From the daily archives: Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Agency successfully meets 60-day implementation date

Aug. 15, 2012

WASHINGTON— Today, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it will begin accepting requests, effective immediately, for consideration of deferred action for childhood arrivals. 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.

“USCIS has developed a rigorous review process for deferred action requests under guidelines issued by Secretary Napolitano,” said USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas. “Childhood arrivals who meet the guidelines and whose cases are deferred will now be able to live without fear of removal, and be able to more fully contribute their talents to our great nation.”

Deferred action is a discretionary determination to defer removal action of an individual as an act of prosecutorial discretion. USCIS will review requests and make decisions on a case-by-case basis.  While it does not provide lawful status or a pathway to permanent residence or citizenship, individuals whose cases are deferred as part of this process will not be removed from the United States for a two-year period, subject to renewal, and may also apply for employment authorization.

USCIS is committed to ensuring that this new process works within the agency’s mission to administer our nation’s immigration benefits, provide high quality service to the public, and safeguard the integrity of the immigration system.

To learn more about the deferred action for childhood arrivals process, please visit www.uscis.gov/childhoodarrivals or call the USCIS National Customer Service Center at 1-800-375-5283.

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.

 

By Mario Conde                                       

The County Board of Supervisors gave its support to a bill that would to establish and algae production program in Imperial County.

This bill would enact the Agricultural Cultivation and Salton Sea Stabilization Act, which would authorize the Secretary of the Natural Resources Agency to establish an Algae Production Program in the Imperial Valley to meet high-priority economic and environmental goals, expedite regulatory application and review processes, and provide grants to facilitate research and the commercial development of algae for fuels, foods, medicines, and clean water within the state.

The bill would further authorize the secretary to provide grants to eligible research institutions and commercial enterprises for research and demonstration projects leading to the commercial development of algae.

The bill would require a commercial enterprise for a demonstration project, to be eligible for a grant, to agree to a royalty or other revenue arrangement. The bill would require royalties and revenues received to be deposited into the Algae Production Program Fund, which is created by this bill.

The County originally opposed AB 642 authored by Assembly Member Charles Calderon since the Board of Supervisors and County officials were not contacted when the bill was authored since the Salton Sea is an Imperial Valley issue. The County sent a letter to Calderon expressing the concern of the County in this matter.

County Intergovernmental relations Bob Ham came to the Board on Tuesday now asking for the support of this bill since the Calderon’s staff had approached the County of Imperial, Imperial Irrigation District, Coachella Valley Water District, Riverside County, and the Salton Sea Authority.

Ham said that at the beginning they believed that this was going to bring a State Agency to take over the duties of the Salton Sea and leave the County behind but he now said that there are amendments to the bill the benefits the County. He said that in their negotiations, Calderon made concessions to the bill that would benefit the Salton Sea restoration as well as financial support to the County.

The Board of Supervisors gave its support to the bill by a vote of 5-0.

 
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