Coalition of Irish Immigration Centers  April 2010

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Travel Advisory: Delays Due to Icelandic Volcano Eruption

Irish Centers across the country are responding to calls from travelers impacted by the closing of airports due to the Icelandic volcano eruption. While Irish airspace has officially reopened as of today (April 21) immigrants who were stranded or are still delayed in the US should take action if they have overstayed their visa as a direct result of the delays caused by the volcano. If you are unsure if the overstay was the result of the volcano and for other visa questions please contact an Irish Center near you.
Read the Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) advisory at: http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/newsroom/advisories/iceland_volcano.xml

The advisory relates only to travelers
delayed because of the airport closures in Europe due to the Icelandic volcano eruption who are about to exceed their authorized stay as a direct result of these closures,

Irish Immigration Centers will also be able to advise you if you have any questions or concerns on this issue.

CPB advises: If the traveler is at the airport and traveling under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) and unable to depart timely, as a result of airport closures or flight delays/cancellations, travelers should:

  1. Contact the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) office at the airport or;
  2. Contact the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) office.

Barack Obama woos Scott Brown on Immigration 

The efforts continue to move CIR ahead with Schumer & Graham expected to introduce a bipartisan bill in the coming month. Democrats are still looking for a Republican sponsor.  There is a lot of talk of enforcement and all the positive aspects of fixing the immigration system seem to be lost. Politico is reporting that President Obama made a call to Scott Brown to gauge his support for an immigration bill. See the full article here

May 1 will bring workers all over the US to rallies and marches that will emphasize the importance and value of immigrant workers to the US economy. Contact your local Irish Centerto see if they are participating in Mayday events.

ICE officials set quotas to deport more immigrants

The Washington Post reported last month on recent ICE efforts that set controversial new quotas for agents while also stepping back from an Obama administration commitment to focus enforcement efforts primarily on illegal immigrants who are dangerous or have violent criminal backgrounds.

The moves, outlined in internal documents and a recent e-mail by a senior U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement official to field directors nationwide, differ from pledges by ICE chief John T. Morton and his boss, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, to focus enforcement on the most dangerous illegal immigrants. That approach represented a break from the mass factory raids and neighborhood sweeps the Bush administration used to drive up arrests. Read the full article here.

RTÉ Programs - Catch Up Online

Good new for immigrants who want to keep up with news from home. RTÉ programs are now available on line via a recently launched comprehensive international online TV.

Check it out at www.rte.ie/player

Programs available include news and current affairs programming, flagship entertainment programming, documentaries and a range of arts and music programming.

Seniors Connect
If you are an Irish Senior and you would like to connect, via the phone, with someone from Ireland for a chat or to discuss an issue call the toll free number 1-877-997-5777. The Senior Connect program is free, easy to access and completely confidential. It is a project of the Emerald Isle Immigration Center, the New York Irish Center and the Aisling Irish Community Center and is funded by the Government's Emigrant Support Program.

Sheila Gleeson
Coalition of Irish Immigration Centers

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