Security John F. Kelly on May 2. Kirchner
was most recently an advisor
to the Acting Commissioner
of Customs and Border Protection,
Before serving as executive director
of the Federation for American Immi-
gration Reform, Kirchner worked as
counsel at the Minnesota House of
Representatives and as a private litiga-
tor and criminal prosecutor. She re-
ceived a bachelor’s degree from Yale
University and her J.D. with high dis-
tinction at the University of Iowa Col-
lege of Law.
The O;ce of the Citizenship and
Immigration Services Ombudsman is
dedicated to improving the quality of
citizenship and immigration services
delivered to the public by providing
individual case assistance, as well as
making recommendations to improve the administration of immigration bene;ts by U.S. Citizenship and
Immigration Services (USCIS).
Created by section 452 of the Homeland Security
Act of 2002, the Ombudsman is an impartial and con-;dential resource that is independent of USCIS.
Microsoft’s Nadella Welcomes
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella thinks the White
House’s H-1B visa review is “a good thing.” He recently
told an American Public Media correspondent he saw
it as a boost to business competitiveness.
“I think every country should look at their immigration policy and in this case it’s about American
competitiveness,” he told senior tech correspondent
Molly Wood on APM’s “Make Me Smart” podcast recently.
“Ultimately it’s about high-skill
labor and a review that says there is
the right use of [the H-1B] and misuses
of it and we promote more the right
uses of it, all the better for American
competitiveness. At least at Microsoft,
when we think about H-1B, it’s mostly
about high-skilled labor that allows us,
an American company, to be globally
The Trump visa review concen-
trates largely on outsourcing ;rms
that that contract out the services of
H-1B visa-holders to other companies.
The review is looking at modifying the
selection process, giving priority to
the more educated and more highly
paid applicants, among other things.
The Indian-born Nadella was
among key industry players who met
with Trump in December and indicated the visa review was a priority.
“I’m a product of two things that I think are great
about the United States,” Nadella told the podcast correspondent, as recounted on the Geek Wire website.
“One is American technology reaching me where I was
growing up and to be able to dream the American
dream and then the enlightened immigration policy
letting me live that dream.”
N.J. student activist meets
with ICE o;cials
A Rutgers University undergraduate who is a vocal
advocate for immigrants’ rights – and an undocu-
mented immigrant herself - emerged from a meeting
with federal o;cials on May 9 after learning she
would not be deported.
Carimer Andujar, 21, who came to the U.S. from the
Dominican Republic at age 4 with her
mother, was covered by the Deferred
Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
However, she learned that she had
been summoned to Newark for a meet-
ing with Immigration and Customs En-
forcement o;cials at the same time
she was renewing her DACA registra-
tion, which was expiring April 28.
Fearing she would be deported for
her activism on the New Brunswick
campus, faculty and others rallied in
support of the third-year chemical en-
News accounts at the nj.com website and in the campus’ Daily Targum
said that despite the fact that her
DACA registration was extended, she
feared being detained.
Andujar is president of UndocuRut-gers, which assists undocumented students on campus. According to a report in nj.com, she and her
mother came to the U.S. to escape a domestic abuse
situation. She grew up in Passaic and is a graduate of
Passaic High School.
The Daily Targum said recent ;gures estimate there
are 450 undocumented students attending Rutgers.
The university also has a sizable Indian-American student population and according to collegedata.com,
the New Brunswick campus population has a makeup
that is 27. 5 Asian in origin.
Forum to take a second look at
DHS and ICE
Updates on the Department of Homeland Security
2 NYC forums to guide
and ICE actions on immigrations will be discussed at
a forum sponsored by Indivisible Arlington on May 24
at the Shirlington branch library, 4200 Campbell Ave.,
Arlington, Virginia at 7 p.m.
Attendees will also learn what steps
are being taken to halt deportations
and protect immigrants. Guest speaker
will be Del. Alfonso Lopez (D-Arling-
ton) and moderator will be Dave
Robeck of Indivisible Arlin
The Legal Aid Society is hosting a
talk in Queens on May 20 on immigrants’ concerns under the Trump administration. The program will begin
at 12: 30 p.m. at the United Healthcare
building, 136-02 Roosevelt Ave., third
Attorneys will discuss President
On Staten Island, free immigration consultations
will be o;ered by the New York Legal Assistance
Group on May 20 and resources will be available on
healthcare and English classes. There will also be a
The program will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at
Port Richmond High School, 85 St. Joseph’s Ave.,
Staten Island. The program is sponsored by the
NYLAG, the city Council and Council member Debi
Rose of Staten Island.
Homeland Security Announces
New CIS Ombudsman
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look at their
policy and in this
case it’s about
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