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Former KC Mayor and Current KC area Congressman

Mayor Parrish Meet Former KC Mayor and Current KC area Congressman Emanuel Cleaver

 

I once heard Manassas Mayor Hal Parrish ask: “What can local government really do about immigration?” After all,  he plaintively stated: “It’s a Federal responsibility.”

And of course, the mayor was right, to a degree, the Federal government is responsible for the operation and oversight of our immigration system, however, local governments and local politicians can have a huge impact on our immigration system.

Perhaps no locality in the country, with the exception our beloved Inside the Beltway, has had a bigger impact on the immigration problems local and state governments have had to deal with over the last decade than Kansas City, Missouri region. There has been an uproar recently that ICE has been releasing hundreds of criminal foreign nationals from deportation holding centers due to sequestration, however for over a decade the National Benefit Center in Lee’s Summit Missouri has been responsible for letting thousands, hundred of thousands foreign nationals into communities across America without criminal background checks.

In recent years there has been some attempt to correct problems at the NBC brought to Congress’ attention in 2005 and 2006 by a group of whistleblowers from the NBC but due to Congressional ineptitude, Media malfeasance and serious conflict of interests within the Missouri and Kansas Congressional delegations, what could have been fixed remains broken.

As the country debates the current Administration’s plans for immigration reform in the Senate, law-abiding citizens and law-abiding applicants for immigration benefits might want to ask why is the NBC, and the KC area which includes parts of Kansas, being ‘rewarded’ by the Administration and what role has Congress and your local Congressman or woman played in letting Congressional Pork once again trump good government, national security and safety of our communities?

This region is no stranger to the politics of Federal jobs and the strange and opaque economic relationships which they create, consequently here is an announcement that many local Northern Virginia citizens may have not read or seen last year, but they will certainly understand it and perhaps broaden their understanding of how hidden relations across governing jurisdictions, federal, state, and local can help explain why our immigration system is a mess and will likely remain so.

 

 

 

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service  to create 800 jobs in KC area

Immigration Service to revive Overland Park building, add 500 there, 300 in Lee’s Summit.

By KEVIN COLLISON

The Kansas City Star

By KEVIN COLLISON      The Kansas City Star
Updated: 2012-11-14T05:21:42Z
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        The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service is adding 800 jobs to its already sizeable workforce in the Kansas City area to help with the increased workload the agency has picked up systemwide since a presidential order last summer.

Five hundred of the new jobs will be going to Rosana Square at 119th Street and Metcalf Avenue in Overland Park. The 300 others will be added to an existing immigration service facility in Lee’s Summit at 850 N.W. Chipman Road.

All hiring will be for the agency’s national benefits center operation and will be completed within 10 months.

The new Overland Park employees will occupy a building at 7600 W. 119th St. That space was vacated six years ago when hundreds of Internal Revenue Service workers moved to the new IRS processing center near Union Station. The employees in Lee’s Summit will join the current benefits staff at the Chipman Road facility.

The immigration service already has a big presence on the Missouri side of the metro with about 1,900 employees. Most work at two facilities in Lee’s Summit, the national records center at 150 N.W. Space Center Loop and the national benefits center on Chipman Road.

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service, once called the Immigration and Naturalization Service, is the federal agency charged with overseeing lawful immigration.

Employees at the Kansas City-area operations generally process applications for immigrants applying to replace their alien registration cards, better known as green cards, or applying to bring relatives to the United States.

The additional full-time jobs coming to the area indirectly result from President Barack Obama’s decision in June to let young undocumented immigrants stay in the U.S. The immigration service began accepting deferred action applications for the program in mid-August.

At the time, the Associated Press reported that the new policy would lead to more than 1 million applications in its first year with about 890,000 people being immediately eligible.

The new Kansas City area employees won’t be handling those specific applications, but they will be helping relieve the workload the presidential order created overall at the agency.

The presidential directive applied to illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. when they were under the age of 16 and are not over the age of 30. They must have lived in the country continuously for at least five years and can’t have been convicted of a felony, or significant or multiple misdemeanors.

Timothy J. Counts, a spokesman for the immigration service, said the hiring will roll out through mid-2013.

“We were looking nationally and it was the GSA that came up with this facility that met our needs well,” Counts said.

The salary range for the federal jobs will be from $27,431 to $41,563. Applicants should go to the online government job site, http://www.USAjobs.gov, and enter the keyword “USCIS” along with a geographic location such as Kansas City or local ZIP code.

Jason Klumb, regional administrator for the federal General Services Administration, said the lease for the expanded national benefits center at Rosana Square extended through 2021, and operations were expected to begin in mid-December.

“It’s great news for Overland Park and the metropolitan area,” said Sean Reilly, a spokesman for the city. “Overland Park has added 3,000 jobs this year and we’re slowly recovering like many other cities.”

Jim Devine, executive director of the Lee’s Summit Economic Development Corp., said the federal immigration agency has been a big employer there for years.

“Any time you can add new jobs in this economy that are good paying and long-term, that’s good for everybody,” he said.

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