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January 2014 Archives

Down overall, unauthorized immigrant arrests up 78 pct in Buffalo

Reporters from EFE just pulled data on immigration enforcement actions by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement last year and found some surprising trends. Nationwide, the number of unauthorized immigrants arrested dropped by 23 percent during the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2013. Notably, the ICE office in Miami prosecuted 33 percent fewer people for immigration offenses. Arrests of undocumented people also dropped substantially in Miami, as well as in Chicago, Houston, Atlanta and San Diego.

Deported man caught in Niagara not guilty of being 'found in' US

According to the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals, a certain Honduran man has "checkered immigration history in the United States," but he's not guilty of being "voluntarily present and found in the United States" after deportation or of criminal reentry. In 2012, a federal jury in Buffalo had convicted him of both offenses, which carry potential penalties of two and 20 years in prison, respectively. The 2nd Circuit, however, has just reversed those convictions and ordered him acquitted.

Could Bieber's visa be broken by a bust for egging his neighbor?

According to E! entertainment news, 19-year-old pop superstar Justin Bieber is currently living in the U.S. through an O-1 visa, a temporary work visa for people with extraordinary ability or achievement. As we discussed on this blog recently, not every talented person qualifies for an extraordinary ability visa, but Bieber's international commercial success would certainly qualify him.

Man learns visa petition filed nearly 20 years ago still not approved

Since the first European immigrants landed on U.S. soil, people from around the world have traveled to the U.S. in search of a better life. While immigrants are largely credited with helping grow our country into the strong democratic nation it is today, in more recent years anti-immigration laws have served to make it more difficult for immigrants to enter and stay in the U.S. In some cases, even individuals who attempt to follow the laws and rules with regard to immigration are penalized.

Court: no extraordinary ability visa for world-champion dancer

In 2011, a young Moldovan woman came to the U.S. on a student visa to attend college. Last year, she decided to seek an adjustment to her immigration status and stay here long term. A competitive ballroom dancer since age 11, she had won a world championship in 2005 at age 15. She competed across Eastern Europe with a world-class ranking and had begun to teach. She wanted to continue her dance career in the U.S., so she petitioned to be considered an "alien of extraordinary ability."

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