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Feds estimate over 1 million will apply for Obama's amnesty, will cost millions - 07/24/12

From this [1]: The Obama administration’s new plan to grant temporary work permits to many young, illegal immigrants who otherwise could be deported may cost the government more than $585 million [important: see below] and require hiring hundreds of new federal employees to process more than 1 million anticipated requests, according to internal documents obtained by The Associated Press. ...U.S....

Obama voting push: relaxes Green Card wait time for illegal alien family members (Luis Gutierrez) - 01/06/12

From this: Obama administration officials announced on Friday that they will propose a fix to a notorious snag in immigration law that will spare hundreds of thousands of American citizens from prolonged separations from immigrant spouses and children. Illegal immigrants who are married to or are children of American citizens are generally allowed under the law to become legal residents with a...

USCIS pressured agents to approve immigration visas, even when fraud suspected (Alejandro Mayorkas) - 01/03/12

... least the 1980s. But high-ranking USCIS officials said the pressure has heightened after the Obama administration appointed Alejandro Mayorkas as director in August 2009 during an effort to pass comprehensive immigration reform, bringing with him a mantra of "get to yes." [From the OIG's report:] "63 of 254 Immigration Services Officers (24.8%) responded that they have been pressured to approve...

Big Business wants more skilled immigration; Alejandro Mayorkas does their bidding as fast as he can (USCIS, U.S. Chamber, NFAP, AILA, Jacoby, USCCB) - 08/18/11

... instance, Alejandro Mayorkas of the USCIS is working just as fast as he can to do what Big Business wants. He'd like to implement some of Big Business' suggestions, he's just restrained by our pesky political system that might want to put our immigration policy up for a vote [3]: Alejandro Mayorkas, the director of the USCIS, pushed back on assertions that the administration was not doing enough...

DHS now using loopholes to allow more skilled immigration, no legislation required (Alejandro Mayorkas, USCIS) - 08/03/11

... Department of Homeland Security's USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services) announced yesterday that they're going to be allowing more skilled immigration, even as millions of Americans - including tech workers - are unemployed. Rather than putting it to a vote by trying to pass a bill, they're going to be using loopholes in the current laws. From this: Alejandro Mayorkas, director of U....

Could Obama declare an immigration amnesty by executive order? - 07/30/10

... aliens. Now, some inside the USCIS are proposing their own workarounds and loopholes under which Barack Obama could give thousands (or more) of illegal aliens legal status. Certainly, just because some in the USCIS are proposing these schemes doesn't mean that Obama would support them or be "crazy" enough to think he could get away with them, and some have pointed out that the likelihood of him...

DHS official: DHS not ready for amnesty for "a few years": "Clearly to us the systems could not handle it now" - 03/25/10

... Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), an agency of the Department of Homeland Security, is in the midst of trying to move from being a paper-based system to having electronic records. He warned that adding millions of new applications, as the bill would do, would be a bad idea. "Adding 12 million more people to the system would be the mother of all backlogs. Clearly to us the systems...

Why Andrea Quarantillo of USCIS should be fired (misleads about TPS, remittances; Haiti; 100,000 expected to apply) - 03/12/10

... Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), and if that agency had serving U.S. interests as its first priority she'd be out of a job. From this: [Quarantillo] expects that about 110,000 Haitians will have applied for TPS by the July deadline. She says that after the earthquake, Haiti could not support any Haitians returning to the country. The reasoning behind the policy, she explains, was to...

Up to 200,000 Haitians will apply for TPS, not 30,000 as they said; Mayorkas pulls out all the stops - 01/20/10

... a briefing with reporters by USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas. He was in Miami to meet with several South Florida immigrant aid organizations involved in assisting undocumented Haitian immigrants applying for TPS... ...In the spirit of ``generosity,'' said Mayorkas, the Obama administration is likely to waive the application fees for Haitian immigrants on a case-by-case basis. But he would not...

Obama admin preparing USCIS for amnesty (millions of visas, comprehensive immigration reform) - 10/03/09

Per this, the USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services) is getting ready in case the Obama administration is able to pass comprehensive immigration reform, aka amnesty: Currently, the citizenship agency can handle applications from about six million immigrants a year, (USCIS head Alejandro Mayorkas) said, including the time-consuming collection of fingerprints and other biometric...

Alejandro Mayorkas lobbied for commutation for drug dealer (Clinton) - 05/01/09

... Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) - here. For an unknown reason, they aren't trying to completely sugarcoat his past, subheding the article "The former U.S. attorney played a role in a 2001 decision by President Clinton to commute a drug dealer's prison sentence": Mayorkas also was one of several prominent Southern California political figures who played a role in a 2001 decision by...

