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Congressman Frank Pallone Jr., D-N.J., a co-founder of the Congressional Caucus on India and Indian Americans, held a roundtable discussion with South Asian community leaders at a temple in Edison, N.J., to address immigration issues and combating hate crime, Pallone’s office said in an April 24 news release.
The congressman and community leaders discussed recent executive orders on immigration by President Donald Trump, as well as the uptick in hate crime across the nation.Details
Certain Students Applying for English Language Study and 24-month STEM OPT Extension Programs Affected by the ACICS Loss of Accreditation
On December 12, 2016, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) announced that it no longer recognizes the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) as an accrediting agency. This determination immediately affects two immigration-related programs:Details
The Trump administration has continued its crackdown on immigration this week, most recently taking aim at so-called “sanctuary cities.” In January, President Donald Trump issued an executive order threatening to withhold federal funding from these cities which, to varying degrees, limit their entanglement in federal immigration enforcement to promote local public safety and community trust.
The administration has followed up on Trump’s directive, with the Department of Homeland Security recently releasing a list of jurisdictions it said didn’t comply with the agency’s requests to detain undocumented immigrants in local custody beyond their scheduled release — a tactic some have criticized for flaming unfounded notions that immigrants are criminals or that they increase crime.Details
Long Beach-Sunday, April 23rd, the Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) hosted the inaugural Garifuna Festival. The Garifuna Festival celebrates the arts, music and language of Black Caribs- Garifuna people from Central America (Belize, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua).
The day long festival featured art workshops, children’s story time, Garifuna drumming, and face-painting. The festival also featured Garifuna craft vendors, mouthwatering food and drinks.
Internationally Acclaimed THE CONSTITUTION Opens 12th South East European Film Festival April 27 at the Writers Guild in Beverly Hills
The 12th annual South East European Film Festival (SEEfest) (seefilmla.org) selected Montreal’s Grand Prix of Americas and Santa Barbara’s Best International Feature Film
Winner, The Constitution by Croatian director Rajko Grlić to open 2017 Festival with a gala event on Thursday, April 27, at 7:00PM at the Writers Guild Theater theater in Beverly Hills.Details
WASHINGTON – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has reached the congressionally mandated 65,000 visa H-1B cap for fiscal year 2018. USCIS has also received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to meet the 20,000 visa U.S. advanced degree exemption, also known as the master’s cap.
The agency will reject and return filing fees for all unselected cap-subject petitions that are not duplicate filings.Details
The free conference will feature leaders and experts working in the areas of Civic Engagement, Education, Health, Immigration, Social Justice, Women’s Rights, and much more.Details
Putting American Workers First: USCIS Announces Further Measures to Detect H-1B Visa Fraud and Abuse
WASHINGTON – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced multiple measures to further deter and detect H-1B visa fraud and abuse. The H-1B visa program should help U.S. companies recruit highly-skilled foreign nationals when there is a shortage of qualified workers in the country. Yet, too many American workers who are as qualified, willing, and deserving to work in these fields have been ignored or unfairly disadvantaged. Protecting American workers by combating fraud in our employment-based immigration programs is a priority for USCIS.Details
The one and only Lenny Williams made a return engagement to close out the 7th Annual Earth Day Festival. He performed “This Time It is Real,” “The Love I Lost,” and “Because I Love You” to name a few.
The 7th Annual Earth Day Festival presented by the City of Inglewood and the Social Justice Learning Institute was a huge success. This year’s sponsors were The City of Inglewood, the Social Justice Learning Institute, Los Angeles Rams, Los Angeles Chargers, Renovate America, Home Depot, Republic Services, Kinecta, Airport Marina Ford and KJLH Radio Free 102.3FM.
In March 2008, my life took a big turn when I moved to the United States from the Philippines. I was full of hope as I stepped off the plane in Los Angeles. The warm air reminded me of home, but that familiarity quickly disappeared as I found myself in America’s second biggest city.
In my rural hometown of Pampanga most houses were unpainted, made of cheap materials and in desperate need of repair. Not everyone in my neighborhood had access to clean drinking water and with the high cost of household appliances, few could afford to own an electric stove. It was a huge contrast to Los Angeles, with its massive buildings, electric grids for miles on end and people from all over the world.Details
Tanzanian born recording artist, singer-songwriter has been deemed “the most popular and top Selling artist in East Africa” – Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda.
Some of his best hits include: “Aje” “Mwana”, “Chekecha Cheketua” “Cinderella”, “Nakshi Mrembo”, “Usiniseme,” “Dushelele”, “Single Boy”, “Mapenzi YanaRun Dunia”, “Macmuga” and of course for his notable collaboration with other African musicians in the One8 project and American music superstar R. Kelly voted most successful R&B artist of the last 25 years by Billboard.Details