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Attorney Famuyide Wins Withholding of Removal Case in New York
It all started 3years ago with an innocent trip to Texas for a good cause that was meant to benefit humanity. It was not the first of such trips for this immigrant to Texas, but it became a trip that changed his life forever. The joyful trip to fulfill destiny by contributing to the better....
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Yes, Your Brother Could Beware!!! Apply for Asylum, Diversity Visa Lottery but….... 2012 Fraud Price of Delay Massive Retrogression of Family Based Preferences
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xactly three years ago, I was sent Miraculously, in 2009 we bought a wareon an assignment bigger and larger house at 442 E. 183rd St in the Bronx to than myself; TO MAKE A DIF- cater for the spiritual and physical needs FERENCE. The New Hampshire State of the people in New York City particuMotto reads; “Live FREE or DIE”. larly Bronx. American Legend, Patrick Henry once We need $1.5million to complete the said “Give me LIBERTY or Give me construction work. We started construcDeath!” tion in October 2010. The construcTo make a difference is tion is ongoing. The what everyone on the building will house planet Earth must live for. our Church sancA life lived without touchtuary and our ten ing others is a wasted points charitable life. We touch and impact programs namely; others daily by the little act Hunger Relief, Free of kindness we render. Immigrant AssisMaking a Difference is tance, Fitness Center, what the story of my life Youth Empowerment is all about. In the last 15 Center, Day’s Rehab years as an Immigration AtCenter, Day Care for torney, if my estimate is the Needy Famiright, my office, the Law Attorney/Rev. Joseph Famuyide lies, Green Project Office of Joseph Famuyfor Older Adults, ide, would have succeeded in obtaining etc. over 5,000 green cards for immigrants in Join me to MAKE A DIFFERENCE; I the United States. I thought that was it, am on a mission to raise $1.5million to getting green cards for people, until I got complete the project. The names of all another call to MAKE A DIFFERENCE donors will be inscribed in gold at the in another way outside my comfort zone. entrance of the building. It is a not-forMy name is Attorney/Rev. Joseph profit church venture. It is not about me. Famuyide. In addition to being an im- It is about making a DIFFERENCE. I am migration Attorney, I am the Pastor of just the VESSEL. Who says your voice the Citadel of God Almighty in Bronx cannot count. DONATE TODAY!! Any New York. I NEED YOUR HELP. God amount by mail or using your credit/ gave me an assignment to impact life in debit card on our website at www.coNew York City. In my first year on this gacathedral.com. Mail Tax Deductible noble assignment, through the help of Donation to: Christ Apostolic Church Food Bank New York City and Feed the Wosem, COGA Cathedral, 811 Trinity Children Oklahoma, our Hunger Relief Avenue, Bronx, NY 10456. God bless Program fed 19,000 people in the Bronx. you as you heed this call.




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Visa Bulletin For March 2011
1. This bulletin summarizes the availability of immigrant numbers during March. Consular officers are required to report to the Department of State documentarily qualified applicants for numerically limited visas; the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services in the Department of Homeland Security reports applicants for adjustment of status. Allocations were made, to the extent possible under the numerical limitations, for the demand received by February 9th in the chronological order of the reported priority dates. If the demand could not be satisfied within the statutory or regulatory limits, the category or foreign state in which demand was excessive was deemed oversubscribed. The cut-off date for an oversubscribed category is the priority date of the first applicant who could not be reached within the numerical limits. Only applicants who have a priority date earlier than the cut-off date may be allotted a number. Immediately that it becomes necessary during the monthly allocation process to retrogress a cut-off date, supplemental requests for numbers will be honored only if the priority date falls within the new cut-off date which has been announced in this bulletin. 2. Section 201 of the Immigration and Nation-



ality Act (INA) sets an annual minimum family-sponsored preference limit of 226,000. The worldwide level for annual employment-based preference immigrants is at least 140,000. Section 202 prescribes that the per-country limit for preference immigrants is set at 7% of the total annual family-sponsored and employment-based preference limits, i.e., 25,620. The dependent area limit is set at 2%, or 7,320. 3. Section 203 of the INA prescribes preference classes for allotment of immigrant visas as follows:

Hillary Clinton U.S. Secretary of State

Family-Sponsored Preference

Employment-Based Preference

First: Unmarried Sons and Daughters of Citizens: 23,400 plus any numbers not required for fourth preference. Second: Spouses and Children, and Unmarried Sons and Daughters of Permanent Residents: 114,200, plus the number (if any) by which the worldwide family preference level exceeds 226,000, and any unused first preference numbers: A. Spouses and Children: 77% of the overall second preference limitation, of which 75% are exempt from the per-

country limit; B. Unmarried Sons and Daughters (21 years of age or older): 23% of the overall second preference limitation. Third: Married Sons and Daughters of Citizens: 23,400, plus any numbers not required by first and second preferences. Fourth: Brothers and Sisters of Adult Citizens: 65,000, plus any numbers not required by first three preferences.

Diversity Immigrant (DV) Category

Section 203(c) of the Immigration and Nationality Act provides a maximum of up to 55,000 immigrant visas each fiscal year to permit immigration opportunities for persons from countries other than the principal sources of current immigration to the United States. The Nicaraguan and Central American Relief Act (NACARA) passed by Congress in November 1997 stipulates that beginning with DV-99, and for as long as necessary, up to 5,000 of the 55,000 annually-allocated diversity visas will be made available for use under the NACARA program. This reduction has resulted in the DV-2011 annual limit

being reduced to 50,000. DV visas are divided among six geographic regions. No one country can receive more than seven percent of the available diversity visas in any one year. For March, immigrant numbers in the DV category are available to qualified DV-2011 applicants chargeable to all regions/eligible countries as follows. When an allocation cut-off number is shown, visas are available only for applicants with DV regional lottery rank numbers BELOW the specified allocation cut-off number:

First: Priority Workers: 28.6% of the worldwide employment-based preference level, plus any numbers not required for fourth and fifth preferences. Second: Members of the Professions Holding Advanced Degrees or Persons of Exceptional Ability: 28.6% of the worldwide employment-based preference level, plus any numbers not required by first preference. Third: Skilled Workers, Professionals, and Other Workers: 28.6% of the worldwide level, plus any numbers not required by first and second preferences, not more than 10,000 of which to “Other Workers”. Fourth: Certain Special Immigrants: 7.1% of the worldwide level. Fifth: Employment Creation: 7.1% of the worldwide level, not less than 3,000 of which reserved for

investors in a targeted rural or high-unemployment area, and 3,000 set aside for investors in regional centers by Sec. 610 of P.L. 102-395. 4. INA Section 203(e) provides that family-sponsored and employment-based preference visas be issued to eligible immigrants in the order in which a petition in behalf of each has been filed. Section 203(d) provides that spouses and children of preference immigrants are entitled to the same status, and the same order of consideration, if accompanying or following to join the principal. The visa prorating provisions of Section 202(e) apply to allocations for a foreign state or dependent area when visa demand exceeds the per-country limit. These provisions apply at present to the following oversubscribed chargeability areas:

CHINA-mainland born, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, INDIA, MEXICO, and PHILIPPINES. 5. On the chart below, the listing of a date for any class indicates that the class is oversubscribed (see paragraph 1); “C” means current, i.e., numbers are available for all qualified applicants; and “U” means unavailable, i.e., no numbers are available. (NOTE: Numbers are available only for applicants whose priority date is earlier than the cut-off date listed below.) The Department of State has available a recorded message with visa availability information which can be heard at: (area code 202) 663-1541. This recording will be updated in the middle of each month with information on cut-off dates for the following month.

Entitlement to immigrant status in the DV category lasts only through the end of the fiscal (visa) year for which the applicant is selected in the lottery. The year of entitlement for all applicants registered for the DV-2011 program ends as of September 30, 2011. DV visas may not be issued to DV-2011 applicants after that date. Similarly, spouses and children accompanying or following to join DV-2011 principals are only entitled to derivative DV status until September 30, 2011. DV visa availability through the very end of FY-2011 cannot be taken for granted. Numbers could be exhausted prior to September 30.

*NOTE: For March, 2A numbers EXEMPT from per-country limit are available to applicants from all countries with priority dates earlier than 01JAN06. 2A numbers SUBJECT to per-country limit are available to applicants chargeable to all countries EXCEPT MEXICO with priority dates beginning 01JAN06 and earlier than 01JAN07. (All 2A numbers provided for MEXICO are exempt from the per-country limit; there are no 2A numbers for MEXICO subject to per-country limit.)


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Hurray!!! USI News is 5 years Old
daily attesting to the impact and benefits of the USI News project. I want to congratulate my wife and children for the success story of this God given assignment. I am so elated to see that the project endures until now. Many thanks to all our distributors, advertisers and readers for your contribution to humanity. A little over 5years ago, I was in the shower when God started to speak with me. He told me to start the newspaper and gave me the name, “U.S. Immigration ner on the front page of the newspaper ever since to remind myself of what God had said. He assured me of success in the project. I spent two months doing research and making all necessary consultations. I believed God and I assembled the crew even though I was a novice in the newspaper business. I registered the business and our first issue was released exactly 5years ago. To me this project is divine. God put the newspaper in place to make the life of people better. Anyone who contributes to the success of this project through articles, encouragement, and advertisement will receive a touch of God for good in Jesus name, Amen. On behalf of my family and the entire staff of the Law Office of Joseph Famuyide, I say a BIG THANK to you as you read this piece. You are part of the success story. Joseph Famuyide, Esq.


t seems like yesterday when the dream of U.S. Immigration News became reality. I must give glory to God and thank all the columnists for being so dedicated and committed to making the lives of others better through the dissemination of information. I make bold to say, looking back now, that the USI News project has been a huge success. This morning, I have over one thousand seven hundred emails to attend to. I receive calls from all over the United States


I spent two months doing research and making all necessary consultations. I believed God and I assembled the crew even though I was a novice in the newspaper business.
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Delayed Immediate Relative Petitions, (Form I-130) at Texas Service Center
implemented a rapid response plan to expedite the adjudication of these petitions. We have transferred a large number of these Immediate Relative petitions back to our California Service Center to take advantage of resources currently available to immediately process these cases. Petitioners will see an action such as an approval, denial or a Request for Evidence (RFE) on their case from our California or Texas Service Centers by the end of February. Additionally, we have briefed the Department of State’s National Visa Center about these cases. accessing My Case Status online. If you do not see any action on your case, such as an approval, denial or an RFE, by March 1, 2011 you may contact USCIS at: I-130Inquiries.Tsc@dhs.gov We remain committed to the prompt resolution of all pending cases and will provide updates on our progress in the coming weeks. USI News

n November 2010, USCIS transferred approximately 36,000 Immediate Relative petitions from our California Service Center to our Texas Service Center. We anticipated that this redistribution of work would result in more timely adjudication of these petitions. Due to a number of unforeseen circumstances at our Texas Service Center, many of these cases have not been processed and are beyond our estimated processing times. We sincerely regret any inconvenience this may have caused you and we are making every effort to remedy this situation as soon as possible.

