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Over 66pc of diaspora cash targets mothers back home

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About seven out of every 10 Kenyans living and working abroad will spoil their mothers back home this Sunday by sending them money to mark the world Mother’s Day.

A new survey that sampled views from Kenyans living in different countries estimates that three million Kenyans in the diaspora would treat their mothers, mostly by sending them money and gifts as well as making calls.

WorldRemit, which undertook the survey, said 66 per cent of the Kenyans in the diaspora who responded to its survey said they send more money to their mothers in Kenya.

“Of those respondents who send their mom money for Mother’s Day, 84 per cent also give them a call and 50 per cent also send them a gift,” said Sharon Kinyanjui, Head of East and Central Africa at WorldRemit.

“When asked when they last met their mother, 44 per cent of those who responded said they haven’t seen them for at least two years.”“Mother’s Day is an important time for three million Kenyans living abroad to show their mums that they’re thinking of them,” she said.

WorldRemit’s new customers will over the weekend make their first transaction for free as the firm celebrates the day.

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Remittances from the diaspora have grown to be the largest foreign exchange earner for Kenya.

CBK dataIn the 12 months between March 2018 and this year, remittances rose 26 per cent, according to Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) data, from Sh210 billion to Sh270 billion.

In March alone, Kenyans sent home Sh22.1 billion compared to Sh19.9 billion in March 2018 – an 11.4 per cent jump.“North America remained the main source region for the remittances, accounting for 53 per cent of the total remittances in March,” CBK said in its statistical bulletin.

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Kenyan man gets life sentence for raping elderly US patient

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A Kenyan man has been sentenced to life imprisonment by a US court for sexually assaulting a 74-year-old patient at a medical facility where he was working.

Anthony Mamboleo Nyakeo, 53, was convicted Wednesday of two counts of aggravated sexual assault of an elderly or disabled person.

A Texas court handed him a life sentence on each account.

2018 CRIME

Nyakeo’s victim was living at the Woodridge Health and Rehabilitation Center in Grapevine, Texas when the crime occured in January 2018. She died late last year aged 75.

Evidence filed in court showed that the sexual assault was discovered after other nurses working at the facility found blood in the underwear of the victim.

 

“An exam found evidence of vaginal tearing consistent with sexual abuse and staff collected DNA that was eventually used to tie Mr Nyakeo to the assault,” Fox News reported.

After the discovery of the blood, all male staff at the facility at the time the suspected sexual assault took place were asked to undergo a DNA test. The Tarrant County District Attorney’s office told the court that Mr Nyakeo’s DNA sample “matched the sample recovered from the woman during her sexual assault exam.”

The court was also told that the Kenyan nurse, who immigrated to the US, raped the elderly woman despite knowing that she could not resist or consent to his sexual advances because of her medical condition.

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“She could not speak, feed herself or use the bathroom on her own as she wore a diaper and relied on staff. We are an ageing community and we each deserve the peace of mind of knowing we will be treated with dignity when such time comes,” Jordan Rolfe, the lead prosecutor told the court.

“The defendant violated that right, and the jury demonstrated with their sentence this kind of abuse against the vulnerable will not be tolerated here,” he added.

In his defence, Mr Nyakeo denied sexually assaulting the elderly woman. He claimed that someone took his DNA from a used condom and planted it on the victim’s body. His colleague however, who testified against him, said he had told his friends to lie to the court during the trial.

In addition prosecutors also said in court documents that Nyakeo had also sexually harassed his colleagues and that he attempted to leave Texas during the investigation.

    -Nation.co.ke

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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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