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TEMPORARY PROTECTED STATUS FOR NEPALI NATIONALS IN THE UNITED STATES- PROSPECTS AND CHALLENGES

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टि��������������������स सु������������ध����� पाएम��� ���ेपाली नागरि��� हर���ले १८ महिन������� सम्म ���ाम ������्����������� पा���ने ���नुम���������� म�������त्र है��������� अमेर���������का ब���हि������� यात्र��� गरेर यहाँ फ������कने अनुम���ी ���नि प���उन सक���नेछन ��� तर ��������ेर���काम��� ���रण लिएर बस������ा वा �����ि�����������का �����्य���्तिहरु ������प�������ल �����ादा आफुल��� पाए������ वा पाउन लागेको शरणार्थीक��� हैस����������त ग������्न सक���न��� भएपनी अत्यन्तै ���िशेष ������िस्थि��������������म��� �������ोट����� समएको लागि ���फ्���ा परिवा������ो ����������्धार ग����������न वा आफ्न��� ज�������िल मे�����िकल कारण �������एमा ���ो ������रण देखाइ ट���राभल डकुमेन���ट������������ ला�����ि निबेदन गर्�����ा त्यस������ो ������बे���न USCIS ले स्विकार ���र���म��� जा��� सक्ने अव�������������������्था हुन���क������ । ���������� लेखक����� बि���ए������ तप�������ईंस���ग ���ुनै �������्र���्न ������मा मलाई yagyalaw@gmail.com मा ई������������ल ������्न वा ९���६ ५�����५ ८६���८ ���ा क��� गर्����������� स���्नुहुने��� ।

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17334108611_8d10682802_kOne form of humanitarian assistance the United States can offer to Nepal, a country now recovering from the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that flattened buildings and killed more than 7,000 people, is temporary protected status (TPS) for Nepalese nationals who currently are in the United States. Last week, several members of Congress introduced a bill, H.R. 2033, that would designate Nepal as a country whose nationals are eligible for TPS.

Although there is��precedent for Congress authorizing TPS for nationals of a particular country, the current immigration statute already authorizes TPS for nationals of any country designated by the Secretary of Homeland Security. Such a designation is appropriate where there is ongoing armed conflict, an environmental disaster or epidemic, or for other “extraordinary and temporary conditions” within that country. Haiti, Syria, and Somalia are some of the countries currently designated for temporary protected status.

TPS gives foreign nationals in the United States protection from deportation, travel authorization, and the ability to work legally while in the United States. As the name states, their status is temporary and does not lead to a green card. Only individuals who can demonstrate continuous physical presence during a period specified by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) are eligible, as this program is designed for foreign nationals who were already in the United States. The United States has granted over 300,000foreign nationals this status.

Because TPS would allow many Nepalese nationals to legally work and reside in the United States, it would increase the flow of remittances to Nepal during the recovery from the earthquake. According to the World Bank, ���remittances sent home by migrants to developing countries are equivalent to more than three times the size of official development assistance.” The remittances could go even further than the $10 million of US humanitarian aid already sent. Not only would TPS ease the financial burden of rebuilding, but it would enable Nepal to more adequately handle the return of Nepalese down the road.

Support for TPS designation extends beyond the House and the bill���s 13 co-signers – as of writing, nearly 100,000 people had signed a��Whitehouse.gov petition asking President Obama to direct DHS to designate Nepal as a country for TPS. Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, also sent a letter to President Barack Obama requesting TPS for Nepalese nationals. As one of the co-sponsors of the House bill Rep. Al Green (D-TX) said, ���A great nation does not force people to return to conditions that are unsafe and detrimental to their well-being. A great nation extends the hand of friendship to all during times of challenge and crisis.”

Photo by ReSurge International.

– See more at: http://immigrationimpact.com/2015/05/04/after-earthquake-in-nepal-bill-introduced-to-grant-temporary-protected-status-to-nepalese-nationals/#sthash.urVgcIzw.dpuf

IDs for Illegal Immigrants Take a Step in Los Angeles

By��IAN LOVETT
Published: October 16, 2012

LOS ANGELES — In March, this city stopped impounding the vehicles of anyone caught driving without a license, effectively allowing many illegal immigrants to keep their cars. Then, this month, the police chief announced that the department would stop handing illegal immigrants charged with low-level offenses over to federal authorities for deportation.

Michal Czerwonka for The New York Times

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa of Los Angeles, where illegal immigrants have been gaining more freedom of movement.