We encourage you to monitor the progOn Feb. 7, 2011, we ress of your case by


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Attorney Famuyide Wins Withholding of Removal Case in New York
the web of immigration arrests end up being deported to the country they vowed not to return to. The shock and attending depression are enough triggers to send them to early grave. As for Attorney Famuyide, his joy knows no bound anytime another immigrant is rescued from the claws of the U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement agents. Apart from turning the bleak future of such immigrant to hope and dream of brighter tomorrow, many downtrodden family members will eventually benefit from the new status thus causing a multiple ripple effect of benefits to humanity. The immigrant in this case was detained for few days and was fortunate to have been granted bond in the sum of $7,000. Luckily for him, his family was able to raise the funds to secure his release. Many immigrants get stuck even at this stage because of inability to raise enough funds to secure their release. They remained in detention for the long haul. Many of them end up being the one to seek to be deported because of the attaining frustration that comes with being detained. These cases are easy win for the U.S. District counsels handling them. and the Court in Texas agreed to change venue and the case was transferred to New York immigration court three years ago. Attorney Famuyide immediately put the strategy together. The initial plan was to buy time to see if President Obama will do something for the immigrants that could benefit this immigrant. The congestion in the U.S. Immigration Courts helped the situation; the case was delayed for the first year by Attorney Famuyide. After about a year into President Obama’s presidency, it became apparent that he has not enough political clout to help the immigrants. There was the need for change of plan. There were only two possible options, marriage and applying for withholding of removal. Marriage was eliminated because the immigrant was married with children and it was not an option for him.

Joseph R. Famuyide, Esq.

It all started 3years ago with an innocent trip to Texas for a good cause that was meant to benefit humanity. It was not the first of such trips for this immigrant to Texas, but it became a trip that changed his life forever. The joyful trip to fulfill destiny by contributing to the betterment of the creation of God suddenly turned soured with arrest of this immigrant by the U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement agents (ICE) as he attempts to travel back to New York. He ended his day at the immigration detention camp in Texas, suddenly; there was a dark cloud over his future in the United States, until Attorney Joseph Famuyide was brought to the rescue. The stories of many immigrants in the United States today are similar to that of this immigrant. They saw the great American dream ahead of them, they were ecstatic about what the future holds for them having arrived in the land of freedom –America only for something to happen suddenly and their day become night. Some of these immigrants caught in

At time the immigrant was arrested, he had lived for over two years in the United States, asylum was not viable. The one year rule was a problem. It was an insurmountable hurdle to cross given the background history of the immigrant in the United States.
years in the United States, asylum was not viable. The one year rule was a problem. It was an insurmountable hurdle to cross given the background history of the immigrant in the United States. torney Famuyide was heading to another victory. The U.S. District counsel who handled the case could not crack this immigrant in her cross-examination. The other witness was also rock solid. It was a case of “Victoria acerta” (victory is certain) unless something drastic happened. After the hearing, the case was adjourned by the court to allow the fingerprint of the immigrant to be taken and cleared. In the month of February, 2011, the decision was read by the Judge and Attorney Famuyide won again. He rescued another frustrated immigrant from the claws of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. It was jubilation galore in the family of another success story. Now, this immigrant can live in the United States forever if he so desires. Many immigrants are in the United States today as illegal aliens that could have obtained their status, if ICE will do them a favor by arresting them. Some of them are so afraid of pursuing some of these reliefs they are entitled to because of fear of deportation. It is important that all immigrants seek help by consulting with qualified immigration attorneys regularly because immigration laws change by the day. This article is for your information only. It is not a representation of any future outcome. If you need legal assistance, please feel free to contact Attorney Joseph Famuyide at 718-647-6767 or send email to jfamuyide@ aol.com.

The decision was made by Attorney Famuyide with the consent of his client to pursue withholding of It was at this stage that removal even though Attorney Famuyide the onus of proof was started to probe deep- higher than asylum ly into the life of this with lesser benefit. immigrant before migrating to the United After about three years States. Alas! He was a of dragging the case, candidate for asylum the final hearing came and withholding of up late 2010. Attorney removal. His ordeals Famuyide called two in his home country witnesses and preand the primary reason sented a mountain of he fled to the United evidence in support of States was because of the immigrant’s case. the apparent persecu- The immigrant when tion he was facing in questioned by Attorhis line of work. ney Famuyide in his Quickly, a motion for evidence-in-chief on change of venue was At time the immigrant the witness stand did filed as the immigrant was arrested, he had very well and it bereturned to New York lived for over two came apparent that At-

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Price of Delay
week, but only to be told, “sorry, we ran out of immigrant visa numbers”. Some of these immigrants made travel arrangements already hoping to join their loved ones by hopping on the earliest available flight. Immigrants who currently reside in the U.S. and had who applied when the priority dates were current last year are particularly fortunate. Even though they will not be issued their permanent resident cards until their priority dates are current, they will continue to get employment authorization cards until their green cards are issued. The added advantage is that time can no longer run against them as far as being overstayed is concerned because they have pending adjustment of status applications. Those in the U.S. are still being interviewed even though there are no visa numbers available. After the interview, their files will be sent to Lockbox unit in Chicago for safekeeping until visa numbers become available. According to the U.S. Department of States, further retrogression cannot be ruled out. On February 12, 2011, the U.S. Department of States issued this chilling report, “Continued heavy applicant demand for numbers in the Family F2A preference category has required the retrogression of the Worldwide, China-mainland born, Dominican Republic, India, and Philippines cut-off dates for the month of March. Should the current and recent retrogressions have the intended impact to slow demand for numbers, it is anticipated that these cut-off could begin to move forward slowly in the comforeign state chargeability/preference/priority date. No names are reported. During the first week of each month, this documentarily qualified demand is tabulated. VO subdivides the annual preference and foreign state limitations specified by the is considered “Current”. For example: If the monthly allocation target is 3,000 and we only have demand for 1,000 applicants the category can be “Current”.Whenever the total of documentarily qualified applicants in a category exceeds the supply of numbers available for allotment for the particular month, the category is considered to be “oversubscribed” and a visa availability cutoff date is established. The cut-off date is the priority date of the first documentarily qualified applicant who could not be accommodated for a visa number. For example: If the monthly target is 3,000 and we have demand for 8,000 applicants, then we would need to establish a cut-off date so that only 3,000 numbers would be allocated. In this case, the cut-off would be the priority date of the 3,001st applicant.” If you fall into any of the affected immigrant categories, it is important that you consult with an immigration attorney immediately. This article is for your information only. It is not a legal advice that could be issued by your attorney after evaluating your case. If you need legal assistance, please feel free to contact Attorney Joseph Famuyide at 718-647-6767 or send email to jfamuyide@aol.com. USI News


here is a adage that says, “A stitch in time saves nine” which means, if you fix a small problem right away, it will not become a bigger problem later. All procrastinators have no other person to blame than themselves in the current imbroglio facing the U.S. Department of States in their underestimation of the demand for visa numbers for qualified applicants in 2011. All over the world, this error of calculation is rocking families and sending intending immigrants into depression. Many of these immigrants cannot handle the emotional rollercoaster they have to endure as a result of having their hopes dashed by the U.S. Department of State through U.S. Embassies all over the world. In the year 2010, there was a steady if not speedy movement of the priority dates under the monthly report of the visa bulletin. The visa bulletin is a report issued on a monthly basis by the U.S. Department of States to inform, U.S. citizens who petitioned for their over 21years old sons and daughters, married and unmarried, permanent resident aliens who petitioned for their spouses and unmarried children under the age of 21, and U.S. citizens who petitioned for their brothers and sisters, when immigrant visas will be available for their loved ones. For many of these

Massive Retrogression of Family Based Preferences
categories, the average waiting period prior to 2010 was about 5years, but during the course of the year 2010, the U.S. Department of States suddenly advanced the numbers aggressively and in some instances 5years waiting period was reduced to 6months. This adjustment resulted in massive demand for immigrant visa numbers and many more people filed. As we entered year 2011, the insufficiency of visa numbers became apparent and the U.S. Department of States was forced to readjust the dates backward by an average of two years. In December 2010, the priority date of a permanent resident card holder who petitioned for spouse or children under 21 years old was August 1, 2010. By January 2011, as a result of the retrogression, the date moved backward to January 1, 2008. Now for the month of March 2011, there is yet another backward movement for this category. The date now stands at January 1, 2007. This is the part that is not pleasant and I believe someone must tell the Department of States or the Congress to do something about this. Some of the applicants who tried to enjoy the benefits of the movement were caught at various stages of the processing. The most painful situations are those interviewed at U.S. Embassies and were told to come back to obtain their immigrant visas the following

All over the world, this error of calculation is rocking families and sending intending immigrants into depression. Many of these immigrants cannot handle the emotional rollercoaster
ing months. Further retrogressions cannot be ruled out should demand continue at the current levels for some categories and countries.”It is likely now that any new application filed in the affected categories by those residing in the United States will be rejected as premature especially those applications based on petitions filed by brothers and sisters in 2001 since the priority date has moved backward to January 1, 2000. According the U.S. Department of States, this is how the priority dates are determined on a monthly basis; “At the beginning of each month, the Visa Office (VO) receives a report from each consular post listing totals of documentarily qualified immigrant visa applicants in categories subject to numerical limitation. Cases are grouped by INA into monthly allotments. The totals of documentarily qualified applicants which have been reported to VO, are compared each month with the numbers available for the next regular allotment. The determination of how many numbers are available requires consideration of several of variables, including: past number use; estimates of future number use and return rates; and estimates of Citizenship and Immigration Service demand based on cutoff date movements. Once this is done, the cut-off dates are established and numbers are allocated to reported applicants in order of their priority dates, the oldest dates first. If there are sufficient numbers in a particular category to satisfy all reported documentarily qualified demand, the category


