January 7, 2013 - WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today began the agency’s transition toward an online, centralized manual of immigration policies by releasing the first volume of the new USCIS Policy Manual -- the Citizenship and Naturalization volume. Today’s release follows an unprecedented, agency-wide review of USCIS policies that incorporates feedback from thousands of agency employees, customers and stakeholders.
“With the introduction of the Policy Manual, we take a further step to provide our customers, stakeholders and workforce with an efficient and effective adjudication process that provides a high level of quality and consistency,” said USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas.
USCIS will begin implementing the policies outlined in the Citizenship and Naturalization volume of the USCIS Policy Manual on Jan. 22, 2013.
The complete USCIS Policy Manual will comprise several volumes, each pertaining to the different areas of immigration benefits the agency administers, including citizenship and naturalization, protection and parole, adjustment of status, admissibility, refugees and asylum, waivers, and travel and employment. The new Policy Manual will ultimately replace USCIS’ current Adjudicators Field Manual, or AFM, and the current USCIS Immigration Policy Memoranda website.
As content becomes available for each volume, USCIS will notify the public and invite comment on new or substantially changed policies. Public engagement opportunities will be made available on our website.
In preparation for this transition to a centralized online policy manual, USCIS undertook an extensive review of all adjudication and customer service policies, including a survey of members of the public and the USCIS workforce. USCIS received approximately 8,000 survey responses regarding the agency’s policy and operational guidance, which informed the development and publication sequence of Policy Manual volumes. For staff affected by the release of the Citizenship and Naturalization volume, training has been conducted to ensure familiarity with the new online tool and its content.
For more information on the USCIS Policy Manual and other USCIS programs, please visit www.uscis.gov or follow us on Twitter (@uscis), YouTube (/uscis) and the USCIS blog The Beacon.
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November 21, 2012 - The Hess Corporation Faces Class Action Lawsuit Alleging it Dispensed Diesel Fuel from Regular Gas Pumps at North Brunswick Station
A class action lawsuit was filed today against The Hess Corporation, Inc., alleging that on November 3, 2012, the Hess service station at 2800 Route 1 North in North Brunswick dispensed diesel fuel from pumps that were labeled for regular gasoline. The complaint charges that customers drove up to the regular gasoline pumps, requested regular gasoline, and instead were provided with diesel fuel, causing significant damage to their vehicles. The lawsuit, filed today in New Jersey Superior Court, Middlesex County by attorneys at The Wolf Law Firm, LLC in North Brunswick, asserts that Hess violated the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act, the New Jersey Truth in Consumer Contract, Warranty, and Notice Act, and the New Jersey Motor Fuel Retail Sales Act and regulations by dispensing diesel fuel from pumps advertising and labeled for regular gasoline.
The named plaintiffs in the lawsuit, Doris and Eugene Gambrell of Somerset, purchased what they believed to be regular gasoline from the North Brunswick Hess service station on November 3, 2012. Upon returning home, the Gambrells noticed a smell coming from their car. Mrs. Gambrell drove back to the Hess station in a different vehicle to question the attendant about the gas she received. The Hess station attendant informed her that Hess had dispensed diesel fuel from pumps labeled for regular fuel. A Hess representative has admitted that the filling station dispensed diesel fuel instead of regular gas, and that at least thirty-five motorists had complained that their cars were not running properly after receiving the gas. The Gambrells’ allege that their vehicle has been significantly damaged due to the diesel fuel.
The complaint seeks damages under New Jersey consumer protection laws for all individuals who received fuel that contained diesel fuel from a pump that was labeled for regular gasoline.
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North Brunswick, NJ 08904
Updated Practice Advisory on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
Washington, D.C. — The Legal Action Center (LAC) is pleased to release an updated Practice Advisory, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals . This Practice Advisory incorporates recent DHS guidance regarding fraudulent Social Security numbers, required evidence, and travel considerations for individuals who are requesting Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). It also offers strategic advice for attorneys representing individuals who may qualify for DACA. The LAC issued this advisory jointly with the American Immigration Lawyers Association and the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild.
The Legal Action Center strives to increase the accountability of government agencies that administer the immigration laws and to ensure these laws are interpreted and implemented in a way that honors fundamental constitutional and human rights. The LAC engages in impact litigation, including appearing as amicus curiae (friend of the court) before administrative tribunals and federal courts in significant immigration cases on targeted legal issues, and has long worked to protect the right to counsel for noncitizens facing removal from the United States.
