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USA: Democrats Reject Building Border Walls

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Democrats Reject Building Border WallsDonald Trump, President of the United States, has blamed the opposition Democrats for the demise of the two immigrant kids who were in the US custody.

According to Trump, the death of children and others at the border are a direct result of the Democrats’ refusal to agree to the erection of the border walls, thereby permitting immigrants to enter the country illegally.

This comment came after the separate death of the two children from Guatemala who illegally crossed the border with their relatives, and had been in the U. S. Patrol border’s custody.

This was after he had tweeted that he was waiting for the democrats at the white house to conclude the border walls deal.

The Guatemalan eight-year-old, Felipe Gomez died of fever while in the US custody with his father, Augustin Gomez. This same occurrence happened on the same day, earlier this month where another Guatemalan kid, Jakelin Caval also died.

It is recorded, that in the last two months, 139,817 people have been apprehended by the US border patrol agents, on the southwest border. This is compared to the 74,946 people who were apprehended same time a year ago.

Trump is Resolute to Build the Borders

On December 22, when the US government shutdown which affected a quarter of the US federal government began, Trump promised to stay at the white house, thereby cancelling his trip to Florida for the holidays – though he visited the US troops in Iraq unannounced.

With his fight to build the US-Mexico border walls, the US President has even threatened to close the border if there is no substantial agreement with the Democrats on the deal. Meanwhile, the Democrats are firm in their decision not to support the agreement, claiming it as a waste of money.

A vow to reopen government

Nancy Pelosi, the expected Speaker in the new Congress, has vowed to reopen the government immediately her Democrats take control of the lower chambers from Thursday next week.

It seems that with the holiday celebrations ongoing, the effect of the shutdown has not been felt as most of the workers who have been sent off or without pay are on holidays will be called off, but we are sure the pressure will be higher in the New Year.

Though a more significant part of the US military isn’t affected, same cannot be said about the 42,000 coast Guard members, a branch that is under the Homeland Security, who are working without pay.

This is actually the third shutdown the government has made in a year.

A recent poll has shown that the Americans are in favour of a compromise rather than the President’s firm stand on the deal.

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Brexit: British Curry Industry “dying” and staff shortages

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Brexit Causing Shortage of WorkersWith the ongoing Brexit plans, the curry industry in the UK has drastically fallen, as well as the decrease in staff.

The impact of the Brexit plan is detrimental to running the curry houses, as this has increased the cost of doing so, thereby bringing some restaurants down. This concern has been expressed by the Bangladesh Caterers Association who initially supported the plan.

The deputy secretary of the Bangladesh Caterers Association (BCA), Mr Mujibu Rahman Junue, said that the increase in the prices of ingredients is manageable compared to the unavailability of staff in the industry.

He further explained that with the lack of the next generation’s interest in the business, there is a need to hire skilled workers abroad to help sustain the Indian restaurants in the UK. But the possibility of this is far-fetched as with the new rules before a chef is hired from South Asian, his employer is supposed to secure a visa for him by providing a salary of £30,000. This amount is higher than a chef’s pay in an average curry house. Also, staff cannot be gotten in the UK because people are not interested. At this rate, he complained that there might likely be no Indian restaurant in the UK.

Promises Failed

Mr Junue said the primary reason for backing the Brexit was because they were promised that workers from the subcontinent would be permitted to be brought into the country. He added that there was an assurance of change in immigration rules during a meeting between the BCA and the top politicians. This was why BCA supported Brexit.

The owner of Taste of India in Euston London, Mr Redoan Pasha said this plan has caused an increase in the prices of ingredients, lesser customers and lack of staff.

He further said they believed the plan was a good one two years ago, but now the reverse is the case. That is the same complaints from others in the industry who had supported the plan initially.

The vice president of Liberal Democrats Campaign for Race Equality, Mr. Kishan Devani said the restaurateurs believe they had been pushed into the wrong direction and are in regrets.

We are still awaiting comments from Mr. Boris Johnson, Ms. Priti Patel, and Mr. Michael Gove, the leading Brexiteers on the situation.

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British Authorities Advised to Stop English Channel Migrant Crossings

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UK to Stop Channel Migrant CrossingsWith all the crossings over the English channels recently, the British government authorities have been advised to put a stop to the possible trafficking behind the crossings.

Recently, there have been numerous accounts of migrants crossing, involving people who claim to be Iranians, Afghans, Iraqis, etc. Dover MP, Mr. Charlie Elphicke said that such crossings are very dangerous ones during this winter period and as such, the situation should be well handled by the UK National Crime Agency and Home Office. But it appears the reverse is the case, as the government is not explaining the actions that have been taken to stop the crossings which may lead to possible people trafficking.

Mr. Charlie Elphicke said the French and British government authorities should stop the traffickers behind these crossings before a tragedy occurs in the channel.

Home Office Responds

A spokeswoman from the Home Office, in response, said that the Border force officials had intercepted and rescued three men on a small boat who presented themselves as Iranians. They were taken to the UK authorities for interviewing.