Alejandro Mayorkas nominated for USCIS director - 04/24/09

... has been nominated to head the USCIS (Citizenship and Immigration Services). Unlike other Barack Obama nominees, he doesn't appear to have a paper trail of extremist statements and actions, although there might be something out there. From his bio at OMelveny and Myers (omm.com/alejandromayorkas): Alejandro Mayorkas is a litigation partner with extensive jury trial experience, having been before...

Thomas Perez to head Citizenship and Immigration Services? (close with Casa de Maryland) - 02/20/09

... Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is Thomas E. Perez, currently Labor Secretary of Maryland. In April 2007, he "joined students in Annapolis to urge approval of a bill granting in-state tuition rates to undocumented immigrants" (link). And from this: Perez, a former Clinton Administration official and currently Maryland’s Secretary of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation, has had a long...

USCIS Task Force on New Americans releases "Building an Americanization Movement for the Twenty-first Century" - 12/21/08

... 2006, George W Bush tasked the USCIS with creating a Task Force on New Americans to spend a lot of time and effort looking into assimilation of immigrants and related topics. Now, they're released their final report, "Building an Americanization Movement for the Twenty-first Century" (summary link, PDF available in the sidebar at that page). It's 65 pages, so a full treatment won't be offered....

USCIS Director Emilio Gonzalez resigns (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services) - 03/13/08

... Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has resigned. At that link he compared immigration "reform" to the civil rights movement. He extended Temporary Protected Status.

Bush admin's new massive guest worker program (H-2A overhaul) - 02/06/08

The Bush administration wants a massive "guest" worker program, and if they can't get it through legislation they'll do it by revamping a program that already exists, H-2A.

Erica Vieyra/Olentangy H.S. teaches kids ignoring U.S. immigration laws is OK - 12/15/07

Erica Vieyra is a Spanish teacher at Olentangy Liberty High School in Powell, Ohio (near Columbus and Cleveland), and one of her classes teaches children that ignoring U.S. immigration laws is acceptable behavior. The goal is to help them build "empathy" for "immigrants", but it's actually pro-illegal immigration propaganda that the school district should put an end to. The Office of the...

Secret Bush plan to deal with Bush/Rove "import Democrats" plan? (citizenship backlog) - 11/21/07

Mark Kleiman - someone who is shockingly a UCLA professor - writes [1]: The Bush Administration plans to steal hundreds of thousands of votes, most of them Democratic votes, in the 2008 elections by the simple expedient of sitting on new citizenship applications until after the elections. He links to his site, which mostly just links to the WaPo article "Immigrant Paperwork Backs Up At DHS" (li

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Oakland) town hall immigration meeting Sat. Oct 6 2007 - 10/03/07

Rep. Barbara Lee will be holding two immigration meetings this Saturday. Both will include representatives of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, but the other guests appear a bit... "pro-immigration". Details here.

Illegal alien crime victims get U-visas (Mexico-linked Peter Schey, Anna Gorman) - 09/06/07

Anna Gorman of the Los Angeles Times informs us that due to a lawsuit brought by the Mexico-linked Peter Schey of the Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law, some illegal aliens who've been victims of violent crimes will get U visas.

welcometousa.gov: the U.S. commodified and reduced to a possible convention location - 06/13/07

Emilio Gonzalez, the director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has announced welcometousa.gov: The administration launched a new Web site to be a central clearinghouse of federal information that may be useful to immigrants.

GOP talking points on their immigration bill capitulation - 05/16/07

[UPDATE: See this for how to block the amnesty.] The Senate Republicans have released a set of talking points on the immigration bill that they're getting close to "compromise" on: link. As a sign of just how bad this is, the person who got the talking points was arch BushBot Hugh Hewitt... and he's refusing to talk them!

Orwell Alert: Temporary Protected Status extended 18 more months - 05/02/07

From our Orwell Alert/'When "Temporary" Means "Permanent"' file comes this: Central Americans who are legally in the U-S because their countries were slammed by natural disasters are getting an 18-month extension. The Department of Homeland Security is allowing the added time for citizens of Honduras, Nicaragua and El Salvador who have Temporary Protected Status. Salvadorans have had the...

Citizenship Promotion Act of 2007 (Barack Obama) - 03/09/07

... legislation would require the USCIS, when administering the test, to take into account the special circumstances of applicants who face particular challenges because of their age, education, or other similar characteristics... ...[provide] for greater accountability in the system of conducting background checks on naturalization applicants. Many naturalization applicants have experienced...

Alfonso Aguilar/U.S. Office of Citizenship promotes "guest" workers (LULAC, NALEO connection) - 02/13/07

... highly questionable groups. (Go to uscis.gov and search, or enter this: preview.tinyurl.com/2948hx) The first group is LULAC, the League of United Latin American Citizens. If that group has ever opposed illegal immigration, I'm not aware of it. The other group is NALEO, the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials. They collaborate with the government of Mexico on an...

