What to Watch for in Immigration - Week of March 17, 2014

President Obama vows to review deportations.  Finally bowing to public outcry over record deportations and the inhumane treatment of immigrants in enforcement, the president finally responded with.....more talk, but still no action.  President Obama announced that he has requested a review of his administration's enforcement policies to see if enforcement can be done "more humanely."  In other words, he's not halting deportations, he just wants to make sure they're done with a smile.  I'm sorry, but isn't the president the "chief" executive?  Isn't he supposed to be in charge of his administration?  If he has to request a review in order to understand the impact his enforcement policies are having on thousands of families he promised to help over six years ago, he's more out of touch than the GOP accuse of him of being.  Speaking of which...

The GOP continues to resist immigration push.  So...basically the same thing we tell you to look out for every week.

Will the luck o' the Irish rub off on immigration reform?  Ahead of Saint Patrick's Day, Irish-American leaders gathered in Washington last week to lobby GOP leaders on immigration reform.  They also discussed the topic with the president at the White House's annual Saint Patrick's Day ceremonies.  While not the modern face of the immigration debate, Irish-Americans were once one of the most reviled and persecuted groups in America, and were the targets of anti-immigrant campaigns throughout the 19th century.  At the same time, Irish-Americans are a perfect example of the strength immigrant communities add to the fabric of American society, fully integrating and becoming a key component of our collective culture. Just something to think about as we all pick out our green outfits to avoid getting pinched, drink green beer and come home to corn beef and cabbage meals this Saint Patrick's Day.

Haitian TPS extended.  Just a friendly reminder that USCIS has again extended TPS for eligible citizens of Haiti.  You have until May 2, 2014 to re-register.  An approved extension will be good through January 2016.

Chile joins the visa waiver program.  Chile has become the first South American country to join the visa waiver program (VWP).  Beginning May 1, 2014, citizens of Chile will be able to visit the U.S. for up to 90 days without first applying for a nonimmigrant visa.  As is required for citizens of all other participating countries, Chilean nationals will need to register in advance with the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA).

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