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A federal appeals court on Thursday said the U.S. Justice Department cannot deny public safety grants to so-called sanctuary cities that limit cooperation with the Trump administration’s crackdown on illegal immigration.

By: Reuters

The Seventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a lower court injunction in a case brought by the city of Chicago. The appeals court agreed the injunction should apply nationally while the lawsuit proceeds in federal court.

The case is one of a number of battles between the administration of Republican President Donald Trump and Democratic state and local leaders over immigration, healthcare, the environment and other issues.

Chicago sued last year after U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced he would cut off cities from certain Justice Department grants unless they allowed federal immigration authorities unlimited access to local jails and provided 48 hours’ notice before releasing anyone wanted for immigration violations.

The lawsuit contended that Sessions exceeded his authority by imposing new conditions beyond those Congress prescribed when it established the grant program. In its ruling on Thursday, a three-judge Seventh Circuit panel said its role was not to decide national immigration policy, but rather to protect the separation of powers between the branches of the federal government.

“The Attorney General in this case used the sword of federal funding to conscript state and local authorities to aid in federal civil immigration enforcement,” the court wrote. “But the power of the purse rests with Congress”

Justice Department spokesman Devin O’Malley said the agency believes it exercised authority given by Congress to promote cooperation with immigration authorities. “We will continue to fight to carry out the Department’s commitment to the rule of law, protecting public safety, and keeping criminal aliens off the streets to further perpetrate crimes,” O’Malley said.

Trump made tougher immigration enforcement a centerpiece of his campaign and presidency, along with a pledge to build a wall at the U.S.-Mexican border. All three judges on the Seventh Circuit panel were nominated by Republican presidents.

Police agencies in so-called sanctuary jurisdictions, like Chicago, New York and Los Angeles, have generally barred their officers from routinely checking individuals’ immigration status, and from keeping anyone locked up longer than otherwise warranted at the request of immigration agents.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said on Thursday the city will stand its ground when it comes to immigrants. “We’re not going to allow the Trump Justice Department to bully our values,” he said.

The grants at issue under the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant, or Byrne JAG program, typically are used to help police improve crime-fighting techniques, buy new equipment and assist victims of crime.

After a Chicago judge issued the nationwide injunction last September, the Justice Department said in a court filing it would be forced to delay grants to law enforcement across the country regardless of sanctuary status while the litigation proceeds.

Edward Siskel, Chicago’s corporation counsel, said on Thursday the city would continue to fight for the federal government to release withheld grant funds.

Would your relationship stand up to the scrutiny of the American government? Take the test.

Marrying an American citizen is considered a shortcut to getting a green card, but it’s not a guarantee.

Every marriage is tested at times, some more literally than others.

The marriages of immigrants to American citizens must stand up to the scrutiny of the United States government, which is always on the lookout for people gaming the system for a green card.

When did you meet? Does your spouse have a tattoo? What movies did you watch when you started dating? (One tip: Don’t say “Green Card.”) Couples must prove that their relationships are real by providing proof they live together or photographs of their time together.

Still, officials and immigration lawyers caution that answering all of the questions correctly doesn’t necessarily result in a green card. And lately, the bar has been a lot higher for immigrants in the country illegally.

Here is a sampling of questions gathered from immigration lawyers that you can test with your partner. (In the real world, officers can separate applicants to make sure they’re not gaming the system.) The questions will get more difficult as we go on.

  • How did you meet?
  • How soon after you met did you start dating?
  • When did you meet each other’s families?
  • How did you decide on getting married?
  • Where did you buy the ring?
  • What was the wedding like and who attended?
  • What did you do afterward?
  • Where did you eat?

The goal is to tell the immigration officer your love story.

In approaching the interviews, immigration officers assume the relationship is a fraud. The green card process is long and drawn out, and the burden of proof is on the couple. Anyone caught lying could face prison time and a fine of up to $250,000. The immigrant could also be barred from getting a marriage-based green card ever again.

“We have seen more scrutiny and more questions about marriage lately,” said Kate Lincoln-Goldfinch, an immigration lawyer in Austin.

