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04 August 2011

Director Mayorkas Joins DHS and Anti-Human Trafficking Leaders

On August 3, in Washington D.C., DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano and USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas joined other DHS senior leadership and anti-human trafficking stakeholders and advocates to mark the first anniversary of the Blue Campaign, a first-of-its-kind campaign to coordinate and enhance the Department’s anti-human trafficking efforts.  In their remarks, Director Mayorkas and Secretary Napolitano underscored the critical work of anti-human trafficking organizations that provide vital services and support to victims as they re-integrate into their communities.

Through partnerships with community organizations and law enforcement entities, USCIS continues to support the Blue Campaign by raising awareness of the immigration relief available to victims of human trafficking.  By protecting victims, T visas and U visas supply law enforcement agencies and prosecutors with the tools to bring human trafficking criminals to justice. 

In the past year, USCIS visa experts have traveled to 25 cities across the country to train federal, state, and local law enforcement on how they can help ensure that trafficking victims have access to immigration relief. We are committed to expanding this outreach.

Check out the additional DHS Blue Campaign efforts on the The Blog at Homeland Security, a News Release about the event and

Raise awareness and “Like” the Blue Campaign Facebook page.


At August 8, 2011 at 6:59:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Kristina - Albany NY said...

Human trafficking, and especially child trafficking is evil. It is a global problem, including the US. Any and all efforts to help victims "re-integrate" and relieve the trauma are absolutely applaudable. I will "like" Blue Campaign Page on my Facebook.

At August 10, 2011 at 5:18:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Immigration Officer,

I want to wish you all the best. I would do it in person, except I do not know you, you judge my EB2-India ported from EB-3 application in perfect anonymity.
I want to wish you all the best as you read my very sunny application, and judge my life, as it were. Because, as you read it, I am sure you might think of your underwater house, your former spouse, your rebellious kids, the stale coffee, the soggy fries, your threatened SS checks, drowning medicare etc.

Because while your career is a dead end, my career has just started, I see no end. You judge me with an associate degree and a 3 week course, I do what I do after more than a decade of training. Your job chose you, I chose my job. You can not work anywhere else, I can find a job anywhere. You stump people, try to stop them, I help people.

They say you need to walk in someones shoes to judge them. Can you compete with thousands to just get into college, can you walk for miles in 115F, study under a streetlamp? Can you fight fight at every stage, every level, without any guarantees, with only assurances of more struggles? Can you come so far, and realize you are at the utter mercy of a poorly trained officer in an underfunded bureaucracy? Your mandate is to judge if I am extraordinary. How pray could I get this far if I was anything else, and without extraordinary blessings?

Why then do I want a green card, you ask.
I say 40% for my American kids (I see how easy life is here for kids), 20% for my family back home (I would swallow a lot for their happiness), 20% for me (I have come to like my job, and the common simple decency of Americans), and beleve it or not, 20% for America (because I would like to contribute, and give back).

But why do I want it now, you ask.
I say there should be no need to hurry. Except, as I stand at the lines in the airport with my kids, and stand at the complete mercy of the officer at the POE, having no recourse, as I keep my life and plans in limbo, I wish it could be easier. Because I know all dreams are fragile, and can be broken at the whim of someone, anyone, in a position of power. Because I want to participate now, in the elections of 2012, I want to have a voice. I have been taxed without representation for 10 years now.

How does it benefit America, you ask. I submit that any one person makes no difference, so if you reject my application, it is not a big deal. Maybe sending back dozens, even hundreds of applicants makes no difference, but eventually, it all adds up. I am honest, upright, truthful, have no debt, and have 1 speeding ticket from 8 years ago, that I am still embarrased about. But so are millions, you say, and you are right. I am also smart, hardworking and talented, but you might know that from my application. There is nothing I can say to convince someone who is inherently anti-immigration, which you may or may not be.

Regardless, officer, I wish you the best. Because, when I look at my kids, I know that no matter what, I have always and will always overcome. I am extremely fortunate, and wish God Almighty grant you some good luck too. You have my heartfelt sympathies for your (probably sucky) job.

An applicant

At August 11, 2011 at 2:35:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Kristina, Albany NY said...

This is in response to the author of “Dear Immigration Officer” letter.
Without a doubt, it was very moving. I can really relate to “studying under street lamp” and “fighting at every level without any guarantees”, because I’m an immigrant myself. But why be so disrespectful?

I moved here, legally, over 5 years ago. Got my green card with a conditional status within a few months. Two years later my conditional status was removed, according to the procedure. One year ago I applied for citizenship and within a few months got approved. I became the US citizen last year. I don’t claim to be extraordinary in any way, just a decent person I suppose. I didn’t get stumped upon or stopped.

