David Joseph, the 20-year-old Haitian migrant who feared persecution from Haitian authorities and brought attention to U.S. immigration policy toward Haitians, was deported to Haiti on Monday, more than two years after he arrived in Florida.
Archive for November, 2004
CHIMAMANDA NGOZI ADICHIE, the author of the novel Purple Hibiscus, writes about an “American girl holding a Nigerian flag, a Nigerian holding an American flag,” in this piece regarding her experience in renewing her American student visa in her “home country.”
The Washington Post has a piece on immigrants celebrating Thanksgiving in the U.S. A boy named Luis is quoted as saying: “sometimes we go to a friend’s house and mix Spanish music with Brazilian music and we celebrate . . . It’s our own Thanksgiving.” Although the immigrants in this article may not seem to know the history of Thanksgiving, they all understand the meaning of gratitude.
The House and Senate have passed a bill that makes changes to the L-1 and H-1B requirements for certain individuals. One provision provides for an advanced degree exemption to the H-1B cap. The bill is pending the President’s signature to become law.
The government has changed the look of the “green card.” The new cards now feature the U.S. Department of Homeland Security logo and include new security features. For more information, click here.
The Miami Herald has an interesting piece on the middle and upper class “brain drain” of South America. Immigrants fleeing turmoil in Argentina and Venezuela are now learning how to conduct business the “American way-” by not touching people, showing up to meetings on time and signing contracts.
In a case involving a Haitian citizen, the U.S. Supreme Court found that a conviction for driving under the influence of alcohol and causing serious bodily injury in violation of a Florida law did not constitute a crime of violence under 18 U.S.C. section 16.
For the first time in the U.S., foreign student enrollment is down by six percent. In the wake of September 11, the student visa regulations underwent sweeping amendments. Today, it is much more difficult for foreign students to get visas, which may be a factor in the decrease in enrollment. U.S. educators are troubled by the decrease in student enrollment and are offering to pay the $100.00 visa fee for their students; while other countries are welcoming the opportunity to lure top foreign students to attend their universities.