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White House Blog on Strengthening LGBT Equality Here and Abroad
White House blog post on Obama administration efforts to advance equality for LGBT people, including implementing comprehensive LGBT refugee protection strategy with DHS/HHS and creating an expanded stand-alone USCIS lesson module to adjudicate LGBT refugee and asylum claims. AILA Doc. No. 12121359.
AILA Doc. No. 12121359.
President Obama Signs Border Enforcement Security Task Force Act Into Law
(660 KB - 12/10/2012)
White House press release on the signing of “Jaime Zapata Border Enforcement Security Task Force Act,” which establishes the DHS’ Border Enforcement Security Task Force (BEST), which is comprised of multi-agency units established to address security threats at our borders. AILA Doc. No. 12121062.
AILA Doc. No. 12121062.
White House Blog on Immigrant Entrepreneurs
White House blog post on the new “Entrepreneur Pathways” online resource center and President Obama’s support for congressional action to create a “startup visa” designed specifically for immigrant entrepreneurs, as part of his vision for a 21st century immigration system. AILA Doc. No. 12112949.
AILA Doc. No. 12112949.
White House Statement of Administration Policy on STEM Jobs Act of 2012
(703 KB - 11/29/2012)
White House press release on STEM Jobs Act of 2012 (H.R. 6429) which allocates immigrant visas for graduates of some STEM degree programs, offer a limited number of visas for families through the "V" nonimmigrant visa program and would eliminate the Diversity Visa program. AILA Doc. No. 12112942.
AILA Doc. No. 12112942.
President Obama to Establish César E. Chávez National Monument
(209 KB - 10/2/2012)
White House press release announcing a national monument honoring Cesar Chavez to be established in California at a place known as Nuestra Señora Reina de la Paz, which is recognized worldwide for its historic link to the civil rights icon & the farm worker movement. AILA Doc. No. 1210223.
AILA Doc. No. 12100223.
President Obama Extends Requirements on E-Verify & Other Programs
(661 KB - 9/28/2012)
White House press release on signing of S. 3245 extending to 9/30/15 the expiration dates of key requirements of the EB-5 Regional Center Program, the E-Verify Program, the Special Immigrant Non-Minister Religious Worker Program & the Conrad State 30 J-1 Visa Waiver Program. AILA Doc. No. 12092848.
AILA Doc. No. 12092848.
White House Fact Sheet on Combatting Human Trafficking
(631 KB - 9/25/2012)
White House fact sheet announcing several initiatives by President Obama to redouble the Administration’s efforts to eliminate human trafficking, which afflicts more than 20 million people around the world. AILA Doc. No. 12092543.
AILA Doc. No. 12092543.
White House Blog on Promoting Travel and Tourism
White House blog by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announcing efforts to promote travel and tourism, including the fact that the Department of State passed a 1 million visa milestone this year not only in Mexico, but also in China and Brazil. AILA Doc. No. 12091959.
AILA Doc. No. 12091959.
White House Releases New Travel and Tourism Progress Report
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White House press release announcing the release of a progress report from the Departments of State and Homeland Security that outlines the activities underway to meet the President’s goal of boosting the travel and tourism industry in the United States. AILA Doc. No. 12091945.
AILA Doc. No. 12091945.
White House Blog on 18th Anniversary of VAWA
White House blog post from White House Advisor on Violence Against Women Lynn Rosenthal on how it is unconscionable that Congress has yet to finalize a bill to reauthorize and strengthen VAWA on its 18th anniversary. AILA Doc. No. 12091757.
AILA Doc. No. 12091757.
White House Blog on Welcoming New Citizens to the American Family
White House blog post by Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to President Obama, about a naturalization ceremony she attended on 9/11 anniversary & how new Americans remind us of how precious citizenship is – of how much it is worth & why we should never take it for granted. AILA Doc. No. 12091346.
AILA Doc. No. 12091346.
International Traveler Spending On Pace For a Record Setting Year
White House blog post on U.S. Department of Commerce data showing that international visitors have spent an estimated $82.2 billion on U.S. travel and tourism-related goods and services year to date in 2012, an increase of 11 percent when compared to the same period in 2011. AILA Doc. No. 12082347.
AILA Doc. No. 12082347.