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Married…………………. But Single (Part 2)
in – oneness, companionship, comfort, sharing and knowing. When a marriage is centered on only bad emotions, Re. Grace Eledan USI News Columnist it can make life a living hell. Marriage is one Other areas of of the most inter- that person’s activesting topics to a ities are usually afgreat majority of fected negatively. people. The reason For some people for this is not far- their businesses fetched. Marriage or children may is centered on become neglected, emotions which their appearance many times are also is allowed to sporadically good, degenerate. We lukewarm or just have seen many plain bad. In the people who either last issue we dis- lose weight drasticussed about how cally or put on a lot insensitivity in the of weight putting way that a spouse their health at risk lives their life can just because things affect the well are not going on being of the mar- well in their relariage. For instance, tionship with their work schedules, spouse. For people hobbies, friends in ministry, the and family or spiritual energy ministry commit- is sapped because ment can affect there is no accord the health of a from the home marriage nega- front. tively if all the THE WEAPON activities are not OF SILENCE properly balanced. There are many Sometimes, this areas that I have happens uninten- identified which tionally or in some we cannot exhaust cases, consciously here. One of the because of un- areas is when the resolved issues. spouse ignores or However way that puts off dealing it happens, one with the issue person or both of loneliness or parties always silence that occur end up feeling in a marriage revery alone. God’s lationship. One design for mar- woman said in the riage is that the book, Magnifiman should leave cent Marriage by his parents and Gordon MacDoncleave to his wife ald that, “there is a limit to how long you can be ignored and put off. You threaten to leave without meaning it until you keep the threat. You consider all the unpleasant consequences the other party into a relationship that they have no business developing. Gordon MacDonald states in his book mentioned above that, “Silence is most a conversation, or even – horror of all horrors, indicate a desire to apologize and surrender the issue” The drama described above can make marriage but living a single life where they are not accountable to anyone especially the spouse. SINGLE PARENTING WITHIN MARRIAGE This sounds like a is the woman’s role to raise the children. So in the household there grows a wall of partition separating the father from the mother and the children. Some

THE WEAPON OF SILENCE There are many areas that I have identified which we cannot exhaust here. One of the areas is when the spouse ignores or puts off dealing with the issue of loneliness or silence that occur in a marriage relationship.

until they don’t seem unpleasant anymore. You decide that nothing could be more unpleasant than being alone. You finally make up your mind that you are an individual. You assert your ego and join womanhood again.” Silence is a weapon that both parties use frequently to try to force the other party to submit over an issue. If care is not taken this may develop into a pattern that sends

dramatic when a couple crawl into their double bed at night. There the lie, geographically six inches apart. But the silence gives the emotional sense of being ten miles apart. They almost feel the imaginary spatial distance as they maintain very correct supine positions. No one dares move a leg, arm, or hip towards the middle of the bed, for fear that an accidental touch might signal the resumption of

very interesting if it happens on very rare occasions but can create a very great vacuum that may be very difficult to fill if it persists because sometimes one of the parties may decide to move out of the bedroom. When communication breaks down, some couples go off on their own to do the things they used to do before they were married. So even though physically they are not separated, it is as if they are married

metaphor. Parenting should be done by both parents but it has been seen that sometimes only one parent, usually the mother is deeply involved in the upbringing of the children. Many men feel that their role is just to bring in the money and everything else does not concern them. The children you find are constantly with their mother and the father is usually not available because the mindset is that it

women too hoard the affection of the children so much so that it is difficult for the children to relate with their father. It is necessary to assess your situation and find out if you are parenting alone or are you allowing your husband to have a say in how the children are raised. He is capable of babysitting when he is available so that he can bond also with the children. Doing things together with the

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USI News Columnist

On her side, Tammy’s mother had four children, two males and two females. The first female Toun, had a daughter while a senior in high school at the age of eighteen. She later got married to a man and had two girls and a male set of twins. The second, a male, got married the same year Tammy did and now had three children with his wife. He resided in Spain with his family. Tammy was the third child. The last child in the family, Damilola got married last year and his wife was expecting a baby. Tammy continued to think until she became sleepy. She didn’t bother to change her clothes but adjusted herself to be comfortable, stretching out on the sofa and slept off. As Richard drove on, sipping the juice, he tried to think back to his early years, to see if he made a mistake along the line. He became a Christian at the age of eighteen, and at twenty four, in his final year in the university, he was the event coordinator of

the fellowship he attended. Then he met Tammy, also an undergraduate. They loved each other and prayed for God’s will to be done before they got married. Marrying her was one of the best things that had ever happened to him and he did not regret marrying her. She was everything he wanted in his woman. She was beautiful, compassionate, kind, very lively and his best friend. She understood him. She was also a woman who could be looked up to and she loved the Lord very much. A year after their wedding, they joined Glory to Glory Church. And even though he was very busy as a successful practicing lawyer, he didn’t joke with the things of God. He believed that God rewards those who diligently seek Him. He met many people in the church but now, he was next to the senior pastor. God had been good to him, Richard was quick to admit. The only thing was this issue of conception. So, as far as he knew, he was in the will of God. So, why don’t we have a child yet? I’m sure You have better plans for us than this. He began to pray in tongues. Some minutes after, he looked at the paper in his hand to confirm the address of the

OH BABY! contd.
house he was going. Yes, he was in front of the house. He parked properly and got down. He spent about thirty minutes with the couple and left after they had promised to be in the church the following day. Good. He drove toward the

behind him and a man to the door. came out. Richard smiled at Richard turned back. the children but re“I’m looking for Mrs. mained outside until Helen Obe.” the woman came. She “Mrs. Helen … oh was dark in complexwell, go to the second ion and about five feet floor, on the right.” seven inches tall. The man said. Surprise was written “Okay, thanks.” on Helen’s face, “Oh,

Some minutes after, he looked at the paper in his hand to confirm the address of the house he was going. Yes, he was in front of the house. He parked properly and got down. He spent about thirty minutes with the couple and left after they had promised to be in the church the following day. Good
third person’s neighborhood. He had to stop at a gas station to ask for direction and soon he found the place he was looking for and parked in front of the building that had two floors. He got down from the car and walked up to the front apartment. He pressed the doorbell and waited. There was no answer. He turned and was walking away to go to the back apartment when the door suddenly opened Richard got there, pressed the doorbell and waited. Soon he heard sounds of feet and squeals and the door was opened. A boy of about six years stood there, smiling at him. Another boy who appeared to be about three years came to join him. A woman shouted from inside, “Who asked you to open the door? Did I not tell you to ask me first before you open the door?” She asked as she came Pastor er -” Richard.” He supplied, smiling broadly. He offered her his hand, “Good afternoon.” She returned the smile, shaking hands with him, “Good afternoon, please come in.” She stepped back to allow him to enter. “Thank you.” He said and entered. “How are you?” He greeted the two boys. “Your … sons?”

She answered as she closed the door, “My neighbors. They come here to play. This is a surprise. Please sit down.” Richard did and looked round. The living room was cool which showed that an air conditioner was working. The room was of medium size with a gray rug carpet with matching window drapes. There was a 4’ by 6’ mattress on the floor, by the wall. There were three two-seater settee and a center table with four side tables. Four chocolate candy bars were on one of the side tables. There was a door that was opened and he could see that it led to the kitchen. There were two other doors. One must be for the bedroom and the other the bathroom, he thought. There was a potted flower close to the TV and a slender vase containing red flowers on a bar in a corner. There was a glass door that led to the balcony. The boys were playing on the bed. “You’re welcome to my humble abode. What would you like to drink?” Richard raised a hand up to decline, “No, I don’t want anything. I’m okay. I’m just visiting some people and decided to check you. As a matter of fact, I had something to drink in the car.” He said, taking in her dressing. Her hair was styled in
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contd from pg 9 children creates a healthy ground for family fellowship. AVOIDING DIVORCE The option that most people choose is either to separate or divorce when they can no longer deal with the situation of loneliness. These do not solve the problem. For one thing we know that God does not like separation. He said in the book of Malachi chapter 2 verse 16 that, “He hateth putting away…..” God is love and if you focus continually on the good things in your relationship instead of the negative, you will be able to overcome the temptation to just drop everything and run. Albeit that a lot of times the bad times may outweigh the good but we can still work it out if there is genuine love from the foundation of the relationship. Marriage is exciting because it fulfills the relational void and solves aloneness. These are suggestions of steps that you can take if you see yourself in the picture of a married woman who is living like a single person. First assess your own particular situation and initiate a discussion with your spouse. Also begin to pray that God will give you the strategy to do things differently. Psalm 37 verse 5 states, “Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in Him; and He shall bring it to pass” Know your role as a wife according to God’s design. Secondly, seek spiritual counsel. The solution from the world is that if it does not work, drop it but speaking to a man or woman of God who will guide you through the word of God is one of the best things that you can do. Through the word you will be able to see what you are not doing right so as to make the necessary adjustments to enjoy your marriage. Proverbs 24:6 states, For by wise counsel thou shalt make thy war: and in the multitude of counselors there is safety” God desires that you enjoy, not endure your marriage relationship. Shalom! Rev. Grace Eledan can be reached @ (718) 503-2580 or visit www. womenaflameintl.net Email graceeledan@yahoo.com

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ureters (straw-like include but are not limited to discomfort when urinating (pain structures) that terminate in the bladder (balloon-shaped storage) before it is finally excreted out of the body through the narrow urethra. Normally urine is sterile (germ-free). Bacteria can be introduced into the tract through the urethra (the place where we urinate from). The bacteria travel up into the bladder, and if not well-treated can ascend up to the kidney and cause infection called cystitis and pyelonephriWomen are more prone to UTI than men. This is related to the tis (infection in the kidney). Ques: How shortness of the urethra and closeness to the anal area, making it easy for bacteria to contaminate the urine from stool. Pregdoes UTI present? Ans: Presentations nant women and people with diabetes are also more likely to or burning sensation); frequent urination, feeling of incomplete bladder emptying and pain just above the pubic bone (suprapubic pain). With infection getting to the kidneys, there may be fever, chills, vomiting and pain in flank (midback just below the ribs where the kidneys are located). Ques: Is it true that change in color of urine means I have UTI? Ans: Cloudy and smelly urine may indicate UTI. At other times urine may have a red tinge, which may indicate presence of blood in the urine. Ques: Does UTI occur
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Dr. Oluwatoyosi Dairo USI News Columnist

Urinary Tract infection occurs when bacteria (germs) get into the pathway (tract) where urine travels before it gets out of the body. Urine is made in the kidneys (bean shaped organs located at the mid-back, just below the ribs) and travels through the

