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USCIS to Host Naturalization Information Session Will Showcase Civics, Citizenship and Other Products and Services

NATOMAS, Calif. — U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will host a free, two-and-a-half-hour information session at the North Natomas Library on Nov. 13. The session is part of a larger USCIS initiative to help immigrants better understand the naturalization process, including the content of the naturalization test, and become familiar with free educational resources and materials available from the agency.

The public is invited, and USCIS officers will be on hand to discuss the naturalization process step-by-step and provide information about eligibility and residency requirements, application forms, fees, the background security check and processing times. They will demonstrate the citizenship interview and answer questions about it. Participants will also see sample questions from the citizenship test and receive an overview of U.S. history and civic principles. Free educational materials will be handed out while supplies last.

This one’s coming right up. I’m hoping for a long-weekend broadcast mention, or for a few inches in print so everyone will know that this valuable and fun workshop is available. Your immigrant media audience will thank you, and so will we.

Citizenship information workshop


Nov. 13, 6 p.m.
North Natomas Library
4660 Via Ingoglia
Sacramento, CA 95835

Sharon Rummery (415)987-0191

New Immigration Policy applies to those already in deportation proceedings, and is only guaranteed for two years

Bilingual Weekly News

Update August 07, 2012: New information details voluntary deferred action for those who have never been in deportation proceedings. Read more here.

(bw) WASHINGTON, D.C.- U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced on June 15, 2012  that new procedures would be in place for immigration deportation proceedings deferment for certain young immigrants.

“Our nation’s immigration laws must be enforced in a firm and sensible manner,” said Secretary Napolitano. “But they are not designed to be blindly enforced without consideration given to the individual circumstances of each case. Nor are they designed to remove productive young people to countries where they may not have lived or even speak the language. Discretion, which is used in so many other areas, is especially justified here.” Continue reading

Children’s “Wish for the Holidays” – Keep Our Families Together








New America Media, News Report, Elena Shore, Posted: Dec 12, 2011

Izamar is asking Congress for one holiday wish: to keep her family together.
The18-year-old from Waukegan, Ill., is facing a daughter’s worst nightmare: the prospect of losing a parent to deportation. Her father was arrested in February for driving without a license and is now in deportation proceedings.
“Sometimes I can’t sleep, I can’t eat, I can’t do anything,” she writes. “I don’t know if I will be OK without him.”

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After Recall, Arizona Considers Humane Treatment of Immigrants


New America Media, News Report, Valeria Fernández, Posted: Dec 08, 2011

MESA, Ariz.–Now that the architect of Arizona’s harsh anti-immigrant bill (SB 1070) has been recalled by voters and no longer represents Mesa, a group of citizens wants to take the immigration issue up a notch. They propose that the city adopt guiding principles that focus on keeping immigrant families together and enforcing the law in a humanitarian way.

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H-1B Visas reached Cap for the Fiscal Year 2012

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on November 23, 2011 that it has received the maximum number of H-1B petitions to reach the statutory cap for fiscal year (FY) 2012. Continue reading

U.S. Citizenship Assistance makes process easier to understand


A success story Saucedo Velazquez Family enjoy a trip to San Francisco’s Golden Gate.
(Left to Right) MARIA VELAZQUEZ, DAVID SAUCEDO, DANIEL SAUCEDO Y DAVID SAUCEDO (bw) SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY, CA – David Saucedo, was born 40 years ago in Michoacan Mexico.  At age 2 his family decided to move to the U.S. were he learned English while keeping his ability to speak his native Spanish.

“My bilingual ability was one of two strong tools in my life,” shared Saucedo as he narrated how he an opportunity to be a tourist guide and hotel employee in Mexico.  During his young adult life he met Maria Velazquez who became his wife and together they had two boys David and Daniel.

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E-Verify for Legal Status Debated in Washington

UOPtakesonimmigrationandgirl9.15.10(bw) Washington, DC — on June 14th, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) introduced House Resolution (HR) 2164 “the Legal Workforce Act” — a bill which expands the E-Verify system making it mandatory for all U.S. employers.
“E-Verify is a successful program to help ensure that jobs are reserved for citizens and legal workers,” explained Congressman Smith.


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Opinion: Enough!

Oscar Brun / Guest Columnist

With the resurgence of the anti-immigration sentiment, the accusations, critiques and threats have proliferated alarmingly. Continue reading

Opinion: What do you Mean?

Carold Trujillo Hadley / Columnista de Bilingual Weekly

After listening to the President’s State of the Union address I am no more aware of what he wants than I was before the talk. But having said this, he did make some valid points.

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Obama: DREAM is a good investment

Stockton, CA / Bilingual Weekly

President Obama’s State of the Union’s challenge to Congress to pass immigration reform legislation this year with a bipartisan approach made ripples among Latino communities throughout the country, but none as when he described his support for —without naming it— the DREAM Act. Continue reading

SB1070 in California?

Bilingual Weekly

With the MidTerm Elections over the Tea Party has switched from candidate-bashing to ridding the state of undocumented workers. Tea Party activist Michael Erickson, a Belmont, CA resident, has filed an initiative proposal very similar to Arizona’s SB 1070 —entitled “Support Federal Immigration Law Act”— to be included on the 2012 Election ballot. Continue reading

Dolores rocks alma mater

Stockton, CA / Bilingual Weekly

National labor activist and cofounder of the United Farm Workers (UFW) union, Dolores Huerta, made two significant visits to her hometown this past week: to her alma mater,  the University of the Pacific, and to the San Joaquin Delta College. Continue reading

Opinion:Fanning the Flames, Chilling the Debate on Immigration

Fr. Dean McFalls, St. Mary’s Church, Stockton, CA 
Written July 30, 2010

What many thought originally to be a question of how Arizona S.B.1070 treats human beings without proper immigration papers in that state has, at its time of implementation, turned out to be far more complicated.  Continue reading

Opinion:The Change and the Changed in the USA

By Roberto Radrigán / Bilingual Weekly Editor

A bumper sticker recently seen in Miami, Florida reads “Will the last American to leave Miami please remember to bring the flag?” Continue reading

De-fanged law still has plenty of teeth

Phoenix, AZ / Bilingual Weekly

Just before SB 1070 —Arizona’s tough new immigration law— was to take effect, a federal judge’s temporary injunction blocked the implementation of some its key elements. Continue reading

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