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Arizona Softens Tone on Illegal Immigrants

Once the leader among states in cracking down on illegal immigration, Arizona is showing signs of tempering its approach to the contentious issue.

Business, civic and religious leaders last month unveiled a statement of principles, dubbed the “Arizona Accord,” that calls for a new strategy. It notes the economic contribution of immigrants, espouses federal rather than state solutions, opposes policies that result in the separation of families and embraces a culture of inclusion.

So far, signatories on the business side include the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, the Arizona Farm Bureau and top executives of large construction firms and agriculture concerns, among others.

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How not to fix the immigration system

Crops don’t get picked. Chickens don’t get plucked. Kids don’t go to school. And the line at the Department of Motor Vehicles is really, really slow. Those are among the unintended consequences of Alabama’s overreaching immigration law.

The law, which took effect in September, is even more punitive than Arizona’s SB 1070, most of which was blocked by a federal court after the Obama administration sued. Alabama and a handful of other copycat states will have a rooting interest next summer, as the U.S. Supreme Court hears that case against the backdrop of an intensifying presidential race.

Chicago Tribune

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Department of State launches Virtual US Embassy for Iran

The events of 1979 are well-known:  the Islamic Revolution, the storming of the U.S. mission and the taking of U.S. diplomats as hostages have all been recounted on film and in print.  While the world knows that the United States lost an Embassy in Iran, in fact, we lost more: we were deprived of a relationship with the Iranian people, access to Iranian society, and thousands of daily interactions between American and Iranian citizens.  Certainly, Switzerland, our Protecting Power in Tehran, has been invaluable during these last three decades in managing important consular and humanitarian issues, but the absence of an American presence in Iran means we have little opportunity to make our voice heard to a broader Iranian audience. 

Meanwhile, the Iranian government is trying – in vain – to close its society from the international flow of information and ideas.  The Iranian government, like other authoritarian regimes, tries to limit what its citizens see, hear, think, and feel by placing an “electronic curtain” around its people.  It tries to control the content of Iranian media, limit access to the internet, monitor communication, and jam broadcasts from outside Iran.  This very expensive endeavor is bound to fail in today’s increasingly interactive world.  Such practices also contradict two of our core values, freedom of expression and of the press, which are based on the simple idea that if you can consume multiple viewpoints and draw your own conclusions, you will be both better educated and a better citizen in a democratic society.  From our initial discussions on USAdarFarsi and what we hear from Iran, we know the Iranian people remain hungry for information about the United States – information about travel to the U.S., educational opportunities, and our policies towards Iran and the rest of the world. 

It was this desire for dialogue that led us to create the USAdarFarsi Twitter account and Facebook page earlier this year.   The feedback we have received from ordinary Iranians led us to try something new:  a website designed for Iranians– in Persian - shaped by what you wanted, and an opportunity for you to tell us more about what you think and why.  In response, we have created Virtual Embassy Tehran to offer you another perspective and another source of information, so you can make up your own minds about the U.S., our concerns about the Iranian government’s activities at home and abroad, and our serious efforts to achieve a resolution to those concerns. 

This website is not a formal diplomatic mission, nor does it represent or describe a real U.S. Embassy accredited to the Iranian Government.  But, in the absence of direct contact, it can work as a bridge between the American and Iranian people.  As President Obama said earlier this year and Secretary Clinton affirmed in her recent VOA and BBC appearances, “You – the young people of Iran – carry within you both the ancient greatness of Persian civilization, and the power to forge a country that is responsive to your aspirations. Your talent, your hopes, and your choices will shape the future of Iran, and help light the world.   And though times may seem dark, I want you to know that I am with you.” 

It is in that spirit that we launch our Virtual U.S. Embassy Tehran.  It is our Mission to the Iranian people.  This place is for you.  We hope you stay a while.

http://iran.usembassy.gov/about-us.html

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US Government Cracks Down on Immigration Scams

Federal officials are cracking down on immigration scams.

In a press conference this past week, federal officials explained that immigration services scams are getting so sophisticated that fraudsters now advertise online with websites that perfectly mimic those of official government agencies.