Now, Los Angeles could soon become the largest city in the country to offer municipal identification cards to illegal immigrants, with the goal of allowing them to open bank accounts and gain access to other services.

A City Council committee on Tuesday unanimously approved a plan to solicit proposals from private companies to develop and operate a city ID card system. The plan will now go to the full Council for a vote.

“This card allows people who have been living in the shadows to be out in the light of day,” Ed Reyes, a city councilman, said. “Some say this is a federal issue and not our problem. Well, I’m sorry, I beg to differ.”

Over the course of the year, city officials and the police have pushed Los Angeles toward the forefront of theimmigration debate as they have tried to ease some of the hardships facing illegal immigrants, joining the growing list of states and cities that have tried to take immigration law into their own hands.

A patchwork of immigration policies now dots the nation, with conservative states like Arizona stepping up efforts to deport illegal immigrants while liberal communities like Los Angeles push back.

In 2007, New Haven became the first city in the country to issue ID cards to illegal immigrants. A handful of others have followed suit, including Oakland and San Francisco, where hundreds of people lined up for hours to get ID cards the first day they were offered.

The Los Angeles ID cards, like those in some other cities, will also function like a prepaid debit card for those who want one. City officials estimate that more than 12 percent of residents do not keep their money in a bank, in many cases because they cannot open a bank account without ID. Instead, they carry around large sums of cash, which renders them targets for robbery, activists said.

“This means a lot to this community of day laborers,” said Antonio Bernabe, a Mexican immigrant who organizes street vendors and day laborers. “Every day, they are victims of robberies, because they have to carry their own money with them. They are not able to go into a bank and deposit their money, and they are affected going into a city building, because they need an ID.���

At City Hall on Tuesday, dozens of immigrant rights advocates, along with bankers and business owners, implored the City Council to move ahead with the ID card plan.

But Ira Mehlman, a spokesman for the Federation for American Immigration Reform, a group that pushes for stricter immigration laws and enforcement, criticized the plan, calling it further evidence of the city’s effort to impede immigration enforcement.

�����This city has bent over backwards to accommodate people who are in this country illegally,” Mr. Mehlman said. “If Los Angeles is going to be issuing government IDs, how do they know these people’s true identities? They could be helping people establish a false identity.”

 

 

 

California Passes Other Half of DREAM Act Package

While many applauded Governor Jerry Brown’s recent efforts to make college more affordable for all of California���s students, others insisted the state didn’t go far enough. Back in July, Gov. Brown signed AB 130���a bill that allows undocumented students enrolled in California’s public colleges and universities to receive privately-funded university scholarships from non-state funds. At the time, however, its companion bill, AB 131���which would allow undocumented students to apply for state-sponsored financial aid—was stuck in California’s Senate Appropriations Committee. Last week, despite opposition from immigration restrictionists, both California���s State Assembly and Senate approved AB 131 which is now on its way to Gov. Brown���s desk. Many predict Gov. Brown will sign the measure based on promises he made during his campaign. Read more…

President Obama���s Very Legal Move on Immigration

DHS’s recent announcement on enforcement priorities suggests that the agency, along with the Department of Justice, is serious about trying to target those persons who pose a threat to public safety. Unfortunately, there has been little official communication from either agency about the initiatives underway to review current immigration court cases or to issue broader guidance within DHS on prosecutorial discretion, both follow ups to guidelines issued in a June memo from ICE Director John Morton. To fill the void, immigration advocacy groups have attempted to explain what these initiatives are not:  NOT an amnesty, NOT a blanket deferral of removal program for all DREAMERs or anyone else, and NOT an abandonment of the deportation laws. But because there has been little official guidance, Administration opponents and immigration restrictionists are doing their best to reshape the policy into all of these things and more. Read more…

U.S. Sentencing Commission Data Reveals Dysfunction of U.S. Immigration System
Federal courts and prisons are being overwhelmed by the broken U.S. immigration system. That is one of the central points to emerge from data contained in a new report from the U.S. Sentencing Commission. It is also a point that is easily missed if you are looking at the wrong numbers. For instance, the numbers of Latinos and non-U.S. citizens who are sent to federal prison are startling. But even more startling is how many of them are going to federal prison because of non-violent immigration offenses. In defiance of common sense, they may be in federal prison even though they have not committed a violent crime or even a property crime. Their only crime might be entering the country without permission. Read more…

For Immediate Release

Mexican Migration Patterns Signal a New Immigration Reality:
Fewer Coming, Fewer Leaving, and 3/5 of Unauthorized Have Been Here for a Decade or Longer

August 1, 2011

Washington D.C. – Today, the Immigration Policy Center releases a summary of recent data on Mexican migration to and from the United States. This data provides an important reminder that as migration patterns change over time, so too must U.S. immigration policies.  Fewer Mexicans are migrating to the United States, fewer Mexican immigrants in the United States are returning home, and immigrants from Mexico are parents to a new generation of Mexican Americans who are U.S. citizens.