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If you aspire to continue your higher education in the U.S but have many questions regarding the american education system and how the admission process , this conference is for you! Learn the insights from the experts, hear the histories from fellow Brazilians grad and undergrad students and learn how they did it.
I Academic Conference and University Fair:
A Guide for Admission to U.S. Schools
Saturday, September 29th, 2012
Location: Consulate General of Brazil in San Francisco
8AM-9AM - REGISTRATION
9AM - INTRODUCTION
915AM - GETTING INTO THE COLLEGE OF YOUR DREAMS
1030AM TRANSFER AND RECOGNITION OF CURRICULUM
1100AM FINANCIAL AID & SCHOLARSHIPS
12:00PM LUNCH INTERVAL
1:00PM ROUNDTABLE WITH GRAD & UNDERGRAD BRAZILIAN STUDENTS
2:30PM-5:00PM UNIVERSITY FAIR - FEATURING :
Special Guest Singer & Guitarist Chico Coelho
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Class Action Lawsuit against L.A. Fitness over Unfair Cancellation Charges to Go Forward:
Judge Denies L.A. Fitness’s Motion to Dismiss.
September 4, 2012 - Today, Senior Judge William H. Walls of the United States District Court in Newark issued an order denying L.A. Fitness’smotion to dismiss Martina, et al. v. L.A. Fitness, a putative class action lawsuit charging that the company's cancellation policiesare designed to induce gym members to pay dues for additional months after notifying the company of their wish to cancel their memberships. The lawsuit alleges that L.A. Fitness violated New Jersey’s Consumer Fraud Act, by adopting a cancellation policy that requires gym members to cancel services at least 30 days prior to the next billing cycle, does not permit in-person or telephone cancellations, and requires prepayment of the last months’ membership.
Judge Walls ruled that the L.A. Fitness’s policies alleged in the complaint could constitute “unconscionable commercial practices” prohibited by the Consumer Fraud Act, noting that“[t]he cancellation policy contains an extra month’s cost that may catch many consumers off guard at the end of their membership.” Judge Walls also noted that L.A. Fitness’s policies of accepting cancellations only by mail “fall[s] short of good faith: members cannot terminate membership by phone, online, or even in person at the very location where they joined… In this day and age, narrowly restricting the mode of cancellation in such a manner suggests an intent to place barriers in the process.”
The lawsuit was filed in February by the Wolf Law Firm, LLC of North Brunswick on behalf of the plaintiff, Sophia Martina and all other New Jersey consumers who have been subject to L.A. Fitness’s cancellation policies. The complaint asserts that those polices violate the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act and Truth in Consumer Contract, Notice and Warranty Act, and seeks monetary damages under those statutes for all effected New Jersey consumers. The complaint also seeks an injunction that would prohibit L.A. Fitness from continuing its unlawful cancellation fee policies in New Jersey.
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By Letisia Marquez
Beneficiaries of the DREAM Act, a bill that would grant certain undocumented students and military service members permanent residency in the U.S. and provide a path to citizenship, could contribute trillions to the nation's economy over the next four decades, according to a new study by researchers at UCLA's North American Integration and Development Center.
The study estimates that if 825,000 undocumented youths obtain legal status under the legislation, they would generate $1.4 trillion in income over a 40-year period. If 2.1 million undocumented immigrants become legalized, they would contribute $3.6 trillion in income to the economy over the same period.
"No DREAMers Left Behind: The Economic Potential of DREAM Act Beneficiaries" uses data from an earlier report by the nonprofit Migration Policy Institute, which estimated that 825,000 undocumented youths were very likely to meet all the bill's requirements, which include stipulations that undocumented immigrants must have attended college or served in the military for a minimum of two years while maintaining good moral character.
Two million undocumented immigrants who are between the ages of 18 and 34 could eventually become eligible for the DREAM Act.
"This analysis shows that it is clearly in the nation's interest to enhance the possibilities that as many youth as possible take advantage of the DREAM Act and thus increase the potential benefit to the overall economy," the study's authors write.