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contd from pg 12 more frequently in some people than others? Ans: Women are more prone to UTI than men. This is related to the shortness of the urethra and closeness to the anal area, making it easy for bacteria to contaminate the urine from stool. Pregnant women and people with diabetes are also more likely to have UTI than others. Ques: My wife thinks I have been cheating because she frequently has burning sensation after we have sex? I have not cheated on her. Does having sex make you have UTI? Ans: During sexual activity it is easy to traumatize the female urethra. The urethra when irritated, presents with discomfort on urination, which may be difficult to differentiate from UTI. Aside from that, repeated movement makes it easy for bacteria to travel up to the bladder and cause UTI. Recurrent UTI in a man needs to be investigated to find the cause. It may be that there is a blockage in the urinary tract that is slowing than the flow stances that can help fight bacteria to a certain extent, exactly to what extent has yet to be fully proven. However, it may not clear infection with the mainstay of treatment. You should also drink a lot of water to flush the bladder. Ques: What are some of the things people can do to prevent UTI? Ans: Drinking a lot of water helps to flush out the urinary tract. If you need to urinate do not hold urine, so as not to create a stagnant flow. Practice simple hygienic cleaning methods when wiping. Always wipe from the front to the back, not the other way, so as not to transfer bacteria to the urethra area. Take Home Message : UTI is more common in women than men. It is easily treated. However, recurrent UTI warrants further investigation. UTI involving the kidney (pyelonephritis) needs to be treated well so that damage is not done to the kidney. Remember that sexually transmitted infections can present like symptoms of simple UTI in men. If you have symptoms of UTI after having unprotected sex seek medical advice Dr. Oluwatoyosi Dairo can be contacted at Amazing Medical Services 110-16, Sutphin Blvd, Jamaica NY 11435 or by phone at (718) 526 7600. The health columns are for educational purposes only and are not intended to replace the advice of your doctor.

: Drinking a lot of water helps to flush out the urinary tract. If you need to urinate do not hold urine, so as not to create a stagnant flow. Practice simple hygienic cleaning methods when wiping. Always wipe from the front to the back, not the other way, so as not to transfer bacteria to the urethra area.

That is why women are encouraged to urinate after sexual activity to wash out the urethral passage. In rare cases women who have recurrent UTI after sexual activity may be given prophylactic treatment. Ques: Should a man be concerned if he has UTI? Ans: Men can also have UTI, but not as frequently as women.

of urine and making it easy for bacteria to grow in the tract. One of the most common causes is an enlarged prostate. Recurrent UTI in a man may therefore be a pointer to a more serious underlying disease. Ques: Some people say you should drink cranberry juice if you have UTI, does it help? Ans: Cranberry juice is said to contain sub-

complicated UTI. Ques: How can I know if I have UTI? Ans: Apart from the symptoms, your doctor can perform simple test in the office using a urine dip stick. If need be, the urine can be sent to the laboratory for further analysis. Complicated UTI needs testing. Ques: How is UTI treated? Ans: Antibiotics are


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a beautiful way. She wore an orange shirt on jeans pant. Her lips shimmered with lip gloss. And he could smell her perfume. Her feet were bare and her toe nails were painted pink. She was beautiful. “Oh, thank you for stopping by.” She said and gave him another big smile. “Is your husband in?” Richard asked. “No.” Oh, I was hoping I’d meet him.” She sat down, heaving a sigh. “I’m actually divorced.” She said and then shouted at the boys, “Don’t go there!” Richard looked at the boys and saw them by the balcony. The boys returned inside. He looked back at Helen, “You’re divorced? I see.” Then he frowned and brought

the paper he had her name on out. “The name that was supplied to me in the church is Mrs. Helen Obe.” He looked up at her. “No. That must have been a mistake on the part of the person who wrote my name out. It’s supposed to be Ms and not Mrs.” “Oh I see,” he took his pen and corrected the information on the paper. He looked back at her, ready to talk but she got in first. “Are you sure you don’t want something to drink?” “I’m certain.” He said with a smile, “Thanks. Er - you were around in our church a number of times and then stopped. I hope there wasn’t any problem?” He looked right into her eyes. “No, there wasn’t any problem.” Helen smiled, “It’s just that … you know … I’ve been busy with quite a number of things,

work, issues,” she was rolling her eyes and moving her head from side to side in a playful manner as she continued to talk, “discouragement, having so many things to do … you know.” She stopped and cocked her head to a side. Richard noticed her well set teeth as he asked, “What do you mean - discouragement?” To be continued This story is from the novel Oh Baby! by Pastor Taiwo Odubiyi To order this book and others by the same author, contact: Tel: 1-410-8187482 E-mail: pastortaiwoodubiyi@yahoo.com Website: www.pastortaiwoodubiyi.org Facebook: pastor mrs taiwo odubiyi

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boys choose ‘slim’ and ‘pretty’ girls who do fit into this mold. Teen boys are suffering the same fate as girls, however, just in the reverse. Most parents try

wish you were never born.” Nothing ruins a child’s confidence like mean words from a parent. Parents must also have good communication esteem is how we feel about ourselves, and our behavior clearly reflects those feelings. For example, a child or teen with high selfesteem will be able to: • act independently talents and abilities • be easily influenced What if the teacher is the verbal abuser!

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Lisa-Anne Ray-Byers speechlrb@yahoo.com Q. The psychologist at my daughter’s school sent home a consent form requesting permission to begin counseling services. He feels that my daughter’s academic struggles are due to poor self esteem. She doesn’t appear depressed to me and she is only 13 years old. Do you think she could be suffering from low self esteem? A. Since I haven’t met or interacted with your daughter, it would be difficult to say yes or no. I can tell you that young girls today, starting as young as 8 years old, struggle with body image and low self esteem at an all time high in recent years. They can’t escape the ‘ideal body’ image that is projected on television, music videos and by friends. The female TV stars, rappers, and models set the trend. However, the majority of women, let alone teens, do not look like that. Many of the teen idols didn’t look like they did prior to plastic surgery either. In addition, teen girls can only watch as teen

It’s just unbelievable that someone who entered the field of teaching and who would profess to love children, would verbally abuse them, but it happens. Parents must be diligent to listen to their children. When children complain about a teacher often it’s because the teacher is strict and makes them work hard. However, it doesn’t hurt to probe a little further to find out exactly why the child doesn’t like a teacher. Self-esteem is a major key to success in life. The developIf you suspect verbal ment of a positive self-concept or healthy self-esteem is ex- abuse, preferential tremely important to the happiness and success of children treatment, or non-verand teenagers. Self-esteem is how we feel about ourselves, bal abuse (as in always ignoring the child) you and our behavior clearly reflects those feelings must meet with the teacher and the printo tell their young girls with their children and • assume responsi- cipal and put an end that they are beautiful know what they are up bility to it. Never tolerate just the way to and who their • take pride in his/ this kind of treatment What can parents do at God made them friends are. A her accomplishments as it also erodes self- home? and to accept how they child being bullied and • tolerate frustration esteem. look. Easier said than teased at school can • attempt new tasks Many parents become done when you’re a become depressed and and challenges New Immigrant Chil- frustrated when their teen. Parents must internalize the bul- • handle positive dren at risk! children shy away not overlook how im- lying to mean some- and negative emotions from new activiportant ‘looks’ and ac- thing is wrong with • offer assistance to New immigrant ties, parts in a play ceptance by peers are him/her. Kids don’t others children are at risk at school or church to always On the other hand, a for low self esteem or when they don’t teens. report bullying child with low self- because their dif- want to be a doctor Another signifi- because they think it esteem will: ferences (clothes, anymore. Not all chilcant cause of poor self will get worse if the • avoid trying new accents, foods) etc. dren should become esteem is verbal abuse parent is involved. things make them targets for doctors, don’t get me from parents. • feel unloved and teasing. Parents have wrong. However, this Verbal abuse sounds What is self esteem? unwanted to help their children is a sign of low self harsh but that’s what • blame others for transition to their new esteem. They don’t it is when you call a Self-esteem is a major his/her own shortcom- culture. Many im- believe they can do it child stupid, dumb, key to success in life. ings migrant parents try anymore. This is why lazy, bad, no The development of a • feel, or pretend to to raise their children building children’s good or crazy. Avoid positive self-concept feel, emotionally indif- as if they were still confidence is so imphrases like “what’s or healthy self-esteem ferent in the old country. portant. Then they can wrong with you?” and is extremely important • be unable to toler- This makes adjusting be whatever they want the to the happiness and ate a normal level of even more difficult worse thing a success of children frustration for children. Parents cont’d on pg 23 parent could say, “I and teenagers. Self- • put down his own must pick their priori-

ties, for example, answering “what?” to a parent is a no-no and is not negotiable but the children can wear Nike sneakers like the rest of the kids. Youth often speak of the difficulty or ‘disconnect’ many new immigrant youth experience when attending city schools. Nearly one third of the total student populations in New York City schools are immigrants. This ever-increasing population of children begets an interesting challenge: how educators aid in the development of immigrant youth self-esteem and provide them with a sense of connection to their new communities despite the apparent language and cultural barriers. Visit www. educationupdate.com/ archives/2003/aug03/ issue/metro_mentoring.html for the complete article.


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Where Is Jesus
is. Bam! At his side appears the second ugliest woman in the universe.
A drunk stumbles along a Baptismal service on a Sunday afternoon down by the river. He proceeds to stumble down into the water and stands next to the Minister. The Minister turns, notices the old drunk and says, “Mister, are you ready to find Jesus?” The drunk looks back and says, “Yes sir, I am.” The Minister then dunks the fellow under the water and pulls him right back up. “Have you found Jesus?” the Minister asked.

“No, I didn’t!” said the drunk. The Minister then dunks him under for a quite a bit longer, brings him up and says, “Now brother, have you found Jesus?” “No, I did not!” said the drunk again. Disgusted, the Minister holds the man under for at least 30 seconds this time, brings him up and demands, “For the grace of God, have you found Jesus yet?!!!??” The old drunk wipes his eyes and pleads, “Are you sure this is where he fell in?”

Three men were waiting at Heaven’s Gate. St. Peter says, “OK, guys, pretty much anything goes up here, but whatever you do, never lie, or you will spend the rest of eternity with the ugliest women in the universe.”

