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August 2012
Obama's Deferred Action Program (DACA) Ready to Launch 8/15/2012

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) have released a brochure, flyer and information on avoiding scams and hosted a teleconference regarding the launch date of the Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Application effective August 15, 2012. USCIS has provided a wealth of detailed information in various forms to clarify the deferred action application procedures. The popular media format of the flyer will likely be the most effective educational tool used with those eligible for the program. The timeline format and accompanying info-graphics are matched with concise language that aid the reader's understanding.  Please see all the details here and contact our office to get started with your case.  If you meet the eligibiility requirements, we would encourage you to start gathering your documentation right now according to the guidelines.  A new DACA form will be released on August 15, 2012, along with other processing and filing information.  
House Democrats Write Obama Letter in Support of Deferred Action

110 Democrats sign onto a letter thanking Presieent Obama for granting deferred action,  protection from deportation, and work permits to young people who call the United States their home.  

New Americans Represent Team USA at Olympics   


The United States is well-represented, not only by our native born-athletes, but by many "New Americans." In fact, approximately 38 of those competing on Team USA are naturalized U.S. citizens. These athletes remind us that Americans come from all over the world.


Here are some top New American athletes to watch as you enjoy the winding down of the Games.  [Thanks to Immigration Impact for this story] 

DHS Secretary Roasted by House Committee   

By:  Timothy Sutton, Communications Editor


Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! is a comedic quiz program on NPR, testing listener's knowledge of current events against some of the best and brightest in the news world. While figuring out what's real news versus what's made up, the show's host presents a scenario to the contestant to determine if the scenario is fact or fiction. If you weren't tuned into C-SPAN, you may have legitimately mistaken the House oversight committee's interview, of the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Janet Napolitano, as the latest episode of Wait Wait. 


In this episode, members of the Congressional oversight committee rapidly fired questions at Napolitano, cutting short her responses, attempting to validate their "real news," as something more than "made up." The result, a trial like inquisition reminiscent of the famous scene between Tom Cruise and Jack Nicholson from A Few Good Men, with Napolitano ceremoniously remarking "you can't handle the truth!" In reality, with grace and imperturbable resolve, Napolitano slowly roasted over the House Committee's rotisserie.  For more on this story 

Joe Arpaio Trial
Plaintiffs Rest In Racial Profiling Case Against Arizona    


Lawyers for Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Arizona's Maricopa County said in closing trial arguments that the plaintiffs in a civil rights lawsuit failed to prove his department engaged in racial profiling of Latinos.


Huffington Post Reported, these cases are difficult to bring and difficult to win under the best circumstances," said David A. Harris, a law professor at the University of Pittsburgh who studies racial profiling and wrote a book on the subject.  More on this story     

E-Verify Self-Assessment Guides
A Good Tool but does not Render Employer Audit Proof

By:  Timothy Sutton, Communications Editor


In an effort to assist participating employers comply with the user requirements of E-Verify and to help improve participants' overall use of the program, USCIS issued two self-assessment guides in June. Both guides are substantively similar, but are procedurally designed to assist two sets of users, either web-access or direct access users. Voluntary E-Verify participants will benefit from this recent assistance publication by following the eight-part checklist provided therein.


The self-assessment checklist covers, post-enrollment activities, creation of cases, photo matching, tentative nonconfirmation, DHS referral, SSA referral, final case resolution, and final case closure statements. USCIS touts E-Verify as an easy-to-use online tool, but warns, "Employers may be subject to legal action for some types of E-Verify misuse."  For more on this 

For an Updated Overview of E-Verify Policies at the State Level  
Pleae refer here   
[Thanks to the Center on Immigration Studies]   
E-Verify Wants to Hear your Suggestions  
USCIS wants to provide products that are effective, easy-to-use, and work for you!  They want to hear your ideas about how they can make E-Verify better! What can they do to improve the E-Verify experience, website, system and/or process?
E-Verify Wants to "listen".  
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Form I-9 Audit Prompts Sushi Zushi Closure - Fish on Ice!


By: Timothy Sutton, Comunications Editor


Shortly after ICE began their Form I-9 audit of the San Antonio based sushi chain, Sushi Zushi, an exodus of employees forced the company into a weeklong-statewide shutdown. After an internal announcement by Sushi Zushi management to employees of the routine audit, a wave of scared employees did not return to their jobs on Friday Morning.


A public statement was issued by Sushi Zushi's public relations spokesperson; Judy McCarter, detailing the company's decision on July 27, 2012:


Sushi Zushi has temporarily suspended its operations and closed its restaurants in San Antonio, Austin and the DFW Metroplex. We plan to resume operations as soon as possible.  For more on this story   

Nestle KID-Kat Bars?  Audit Helps Chocolate Maker "Grow Up"


By:  Timothy Sutton, Communications Editor


The manufacturer of Kit-Kat bars reported that four-fifths of its cocoa comes from unmonitored labor channels. The Fair Labor Association is insisting Nestle implement higher supply chain standards moving forward.


The cocoa industry is fraught with child labor issues, with child worker rates reaching upwards of 89% in the Ivory Coast. Unfortunately this far-reaching problem will not be solved overnight, "The complexity of child labor in the cocoa supply chain means solving the problem will take years," Nestle said.   We link to more    

Undercover Boss
Preventative Medicine for Business 


By:  Timothy Sutton, Communications Editor


One of my favorite television shows is Undercover Boss. If you're unfamiliar with the show, the premise is: a CEO/President takes on a disguise to go undercover within their own business to find ways to (1) become more successful and (2) reward hardworking employees.

Obviously, there is an essential element of Hollywood magic that prevents most of us from going "undercover" within our own business; but the lessons learned from this show are no less valuable.  For more...

Justice Department Settles Discrimination Claims against Natural Foods 


On July 20, 2012, the Department of Justice issued a press release announcing that it reached a settlement agreement with United Natural Foods, Inc.(UNFI), an independent national distributor of natural, organic, specialty foods, resolving an allegation that the company committed discrimination when it reverified the work authorization of lawful permanent residents and required some non-citizen workers to provide specific Form I-9 documentation. As part of the settlement agreement, UNFI will pay $3,190 in civil penalties to the government and has already paid full back pay to the Charging PartyMore  OSC News