"DREAMers make up a highly educated and potentially high-income earning group that can contribute billions of dollars to the U.S. economy across diverse industries," they add.
The report was authored by Raúl Hinojosa-Ojeda, the center's director and an associate professor of Chicano studies at UCLA; Paule Cruz Takash, the center's research director; and a group of undergraduate students and one alumna.
The full study can be found at
Less than two weeks ago, idreamact.com opened its web site to provide up to date information and news about Obama’s “Dream Act.” All those that register receives, for free, updates and news about the dream act program as the Department of Homeland Security announces it.
What makes the site most attractive to all dreamers is the automated form preparation system which creates a PDF file complete with all the forms required as well as detailed instructions for each applicant to follow. After the final regulations are announced, each registered dreamer, will be given the opportunity to use the form processing service. When the Dream Act application package is filed with the immigration service the filing fee must be attached. The final package includes a cover letter to the Service detailing everything that is included. It will come with appropriate mailing labels. Every idreamact member will file their own application complete with proof of their eligibility.
After filing, a filing fee receipt and a notice for fingerprints will be sent to you. It includes the date for fingerprinting. In a few months you will receive an employment authorization documents. You may or may not receive a notice for an interview.
From the moment the announcement was made, dreamers began to register at the rate of 2 or 3 per minute.
Brazilian web designer, Joa Vianna, the creator of the award winning video sharing site, vejatv.com, designed the site and its database. But a non-lawyer could not have properly designed a site involving law; it needed the supervision and instruction of an experienced immigration attorney.
Joao Vianna teamed up with immigration attorney Moses Apsan, who wrote the copy for the site and was fundamental in designing the forms processing system. Brazilian born Moses Apsan emigrated from Brazil when he was seven and is the past president of the Federal Bar Association (New Jersey Chapter from 1997 to 2002) with over 28 years of experience in all aspects of U.S. Immigration & Citizenship Laws.
Jornal.us contacted attorney Apsan and asked what was his intent in creating this web site. It’s evident that many cannot afford the fees charged by attorneys and turn to non licensed people and organizations that offer assistance in the preparation of these legal documents. He commented as follows: “ During the term of my practice many clients complained of bad experiences with Notarios and Immigration Consultants. It's not that people involved in these business are inherently bad or evil, but most form preparers have none or limited knowledge of the immigration laws and its subtleties. Yes, anyone can fill out some forms, but do they understand the underlying reason for the questions asked? Can they see potential legal problems and warn the client of the consequences or know how to correct the problem? The answer is simply, no! An application for benefits under the new rule must be carefully prepared. Some errors can be corrected, but others can never be taken back. idreamact was designed to protect the applicants from making a mistake that could extend the time to complete the process. Whether or not a Dreamer joins the idreamact.com site, they must carefully chose their form preparer. Make sure that the one you chose is a licensed lawyer or registered non-profit agency."
According to Joao Vianna, "The intitial registration verifies if you are potentially qualified to register with the new regulation. applicant are able review their application and modify it as necessary. Only when the forms are completed correctly and reviewed by the applicant, will the program permit the forms to be printed."
For more information go to: iDreamAct.com and apsanlaw.com
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Chicken Little in the Voting Booth
The Non-Existent Problem of Non-Citizen “Voter Fraud”
July 13, 2012
Washington, D.C. – Without much evidence to support their claim, legislators across the country have introduced a string of restrictive voter ID laws with the intention of curbing “voter fraud.” The only problem is that there is no problem. Election experts agree that modern-day voter fraud is a very rare occurrence in the U.S., leaving many to speculate that supporters of these restrictive laws are using “voter fraud” legislation to disenfranchise large groups of voters—i.e. racial minorities, immigrants, and low-income voters—who may vote for the “wrong” candidate.
Today, the Immigration Policy Center releases an updated Fact Check that dispels the myth of voter fraud and provides much-needed context to this “solution in search of a problem”:
To read the Fact Check in its entirety, see:
The Immigration Policy Center (IPC), established in 2003, is the policy arm of the American Immigration Council. IPC's mission is to shape a rational conversation on immigration and immigrant integration. Through its research and analysis, IPC provides policymakers, the media, and the general public with accurate information about the role of immigrants and immigration policy on U.S. society. IPC reports and materials are widely disseminated and relied upon by press and policy makers. IPC staff regularly serves as experts to leaders on Capitol Hill, opinion-makers and the media. IPC is a non-partisan organization that neither supports nor opposes any political party or candidate for office.
