Archive for November, 2004

Haitian Exile Deported From The U.S.

November 30, 2004

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.

The Joys of Renewing An American Student Visa

November 29, 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.”

Happy Thanksgiving

November 25, 2004

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.

H-1B and L-1 Bill

November 23, 2004

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.

New Green Cards

November 17, 2004

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.

Immigrant Entrepreneurs

November 15, 2004

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.

Supreme Court Says DUI Not A Crime Of Violence

November 13, 2004

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.


November 5, 2004

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Foreign Student Enrollment Decreased

November 4, 2004

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.

TPS Extended for Hondurans & Nicaraguans

November 2, 2004

Temporary Protected Status was extended for Hondurans and Nicaraguans who were granted temporary U.S. residence after the devastating hurricane in their home countries.