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    Published on 10-10-2017 01:22 PM

    Tenement Museum - Under One Roof


    Under One Roof

    1. What is Tenement Museum?

    · Established in 1988 and with the hub of two historic tenements on Orchard Street in NYC’s Lower East Side, the Tenement Museum tells the story of American immigration through the personal accounts of immigrant families

    • (Tenement Museum)

    2. What is the exhibit about?

    • Opened in September, 2017, Under One Roof “ is the first permanent exhibit of the museum highlighting real-stories of modern-era immigrant, refugee, and migrant families;

    · Based on oral histories of living family members, the exhibit tells the stories of three immigrant and migrant families during the 1950s to 1970s: the Epstein family, Polish refugees and Holocaust survivors; the Saez-Velez family, Puerto Rican migrants; and the Wong family, Chinese immigrants

    (the Epstein family: Regina and Kalman Epstein)

    (the Saez-Velez family: Ramonita with Jennie and Andrea)

    (the Wong family: Mr and Mrs Wong)

    · The three families all lived in the same apartment building at 103 Orchard Street in NYC’s Lower East Side, which housed an estimated 15,000 people from more than 20 nations between 1863 and 2000;

    · The guided tour takes visitors through an apartment that has been subdivided into three sections. The first section recreates the Epstein home in the late-1950s; the second section features the Saez-Velez family home in the late-1970s; and the third section recreates the Wong family home in late-1970s. Since each family had one parent who worked in the Lower East Side’s garment industry, the 90-minute tour concludes in a recreated garment shop.

    • (the Epstein family bedroom)

    (the Saez-Velez family living room)

    (the Wong family bedroom)

    • (the Garment Shop)

    3. Why this exhibit is relevant to immigration?

    · This exhibit tells about the first urban immigration story ever happened in American history;

    • (the Saez –Velez family living room window with urban views outside)

    · Many visitors might think the early immigrants went through great hardships living under 103 Orchard Street residence during that time. However, the Chinese immigrants were actually pleased to live “under one roof”. This is because first the residence was offered with fairly cheap price. Second the particular door-to-door structure of the building was very similar to Chinese neighborhood. It bound up people together, creating a nest for social networking and information exchange which were especially previous to Chinese when they were outside their own country;

    (the Wong family: Mrs Wong and daughter Yat Ping – at graduation ceremony)

    · Chinese visitors will take away with them these two main points from the exhibit: 1. As America is a country built up by immigrants all over the world, this is the true story of America itself, not merely a story of immigrant families; 2. Nor is it a story of the past. It is an account of whoever is now living in America. If those immigrants succeeded in the past, every immigrant in America today can succeed as well. Among all the American immigrants, the question is not whether to succeed, but who to succeed.

    4. The connection with Squirrel NYC

    · Squirrels are actually not home to NYC. The Great Squirrel Migration in 1970s witnessed millions of squirrels swimming across the Connecticut River and other bodies of waters and settled down in NYC ever since then;

    · Squirrel NYC, naming after this immigration legend of the squirrels, is a newly established Chinese WeChat lifestyle platform Chinese immigrants living in NYC

    About The Author

    SquirrelNYC SquirrelNYC is a New York resident who has a furry tail. It is the one-stop portal for information on New York mainly in Simplified Chinese. It is dedicated to provide readers the latest city news, dining recommendations, leisure, events, and other aspects of a New Yorker life.

    Published on 10-09-2017 02:07 PM

    DHS Wants to Monitor Immigrants’ Social Media. No One Knows What They Will Do With This Information


    In a sweeping encroachment upon privacy, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it is planning to dramatically ramp up its surveillance of virtually anyone in the United States who is not a U.S. citizen by birth.

    In a rule which appeared in the Federal Register on September 18, DHS announced that it will begin gathering information on the “social media handles and aliases, associated identifiable information, and search results,” of all immigrants in the country—even green card holders and naturalized U.S. citizens. This constitutes a tremendous violation of privacy not only for the foreign-born, but for any native-born U.S. citizen who happens to be communicating with an immigrant via social media.

    According to Faiz Shakir, national political director at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the agency is going to put a freeze on free speech by defining an enormous group of people whose online presence is now subject to ...

    Published on 10-06-2017 12:37 PM

    The White House Has Slashed Refugee Admissions to Record Lows


    The White House announced late last week that for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018, beginning Oct. 1, 2017, the United States will only admit a maximum number of 45,000 refugees . This represents the lowest refugee admissions ceiling ever set by the U.S. government, despite record numbers of forced displacement around the world. The UN Refugee Agency estimated 65.6 million people were forcibly displaced at the end of 2016.

