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UK News: Home Office Investigation into UK Immigration Detention Centres
UK Home Secretary, Theresa May, has announced that there will be a fresh investigation into the treatment and welfare of detainees held in immigration removal centres, amid reports of ongoing abuse. We understand that the Home Office had the report about a year ago, but only decided to publish it recently.
The investigation will be led by former Prisons & Probations Ombudsman for England & Wales, Stephen Shaw (CBE).
Following complaints from detainees and activist groups concerning treatment at some of the UK’s immigration removal centres, Mrs May has vowed to conduct a thorough investigation.
US News: US Issues 5.46 Million Work Permits according to CIS Report
From 2009 to 2014, the US government granted 5.46 million work permits to those on non- immigrant visas or those illegally in the US according to a new report published by a conservative think-tank "The Center for Immigration Studies" (CIS). Many of these work permits were granted to people who entered on F-1 student visas and as visitors on B-1/B2 visas.
The Southern Poverty Law Centre, well known for bringing legal proceedings against "hate groups”, had the following to say about CIS:
…FAIR, CIS and Numbers USA are all part of a network of restrictionist organizations conceived and created by John Tanton, the "puppeteer" of the nativist movement and a man with deep racist roots…
The Center for Immigration Studies, who published the report, says that the number of work permits issued "exceeds the number of new green card and temporary work visas issued in the same period."
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UK News: UK Poster Campaign to Celebrate Work of Immigrants
'Celebrate, don't vilify' immigrants says the Movement Against Xenophobia (MAX) a group started by the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI). MAX intends to launch a poster campaign that will portray immigrants, and their contribution to Britain, in a positive light.
The Conservative and Labour parties claim that they will, if elected, further reduce the level of immigration into the UK. The MAX group wishes to campaign against this by having a major poster campaign focused on individual immigrants and the contribution they make to Britain.
The group is aiming to raise £44,000 for the poster campaign to oppose the 'anti- immigration' views put forward by the main political parties.
The MAX group recognises that immigration is a central focus of political party campaigns. The main parties are adopting a hardline stance over the issue.
US News: Obama Offers India Assurances Over L1 & H1B Visa Concerns
US officials have since confirmed that they will consider India's concerns as part of Obama's widespread immigration reforms.
Ben Rhodes, US Deputy National Security Advisor, told reporters travelling with Obama's entourage that: "I think what the President indicated is that these are the types of issues that we have approached through the context of comprehensive immigration reform.
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