According to an article on chron.com, in response to directives from the Department of Homeland Security: “in the month after Homeland Security officials started a review of Houston’s immigration court docket, immigration judges dismissed more than 200 cases, an increase of more than 700 percent from the prior month, new data shows.”
This is good news at it allows immigration courts and government agencies to focus their limited resources on those who pose the greatest potential threat to the country, such as violent criminals.
Despite gay marriages being recognized in several states, the federal government still does not recognize such marriages for purposes of granting immigration benefits. An interesting article appeared on boston.com regarding this issue.
According to an article on cnn.com: “Eulalia Garcia Maturey has outlived two husbands, her two children and decades of bygone immigration laws. At 101, Maturey will become a U.S. citizen on the 101st anniversary of her crossing into the United States from Mexico.”
According to an article on thehill.com: “Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) defended his introduction of an immigration bill just before leaving for the campaign recess as either an opportunity for lawmakers to take up the legislation either in the lame-duck session or in the next Congress.”
Although I applaud the Senator’s efforts, the chance of Congress passing CIR in the lame duck session is as likely as the sense of hope the term “lame duck” evokes.
According to the USCIS, as of September 17th, 2010, the agency has received 40,600 out of 65,000 available cap-subject H-1B petitions for FY-2011 and 14,900 out of 20,000 available petitions under the H-1B Masters Cap Exemption.
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