    Those limited refugee visas will be allocated with 19,000 for Africa; 17,500 for the Near East/South Asia; 5,000 for East Asia; and 2,000 for Europe and Central Asia. Despite countries like El Salvador and Honduras being plagued by rampant gang violence and impunity, Latin America and the Caribbean were only allocated 1,500 visas. Unlike years past, there is no “unallocated reserve” of refugee visas which previous administrations routinely authorized to provide flexibility to the U.S. Refugee Program for unexpected refugee flows.

    This new refugee cap is a

    Published on 10-05-2017 03:54 PM

    “Credibility” Training Module For Asylum Officers Released After A Freedom Of Information Request


    A 90-page Asylum Officer Training Module on “Credibility,” dated June 20, 2016, was recently released after a FOIA request by Catholic Charities of Washington DC. A copy is available at the Louise Trauma Center website: www.louisetrauma.com.

    “No witness is perfect,” is the essence of the first 13 pages of this training module. Minor discrepancies can be ignored. If the testimony was largely consistent “throughout the examination and cross-examination, consistent with his written declaration, and contained no embellishments,” find the applicant credible. Page 13.

    The “normal limits of human understanding and memory may make some inconsistencies or lack of recall present in any witness’s case.” Page 59.

    A retelling of a story “will inevitably have some flaws.” Page 14. If you think you see a flaw, “inform the applicant of your concern [and ask her] to explain.” Page 15.

    A person who was actually ...

    Published on 10-05-2017 11:12 AM

    How A Bond Hearing Saved Me From Deportation By Mark Hwang


    The ACLU blog has an interesting post on Jennings v. Rodriguez, the immigrant detention case argued in the Supreme Court today.

    How A Bond Hearing Saved Me From Deportation By Mark Hwang

    Today the Supreme Court will hear Jennings v. Rodriguez , a case that will decide the fate of thousands of men and women locked up in immigration prisons across the country. The federal government is challenging a 2015 Ninth Circuit ruling , in which the American Civil Liberties Union secured the right to a bond hearing for people in deportation proceedings after six months of detention.

    Bond hearings allow people to go before a judge so that he or she can decide if imprisonment is necessary, weighing factors like public safety and flight risk. It's basic due process. Bond hearings are a vital check on our country’s rapidly-expanding immigration system. I’ve seen their power firsthand, because not too long ago, I was one of the people locked up.

    In February 2013, I was driving with my one-year-old son when we were stopped by an immigration officer. He said that I hadn’t used my turn signal when changing lanes and asked to see my identification. When he came back to the car, he asked if I had ever been convicted of a crime.

    I answered truthfully. More than a decade ago, when I was in my early 20s, I was convicted of marijuana possession with intent to sell. I had served a short sentence and had remained out of trouble since. Still the officers ...

    Published on 10-04-2017 05:25 PM

    Argument analysis: Justices seem primed to find constitutional limits on the detention of immigrants


    Yesterday, the Supreme Court heard reargument in Jennings v. Rodriguez , a class-action constitutional challenge to a variety of provisions of the immigration laws allowing for immigrant detention. After the oral argument last term, the court asked for further briefing on the constitutionality of the detention of immigrants. With the Trump administration promising to increase the use of detention as a form of immigration enforcement, the case has taken on increasing practical significance since the court first decided to review the case in June of 2016.

    As discussed in my preview of the argument, two Supreme Court cases at the dawn of the new millennium offered contrasting approaches to the review of decisions of the U.S. government to detain immigrants. In 2001, in Zadvydas v. Davis ...

    Published on 10-03-2017 03:58 PM

    How Can You Immigrate To Canada As A Self-employed Worker


    Immigrating to the Great White North is a dream for lots of workers all over the world. But many of these workers don’t know that if they have a previous relevant experience in the cultural/artisanal, athletic (at an international level) or agricultural areas, they might be eligible to immigrate to Canada in the Federal Self-Employed Program . And since they want to come as self-employed workers , no job offer is required. But among other requirements, candidates must have at least two years of professional experience in these areas. Check the full list below according to the National Occupational Classification ( NOC).


    Although there are not many prerequisites, it is not just come to Canada and be your own boss. The candidates for this pool need to attend other federal requirements. Also, the

    Published on 10-02-2017 05:50 PM

    “Firm Resettlement” Training Module For Asylum Officers Released After A Freedom Of Information Request


    A 37-page Asylum Officer Training Module on “Firm Resettlement,” dated May 23, 2013, was recently released after a FOIA request by Catholic Charities of Washington DC. A copy is available at the Louise Trauma Center website: www.louisetrauma.com. It is also AILA Doc. No. 1709-2761. I have added some cases not in the lesson plan.

