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IMMIGRATION

“Write the things which you have seen, and the things which are, and the things which will take place after this.” Rev 1:19

July, 2013

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The debate on Immigration Refrom has been raging in Washington for some time now. Immigration Attorney Okwy Maduforo reports on this controversial issue. Upon his historic election as the first black president of the United States of America in 2008, President Barack Obama promised an immigration reform,

or immigration reforms in order to allow over 11 million undocumented immigrants either a path to citizenship, or some sort of legalization. True to test, President Obama, through the help of all the necessary governmental divisions, promulgated an immigration reform called The Dream Act, an acronym for Development, Relief, and Education for Minors,

Deferred (ICE) discretion to refrain from removing or deporting any unlawful immigrant that qualifies for the program. It What is Deferred Action? should be noted however, Deferred action is a that deferred action does discretionary determination not provide an individual to defer removal action of with permanent residence an individual as an act of lawful status. Deferred action prosecutorial discretion. In came into being on June 15, other words, Deferred Action 2012, upon the Secretary Homeland Security’s allows the U.S. Immigration of and Customs Enforcement announcement that certain popularly action.

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individuals, who came to the United States as children and meet several key guidelines may request consideration of deferred action for a period of two years. It is subject to renewal, and recipients’ would then be eligible for work authorization, upon application. To many undocumented immigrants, the news is refreshing, in that it relieves them from the burden of hiding under the closet. It essentially, broadens their prospect of realizing the American Dream. Now they can legally work, do some business, even travel outside of the United States, amongst others. Who is Eligible to apply for deferred action? According to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, individual seeking to apply for deferred action shall meet the following criteria: i. Must have arrived in the 2

United States while under 16 years of age’ and shall not be above the age of 30 (that is under 31 years old) as at June 15,2012; ii. Must be currently enrolled in school, or graduated from high school, or obtained a GED certificate, or is an honorably discharged veteran of the United States Coast Guard or United States Armed Forces. iii. Must have continuously resided in the United States at least 5 years prior to June 15,2012 and present in the United States on June 15,2012; iv. Has not been convicted of a felony offense, a significant misdemeanor offense, multiple misdemeanor, or otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety;

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Unlike most adversarial issues in the Anglo-American jurisprudence, once an individual’s Deferred Action application is denied, it is not appealable or subject to judicial review. Are there significant differences between deferred action and amnesty? The simple answer is yes.

Although no uniform definition exists, “amnesty” generally refers to government initiatives that officially pardon or absolve individuals who have broken the law. There are immigration amnesties, tax amnesties, parking ticket amnesties, even library fine amnesties. Even in our various communal or parochial organizations, the president sometimes grant amnesty either Continued on Page 9

v. Entered without inspection before June 15, 2012, or your lawful immigration status expired as of June 15, 2012, vi. Submit biographic information and undergo biometric check prior to obtaining benefit. As restrictive as the program may sound; it actually offers the applicants the ability to obtain Work Authorization, and also an opportunity to seek and obtain travel documents to allow them to travel outside the United States. On the contrary, this program does not allow derivative benefit. That means that individuals qualify on their own merit. They cannot file for their family members.

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by way of forgiving fines, old debts, or forgiving absentee members. The concept of amnesty implies forgiveness without obligation. In the immigration context, amnesty has never been the best way to describe legalization. For example, President Reagan signed legislation in 1986 that allowed farm workers and other undocumented immigrants to obtain lawful permanent residency, a prerequisite for obtaining U.S. citizenship, albeit in exchange for meeting certain costs and requirements. Under that definition of amnesty, deferred action is far from it. Immigrants who are granted deferred action are neither placed on a path to citizenship nor given any formal immigration status. They are not permanent residents or have no legal

“right” to remain in the country, even though the government has temporarily pledged not to deport them. They cannot sponsor family members to come to the United States; may not travel abroad without receiving advance permission from the government; and will not receive a “green card” or any other document evidencing a legal right to be in the country. It is also a misnomer to equate deferred action with “immunity” from deportation. The reason being that it is a purely discretionary form of relief, a grant of deferred action may be revoked at any time by this or any future administration. The only tangible benefit that accompanies a grant of deferred action is the ability to obtain a federal work permit; however, in the paradoxical world of immigration law, the right to work in the United States does not necessarily entail a right to be in the United States.

