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Monday, July 20, 2015

Democrat Martin O'Malley Unveils Immigration Plan

Democrat Martin O'Malley Unveils Immigration Plan

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Railing against what he described as a broken immigration system that tears families apart and stifles economic growth, Democratic presidential candidate Martin O'Malley said Tuesday he would use aggressive executive action to limit deportations if elected to the White House.

The former governor of Maryland unveiled his immigration platform at an event in Manhattan, where a handful of immigrants shared their personal stories.

"As Americans, we are good people. And we can do better than this backward, broken immigration process that rips families apart," O'Malley said.

The relatively little-known Democrat is working to gain traction in a race dominated by former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.

As part of his platform, O'Malley vowed to close detention facilities and press Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform that would include a pathway to citizenship for millions who entered the country illegally. He also vowed to expand health care for immigrants and create an independent agency that would work to refine immigration policy.

The moves, he said, would go further than President Barack Obama, who has put into place a series of executive actions aimed at deferring deportations for millions of immigrants in the country illegally, including those who arrived in the United States as young children.

"I believe that every president moves the ball down the field as much as much as they possibly can. And I would move it further," O'Malley said. "We cannot stop until we achieve comprehensive immigration reform."

The event came as the crowded Republican field continues to grapple with comments about immigrants made by businessman Donald Trump, who, during his campaign announcement speech, portrayed Mexican immigrants as criminals.

O'Malley said it was "disturbing" that not all of the other Republican presidential candidates had denounced the comments.

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Saturday, July 18, 2015

TPS Issued by USCIS for Nepal

DHS Announces Temporary Protected Status Designation for Nepal

Release Date: June 24, 2015

WASHINGTON—Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson announced his decision to designate Nepal for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months based on the conditions resulting from the devastating magnitude 7.8 earthquake that struck Nepal on April 25, 2015, and the subsequent aftershocks. As a result, eligible nationals of Nepal residing in the United States may apply for TPS with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The Federal Register notice published today provides details and procedures for applying for TPS.

The TPS designation for Nepal is effectivetoday, June 24, 2015, and will be in effect through December 24, 2016. The designation means that, during the designated period, eligible nationals of Nepal (and people without nationality who last habitually resided in Nepal) will not be removed from the United States and may receive an Employment Authorization Document (EAD). The 180-day TPS registration period begins June 24, 2015 and runs through December 21, 2015.

To be eligible for TPS, applicants must demonstrate that they satisfy all eligibility criteria, including that they have been both “continuously physically present” and “continuously residing” in the United States sinceJune 24, 2015.Applicants also undergo thorough security checks. Individuals with certain criminal records or who pose a threat to national security are not eligible for TPS. The eligibility requirements are fully described in the Federal Register notices and on the TPS Web page at www.uscis.gov/tps.

Applicants may request that USCIS waive any or all TPS-related fees based on inability to pay by filing Form I-912, Request for Fee Waiver, or by submitting a written request. Fee-waiver requests must be accompanied by supporting documentation. USCIS will reject any TPS application that does not include the required filing fee or a properly documented fee-waiver request. All USCIS forms are free. Applicants can download these forms from the USCIS website at www.uscis.gov/forms or request them by calling USCIS toll-free at 1-800-870-3676.

Applicants seeking information about the status of their individual cases can check My Case Status Online or call the USCIS National Customer Service Center at 1-800-375-5283 (TTY 1-800-767-1833) at no cost.

For more information about USCIS and its programs, please visit www.uscis.gov or follow us on Twitter (@uscis), YouTube (/uscis), Facebook(/uscis), and the USCIS blog The Beacon.

This news release is also available in Nepali.

Last Reviewed/Updated: 06/26/2015

Friday, July 17, 2015

USCIS Seeks Comments on Proposed Expansion of Eligibility for Provisional Unlawful Presence Waivers

USCIS Seeks Comments on Proposed Expansion of Eligibility for Provisional Unlawful Presence Waivers

USCIS is seeking public comments on a proposed rule that would expand eligibility for provisional waivers of inadmissibility based on the accrual of unlawful presence. The proposed rule would expand eligibility to all foreign nationals who are statutorily eligible for an immigrant visa and for a waiver of inadmissibility based on unlawful presence.

Read the advance version of the notice of proposed rulemaking: Expansion of Provisional Unlawful Presence Waivers of Inadmissibility. Once the notice of proposed rulemaking is published in the Federal Register, the public will have 60 days from the date of publication to comment. To submit comments, follow the instructions in the notice.

The changes, proposed in the interests of family unity and to enhance customer service, would take effect on the date indicated in the final rule when the final rule is published in the Federal Register.

Currently, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) allows certain immediate relatives – specifically certain parents, spouses and children of U.S. citizens -- who are in the United States to request a provisional unlawful presence waiver before departing for consular processing of their immigrant visas. The waiver currently is only available to those immediate relatives whose sole ground of inadmissibility would be unlawful presence under section 212(a)(9)(B)(i) of the Immigration and Nationality Act and who can demonstrate that the denial of the waiver would result in extreme hardship to their U.S. citizen spouse or parent.

Under the proposed rule, USCIS may grant a provisional waiver to foreign nationals if they are statutorily eligible for an immigrant visa and for a waiver of inadmissibility based on unlawful presence. The proposed rule also would expand who may be considered a qualifying relative for purposes of the extreme hardship determination to include lawful permanent resident spouses and parents.  

These proposed changes do not take effect with the publication of the notice of proposed rulemaking. When the final rule is published, the final rule will indicate the date on which foreign nationals may begin to apply for provisional unlawful presence waivers under the changes.

At this time, foreign nationals should not submit applications requesting provisional unlawful presence waivers based on the proposed changes. USCIS may deny any such application filed before the effective date indicated in the final rule, once the final rule is published.

For more information, see the Provisional Unlawful Presence Waivers page.


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

California Pushes To Expand Health Care For Immigrants - Huffington Post

California Pushes To Expand Health Care For Immigrants

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JERRY BROWN
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 06: Governor of the State of California Jerry Brown presents onstage at the ADL Annual Meeting on November 6, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/WireImage) | Michael Kovac via Getty Images

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — President Barack Obama's executive order to spare some immigrants from deportation has galvanized Democrats, immigration groups and health care advocates in California to push for expanding health coverage to a segment of the population that remains uninsured.

The president's action excludes immigrants who came to the country illegally from qualifying for federal health benefits. But California has its own policy of providing health coverage with state money to low-income immigrants with so-called "deferred action" that allow them to avoid deportation. Immigrant and health care advocates say that means Obama's executive order will enable hundreds of thousands of low-income immigrants in California to apply for Medi-Cal, California's version of Medicaid.

Read the full article:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/11/30/california-health-care-immigrants_n_6243850.html





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