The Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs and the City of Seattle received three mentions in a White House Task Force on New Americans Progress Report that was released in late December. The report briefly touches on citizenship outreach partnership with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. The document also highlights two of the flagship programs focused on immigrant integration: the Ready […]
Understanding immigration reform “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” still complicated
By Jason Cruz Northwest Asian Weekly Jennifer Choi faces an uncertain future in the United States due to an immigration issue that President Obama attempted to cure but now is muddled in a prolonged legal battle. Choi, 30, who was born in South Korea but came to the United States with her parents at a […]
Discovering the roots of your Asian American family tree — Tracking history becomes less troublesome with Uncle Sam
By James Tabafunda Northwest Asian Weekly The family trees of Asians in the United States will create a much larger forest as they become the largest immigrant group in 2055, according to a Pew Research Center study released last month. The proper conditions for the growth of these trees can be attributed to the first […]
Fraud — Wife indicted and husband at large
The ex-wife of a former Chinese official was arrested today in Newcastle, Washington, on charges that she and her former husband fraudulently obtained visas to enter the United States through the immigrant investor program and laundered money to purchase property in Washington state. Shilan Zhao 51, of Newcastle, Washington, and her ex-husband Jianjun Qiao 51, […]
EDITORIAL: Why you gotta be so mean? — America yells ‘go home’ to children at border
The annual Independence Day naturalization ceremonies in cities across the United States, including here in Seattle, are inspirational and moving. According to U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services, 9,000 people became U.S. citizens during more than 100 ceremonies in the week up to and including July 4.
APIs not using new immigrant program
By Jason Cruz Northwest Asian Weekly Although a government program gives undocumented immigrants the opportunity to gain status and prevent the possibility of deportation, few Asian Pacific Islanders are utilizing the program.
Visa for cash programs offer path to green card — Options available for foreign investors willing to invest in America
By Jason Cruz Northwest Asian Weekly While some seek investment opportunities for themselves, others do it for their children.<!–more–> But no matter the reason, wealthy foreign investors have a pathway to a green card that’s much quicker than the traditional process. Entrepreneurs, businesspeople, and investors outside of America can seek a visa that would permit […]
Binational couples await Supreme Court DOMA ruling
By Dave Gram The Associated Press MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Jason Kirchick and Christian Pinillos are worried not only about their future working at a struggling ski lodge, but also about their marriage.
Bo Xilai’s scandal leads to a call for tougher anti-corruption efforts
By Christopher Bodeen The Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao is demanding tougher anti-corruption efforts amid a huge political scandal over a now-suspended Politburo member, whose wife has been named a suspect in the murder of a British businessman.
9/11 hate crime victim’s kin become U.S. citizens
By Samantha Henry The Associated Press WEST WINDSOR, N.J. (AP) — Anum Hasan has seen many conflicting visions of America: the hope of a better life that brought her family from Pakistan and the hate-filled act that ended her father’s life in the name of American vengeance. An outpouring of compassion that her family has […]