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Under federal regulations, for example, immigrants with outstanding removal orders can receive work permits in certain circumstances—such as when they cannot legally be deported because they are likely to be tortured in their home countries. Indeed, far from bestowing lawful status, the issuance of a work permit in such situations merely reflects the commonsense idea that the government should not prevent immigrants from supporting themselves while officials are unable or unwilling to deport them. The above reasoning could be alluded as one of the original intents of the Government to enact the Deferred Action. Ultimately, deferred action, unlike amnesty is merely a stopgap measure intended to give Congress space to enact legislation— that is, the dream act that would provide such a permanent solution. Upon meeting certain criteria,

immigration Amnesty grants a veritable path to legalization for aliens, hence citizenship. Judging from the inherent benefits deferred action and amnesty, most immigrants clamor for amnesty. Soon the United States House of Representatives, will debate and vote on the immigration reform that has already passed the Senate, lets watch and see as the debate unfolds. Hopefully, it will sway to the direction of illegal immigrants. Attorney Okwy C. Maduforo is a former prosecutor with the city of Dallas, where he prosecuted violators of various municipal ordinance[s] and some state and civil statutes. He is currently a founding/ managing partner of the law offices of Maduforo & Osimiri, PLLC, a full service law firm that focuses on Immigration Law, Family Law, Personal Injury, and Criminal Law. Attorney Maduforo can be reached on Tel. 214-267-0103 or 1-888-519-0366.

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WHAT WE DO The African Chamber of Commerce-DFW promotes trade, commerce, education, and cultural exchange between the United States and Nations of Africa in the Diaspora, We promote unity among all people through various networking OUR HISTORY The African Chamber of Commerce-DFW was founded in 1990 by a few Africans under the leadership of Dr. Obi Duruji, In 1998, Mr. Sanmi Akinmulero became the president and opened the Chamber to the public with it’s membership subsequently growing to over 400 members; while still maintaining the core values of the Chamber. We endeavor to make a difference in the DFW Business Community, especially as It relates to building business relationships between the US and Africa, eventuating to make a difference In the communities they serve. OUR MISSION - Promote Trade and Investment - Promote the development of the private sector and free enterprise in Africa and the US. - Provide technical assistance and support. - Act as a central information center. - Act as the primary forum for discussion and address relevant Issues related to African Development, - Seek and promote the strengthening of mutual cross-cultural understanding and business relationships. - Involve and encourage policies and legislation that will foster economic growth in Africa and the Caribbean. - Promote trade missions and tourism. - Work informally with the National US-African Chamber of Commerce, AU (African Union), COMESA, United Nations, GAWE, African Chambers of Commerce, local chambers, and Government Agencies and Embassies. CHAMBER EVENTS Weekly Business Luncheon Since February 1993, every Wednesday from Noon to 1:00 PM, guest speakers from various Corporations and Organizations across the Metroplex provide valuable information regarding business and business opportunities. Attendees also have the opportunity to promote their business as well as network with other business owners. Lunch provided, Cost* to attend: $5 - Members, $10 - Non-Members, *Cost subject to change without notice Monthly Ambassador Series Dignitaries from various African countries discuss how to do business In their respective country as well as current Investment opportunities available. Quarterly Networking Mixer Evening Business Networking with opportunity to patronize each other’s businesses. Special recognition and Showcase for business of the month. Held a various locations throughout the Metroplex (announced in our weekly newsletter and promoted on our website), Annual Economic Forum Four day event focusing on the economic needs of Africa while providing an understanding of how to access business opportunities in Africa without bribery and corruption. Forum features Guest Speakers, National and Foreign Dignitaries, Symposium Workshops, Luncheons, Trade Expo, and Awards Banquet & Gala. Annual African Heritage Festival Three day weekend event featuring Cultural Show, African Fashion Show, Tracing of African Roots, African Artifacts, African Film, Taste of Africa, Etc. Annual Youth Summit Opportunity for youth to Interact with others from different countries with presentations from national and foreign guests speakers with a theme focused on discipline and respect. BENEFITS OF MEMBERSHIP Networking Referrals Weekly Email Newsletters Monthly Member Spotlight Discounted Rates to Chamber Events Advertising in Weekly Newsletters and on Website ....And MUCH MORE! To become a member, you can visit our website at www.africanchamberdfw.com and click on the Membership tab

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Obama in Africa

coal, timber, cobalt, bauxite, wood, coltan, manganese, chromium, vanadium-bearing titanium, and much more. Continental agricultural lands are valued. So is offshore fishing. Senegal’s strategically important. It’s a regional hub. It borders Mali.