So the first two guys are walking around with their monsters of women when they see their third friend walking with the hottest woman ever conceived by man. The first two guys say in unison, “How did you land with that babe when So they all agree and are admitted in. we get stuck with these nasty women?” The first guy makes it a week before he lies about how rich he was on Earth. He nudges the babe and says, “Tell Bam! Right at his side appears the them.” She says to the first two guys, “I lied.” ugliest woman he had ever seen. The second guy makes it another couple weeks before he lies about how smart he


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Watch Your Reputation on Social Networks
their ideas, business, services, products and skills. One of its main appeals is that it affords free or affordable access. While social networking is a good way of connecting with people it is also a digital medium that can make or break reputations, this is the dark side of social networking. While it offers great opportunities, its use requires wisdom and restraint. My recent survey of 100 people on their use of facebook, gives an interesting view of people’s perspectives on social networking. The Pros: Social networks are created for people to improve their chances of forming connections that can help them to advance professionally or in business. However, 82.9% of those surveyed admitted to using facebook primarily to catch up with friends and family. In that regard, while social networks can help us to advance professionally; they also help us to keep connected to those people we care about and might not have geographical access to or lost contact with over time. The Cons: If you are on a social network you can attest to the fact that people often let their guards down. Some people write curse words, use offensive language, and post revealing (sometimes semi-nude) photos of themselves or others. Infidelity is also common on social networks, as some use it to hide their extra-marital communications who was on their facebook network when they perceived that person’s postings to be negative, controversial or insensitive. The more serious conIf you or anyone in your home, especially minors, uses the social media it is critical that wisdom prevail at all times. Here are some frequently asked questions to consider: 3) What happens if I post something that I later regret? Go back and delete it! Life is made up of second chances. Clean up anything that will give an erroneous impression of you. Take down those photos of you at a party doing the lap dance, drinking, semi-nude, showing too much cleavage, or making gang poses. A picture speaks a thousand words. 4) How can I be more careful in regulating my posts? Think before you write. If you do not want that post as a headline in the newspaper with your name on it, then don’t write it. 5) Are social networks evil? No. It is the use that some give social media that is questionable. Be careful of the use you give it because it will say a lot about you to others. Copyright  2011 by Norka BlackmanRichards Norka BlackmanRichards is an educator, a writer and an empowerment speaker on women, education, diversity and generational issues. She is the Chief Editor of Empowerment 4 Real Women, the Founder and CEO of 4 Real Women International, Inc., and the Global Developer for The Global Community for Change. She teaches for CUNY at Queens College.

Norka Blackman-Richards USI News Columnist In this day and age, public social networks have become some of the most popular places on the Internet. Almost every other person belongs to a social network; some belong to several. Social networks are carefully developed digital spaces called virtual communities. They are created so individuals can come together to form groups or networks of people who are connected by common interests such as: friendship, kinship, beliefs, careers, life experiences, hobbies etc. Individuals also have the option of further developing these networks by connecting with people they may not know personally. The boom of some of the most popular social networks such: as facebook, twitter, myspace, Flickr, Hi5, LinkedIn has allowed millions to not only digitally congregate and network but to share and exchange information that is often very personal. Internet networking has become the socially acceptable medium through which anyone can sell

Internet networking has become the socially acceptable medium through which anyone can sell their ideas, business, services, products and skills. One of its main appeals is that it affords free or affordable access. While social networking is a good way of connecting with people it is also a digital medium that can make or break reputations, this is the dark side of social networking.
from their spouses. Social networks have also become a sort of “bully pulpit” where people post offensive or hurtful words about other people or religion, politics etc. Yet, while those who do these things might find their practice inoffensive or cool, 77.1% of those surveyed admitted that their perception of someone has changed from positive to negative because of what that person posted on facebook. Even further, 80% of those surveyed stated that they have “defriended” or “digitally isolated” someone sequences of letting your guard down on social networks seems to be that you not only lose the respect of those in your network but you also tarnish your own reputation. For many what a person posts is a revelation of their true self. Law enforcement officials and lawyers are known to use social media to find incriminating evidence. Added to this is the fact that companies, colleges, business partners, clients, are now using facebook postings as determiners to hire, fire, accept or decline people. 1) Should I befriend everyone who requests my friendship on social networks? No! The people on your network create an assumption of the kind of person you are. Even on social networks the old adage is true: “Birds of a feather flock together.” 2) Should parents monitor their children on social networks? Yes! Some children and even youth don’t yet have the maturity to self-regulate. Parents need to regulate that their children’s postings do not potentially hamper future goals or aspirations.


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ll immigrants in the United States and potential immigrants abroad must read this article and beware. The con-artists are at it again. In their usual modus operandi to defraud the poor and rip-off the desperate, they have embarked on an onslaught on the vulnerable members of society to enrich themselves.

Beware!!! Diversity Visa Lottery 2012 Fraud
the DV Lottery 2012 has not been released. The result is slated to be posted online on or about May 1, 2011. The U.S. Department of States has announced that the result will not be sent by mail. It will not be sent by email. So if you received an email or any letter in the mail that you won, it is fraud. The result will be securely posted online and you can only check with your confirmation number. If you did not keep your confirmation number, then you have lost the chance of knowing if you won. So many things are wrong with the scammers’ strategy this year. They are asking their victim to pay $861 per person for processing. Please beware, the U.S. Department of State does not charge any fee for Diversity Visa lottery program. The fraudsters want their victim to send the money through Western Union. The U.S. Department of States does not use western union to collect fees. Particularly of interest is the email address of these scammers. They tried to make it look like the government email, but it ends with dot com whereas every government email ends with dot gov. This is one of their emails gov.state.dv@ usa.com.

As soon as we turned the corner and entered into the year 2011, the Diversity Visa Lottery scammers went to work. They gathered the emails of their potential victims and started to send out letters claiming that their victims won the DV Lottery 2012. These fraudsters get smarter by the year. Their approach this year is particularly different. My office is collating these letters. I intend to send the FBI their trail if I am able to gather sufficient number of people who received these mails. We need to engage our Senators to work for us, by sending the FBI to investigate and stop these scammers before their next victim. If you an immigrant and you receive a letter through your email claiming that you won the DV Lottery and asking you to send money through Western Union or any other means, please forward such mail to me at jfamuyide@aol. com.

Finally, remember that all DV-2012 applicants must check their status online, and will not receive a notification letter from the U.S. government. DV Entry Status Check will only be provided through the Department of State secure online site, http://www.dvlottery.state.gov. Refer to the additional fraud warning information below, as well as frequently asked questions about fraud protection for more information.”

sters are not based in the United States because they know that they will be caught quickly. They are in foreign countries with agents all around the world for the collection of their loots.

Address: 24 Grosvenor Square London, W1A 2LQ United Kingdom The U.S. Department of States is aware of the efforts of these scammers to rip off innocent immigrant. I am sure something is being done about it. In the meantime, the U.S. Department of States on February 16, 2011 issued a Scam Alert published below: “Scam Alert February 16, 2011 – Diversity Visa Scammers Sending Fraudulent Emails and Letters The Department of State, Office of Visa Services, advises the public of a notable increase in fraudulent emails and letters sent to Diversity Immigrant Visa

In one of their letters, they want their victim to send the money through western union to one of their agent purported to be representing the U.S. Embassy. The U.S. government will not ask you to send money to an individual for the government. This is a fraud, please beware. In some of the mails sent to Europe and Africa, they want their victims to send $861 to; Let me assure all our Name : Steven Reynreaders, the result of Some of these fraudolds

(DV) program (Visa Lottery) applicants. The scammers behind these fraudulent emails and letters are posing as the U.S. government in an attempt to extract payment from DV applicants. All applicants should be familiar with information about DV scams provided by the Federal Trade Commission. Also review the procedures for the DV program provided below, so that you know what to expect, when to expect it, and from whom. Finally, remember that all DV-2012 applicants must check their status online, and will not receive a notification letter from the U.S. government. DV Entry Status Check will only be provided through the Depart-

ment of State secure online site, http:// www.dvlottery.state. gov. Refer to the additional fraud warning information below, as well as frequently asked questions about fraud protection for more information.” For the benefit of all our readers, we are publishing excerpt from one of the scam letters sent by the fraudsters to one of our clients. “Congratulations, you’ve won ! Dear TT , Congratulations ! You are among those randomly selected and registered for further consideration in the diversity immigrant program. Selection guarantees that you will receive a
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USI NewsRack Locations in New York City

1. Corner of Church & Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, NY 2. By Atlantic LIRR train station on Flatbush, Brooklyn, NY 3. By Subway, Corner of Court Street & Montague St, Brooklyn, NY 4. Front of U.S Post Office on Atlantic btw 3rd & 4th Ave. Downtown, Brooklyn 5. Corner of Fulton St & Nostrand Ave. Brooklyn, NY 6. Front of U.S. Post Office on Flatlands, Carnasie, Brooklyn, NY 7. Corner of Pennsylvania & Atlantic Ave. Brooklyn, NY 8. 380 86th St Bay Ridge ( Front of “R” Train Station) Brooklyn NY 9. Stillwell Ave Coney Island NY ( Front of “F”,“Q”, “D” & “F” Train) 10. 1427 Rockaway Parkway Carnasie, NY (Around “L” Train Station) 11. Front 480 86th Street Btw. 4th Ave & 5th Ave Brooklyn, NY

1. Front of U.S. Post Office on Linden Blvd, Cambria Heights Queens 2. Front of U.S. Post Office Rochdale Mall, Queens. 3. Corner of Parsons Blvd & Archer, Jamaica Queens. 4. Corner of Archer & Sutphin Blvd, Jamaica, Queens. 5. Front of Citibank on 121-13 Liberty Ave, Richmond Hills, Queens 6. Corner of Leffert Blvd & Liberty Ave, Richmond Hill, NY 7. Front of U.S. Post Office on Rockaway Blvd, South Ozone Park, NY 8. 58-17 Junction BLVD Lefrak City (Front of US Post Office) 9. 209-20 Jamaica Ave Queens Village, NY (Front of US Post Office) 10. 2115 Mott Ave Far Rockaway ( Front of “A” Train Station) 11. 40-06 Main Street Flushing, NY (By “7” Train Station) 12. Front of US Post Office 8642 Forest Pkwy Woodhaven, NY 11421 13. Front of US Post Office 3925 61st Street Woodside, NY 11377 14. Front of U.S. Post Office 122-01 Jamaica Avenue Richmond, NY 11418 15. Front of US Post Office 195-04 Linden Blvd Saint Albans, NY 11412 16. Front of US Post Office 120-0715th Avenue College Point, NY 11356 17. Front of US Post Office 329 Beach 59th St Arverne, NY 11106 18. Front of US Post Office 7523 Main Street Flushing, NY 11367 19. Front of US Post Office 2950 Union Street Flushing, NY 11354 20. Front of US Post Office 197-33 Hillside Avenue Hollis, NY 11423 21. By F Train, Opp. Queen of Sheba 87-75 Parson Blvd Hillside, NY 22. Front of U.S. Post Office 95-07 Linden Blvd St. Albans, NY 23. Front of U.S. Post Office Rochdale Mall Rochdale Village, NY

