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Australia praised for new refugee policy

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

CANBERRA, Australia -- Australia's new government won praise from the United Nations and human rights groups Wednesday for offering refugees permanent sanctuary rather than temporary visas.

In 1999, the former government began issuing refugees "temporary protection" visas, which were good for only three years, if they entered the country without authorization to apply for sanctuary. Those who applied from abroad could stay permanently if their applications were accepted.

But Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's government, which won elections last November, announced Tuesday night that all refugees can now apply for permanent residence, regardless of how they reach the country.

U.N. Human Rights Commissioner Graeme Innes commended the government Wednesday for its decision.

"The temporary protection visa policy has created an unjust two-tiered system for refugees and has caused undue suffering and distress for many people trying to escape persecution," he said in a statement.

The refugee advocacy group A Just Australia said scrapping the temporary visa program would help refugees to put their pasts behind them and build positive futures.

Under the old policy, temporary visa holders could apply to stay permanently after three years.

Until they were accepted as permanent residents, however, they were unable to apply for relatives to be resettled in Australia as refugees. They immediately lost their temporary visas if they left Australia.

Immigration Minister Chris Evans said Tuesday that about 1,000 refugees who are on temporary visas will automatically qualify for permanent visas if they meet security and character requirements.

Australia does not accept refugees who are deemed to be national security risks or who fail character tests due to factors such as criminal records.

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/national/110...a_refugees.html


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I wonder who they classify as a refugee.


According to the Internal Revenue Service, the 400 richest American households earned a total of $US138 billion, up from $US105 billion a year earlier. That's an average of $US345 million each, on which they paid a tax rate of just 16.6 per cent.

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When I was there last year there was a lot of people from Somalia coming in .


I-130

Service Center :California Service Center

Consulate : Sydney, Australia

Marriage : 2007-05-15

I-130 Sent : 2008-04-28

I-130 NOA1 : 2008-05-05

US Entry : 2007-11-13

Touched 5/8/2008

Touched 5/16/08

Touched 6/04/08

Port of Entry : Los Angeles

POE Date : 2007-11-13

Adjustment of Status:

CIS Office : Chula Vista CA

Date Filed : 2008-04-28

NOA Date : 2008-05-05

Bio. Appt. : 2008-05-22

Touched 5/8/2008

Touched 5/16/08

Employment Authorization Document:

CIS Office : Chicago National Office

Filing Method : Mail

Filing Instance : First

Date Filed : 2008-04-28

NOA Date : 2008-05-05

Bio. Appt. : 2008-05-22

Touched 5/8/2008

Touched 5/16/08

Touched 6/04/08

2008-07-03 EAD Card Production Ordered

Touched 7/4/08

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