Home-schoolers win asylum in U.S.
(Washington Times, 1/28/10)
A U.S. immigration judge's decision to grant political asylum to a German family with "a well-founded fear of persecution" for home-schooling their children should send a powerful message to the German government to change its stance on home schooling, the family's attorney said Wednesday.
Haitians gain Temporary Protected Status
(Caribbean Life, 1/27/10)
Haitian nationals already in the United States when the devastating January 12 eathquakestruck at home became eligible for Temporary Protected Status, under an order signed by the Secretary of Homeland Security which took effect on January 21. Andrea Quarantillo, New York district director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) said the order will remain in effect through July 22, 2011.
NY pastor sentenced for scamming immigrants
(Associated Press via WCAX, 1/26/10)
The pastor of a New York City storefront church is going to jail for scamming more than 100 immigrants by promising to get them U.S. visas and legal status. Queens District Attorney Richard Brown says 57-year-old Gregorio Gonzalez, of Mamaroneck (muh-MAHR'-uh-nek), N.Y., was sentenced Tuesday to two to six years in prison. He pleaded guilty to grand larceny earlier this month.