Depending on the interview, an immigration officer might also ask more difficult questions:

  • Draw me a diagram of your bedroom.
  • How do you enter your home?
  • What subway does your spouse take?
  • What did you do last night?
  • What did you do for Christmas?
  • What gift did you give your spouse?
  • When was the last time your spouse saw the mother-in-law?
  • Where did you first meet your spouse’s brothers and sisters?
  • Does your spouse have any tattoos or hospitalizations?

The officer could also do a number of other things:

  • Visit your home or park outside to see if you both actually live there.
  • Talk to your neighbors.
  • Dive into public records.

If the immigration officer is still not convinced once the process is complete, the applicant could receive a notice of intent to deny. The applicant has a chance to respond and, if the response is denied, file a new petition or appeal, which can be expensive. In some cases, applicants are referred to immigration court. Red flags that immigration officials look for are disparities in age, religious and linguistic differences, and if either person has already been through the immigration process with someone else.

One tip from an immigration lawyer: Have an attorney present during the interview, and make eye contact, which in some cultures is not the norm. An officer could “judge this person through the lens of American culture, even though that person could be newly in the U.S.,” said Michael R. Jarecki, an immigration lawyer in Chicago.

Let us know how you did in the comments. Or if you’ve been through the process in real life, share your experiences. And here are more questions.

 

 

By Shreeya Sinha and Sean Plambeck

 

The Erie County Department of Social Services is pleased to announce the 2018 Erie County Summer Youth Program (SYEP). The program operates from July 9, 2018 through August 31, 2018. You are invited to participate!

If your family receives Temporary Assistance (Family Assistance/Safety Net), Medicaid, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) benefits; or if the child receives Supplemental Security Income (SSI), your child is income-qualified for the program. Applicants who do not receive the aforementioned benefits must verify that their household income is less than 200 percent of the federal poverty level.

Erie County encourages the participation of children in foster care or juvenile justice systems, homeless and runaway youth, and youth with disabilities. Applicants must be between the ages of 14 and 20 years old on May 17, 2018. Youth accepted into the program participate 20 hours per week and earn minimum wage ($10.40 per hour). 

The following is a list of documents that are required to determine program eligibility; applications are considered complete when all required documents are received:

§  TANF Youth Service Application

§  Pre-Employment Interest Questionnaire

§  Signed Consent for Release of Information Form

§  Working Papers are required for all youth ages 14-17, and must be submitted with the application.

§  Working paper applications can be obtained at school and must be submitted through the school Guidance Counselor.


Please complete all of the required forms and submit the entire packet to:

Erie County Social Services, Comprehensive Employment Division, 290 Main Street – 10th Floor, Buffalo, NY 14202.     If you have any questions or need assistance in completing the forms, please call (716) 858-4584.   
The deadline for submitting an application is Friday, May 25, 2018.

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Buffalo Employment and Training Center

77 Goodell St., Buffalo, NY 14203 

716-856-5627 / 716-856-5670– Fax  www.workforcebuffalo.org  

Orientation Times: Monday – Thursday, 10 am or 2 pm.

Our job announcements, news and other info are also available on Facebook, LinkedIn, 

Twitter @BETC updates and Instagram @BETC716

Mayor: Byron W. Brown   County Executive: Mark C. Poloncarz  Exec. Director, BETC:  Demone Smith

 

Jody Starr
Career Advisor-Replacement/Retention Specialist
(Adult, Dislocated Worker, Youth)
Buffalo Employment and Training Center
77 Goodell Street

Buffalo New York 14203

856-8139×3172
jstarr@wdcinc.org
http://www.workforcebuffalo.org/

 

 

NFTA TRANSIT AUTHORITY POLICE ARE ASKING

FOR HELP FINDING A BUFFALO TEENAGER

NFTA Metro Police officers are asking for help finding a missing teenager.

Police say 14-year-old Beonica Henley was last seen Wednesday evening at a friend’s home in Buffalo.

According to officers, the Buffalo teenager may have been at a Metro Rail location over the past 24 hours. Transit Police are working collaboratively with the Buffalo Police Department.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Transit Police at 855-6405.

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