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Posts of the week: The long-term effects of NSEERS, 20-plus year waits for immigrant visas, how parents in deportation lose their kids, more

Source: Visa Bulletin for February 2012, U.S. Department of State

As usual on Multi-American this week, there's been plenty to read. We've followed a deportation case stemming from a now defunct post-9/11 national security program, attempted to make larger sense of Florida's so-called "Latino Primary" and taken a look at how long it takes for some immigrants to come to the U.S. legally, among other things.

Miss any of it? Here are a few selected posts from throughout the week that are worth checking out. Enjoy.


NSEERS and "special registration" are gone, but long-term effects continue The National Security Entry-Exit Registration System, or NSEERS, was perhaps the most controversial of post-9/11 national security programs. A "special registration" provision that required many non-citizen Muslim men to report to immigration authorities was suspended in 2003, and the entire program was scrapped last year. But as a result, more than 13,000 men landed in deportation. As the Obama administration adjusts its deportation policies, these cases are getting renewed attention.


A reading (and listening) list for the Florida primary The so-called "Latino primary" in Florida came and went, with GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney as winner. Tonight, Latino voters of a different stripe will play a role in determining which GOP candidate takes Nevada. But as November nears, the bigger question is whether any Republican candidate stands a chance of getting enough Latino voter support to beat President Obama, in spite of his immigration track record. A list of good articles and radio segments to put the primary in perspective.


Who had the longest wait for an immigrant visa this month? Some people wait more than 20 years to come to the U.S. legally as immigrants, sponsored by relatives. Those who waited longest this month, according to the State Department, are brothers and sisters of U.S. citizens waiting in the Philippines, who filed their paperwork back in 1988. A monthly feature.


By the numbers: U.S. leads in total number of immigrants, but not in total share The United States leads the list of top-ten countries with the largest number of immigrants, but it doesn't even make the top-ten list of those with the highest share of foreign-born residents, according to updated charts from the Migration Policy Institute. Also illustrated: Compared with several other nations, the share of foreign-born in the U.S. has remained relatively flat in recent years.


What about the kids? What can happen when parents are deported When parents are deported, they usually face two choices: Take their children with them, or leave them in the U.S. with relatives. But many kids fall through the cracks, landing in foster care when relatives can't be located or parents land in detention. Two ongoing cases illustrate how easy it is for immigrants to lose their parental rights when the immigration enforcement and family court systems collide.