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Panama welcomes US decision to deport Haitians

September 26, 2016
Panama welcomes US decision to deport Haitians PANAMA CITY, Panama -- On Friday, the president of Panama, Juan Carlos Varela, expressed confidence that the flow of Haitian migrants in Central America will decline following the decision of the United States to reactivate the deportation of undocumented Haitians.  Varela noted that...

Tens of thousands of Haitians en route to US, says immigration official

September 24, 2016
Tens of thousands of Haitians en route to US, says immigration official WASHINGTON, USA -- On Thursday, Sarah Saldana, director of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, told the Judiciary Committee of the House in Washington that nearly 40,000 Haitians could be on the way to the United States amid what she called an "emergency...

BVI immigration regulations changes take effect September 1

August 17, 2016
BVI immigration regulations changes take effect September 1 ROAD TOWN, BVI -- People who have been working in the British Virgin Islands for five years and are changing employers will no longer be required to leave the territory during the transitioning process. Beginning September 1, changes made to the Immigration and Passport Regulations...

Commentary: The normalization of US-Cuba relations and immigration reform

July 27, 2016
Commentary: The normalization of US-Cuba relations and immigration reform On June 8, United States Coast Guard official Charles David Jr. repatriated 34 Cuban immigrants back to Cuba. This incident recapitulates the recent increase in Cuban immigration to the United States. At the root of this increase lie President Obama’s recent attempts to normalize...

Cayman Islands immigration tribunal finds in gay couple's favour

July 25, 2016
Cayman Islands immigration tribunal finds in gay couple's favour GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) -- Two expatriate lawyers who are in a legal same-sex marriage have won their immigration appeal in the Cayman Islands. Dr Leo Raznovich is now a legal dependent on his spouse’s work permit, settling the question once and for all that...

Commentary: How the US Supreme Court may change the future of undocumented immigration

June 21, 2016
Commentary: How the US Supreme Court may change the future of undocumented immigration By the end of the month the United States Supreme Court is scheduled to make a decision on the US v Texas case. In this case Texas and 25 other states are suing the federal government to stop the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents...

Jamaicans aren't feeling the neighbourly love from Trinidad's airport border control

April 19, 2016
Jamaicans aren't feeling the neighbourly love from Trinidad's airport border control KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Jamaica's relationship with its neighbours to the base of the Caribbean archipelago, Trinidad and Tobago, has been an uneasy one for at least the past decade in one specific area -- it believes that its citizens are too often denied entry and unfairly treated when...

Commentary: OBA immigration track record

April 5, 2016
Commentary: OBA immigration track record Ladies and gentlemen, in the following text we will lay out a track record of the UBP/OBA actions regarding immigration in the island of Bermuda. In the lead up to the 2007 election, the UBP headed up by then opposition leader Michael Dunkley pledged to grant status to all PRC holders.

Deported Jamaicans return to US as citizens

September 23, 2015
Deported Jamaicans return to US as citizens WASHINGTON, USA -- Two Jamaicans, Devon Cameron and his sister, Donna Cameron, who were deported as children from the United States 25 years ago, on drug-related offences returned on Sunday 20 to the US as citizens. This was made possible through the assistance of two of Jamaica’s prominent...

Special treatment of Cuban migrants by the US should end, says immigration reform group

September 21, 2015
Special treatment of Cuban migrants by the US should end, says immigration reform group WASHINGTON, USA -- The announced release of 3,500 prisoners in advance of Pope Francis's visit is a hopeful sign of positive change in Cuba. Coupled with the recent re-establishment of diplomatic relations with the United States, the announcement indicates substantive political change in...

US extends temporary protected status for Haiti

August 26, 2015
US extends temporary protected status for Haiti WASHINGTON, USA -- US Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson has extended Haiti’s designation for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for an additional 18 months. The extended designation is effective January 23, 2016, through July 22, 2017. Current TPS Haiti beneficiaries seeking to extend...

Normalizing relations with Cuba should also mean normalizing immigration policy, says immigration reform group

July 8, 2015
Normalizing relations with Cuba should also mean normalizing immigration policy, says immigration reform group WASHINGTON, USA -- Last week's announcement that the United States is re-establishing diplomatic relations with Cuba should also trigger a repeal of outdated immigration policies that afford special immigration privileges to Cuban nationals, says the country's largest immigration reform group.

Personal story reflects questionable Haitian immigration policy in Turks and Caicos

May 23, 2015
Personal story reflects questionable Haitian immigration policy in Turks and Caicos PROVIDENCIALES, TCI -- In mid May, a young Haitian woman and her ten-year-old daughter found that, after five years of legal residency in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI), due to government policy they had to return to Haiti to join her siste’rs family struggling in Haiti to survive. She did not want...

