November seemed like a shorter month perhaps due to the Thanksgiving holiday. It was a time for us to reflect on what we are truly grateful for in our lives. However, November was not without important developments in immigration news. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano gave a speech supporting comprehensive immigration reform and laying out some principles of the Obama administration’s expectations for reform. While this was not the top story among readers, it certainly caught the attention of many of us in the immigration world. More popular among our readers was a statement from a White House advisor that Democrats and Republicans were working together to craft an immigration reform bill that could become law in 2010.
Below are the most read news stories from the daily Immigration News Briefings for November 2009.
- Ten people in Chicago, IL were indicted on charges of running a marriage fraud scheme “that paid American citizens thousands of dollars to marry immigrants.”
- David Axelrod, Senior Advisor to President Obama stated, “Democrats and Republicans in Congress are working together to craft an immigration reform bill that could become law as early as next year.”
- According to a report released by the Immigration Policy Institute, as of June 30, 2009 almost 115,000 foreign-born soldiers were serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.
- Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) arrested two women who had been granted legal status under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).
- The New York Times told the story of a once conservative radio host who was forced to move to Mexico to marry his wife after she was deported for telling immigration officials she was getting married while on a tourist visa.
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