Month: November 2011

USCIS Event to Raise Awareness of Immigration Scams

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services agency will host an event in Newark on December 1, bringing together some of the state's immigration advocates to address the issue of scams perpetrated against immigrants. The event will address such issues as internet fraud aimed at immigrants, common scams to watch out for and ways to avoid …

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Children Affected by Deportations Write Letters to Lawmakers

As part of its "We Belong Together" campaign, the National Domestic Worker Alliance is collecting letters written by children who have been affected by deportation. The letters will be presented to Washington lawmakers on December 8. Since it began collecting letters on November 15, NDWA has received nearly 5,000, Efe reported. Marianna Viturra, the deputy …

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Obama Ineffective at Communicating with Latinos, Expert Says

Enthusiasm for President Barack Obama has waned among Latinos because the president has had problems communicating with them, but this current lack of excitement might not matter when it comes time to vote in the 2012 presidential contest, according to prominent pollster Gary Segura of the firm Latino Decisions. On November 29, Segura spoke to …

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Little Progress in Fundraising Effort for Arizona Border Fence

Since July, when Arizona lawmakers began soliciting donations from the public to construct a border fence along the state's entire border with Mexico, the effort has only raised enough money to construct about half a mile of fencing, The Associated Press recently reported. The official Build the Border Fence website states that $189,994 has been …

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Husband of Minnesota Woman Dies While Waiting for Immigration Waiver

Prior to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2011, illegal immigrants who married a U.S. citizen could pay a fine to obtain legal residency status, but this provision of visa law expired; now, illegal immigrants who marry a citizen often must return to their home country in order to obtain documentation to legally live and …

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GOP Rhetoric Off-Putting to Latino Voters, says Vanderbilt Prof

Candidates for the Republican Party's presidential nomination are likely hurting their electoral chances by making hard-line pronouncements about immigration reform, according to Efren Perez, an assistant professor of political science at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. Speaking to the website Research News at Vanderbilt, Perez said he has gathered survey data showing the extent to …

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