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Research Centers Feud, Offer Glimpse into Heated Debate Over Immigration Reform

A feud between two nationally known immigration research centers supposedly dedicated to conducting non-partisan, unbiased research foreshadows likely political divisions in the upcoming national immigration reform debate. The Center for Immigration Studies, a pro-strict immigration enforcement think tank, blasted a report released this week from the liberal-leaning Migration Policy Institute. The report concluded that the federal government has spent $187 ...

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Secretary Napolitano Announces Final Rule to Support Family Unity During Waiver Process

WASHINGTON— Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano today announced the posting of a final rule in the Federal Register that reduces the time U.S. citizens are separated from their immediate relatives (spouse, children and parents), who are in the process of obtaining visas to become lawful permanent residents of the United States under certain circumstances. The final rule establishes a ...

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USCIS Begins Transition to Centralized Policy Manual

Resource designed to enhance consistency and efficiency of immigration adjudications WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today began the agency’s transition toward an online, centralized manual of immigration policies by releasing the first volume of the new USCIS Policy Manual— the Citizenship and Naturalization volume. Today’s release follows an unprecedented, agency-wide review of USCIS policies that incorporates feedback from thousands ...

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Temporary Protected Status Re-registration Period Extended for Haitian Nationals

WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today an extension of the re-registration period for Haitian nationalswho have already been granted Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and seek to maintain that status for an additional 18 months. Given the impact Hurricane Sandy has had on regions where Haitians reside, the re-registration period is extended through Jan. 29, 2013. Haitian TPS beneficiaries ...

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Deportations of illegal immigrants in 2012 reach new US record

The Obama administration deported at least 400,000 illegal immigrants in fiscal year 2012, a new record. It emphasizes deporting ‘criminal aliens’ to protect public safety, but the high figure serves to remind Latinos of the president’s unfilled pledge to reform immigration policy. The United States deported more than 400,000 illegal immigrants in 2012, the most of any year in the ...

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Testimony Before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Subcommittee on African Affairs Washington, DC

  Thank you very much Chairman Coons and Members of the Committee for the opportunity to testify before you on this most important subject. Mali’s March 21, 2012, military coup d’état ended two decades of Malian democracy, resulted in the loss of the northern Mali to extremist groups, and further destabilized an already fragile Sahel region. Mali is now facing ...

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USCIS Develops Tools to Help Foreign Entrepreneurs Create and Grow Businesses in the United States

Director Mayorkas unveils online entrepreneur resource center at MIT WASHINGTON – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director Alejandro Mayorkas marked a significant milestone for the USCIS Entrepreneurs in Residence (EIR) initiative by launching an online resource center today at the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship in Cambridge, Mass. The resource center, Entrepreneur Pathways, provides entrepreneurs who seek to ...

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Expanded e-Request Services

USCIS has expanded the services offered by our e-Request system.  This Web-based tool allows customers to inquire about applications and petitions submitted to USCIS. On November 19, customers will see the following enhancements to e-Request: Create a service request for all forms to either inquire about the status of your application or petition if it is outside of the normal ...

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