I’m sure you’ve come a long a way and fought a few fights in your life. I respect that. You say you’ve come to like the common decency of Americans (I’m sure a lot of us will appreciate your very modest opinion of us, since you clearly don’t consider yourself an American), your job here, and you want a green card - I will have to repeat your break-down as follows- 40% for your American kids, 20% for your family abroad, 20% for yourself and 20% for America. Well, maybe that’s not good enough. Maybe 80% for America, since your future and your kids’ future is this country now. I’d give 100% for America, my family here and abroad, all inclusive, wouldn’t really separate those into different categories. Call me naive or idealistic, but that’s the way it is.

You seem to have a very high opinion of yourself and maybe it is well deserved. But maybe your should stop addressing people with whom you have never even had a chance to have a five minute conversation as “poorly trained offices” with “sucky jobs”, “dead careers”, who can’t work anywhere else and who “stump” on people. Maybe you should just stop looking down on certain people. Maybe then your extraordinary blessings will start further working for you.

Most of those hardworking (just like yourself) people are very patriotic, who happen to love their jobs and care about the future of their country. By the way, I’m 100% sure that all of those officers’ parents, grandparents, great-grandparents were also immigrants, who lost a lot trying to get over here in wooden ships, surrounded by death and disease, in hopes of brighter future. Maybe not all of them, but I’d like to believe a lot of them do care. Just like not all of the immigrants approved for green cards and/or citizenship have the most sincere wishes in their hearts. Some try to blow up cars in NYC and start fires on airplanes in the name of jihad. But I’d like to think most of us, immigrants, do want to see this county stand strong and prosper for the sake of our families and kids.

So, yes, WHY did you wait 10 years to get your green card? Do you really believe in the core values and principles upon which this country was built? Would you die to preserve the freedoms of this country? Or is it just the “goodies” you’re interested in?

I, too, wish you all the luck.


At August 12, 2011 at 10:58:00 AM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Reply to Mr.Krishna Albany New York.

Dear, Your question

why did you want 10 years to get yoour Green card.??

Ans: this question you should ask to USCIS Director why he and DOS and US government keeping the EB-3 India Priority date on 2002 from Year 2003 onwards?? Due to faimly emergency I missed the Year 2007 fiasco to file my I-145, even though my I-140 approved way back in 2004, still on H1B Visa is it not a shame?? I am a tax payer for past 10 years as good as a US Citizen, I am positively contributing to the economy.

Of course I love this great nation more than You and ready to give everything for the prosperity of the country, but this kind of discrimination never allows me to give 100 %, You got Your Greencard and Citizenship so you can talk like a Protector, The basic attitude of well settled immigrants are after me close the doors!

It is not looking down on anyone.. that is the TRUTH but TRUTH ALWAYS HURTS. You are well settled so you look down upon people like us. Think in our Shoes my friend.

Now adays USCIS is doing No and we should change the name as RFE USCIS. .. for everything REQUEST FOR FURTHER EVIDENCE. which un-necessary wastes time. When you have some time learn about the Priority date backlogs and the sufferings people go through. Dont do lip service, and try to be in good books. ask your Senator and Congressmen to support Piece-meal LEGAL immigration bill. other wise Please do not blabber here.

At August 16, 2011 at 2:48:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Kristina - Albany NY said...

This is my second response to the author of “Dear Immigration Officer” Letter. Please, don’t make any assumptions about my situation. I still have my immediate family members for whom I would love to be living here with me, but the green card process is difficult and time consuming, due to the bureaucratic issues, so I certainly don’t want that door closed. I agree that the immigration process needs serious reform. My problem was with you taking it out on Immigration Services Officers, who are simply doing their jobs. You sounded a bit condescending, don’t you think? Yes, I speak as a protector, but of ideals of this country, not the system and what it is becoming. And I certainly didn’t mean to diminish your love and passion for this country; I just had a hard time seeing it in your comment. I also didn’t realize you were the EB, so I totally understand your frustrations. I will write to my Senator and Congressperson for you. But if you’re going to support piecemeal EB immigration reform, which will obviously benefit you, let’s not be discriminative ourselves and support DREAM Act as well. By the way, it’s Ms. Kristina, not Mr. Krishna. Good luck anyway.

At August 16, 2011 at 5:13:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Response to the above comment by Ms.Krishna.