On June 26, President Barrack Obama arrived in Senegal, the first stop of a threenation African trip, focused on supporting democratic progress, and increasing US trade and investment.

accompany Obama. Travel, accommodations, security and other costs are enormous. Military cargo planes haul 56 vehicles. They include 14 limousines and three trucks. They’re specially built for security. Bulletproof glass will Obama is visiting Senegal, replace hotel windows where South Africa and Tanzania. Obama and his family stay. Entire floors are needed to Why these countries? accommodate security and staff traveling with him. Controversy accompanies Obama. His one-week trip US fighter jets provide roundcosts an estimated $100 the-clock air cover. In 2011, million. At the same time, estimated White House force-fed austerity harms expenses were around $1.4 growing millions at home. billion. They include staff, Poverty, high unemployment, housing, travel, entertainment hunger, and homelessness and perks. go unaddressed. Expenses rise annually. They’ve Obamanomics enriches increased exponentially during corporate favorites and Obama’s tenure. Perhaps they’ll wealthy elites. Popular approach $2 billion this year. needs go begging to do so. Estimates exclude classified Obama demands sacrifice. amounts.What is spent on Air It’s forced on America’s most Force One is secret. disadvantaged, unwanted and uncared for. So are many other security related categories. Perhaps Foreign travel costs real White House expenses plenty. Hundreds of secret are double or more estimated service, staff and others amounts. 6

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Washington provides military aid. The Pentagon trains Senegalese armed forces. America has an economic presence. Senegal’s eligible for preferential trade benefits. The African Growth and Opportunity Act provides Americans pay plenty for them. presidents who betray them. Imagine what presidential US exports include vehicles, largese could buy. America’s machinery, plastic, rice, and textile goods. Senegalese hungry could be fed. The are extensive. nation’s homeless could be resources sheltered. Needy families They include oil, phosphate, could get free healthcare. gold, iron, copper, uranium, Students hungry for chromium, nickel, zircon, knowledge could be educated. titanium, limestone, salts, barytine and fish. Obama’s trip might have cost more. Initial plans included South Africa’s one of five a Tanzania safari. Counter BRICS countries. Others assault team protection include Brazil, Russia, India and China. They comprise against wild animals doesn’t come cheap. Other Obama a significant economic and trips were criticized. political block. They account for over 20% of world GDP. Conservative estimates for his Hawaii vacations They’re on three continents. exceed $20 million. Perhaps They cover more than onethey cost double or triple fourth of the world’s landmass. that amount. Air Force One’s Their population exceeds 2.8 estimated hourly rate is about billion. It’s 40% of the world total. $180,000. Obama’s African visit reflects They have their own America’s scramble for its Joint Business Council. It encourages free trade and resources. investment. China and Brazil They’re vast. They’re some of agreed to a bilateral currency the world’s largest and richest. swap line. It involves trading They include oil, gas, gold, up to $30 billion annually in silver, diamonds, uranium, their own currencies. iron, copper, tin, lead, nickel, Continued on Page 10

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Minister’s Confession on AIDS I am a good man and also a God-fearing man; but I have a weakness for women... I really wasn’t out there like you may think I was, but every once in a while I would see something and I wanted to try. My girlfriend is a prayerful woman. I know now that she was intimate with me only because she loved me and she wanted to make me happy. Now I’ve given AIDS to the woman I love (the only one who has been faithful to me) because of my lust. Brothers and sisters, what I am telling you is that God is tired of us hurting each other and using each other for selfgratification. God has given me my home, my dream car and a beautiful woman and I took it all for granted. I’ve been tithing for 7 years. I am the chairman of my Deacon Board. But when I told my Pastor I had AIDS, he could not believe it because of the way I would carry myself. To those of you who are single or married, saved or not saved, this is for you. I am a 35-year-old African American or Black brother dying of Aids. I would like to share my testimony with you. I am an owner of a Mortgage Company in Atlanta , GA. I own a 2007 Jaguar and I also own a $350,000 beautiful home in Cobb County . I have a beautiful Lady who is deeply in love with me and a loving family. But most important, I love Jesus, this is just a wakeup call to all single brothers and sisters who are professing to be Christians, but don’t want to be complete. Brothers, I had a beautiful young lady who loves the Lord and worships the ground I walk on. But I still wasn’t quite happy because sometimes I would see another sister with a Coca-Cola bottle shape and just wanted to hit it. Because I was using a condom, I thought that I wouldn’t catch any disease especially the killer ‘AIDS’ but guess what? I did. And the person I caught it from was a girl that I knew very well. But the condom came off and now I am dying of AIDS. Yes, I wore a condom and yes it did happen. God gives us time after time to straighten our lives up. I do know the Lord in his abandon pardon will forgive me of my sins. I’ve been saved now for 7 years. I found out 7 months ago that I had the virus, and now I have full-blown Aids. I really didn’t think that I was doing anything wrong, because I would tell the women who I would deal with about the woman I love. I thought that was good enough. But it wasn’t. 8