USCIS Director compares immigration "reform" to civil rights movement - 02/12/07

On February 9, Emilio Gonzalez, the director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service spoke to the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce and said: "Immigration, as we all know, is the hot-button domestic issue of the day...

Washington Post gives good argument against a massive illegal alien amnesty - 01/22/07

... Stagnation" about the failures of the USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services) to handle legal immigration properly. After a human-interest-example, they present their only proposals of the piece: Citizenship and Immigration Services needs to cut its wait times by making a rapid transition to electronic forms and better organizing reform efforts.

Immigration "reform" would completely overwhelm USCIS - 01/04/07

... Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) would administer any "guest" worker or immigration "reform" (amnesty) scheme. However: But in recent months, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) officials have determined that the troubled, $2-billion-a-year agency is unable to effectively manage its existing work, much less a flood of new applications. A report released Dec. 20 by...

Signs of Delusion in New York Times Immigration Editorial - 11/20/06

The New York Times offers the unsigned editorial "Signs of Hope on Immigration". Not only is it wrong, it's in parts so wrong it's funny. It's of the now-standard "Democrats and Bush can work to pass 'comprehensive immigration reform', but they need to tread lightly" variety. While not explicitly engaging in the other now-standard canard that J. D.

Cynthia Tucker/AJC supports illegal immigration - 11/19/06

Cynthia Tucker of the Atlanta Journal Constitution opposes a Hazleton-style ordinance considered for Cherokee County in Georgia in "In bullying illegals, county picks easy fight". First of all, the idea that illegal aliens as a group could be bullied is completely false. They have very powerful allies: corrupt employers, corrupt politicians, the corrupt media, racial power groups, and so forth....

Bill Winter on immigration - 10/23/06

Bill Winter is running for Congress against Rep. Tom Tancredo. Like other Democrats, he supports the Senate amnesty, and thus everything said about that horrible bill applies. Moreover, his page on immigration has several questionable or misleading statements: 1. His page twice refers to the "INS", an agency that hasn't existed since March 2003.

"[USCIS] Whistle-blower let go" - 10/03/06

From this: An immigrant application screener who spoke out earlier this year about his agency's security failures has lost his job, despite a recent decision to extend the contracts of hundreds of other employees like him. Sultan Farakhan, an immigrant benefits application adjudicator, was terminated from employment Friday at the National Benefits Center in Lee's Summit, Mo., one of U.S.

"Terrorist screening missed 75% of time" - 08/24/06

... Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) officers at the National Benefits Center in Lee's Summit, Mo., near Kansas City.

National Restaurant Association wants DHS to finesse 'no-match' letters - 08/17/06

From a press release: The National Restaurant Association this week sent a letter to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

The Senate amnesty: an "Administrative and National Security Nightmare" - 07/28/06

Yesterday the U.S. House Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security and Claims held a hearing entitled "Whether Attempted Implementation of the Senate Immigration Bill Will Result in an Administrative and National Security Nightmare." Clearly they have an agenda, but they're also right. One of those testifying was Michael Cutler, a former INS agent.

Whistleblower: USCIS broken, infiltrated by operatives of hostile foreign countries - 06/13/06

From this: The U.S. immigration system is so broken that it can't be fixed, a former top security official at the Department of Homeland Security's Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS) told NewsMax in an exclusive interview. "Internal corruption at CIS is so pervasive that hostile foreign governments have penetrated the agency," said Michael J.

"Bush Admin Hiring For Guest Workers Program as if Done Deal" - 06/06/06

From this: new hiring and job openings at Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS) have suddenly ballooned (here and here). The ONLY reason that would happen is to hire new workers to administer the new Guest Workers program (a/k/a ShAmnesty). Says one Homeland Security federal agent: Take a peek at the job listings at the govt. site. It is at http://www.usajobs.opm.gov (from there prompt...

USCIS director: Senate amnesty timeline is not "practical" - 05/22/06

You have to wonder what else in the Senate's illegal alien amnesty scheme isn't practical as well: The director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the agency that would administer a new guest-worker program and rule on applications from millions of illegal aliens, says the pending Senate bill doesn't give his agency enough time to prepare for that giant task. "Quite frankly, I don'...

GAO report shows how "guest" worker schemes would fail miserably - 03/17/06

... handling fraud cases". The USCIS would be the agency in charge of administering any of the "guest" worker schemes.

Is the Pikes Peak Library District breaking federal law? - 02/07/06

The Pikes Peak Library District will be allowing the Mexican consulate to give out Matricula Consular cards and other services at its Sand Creek branch on Saturday Feb 11. Knowing that many of those receiving these cards will be illegal aliens, and they will use those cards to stay in the U.S., is that district violating federal law? Let's turn to 8 U.S.C.