Thursday, June 30, 2011
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
President Obama has called for comprehensive immigration reform in the United States.
The president said the country needs a system that upholds the law, while also upholding the nation's tradition as a land of immigrants.
He said border security and employment verification need to be addressed. And he said there should be a pathway to legal status for some of those in the country illegally, including young people who live here now, and who were brought to the U.S. by a parent or someone else.
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
West Wing Week 06/23/11 or "The Receding Tide"
Welcome to the West Wing Week, your guide to everything that's happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. This week, President Obama addressed the nation on his plan to withdraw American troops from Afghanistan, delivering on a promise he made to the American people in December of 2009. The President also traveled Fort Drum to meet with soldiers and their families, welcomed young elected officials to the White House, and talked to mayors from across the country about job creation and economic growth.
Monday, June 27, 2011
VOANews: First Lady Challenges Africa's Youth
On her visit to South Africa, U.S. first lady Michelle Obama has stepped into the spotlight and asked Africa's youth to join her on a quest for democratic progress, better education and wellness. VOA's Nico Colombant has more from Soweto, South Africa.
Sunday, June 26, 2011
Americans React to President's Plans for Afghanistan
President Barack Obama's plan to withdraw thousands of U.S. troops from Afghanistan, beginning next month, is widely seen as a compromise - more than what top military officers advised, yet fewer than many lawmakers in Congress want. VOA's Carolyn Presutti sampled public opinion.
Saturday, June 25, 2011
Barack Obama Exclusive VOA Interview on Afghanistan
President Obama discusses his decision on withdrawing US troops from Afghanistan, the future of the US presence in Afghanistan, and the status of America's relationships with Pakistan and NATO in this exclusive interview with the Voice of America.
Friday, June 24, 2011
VOA Exclusive: Obama Defends Decision on Afghanistan Troop Withdrawal
President Obama talks to VOA about his decision to bring 10,000 US troops home from Afghanistan by the end of the year, and the future of the US presence in that country. Andre DeNesnera reports.
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
DefneAmerican: Jose's Story
Define American is a project of the Tides Center, a nonprofit public charity. Our campaign is about asking: How do we define an American? Why do people come to this country? Who are the American citizens who help them? When it comes to undocumented immigrants, what would you do? As a teacher? A friend? A mother? Define American, with your help, will answer those questions.
Read the full story: My Life as an Undocumented Immigrant By JOSE ANTONIO VARGAS, NYTimes Magazine 06/22/2011
DefineAmerican Channel on YouTube.
Monday, June 20, 2011
USCIS: World Refugee Day
What is a Refugee?
Under U.S. law a refugee is an individual who:
- Is located outside of the United States
- Demonstrates that they were persecuted or fear persecution due to race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group Is not firmly resettled in another country
- Is of special humanitarian concern to the United States
- Is admissible to the United States
A refugee does not include anyone who ordered, incited, assisted, or otherwise participated in the persecution of any person on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion.
Sunday, June 19, 2011
Saturday, June 18, 2011
Friday, June 17, 2011
wh.gov: West Wing Week: 06/17/11 or "Where the Future Will Be Won"
Welcome to the West Wing Week, your guide to everything that's happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. This week, walk step-by-step with President Obama as he meets with his Jobs Council to discuss ideas that will improve America's competitiveness, tours a leading manufacturer of energy efficient lighting in North Carolina, travels to Puerto Rico, hosts a Father's Day event for military dad's and their kids, and more.
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
My father displays the flag on Flag Day (June 14) and other civic holidays.
Flag Day is in June.
Compare USCIS 100:52, the Pledge of Allegiance, the Oath of Allegiance, and the N-400. Illustrated with USPS stamps of the American Flag. (download pdf)
Sunday, June 12, 2011
VOA Learning English: In Texas, a Museum for a Larger-Than-Life Hero, Sam Houston
Sam Houston was larger than life. The city of Huntsville, Texas, has a 20-meter-tall statue of him. It is said to be the largest statue of any American hero. Nearby, the Sam Houston Memorial Museum holds many of his belongings. Patrick Nolan is the director.
PATRICK NOLAN: "He is really the only man in our history who was president of an independent country, also governor of two different states, the only man to have that distinction, Tennessee and Texas, United States senator from Texas, commanding general in a very successful war." (read more)
Saturday, June 11, 2011
We talk to Chinese-American writer Lisa See about her new book.Music from Broadway plays nominated for Tony Awards. And a visit to a job-training program for immigrants AMERICAN MOSAIC (download mp3)
LISA SEE: “I’m part Chinese. But I have red hair and freckles so I don’t look very Chinese, but I did grow up in a very traditional Chinese American family. I live in Los Angeles and today, in Los Angeles, I have about four hundred relatives, of which the majority of them are still full Chinese and there there’s this spectrum with me on one end – there are about a dozen that look like me – but then, sort of, this spectrum all the way up to the majority being full Chinese.”
She says she is also part Irish. Like most Americans, she celebrates her ethnicities.
LISA SEE: “I think all of us here in the United States, we all had someone in our families who was brave enough, scared enough, dumb enough, crazy enough to leave their home country to come here. But there is still a part of us that is tied to our original homeland and we all share in that feeling no matter where you came from.”
Friday, June 10, 2011
WH.gov: West Wing Week 06/10/11 or "Way to Get Our Money Back"
This week President Obama traveled to Toledo, Ohio, home to Chrysler's Supplier Park Complex. to congratulate auto-workers on the turnaround they helped bring about. At Northern Virginia Community College the President announced new initiatives that will help improve our manufacturing workforce. He also welcomed Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany for an official visit.
Thursday, June 9, 2011
New USCIS.gov: The Wrong Help Can Hurt: Beware of Immigration Scams
Many firms and people offer help with immigration services. Unfortunately, not all are authorized to do so. While many of these unauthorized practitioners mean well, all too many of them are out to rip you off. If you need help filing an application or petition with USCIS, be sure to seek assistance from the right place, and from people that are authorized to help. To learn more, visit http://www.uscis.gov/avoidscams
Public service announcements in Spanish and English availble USCIS.gov YouTube.
Friday, June 3, 2011
wh.gov: West Wing Week: 06/02/11 or "One Step at a Time"
This week, President Obama traveled to Joplin, Missouri to see the devastation first hand. He finished his week-long trip to Europe in Poland and on Memorial Day, he visited Arlington National Cemetery.