The Dreamer of a Thousand Names for Starlight (cloudtrader) wrote,
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It's a mad mad mad mad world...

I received this e-mail yesterdady:

Subject: INS Special Registration for F-1, J-1, and H-1 visa holders (non-immigrant status) and those seeking permanent residency status [[Notice that the deadline for compliance for one of the groups is only 10 days from today. Many may be about to travel outside the country during the winter break and are at risk of being denied the right to return if in non-compliance. No effort to encourage or discourage compliance is implied.]]

Special Registration affects persons who hold nonimmigrant (temporary) status in the U.S.; who are 16 years of age or older; and who are citizens or nationals (place of birth).

There are three groups:

1) Individuals from the following countries: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Sudan,Syria; who are male; who entered the U.S. *on* or *before* September 10,2002; and who were born on or before 11/15/86 (and thus are 16 years of age or older) must register in person at the closest INS site (300 N. Los Angeles Street,
Room 2024, in downtown Los Angeles; lines are long, arrive before 10:00 and be prepared to wait 3-4 hours for your 30 minute interview). The deadline for Special Registration for this group is December 16, 2002. These individuals must re-register annually, within 10 days ofeach anniversary of
the date they registered. And if they leave the U.S. for any reason (regardless of duration of stay outside the U.S.), they *MUST* register with the INS official at the designated point of departure PRIOR TO LEAVING in order to return back to the U.S.

2) Individuals (male and female) from the following countries: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Sudan,Syria; who entered the U.S. *after* September 11, 2002; and who were born on or before 11/15/86 (and thus are 16 years of age or older) must
register in person 30 days after their arrival in the U.S. (note: they will be fingerprinted and photographed at their port of entry) at the closest INS,site (300 N. Los Angeles Street, Room 2024, in downtown Los Angeles; lines are long, arrive before 10:00 and be prepared to wait 3-4 hours for
your 30 minute interview). These individuals must re-register annually, within 10 days of each anniversary of the date they entered the U.S. And if they leave the U.S. for any reason (regardless of duration of stay outside the U.S.), they *MUST* register with the INS official at the designated point of departure PRIOR TO LEAVING in order to return back to the U.S.

3) Individuals from the following countries: Afghanistan, Algeria, Bahrain, Eritrea, Lebanon, Morocco, North Korea, Oman, Qatar, Somalia, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates and Yemen; who are male; who entered the U.S. *on* or *before* September 10, 2002; and who were born on or before 12/02/86 (and thus are 16 years of age or older) must register in person at the
closest INS site (300 N. Los Angeles Street, Room 2024, in downtown Los Angeles; lines are long, arrive before 10:00 and be prepared to wait 3-4 hours for your 30 minute interview). The deadline for Special Registration for this group is January 10, 2003. These individuals must re-register annually, within 10 days of each anniversary of the date they registered. And if they leave the U.S. for any reason (regardless of duration of stay outside the U.S.), they *MUST* register with the INS official at the designated point of departure PRIOR TO LEAVING in order to return back to the U.S.

This is most important to note: persons who hold dual citizenship with any one of these countries are also subject to Special Registration. Also,persons in process of getting permanent resident status are subject until they receive permanent resident status.

The INS (now being directed by the Office for Homeland Security) will NOT tolerate any non-compliance. There are no waivers being granted to this Act. Failure to register and lawfully comply with the registration mandates could be grounds for deportation and barring from any future re-entry into the U.S.

For more information about INS Special Registration requirements, please visit OISS's website at www.intl.ucla.edu/SpecialReg2.htm


Is that a kick in the butt, or what? This plus our scary new Information Awareness Office and the proposed national ID card just makes me feel sad. Seriously, our personal freedoms are being taken away! How can we let this happen? Here is a re-working of the old "Then They Came For Me" poem that says it perfectly.

I personally think the U.S.A. government couldn't tell an arse from an elbow with these fucking reactionists in charge. guingel I agree with you, we seriously need to look into moving to New Zealand if this keeps up. Or maybe the Moon.
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