The National Crime Agency and Home Office also reported, on Tuesday afternoon, that many boats containing migrants were also intercepted and rescued by Border force while trying to cross the channel overnight and that these incidents will be dealt with appropriately.

According to them, there may be a criminal gang activity behind these illegal migrations by boats through the English channels, as such the UK authorities are working in connection with the law enforcement agencies and French officials to capture these gangsters who are putting lives at risk.

Meanwhile, the authorities have been advised by the campaigners to help the migrants if they wish to claim asylum so that they would not risk their lives by going the busy shipping lanes.

According to the spokeswoman from Kent Refugee Action Network, Bridget Chapman, there has to be a way for these people to travel safely rather than being forced to embark o a hazardous journey which would risk them being exploited or falling I to the hands of human traffickers.

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ICE Releases Hundreds of More Migrants on Christmas Day

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ICE Releases Hundreds of More Migrants on Christmas DayOn Christmas day, a hundred more migrants were released in El Paso, Texas by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) according to officials.

While El Paso, Texas has been trying all it can to accommodate about 200 migrants released at a bus station in the community on Sunday by ICE, another group migrants were released in the community yesterday, Christmas day.

Speaking to newsmen, the director of Hope Border Institute, Dylan Corbett, said the minimum of 180 migrants were dropped off in downtown El Paso in the latest release. He said about half the latest release are children with some parents having more than a child with them.

He also revealed that all migrants dropped off are now at different Annunciation House shelters, and they are not expecting any drop-offs on Wednesday, 26 December, according to information from ICE.

The Drop Offs

Outside a Greyhound bus terminal in El Paso on Sunday night, more than 200 undocumented immigrants were dropped off by ICE without any housing plan according to the police. US Rep.-elect, Veronica Escobar, said dozens more were dropped on Monday before the latest drop-offs of hundreds of migrants on Christmas day.

Escobar said thankfully, just about 60 were dropped off on Monday compared to Sunday’s 200 which made it more manageable.

US Rep. Beto O’Rourke, Escobar’s predecessor, revealed on Facebook that more than 200 and 500 would be released on Christmas day and Wednesday respectively.

According to reports, local musicians serenaded the migrants and were given food and water as they waited for buses to shelters.  The community fears that about 500 migrants could be dropped off on Wednesday as well as Thursday, but no one could say for sure until the drop-off.

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New Zealand to Increase Immigration Staffing to Meet Visa Processing Demand

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New Zealand to Increase Immigration Staffing to Meet Visa Processing DemandAfter waiting for two months, a group of Chinese tourists have not been issued visitor visas by New Zealand for a week-long tour in the country which is due to start on January 2. This has therefore led to questions being asked of Immigration New Zealand’s ability to handle the very much anticipated increase in volume of visa applications NZ-China 2019 Tourism.

In respect to the volume of applications, Immigration New Zealand (INZ) admitted it is struggling to cope with such volume. There is the need for more staff according to Simon Cheung, chairman of NZ Chinese Travel and Tourism Association.

Visa Applications Volume

Approximately 45,000 temporary visas are being processed by INZ at the moment. It includes 19,000 onshore applications and 26,000 offshore applications.

Mr Cheung said delays in visa applications lead to unpalatable experiences even before the start of the holiday resulting in a bad reputation for New Zealand.

He revealed that increase ranging between 10 to 20 percent is expected in the volume of Chinese tourists against 2019 and efforts are being made in alliance with both INZ and Customs to ensure seamless arrival and entry of these tourists.

He explained that about a hundred thousand Chinese visitors enter the country per year with their applications usually made in groups. Delay in just one of the visas can cause a delay for every other applicants.

INZ will be helped to get information on entry requirements for visitors as well as advising applicants to lodge applications early online to interested tourists according to Cheung nevertheless he acknowledged that INZ will need more manpower to deal with these visas once received.

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UK Immigration Plans Mark Another Failure on the Path to Brexit

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UK Immigration Plans Mark Another Failure on the Path to BrexitIn yet another turn of event in a whirlwind of situations rocking the UK, the long-awaited immigration paper has been finally unveiled by the government.

The Whitehall has been through a handful of tumultuous situations in recent weeks, including more cabinet splits, alleged sexist comment about Theresa May by Jeremy Corbyn as well as Conservative ministers’ threats to leave the whip, in case no deal Brexit becomes government policy. The white paper is the latest.

The White Paper

Free movement of workers between the UK and the US will be hampered as the immigration white paper is aimed at reducing immigration level by ending free entry of workers between the two countries.

As from 2021, generalist workers can enter the UK without already having a job offer and remain in the country for up to a year seeking work. At the end of these 12 months, they must leave the country as part of what is called ‘cooling off period’ after which they can enter the country again. This transition period will be between 2021 and 2025.

People who use this system are:

– Required to pay for their visa,

– Not allowed to take advantage of public funds (e.g., health care) and

– Barred from using another visa route.

