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US gov’t launches investigations against immigrants who may have acquired Green Cards by cheating

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The U.S. government agency that oversees immigration applications (USCIS) is launching an office that will focus on identifying Americans who are suspected of cheating to get their citizenship and seek to strip them of it.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director L. Francis Cissna told The Associated Press in an interview that his agency is hiring several dozen lawyers and immigration officers to review cases of immigrants who were ordered deported and are suspected of using fake identities to later get green cards and citizenship through naturalization.

Cissna said the cases would be referred to the Department of Justice, whose attorneys could then seek to remove the immigrants’ citizenship in civil court proceedings. In some cases, government attorneys could bring criminal charges related to fraud.

Until now, the agency has pursued cases as they arose but not through a coordinated effort, Cissna said. He said he hopes the agency’s new office in Los Angeles will be running by next year but added that investigating and referring cases for prosecution will likely take longer.

“We finally have a process in place to get to the bottom of all these bad cases and start denaturalizing people who should not have been naturalized in the first place,” Cissna said. “What we’re looking at, when you boil it all down, is potentially a few thousand cases.”

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Kenya to deport foreigners in betting

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Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i has issued deportation order against foreigners who entered Kenya for other businesses but ended up investing in the betting industry.

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No, Kenya has not been added to our Visa Waiver Program, US Embassy says

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The US Embassy in Nairobi has termed the news that Kenya has joined US Visa Waiver Program as fake news.

A website, News-AP, which seemed to be trying to associate itself with international news agency the Associated Press (AP), claimed that the US State Department had added 10 countries into its VWP.

In its latest post, the website listed five African countries, Cameroon, South Africa, Kenya, Seychelles, Malawi, alongside Argentina, Uruguay, Jamaica, Hong Kong, and Georgia.

But in a tweet, the US Embassy has advised Kenyans to go to the Department of Homeland Security for more information about US Visa waiver.

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“This is a false story. For real information on the visa waiver program DHS,” the Embassy said.

This information is only in the social media and a visit to travel.state.gov, which lists all the VWP Designated Counties, or the Department of Homeland Security, which administers the Visa Waiver Program (VWP), does not mention anything about Kenya being added to the program.

The US Visa Waiver Program is administered by the Department of Homeland Security in consultation with the US Department of State.

This program allows eligible citizens or nationals of designated countries to travel to the United States for tourism or business purposes for stays of 90 days or less, without a prior visa.

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Journalist quits job to pursue priest hood

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Nation Media Group sports journalist, Vincent Opiyo has heeded his calling and quit his journalism job to become a pastor.

The creative sports writer chose to follow his ambition of serving in the church through the Society of Jesus (Jesuits), a Roman Catholic congregation of priests and brother’s band and is set to join their Novitiate in Aruch from next week.

In his last article published on Sunday Nation, 19, 2019, Opiyo admitted priesthood was his lifetime ambition despite his venture into the newsroom.

“I joined the University of Nairobi for a Broadcast Journalism course in September 2011 but my hopes for a bursary from a charity organization collapsed and I had to drop out after failing to pay the Sh110, 000 fees,” Opiyo explained.

The sportswriter also narrated the hardships he went through that made him ‘postpone’ his calling.

“I applied for evening classes at the Kenya Institute of Mass Communication (KIMC) in Nairobi and sold Airtel mobile phone SIM cards on the streets to add to the little upkeep my father gave me. A SIM card was Sh50, my profit was Sh20,” Opiyo explained.

Vincent in his element (Photo: Courtesy)

Vincent in his element (Photo: Courtesy)

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Vincent’s passion to serve in the church began at the age of 12 when he became an altar boy at his home Parish, Nangina Catholic Church. He hoped he would one day be like his parish priest and his dream is seemingly becoming true.

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“At the age of 12, I became an Altar Boy in my home parish, Nangina Catholic church. This was a year of finishing my catechism classes that culminated into receiving Holy Communion. It is during this period that I started dreaming of being like my parish priest who was a friend and a father figure,” he recalls.

Opiyo’s priesthood journey will take him 13 years to complete.

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Before making an unexpected exit, Vincent worked as sports writer for the Daily Nation and Mwananspoti.

His former boss Elias Makori commended the sports journalist promising his prayers as Vincent ventures into his new journey.

“Vincent Opiyo has positively responded to the spiritual calling to join the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) at their Novitiate in Aruch from next week. This is with the aim of reflection and eventually being ordained as a priest and a fisher of men. We pray for him,” Makori stated.

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