Afghan SIV Update

According to the U.S. Department of State, Special Immigrant Visas (SIVs) to Afghan nationals under section 602(b) of the Afghan Allies Protection Act of 2009, as amended, is limited to 3,000 visas for Afghan principal applicants in Fiscal Year 2014. The DOS expects that these visas will all be issued by August 2014.

More than 9,000 Afghans who have worked for the United States in
Afghanistan (and their family members) have benefited from Special Immigrant
Visa programs. Of these, more than 70% served as translators with the vast
majority serving our nation’s military forces in their mission in Afghanistan. After all 3,000 visas have been issued, the DOS will immediately restart processing if Congress extends this program.
The Department of State supports extension of the Afghan SIV program, as explained in this L.A Times editorial by Secretary of State John Kerry.

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NYT Q&A – Children at the Border

By HAEYOUN PARK JULY 15, 2014

More than 52,000 children have been caught crossing the United States border alone since October — double last year’s number. President Obama has called the surge an “urgent humanitarian situation,” and lawmakers have called for hearings on the crisis.

Q. Where are the migrant children coming from?
More than three-quarters of unaccompanied minors are from mostly poor and violent towns in three countries: El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. Children from Mexico, once the largest group, now make up less than a quarter of the total. A small number come from 43 other countries.

Read more here: http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/07/15/us/100000003001471.mobile.html