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    good luck to you all

    All, After more than five years of particpation here (and over 3,000 messages to my credit), I have decided to withdraw from this forum, effective today. Many factors contributed to this move. First, as the old cliche goes, all good things must come to an end. Five years are a long time...
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    latest asylum statistics

    The DHS has released the statistics pertaining to the asylum program for fiscal year 2008. Once again, China, the so-called rising power, has the most asylees.
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    fingerprinting of green card holders

    I came across this article yesterday: The Homeland Security Department launched test programs at two airports today in an attempt to verify when foreigners and legal permanent residents leave the country, but federal officials remain at odds with the airline industry over the effort. The...
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    interesting asylum statistics

    This article appears in the Chicago Sun-Times: If you're a political refugee afraid to go back to your homeland, pray you get a woman judge or a Northerner. A male judge sitting in a Southern court is about twice as likely to reject your asylum plea, according to research from two...
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    eoir year book released

    The EOIR today released its yearbook for 2008. For those of you who are interested, you can review the document below. The statistics pertaining to asylum are roughly from pages 28 to 40.
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    NYT article on immigration reform

    I think this article is of interest to some of you.
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    supreme court issues an asylum decision

    Earlier today the Supreme Court of the United States issued a decision concerning asylum eligibility. The decision can be found here:
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    a serious warning to asylum-based LPRs The above link is a Chinese language article (from a reputable newspaper that is published worldwide) reporting that Chinese green card holders (asylum-based) who returned to the United States after visiting China had...
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    touching story about a (failed) asylum applicant

    A yea or nay answer from the Asylum Officer or Immigration Judge can have a huge impact on your life. I know it is a long piece but I promise that it is a good read.
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    EOIR Director to become chief of staff to new AG

    Eric Holder, our new attorney general, has chosen as his chief of staff Kevin Ohlson. Ohlson is currently director of the Executive Office for Immigration Review which oversees the immigration courts and the Board of Immigration Appeals. Ohlson was at one point a BIA member. It is great...
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    asylum applicant before the U.S. Supreme Court

    An unsuccessful asylum applicant from Africa has his case heard before the United States Supreme Court earlier this week.
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    newspaper story of an asylee who cannot get a license in Texas
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    Attorney General decides that there is no right to an effective lawyer

    Coming ten days before this administration leaves office, this is a bit shocking (well I guess not too shocking): For a NYT story: PM if anybody wants to read the actual decision.
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    Big Brother is coming. Green card holders will be fingerprinted every time you enter the country

    Effective January 18th, green card holders will be fingerprinted and photographed when they enter the United States by air. An administration that is on its way out still does not want to give up. AILA has issued the following statement in response: A bedrock principle of our society...
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    you may now be eligible to join the military without a GC

    New Accessions Pilot Program Authorized The Defense Department announced today that it has authorized the military services to implement a pilot program; temporarily permitting enlistment into military service certain legal aliens (who have lived in the United States for at...
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    interesting DHS asylum statistics

    The DHS has just released its latest asylum statistics. China is the country with the most asylees in 2007. Look at the gap with defensive cases. It is dramatic. So much for the fantasy for being the next...
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    tragic story of an asylum seeker in Australia

    A tragic quest for refuge * Mary-Anne Toy, Shenzhen * June 21, 2008 BILL Zhang, a Chinese teacher who became a dissident after being swept up in the 1989 Tiananmen Square democracy protests, killed himself last Saturday night. He threw himself off the sixth or seventh floor of a...
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    bad news for chinese asylum applicants

    The Attorney General of the United States has just published a ruling that will make it much harder than ever for Chinese men to get asylum on the basis of China's one child policy.
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    DHS: airlines to fingerprint aliens leaving the US

    U.S. to Insist That Travel Industry Get Fingerprints By Spencer S. Hsu and Del Quentin Wilber Washington Post Staff Writers Tuesday, April 22, 2008; A08 The U.S. government today will order commercial airlines and cruise lines to prepare to collect digital fingerprints of all...
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    status of an elderly couple in limbo

    from today's S.F. Chronicle: A federal appeals court withdrew its ruling Friday that declared a Fresno couple eligible for political asylum in the United States despite the husband's background as a guard in a Cambodian prison where inmates were allegedly persecuted. The Ninth U.S. Circuit...