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Immigration News - September and October of 2014

10/27/2014: Internal memo pushes bringing non-citizens to US for Ebola treatment; State denies plan

A memo obtained by Fox News indicates the Obama administration has been considering allowing non-American Ebola patients into the U.S. for treatment – though a State Department official on Tuesday denied any such plans.

The document was obtained by Fox News from a Capitol Hill source, who said it is a memo prepared by the State Department. The top of the document is marked "sensitive but unclassified – predesicional (sic)." - Fox News

10/27/2014: Man found guilty in slaying of 2 USC graduate students

A jury convicted a 22-year-old man of first-degree murder Monday in the shooting deaths of two graduate students who were killed while sitting in a parked car near USC.

Javier Bolden was the second defendant charged in the April 11, 2012, killing of Ming Qu and Ying Wu, 23-year-old engineering students from China. Bolden was also found guilty of attempted murder and assault with a firearm in a separate shooting involving two victims outside a banquet hall in South L.A. a couple of months earlier. - LA Times

10/25/2014: Sacramento shootings: Deputies' suspected killer was deported twice

A man suspected of killing two deputies during a shooting rampage in Northern California was deported twice to Mexico and had a drug conviction, federal authorities said Saturday.

Monroy-Bracamonte was first removed from the country in 1997 after being convicted in Arizona for possession of narcotics for sale. Monroy-Bracamonte was arrested and repatriated to Mexico a second time in 2001, Kice said. - Mercury News

10/23/2014: Immigrants' School Cases Spur Enrollment Review in New York

New York State will conduct a compliance review of school districts' enrollment procedures in an effort to eliminate barriers to schooling for undocumented immigrant children, the State Education Department and the attorney general's office plan to announce on Thursday.

The review is intended to determine whether districts have violated federal law in imposing enrollment requirements that bar children on the basis of their immigration status, especially in suburban counties near New York City that have absorbed hundreds of unaccompanied minors from Central America this year. - NYT

10/18/2014: Oregon 'first lady' cops to green-card 'marriage of convenience' in exchange for $5G

Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber got one hell of an October surprise, as his fiancée tearfully admitted Thursday to having a green-card marriage to an 18-year-old Ethiopian immigrant. The stunning admission comes after an alternative newspaper first reported that Cylvia Hayes – who despite being engaged goes by the title "first lady" in the state – had been married, and divorced, three times before.

Two of those were known. But the Democratic governor to whom she's engaged, and the public, apparently didn't know about the third. - Fox News

10/16/2014: Republicans call for West Africa travel ban to curb Ebola

Rep. Michael McCaul of Texas, head of the Homeland Security Committee, with his Republican subcommittee chairmen, called Wednesday on the Department of Homeland Security to suspend visas issued to people from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

Rep. Bill Shuster of Pennsylvania, chairman of the House transportation committee, and Sen. John Thune of South Dakota, the ranking member of the Senate transportation committee, said Wednesday that airline networks could become conduits for dangerous disease.

But Obama administration officials have strongly opposed a travel ban because it would hinder health-care workers and others responding to the outbreak. - USA Today

10/09/2014: November 2014 Visa Bulletin Released

The Department of State has released the Visa Bulletin for November 2014. The table below shows cut-off date movement from the previous month, for all major employment-based categories. For more information please refer to our Visa Bulletin Toolbox.

Chargeability Preference Cut-off Date Movement (Days)
China Second (EB2) 23
India Second (EB2) -1536
ROW Third (EB3) 244
China Third (EB3) 275
India Third (EB3) 7
Mexico Third (EB3) 244
Philippines Third (EB3) 244

DOS also published their predictions on potential monthly cut-off date movement.

10/08/2014: Feds side with undocumented immigrant with lengthy rap sheet in police abuse case

An undocumented immigrant who was facing multiple felony charges is a free man after the Department of Justice intervened on his behalf, saying they needed his help solving a crime that he witnessed.

