiting for the answer to this interesting question, at least immigration marriage lawyers will be able to help people from Uganda more effectively, thanks to Mr. Yosef's article.
    The same will also be true of asylum lawyers, if the Ugandan anti-gay bill, with the help of right wing bigots in America who are trying to turn hate into America's most popular export, ever becomes law.
     
     
  4. EB-5 Stats Revealed at USCIS June 30 Stakeholders Meeting

    (by Brian Su)
    EB-5 statistics are reported in the 6/30/2011 EB-5 Stakeholder's Meeting Presentation.

    Current Regional Center Stats as of 6/30/2011



    # of Active Regional Centers
    147


    # of Pending Initial RC Proposals
    83


    # of Pending RC Amendments
    9



    Stats on Initial Regional Center Proposal Filings






    FY 2010
    (Oct 2009 - Sept 2010)


    FY 2011 Q1 & Q2
    (Oct 2010 - Mar 2011)



    # of Initial RC Proposal Filings

    110

    146


    # of Amended RC Proposal Filings
    42
    55


    % of Initial RC Proposals Denied
    45%
    31%


    % of RC Amendments Denied
    29%
    22%



    Statistics I-526 and I-829 Petitions





    # of I-526 Received
    # of I-526 Approvals
    % of I-526 Approved


    FY11 Q1 & Q2
    1601
    407
    81%


    FY10
    1955
    1369
    89%


    FY09
    1028
    1262
    86%


    FY08
    1257
    640
    84%


    FY07
    776
    473
    76%


    FY06
    486
    336
    73%


    FY05
    332
    179
    53%








    # of I-829 Received
    # of I-829 Approvals
    % of I-829 Approved


    FY11 Q1 & Q2
    1150
    166
    86%


    FY10
    768
    274
    83%


    FY09
    437
    347
    86%


    FY08
    390
    159
    70%


    FY07
    194
    111
    69%


    FY06
    89
    106
    64%


    FY05
    37
    184
    62%




    EB-5 Visa Statistics





    Total EB-5 Visas Issued


    FY11 Q1 & Q2
    2,129*


    FY10
    1,885


    FY09
    4,218


    FY08
    1,360


    FY07
    806


    FY06
    744



    * preliminary estimate


     
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