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...
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.
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.
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...
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...
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.
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...
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.
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...
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...
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...
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...
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.
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...
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...