Friday, February 13, 2009

Obama and immigration

Stephanie Valencia at Obama's Office of Public Liaison has a guest post on the White House blog about Latinos. It includes the following:

There was discussion about how to keep Latino youth in school, through high school and on to college, as well as about the broken immigration system and the immigration raids that tear families apart. Heather celebrated the recent victory on the SCHIP reauthorization – after many years of advocacy, legal immigrant children will now be covered – and highlighted the ways we can work in partnership on these key issues and more.

There have been other signals from the administration about ending or least drastically cutting workplace raids. We're still waiting to see what Obama's plan for immigration reform will look like, or even when it will be proposed.


Vicente Duque 8:33 PM  

Please Friends

Read "The New York Times"

The U. S. Army needs some foreigners with language skills, but Latinos are excluded from the personnel needed. Perhaps there are already too many people that know spanish.

The New York Times
February 14, 2009

U.S. Military Will Offer Path to Citizenship

Some excerpts :

"Stretched thin in Afghanistan and Iraq, the American military will begin recruiting skilled immigrants who are living in this country with temporary visas, offering them the chance to become United States citizens in as little as six months.

Military officials want to attract immigrants who have native knowledge of languages and cultures that the Pentagon considers strategically vital. The program will also be open to students and refugees.

The Army’s one-year pilot program will begin in New York City to recruit about 550 temporary immigrants who speak one or more of 35 languages, including Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Igbo (a tongue spoken in Nigeria), Kurdish, Nepalese, Pashto, Russian and Tamil. Spanish speakers are not eligible. The Army’s program will also include about 300 medical professionals to be recruited nationwide. Recruiting will start after Department of Homeland Security officials update an immigration rule in coming days.

Pentagon officials expect that the lure of accelerated citizenship will be powerful. Under a statute invoked in 2002 by the Bush administration, immigrants who serve in the military can apply to become citizens on the first day of active service, and they can take the oath in as little as six months.

For foreigners who come to work or study in the United States on temporary visas, the path to citizenship is uncertain and at best agonizingly long, often lasting more than a decade. The military also waives naturalization fees, which are at least $675."

More information here :

Vicente Duque

Anonymous,  5:25 AM  

thanks for the information....

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