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Two Kenyan men deported in a $170,000 chattered jet

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Migration officials and the federal police last week came under fire after a feature on German ARD’s magazine “report München” revealed that $170,000 (€137,000) was spent to charter a private jet to deport two Kenyan men.

Early Thursday morning on 5th September, a Bavarian police car drove into the Berlin-Schönefeld airport carrying 48 year old Kenyan man ready for deportation. On board of the chartered “Bombardier Global Express” private jet, was another Kenyan man also being deported by the state of Baden-Wurttemberg after his asylum application was rejected with no possibility of appealing the decision.

The case has caused outrage, not because of the deportation but because of the cost of it. However, Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria, the States that chartered the private jet have brought forward several excuses to explain the extravagance.

To begin with, a commercial flight was out of question. Apparently, the two had been issued with emergency travel documents by the Kenyan government that were only valid for 3 days. A common practice with home countries that do not want to take back the returnees, probably a tactic to buy time for the affected, an expert explained on report München. However, finding seats for the two and the 10+ escort team plus the risk of the flight being grounded if the two men resisted the exercise, ruled out a commercial flight in such a short time period.

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Secondly, the officials claimed the two had been labelled dangerous delinquents. However no evidence was put forward to support the claim in regards to the man from Baden-Württemberg. For the 48 year old man from Bavaria, receipts abound.

The 48 year old that has been living in Germany for the past 20 years has had several encounters with the police in Bavaria and after his last encounter, the Bavarian State Office for Asylum and Repatriation (Bayerische Landesamt für Asyl und Rückführung) ordered for immediate deportation after serving his sentence. Among the charges levelled against him included, assault, theft, insult and obstruction of law enforcement. In the last incident where he was charged with attempted murder, he ruffled up the victim so badly that the victim has had to undergo three surgeries and still lost 80% of his eye sight.

A further excuse given was that the costs were in the normal range of chartering a private jet. According to the federal police, they have no influence on the price. Once they receive a deportation request from a federal state, the cheapest price is determined by a quick check with suitable charter companies and the contract awarded – said a spokesman for the Federal Police Headquarters in Potsdam

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Furthermore, the costs would be split between the two states.

The uneventful exercise took less than 36 hours to deliver the two men in Nairobi and have the team return to Berlin.

However, additional costs that might have been missed included the cost of the 14 person team that was escorted the two men in the “fan fair”. In addition to the flight crew, there were nine federal police officers, a medical doctor, a paramedic and a a representative of the border protection agency Frontex – as neutral observer to document whether or not the officials followed proper deportation procedure.

SOURCE-Mkenya Ujerumani

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182 Kenyans arrested in the US as they tried to apply for DACA immigration program

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182 Kenyans are among thousands of people who have been put behind bars in the US after they requested to be included in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), a new report shows.

This became public on Saturday after the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released its updated data  (PDF, 756 KB) on arrests and apprehensions of illegal aliens.

Kenya has the second highest number among African countries led by Nigeria with 209 incarcerated persons.

“The release of this report reflects the agency’s ongoing focus on transparency. The report provides updated information on known arrests and apprehensions of DACA requestors. The data may include arrests that did not result in convictions or where the charges were dropped or otherwise dismissed,” said USCIS.

Among the findings of the release are the following:

  • Nearly 110,000 DACA requestors out of nearly 889,000 (12%) had arrest records. Offenses in these arrest records include assault, battery, rape, murder and driving under the influence.
  • Of approved DACA requestors with an arrest, 85% (67,861) of them were arrested or apprehended before their most recent DACA approval.
  • Of approved DACA requestors with an arrest, more than 31% (24,898) of them had more than one arrest.
  • Of all DACA requestors, 218 had more than 10 arrests. Of those, 54 had a DACA case status of “approved” as of October 2019.





“As DACA continues to be the subject of both public discourse and ongoing litigation, USCIS remains committed to ensuring transparency and that the American people are informed about those receiving DACA,” said USCIS Acting Director Ken Cuccinelli. “This agency is obligated to continue accepting DACA requests from illegal aliens as a direct result of the previous administration’s decision to circumvent the laws as passed by Congress. We hope this data provides a better sense of the reality of those granted the privilege of a temporary deferral of removal action and work authorization under DACA.”

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Under current DACA guidelines, illegal aliens may be considered for DACA if they have not been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, or three or more “non-significant” misdemeanors not arising out of the same act, omission or scheme of misconduct, and they do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety. The number of arrests illegal aliens have do not necessarily disqualify them from receiving DACA as a matter of discretion.

Find detailed figures in the table below:

 

The full comprehensive report here data  (PDF, 756 KB)

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Home Developer offering free transport from JKIA for Kenyans from Diaspora

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BY PETER NYAGA

Mahiga Homes Ltd, a leading real estate developer in Kenya specializing in selling affordable houses is offering our prospective diaspora customers a Free ride from the airport to your destination around Nairobi and its environs.

This is a way of appreciating the great contributions of Kenyans in the diaspora.
The offer starts from 1st to 24th December.

To book your free ride
Call/WhatsApp +245720460413
www.mahigahomes.co.ke

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US Immigration Service to charge $10 Fee for H-1B Visa Registration

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WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has announced a final rule that will require a $10 non-refundable fee for each H-1B registration submitted by petitioning employers, once it implements the electronic registration system.

The registration fee is part of an agency-wide effort to modernize and more efficiently process applications to live or work in the United States.

The H-1B program allows companies in the United States to temporarily employ foreign workers in occupations that require the application of a body of highly specialized knowledge and a bachelor’s degree or higher in the specific specialty, or its equivalent.

Upon implementation of the electronic registration system, petitioners seeking to file H-1B cap-subject petitions, including those eligible for the advanced degree exemption, will first have to electronically register with USCIS during a designated registration period, unless the requirement is suspended.

“This effort will help implement a more efficient and effective H-1B cap selection process,” said USCIS Acting Director Ken Cuccinelli. “The electronic registration system is part of an agency-wide initiative to modernize our immigration system while deterring fraud, improving vetting procedures and strengthening program integrity.”

The final rule, Registration Fee Requirement for Petitioners Seeking to File H-1B Petitions on Behalf of Cap-Subject Aliens, is effective Dec. 9, 2019, and the fee will be required when registrations are submitted. USCIS is fee-funded, and this non-refundable fee will support the new electronic registration system to make the H-1B cap selection process more efficient for both petitioners and the agency.

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USCIS is slated to implement the registration process for the fiscal year 2021 H-1B cap selection process, pending completed testing of the system. The agency will announce the implementation timeframe and initial registration period in the Federal Register once a formal decision has been made, and USCIS will offer ample notice to the public in advance of implementing the registration requirement.

USCIS published a notice of proposed rulemaking highlighting a registration fee on Sept. 4, 2019, which included a 30-day public comment period. USCIS received only 22 comments during that time, and has considered all submissions and offered public responses ahead of announcing the final rule, which is effective on Dec. 9.

For more information on USCIS and its programs, please visit uscis.gov or follow us on Twitter (@uscis), Instagram (/uscis), YouTube (/uscis), Facebook (/uscis), and LinkedIn (/uscis).

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