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More details emerge regarding the death of Kenyan-born student Erick Kang’ethe in Massachusetts, USA

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Yet another Kenyan-born student has been found dead on a US campus in mysterious circumstances.

Erick Kang’ethe, who was born in Nairobi before his parents moved to the US, was studying Computer Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst after receiving a Cultural Exchange Through Soccer (CETS) scholarship.

He was found dead on campus on Wednesday, days after his family had reported him missing.

This comes barely four months after another Kenyan-born student – Norah Borus – died in mysterious circumstances at  Stanford University in California.

Kang’ethe’s age has not been disclosed but from his social media profile, he is in his early 20s.

Erick graduated from Doherty HS in 2017, and he is now a sophomore at UMass Amherst.

Massachusetts State Police said his body was found lying around McGuirk Alumni Stadium at night.

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His identity was confirmed later on Thursday, according to campus spokesperson Mary Dettloff.

The cause of death has not yet been disclosed, and the police say they are investigating the case.

“He was a junior studying Computer Engineering at UMass, and hoped to pursue a master’s degree in Security Engineering upon graduating. He also volunteered with the Worcester-based non-profit organisation Cultural Exchange through Soccer (CETS),” reported MassLive.Com news outlet.

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“We extend our sincere condolences to Erick’s family and friends,” David C. Vaillancourt, associate vice chancellor and interim dean of students for UMass, said in a statement to the campus community.

Details surrounding his death remain under investigation. UMass police found him in the vicinity of McGuirk Alumni Stadium in the late hours of Wednesday by UMass police, campus spokesperson Mary Dettloff said.

In addition to his studies, Kang’ethe spent time volunteering with Worcester-based organization Cultural Exchange through Soccer. He was involved in the organization’s youth team, Worcester World Cup and received a scholarship from Cultural Exchange through Soccer this year.

Erick’s death comes barely four months after another Kenyan student, Norah Jelagat Borus, was found dead at Stanford University in California, under near similar circumstances. She was the best girl in Nairobi County in the 2013 KCSE results, and her body was discovered on June 14 at her on-campus residence.

She was the fourth-best student nationally. Borus sat her KCSE exam at Precious Blood Secondary School, Riruta, and joined California-based Stanford University to study engineering. Borus’s death was the fourth reported at the prestigious Stanford in 2019.

We are excited to introduce one of this year’s CETS Scholarship recipients, Erick Kangethe. Erick graduated from Doherty…

Posted by Cultural Exchange through Soccer on Tuesday, March 5, 2019

 

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I won’t go for another term, Uhuru tells elders

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President Uhuru Kenyatta has said that he will not go for a third term in 2022.

In a meeting attended by politicians and Kikuyu Council of Elders at Gicheha Farm in Nakuru on January 17, 2020, the Head of State confirmed that he was not keen on going for another term.

This comes when the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) is gathering momentum.

Mr Kenyatta has in the past refused to be drawn into the succession debate. Instead, he has insisted that he is only interested in pushing for his development Agenda through the Big Four Agenda.

An elder who attended the meeting said that the Constitution is clear on the two terms for the President and it would not be prudent for the President to go for a third term.

“It is not possible for Mr Kenyatta to run again after the end of his term (in 2022) because the law doesn’t allow him,” said the elder.

A senior Kikuyu Council of Elders official told the Nation that the President is not interested in a third term.

“He said he will not vie for the presidency in 2022 and he will be an ordinary raia(citizen) like us. He said he will not waste even a single minute after his term comes to an end and that is why he is keen on pushing for BBI that will distribute the national cake to all Kenyans,” said another elder.

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He said that Mr Kenyatta urged the elders to popularise the report.

The elder said that President told the more than 400 elders and politicians that he is keen on leaving a legacy of a united country.

“The President said he will work tirelessly until his last day in office to ensure he leaves a united country,” he said.

During the meeting, Governor Lee Kinyanjui was told to work closely with the elders to popularise BBI in Nakuru County.

Mr Kenyatta has in the past said he was not interested of hanging on to power. However, his close allies like former Jubilee deputy chairman David Murathe and Central Organisation of Trade Unions General-Secretary Francis Atwoli have hinted that he is ‘too young to retire’ after 2022.

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Pregnant? It is now harder to get a US Tourist Visa after Trump introduces new rule

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The US State Department on Thursday published a new rule aimed at denying tourist visas to pregnant women if consular officials believe the primary purpose of their visit is to give birth in the United States.

The Donald Trump administration said it is seeking to end “birth tourism”, which is the practice of pregnant foreign women visiting the US to give birth so that their babies can acquire American citizenship.

Under the new rule, consular officials at the embassy will have authority to deny a B non-immigrant visitor visa to an applicant if they believe their “primary purpose” is to give birth in the US.

“If a consular officer has reason to believe a B non-immigrant visa applicant will give birth in the United States, the applicant is presumed to be seeking a visa for the primary purpose of obtaining US citizenship for the child,” the rule reads in part.

According to the rule, in order to get a visa, the applicant must establish, to the satisfaction of a consular officer, a legitimate primary purpose other than obtaining US citizenship for a child by giving birth in the United States.

