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Raila leaves for Duke University in US, set to meet Kenyans in N Carolina

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BY BMJ MURIITHI

Former Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga left the country Saturday night for the United States. The plane carrying Mr Odinga is scheduled to land Sunday evening at Raleigh-Durham Airport in North Carolina.

He is scheduled to meet Kenyans in Raleigh, North Carolina, on Monday night and deliver a speech at Duke University in Durham on Tuesday.

Speaking to Kenya Satellite News Network by phone, the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader said he would be in the US for a total of four days and would leave Raleigh on Wednesday as he has another engagement in Johannesburg, South Africa.

“I won’t be in US for long this time around,” he said.

On Friday, Captain (Rtd) George Njue, who is the Chairman of the organizing Committee for the Monday evening event, told this reporter that Kenyans in North Carolina were eagerly waiting for the opposition leader.

“He has respectively agreed to spend the evening with us and we look forward to his arrival. We will be receiving him at the airport on Sunday night,” said Capt Njue.

Last month, Mr Odinga’s trip to North Carolina was called off due to hurricane Florence.

“The postponement is due to the extreme weather conditions building up in the US state of North Carolina,” his spokesman Dennis Onyango said in a statement.

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He had also been scheduled to give a lecture at Georgetown University in Washington DC.

On Saturday, Odinga left soon after attending the Mashujaa Day celebrations held at Bukhungu Stadium in Kakamega on a day that he was appointed Agfrican Uninion’s High Representative for Infrastructure Development.

Hon Raila Odinga with Mr Moussa Faki, the AU Commission chair at AU headquarters in Addis Ababa where they discussed the Africa 2063 agenda. PHOTO/COURTESY

According to Duke University, the theme of Mr Odinga’s speech, is;  “Africa: A Time for Sustained Optimism?”

The former Kenyan PM will be discussing ways in which the African Continent can continue striving to reach sustainable growth, among other things.

Mr Odinga will speak at 5:30pm at the Rubenstein Library Holsti-Anderson Family Assembly, Room 153.

Duke University is a private, non-profit, research university located in Durham, North Carolina. Founded by Methodists and Quakers in the present-day town of Trinity in 1838, the school moved to Durham in 1892.

This is Odinga’s first trip to US since the much publicized “Handshake” between him and his hitherto nemesis, President Uhuru Kenyatta.

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Trump says he is seriously looking at ending birthright citizenship

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BY BMJ MURIITHI

U.S. President Donald Trump has rekindled debate over the pros and cons of right to citizenship by birth. On Wednesday, he said his administration is seriously looking at ending the right of citizenship for U.S.-born children of non-citizens.

Speaking to reporters outside the White House, Trump also said he intends to end the right of citizenship to people who illegally  immigrated to the United States

“We’re looking at that very seriously, birthright citizenship, where you have a baby on our land, you walk over the border, have a baby – congratulations, the baby is now a U.S. citizen. … It’s frankly ridiculous,” he said.

This is not the first time Trump is expressing his displeasure with the the 14th amendment which made it easier for people from other countries to easily assimilate into the system. In 2018,  he he  told Axios news website that he would end “birthright citizenship” through an executive order.

Experts have however said such a move would run afoul of the U.S. Constitution.

The Constitution’s 14th Amendment, which was passed after the US Civil War with the aim of ensuring that black Americans had full citizenship rights, granted citizenship to “all persons born or naturalized in the United States.”

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To date, that amendment has been used to grant citizenship to millions of people born in the United States, whether or not their parents are American citizens or legally in the country.

 

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Trump tightens Work Permit Rules for Immigrants Paroled into the US

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The Trump administration on Monday issued a new policy guideline that tightens in issuance of work permits to immigrants who have been paroled into the United States, including those who are otherwise inadmissible.

In the new policy guideline, contained in Volume 10 of the Policy Manual, The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) states that the agency has discretion to grant employment authorization to foreign nationals, and that applicants “are not entitled to employment authorization.”

USCIS says it will grant discretionary employment authorization on a case-by-case basis, “taking into account all factors and considering the totality of the circumstances of each individual case.” Such factors include the immigrant’s criminal record, and immigrant having been subject to a final removal order, or misrepresentation to an immigration officer.

Work permits are normally issued to foreign nationals who are paroled into the US for several reasons such as when adjusting status from a non-immigrant visa holder such as F-1 to an immigration visa holder/permanent resident or from an expired status to a green card holder. They are also issued to refugees/asylum applicants, as well as Temporary Protected Status (TPS) beneficiaries.

USCIS states that the need for the guidance arose from the “national emergency at the U.S. souther border where foreign nationals are entering the U.S. illegally.”

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Immigration advocates say the move is one of Trump administration’s efforts to limit the number of work permits issued. “This is where they were heading from the beginning. They want to see fewer [wok permit] issued,” Natalie Tynan, an immigration lawyer, and former Immigration and Customs Enforcement policy unit chief said.

-Mwakilishi.com

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Permanent Residence Draw held in Canada as 3600 Candidates invited to apply

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The Canadian government has invited 3,600 individuals who participated in the Express Entry to apply for the country’s permanent residence in the latest draw held on Tuesday, August 20th.

The cut-off Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score for the August 12th draw was 457, which is the lowest score since May 1st.

Foreigners participating in the Express Entry draw are ranked based o the CRS score, which is based on factors such as the applicant’s age, education, skills level, work experience, proficiency in English or French, family ties to Canada, among others.

In order to qualify for the Express Entry pool, candidates must first meet the eligibility requirements for one of Canada’s three Federal High Skilled Economic-class immigration categories – the Federal Killed Worker Class, Federal Skilled Trades Class, and Canadian Experience Class.

Candidates enter a pool, and the best candidates are picked in a draw that takes place every two weeks. An Invitation to Apply (ITA) then gives the candidate the go-ahead to apply for Canadian permanent residence.
56,200  ITAs have thus far in 2019 been issued through the Express Entry program. The government has set a target of 81,400 ITAs for 2019 through this program.

To be eligible for the August 20th draw, candidates had to have submitted their profiles before March 24th, 2019.

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You can check if you meet the minimum score and also apply for Express Entry here.

SOURCE: Mwakilishi.com

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