1. Front of Duane Reade on Broadway, New York (Closest to 26 Federal Plaza) 2. Front of 291 Broadway by 26 Federal Plaza, New York 3. Front of Nigeria House on 828 2nd Ave, New York, NY 4. 525 Lenox Ave Manhattan, NY (Opp. Harlem Hospital) 5. Front of 243 Canal Street Btw. Centre & Lafayette St. (By J, M, Z, N, Q Subway) New York, NY 6. Front of 284 Canal Street Btw. Broadway, (By J,Z,W Subway) New York, NY 7. Front of 78 8th Avenue, Btw. W. 14th St & Greenwich St, New York, NY

Now in your NeighborNow in Banks, Stores & Post Offices in Long ISland

1. By Subway on E.149th St & 3rd Ave, Bronx, NY 2. Front of Supreme Court on Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 3. By Subway, Corner of E.167th St & Rivers Ave. Bronx, NY

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1. 205 Bay Street, Corner of Victory Blvd Staten Island, NY (Front of Food Stamp Office)

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to be. Here are some tips for parents at home: 1. If you want to help your children feel good about themselves, you need to start with yourself. Your children will pick up important messages about self-esteem from how you act and talk about yourself. 2. Teach your children about good decision making and praise them when they make a good choice. 3. Appreciating the things you do and the things your children do. 4. Understanding how you are feeling and how your children are feeling. 5. Showing your children that you love them and are interested in them.

6. Listening to your children - when you listen you show that their thoughts and feelings matter to you. 7. Encouraging children to have a go at new things and giving them opportunities to learn through doing, without pushing them too hard. 8. Showing that you have confidence in them, eg “Tying laces is hard but I know you’ll get there in the end!” 9. If you believe in them they are more likely to believe in themselves. 10. Let children know they create and are responsible for any feeling they experience. Likewise, they are not responsible for others’ feelings. Avoid blaming children for how you feel.

11. Encourage your children to develop hobbies and interests which give them pleasure and which they can pursue independently and do well in. This builds confidence. 12. Let children settle their own disputes between siblings and friends alike. 13. Help your children develop “tease tolerance” by pointing out that some teasing can’t hurt. Help children learn to cope with teasing by ignoring it while using positive self-talk such as “names can never hurt me,” “teases have no power over me,” and “if I can resist this tease, then I’m building emotional muscle.” 14. Encourage your children to behave toward themselves the way they’d

like their friends to behave toward them. 15. Help your children think in terms of alternative options and possibilities rather than depending upon one option for satisfaction. 16. Laugh with your children and encourage them to laugh at themselves. People who take themselves very seriously are undoubtedly decreasing their enjoyment in life. 17. Praise, praise, praise! For more information visit: www.childrens-self-esteem.com, www.childdevelopmentinfo.com/parenting/self_esteem.shtml, www.parentlineplus.org. uk, www.myoverweightchild.com/self-esteem.html , www.loveourchildrenusa. org/kidsteensselfesteem.

php. Lisa-Anne Ray-Byers is a licensed and certified speech-language pathologist who has worked in education for over two decades. She holds graduate degrees in speech-language pathology and multicultural education. She also holds certification in educational administration. She is the education editor of the Community Journal newspaper in Nassau County. She is also the author of the book, They Say I Have ADHD, I Say Life Sucks! Thoughts From Nicholas available at www.Amazon. com. You may contact her at speechlrb@yahoo.com or by visiting her website at www.AskLisaAnne.com.


Vol. 4 No. 60 - March 1, 2011 that a U.S. citizen has in the United States, without a relative or friend in the United States you may find the relocation difficult and expensive due the lack of experience in the American society. Therefore the U.S. Government helps you with the accommodation and offers you along with each visa Health Insurance (Freedom HSA Direct Individual Health insurance for 1 year), Dwelling(Apartment in any city you prefer, 1 bedroom for 3 months ), a guaranteed job(in the field that you are are currently qualified so you can start working even from the first week you arrive in the United States and get paid as U.S citizen. ) and education (for U.S. Students or Higher Education through EducationUSA. It includes transfer to a U.S college or Univeristy so you can continue your educational study. More details can be found at http://educationusa.state.gov/ .) We remind you that only the visa processing fee ($681) is mandatory and the visa is guaranteed upon receiving the payment. Accompanying family members(wife/ husband, fiancee, brothers, sisters, children, cousins) may be included in the program and their visas will be provided at the same time with yours so you can travel/move together in the same time. However the fees must be paid per person and each member(e.g wife, brother, parents, children, cousin) must pay $681. There is no discount for children.


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United States Permanent Resident Card (also known as Green Card or Diversity Visa) only if you follow the instructions for further processing. Acceptance Date: Friday 4th of February 2011 12:46:29 PM Winner Name: TT Country of Birth: Nigeria Phone Number: Is the Diversity Visa FREE ? No. There is a big confusion. Only the participation in the Diversity Visa Lottery was free but the winners must pay the visa processing fees. The fee is used to process your visa related documents and verify your identity. Fees United States Permanent Resident Card Granted! - Waiting for payment of processing fee $861 per person Instruction Please read and follow all the instructions very carefully. With the Diversity Visa (also known as Green Card) you will enjoy all the advantages and benefits of a US permanent resident, including health and education benefits, and employment opportunities along with guidance in your new country, orientation sessions and programs to integrate into mainstream American society. Once received you can use it at any time you want to move in the United States or just travel. The visa must be renewed after 10 years. Although you will have all the rights

Visa Payment processing instructions The fees must be paid using Western Union money transfer and will be processed by the U.S. embassy in the United Kingdom. Western Union is a leading provider of International person-toperson money transfer. With more than 150 years experience and 245,000 Agent locations in over 200 countries and territories, Western Union is recognized for sending money quickly, reliably, and safety. You can send the payment in U.S. dollars or equivalent of your local currency.

ic relations with your country a) Email copy/scan of the Western Union receipt at gov.state. dv@usa.com b) Email at gov.state. dv@usa.com with the following details (you can find them on the money transfer receipt):

1) Money Transfer Control Number (MTCN): 2) Exact sender’s name on file with Western Union: 3) Exact sender’s address on file with Western Union: 4) Exact receiver’s name on file with Click on the following Western Union: link to find the nearest 5) Amount sent: Western Union agency and send the fees Then wait for the payment : confirmation that the Find Western Union payment was received. Agency If you are unable to Within 72 hours, you find a Western Union will receive a confiragency near your lo- mation via email with cation, you may ask your Case Number/ a relative or friend to Confirmation Number pay the fee on your and exact date and behalf. time(approx. 2 days) of the final interview. After you find a Upon successful interWestern Union agency view you will receive you need to go with your documents and cash money, an iden- travel information to tity card(e.g passport move in the United or national identity States. Under no circard) and send the cumstances your visa payment to the U.S. status won’t be affectembassy agent address ed by the interview. in United Kingdom: The payment must be sent via Western Union Name : Steven Reyn- no later than Februolds ary 19, 2011. You are Address: 24 Grosve- strongly encouraged nor Square not to wait until the London, W1A 2LQ last day to pay. Heavy United Kingdom demand may result in system delays. The payment must be Under no circumsent to the above U.S. stances can diversity embassy agent address visas be issued or adin United Kingdom justments approved because the U.S. Gov- after this date, nor ernment decided this can family members based on the diplomat- obtain diversity visas

to follow-to-join the principal applicant in the U.S. after this date. The visa processing fee(US$ 681) is mandatory for each person and the U.S. Government doesn’t offer any discount, loan or exception. You have been selected winner of the Diversity Visa lottery so the visa is guaranteed upon receiving the payment fees on time. A hard copy of this letter will be mailed to your postal address upon receiving the payment fees. Please be advised that even through you are a winner of Diversity Visa your Case Number/Confirmation Number will be provided only after you send the payment confirmation of the fees. Please do not contact us to ask for the Case Number/Confirmation Number. If it would be necessary to contact the U.S. Department of state YOU MUST ALWAYS REFER TO YOUR NAME. The email address is gov. state.dv@usa.com b) The payment must be sent via Western Union no later than February 19, 2011. You are strongly encouraged not to wait until the last day to pay. Heavy demand may result in system delays. Under no circumstances can diversity visas be issued or adjustments approved after this date, nor can family members obtain diversity visas to follow-to-join the principal applicant in the U.S. after this date. The visa processing fee(US$ 681) is man-

datory for each person and the U.S. Government doesn’t offer any discount, loan or exception. You have been selected winner of the Diversity Visa lottery so the visa is guaranteed upon receiving the payment fees on time. A hard copy of this letter will be mailed to your postal address upon receiving the payment fees. Please be advised that even through you are a winner of Diversity Visa your Case Number/Confirmation Number will be provided only after you send the payment confirmation of the fees. Please do not contact us to ask for the Case Number/Confirmation Number. If it would be necessary to contact the U.S. Department of state YOU MUST ALWAYS REFER TO YOUR NAME. The email address is gov. state.dv@usa.com If you received any correspondence similar to this, please forward it to my office urgently. We must be proactive in helping ourselves. The fraudsters will fail again this year. Let us all join force to stop them. If they can find any victim, they will close down their shop. This article is for your information only. It is not a legal advice that could be rendered by your attorney. If you need legal assistance, please feel free to contact Attorney Joseph Famuyide at 718-647-6767 or send email to jfamuyide@ aol.com. USI News

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A West African immigrant was crushed to death in the Bronx in a freak accident while loading a vehicle into a container truck, the NYPD said. The life of Abhim snapped and sent the vehicle crashing down on him. He was a former cab driver in Africa, immigrated from Barry was West Guinea in standing inside 2005, leaving Toyota pickupbound for resale in Africainto a container hooked up to a truck cab, witnesses said. child was born over a month ago. Selling vehicles was one of several ways he supported his family. He also ran a Bronx storefront where he

T H E D E AT H O F A N I G E R I A N A F T E R A B U T T O C K - I M P L A N T.
An aspiring hip-hop dancer and choreographer, Claudia Aderotimi, has died of heart attack in Philadelphia after cosmetic surgeons with some shady professional backgrounds injected her the United States for the surgery after she arranged with a group of women who advertised their services online. The butt-enhancement treatments were adminafter the treatment she complained of chest pain and had difficulty breathing. She had to be rushed to the Mercy Fitzgerald hospital in Darby, Pennsylvania where she was pronounced dead before

dul Barry, 49, came to a gruesome end as he moved the

the container when chains that suspended the truck above

behind his wife and a daughter who is now 11. His second

sold socks and T-shirts.

with buttocks enhancing silicon. The 20-year old Nigerian born in Britain and her friends came to

istered on Claudia at the Hampton Inn hotel in the Southwest area of Philadelphia. Shortly

doctors could save her.

