With the government shutdown finally behind us, the Administration immediately got to work on one of President Obama’s key priorities: finishing the job of fixing our broken immigration system. Having just signed legislation to reopen our government, the President urged Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform in his remarks to the American people:
Let’s start the negotiations. But let’s not leave this problem to keep festering for another year, or two years, or three years. This can and should get done by the end of this year.
The very next day, the President announced his choice to lead the Department of Homeland Security, Mr. Jeh Johnson, and voiced his trust in his nominee’s ability to ensure our immigration system more fair and effective:
We’ve got to fix our broken immigration system in a way that strengthens our borders, and modernizes legal immigration, and makes sure everybody is playing by the same rules. And I’m confident that I could not make a better choice in Jeh, somebody who I’m confident is going to be moving not just the agency forward, but helping to move the country forward.
On October 24, the President gathered a diverse coalition of leaders from faith, business, labor and advocacy communities to reiterate his commitment to commonsense immigration reform. He outlined the economic benefits of an earned path to citizenship and explained why fixing our immigration laws is both good policy and politics:
And if folks are really that consumed with the politics of fixing our broken immigration system, they should take a closer look at the polls because the American people support this. It’s not something they reject—they support it. Everybody wins here if we work together to get this done.
The following morning, the President traveled to Brooklyn, New York to visit Pathways in Technology Early College High School, to acknowledge the area’s rich history of immigration and explain the importance of investing in America’s youth immigrant population:
…this whole borough is where generations of hopeful, striving immigrants came in search of opportunity—a chance to build better lives for themselves and for their kids. And that’s been true for decades. And I’m here today to talk about what we need to do, as a country, to build the same kind of opportunity for your generation, for the next generation, and for your kids, and for future immigrants.
A clear majority of Americans believe commonsense immigration reform is the right thing to do. Now more than ever, it is vitally important to mobilize and make our voices heard!
Julie Chavez Rodriguez Deputy Director White House | Office of Public Engagement
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Launches Education Campaign About New International Money Transfer Protections October 28, 2013 The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), an independent federal agency, is launching a nationwide multimedia campaign to inform consumers who send money internationally about new protections that go into effect today. The protections are contained in a rule that was finalized earlier this year.
DHS Welcomes New Officer for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties and New Chief Privacy Officer October 25, 2013 The Department of Homeland Security is proud to welcome Megan H. Mack as the new Officer for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties and Karen Neuman as the new Chief Privacy Officer. Both bring a wealth of experience from the public and private sectors, which will serve them well as they advise the Secretary and lead the Department’s efforts to protect privacy and uphold civil rights and civil liberties.
USCIS Diversity Visa Program Update October 22, 2013 On October 1, 2013, the U.S. Department of State began taking online registrations for the 2015 Diversity Visa (DV) Program. The registration period ends on Saturday, November 2, 2013. During this time it is common for scammers to pose as the U.S. government and attempt to deceive DV Program applicants and take their money. Please visithttps://www.dvlottery.state.gov/ for official U.S. government information on the program.
New U.S. Citizen Ken Dancyger: Born a Survivor September 30, 2013 “In my life, this was the first time I was making an active choice (of where to live),” Ken Dancyger said of his and his wife’s decision to be in the United States. Dancyger is one of the United States’ newest citizens. His life story also symbolizes American hopefulness.
DHS Celebrates the Launch of HSIN Release 3 September 27, 2013 DHS colleagues and stakeholders celebrated the launch of the next generation of the Department of Homeland Security’s Homeland Security Information Network (HSIN). HSIN Release 3 (R3) improves our ability to support law enforcement, emergency managers, and first responders with the tools and resources they need, as we work together to make our nation safer, secure, and more resilient.
ICE Releases Facilitating Parental Interests in the Course of Civil Immigration Enforcement Activities Directive August 23, 2013 ICE recently released Facilitating Parental Interests in the Course of Civil Immigration Enforcement Activities Directive (Parental Interests Directive) and posted Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on its website. These FAQs address a broad range of parental interests issues that NGO Working Group members may find useful. ICE also developed and posted a Parental Interests Directive Fact Sheet in English and Spanish, which provides a concise overview of the Directive’s major provisions.
Combating Domestic Violence and Other Forms of Violence Against Women October 31, 2013 In September, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) approved the statutory maximum 10,000 petitions for U nonimmigrant status (U visas) for immigrant victims of crime, including domestic violence, for the fourth straight year since it began issuing U visas in 2008. Through this program and others, DHS is committed to combating domestic violence and other forms of violence against women.
Working Together to Improve Immigration Services October 25, 2013 Last week, the Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman office hosted its third annual conference at the National Archives, a building that reminds us of the contributions that immigrants have made – and continue to make – to the United States. Bringing together nearly 300 participants from across the country, including White House Domestic Policy Council’s Senior Policy Director for Immigration Felicia Escobar, the event focused on ways we can work together to improve immigration services at DHS.
President Obama: We Should Pass Immigration Reform, and We Should Do It this Year October 24, 2013 President Obama joined leaders from business, labor, and faith communities who are united around one goal: fixing our broken immigration system. People across the political spectrum understand that our current system is broken, President Obama said today. And earlier this year, the Senate passed a bill with bipartisan support that addresses “the core challenges of how we create an immigration system that is fair, that’s just, that is true to our traditions as a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants.”
White House Hosts Southwest Border Economy and Public Safety Forum September 27, 2013 Cecilia Muñoz had the pleasure of welcoming a diverse coalition of leaders from the Southwest border to the White House – the group included elected officials, farmers, ranchers, business owners, law enforcement officials, faith leaders and community advocates from Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, and California. We discussed what is working, and what we need to continue to work on, when it comes to increasing economic growth and strengthening public safety along the border.
USCIS Invitation: 2D Barcode Forms Technology Teleconference U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) invites you to participate in a stakeholder teleconference to discuss the new 2D barcoded forms technology as it relates to third-party software compatibility. This technology greatly enhances our ability to quickly and accurately intake applications at the USCIS Lockbox facilities where the applications are mailed.
Who: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) What: Stakeholder teleconference to discuss the new 2D barcoded forms technology as it relates to third-party software compatibility When: Wednesday, November 6, 2013 from 2 PM – 3:30 PM (Eastern) Where: Online teleconference RSVP: Please visit our registration page to confirm your participation
USCIS Immigration 101 Webinar USCIS is hosting an Immigration 101 Webinar. Join the online meeting room 15 minutes before the event.
Who: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) What: Immigration 101 Webinar When: Tuesday, November 19, 2013 from 1 PM to 2:30 PM (Pacific) Where: Online webinar RSVP: For further information, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
USCIS Form I-129F, Petition for Alien Fiancé(e) Teleconference U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) invites you to participate in a teleconference to discuss Form I-129F, Petition for Alien Fiancé(e).
Who: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) What: Stakeholder teleconference to discuss to discuss Form I-129F, Petition for Alien Fiancé(e) When: Thursday, November 21, 2013 from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM (Eastern) Where: Online teleconference RSVP: Please visit our registration page to confirm your participation.
You are encouraged to submit questions and agenda items before the teleconference. You may do so on the event registration page or by emailing us at TSC.University@uscis.dhs.gov. Please submit all questions and agenda items by Friday, November 1, 2013.