So you want your immediate family members to be here so do not want to close is that it?? Green Card process is not that much diffcult if some of the anti immigrant IO's lose their job in USCIS. Ms.Krishna you seems to be not knowing what is really happening. Just for a EB based Green Card waiting 11 to 12 Years is that good??? Ideals of this country everyone lives here is a Protector of that. do not think IOs will give consideration to your family members if you write like this. see below what best can be done with immigration officers

If an adjudicator insists on issuing boilerplate RFEs that make no sense, then the supervisor of that product line need to counsel the adjudicator and make sure that he or she shapes up. If the adjudicator can't get with the program, he or she should be fired and replaced by someone who can. The best way to combat fraud is to raise the quality of adjudications. Right now, there are adjudicators who seem to look only at the quantity of documents submitted, not the quality. As such, a lot of good cases get denied and far too many bad cases get approved.

If the USCIS became more efficient, and adjudicators really knew what they were doing, the numbers of filings would decrease. People with bad cases, who have been getting away with filing bad petitions would learn not to file. This, in turn, would decrease the backlogs.

DREAM ACT people never support EB Legal immigration so no support vice versa too. No cakes for Illegal immigration. First understand things at its reality or Truth then write replies.


At August 16, 2011 at 6:30:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Until illegal workers have no realistic chance of a job, human trafficking will not stop!! There are 8 million working illegals and almost no chance of detection and detaining them thanks to stopping detainment of illegals workers and ICE using "prosecutorial discretion"!! The minimal audits done, tell the company and employees of their potential illegal status and the illegals just leave and go to another company. That will continue until illegal workers are detained and prosecuted to the fullest, as well as their employers!!

They are suppose to carry their ID's like everybody else, those that don't, it's their fault if they are detained because they could not prove their ID/status!!

At August 16, 2011 at 9:00:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

REQUEST FOR FURTHER EVIDENCE is not a waste of time, it is a proper procedure.

At August 17, 2011 at 1:43:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

REQUEST FOR FURTHER EVICENCE is good for fraud detection it is indeed a waste of time if it is used for dirve away LEGAL TAX PAYING IMMIGRANTS. the above commentor should understand the reality. and what is happening.

At August 17, 2011 at 2:45:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Kristina - Albany NY said...

To EB-3 anonymous:

I stand by my firm belief that your goal of becoming a permanent resident/citizen is purely materialistic. I trust that the adjudications officer didn't approve your application to date for a good reason. Please stop calling me Krishna, I am not even Indian.

I would support DREAM Act, because it is a great incentive for young people, who arrived in this country as children and graduated from high school, and whose identities have been formed here, to get higher education. NO amnesty for people who do not wish to continue their education. We need more young educated immigrants in this country. Jose Antonio Vargas is a great example. Why attract persons with extraordinary abilities, researchers and scientists, managers and executives from other countries, if we can raise them right here???

At August 17, 2011 at 2:46:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Kristina - Albany NY said...

Mister EB-3 anonymous: everyone is entitled to his/her own opinion on this blog. Your opinion is YOUR opinion only. It is not universal “Truth”. With over 6 billion people living on this planet, we are bound to disagree. USCIS rocks!!!

At August 18, 2011 at 10:43:00 AM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Illegal alien Kristina

now I know where you are coming from so you yourself an illegal Alein posing as a Permanent resident. (false case) who supports DREAM ACT which is never going to happen Got it....People like you are made Legal immigrants as hostages for decades. Nature won't leave you for this.

May GOD Bless America!

At August 18, 2011 at 11:45:00 AM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

And what is up with this entitlement mentality? If I pay taxes I deserve to have a green card or become a citizen. Everyone pays taxes, citizen pay taxes all their lives; taxes are not a measure of how much you deserve to get back based on what you’ve paid - taxes cover all the services, conveniences and protection you enjoy WHILE living here (except for federal income tax, that one is unconstitutional). And if some of my dollars go to help combat human trafficking- I am happy. Paying taxes is patriotic. Ask not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for your country.

At June 24, 2012 at 11:01:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just because a person is illegal that does not make them a criminal and we shouldn't be treated that way they have to work because they have family to feed,and the dream act should be approved I am 19 years old and I have been in this country since I was nine I didn't choose this and, if I would of known this would be this way I would of staid in my country ,yes there are criminals how are illegal just like there are legal ones,there are many who just want to be better my self all I want is to finish my college and became a forensic but that would take a wile sin ce I can only take one credit since that's all I ,can , afford more than that you can't even imagine how fustrating that is, it's like living in shadows,all I,say is.all I want is to be someone to make a difference,plus if good didn't divide earth why should we. I'm not saying this for pity I'm just saying what I think that you may God bless you .


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