Archive for June 2011

Board Sets Favorable Precedent for Children of Fiancées (K-2 Visa Holders)

Jun 30th, 2011 | By | Category: Headline News

The American Immigration Council’s Legal Action Center (LAC) applauds the Board of Immigration Appeals (Board) for advancing family unity in its June 23, 2011 decision, Matter of Le. The Board’s long-awaited ruling favorably resolves the issue of whether the child of a fiancée of a U.S. citizen (a K-2 visa holder), who legally entered the […]



Committee Approves Bill to Reauthorize Temporary Nurse Visa Program

Jun 25th, 2011 | By | Category: America Now, Documents, Economy, Employment, Health, Immigration

Committee Approves Bill to Reauthorize Temporary Nurse Visa Program Washington, D.C. – The House Judiciary Committee approved a bill (H.R. 1933) on June 23, 2011 to help hospitals in inner-city neighborhoods and rural areas that have difficulty in attracting nurses.  Specifically, it reauthorizes the H-1C temporary visa program that allows foreign nurses to come to the […]



A Framework for Lasting Reform: Sen. Menendez Introduces “Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2011”

Jun 25th, 2011 | By | Category: America Now, Immigration, Reform

Washington, D.C. – June 22, 2011, Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Harry Reid (D-NV), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Richard Durbin (D-IL), Charles Schumer (D-NY), Kristen Gillibrand (D-NY) and John Kerry (D-MA) introduced the “Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2011,” a bill that seeks to fix a system that has been broken for far too long. The legislation […]



Jose Antonio Vargas: My Life as an Undocumented Immigrant

Jun 24th, 2011 | By | Category: Headline News

A Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, Jose Antonio Vargas, has just outed himself as an Undocumented Immigrant in a major article that is posted on the New York Times website.  ABC News devoted its Nightline program to the story.  AILA National representatives have been working with ABC News on background. Here are the links: Nightline link. […]



Crackdown on Fake Immigration Lawyers

Jun 16th, 2011 | By | Category: Headline News

In a recent New York Times article by Julia Preston, Immigration officials are teaming up with federal and state prosecutors, the Federal Trade Commission, lawyers’ groups and immigrant advocate organizations in a new nationwide effort to combat an epidemic of schemes by people posing as immigration lawyers. The campaign, which will begin in Washington on Thursday, […]



POWER Act Introduced to Combat Worker Exploitation

Jun 16th, 2011 | By | Category: America Now, Immigration

From the National Immigration Law Center: The POWER Act Would Thwart Bad-Apple Employers Who Abuse the System and Gain Unfair Advantage WASHINGTON, D.C. — Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Rep. George Miller (D-CA), and Rep. Judy Chu (D-C)  yesterday introduced the POWER (Protect Our Workers from Exploitation and Retaliation) Act, legislation that that, if passed, would […]



National Initiative to Combat Immigration Services Scams

Jun 10th, 2011 | By | Category: Headline News

DHS, DOJ and FTC Collaborate with State and Local Partners in Unprecedented Effort WASHINGTON—The U.S. government unveiled Thursday June 9th a multi-agency, nationwide initiative to combat immigration services scams. The Departments of Homeland Security (DHS) and Justice (DOJ) and theFederal Trade Commission (FTC) are leading this historic effort. This initiative targets immigration scams involving the […]



Left By The Ship: Documentary about Filipino Amerasians Screening

Jun 8th, 2011 | By | Category: Headline News

June 8th at 10 pm at the Cedar Lane Cinemas in Teaneck, New Jersey (Hoboken International Film Festival) The documentary about Amerasians in the Philippines Winner of the Jason Mak award for Best Social justice film  at theDisorient Asian American Film festival   Robert, Jr, Charlene and Margarita are Amerasians: the sons and daughters of Filipina women […]



Why are so many of the answers on the U.S. citizenship test wrong?

Jun 8th, 2011 | By | Category: Documents, Immigration

A recently naturalized U.S. citizen, Dafna Linzer, in an entertaining article on Slate, wonders why the U.S. government can’t get the questions for the naturalization test quite right. From Slate: Take Question 36. It asks applicants to name two members of the president’s Cabinet. Among the correct answers is “Vice President.” The vice president is a cabinet-level […]



Sarah Palin Against Amnesty and the DREAM Act

Jun 8th, 2011 | By | Category: America Now, Immigration, Politics

The former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin visited Ellis Island last week. “It’s one of the symbols, of course, of our liberty, and it’s a reminder too that immigrants built this country,” said Palin. Twelve million immigrants entered the United States through Ellis Island from 1892 to 1924. The possible […]

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