From the daily archives: Tuesday, August 14, 2012

WASHINGTON— Today, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) submitted a Federal Register notice announcing new forms and instructions to allow individuals to request consideration of deferred action for childhood arrivals from USCIS. USCIS will begin accepting completed forms tomorrow , August 15, 2012.  On June 15, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano announced that certain people who came to the United States as children and meet other key guidelines may request, on a case-by-case basis, consideration of deferred action.

“The release of the new form and instructions to allow individuals to request consideration of deferred action for childhood arrivals from USCIS marks an important step in our implementation of this new process,” said USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas.  “While requests should not be submitted until August 15th, it is important that individuals wishing to be considered for deferred action understand the requirements necessary to demonstrate eligibility to be considered.”

Individuals requesting consideration of deferred action for childhood arrivals must submit Form I-821D, Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization (with accompanying fees); and an I-765WS, Worksheet. USCIS recently developed a series of resources to inform the on how the process will work. The website, www.uscis.gov/childhoodarrivals, includes a flier, a How do I brochure, frequently asked questions, and a number of other resources. USCIS encourages individuals with questions to visit this  website or call the USCIS National Customer Service line at 1-800-375-5283.

USCIS is aware of immigration scams surrounding the deferred action for childhood arrivals process. Often, unauthorized practitioners of immigration law may try to take advantage of individuals by charging a fee to submit forms to USCIS, or provide other services. The USCIS website www.uscis.gov/avoidscams includes tips on filing forms, reporting scams and finding accredited legal services.

USCIS is committed to ensuring that this new process works within the agency’s mission to ensure the integrity of the integrity of the immigration system.

For more information on USCIS and its programs, please visit www.uscis.gov or follow us on Twitter (@uscis), YouTube (/uscis) and the USCIS blog The Beacon.

 

The City of Holtville has been in a dormant state for several years, showing little or no growth. In fact over the past ten years, the only new construction of any type of business was a water dispenser facility. Holtville sits quietly while other cities around the county have seen increasing growth with new businesses and housing.

On Monday morning there was some new activity in Holtville.  There were hard hats and golden shovels being handed out and a new construction sign was put up.  Yes it is true; Holtville is getting a new building to house Baja Desert Tire.  The building will be 4200 sq. ft. and will be on the corner of Fifth and Pine. Baja Desert Tire is also looking to construct another building down the line, a store to house some of their products.

But there is more. There seems to be a new attitude in town with the City Manager wanting to make Holtville a business friendly city.  He was quoted as saying “I want Holtville to be known as the City of Red Carpet not Red Tape”. When Baja Desert Tire brought their plans to the city, the city quickly scheduled a project review meeting. There were a few design recommendations made, and then it was off to the Planning Commission for a Public Hearing and Conditional Use Permit, which was granted. The process set a new record of taking less then 30 days to issue a CUP. This is something new for Holtville.

It is exciting to see some movement in Holtville.  There seems to be a new interest in our town.  Plans are being submitted and will hopefully be moving to construction soon.

There is currently 1 seat open for Holtville’s Planning Commission for someone that would like to get involved in the city’s planning and to be a part of this new movement in Holtville. There may be more seats open after the election, as the Planning Commission Chairman (Jim Predmore) and Vice Chairman (Ginger Ward) are both seeking seats on the Holtville City Council. 

 

By Mario Conde

The Calexico School Board brings back 27 teachers for the upcoming school year at their special meeting held last week.

The Calexico School Board voted two months ago to layoff the 80 plus teachers in order to solve a $6 million dollar deficit and avoid a possible State takeover. The cuts will put the District’s finances solvent for the next three years. The layoff teachers were subsequently placed on the District’s reemployment list.

It was by the direction of the Board at a previous meeting to bring back some teachers in order to avoid large class sizes because of the lack of teachers. Superintendent Richard Fragale originally asked to reinstate 25 teachers but asked to increase it 27 since they found additional funds to bring back two more. Fragale also announced that the Imperial County Office of Education approved the CUSD budget thus avoiding the State takeover.

Trustee Joong Kim said that they needed more teachers to comeback since having 83 layoff teachers will affect the education of the Students. He cited that there were 11 teachers retired and therefore they should rehire more people. Human Resources director Teresa Estrada said that the teachers that will be brought back will be based on their credentials and seniority.

Board President Ruth Duarte said that they need to be careful and not affect their budget.

“We need to be very careful that we don’t end up like every other year where we lay off 80 and bring back 80 because then all the struggles we went through last year we did for nothing because we’re going to end up in the same red line again,” she said.

The Board also voted to bring back the Preschool program for the 2012-13 school years.  The annual cost to the District to run the preschool program is estimated at $351,639 and since the District will receive an estimated $302,390 from the State specifically for the District’s preschool program the deficit amount between the cost to run the preschool program and the State appointment will be $49,249.

Fragale said the deficit amount will be funded from Title I funds and flexible Tier III money formerly generate by the Adult school program. The three laid off preschool teachers will be brought back before the beginning of the new school year.

 

By Mario Conde

The 2012 election season is officially underway as candidates filed their intention to run for office this fall.

The Calexico City Council race was moved to November and seven familiar political people decided to throw their hats into the race. Incumbents John Moreno, Daniel Romero, and Luis Castro will compete for a second term in office against Eric Ortega, Guillermo Hermosillo, Joong Kim, and David Ouzan.

For Calexico School Board, Trustees Gloria Romo and Tony Valenzuela will go for re-election against Benjamin Horton Sr., Letty Zuno-Vizcarra, Vincent Cuevas, Anette Buttner, Ciro Calderon, and Mazen Alazhari.

For Heffernan Healthcare District, incumbents Rosie Fernandez, Gloria Grijalva, and Maria Camacho will be challenged by Daniel Chairez and Joaquin “Jack” Tapia.

None of the Imperial Valle College Board of Trustees was challenged in this election. That means that Louie Wong, Rudy Cardenas, Jerry Hart, and Romualdo Medina will be there for another four years. Calexico School Board Trustee Gloria Romo entertained the idea of challenging Wong for the Calexico IVC District seat but ended up deciding running for Calexico School Board again.

Running to fill the two year vacant seat left by Former IID Director Anthony Sanchez will be Norma Sierra-Galindo, Pompeyo Tavares, James Horn, Rudy Maldonado, Eduardo Valdez-Belmonte, and former County Supervisor Wally Leimgruber.

For Holtville City Council, incumbents Jerry Brittsan, Collen Ludwig, and David Bradshaw will be challenged by Jim Predmore and Ginger Ward.

Voters will also choose a new Congressman for the 51st Congressional District having State Senator Juan Vargas and Michael Crimmins running for that seat.

 
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