I S T H E A R A B W O R L D R E V O LT S F A R F R O M O V E R ?
Inspired by the revolts in Tunisia and Egypt, unrest has spread around the Arab world as scores of people are being killed and wounded for demanding The worst hit is Libya, which Muammer Gaddafi has ruled since 1969, and the Gulf nation of Bahrain. Renewed protests turned violent across Libya, with The protests against Gaddafi has also spread to the capital, Tripoli as at the time of putting this article together. The latest news coming out rity forces to fire on Libyan citizens and killing scores simply for demanding for change and accountability. Just like Egypt activists are helping to send the images of the killings to the world. The big worry now is Saudi Arabia because Bahrain and Yemen that border the oil kingdom on the east and south respectively are both facing anti-government protests. Saudi Arabia, the oil Goliath which holds in her hands the only significant spare production capacity that can meet any potential global supply disruption has the world watching closely. As the protests spread from country to country, oil prices have gone up. Since the start of the anuary 25 popular uprising in Egypt, international crude oil prices have been oscillating at levels just above $100/ barrel, rising at one point to more than $104/barrel. The revolution moving across the Arab world is only the end of the beginning. What begins now is the struggle for the future of the Arab World and I hope they will rebuild their economies slowly to a stronger level after the revolution.

Olakunle O. Bolarinwa, Is a Nightline Family Member Of The Voice Of America {VOA}. E-mail: busayj@gmail.com

for reforms and freedom in opposition activists saying of Libya through the interAlgeria, Bahrain, Jordan, hundreds have been killed net is too barbaric because Yemen and Libya. with the number growing. Gaddafi ordered the secu-


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Improving On Your Best
relevant people, institutions and authorities in our worlds, just as we always assess their performances, considering our expectations. Interestingly, we also have our individual expectations from ourselves at every point in time. Sometimes expectations and the yardsticks for assessing performance are not expressed however, to a large extent, while expectations find expression in the laws, byelaws, rules, public policies, company policies, organizational policies, religious tenets, work manual, professional ethics, deadlines, set goals, terms of contract, targets, standard requirements, performance records, examination grades, norms and customs, promises and undertakings, mission statements, company memorandum and articles of association, set goal, standard practices, the yardsticks for assessing performance can be the age, status, level of education, parental background, religion, nature of relationship, first impression, antecedents, experience, nationality, level of exposure, consistency, efficiency, output etc. of the person being assessed. When individual performances in a given task is compared over time in relation to the expectation of the assessor (which may be the individual himself), his or her personal best and worst performances emerge. Similarly, when different individual’s performances on a common task are compared in relation to a standard expectation, the individuals that have the best and up to the expectation of the stakeholders in their industries, employees lose their jobs or are denied promotion when they fail, a cheating spouse loses the trust and respect of the other if he or she is found to be unpected in their matches or tournaments, the current performance of Chelsea, in the UEFA premier league is on point here. Failing to meet expectations in marriage ends in divorce, failing to meet the

International Correspondent
e-mail: hunterfit@yahoo.com

Ayobami Odeyemi

We hear people express disappointment every time somebody in their world fails to live up to their expectation of him or her in a given circumstance, and as individuals, we also have expectations from people in our world based on our relationship with them and our perception of their competencies. Parents have expectations from their children, and children on their part have expectations from their parents, so also are employers and employees, governments and the nationals, investors and businesses, teachers and students, candidates and examining bodies, aspiring professionals and their respective professional boards, Congress men and members of their constituencies, husbands and wives, neighbors, etc, to bring it closer to home, every nation has expectations from its immigrants and so do the Immigrants from the nations. Overtly or covertly, we are all being constantly and consistently assessed by

Overtly or covertly, we are all being constantly and consistently assessed by relevant people, institutions and authorities in our worlds, just as we always assess their performances, considering our expectations. Interestingly, we also have our individual expectations from ourselves at every point in time.

lose relevance in the scheme of things. The list of possible effect of failing to meet up with expectations is endless but since the generic term here is ‘failure’, it is safe to say performing below expectation has the same effect as failure. Income (both actual and prospective), goodwill, opportunities, relationships, freedom, popularity, self confidence, etc are lost when one continually fails to meet up with expectations of the relevant people, institutions and authorities in his or her world. On the other hand, the mark of successful people is performing beyond expectations, high performers almost always exceed expectations, they are the pacesetters, and they set new limits. Expectedly, being a high performer comes with all the perks of being successful. If one has to consider the changing times we live in , where new realities are being set on daily basis, then the challenge is not just how to cope with the challenges of performing up to expectation but, how to meet up with changing expectations. Finding answer to this germane question is key to maintaining relevance in these changing times. With the stakes being raised no thanks to forces of change such as economy, knowledge, electronic commerce, digital contd on pg 27

the worst performances in the group emerge. The foregoing being no rocket science, we can safely conclude that success or failure on a particular task or a given situation is determined by measuring performance against expectation. The practical implication of low performance when expectations are high, varies, depending on the task and the circumstance and the individual, for instance, companies lose ratings when they fail to perform

faithful as expected, Leaders lose the confidence and the mandate of their followers if they fall short of their followers’ expectations, reckless drivers lose their driving licenses, illegal immigrants risk being deported or refused re-entry, unruly children become alienated by their families or end up in prison, erstwhile popular football teams lose their popularity and by implication their income if they continually perform less than ex-

expectations of your business management makes the business go under, failing to meet the expectation of the examination board means re-sit or carry over or outright disqualification, , failing to comply with the rules of your professional ethics and standard practices could result in withdrawal of license and or imprisonment, failing to meet personal expectations makes one feel like a loser, and failing to keep up with changing times makes one


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contd from pg 26 convergence, establishment of virtual organizations, major mergers and acquisitions, other types of technological and scientific advancement and the attendant effects on all areas of human endeavors, it takes more to be a high performer. It takes more to return as a champion, it takes more to run a successful business or be gainfully employed, the competition is getting stiffer, and standards are being raised every day. Employers are no longer seeking just employees, they want innovation and ingenuity personified, customers no longer buy just products, they look out for improved value, and clients want more than services, they look for efficiency, speed, and accuracy. There has been increasing emphasis on improved value, just as the allowed margin of error is getting narrower and a higher level of output is being demanded. Ignorance in this age, is worst than negligence, it takes more to succeed as an immigrant in the US, worst still as an entrepreneur, it takes more to buy a house and keep it, just as it takes more to keep a home and make one’s marriage work, it takes more to manage one’s finance without running into debts. With the combined effects of September 11, the global economic crisis, internet, failure of the comprehensive immigration bill no thanks to the insensitive congress men etc, it now takes more for immigrants to succeed on this ‘mission to America.’ The America dream is fast becoming elusive for those who are not aware of these changing times and the need for improved performance. The words of Jack Welch on ‘change’ are spot on: When the rate of change outside exceeds the rate of change inside, the end is in sight. Change is no permanent end; it’s just a herald of new beginnings. In the next edition, we shall be discussing how best to improve on our best performances to meet up with changing expectations in this changing times. We all have got to do better, we can.


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Matter of Alla Adel ALYAZJI, Respondent
In general, an alien’s conviction for a crime involving moral turpitude triggers removability under section 237(a)(2)(A) (i) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, 8 U.S.C. § 1227(a)(2)(A) (i) (2006), only if the alien committed the crime within 5 years after the date of the admission by virtue of which he or she was then present in the United States. Matter of Shanu, 23 I&N Dec. 754 (BIA 2005), overruled in part. FOR RESPONDENT: Wayne Sachs, Esquire, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania AMICUS CURIAE:1 Emily Creighton, Esquire, Washington, D.C. FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY: James A. Lazarus, Appellate Counsel BEFORE: Board Panel: FILPPU, PAULEY, and WENDTLAND, Board Members. FILPPU, Board Member: This case presents a recurring question as to the proper interpretation of section 237(a)(2) (A)(i) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, 8 U.S.C. § 1227(a)(2)(A)(i) (2006), which (in pertinent part) authorizes the removal of any alien who “is convicted of a crime involving moral turpitude committed within five years . . . after the date of admission,” provided the crime is punishable by a sentence of imprisonment of 1 year or longer. In Matter of Shanu, 23 I&N United States. In January 2008, the respondent was convicted of indecent assault in violation of Pennsylvania law, based on a 2007 offense. As a result of that conviction, the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) initiated these removal prodent filed a written motion requesting their termination on the ground that his indecent assault conviction resulted from an offense committed more than 5 years after his “admission” as a nonimmigrant in August 2001. The Immigration Judge denied the motion based on Matter of Shanu, holding that the respondent is removable because he committed his offense less than 5 years after his “admission” to lawful permanent resident status in April 2006. The respondent acknowledged Matter of Shanu in his motion but argued that the Immigration Judge should decline to follow that precedent because its rationale had been repudiated or criticized by several reviewing courts. The Immigration Judge disagreed, finding that he was obliged to apply Matter of Shanu. This timely appeal followed, and the respondent and the DHS have filed extensive briefs. Furthermore, the American Immigration Council has filed an amicus curiae brief in support of the respondent. II. ANALYSIS A. Legal Background Section 237(a) of the Act provides in its
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Eric Holder U.S Attorney General

Matter of Alla Adel ALYAZJI, Respondent Decided February 3, 2011 U.S. Department of Justice Executive Office for Immigration Review Board of Immigration Appeals

