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Joe Biden Rolls Out New ‘8 Year Pathway To Citizenship’ Immigration Bill For Immigrants

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The President of the United States has announced an immigration bill that would create an eight-year path to citizenship for millions of immigrants already in the country and provide a faster way for undocumented immigrants brought to the US as children to gain citizenship.

What does the bill include?

Here’s what the bill, titled the US Citizenship Act of 2021, announced on Thursday, February 18 includes:


1. Plan for a pathway to citizenship- The bill cuts the time to acquire citizenship to eight years instead of 13.

Individuals would be in a temporary status for five years, with three years until they get citizenship, amounting to an eight-year path.

While undocumented immigrants who came to the US as children, who fall under a form of humanitarian relief known as Temporary Protected Status or who are farmworkers can go directly to green cards if they meet requirements, including passing background checks.

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But to be eligible for the bill’s legalization plan, immigrants must have been in the country before January 1, 2021.


2. Biden’s proposed bill, if passed,  would remove the word “alien” from US immigration laws, replacing it with the term “noncitizen.” 


According to the administration the change, is “to better reflect the President’s values on immigration.”


The term “illegal alien,” is seen as a dehumanizing slur by immigrant rights advocates, and was well used during the Trump era.


3. The bill provides funding to US Citizenship and Immigration Services to chip away at the backlog of asylum applications.

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4. The bill provides funding for more immigration judges with emphasis on access to counsel.

 It authorizes funding for counsel for children and vulnerable individuals, and eliminates the one-year limit for filing an asylum case.


5. The bill repeals the bars to reentering the United States if an individual had previously been illegally residing in the country


It increases the number of available so-called diversity visas, which are awarded by random selection in select countries to promote immigration from places that don’t otherwise send many immigrants to the US. 


6. The bill would increase the number of visas granted annually from 55,000 to 80,000.


The legislation proposes creating a commission composed of employers, labor unions and civil rights advocates to make recommendations on improving worker verification.

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7. The measure would also increase protections for immigrants who come forward to report labor violations and increase penalties for employers who knowingly hire undocumented workers.


8. Invest in US-Mexico border and Central America.

The bill would help South American countries tackle smugglers and narcotics and trafficking networks. It would seek to create legal and safer pathways for migration by setting up refugee processing in Central America and would create a $4 billion investment plan in the region.

The legislation will be hard to pass in Congress, where House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has just a five-vote margin and Senate Democrats do not have the 60 votes needed to pass the measure in the Senate as the Senate is divided 50-50.

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DSS Arrests Kano Governor’s Aide After He Asked Buhari To Resign

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The Special Adviser on Media to the Kano State governor was reportedly arrested by the Department of State Services’ operatives.

Bubble Reports reported yesterday that Salihu Tanko-Yakasai called on the President Buhari-led government to either deal with bandits in the country or resign.

Salihu Tanko-Yakasai was arrested hours after he gave his comment while reacting to the abduction of 317 students of Government Girls Secondary School, Jangebe in Talata Mafara Local Government Area of Zamfara State on Friday, February 28, Salihu had tweeted;

“Clearly, we as APC government, at all levels, have failed Nigerians in the number 1 duty we were elected to do which is to secure lives & properties. Not a single day goes by without some insecurity in this land. This is a shame! Deal with terrorists decisively or resign.”

Hours after his tweet, his whereabouts were unknown as many on Twitter asked questions.

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However, Abubakar Sadiq who is the handler of the Twitter handle and official website of the Kano state government, in a tweet posted on Saturday morning, February 27, disclosed that Salihu is with the DSS.

The DSS is yet to confirm or deny his arrest.

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‘Using Hijab In Public Schools Would Expose Christain Pupils To Terrorists Attacks

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The Kwara State chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria has reacted negatively against the state government’s approval of the use of hijab by female Muslim pupils in public schools.

According to the association, the new policy would “cause discrimination in schools and allow terrorists to easily identify our children and wards”.

Kwara State government had last Friday closed down 10 Christian schools in Ilorin, the state capital, following tension on the wearing of hijab in the schools.

But while announcing the reopening of schools from Monday, March 8, 2021, in a statement signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Prof Mamma Jibril, on Thursday, it said female Muslim students should be allowed to wear hijab in all grant-aided public schools in the state.