White House Blog on Travel, Tourism and Job Creation
White House blog on May 2012 international travel to the U.S. reaching nearly $14 billion – up 8% from May 2011, which caps 29 straight months of growth and helps create more American jobs. AILA Doc. No. 12080641.
AILA Doc. No. 12080641.
White House Blog on VAWA Reauthorization
White House blog post from Vice President Joe Biden calling for the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and how its three biggest provisions should be available to every person in this country who may ever need them. AILA Doc. No. 12080142.
AILA Doc. No. 12080142.
International Visitors Spent Record $13.9 Billion in May 2012
White House blog post from Acting Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank about data released by the U.S. Commerce Department showing that international visitors spent nearly $14 billion on travel to, and tourism-related activities within, the United States in May 2012. AILA Doc. No. 12071640.
AILA Doc. No. 12071640.
White House Blog on 10 Ways Immigrants Help U.S. Economy
Blog post from Jason Furman and Danielle Gray from the White House National Economic Council on their top 10 list for ways that immigrants are currently helping to build and grow the American economy. AILA Doc. No. 12071245.
AILA Doc. No. 12071245.
Video of Obama Speech at White House Naturalization Ceremony
White House video of President Barack Obama’s remarks at a 7/4/12 naturalization ceremony for active duty service members where DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano delivered the oath of allegiance. AILA Doc. No. 12070570.
AILA Doc. No. 12070570.
President Obama Remarks at White House Naturalization Ceremony
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White House press release with transcript of President Barack Obama’s remarks at a 7/4/12 naturalization ceremony for active duty service members where DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano delivered the oath of allegiance. AILA Doc. No. 12070560.
AILA Doc. No. 12070560.
President Obama at Naturalization Ceremony for Military Members
(509 KB - 7/3/2012)
White House press release announcing that President Obama will deliver remarks at a 7/4/12 naturalization ceremony for active duty service members where DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano will deliver the oath of allegiance. AILA Doc. No. 12070342.
AILA Doc. No. 12070342.
White House Blog on Deferred Action & Asian Americans
White House blog post from President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders member May Chen on President Obama’s decision on deferred action and how Asian Americans need to mobilize for greater immigration reforms. AILA Doc. No. 12062653.
AILA Doc. No. 12062653.
Religious Leaders Support Obama’s Decision on Deferred Action
White House blog post highlighting prominent clergy members from a variety of faiths who are raising their voices on behalf of immigrants, the need to fix the broken system and their support for President Obama’s recent announcement on deferred action. AILA Doc. No. 12062650.
AILA Doc. No. 12062650.
President Obama’s Remarks on Supreme Court Decision on SB 1070
(641 KB - 6/25/2012)
White House public statement of President Obama on Supreme Court decision on
Arizona v. United States
and his concerns about remaining provision of SB 1070 that requires local law enforcement officials to check immigration status of anyone they deem suspect. AILA Doc. No. 12062544.
AILA Doc. No. 12062544.
President Obama Speech Transcript at NALEO Annual Conference
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White House transcript of President Obama’s 6/22/12 speech at National Association of Latino Elected & Appointed Officials (NALEO) annual conference talking about the DREAM Act & immigration reform that lives up to our heritage as a nation of laws & a nation of immigrants. AILA Doc. No. 12062560.
AILA Doc. No. 12062560.
White House Blog Video on Deferred Action
White House blog post and accompanying video on 6/15/12 White House announcement on deferred action with appearances by President Obama and White House Domestic Policy Council director Cecilia Munoz. AILA Doc. No. 12062245.
AILA Doc. No. 12062245.
President Obama’s Statement on 2012 World Refugee Day
(844 KB - 6/20/2012)
White House press statement on President Barack Obama’s statement on World Refugee Day highlighting that the United States has welcomed more than 3 million refugees from all over the world since 1975 and continues to lead the world in refugee resettlement. AILA Doc. No. 12062056.
AILA Doc. No. 12062056.
Transcript of President Obama’s Speech on Immigration & Deferred Action
(645 KB - 6/16/2012)
White House transcript of 6/15/12 remarks by President Barack Obama on deferred action and that certain young people who were brought to the country as children will be eligible to receive deferred action for a period of two years, subject to renewal. AILA Doc. No. 12061661.
