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USCIS proposes tough rules to deter immigrants from obtaining work authorization fraudulently



WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced a proposed rule to deter aliens from illegally entering the United States and from filing frivolous, fraudulent or otherwise non-meritorious asylum applications in order to obtain employment authorization.

The proposed rule will better allow USCIS to extend protections to those with bona fide asylum claims. USCIS also seeks to prevent certain criminal aliens from obtaining work authorization before the merits of their asylum application are adjudicated.

The proposed rule stems from the April 29, 2019, Presidential Memorandum on Additional Measures to Enhance Border Security and Restore Integrity to Our Immigration System, which emphasizes that it is the policy of the United States to manage humanitarian immigration programs in a safe, orderly manner and to promptly deny benefits to those who do not qualify. Nothing in this rule changes eligibility requirements for asylum. Instead, this rule strengthens the standards that allow an alien to work on the basis of a pending asylum application.

“Our immigration system is in crisis. Illegal aliens are gaming our asylum system for economic opportunity, which undermines the integrity of our immigration system and delays relief for legitimate asylum seekers in need of humanitarian protection,” said Acting Director Ken Cuccinelli. “USCIS must take steps to address pull factors encouraging aliens to illegally enter the United States and exploit our asylum framework. These proposed reforms are designed to restore integrity to the asylum system and lessen the incentive to file an asylum application for the primary purpose of obtaining work authorization.”

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As directed by the presidential memorandum, USCIS proposes to:

  • Prevent aliens who entered the United States illegally from obtaining work authorization based on a pending asylum application, with limited exceptions; and
  • Automatically terminate employment authorization when an applicant’s asylum denial is administratively final.

Additionally, USCIS proposes to:

  • Clarify that an asylum applicant’s failure to appear for a required appointment may lead to dismissal of their asylum application and/or denial of their application for employment authorization;
  • Prevent aliens who fail to file their asylum application within one year of their latest entry as required by law from obtaining work authorization; and
  • Render any alien who has been convicted in the United States of any federal or state felony, or convicted of certain public safety offenses involving child abuse, domestic violence, or driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, ineligible for employment authorization.

Unresolved arrests or pending charges may result in the denial of the application for employment authorization as a matter of discretion.

For more information, read the notice of proposed rulemaking that publishes in the Federal Register on Nov. 14. The comment period ends on Jan. 13, 2020.

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

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Photos: Junet Mohamed, Hassan Joho jet to Dubai to visit ODM leader Raila Odinga




Suna East MP Junet Mohamed and Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho have today left the country for Dubai to visit ODM leader Raila Odinga.

In several photos shared on social media, the two leaders were seen sitting side by side in a private jet with snacks and fruits in front of them.

Odinga has been in Dubai for treatment for the past two weeks after his family confirmed that he underwent a small surgical procedure on his back to stem consistent pain.

In a one-minute video shared by his daughter Winnie Odinga, Raila, said that the messages of goodwill from Kenyans made him recover quickly.

“I want to thank all my friends, supporters and all our youth who have sent me so many messages of goodwill.

“It has just been amazing and wonderful. It makes me recover so fast,” Raila said.

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How I survived ordeal in the hands of a vicious gang



For close to seven hours, Rebecca, 23, a Sudanese living in Nakuru, was held hostage by a criminal gang that has been terrorising the town and its environs for more five years now, despite being outlawed in 2016.

She narrates her ordeal.

On Monday, June 6, I left my house in Park View estate to deposit some Sh25,000 for my brother at a local bank in Nakuru town.

It was around 2 pm. I flagged down a boda boda outside my home. Little did I know that I was being taken to my tormentors. The boda boda operator started behaving strangely. First, he claimed his motorcycle did not have enough fuel and that he wanted to fuel at a fuel station in the neighbouring estate.

Then he started heading full speed towards Bondeni slums. He was speeding so much that I started bleeding because I was yet to recover fully from birth complications after delivering my baby a week earlier. My pleas to the rider that the speeding was causing me discomfort fell on deaf ears.

