New York pastor fights US immigration authorities to expose reckless surveillance operationDocumented

Kaji Dousa, a prominent New York pastor, has been embroiled in a silent drama that unfolds at the intersection of faith, surveillance, and the American frontier. Dousa was one of at least 51 US citizens who were targeted and tracked by their own government for their closeness to asylum seekers in late 2018 and early 2019. Now Dousa is a plaintiff in a lawsuit against DHS, ICE, CBP, and certain agency officials, alleging that they violated her constitutional rights by placing her on a secret blacklist, revoking her expedited border crossing privileges, and calling the forces of the Mexican order to detain her. The pastor and her attorneys say they have uncovered substantial evidence of reckless intelligence-sharing between authorities on both sides of the US-Mexico divide. The interception

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O-1 Visa: Individuals with Extraordinary Abilities or Achievements

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The latest addition to Documented’s glossary — a resource guide filled with information about the U.S. immigration system — is a detailed examination of an O-1 visa, which is issued to an immigrant who comes to the United States with exceptional ability in the arts, sciences, education, business, or athletics. To prove it, they must also have a sustained national or international reputation. Applicants who have demonstrated great achievement in the film or television industries may also qualify for O-1 visas. To qualify, a petitioner will need a job offer from a US company. The company or a company agent who must file Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, through U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Learn more about the O-1 visa on documented

Russians support Ukrainians in Brighton Beach’s ‘little Odessa’

While Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has stirred up complicated emotions, many Ukrainians in Little Odessa — a neighborhood full of Ukrainians in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, dominated by Russians — say the community has gathered to support them. “There is no tension,” said Yelena Makhnin, executive director of the Brighton Beach Improvement District. “If you are human, you should be Ukrainian today.” In the days after the war broke out, Makhnin said she couldn’t sleep because she heard about friends caught up in the conflict and relied on her Russian husband for support. The Russian invasion sent vibes to Brighton Beach, a neighborhood where natives of Russia and countries of the former Soviet Union have lived communally and without conflict for decades. Reuters

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