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Immigration Newsletter – February 15, 2011

Arizona Sues Federal Government For Weak Immigration


Feb 11, 2011: Arizona is seeking $760 million from the federal

government to pay for costs accrued by the state to jail illegal

immigrants. According to a filing in a U.S. District Court by

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer and state Attorney General Tom Horne,

the federal government has failed in its duty to prevent illegal

immigrants from crossing the Arizona border in vast numbers, which

has left the burden of enforcement on the state.

In the lawsuit, it is claimed that Arizona is being invaded by

illegal Mexican immigrants and the federal government is not doing

its part to help the state manage this influx of illegal


While control of the border is a federal responsibility, illegal

aliens who successfully cross the border and commit crime in

Arizona become an Arizona responsibility,” Horne said in a

recent television interview.

DHS and DOS Issue Annotated B-1 Visa for Foreign Maritime

Workers Applying for a Transportation Worker Identification


Feb 09, 2011: The Departments of Homeland Security (DHS) and

State (DOS) announced today that they have created an annotated

version of the B-1 visa, the visa that is issued to foreign

citizens who wish to enter the U.S. for business purposes. This

annotated version will now enable foreign maritime workers to be

eligible to apply for a Transportation Worker Identification

Credential (TWIC), which is a tamper-resistant biometric identifier

card maritime workers must have to enter secure areas of maritime


“Strengthening the security of our maritime global supply

chain is critical to protecting our nation from evolving

threats,” said Janet Napolitano, Secretary of Homeland

Security. “This new TWIC process is a critical step toward

ensuring that foreign maritime workers can quickly and efficiently

obtain the necessary credentials to do their jobs and help grow the

American economy.”

Under the new process, foreign maritime workers who must have a

TWIC to perform their official duties must notify DOS of this need

when they apply for a B-1 visa. Additionally, they must provide a

letter from their employer that indicates they will be required to

perform services in secure port areas.

USCIS Offices Closed Due to Severe Weather; Agency to Make

Adjustments Accordingly.

Feb 04, 2011: Because of the recent winter storms, a number of

USCIS offices, including the Texas and Nebraska Service Centers,

were closed during the week of January 31. USCIS has commented that

it will make adjustments to recognize those that filed petitions in

a timely manner or responded to requests for additional information

by the specified deadline.

For more information about the effects of the recent closings on

immigration applications and petitions, please contact the USCIS

National Customer Service Center at 1-800-375-5283.

Three Federal Agencies Partner to Combat Human Trafficking

Feb 01, 2011: The U.S. Departments of Justice, Homeland Security

and Labor announced a new initiative to help streamline federal

criminal investigations and prosecutions of human trafficking

offenses. THe nationwide Human Trafficking Enhanced Enforcement

Initiative will involve the use of specialized Anti-Trafficking

Coordinations, known as ACTeams, in certain pilot districts across

the U.S. These teams, which will be made up of prosecutors and

agents from various federal law enforcement agencies, will

implement a plan to combat human trafficking threats, and will

focus on developing investigations and prosecutions to help human

trafficking victims and bring traffickers to justice.

“This modern-day slavery is an affront to human dignity,

and each and every case we prosecute should send a powerful signal

that human trafficking will not be tolerated in the United

States,” said Eric Holder, Attorney General. “The Human

Trafficking Enhanced Enforcement Initiative takes our

anti-trafficking enforcement efforts to the next level by building

on the most effective tool in our anti-trafficking arsenal:


States Enact Record Number of Immigration-Related Legislation

in 2010.

Jan 28, 2011: According to the National Conference of State

Legislatures (NCSL), state legislatures enacted a record number of

laws and resolutions related to immigration issues in 2010. A total

of 46 state legislatures and the District of Columbia enacted 208

new laws and adopted 138 resolutions, reported NCSL. Ten additional

bills were passed by the legislatures, but vetoed by state

governors. In comparison, in 2009, only 202 laws were enacted and

131 resolutions adopted.

Interestingly, there were less bills and resolutions introduced

to legislatures in 2010, as compared to 2009. In 2010, just over

1,400 bills and resolutions were introduced; in 2009, over 1,500

were introduced.

Key focuses for introduced bills and resolutions were law

enforcement, identification and driver’s license-related bills,

and employment-related legislation. E-Verify-related legislation

was enacted in four states in 2010. While the focuses above have

been seen in previous years, a new topic introduced in 2010 was

child abductions; three states passed laws to help prevent these


Immigration-related legislation at the state level has been

steadily rising since 2005, when only 300 bills were introduced at

the state level.

The content of this article is intended to provide a general

guide to the subject matter. Specialist advice should be sought

about your specific circumstances.

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