Month: August 2011

New Visas Available for Northern Mariana Workers

U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano recently signed regulations to provide special worker visas in the Northern Mariana Islands. In 2009, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands began transitioning from a local immigration authority to a system governed by U.S. agencies. A temporary worker visa was created for the transition period, which is …

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Undocumented Students Foot a Higher Tuition Bill in Indiana

As Indiana college students return to campuses for the fall semester, some of them face increased costs due to changes in state immigration law. To comply with a tough immigration package passed during the last legislative session, some Indiana state schools have had to increase tuition charges for illegal immigrant students. Indiana University and Ivy …

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Hearings Underway on Pennsylvania Immigration Laws

Days after a judge temporarily blocked Alabama’s strict new immigration law, Pennsylvania legislators began public hearings on a similar package of bills. The package, called National Security Begins at Home, was sponsored by Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, a Republican from Butler, who said an estimated 140,000 illegal immigrants cost the state $1.5 billion annually. Under Metcalfe’s …

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Napolitano Sympathetic to Perry’s Request for Funds

U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano recently said she is sympathetic to Texas Governor Rick Perry’s request for federal money to fund incarceration of illegal immigrants, but the money must come from Congress. Perry, the Republican governor of Texas and a candidate for his party’s presidential nomination, sent a letter to DHS earlier …

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Protesters Fearful, Angry about Alabama Immigration Reform

Hundreds of protesters recently gathered outside Alabama’s capitol building in Montgomery to oppose the state’s strict immigration law, set to take effect on September 1. Modeled on similar legislation passed in other states, including Arizona and Indiana, Alabama’s law goes even further, making it a criminal offense for illegal immigrants to rent a home or …

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Immigration Forms Will Soon Look Different

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security recently announced it will make changes to immigration and citizenship forms to pave the way for electronic filing. The affected documents include citizenship and naturalization forms, employment authorizations, asylum requests, permanent resident documents and others, according to a 43-page entry in the Federal Register. As of November 28, 2002, …

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More Visas Needed for Chinese Business People, Biden Says

During his recent trip to China, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said the U.S. visa application process should be reformed to encourage more Chinese business people to travel to the United States. On August 19, the vice president addressed a U.S.-China business roundtable in Beijing. He said that to foster cooperation between Chinese and American …

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