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Obama Takes Early Leadership Role In Face Of Economic Crisis
November 7, 2008
President-elect Barack Obama, in an unprecedented step, held a press conference well before he is inaugurated as President to explain that he would make the middle class his first priority when he assumes the presidency in January 2009. He was solemn in his remarks, stating that the United States is facing the "greatest economic challenge of our lifetime." Traditionally, president-elects do not host press conferences prior to their inauguration. However, Obama is being held to high standards in his expectations and is already receiving President George W. Bush's daily intelligence briefing. He attempted to temper these expectations, telling reporters that "the United States has only one government and one President, and until January 20th of next year, that government is the current administration."
U.S. Border Patrol Achieves Substantial Results in 2008
November 05, 2008
The U.S. Border Patrol, a law enforcement component of Customs and Border Protection (CBP), achieved substantial results during fiscal year 2008 toward securing our Nation’s border between the ports of entry. Focusing on the right combination of personnel, technology, and infrastructure along with partnerships and special enforcement operations enabled positive results in preventing, deterring, or apprehending illicit cross-border traffic. Chief David V. Aguilar recognized the accomplishments of the Border Patrol. “Our men and women have made significant progress towards securing our Nation’s borders. The hard work, dedication, and perseverance of our personnel are what will continue us on the path toward increased border security.” An intense recruiting effort led by Border Patrol agents resulted in a current workforce of 17,499 Border Patrol agents. CBP plans to have 18,000 Border Patrol agents on-board by the end of calendar year 2008.
Barack Obama, the 44th President of US is an African-American – first time in American history!
November 05, 2008
Senator Obama -- now President-Elect Obama -- won the 56th consecutive quadrennial United States presidential election handily, with 349 electoral votes compared to his opponent John McCain's 162 electoral votes. This was first time in U.S. history that an African American was elected as president. It was also the first time in the history of US that two sitting senators ran against each other, as well as the first time an African American was a presidential nominee for a major party. In addition, it was the first time in history that both major candidates were born outside the continental United States — Hawaii for Obama and the Panama Canal Zone for McCain. On January 20, 2009, Democrat Barack Obama is scheduled to be unveiled as the 44th president of the United States. President Barack Obama’s promise that he will withdraw troops from Iraq, cut taxes for 95 percent of working families and improve America’s relationships with its allies has certainly brought smiles and satisfaction for both the foreign and US nationals. President Barack Obama’s promise of 'change' is sure to take hold, for better.
CBP Issues Veterans Day and Remembrance Day Travel Advisory
November 04, 2008
The CBP has given some handy tips to travelers which they can employ to cross the border during November 11, 2008, the day which is marked as the heavy traffic day. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is reminding travelers planning trips across the border into the United States to make sure they have their proper documents and to anticipate possible heavy traffic during the observance of Veterans Day in the United States and Remembrance Day in Canada, both holidays are observed on November 11. Travelers are reminded of few simple steps they can employ to cross the border
CBP to open Andrade port of entry earlier during agriculture harvest season
October 31, 2008
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will open the Andrade port of entry two hours early Monday through Saturday, starting November 10 through December 27, to accommodate the seasonal influx of agricultural workers from Mexico. Hours of operation at the port will be from 4 a.m. to 10 p.m. during the two-month period. Currently, hours of operation at the Andrade border station are 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. The two-lane port normally processes as many as 12,000 pedestrians and 3,000 vehicles daily during the peak winter season. The expansion of hours of operation at the Andrade border station is designed to offer another option for travelers who usually cross into the United States in the early morning hours through the San Luis, Arizona, port of entry.
A Company in Virginia aggress to pay nearly $1.7 million in back wages to H-1B workers following the DOL Investigation
October 30, 2008
The U.S. Labor Department (DOL) conducted an investigation and found a company in Virginia guilty of violating the H-1B visa provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). GlobalCynex Inc., a Sterling information technology company, has agreed to pay $1,683,584 to 343 H-1B non-immigrant workers after a U.S. Labor Department (DOL) investigation found the company violated the H-1B visa provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). An investigation by the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division found that employees hired under the H-1B visa program were not paid required wages from March 2005 through March 2007. Wage and Hour Division investigators also found that the company charged new H-1B visa workers training fees ranging from $1,000 to $2,500 that were in violation of the law. H-1B visa workers must be paid at least the same wage rates as are paid to U.S. workers who perform the same types of work or the prevailing wages in the areas of intended employment.
CBP Installs Radiation Monitors in Alabama Port
October 03, 2008
U. S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced on October 3, 2008 that they have unveiled the first radiation portal monitors at the Port of Mobile, Ala. yesterday. The CBP designed these highly sophisticated tools to prevent any attempts to smuggle radiological materials used in nuclear weapons into the United States. The five portal monitors now in operation act as an extremely sensitive receiving antenna to detect radiation sources. These systems are capable of detecting various types of radiation emanating from nuclear devices, dirty bombs, special nuclear materials, natural sources, and isotopes commonly used in medicine and industry. They are completely safe for anyone passing by them; they are passive “detectors” of radiation, not emitters of radiation.
The Changing Face of U.S. Immigration
September 29, 2008
The recent survey has shown that the makeup of America's newest citizens has changed from European pioneers that forged a new nation in its early days to the recent wave of Hispanic and Asian migrants adding their skills and talents to the world's largest economy. Statistics from United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) detail this shift and highlight the ever increasing influence immigration and citizenship imparts on the nation. Immigration has slowly but constantly changed the demographic makeup of the U.S. Since the 1960s, the countries of origin for America’s immigrants have shifted from Europe to Asia and Latin America. It is also believed that immigration will continue to dramatically change the demographic makeup of America in the coming decades. For instance, by 2050, it's expected that 1 in 4 Americans will be Hispanic.
U.S. and U.K. Border Agencies Exchange Passenger Information to Protect Borders
September 23, 2008
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (USCBP) entered into a joint agreement with the United Kingdom Border Agency (UKBA) in Washington, D.C., to strengthen the countries’ borders by sharing information on people who may present a threat – including illegal immigrants, smugglers and foreign criminals – before they even arrive. The agreement will strengthen the capability of the U.S. and the U.K. to verify travel documents, detect false identities, determine admissibility, carry out customs purposes and identify persons traveling between the countries who may pose a security risk. The exchange of information between NTC and the JBOC will serve both enforcement and facilitation interests of both nations. The agreement also will improve communication between the two agencies when a person is denied entry and returned to the traveler’s country of origin.
US: Sarah Palin Silent on Immigration Issues
September 9, 2008
Republican Presidential hopeful John McCain surprised America by announcing Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his Vice-Presidential running mate - a virtual unknown in US politics. Since then, McCain's campaign has kept the press from interviewing Palin; her stance on a number of issues is unknown. This especially includes immigration - a hot topic in today's American political landscape.

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