    Matter of A-G-G-, 25 I&N Dec. 486 (BIA 2011) is cited more than ten times.

    INA section 208(b)(2)(A)(vi) provides that an applicant is ineligible for asylum if she was “firmly resettled in another country prior to arriving in the United States.”

    8 C.F.R. section 208.15 provides that an applicant is firmly resettled if, she “received an offer of permanent resident status, citizenship, or some other type of permanent resettlement.” However, there are two exceptions:

    a] her entry into that country “was a necessary consequence” of her flight from persecution; she “remained in that country only long as was necessary to arrange onward travel; and she “did not establish significant ties to that country;”

    Published on 10-02-2017 05:42 PM

    Legislative Update With Iiusa Featuring Peter Joseph Reported


    EB-5 Investment Voice is the only Podcast series that focuses on the United States immigrant investor visa, EB-5 and foreign direct investment. Mona Shah welcomes guests from the industry including: developers, regional center operatives, attorneys, legislators and politicians.

    On September 8, 2017, the US government once again extended the deadline for the EB-5 program from September 30th to December 8th. EB-5 Investment Voice welcomes its first returning guest, IIUSA Executive Director Peter Joseph, to discuss the most recent EB-5 extension and to give us the most current information on Congress’ progress toward a long-term legislative solution for the EB-5 program. ( Peter was a guest on last year’s podcast to give us an update on what was happening on Capital Hill. )

    Peter has led Invest in the USA, the national trade association for the EB-5 Regional Center Program, since 2010. He has been quoted by major media outlets such as ABC News, Bloomberg Businessweek, The Hill and the Wall Street Journal, ...

    Published on 10-02-2017 04:05 PM

    An Update Regarding the U.S. Mission to Russia


    On Monday, September 25, 2017, Laurence E. Tobey, Minister-Counselor for Consular Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Russia, gave an informative presentation on the status of the U.S. Mission to Russia. The talk was sponsored by the American Chamber of Commerce in Russia.

    Mr. Tobey’s address focused on describing events of the preceding months, the Consular Section’s response to those events, and how visa applicants can best work with the Consular Section in light of new developments.

    In response to further sanctions against Russia by the United States, in ...

    Published on 09-29-2017 12:36 PM

    K-1 statistics show increasing denials


    The numbers tell us denials are increasing

    Recent reports from the US Department of State don’t give very reassuring immigration statistics. Unfortunately, it looks like the denials rates are increasing for the K-1 visa.

    It’s quite probable that the recent turn of events are due to the tightening security measures, extreme vetting of K-1 visa applicants, and recent change of administration (President Trump’s agenda).

    Historically, certain parts of the world see more K-1 visa approvals than others. These trends repeat often. On the other hand, certain nations don’t consider the fiance visa as a popular option.

    Although it won’t predict whether or not your case is approved, it does put the difficulty into perspective. Imagine going into a high-denial Embassy with a host of “ Red flags ”. What would the outcome be? Take a look and decide for yourself.

    General Statistics of the K-1 visa process

    Lucky for us, the US Department of State publishes an annual list of statistics about various visa categories. There’s none specifically for the K-1 visa, so we pull the data out of several publications. Data for 2017 hasn’t been released yet, so here is the latest of 2016.

    You can rest assured that these Official visa statistics are credible and come straight from the source. Let’s take a look at what they mean.


    K-1 Visas issuance is increasing

    The fact is that more and more K-1 visas are being issued every year. The trends are going up. Besides 2016, year 2014 was also popular for K-1 and K-2 visas. Apparently, it’s one of the types of nonimmigrant visas least issued (in terms of numbers).

    This Dept of State statistics table show how many fiance visas were granted over the past few years

    This means more and more couples are aware of the K-1 visa. And a higher number of visas are being issued. Doesn’t that sound great?

    Actually it is good news, but it’s coupled with some bad news, as you’ll see in the next section.

    Published on 09-29-2017 12:30 PM


    1. The new travel ban announced on Sunday, 9/24/17, by the Trump administration drops Sudan from the earlier list of 6 (Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Sudan, Yemen) and adds Chad and North Korea. Venezuela is on the list only for certain governmental officials and family members on B-1/B-2 visas, so there are many questions as to why it was even part of the travel ban except to promote the perception of less bias against Muslim countries. The bar affects countries differently banning all immigrants and non-immigrants from North Korea and Syria; immigrants and B-1/B-2 visitors from Chad, Libya and Yemen; immigrants and all non-immigrants ...

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