Florida Gov. Jeb Bush calls to reform U.S. immigration laws relating to student visas.
Archive for September, 2005
U.S. Customs and Border Protection commissioner, Robert C. Bonner, announced his retirement. He has been chief of CBP since 2001 and has been criticized for his support of the minutemen, vigilante groups.
US Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that all fees will increase by an average of $10 for each type of application. For more information, visit the USCIS web site at http://www.uscis.gov.
Last week Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff announced he will waive certain legal requirements in order to ensure expeditious completion of the 14-mile Border Infrastructure System near San Diego, California. He stated that the purpose of this system includes building multiple physical layers of security and creating access to allow Border Patrol to speed response efforts.
The US-VISIT program is expanding its entry procedures to the secondary inspection areas of land border ports of entry with Canada and Mexico by December 31, 2005. The additional port of entries will begin biometric data collection as part of US-VISIT. No changes will be made to the US-VISIT process or to the classifications of visitors subject to US-VISIT.
The US-VISIT process collects biometric and biographic information from visitors at U.S. posts. The US-VISIT entry procedures have been in place at various land border ports of entry since December 29, 2004, and are also in place at 115 airports and 15 seaports.
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service issued an update on the USCIS operations relating to Hurricane Katrina immigrant victims.
The USCIS announced that their office in New Orleans was not
damaged and that their records are intact. However, the New Orleans Immigration Court is closed until further notice. The Court has informed immigration practitioners that no action will be taken on any case arising out of hurricane-affected areas for the time being. The state of Immigration Court records is unknown. The Immigration Court has stated that their personnel are safe.
The Department of Homeland Security announced on September 6, 2005 that for the next 45 days it will not sanction employers for hiring Hurricane Katrina victims who are unable to obtain work or identity documents and not able to comply with their I-9 requirements. However, the Form I-9s will need to be completed as much as possible.
Hurricane Katrina has sadly uprooted thousands including Vietnamese immigrants that came to the U.S. after fleeing two wars in their home country. Seeing the images on television of people being displaced by the hurricane reminds me of the millions of worldwide refugees that are forced to flee their home countries due to threats on their life and freedom. The United States continues to be a haven for many refugees, including its own.