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May 2012 Archives

NYC mayor wants US to grant green cards to students

New York City Mayor Bloomberg thinks the rest of the country can benefit from recruiting immigrant students. Immigrants have contributed vastly here in New York where some boroughs would be ghost towns if it weren't for the arrival of new residents who made them vital again. The Mayor feels that cities like Detroit can thrive once again if the U.S. government would overhaul immigration policies for permanent residents.

Expansion of shared fingerprint program meets protests

Immigrants and activists rallied last Monday in front of New York City's Jacob Javits Federal Building to protest the federal "Secure Communities Program." The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement national program includes the sharing of information - including fingerprints - between state and local police and federal immigration officials.

New strategy significantly decreases number of migrants

A new strategy for the U.S. Border Patrol included doubling agents and identifying repeat crossers. The result? Apprehensions made on the Mexican border last year were down 80 percent. It was the slowest year since 1971.

New administration guidelines help New York detainees

A 47-year-old female detained and scheduled for deportation is now allowed to stay in the U.S. under new Obama administration immigration policies. The domestic worker from Brooklyn was granted a reprieve after receiving assistance from New York Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez and the New York Immigration Coalition.

Permanent residency possible for those with advanced degrees

A U.S. appeals court in New York overturned a lower court's decision to deport a Nigerian citizen enrolled in a Ph.D. program with a prior criminal record. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Board of Immigration Appeals was wrong when it decided that the man's earlier crime of processing bad checks was an aggravated felony. The three-judge panel decided that his earlier crime did not merit deportation for the U.S. permanent resident.

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