AILA Doc. No. 12061661.
White House Conference Call on Deferred Action for Certain Young People
(741 KB - 6/15/2012)
White House announcement about 6/15/12 conference call on announcement that certain young people who were brought to the country as children will be eligible to receive deferred action for a period of two years, subject to renewal. RSVP info included. AILA Doc. No. 12061551.
AILA Doc. No. 12061551.
White House Statement on Border Tunnel Prevention Act of 2012
(633 KB - 6/6/2012)
White House press secretary statement on President Obama’s signing of the Border Tunnel Prevention Act of 2012, which builds on past efforts to criminalize the construction or financing of unauthorized tunnels across an international border. AILA Doc. No. 12060645.
AILA Doc. No. 12060645.
White House Blog on LGBT Protections in VAWA Reauthorization Bill
White House blog post on VAWA reauthorization billed passed by the Senate in April which authorizes States & service providers to ensure that VAWA protections extend to all victims - including LGBT victims - of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault & stalking. AILA Doc. No. 12051548.
AILA Doc. No. 12051548.
White House Domestic Policy Council Director’s Speech at Brookings
(721 KB - 5/15/2012)
White House speech transcript of 5/15/12 speech from Domestic Policy Council Director Cecilia Munoz at The Hamilton Project at Brookings Institution where she talked about DREAM Act, immigrant entrepreneurs, stateside waivers and many other important immigration issues. AILA Doc. No. 12051545.
AILA Doc. No. 12051545.
White House Blog on Republican Legislative Attack on VAWA
White House blog post on a current Republican bill which takes major steps backwards from existing law by allowing immigration officials to interview an alleged offender in making a determination about the adjudication of a battered immigrant’s petition for status. AILA Doc. No. 12051140.
AILA Doc. No. 12051140.
White House Aims to Increase Tourism by 100 Million Annually
(2088 KB - 5/10/2012)
White House press release on goal of attracting and welcoming 100 million international visitors, who will spend an estimated $250 billion, annually by the end of 2021. They also hope to shorten visa interview wait times and streamline the visa process around the world. AILA Doc. No. 12051045.
AILA Doc. No. 12051045.
White House Blog on Violence Against Women Act
White House blog post on legislation by Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT) & Mike Crapo (R-ID) that reauthorizes Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) to include giving Native American tribes authority to prosecute offenders accountable for their crimes against Native American women. AILA Doc. No. 12042542.
AILA Doc. No. 12042542.
White House Announces ‘100,000 Strong in the Americas’ Exchange Program
(1547 KB - 4/9/2012)
White House press release on ‘100,000 Strong in the Americas’ program with a goal to increase higher education exchanges between the United States and Latin America and the Caribbean to 100,000 each year in each direction. AILA Doc. No. 12040646.
AILA Doc. No. 12040946.
White House Blog on Increasing Tourist Visitors
White House blog on efforts to increase tourist visitors since 2.5 million more international visitors came to the U.S. in 2011 compared with the previous year. These international visitors spent an all-time record $153 billion on travel & tourism-related goods & services. AILA Doc. No. 12032260.
AILA Doc. No. 12032260.
White House Blog on Strengthening Immigrant Entrepreneurs
Blog post from White House Senior Policy Advisor in the Domestic Policy Council on the recent USCIS Entrepreneurs in Residence (EIR) initiative launched last week which will promote immigrant entrepreneurs to create more jobs across America. AILA Doc. No. 12022967.
AILA Doc. No. 12022967.
White House Press Release on Startup America Legislative Agenda
(75 KB - 1/31/2012)
White House press release on Startup America Legislative Agenda which will expand tax relief, unlock capital for small businesses and take steps to attract and retain foreign-born entrepreneurs and highly-skilled immigrants. AILA Doc. No. 12013163.
AILA Doc. No. 12013163.
President Obama Names Cecilia Muñoz WH Director of Domestic Policy Council
(223 KB - 1/11/2012)
White House press release announcing that current Director of Intergovernmental Affairs Cecilia Muñoz will now serve as Director of the Domestic Policy Council, where she will coordinate policy-making and supervise the execution of domestic policy in the White House. AILA Doc. No. 12011160.
AILA Doc. No. 12011160.
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