These proposals have been tagged problematic. Josh Hardie, CBI Deputy Director-General, described the issue as follow: firms would be encouraged to hire different personnel per year by the temporary 12-month visa route for immigrant workers that receive below £30,000. This results in unnecessary cost hike as well as discouraging migrants from being part of local communicates which is a pertinent social concern. He described the situation as good for neither business nor the public.

The limitations on skilled workers will be removed, and due consultations will be made regarding the proposal of £30,000 minimum salary requirement for skilled migrants. No immigration target will be set for each calendar year through Home Secretary Sajid Javid said they immigration will be maintained at levels considered sustainable.

Removal of such caps should ordinarily have signaled positivity as businesses will be able to access their required foreign talents more efficiently, but this move will most likely end in a considerable rise in cost and administrative burden of getting these migrants because of the end of the free movement. With free movement, employees can be sought at much lower costs from the EU.

It is crystal clear that this white paper is a representation of the government’s toxic approach to immigrants and holds no promise of better days post-Brexit.

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International Migration Hits High Record in Canada

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International Migration Hits High Record in Canada

International Migration Hits High Record in CanadaBetween 1st July and 1st September 2018, there has been an unexpected rise in the number of foreigners migrating to Canada from all over the world.

An estimate has shown that in the third quarter of the year, the population of the country has risen by 183,715 people. According to Statistics Canada, this number was the highest quarterly ever since 1971 when the present accounting system was introduced.

The major part of the increase in number the of people who trooped into Canada between July 1st and October 1st came in via international migration, which accounted for 146,531 people out of the 183,715 people that came in.

That was the highest number ever recorded by international migration, and the rise was said to be caused by the arrival of the unexpected number of people who are not Permanent Residence and the strong levels of migration.

Of all those who were admitted into the country, 79,417 of them were not permanent residents of Canada, and 82,316 of them were permanent residents. Statistics Canada said that most of those who did not have Permanent Residence were holders of study and work permits.

Factors affecting population growth in Canada between July to September 1998 to 2018

Since 1971, The first record of the fifth largest number of permanent residents admitted in one quarter was between 1st July and 1st September.

In the third quarter of 2018, the normal population growth in the country was estimated to be 37,184. In the records prepared by Statistics Canada, the number of births was 103,199, and the number of deaths was 66,015.

Statistics Canada also reported that looking at it from the third quarter of 2012, the natural rate of growth of Canada’s population has been depreciating. This, they say could be as a result of an ageing population and the case might remain the same for some time.

Major population growth taking place at Prince Edward Island

It was mentioned in Statistics Canada that in nine provinces, the primary source of population growth between 1st July and 1st September was from international migration.

The smallest province in Canada, Prince Edward Island, happened to see the greatest rate of growth in population, having a 1% rise in its population.

Factors affecting population growth in Provinces and Territories between July and September 2018

In the Prince Edward Island, there have been specific measures undertaken by the government to attract more skilled workers to its province through its Provincial Nominee Program, to salvage its declining population which is due to immigration to other provinces and a large number of ageing people in its population.

Benefits of International Migration to Provinces

According to Statistics Canada, the ill effects of interprovincial migration in Provinces like Quebec, Saskatchewan, British Columbia, Prince Edward Island and Manitoba can be reduced by international immigration.

It has also reduced the effect of having more deaths than births in the population of Provinces like New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.

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US Insist on Deporting Vietnam War Refugees

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US Set to Deport Vietnam War RefugeesAfter deporting about 40 Cambodian immigrants on Monday 17 December, United States is now ramping up the effort to deport refugees of the Vietnam War who were convicted of crimes after their arrival in the country.

The Cambodian immigrants deported is one of the largest groups the US has ever deported at a time, but a larger group may soon be deported as about 9,000 Vietnamese immigrants who came to America decades back when they escape the Vietnam war now face possible deportation. In this regard, the US and Vietnam officials held a meeting earlier this month to address reinterpreting an agreement between the countries that has been shielding the refugees from deportation.

This is just one of the many instances of Trump’s aggressive move against immigration that has seen deportation surpass entry into the US. Many who have been in the US almost all their life, with very little or no connection to their home country, have been victims of such a hard stance against immigration by Mr. Trump’s government.

Mr. Washington Approved Protection

In 2008, Washington inked an agreement with Hanoi which protects all Vietnamese war refugees that entered the US before 1995 against deportation.

While addressing issues surrounding reinterpretation of the agreement inked, litigation director at Advancing Justice – an Asian-American civil rights group, Ms. Phi Nguyen revealed that the refugees were granted green cards when they entered the US hence becoming permanent residents of the country, but because of fund or the process involved, many did not apply for citizenship.

Ms. Phi Nguyen also said that neither Vietnamese officials nor the US Department of Homeland Security officials had discussed the outcome of their meeting.

Mr. Trump deported many Vietnamese immigrants early last year when he initially attempted to reinterpret the agreement. August this year, the administration appeared to have backtracked on the reinterpretation but is now at it again.

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