So the federal government is setting out to raise awareness about such scams.

Officials from several federal, state and local agencies, as well as immigration lawyers and advocates, met in Newark in recent days to expand nationwide a campaign that started in seven pilot cities. It focuses on enforcement, education and interagency collaboration.

"They are not just high-tech scams, they are people in the neighborhoods: people who know people, people who are out there shaking hands," said Kelvin Chen, an attorney with the Federal Trade Commission, as he spoke about the need to increase awareness among immigrants who are often preyed upon by members of their own communities.

The campaign is aimed at educating legal and undocumented immigrants to avoid everything from unlicensed service providers to websites that mimic those of government agencies. Most scams involve people who pretend to be able to provide legal aid or other services for immigrants, take victims’ money and fail to deliver.

The initiative is also intended to inform immigrants about how to get legitimate legal help and how to report fraud. It began in Atlanta, Baltimore, Detroit, Los Angeles, New York City, San Antonio, and Fresno, Calif.

The campaign, spearheaded by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, features ads, posters and leaflets published in English and Spanish, and a website with information available in 12 additional languages.

USCIS officials say they are working to strengthen partnerships at the federal, state and local levels to improve coordination, information sharing and enforcement.

Several speakers at Thursday’s conference said it’s often challenging to get victims of immigration scams to report them, either out of fear of deportation, or after the trauma of being scammed not just of money, but often, of important documents such as birth certificates that are sometimes stolen by unscrupulous practitioners.

By the time they reach the offices of attorney Lloyd Bennett of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, they’ve often been steered wrong elsewhere. 

Bennett said an acute and ongoing problem in the northern New Jersey communities where he works is with “`notarios,” or storefront offices that offer an array of immigration services and are prevalent in Spanish-speaking communities. 

Bennett said the word “`notario”’ or “notary” is actually translated as “attorney” in many Spanish-speaking countries, so those seeking services assume they are legitimate.

"My clients have absolutely no idea what’s going on, they see a sign for a `notario,’ they walk in, they get scammed," Bennett said. "They’re given forms or applications for programs that don’t exist, or they steal their money, or sometimes applications are filed, but incorrectly, and when it comes to their attention, it’s often too late."

This is based on a story by The Associated Press.



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Immigration scam awareness campaign goes national

Wall Street Journal

Associated Press

NEWARK, N.J. — Immigration services scams are getting so sophisticated that fraudsters now advertise online with websites that perfectly mimic those of official government agencies, federal officials said Thursday as they rolled out a nationwide awareness campaign meant to combat such practices.

Officials from several federal, state and local agencies, as well as immigration lawyers and advocates, met in Newark on Thursday to expand nationwide a campaign that started in seven pilot cities. It focuses on enforcement, education and interagency collaboration.

"They are not just high-tech scams, they are people in the neighborhoods: people who know people, people who are out there shaking hands," said Kelvin Chen, an attorney with the Federal Trade Commission, as he spoke about the need to increase awareness among immigrants who are often preyed upon by members of their own communities.

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Immigration law raises worries over foreign investment in Alabama

Alabama has built a name for itself in global economic development circles over the past 20 years for putting out a welcome mat for foreign companies, attracting billions of dollars in investment and tens of thousands of jobs, primarily in its booming automotive industry. But there is growing concern that the state’s sweeping new immigration law could unravel that carefully crafted reputation.

http://blog.al.com/businessnews/2011/11/immigration_law_raises_worries.html

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Department Of Homeland Security Commences Review of 300,000 Deportation Cases

Today, the Department of Homeland Security will begin its review of the 300,000 pending deportation cases, distinguishing between “high priority” and “low priority” individuals, and also commence a training program for enforcement officials and attorneys in related cases, according to the New York Times. The DHS’s review of such cases, outlined in John Morton’s June 17th memorandum, aims to categorize deportation cases based on certain criteria — hastening the trials of those who have committed crimes, and halting the proceedings of college graduates, those who have resided in the country from a young age, and non-criminals.