He told me to shut up, and that if I said anything else he would kill me. My thoughts I thought about my week-old baby and his four-year-old brother back at home and kept quiet as the boda boda weaved around the rough roads at break-neck speed. The boda boda stopped outside one of the shanties at Bondeni slums. Three men were waiting. They were armed with machetes, clubs and all manner of weapons.

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Before I could alight, one of them pulled me down and I landed on the dusty ground-injuring my head. I started bleeding again. I tried to struggle, but they pinned me down and threatened to kill me. One of them snatched my handbag, opened it took the Sh25,000 inside. They sarcastically said I was ‘rich.’ They were so sure of themselves that they kept on sipping alcohol and smoking bhang as they divided the money among themselves.

Then they started demanding more. One of them gave me a mobile phone and told me to call my husband. He gave me instructions on what to say, including a Sh50,000 ransom for my freedom. They threatened to kill me if my husband failed to send the money to the phone. One of them started asking me why and how I came to Kenya and what I have been doing for a living, and details of my family.

At around 4pm, I started pleading with them to allow me go back home to breastfeed my baby, but one of them retorted that I had “a very uncooperative husband.” At around 7.30pm, they asked me to chose how I wanted to die because my husband had not sent the money. All I could say was “I do not know, only God knows.”

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One of the gang members was kind. He argued that the Sh25,000, was enough and pleaded with his accomplices to allow me go back home to breastfeed my baby.

They then ordered me to leave, warning of dire consequences if I ever reported the incident to the police.

I walked home, stopping to take breaths along the way because I did not have much strength left. I later learnt that about the time the gang released me, my husband was working with the police to trace me through the mobile phone they made me use to make the ransom demand. By the time police, led by Nakuru Town East DCI Benson Mutie, got to the scene, the gang had vanished.


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VIDEO: Gigantic Security Light Being Installed at the Gate of Amani Ridge the Place of Peace



As a follow up to our recently rolled out Sustainable energy agenda, we have started installation of an enormous Solar powered Security Light at the main gate of Amani Ridge the Place of Peace.
This security light, which will be strategically located at the gated community main gate will have 8 lights of 180W and will be raised 10 Meters high. It will also be near the Fountain of Peace: 
The significance of this strategic installation is that the light will not only serve as a security boost but also will be a symbol of abundance to all the families that will settle at Amani Ridge the place of Peace. It will also be a symbol of Light & Brightness in each individual living in, raised or retiring at Amani Ridge the Place of Peace.
Besides, it will also be a symbol that families will not only live at Amani Ridge but that they will THRIVE in a BIG way.
Other than this ongoing security solar light installation, we thank God that the following has been achieved too for the last 60 days:
1. Wall of Peace (800 meters long & 9 feet high) now completed ✅
2. The Wall of Wisdom (700 meters and 12 feet high) now completed ✅
3. The Green Razor wire on Wall of Peace is now completed ✅
4. The Fountain of peace is now done. We allow photos for free on this unique, inspiring Fountain that is a symbol of Peace and our Green Energy commitment at this top Gated Community.
What is ongoing today?
1. The Steel Galvanized 100,000 Litres Tank that will be elevated 15 meters above the ground to enable good water supply
2. We shall commence the Wall of Happiness (700 meters long, 9 feet high)
3. Water draining master idea in the offing. We shall reclaim 5 acres using modern technology
What can you do as a customer?
1. Plant trees or fruits on your plot
2. Fence your plot
3. Bring us a referral – We have less than 40 properties remaining
4. Keep paying your Installments so that you get your title deed
We look forward to an amazing gated community where families will thrive, live abundantly and Enjoy boundless Peace. A place where people will enjoy their retirement years as they walk in green environment, congregate at a state-of-the-art club house and bask under the Kiambu sunshine along the Crescent Avenue. With my plot No 301 already secured, I am going to be one of those people who will enjoy all these abundance.
Your good friend can be your neighbor too. Guide him/her to call Optiven or share their number with us and they will forever remember you. 
Contact Optiven Group: 0790 300 300 Email: Website: George Wachiuri Blog:  

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