Dec. 754 (BIA 2005), vacated sub nom. Aremu v. Department of Homeland Security, 450 F.3d 578 (4th Cir. 2006), we held, first, that the term “admission” used in section 237(a)(2)(A) (i) referred to adjustment of status as well as admission at the border; and second, that an alien’s conviction for a crime involving moral turpitude supported removal under that section so long as the crime was committed within 5 years after the date of any admission made by the alien. We now overrule this second holding of Matter of Shanu and conclude

instead that a conviction for a crime involving moral turpitude triggers removability under section 237(a)(2)(A)(i) only if the crime was committed within 5 years after the date of the admission by virtue of which the alien was then in the United States. See 8 C.F.R. § 1003.1(g) (2010) (“By majority vote of the permanent Board members, selected decisions of the Board rendered by a three-member panel . . . may be designated to serve as precedents in all proceedings involving the same issue or issues.”) This does not necessarily require that the date

of admission be the alien’s first, or even his most recent, admission. But it does mean that there is only one “date of admission” that is relevant to measuring the statutory 5-year period in relation to a particular offense. I. FACTUAL AND PROCEDURAL HISTORY The respondent, who is alleged to be a native and citizen of Palestine, was admitted to the United States as a nonimmigrant in August 2001. He remained in the United States thereafter, and in April 2006 his status was adjusted to that of a lawful permanent resident of the

ceedings, in which the respondent is charged with removability under section 237(a)(2)(A)(i) of the Act, which provides as follows: Any alien who— (I) is convicted of a crime involving moral turpitude committed within five years (or 10 years in the case of an alien provided lawful permanent resident status under section 245(j) of this title) after the date of admission, and (II) is convicted of a crime for which a sentence of one year or longer may be imposed, is deportable. Shortly after removal proceedings commenced, the respon-


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Frequently asked Questions Denial at Stokes Interview is Tantamount to Life Sentence
Dear Joseph Rotimi Famiyude, My name is AZ and My husband’s name is IO we recently failed our interview. This was our third interview we had successful passed the first two. We got married on April 30th,2008. I was in removal proceedings which were removed in 2009. In August 2010 I found out that my husband has a kid with his ex girl friend. So I decided to move out, since that time, we did not talk to each other much or even see each other. I moved to a 2 bedroom apartment where I got myself a roommate and he moved back to his mom’s house. Then I received a phone call on January 16 from my attorney saying that we have an interview on January 28th. We were seeing each other but we were not really living together. I went to the interview with my husband. The USCIS officer asked some detailed questions some of which we were not able to answer according to my attorney we had 70% right and 30% wrong which is a big deal. We told our attorney what had happened between us after the interview. My husband did not tell the attorney or the USCIS officer about his affair or the baby. I on the other hand wasn’t asked anything like that. My attorney is going to write a letter describing the situations but he highly believes that the case will end up in court. It is a tough situation for me, I don’t want to go back home because I have nobody back home and it is hard for me to live with someone who cheated on me. Now my immigration case has gotten worse. I am looking for a second opinion. I am not sure if it is worth me spending any money. My husband swears that he loves me but I’m not sure if I have to go back that its worth even trying. Please contact me if you have any suggestions. Thank you.

your petition while you are together in New York. The interview is usually scheduled within three months. It is still possible for you to start and finish before August 2011. At that time you will be issued the 2year green card. The next filing will be within 90days before the expiration of the two year permanent resident card. The only other option is for the two of you to move together in the new State. I wish you the best.

ently schooling in one of the colleges in the U.S. I came with an F-1 visa in December 2010. Just this morning I read your segment in your newspaper, U.S. Immigration News. Please I would like to know if I am eligible to change my status to a green card holder and if yes, I would like to know what the requirements are and how long it’s likely to take. On the other hand if I am not eligible I would like to know what other options are available for me. I look forward to your response.

Green Card Might be in Your Future, But not Now Hi I am an international student from Nigeria and pres-

Thank you for reading U.S. Immigration News. We are committed to serving humanity through dissemination of immigration news. It appears there is green card in your future if you follow the law and keep your immigration status current. It will take a long but you will get there. I believe that you are pursuing at least a bachelor’s degree now in the United States. Make sure you remain in status and finish. Once you finish, you will be issued upon application employment authorization card that will qualify you to work in the U.S. Immediately look for employer that will petition for H-1B visa for you. Once you obtain H1-B visa, you will have enough time during your H1-B status to pursue green card through the same employer. That is your easy way to permanent resident status, Sincerely, though this might run you about 10years to attain at the current speed of AZ things. The other alternative is marriage to a U.S. citizen if you are not currently married. This option will get you green card whether or not you Thanks for your mail. It appears that your options are are in school. Good luck. very limited. Any denial at Stokes interview is tantamount to immigration life sentence. The penalty for such denial under Section 204(c) of the Immigration & Nationality Act is like an “immigration death sentence”. The states that once you are denied at Stokes interview, no other petition or application could be approved for you. The observation of your attorney is correct, if you get 30% wrong Dear Mr.Joseph Famuyide, you will sent back to court for removal proceedings, even 1% wrong answers I am writing you this email to get more information. I have my could lead to denial depending on the questions you got wrong. Unfortunatelittle brother who is 24 years old we are Ivorians. He has since returned to the USA in November 2010 with a student visa. My little ly, your husband is still only saving grace you have. As long as he remains brother has political problems; he was the General Secretary of the with you, it is still a winnable case. I will not advise you to mortgage your students who supported the newly elected president. But in 2010 during preparations life if you are not happy in the relationship, but speaking to the immigration for Ivorian presidential elections my brother was attacked by young students and aclaw portion of your issues, your husband can still rescue you if you begin to tivists supporting the president in power while he was preparing meetings since that reestablish things and document the relationship. Good luck. time he has received threats of various kinds until he quit the campus because it was

Yes, Your Brother Could Apply for Asylum, but…

Not So Simple; You Need to Live Together
Dear Mr Famuyide, My name is TT and I am an F1 international student from Germany. I have been here for almost 4 years to study in New York. I met my fiance 4 years ago, although we have only started dating last year. We got engaged this month because I got accepted to School in another state and it was his way of showing commitment to our relationship even when we are apart. Our wedding is planned for May 2011. We are in the process right now of moving together. My question: since I will be moving away in August, how will that affect our “case”. I mean we will talk on phone every day, fly back and forth, etc. Since this situation is “involuntary” it should not be a problem if we are able to show joint bank account, communication, etc? Thank you very much. TT Congratulations on your engagement. The arrangement you put together is not acceptable to U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services. Anytime this type of an arrangement is presented to USCIS, it is usual met with denial. As long as both of you are in the United States, the USCIS always want the couple to live together regardless of whether or not you have a justifiable reason not to. They don’t take such reasons. It is important that you get married now and file

too dangerous for him. The family then decided to send him to another country. He came to the U.S. Since his departure to the U.S. the political situation and my country has become very complicated and we are not far from a civil war because of President Laurent Gbagbo, who refused to leave the place for Allasane Ouattara who won the election. My question is: Can my brother apply for refugee status?

Yes, your brother could apply for asylum and or withholding of removal, but he must be able to proof past persecution and the fear of future persecution. Many immigrants make the mistake of thinking that applying for asylum ends with just being able to narrate the story of occurrences in their country that relates to the possible persecution they might face if deported from the United States. It is bigger than that. An immigrant must be able to prove with documents the truth of whatever persecution he faced in his country and while he believes that the persecution will continue if deported. Also, your brother must be able to address his persecution not just what all the opposing group faced. Please advise your brother to go and consult with a qualified immigration attorney with his story and any supporting documents. The attorney will evaluate his case and give him the go-ahead to pursue asylum in the United States. Thank you. requires the payment of $1000 to adjust your status in the United States. Please make sure you retain the service of an attorney on this matter. Good luck.


Vol. 4 No. 60 - March 1, 2011


The Herod of Your Life
Pastor Abraham Obadare USI News Columnist

From the story we read in Matthew 2:1-13 we see that our Lord Jesus Christ had a Herod in His life. I want to depict Herod as a type of 1. Influential persons (people who could actually affect one’s life, either by way of position or proximity – Herod was in the position where he could order a person killed. 2. A person who pretend to love you or be your friend but is actually seeking for your destruction. These are deceitful and pretending people; Herod pretended as if he wanted to worship Jesus. 3. Persons who are close to us and know our strategies and lifestyles – (Joab) 2 Sam. 3:22-30 4. People who are life wasters; even though you are trying to help them. Herod did not mind killing the innocents, just in an attempt to get Jesus – Matt. 2:16-18

2. A person who was helpless at a point in time. Jesus was a child – Matt. 2:13 Dearly beloved of God, enemies of destiny may also find you vulnerable and weak; they may therefore set out to sneak into your life for destruction, but as Herod failed over the life of Jesus, every kind of Herod in your life shall fail in Jesus name.

Dearly beloved of God, enemies of destiny may also find you vulnerable and weak; they may therefore set out to sneak into your life for destruction, but as Herod failed over the life of Jesus, every kind of Herod in your life shall fail in Jesus name.
such powers 1. Watch and pray concerning your moves and decisions – are wolves but actually present themselves as sheep. May God deliver us. this book you will gain insight to the reasons why some situations keep repeating itself in your life and how the blood of Jesus can help bring victory. I serve as the pastor of Christ Apostolic Church (World SoulWinning Evangelistic Ministry) in Queens, NY. You may reach me there at 7186588981 and I’ll be glad to pray with you and share God’s mind through His words. We are located @ 108-02 Sutphin Blvd., Jamaica, NY 11435

You will be victorious in Jesus name.

What is the end of such people as Herod? 1. They die of nonachievement: Herod died without being able to kill Jesus – Matt. 2:19-20, Thank God. 2. God’s revenge We’ll also depict Jesus comes upon them: Joab was later killed as a type of 1. A person of great shamefully – 1 kings destiny. Jesus came to 2:1-6 & 28-34. save mankind – Matt. Way of escape from 1:21

Obey God’s instructions; they will lead to your protection – Matt. 2:13. Do not be too religious to accept that indeed there are enemies who pretend to be friends.
(David had saved the Keilah people in verse 5 but the same set of people he fought for who would have set him up for death in verse 12 if he did not inquire of God through prayer) - 1 Sam. 23:1-13. In Matt. 7:15 Jesus told us that there are people who 2. Obey God’s instructions; they will lead to your protection – Matt. 2:13. Do not be too religious to accept that indeed there are enemies who pretend to be friends. 3. Set your mind upon the Lord, He will deliver you – Psalm 91:14 Prayers: Lord, deliver me from wolves who dress up in sheep’s clothing – Matt. 7:15 By God’s grace a newly revised edition of my book, “Chosen But Naughty” is now available. Call 516860-5729 in order to obtain your copy. In


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