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Brothers, If you have a sister who loves the Lord and who loves you for who you are and not for what you look like and what you have, cherish and love her. Sisters. If you have a brother who loves the Lord, love and cherish him. My life has been altered. I’ve been with my lady since I was 20, and I’ve always used my young age as an excuse for not being loyal and not settling down with her. I was being a hypocrite thinking that I was missing something, and not realizing that I had a good woman who loved and adored me. I wish I had been a real man and I had appreciated the good woman God had sent by my side by not making excuses and dedicating my life to her. I would love to travel and marry this beautiful young Lady, but now I can’t. I’ve embarrassed my family, my church and my friends. But I was hardheaded and now I must suffer. God is cleaning up. Stop playing with God. He is revealing the secrets of us Christians. Brothers and sisters, we don’t have to have so many ‘friends,’ you know what we call them. The ones we sleep with, the ones we intend to sleep with but haven’t yet’ and the one we intend to ‘marry’ We don’t want anyone to know our business, but God has his way of revealing you to the world. The young people of today think so carnal and we say we have been transformed. We have been transformed from what we want to be transformed from. Let’s be real. God knows that the opposite sex attracts

us, he also knows the desires we have for each other because he created us that way, but we do not have to have multiple partners. If I could do it all over again, I would marry the woman I love and live happy forever. But now I can’t! But you can! Singles...I gotta tell you, it’s not worth it. I urge you all Get rid of casual sex. This is really deep. After you’ve read this, think about yourself. Could this have been you? Some of you may not relate, but think about anything you are doing right now that is not of God. We are living in the last and final days, and pretending to be saved is not going to cut it. Professing that He is Lord, and yet worshipping the devil every chance you get will lead you to the same path I am walking on. Get your mind out off the gutter and put it in the Word of God and you’ll have great success. Don’t and you’ll have great woe. I love the LORD and thank Him for all that He does in my life; therefore, I’m passing this on, this is my testimony and sermon to you. Yes, I do love Jesus who has forgiven me of the repeated sins. That forgiveness does not cancel out the consequences, I have to suffer the consequences of my sins and that’s on me. Still, the Lord is my source of existence and Savior. He keeps me functioning each day and he has given me the strength and ability to share my story with you. I’m telling it like it is THIS REALLY is to help somebody. You know yourself, You know what you’re doing right and what you’re doing wrong. Do not let the world judge you coz it judges harshly and without mercy. Do the right thing man. I pray and trust you can take the courage I din’t have and straighten up your life before it’s too late. I have Christ now for he is my source of joy and strength, I am nothing without him but with Him I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Phil 4:13 If you love Jesus, send this to lots of people!!!!!! Be Positive - Be Progressive... Take the time to make a positive difference in your’s & someone’s life. Minister Anthony J. Cox God Bless ..... behold, you have sinned against the Lord and be sure, your sin will find you out!

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Brazil’s a dominant agricultural exporter. It’s highly competitive. It has vast amounts of fertile land. It’s known as “the world’s biggest farm.” Russia is oil and gas rich. South Africa’s the continent’s largest economy. Its resources are worth an estimated $2.5 trillion. It’s rich in gold, platinum uranium, chrome and manganese ore, zirconium, vanadium, and titanium.

