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Alabama Jails Immigrants!

Alabama Jails Immigrants!Alabama’s new immigration law, harshest yet in the state, requires for anyone who cannot prove that they are legal in the country to be arrested. The new policy goes as far as to have schools check the status of its students, although they are still allowed to attend school, many are outraged by the practices. 

Chief Deputy Randy Christian is wondering where to place the detainees as the jails are already suffering from overcrowding. 
The new law threatens financial struggle to the the farming industry as most of the labor is done by illegal immigrants. 
Obama administration acted to appeal the strict Alabama immigration law but we have yet to see how it will affect the situation. As of right now it is better to carry your ID with you or think about moving out of state if you do not have one.

It’s Time to Learn the Green Card Process

It's Time to Learn the Green Card Process

The green card application process is relatively involved, but certainly not insurmountable to anyone who has the proper documentation and assistance in obtaining a green card. The first steps of the green card process involve checking on a number of important preliminary concerns. For example, someone interested in submitting a green card application should first check the filing fees for such a green card application, and should ensure that he or she is prepared to pay those costs.

Furthermore, anyone submitting a green card application should check the green card processing time for the green card process, as the green card processing time may play an important role in determining exactly when an individual should submit a green card application and begin the green card process. For example, if an individual had a visa that allowed him or her to remain within the country up until a certain date, then it would be advisable for him or her to check the green card processing time and determine at exactly what point he or she should submit a green card application.

Green card processing time will also likely depend on exactly how many green card applications will likely be submitted at or around the same time. An individual beginning the green card process will also need to find a doctor for him or herself in the green card process.

They key element of the green card process is the submission of the actual green card application to the proper office. It is currently possible to submit a green card application online, as well. A green card application must be dependent on some basis for a green card, including that the individual applying for a green card is being sponsored by a family member or a job, or that the person applying for a green card has refugee or asylee status.

Alabama Immigration Law Forces Hispanic Students out of School

Alabama Immigration Law Forces Hispanic Students out of School

Alabama schools are witnessing abnormally high rates of absences for Hispanic students after the state enacted what is widely regarded as the toughest anti-immigration law in the United States. 
The immigration law, which was unanimously approved by the state legislature, allows law enforcement officers to check for papers and detain undocumented residents without bail. The Alabama immigration law also mandates that public schools share with authorities the residence and citizenship status of all newly enrolled students. 
In response to the law’s enactment, throngs of Hispanic students skipped classes out of fear of deportation or imprisonment. In response to the drastic number of absences and the brutal reality of the law, legislators responsible for the reform claim, assured residents that the law is merely about statistics and not about enforcing brutal penalties on its inhabitants. 
Under the Alabama immigration law, schools are required to ask new students to either submit a birth certificate or sworn proof that they are in the United States legally. However, if the students are unable to provide such documentation they are still able to attend school. Under the law, neither the students nor the parents will be arrested for failing to provide proper documentation. 
After the student submits (or fails to) his/her documentation, the school provides statistical information to the state concerning the number of students who were able to provide citizenship papers.
Alabama requires all schools to follow this immigration policy. The state made available form letters that schools send to parents of new students to clarify the requirements of the immigration law and inform parents that they should not be frightened or concerned if they are unable to provide sworn documents reflecting citizenship. 

Steps To Fulbright Scholarship Grants

Steps To Fulbright Scholarship Grants

Is Fulbright Scholarship Right For

The Fulbright Program was
conceived as a competitive international educational exchange program for
talented US citizens to travel abroad while studying, teaching or conducting
research.  Similarly, non-US citizens may
come to the United States to conduct similar activities.  Approximately 8,000 Fulbright scholarships
are given out every year through the US Department of State with funding
furnished by Congress with some alternate funding from foundations, corporations
and other governments.  The total
congressional contribution to the Fulbright Program was $253.8 million in 2010
with an additional $85.2 million contributed by other sources.  To date, 155 countries participate in the
Fulbright program on a bi-lateral basis.


The Fulbright program was the
brainchild of Arkansas senator William J Fulbright who suggested selling
surplus materials from World War II and putting the proceeds toward an
international exchange program for the advancement of world peace.  The first Fulbright participants went abroad
in 1948 and since then 310,000 individuals have been program participants.  To date, there are 43 Nobel Prize and 78
Pulitzer Prize winners that were participants in the Fulbright Program.  Senator Fulbright remained an avid supporter
and advocate for the program until his death in 1995.

Select Fulbright grants:

US citizens

Fulbright US Student Program –

Sends students and young professionals to study
abroad for a year with the opportunity to teach English

Fulbright-mtvU Fellowship

Gives 4 US students to study an aspect of music
and its relation to other cultures, sharing their experiences through social

Fulbright US Scholar Program

Sends US scholars and professionals abroad for a
year to teach or research

Fulbright Specialist Program

Sends US scholars and professionals abroad for
two – six weeks to serve as specialists for curriculum and institution planning
at foreign academic institutions

For foreign

The Fulbright Foreign Student Program

Allows foreign students to study in the United
States for one year, with the possibility of renewal.

The Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching
Assistant Program

Invites foreign English teachers to improve
their skills in the United States at various colleges and universities.

Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program &
Fulbright Scholar in Residence Program

Invites foreign scholars to teach or conduct
research at colleges and universities in the United States for a year.

Hubert H Humphrey Program

Invites professionals from developing countries
to the United States for study and experience.

The International Fulbright Science and
Technology Award

Invites foreign students to pursue doctoral
study in science, technology and engineering for outstanding students.

There are
additional programs for teacher exchange and excellence in education.  Additionally, the Critical Language
Scholarship (CLS) sponsors US undergraduate students to study languages
important to American policy and foreign affairs.

Who administers Fulbright grants?

The Fulbright Program is the
responsibility of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the US
Department of State.  The Fulbright
Foreign Scholarship Board is made up of twelve members, appointed by the President
to serve as a steering committee for the program and approve all grant recipients.  In foreign countries, there may be a bi-national
Fulbright commission or foundation dedicated to screening, recruiting and
publicizing the Fulbright program.  In
countries without a commission, the US Embassy publicity handles the
commission’s duties to recruit potential grant recipients.

Specialized committees such as
AMIDEAST and LASPAU administer grants for the Middle East and Latin
America/Caribbean respectively.

What does one study on a
Fulbright grant?

What are other organizations that
are related to Fulbright grants?

What is included in a Fulbright

How do I apply for a Fulbright

Are there group grants?

Who is eligible?

Any and all persons involved with
the State Department or an immediate family member There is a variety of
subjects that can be studied under a Fulbright grant from humanities to science
and technology.  It will not support an
individual entering medical school but will support studies and research into
patient care and public/global health. 
There are no grants for the role purpose of learning English.  There are specialized enhancement grants for
US students that intend to go to a country with a language identified as
“critical” by the US State Department. 
These languages include Mandarin Chinese, Korea, Arabic, Hindi, Urdu and

The Fulbright Association, which
is not associated with the government, is a private non-profit group of
Fulbright alumni that educate Congress on the continued needs of the program
and its mission.  They award the J.
William Fulbright Prize for International Understanding to exceptional
individuals that contribute to world peace and foster international

The Fulbright Academy is also not
affiliated with the program but is an alumni association that serves as a
support network to foster collaboration and support amongst its members.  It boasts approximately 9,000 members and
serves as support for new Fulbright members.

Most Fulbright grants include
roundtrip transportation, stipend, tuition and insurance as well as
compensation for travel and participation in mandatory Fulbright events.  Students from other countries are entitled to
receive some orientation and pre-academic programs to improve their English
language skills, especially when dealing with technical subjects such as law
and health.

If you are an exceptional and
high achieving individual, you may be selected to receive a Fulbright grant.  You must demonstrate academic excellence,
leadership and a feasible project that can be completed with the funds.  Generally speaking, you must apply to the
program fifteen to twelve months before the grant is administers.  The https://fulbright.state.gov will provide
you with a list of available grants and where the applications to those grants
may be sent.  Applications are not
submitted to this website.

Bear in mind that the Fulbright
program is bi-national and will only fund American students going abroad or
foreign students studying in America.  It
will not fund foreign students seeking to study in other countries.  It also does not fund foreign students
already in the US. 

The most common method for an
American to apply to the Fulbright program is through their university or
college which can guide them through the process.  Larger institutions will have a Fulbright
advisor for the purpose of recommending and guiding prospective applicants.

Should you be deemed eligible for
further examination, you will be given a language test to ensure you have
adequate proficiency in the language of the target country.  Foreign applicants will need to demonstrate
English proficiency.  The applicant will
also need to submit GRE or GMAT scores depending on the American program they
are enrolling in, based on the standards of the institution.

The Fulbright-Hayes Group Project
Abroad Program is a department of education grant that funds groups seeking to
study humanities, foreign language or social sciences abroad for the purposes
of group study or curriculum development. 
These educators collectively work especially to increase understanding
of area studies and develop a curriculum to be used in the United States.

There may be age restrictions and
recommendations attached to each grant.

Fulbright US Student Program

Holding a doctorate will
disqualify an applicant from the Fulbright Program.  Qualifications will vary depending on the
type and location of the grant, but the applicant must have a bachelor’s degree
and a proficiency in the language of the country they are applying to work in.

Fulbright US Scholar Program

The applicant must have a Ph.D.
and teaching experience as well as demonstrate the foreign language proficiency
needed to carry out the project.

Fulbright Teacher Exchange

All that is required for this
program is a bachelor’s degree, full time teaching assignment and English

`Foreign Fulbright applicants
must meet the individual requirements set by their country’s Fulbright Commission.  They cannot have US citizenship/permanent
residency.  Scholars must have a doctoral
degree or relevant experience as well as English language proficiency.

How are candidates selected?

Candidates are assessed on merit
based on their record of achievement, language preparation/proficiency and
their project proposal.  Depending on the
project, several organizations may be involved in assessing the candidate in a
collaborative process that also involves embassies in the target country.