White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham on Thursday issued a statement saying that the new rule closes an immigration loophole that creates burden on hospital resources, adding that it “will also defend American taxpayers from having their hard-earned dollars siphoned away to finance the direct and downstream costs associated with birth tourism.”

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The State Department however clarified that it will continue issuing visitor visas to pregnant women whose travel purpose is to seek medical treatment in the US.

The applicant will also need to provide to the consular officer that a medical practitioner or medical facility in the US has agreed to offer such treatment.

The Associated Press last year reported that most of the “birth tourists” are women from China, Russia and Nigeria.

President Trump has long expressed his opposition to birthright citizenship, which grants citizenship to all persons born in the United States.

In 2018, he threatened to end, through an executive order, automatic citizenship to babies born in the US to non-citizens.

“So-called Birthright Citizenship, which costs our Country billions of dollars and is very unfair to our citizens, will be ended one way or the other,” President Trump twitted in 2018.

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So-called Birthright Citizenship, which costs our Country billions of dollars and is very unfair to our citizens, will be ended one way or the other. It is not covered by the 14th Amendment because of the words “subject to the jurisdiction thereof.” Many legal scholars agree…..

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Legal scholars have however said the president does not have authority to end birthright citizenship, which is guaranteed in the 14th amendment of the US constitution.

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“It’s ridiculous. And it has to end,” said Trump of the U.S. Constitution’s 14th Amendment that grants U.S. citizenship to those born on U.S. soil.

The new rule becomes effective on Friday, January 24, when it is published in the Federal Register.

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US Government Announces Eligible countries for H-2A and H-2B Visa Programs in 2020 and Kenya is not among them

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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in consultation with the Department of State (DOS), have announced the list of countries whose nationals are eligible to participate in the H-2A and H-2B visa programs in 2020. The notice listing the eligible countries will be published in the Federal Register on Jan. 17, 2020.

For 2020, the acting secretary of Homeland Security has determined, with the concurrence of the Office of the Secretary of State, that the countries designated as eligible in 2019 will remain unchanged.

DHS maintains its authority to add countries to the eligible countries list at any time, and to remove any country whenever DHS and DOS determine that a country fails to meet the requirements for continued designation. Examples of factors that could result in the exclusion of a country or the removal of a country from the list include fraud, abuse, denial rates, overstay rates, human trafficking concerns, and other forms of noncompliance with the terms and conditions of the H-2 visa programs by nationals of that country.

The H-2A and H-2B visa programs allow U.S. employers to bring foreign nationals to the United States to fill temporary agricultural and nonagricultural jobs, respectively. Typically, USCIS approves H-2A and H-2B petitions only for nationals of countries that the secretary of Homeland Security has designated as eligible to participate in the programs.

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However, USCIS may approve H-2A and H-2B petitions, including those that were pending as of the date of the Federal Register notice, for nationals of countries not on the list on a case-by-case basis only if doing so is determined to be in the interest of the United States.

Effective Jan. 19, 2020, nationals of the following countries are eligible to receive H-2A and H-2B visas:

Andorra Finland Malta Serbia
Argentina France Moldova* Singapore
Australia Germany Mozambique Slovakia
Austria Greece Mexico Slovenia
Barbados Grenada Monaco Solomon Islands
Belgium Guatemala Mongolia South Africa
Brazil Honduras Montenegro South Korea
Brunei Hungary Nauru Spain
Bulgaria Iceland The Netherlands St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Canada Ireland Nicaragua Sweden
Chile Israel New Zealand Switzerland
Colombia Italy Norway Taiwan**
Costa Rica Jamaica Panama Thailand
Croatia Japan Paraguay* Timor-Leste
Czech Republic Kiribati Papua New Guinea Tonga
Denmark Latvia Peru Turkey
Dominican Republic* Liechtenstein Poland Tuvalu
Ecuador Lithuania Portugal Ukraine
El Salvador Luxembourg Romania United Kingdom
Estonia North Macedonia Samoa Uruguay
Fiji Madagascar San Marino Vanuatu

*Moldova, Paraguay, and the Dominican Republic are eligible to participate in the H-2A program, but they are not eligible to participate in the H-2B program.

**Regarding all references to “country” or “countries” in this document, it should be noted that the Taiwan Relations Act of 1979, Pub. L. No. 96-8, Section 4(b)(1), provides that “[w]henever the laws of the United States refer or relate to foreign countries, nations, states, governments, or similar entities, such terms shall include and such laws shall apply with respect to Taiwan.” 22 U.S.C. § 3303(b)(1).

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Accordingly, all references to “country” or “countries” in the regulations governing whether nationals of a country are eligible for H-2 program participation, 8 CFR 214.2(h)(5)(i)(F)(1)(i) and 8 CFR 214.2(h)(6)(i)(E)(1), are read to include Taiwan. This is consistent with the United States’ one-China policy, under which the United States has maintained unofficial relations with Taiwan since 1979.

This notice does not affect the status of H-2 beneficiaries who currently are in the United States unless they apply to extend their status. It does apply to nonimmigrants changing status in the United States to H-2A or B. Each country’s designation is valid, subject to removal for failure to meet the requirements for continued designation, from Jan. 19, 2020, until Jan. 18, 2021.

For more information on these programs, see the H-2A Temporary Agricultural Workers and H-2B Temporary Non-Agricultural Workers pages on our website.

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