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Your Presidential Appointment Round-up!

obama1This week numerous names have started circulating around who will be stepping into newly appointed positions this January. Here are some of the highlights of the tentative Obama administration’s appointees:

Janet Napolitano, the Democratic Governor of Arizona has been chosen to head the Department of Homeland Security. – full story

David A. Martin, a law professor at the University of Virginia will serve on the Agency Review Team for the Department of Homeland Security. – full story

Mariano Florentino-Cuéllar, a professor at Stanford Law School has been tapped to be the new Director of U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services. He will also be heading up the Immigration Policy group.  – full story

Obama also announced who will head the newly formed Policy Working Groups for the incoming administration. The focus of the Policy Working Groups will be to develop the priority policy proposals and plans from the Obama Campaign for action during the Obama-Biden Administration. Below is the list of new leaders for each group. Full story here.

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Bush Administration Proposes Paperless Overhaul of Immigration

From the Washington Post today:

backlogThe Bush administration has launched a major overhaul of the nation’s immigration services agency, selecting an industry consortium led by IBM to reinvent how the government handles about 7 million applications each year for visas, citizenship and approval to work in the United States, officials announced yesterday.

If successful, the five-year, $500 million effort to convert U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services‘ case-management system from paper-based to electronic could reduce backlogs and processing delays by at least 20 percent, and possibly more than 50 percent, people close to the project said. Those problems have long frustrated new Americans and other immigrants.

Sounds like a good thing to me, but how long will this overhaul take? And how will they ensure that nothing is lost during the transfer of information?

Lets hope this helps to continue the decrease in the backlogs that have proven so disastrous for people trying to immigrate to our country.

Increase in the Number of Naturalizations in 2008

Thanks to all of the pressure put on U.S. Citizensship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the deprtment has increased the number of naturalizations this fiscal year. From the USCIS website:

During FY08, USCIS completed an unprecedented 1,171,140 naturalization applications, an increase of more than 422,000 processed applications a year earlier.   Production for FY08 increased by 56 percent over FY2007, and surpassed original naturalization projections by 233,140 applications.

Advocates have been pushing for USCIS to end the naturalization backlogs that have put immigrants into infinitely long lines and have made legal immigration next to impossible for some people.  It looks like USCIS is finally making some – thanks in no small part to the advocacy of immigration rights groups like FIRM and our partners.

Keep up the good work.