Commentary: The need for immigration reform in the United States

December 8, 2014
Commentary: The need for immigration reform in the United States When President Barack Obama first got elected he said that one of his top priority items would be immigration reform. The millions of people who have paid their immigration fees to be processed for them to obtain their permanent residencies, citizenships and those people who have been...

Canada imposes visa requirement on St Kitts-Nevis citizens

November 24, 2014
Canada imposes visa requirement on St Kitts-Nevis citizens BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- As of 12:00 pm EST on Saturday, citizens of St Kitts and Nevis now require a visa to travel to Canada. Following the announcement on Saturday, the St Kitts and Nevis government said that nationals in good standing travelling to Canada between...

Trinidad national security minister promises to put an end to illegal immigration

October 18, 2014
Trinidad national security minister promises to put an end to illegal immigration PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Oil- and gas-rich Trinidad and Tobago remains a land of opportunity and currently serves as a haven for 110,012 illegal immigrants. “You are talking about over ten percent of your adult population,” National Security Minister Gary Griffith said following his ministry’s...

US to implement Haitian family reunification parole program

October 18, 2014
US to implement Haitian family reunification parole program WASHINGTON, USA -- Starting in early 2015, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will begin implementation of a Haitian Family Reunification Parole (HFRP) Program to expedite family reunification for certain eligible Haitian family members of US citizens and lawful permanent residents.

US immigrant population hits record 41.3 million; Caribbean immigrants among growth leaders

September 26, 2014
US immigrant population hits record 41.3 million; Caribbean immigrants among growth leaders WASHINGTON, USA -- A new report by the Center for Immigration Studies finds that nearly one in six adults in the US is foreign-born. The report, based on newly released Census Bureau data, also found that the nation's immigrant population (legal and illegal) grew by 1.4 million from July 2010 to July 2013.

Commentary: US immigration reform: The 'New Colossus' in 2014!

January 29, 2014
Commentary: US immigration reform: The 'New Colossus' in 2014! It now seems that more than anything else, the freedom of migration is again a meaningful facet as resolutions are turning a new tide towards immigration reform in Washington. Although the Senate has already passed a broad overhaul of the immigration laws, including a path to citizenship for the more than 11 million...

US and Cuba engage in new round of migration talks

January 11, 2014
HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- A new round of migration talks took place on Thursday between delegations of the United States and Cuba, headed, respectively, by the assistant undersecretary of the Bureau for Western Hemisphere Affairs of the State Department, Edward Alex Lee, and the...

Commentary: Immigrants are the new builders of America

November 27, 2013
Commentary: Immigrants are the new builders of America Connecticut has a significant number of foreign-born residents. So perhaps it's time to create a Commission on Immigrant Affairs -- not a "clearing house" as a former politician has been advocating around town. That new organization got off to a bad start when he and his colleagues forgot to invite certain...

Commentary: Immigration reform: Will Republicans ever get it right?

July 24, 2013
Commentary: Immigration reform: Will Republicans ever get it right? Is it really necessary for House Republicans to espouse a new proposal to address the status of illegal immigrants against the already existing Senate comprehensive bill? As preposterous as it may sound, it now seems obvious that power and hegemony are the tools that promote and reflect ideas as...

Honduras president welcomes historic approval of US immigration reform bill

July 3, 2013
Honduras president welcomes historic approval of US immigration reform bill TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras -- The president of Honduras, Porfirio Lobo Sosa, has expressed his particular satisfaction at the approval by the United States Senate of the immigration reform bill. The heavy vote in favour of the bill by the Senate sends a very hopeful message to the millions of immigrants...

OAS secretary general welcomes passing of immigration reform in US Senate

July 1, 2013
OAS secretary general welcomes passing of immigration reform in US Senate WASHINGTON, USA -- The secretary general of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, has expressed his satisfaction on the passing in the US Senate of the immigration reform bill. Insulza highlighted that this bill “is a fundamental step towards the possibility of a more dignified life for...

Commentary: Immigration Reform and the Hastert Rule: What is 'the majority-of-the-majority'?

June 26, 2013
Commentary: Immigration Reform and the Hastert Rule: What is 'the majority-of-the-majority'? Here again, an essential drama is unfolding in Washington. As the Senate commences consideration of immigration legislation that includes a pathway to citizenship for millions of illegal immigrants, the Conservative vision is again blurred. A rebellious faction of Republicans backed by Conservative groups...

Commentary: US immigration reform: A political strategy that lacks humanity

June 24, 2013
It is clear that the future of immigration reform depends on the approval of the Republican majority in the House of Representatives. Due to the growing political significance of the Latino community in recent elections, the Republican Party will not be able to gain control of the White House in...

Honduras president promotes US TPS registration

June 21, 2013
Honduras president promotes US TPS registration TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras -- The president of Honduras, Porfirio Lobo Sosa, has called upon Hondurans who live in the United States to re-register in the 11th expansion of Temporary Protective Status (TPS 2013), taking advantage of the four-week extension approved by the government of the United States.

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