Huffington Post

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Why Republicans are doing an about-face on tough Alabama immigration law

Acknowledging a growing list of unintended consequences stemming from the implementation of the nation’s toughest anti-illegal immigration law, key Alabama Republicans are gathering ideas for how to tweak the legislation to make it less onerous on Alabamans and less dehumanizing for illegal immigrants.

Christian Science Monitor

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Immigration Debate: ‘Define American’ Gathers Stories About American Identity

After freshman year in college, Julia Duperrault’s best friend, Mandeep, shared a secret.

"She told me she is an undocumented immigrant," Dupperrault said in a new stories feature from Define American, an advocacy organization dedicated to “changing the conversation about immigration.” “You know those people who just come over the border and aren’t supposed to be here?” Dupperrault recalled her best friend as saying. “Well, I’m like that.”

Huffington Post

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Alabama Immigration Laws Are Unconstitutional, U.S. Tells Appeals Court

Alabama’s new immigration laws, including a measure making it a felony for illegal aliens to do business with the state, are unconstitutional, the U.S. told a federal appeals court. The U.S., which is seeking reversal of a Birmingham, Alabama, federal judge’s Sept. 28 ruling allowing the state to enforce that provision and others, filed a brief yesterday with the Atlanta-based appeals court. The American Civil Liberties Union also made a filing opposing the law.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-11-15/alabama-immigration-laws-are-unconstitutional-u-s-tells-appeals-court.html


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Does Immigration Fuel Crime? Without Statistical Consensus, Rhetoric And Fear Reign In Debate

The border town of El Paso, Texas is considered to be the safest big city in the country, according to some estimates. With a sizable undocumented population and immediate proximity to Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, known for drug cartel violence, El Paso’s relative tranquility has baffled many, especially those who equate undocumented immigration with increased rates of violent crimes.

Huffington Post

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Immigrants, Visas and Congress

They are not only stunningly simple. They solve a vexing problem that has divided the country in an ugly way. They are humane and the only surprising thing is that no one thought of them before. Illegal immigrants would not be fleeing Alabama but would instead be buying houses, starting new businesses and enrolling in universities. They would validate the motto on the base of the Statue of Liberty that greets the poor as they arrive on our welcoming shores and invites them to feel at home. 

Huffington Post

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Let’s Stop Forcing Real Wealth Creators to Leave the U.S.!

No, I don’t mean the so-called 1% — for various reasons, they aren’t leaving. I mean the immigrant entrepreneurs and foreign students at our best universities.

In the U.S., our leading companies and universities routinely have teams composed of the best and the brightest from around the world. In America, a typical research team could be composed of (for example) a Pakistani Muslim, an Israeli Jew, a Hindu from India and a Christian from Iowa. In China or India, this would be unusual or impossible. 

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(Source: The Huffington Post)

Watchdogs Say DHS is Hiding Something

WASHINGTON (CN) - The American Immigration Council says the Department of Homeland Security won’t cough up records that will show how DHS and its creature, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, interfere with noncitizens’ rights to legal counsel.
"Access to counsel is at the very core of our legal system and is integral to ensuring that all noncitizens seeking admission, asylum, or lawful permanent residence, or facing removal are afforded a fair process and a meaningful opportunity to be heard," the American Immigration Council says in its federal FOIA complaint.
The Immigration Council points out that interactions between DHS and Customs officials and noncitizens do not normally take place in courtrooms, but in airports, interview rooms and offices.

http://www.courthousenews.com/2011/11/10/41343.htm

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Immigration Nation

Illegal immigration has long been a hot button topic, almost since the inception of the federal law passed in 1875 that finally drew a distinction between legal and illegal immigrants. Back then the law applied to relatively few individuals (the law was originally intended only to keep out convicts and prostitutes) but since then the definition of what constitutes a felony has been widened and the debate over who should be allowed to stay has grown more and more heated. The question is: with an issue that is clearly going to be a constantly prevalent one in our nation’s future, as it has been in our past, and at the same time one that no one seems able to agree upon, how do we communicate this situation to the children in our schools without bias?

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ellen-siminoff/immigration-nation_b_1072204.html

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