Doing so moves almost half their trade out of US dollars. Other BRICS partners may make similar moves. They endorsed plans to create a joint foreign exchange reserves pool. Initially it’ll include $100 billion. It’s called a self-managed contingent reserve arrangement (CRA). It trades extensively with America. It’s second only to They plan their own China. The PRC is Africa’s Development Bank. Initial largest trading partner. It’s capital will be substantial. growing at the expense of Each country may contribute America. President Xi Jinping $10 billion for starters. prioritizes increasing strong It’s to fund infrastructure and economic relations. other development projects. African nations see China as a healthy counterbalance. It’ll operate separately from It challenges traditional Western international lending American and other Western agencies. dominance. It’ll challenge their global dominance. BRICS prioritize China’s rapid growth requires multipolarity. Achieving it increasing amounts of many perhaps can end Western debt resources. bondage.BRICS have more Oil, gas, copper and others are global trade than America. needed. They’re too important to Getting them creates ignore. competition and friction with They challenge US dominance. America. Washington wants They trade increasingly in unchallenged global control. their own currencies. They may eventually end dollar Tanzania’s strategically supremacy. important. It’s a regional hub. It borders eight countries. China’s the world’s largest They include Kenya and exporter. India’s an information Uganda to the north, the technology powerhouse.

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Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Burundi to the west, and Mozambique, Zambia and Malawi to the south. It borders the Indian Ocean. It’s south of the oil rich Horn of Africa. Its natural resources include hydropower, oil, gas, uranium, tin, phosphates, iron, coal, diamonds, gold, nickel land, rivers, lakes, wetlands, ocean waters, forest/ woodlands, wildlife, and fish.

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Obama likely plans more African visits. Others representing him come often. China’s omnipresent on the continent. In 2012, its trade totaled about $200 billion. It’s double America’s amount. Its investments are welcome. They benefit countries receiving them. Beijing gets increasing access to vital African resources. Mutually America’s interest throughout beneficial relations assure Africa is dominance. It seeks them. China’s a welcome it through the barrel of a economic partner. gun. It prioritizes excluding China. It pressures nations to Global spying shows how comply. It threatens, inveigles, America operates. China and bullies. It relies more on takes full advantage. It’s a reliable partner. It’s muscle than diplomacy. Beijing seeks strategic representatives are welcome relations. It does so when they arrive. diplomatically. It seeks mutually beneficially Stephen Lendman is a economic ties. It offers Development Consultant, He lives in Chicago, USA. lucrative no-strings

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Baby Boomers:

Get Screened for Hepatitis C

Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) May 23, 2013 Newswise — If you were born during 1945-1965, talk to your doctor about getting tested for hepatitis C. Baby boomers are five times more likely than other adults to be infected. In fact, 75 percent of adults with hepatitis C were born during these years. The word “hepatitis� means swelling of the liver. Hepatitis is most often caused by a virus. In the United States, the most common type of viral hepatitis is hepatitis C. Hepatitis C is primarily spread through contact with blood from an infected person. More than 15,000 Americans, most of them baby boomers, die each year from hepatitis C-related illness. Deaths related to hepatitis C have been on the rise and are expected to increase. Hepatitis C is a leading cause of liver cancer and the leading reason for liver transplants. Other 14

serious health problems related - History of blood transfusions to hepatitis C include: or other blood products (before -Liver damage July 1992) -Cirrhosis -Liver failure - Organ transplant before widespread testing for HIV and The reason that baby boomers hepatitis (before July 1992) have the highest rates of hepatitis C is not completely - Long-term dialysis treatment understood. Most boomers may have become infected in - Exposure to hepatitis C such the 1970s and 1980s when rates as through a healthcare setting of hepatitis C were the highest. (healthcare needle sticks) Many baby boomers could have gotten infected from tainted - Infection with HIV, the AIDS blood and blood products before virus testing of the blood supply began in 1992. Others may have - Children born to mothers who become infected from injecting have hepatitis C drugs, even if only once in the past. Still, many baby boomers - Any past use of injected illegal do not know how or when they drugs were infected. - Having received a tattoo with People with hepatitis C often needles that were not properly have no symptoms and can live disinfected for decades without feeling sick. As baby boomers grow older, The only way to know if you there is a greater chance that they have hepatitis C is to get tested. will develop life-threatening Early detection can save lives. liver disease from hepatitis C. There is a simple blood test to Risk factors for hepatitis determine if a person has ever infection include: been infected with the hepatitis

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C virus. It is estimated that onetime testing of everyone born during 1945 through 1965 will prevent more than 120,000 deaths. Knowing your diagnosis early and getting treatment can help prevent liver damage, cirrhosis, and even liver cancer. There are no vaccines to prevent hepatitis C. Many people who have been diagnosed with hepatitis C can be successfully treated with medications called antivirals. Two new medicines are now available (telaprevir and boceprevir), that when added to the standard treatment can increase the effectiveness and shorten treatment time for many people. For many people, medical treatment can result in clearing hepatitis C from the bloodstream. Talk to your doctor about getting tested it could save your life!

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