New reports from the Pew Hispanic Center and the RAND Corporation provide useful information about the state of immigration today.  Although this data deals with Mexican immigrants as a whole and not just the unauthorized, it is a useful indicator of what is taking place in the unauthorized population. More than half (55 percent) of Mexican immigrants in the United States are unauthorized, and roughly three-fifths (59 percent) of all unauthorized immigrants are from Mexico.

The data reveals an emerging new reality: fewer immigrants are coming, fewer are leaving, and a majority of the unauthorized population has been here for a decade or longer. These trends suggest that our immigration policies must transition away from the current efforts to drive out unauthorized immigrants with deep roots in this country.  We need a more nuanced set of policies that help immigrants who are already living here and contributing to the U.S. economy to more fully integrate into U.S. society.

To view the fact sheet in its entirety, see:

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For more information contact Wendy Sefsaf at wsefsaf@immcouncil.org or 202-507-7524

President Obama to Highlight Immigration Reform in

Speech at U.S-Mexico Border

PHOTO: President Barack Obama addresses military personnel who have recently returned from Afghanistan
President Obama addresses military personnel who recently returned from Afghanistan, May 6, 2011, at Fort Campbell, Ky. (Charles Dharapak/AP Photo)
May 10, 2011
President Obama will tout his administration’s improvements in border security and renew a commitment to overhauling the nation’s immigration system in a speech today on the U.S.-Mexico border at El Paso, Texas.
But with key voices on both sides of the debate saying there is little chance Congress will overhaul immigration laws any time soon, Obama’s speech is widely seen at least in part as a political appeal to Hispanics, who are a key constituency for his 2012 reelection campaign.
Hispanics voted for Obama by a 2-to-1 margin in 2008. But many have since become disillusioned, hit hard by the sluggish economic recovery and disappointed by unfulfilled promises to improve policies affecting millions of legal and illegal immigrants and their families, community leaders say.
“In the immigrant community across the country, there is broad acknowledgment that Republicans are the single biggest impediment to bringing comprehensive immigration reform to a successful conclusion,” Democratic Rep. Luis Gutierrez of Illinois said in an interview.
“But when we had broad, expansive Democratic majorities in both the House and the Senate, where was this call for reform from Obama? Where was the push to get Republicans to the table? Where was the energetic, ‘Let’s get out there and rev up the troops?’
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“I’m past that. But I’m not going to participate in public announcements that I think bring about unrealistic expectations in the general population,” he added, referring to Obama’s speech.
White House officials say Obama has always been committed to achieving a comprehensive package of immigration system reforms, and will use the Texas event to issue a new “call to action.” But they say he will not lay out specific policy ideas or a legislative deadline.
“We weren’t able to achieve it in the first part of this term, the president’s term, but it remains a priority of the president’s, even though it’s hard,” White House press secretary Jay Carney said Monday of a broad legislative reform package.
Most Republicans and some moderate Democrats staunchly oppose any legislation that would address the legal status of the country’s estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants, citing concerns about competition for scarce U.S. jobs and added strain on social welfare programs.
Still, Obama has held three high-profile meetings on immigration in recent weeks, pulling together a diverse mix of stakeholders and lawmakers from across the country to enlist help campaigning for his plan, and adding pressure on Republicans who oppose it.
Obama envisions a sweeping law that would make immigration enforcement programs more strategic, penalize employers who hire illegal workers, streamline the visa process and provide relief to thousands of immigrant families living in the shadows.
“This is the fourth week in a row the president has addressed immigration reform, clearly showing we’re on the tracks for change,” said Ali Noorani, executive director of the National Immigration Forum.
But with no legislative progress expected before the 2012 election, Noorani and other immigrant advocates want Obama to use his administrative powers to grant at least temporary relief to some undocumented immigrant students and family members of U.S. citizens.
They say he could use a presidential memorandum or executive order to shield selected immigrants from being targets for deportation and possibly remove barriers to a path to legal status in the United States for others


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