That crime was his own beating in June at the hands of police officers from Santa Ana, California, authorities say. - Fox Latino

10/02/2014: Immigration critic says Liberian ebola patient should not have received U.S. visa

An immigration expert and critic of the Obama administration's immigration policies said Thursday that the Liberian man who fell ill with ebola this week after arriving in Dallas, should not have been issued a visitor's visa because he presented a high risk of remaining in the United States illegally.

The expert also called on Washington to follow the example of Kenya and several other African countries, which have recently banned all visitors from Liberia and other countries affected by the outbreak of the ebola virus. - Washington Post

10/02/2014: Times Higher Education World rankings: Asian universities make gains

The United States and Great Britain once again dominated the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, with the California Institute of Technology retaining the top spot for the fourth year in a row.

But top-tier Asian universities showed a steady rise in the new rankings released Wednesday, a trend partly explained by increased state support. Two institutions in Asia, the University of Tokyo and the National University of Singapore, made the top 25 — up from one last year and none the year before. - CSMonitor

    East Asia's top universities
  • (23) University of Tokyo (Japan)
  • (25) National University of Singapore (Singapore)
  • (43) University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong)
  • (48) Peking University (China)
  • (49) Tsinghua University (China)
  • (50) Seoul National University (South Korea)
  • (51) Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (Hong Kong)
  • (52) Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (South Korea)
  • (59) Kyoto University (Japan)
  • (61) Nanyang Technological University (Singapore)

09/23/2014: Green Card Lottery (DV-2016) Online Registration

DV 2016 Program: Online registration for the DV 2016 Program will begin on Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at 12:00 noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4), and will conclude on Monday, November 3, 2014 at 12:00 noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4).

Green Card Lottery DV-2016 Instructions from the Department of State.

09/18/2014: Scotland Waits as Independence Vote Tally Begins

From the capital of Edinburgh to the far-flung Shetland Islands, Scots embraced a historic moment — and the rest of the United Kingdom held its breath — after voters turned out in unprecedented numbers for an independence referendum that could end the country's 307-year union with England. - ABC

09/11/2014: EB2 India Visa Numbers Exhausted for FY-2014

According to multiple sources, the Department of State confirmed at an AILA event that India-EB2 had become "Unavailable" on September 10, 2014. It means that all visa numbers for EB2 India have been used for the current fiscal year. New visa numbers will be available on October 1, 2014, which is the start of FY-2015. People eligible to apply for Adjustment of Status (Form I-485) based on the September 2014 Visa Bulletin may still proceed. Pre-adjudicated cases are not affected by this event since a visa number was already allocated.

09/09/2014: October 2014 Visa Bulletin Released

The Department of State has released the Visa Bulletin for October 2014. The table below shows cut-off date movement from the previous month, for all major employment-based categories. For more information please refer to our Visa Bulletin Toolbox.

Chargeability Preference Cut-off Date Movement (Days)
China Second (EB2) 38
India Second (EB2) 0
ROW Third (EB3) 183
China Third (EB3) 7
India Third (EB3) 183
Mexico Third (EB3) 183
Philippines Third (EB3) 183

09/06/2014: Obama Delays Immigration Action, Yielding to Democratic Concerns

President Obama will delay taking executive action on immigration until after the midterm elections, bowing to pressure from fellow Democrats who feared that acting now could doom his party's chances this fall, White House officials said on Saturday.

The decision is a reversal of Mr. Obama's vow to issue broad directives to overhaul the immigration system soon after summer's end, and sparked swift anger from immigration advocates. The president made the promise on June 30, in the Rose Garden, where he angrily denounced Republican obstruction and said he would use the power of his office to protect immigrant families from the threat of deportation. - NYTimes

09/02/2014: Obama Weighs Risks and Rewards on Immigration Action

The President is weighing whether to wait until after the midterms to move on immigration, after promising action at the end of the summer.

The President is still expected to take executive action this year to provide temporary deportation protection and work authorization to potentially several million undocumented immigrants. - TIME

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