A New Decade, A Renewed Push for Reform, and Tragedy Strikes Haiti: January in Immigration News
January marked the start of a new decade. 2010 brought a renewed push for comprehensive immigration reform, especially by religious leaders including the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). It was also a month that commemorated World Day of Migrants and Refugees and Human Trafficking Awareness. However, January 2010 will be most remembered for the tragic earthquake that struck Haiti. The implications of this horrific event will be felt for years to come.
These stories and more were the most read immigration related news items for January.
- New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo sued “two immigration services organizations for providing fraudulent legal services.”
- Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced that eligible undocumented Haitians living in the U.S. will be granted Temporary Protected Status (TPS) due to the recent devastating earthquake in Haiti.
- Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced that humanitarian parole has been granted to certain Haitian orphans.
- CNN profiled human trafficking in Mexico, which targets mainly women and children.
- A 35 year old man, adopted by U.S. citizen parents when he was a child, was deported to Mexico due to the improper filing of paperwork during his adoption. He is considered to be an undocumented immigrant in Mexico as well because they have no record of his birth.