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July 11, 2012 - BRASILIA, Brazil - Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Acting Commissioner David V. Aguilar and Assistant Secretary for International Affairs Alan Bersin today traveled to Brazil where they met with international counterparts to discuss joint efforts to combat human trafficking, enhance aviation and global supply chain security, and facilitate legitimate trade and travel.
"Brazil is one of the United States' most steadfast allies and partners when it comes to protecting our hemisphere from evolving threats," said Secretary Napolitano. "We're pleased to be working with our Brazilian counterparts on efforts to both ensure national security and facilitate economic security."
In Brasilia, Secretary Napolitano participated in a signing of a Joint Statement on Global Supply Chain Security with Brazilian Finance Minister Guido Mantega and Director of Customs Carlos Alberto Freitas Barreto; an agreement on combating human trafficking with President of the Brazilian Supreme Federal Court and Chief Justice Carlos Ayres Britto; a Statement of Intent to establish a Visa Waiver Program (VWP) Working Group with Foreign Minister Antonio de Aguiar Patriota; and an Joint Statement of Intent on Civil Aviation Security with Minister of Civil Aviation Wagner Bittencourt.
Foreign visitors to the U.S. spent more than $150 billion in 2011 on travel and tourism-related goods and services. VWP facilitates this trade and travel, enabling nationals of 36 participating countries to travel to the U.S. for stays of 90 days or less without obtaining a visa.
During the meetings, Secretary Napolitano underscored DHS' commitment to ensuring a safer, more secure, and more resilient global supply chain. The international community has made significant progress in protecting the global supply chain through Program Global Shield, which was launched in 2011 in collaboration with the World Customs Organization, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, and Interpol. As part of Program Global Shield, 90 participating nations and international organizations—including Brazil—share information in an unprecedented law enforcement effort aimed at combating the theft or illegal diversion of chemicals that can be used to make Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs). As of July 2012, Program Global Shield has accounted for 41 seizures of chemical precursors totaling more than 126 metric tons related to the illicit diversion of these chemicals.
Later, in São Paulo, Brazil, Secretary Napolitano will meet with the Council of Americas, American Chamber of Commerce and other local officials before traveling to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic on July 12-13 to meet with President Leonel Fernandez and Dominican officials to discuss law enforcement cooperation and ongoing efforts to combat illicit trafficking. Secretary Napolitano will later travel to San Juan, Puerto Rico on July 13, and meet with Governor Luis Fortuño, Resident Commissioner Pedro Pierluisi, and DHS officials stationed in Puerto Rico.
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July 12, 2012 - The iDreamAct.com website announced today that anyone interested in receiving up to date information on the recent announcement by the Obama administration for their simplified version of the Dream Act will be able to register on their site.
On Friday June 16, 2012 President Obama’s administration will stop deporting and begin granting work permits to younger illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children with no criminal record.
It was also announced today that the site has developed an online forms preparation system that will assist any qualified individual to prepare and file their application.
Qualified individuals will be offered the benefit of using a lawyer or do-it-yourself without a lawyer. The cost for both services will be announced as soon as the final regulation has been established.
The webmaster of this site Moses Apsan, an immigration attorney with over 28 years of experience commented that "There are many young people that cannot afford the benefit of hiring a law firm and instead turn to unscrupulous unlicensed notarios or immigration consultants which in many cases create problems for the applicants. It is my concept that instead of turning to these non licensed individual, any qualified applicant will be able to process their case simply and easily by using the idreamact.com website without the cost of hiring a lawyer. If they prefer to have a lawfirm represent them they have that option."
Benefits of Registering with idreamact.com
1. You will receive updates of all the latest news and information;
2. As soon as the final rules are available you will be informed;
3. You will be able to prepare all the forms necessary for for filing right on this site;
4. You will be able to use our law firm to process your case or;
5. You will be able to prepare the forms and receive the instructions on how to file and process your case without a lawyer.
File the Dream Act application with a lawyer or do-it-yourself (DIY or prose). Your choice. You will be informed of all the cost involved as soon as the final rules are available.
For more information go to idreamact.com or apsanlaw.com.