Sign up today to find out if more “family” members will join refugees in the US

Reader background:  In 2008, the US State Department found widespread fraud in the so-called P-3 family reunification program for refugees.   The State Department estimated that as many as 30,000 Africans (mostly Somalis) entered the US illegally in a five year period.  The program was suspended and not fully re-opened.

So now, some “refugees and asylees” are attempting to find other ways of getting “family” into the US.  The I-730 is one such program.  Before listening in on the “stakeholder” teleconference tomorrow, it’s recommended that you read this post in which a reader personally knowledgeable with some of these visa programs gives us a summary.

Here is the announcement from the USCIS (hat tip: Jim).  You must sign up today for the call tomorrow!

Dear Stakeholder [I hate that word, but as one reader recently pointed out, if you pay taxes, you are a stakeholder!–ed]

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) International Operations Division and Public Engagement Division invite any interested individuals to participate in a teleconference on Tuesday, August 7, 2012 from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm (Eastern) to receive an update on the Refugee and Asylee Follow-to-Join (Form I-730) pilot program that was launched overseas by USCIS and the Department of State (DOS) last year.

On March 31, 2011, USCIS and DOS began piloting new Form I-730 processing procedures at five overseas locations: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Guatemala City, Guatemala; New Delhi, India; Port-au-Prince, Haiti; and Yaoundé, Cameroon. The pilot procedures were jointly developed by USCIS and DOS in an effort to improve customer service and to provide greater consistency, efficiency, and security in the processing of these important humanitarian cases.

During this engagement USCIS will provide an update on the pilot and plans for future implementation. In addition, subject matter experts will be available to answer questions from stakeholders.

To Participate in the Session

Please email the Public Engagement Division no later than August 6, 2012 at

Please reference “Follow to Join” in the subject line of your email. Please also include your full name and the organization you represent in the body of the email.

To Join the Session

On the day of the engagement please use the information below to join the session by phone. We recommend calling in 10 minutes prior to the start of the teleconference.
Call-in Number Inside the US: 1-800-779-9654
Call-in Number Outside the US: 001-212-547-0238
Passcode: 730

Kind Regards,

Public Engagement Division
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

Leaders of the world-wide counter-jihad movement rallied and joined forces in Sweden on Saturday

Here is the story from Pamela Geller at Atlas Shrugs (emphasis mine):

Stockholm was a wild success, far exceeding expectations on so many levels. After an extraordinary rally* at Norra Bantorget in Stockholm, the heads of the leading worldwide counter-jihad organizations held a series of workshops and planning meetings. What has emerged from an intense forty-eight hour strategy session is the first activist leadership team uniting counter-jihadists in Europe, the U.S., and Australia: the President’s Council of Stop Islamization of Nations (SION).

The initial members of the President’s Council are SIOE’s Anders Gravers; Tommy Robinson and Kevin Carroll of the EDL; Debbie Robinson of the Q Society of Australia, Robert Spencer and me. The members of the newly formed council unanimously voted to elect me Council President. I am honored. This is a momentous beginning to what I am confident will become a powerful force for defending freedom worldwide.

The President’s Council differs from the SION Board, which includes Swiss parliamentarian Oskar Freysinger; Cliff Kincaid of Accuracy in Media; Ashraf Rameleh of Voice of the Copts; Ali Sina, the renowned ex-Muslim author and founder of; Wafa Sultan, the ex-Muslim human rights activist and author; the German pro-freedom activist Stefan Herre of Politically Incorrect; the Israeli author Dr. Mordechai Kedar; the Hindu human rights activist Babu Suseelan; and Anders Gravers of Stop Islamisation of Europe (SIOE).

This Board functions in an advisory capacity, while the President’s Council is a steering committee. It functions as a mobile, proactive, reactive on-the-ground team developing and executing confidential action plans that strike at the heart of the global anti-freedom agenda.

Our next initiative will be the first session of the International Freedom Defense Congress, which will be held in New York on September 11, 2012. The principal focus of the Congress will be a media workshop pertaining to Islamic supremacist attempts to restrict the freedom of speech in the free world, and the smear campaigns against freedom fighters in newspapers and media institutions in the West.

* Here is just one of several reports on the rally.

Type ‘Sweden’ into our search function and you will see it was an ideal location for this gathering.