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The statement titled, ‘Position of Kwara State Government on the Hijab Question in Public Schools,’ read in part, ‘Sequel to recent developments in our state over the status of the hijab in public/grant-aided schools, the state government has consulted widely with thought leaders and leaders of both Muslim and Christian communities with a view to clarifying issues and reaching a consensus.”

However, CAN, in a reaction, disagreed with the government over the use of hijab in schools established by Christian missions.

It also accused the government of taking a decision on a matter that was still before the Supreme Court.

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The association’s reaction was contained in a communiqué after a stakeholders’ meeting attended by proprietors of grant-aided schools, heads of block and heads of different denominations, and jointly signed by its Secretary, Rev Reuben Ibitoye, and Publicity Secretary, Apostle Sina Ibiyemi.

It read in part, “The body condemns the use of hijab in Christian missions grant-aided schools as this will cause discrimination in schools and allow terrorists to easily identify our children and wards.

“Christian mission grant-aided schools should be returned to the owners promptly as most of these schools have churches besides them and unnecessary trespass may lead to the breakdown of law and order. Christian faithful should occupy all grants-aided schools.”

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Efforts to get the reaction of the Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Teachers, Olu Adewara, proved abortive as he neither took calls nor replied to a text message sent to him.

Kwara State defends decision.

However, Kwara State Government said it approved the use of hijab by Muslim female students in its public schools after consultations with stakeholders and relevant laws in the state.

It also said it recognised the right of every child in public schools to freedom of worship.

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JUST IN: Abducted Kagara Students Regain Freedom

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The kidnapped students and staff of Government Science College Kagara, Niger State have finally regained freedom from the armed bandits in Niger State.

A top official involved in the counter revealed that they have finally regained their freedom.

Recall that Bubble Reports had reported the abduction of the boarding students by the bandits who were dressed in military uniforms on February 17, 2021.

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A total of 27 students, three staff members, and 12 members of their family were abducted after the attack on the Kagara school in the early hours of Wednesday.

Details later…

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‘Any Attempt To Arrest Me Would Fail’- Sunday Igboho

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Yoruba rights activist, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho, has said that any attempt by the police, the army and the Department of State Services to arrest him, saying any effort to arrest him on Yorubaland will fail.

He said this during an interview with Punch on Friday, while reacting to the clash between him and security agents around the Guru Maharaji bus stop along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

The Yoruba rights activist, who has been in the news for serving a quit notice on Fulani herdsmen in some parts of the South-West, said he was never invited before they attempted to arrest him.

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Igboho, therefore, stated that he did not know why he was being targeted. He advised the Federal Government to focus on capturing Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, and invite Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, who has been meeting with bandits in recent times.

He said, “I was never invited. They just lay in ambush for me at Guru Maharaji and started shooting. They started shouting, ‘Where is Sunday Igboho?’ I identified myself and asked them what the problem was. They said I was under arrest and I said, ‘For what? On my father’s land? That was how it degenerated.

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“When they noticed how tense everywhere was, they fled. They came in four Hilux vans and a Toyota Land Cruiser. There are bandits operating all over the place but people like me who are defending our fatherland are the ones you want to arrest. Why?”

When asked if the police had invited him, he said, “I have not been invited. What have I done to warrant an arrest? Why do they want to arrest me? What have I done?”

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On whether he would honour a police invitation if invited, Igboho said, “Go and ask them to invite Gumi and Shekau first before disturbing me. Let them face the bandits instead.”

When asked if he would go into hiding, he said, “What for? I am in the neighbourhood. I cannot run.”

He added that he had returned to his base in Ibadan.

He also revealed that his bank account which was initially frozen has had the restriction lifted.

SOURCE: Saturday Punch

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Lagos State Police Arraigns Driver That Knocked Police Off A Bridge

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The Lagos state police command today arraigned the law offending driver who knocked a police officer off the bridge along the International airport road on February 24, before an Oshodi mobile court.

The video of the driver who was driving against traffic and trying to evade arrest from security agents surfaced online on Thursday, February 25. The driver in the process hit the police officer identified as David Zapania.

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The driver was arraigned before the court on six charges this morning which include Driving against traffic (one way), Resisting arrest, Reckless and dangerous driving, Driving with an invalid driver’s license, Assaulting a police officer, and attempted murder. The police say he will be arraigned in another court for the attempted murder charge.

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At the ruling, no bail or fine was given and he will be remanded in Badagry prison until March 26 for the next hearing.

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