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Government Approves Thousands of New Border Agents

Government Approves Thousands of New Border Agents

 

United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recently announced a plan to increase the number of border agents. In fact, several million dollars have been added to the 2014 fiscal budget that will result in the hiring of more than 2,000 additional border agents nationwide. This change is part of a long-standing push to increase border security and efficiency.  

No Frills Buffalo Announces Release of Two New Books by Local Authors

No Frills Buffalo Announces Release of Two New Books by Local Authors

 

No Frills Buffalo publishing company announces the release of two new books by Western New York authors, “Restless Nights: 13 Tales of the Macabre” by Dr. Michael S. Albert and “The Boundless Open Sea: Essays at the Intersection of Zen and Critical Theory” by Dr. Bradley Kaye.

Self-Made Billionaire Business Owner to Deliver Commencement Address

Self-Made Billionaire Business Owner to Deliver Commencement Address

John Catsimatidis, a self-made billionaire and chairman/CEO of the Red Apple Group, which is ranked by Forbes as one of the largest private companies in the country, will deliver the 2014 commencement address at Daemen College’s annual commencement ceremony being held at 2:30 p.m. May 17 in Kleinhans Music Hall.

Catsimatidis oversees holdings in oil refining, retail petroleum products, convenience stores, real estate, aviation, and supermarkets with investments in both medical and industrial technology. His companies post annual sales of approximately $5 billion. With more than 8,000 employees, he is a major employer in the New York metropolitan area and upstate New York.

As We Celebrate Cinco de Mayo, We Reexamine Our Immigration Relationship with Mexico

As We Celebrate Cinco de Mayo, We Reexamine Our Immigration Relationship with Mexico

 

The lead up to festivities surrounding Cinco de Mayo seems to grow each year, which got us thinking about the importance of a strong immigration relationship between the U.S. and Mexico. While most agree that U.S. Immigration policy often does not reflect real-world issues and concerns, and the debate over comprehensive immigration reform continues, the TN visa category provides one way for qualified Mexican citizens to enter the U.S. for work purposes.  

The U.S. offers a special class of visas to Mexican citizens under the NAFTA Professional Worker Program. The North American Free Trade Agreement created special economic and trade relationships in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. 

Blake Realty Group Committed to Honesty, Hard Work and Community

Blake Realty Group Committed to Honesty, Hard Work and Community

 

Licensed Real Estate Agent Paul Blake, a resident of South Buffalo, has opened Blake Realty Group LLC, an independent real estate brokerage firm serving Western New York and focusing on the South Buffalo community.

A real estate agent for nine years, Blake began his professional career as an investor. “I’ve owned and managed multiple rental properties in South Buffalo for 15 years,” said Blake, who earned an MBA from the University at Buffalo. “I understand the rental/investment market and have a vested interest in seeing the neighborhood, where I live with my family, continue to thrive. I have a passion for real estate and South Buffalo, and I am also very knowledgeable of the Southtowns having grown up in Orchard Park.”

Press Raw Food & Juice to Begin Smoothie Service at Grant Street Location

Press Raw Food & Juice to Begin Smoothie Service at Grant Street Location

Starting the first full week of May, Press Raw Food & Juice is relaunching its smoothie menu that proved very popular at its original location on Connecticut Street. The healthy food retailer and take-out shop opened at its current location, 197 Grant St. in Buffalo, in December 2013.

“Customers will have the option of creating their own smoothie, selecting from our cold pressed juices and a changing assortment of frozen organic produce, nuts, greens and supplements,” said owner and executive chef Esther Pica. “Or, they can simply select from proven winners such as Chocolate Kale, Chili Mango, The Mild Green (pineapple, pear, spinach and ginger) and the newest smoothie version of our popular ‘Wakey Wakey’ juice! We will also be offering rotary juices made to order.”

Green Cards Without Expiration Dates Should be Renewed

Green Cards Without Expiration Dates Should be Renewed

 

In 2007, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) presented a proposal to eliminate hundreds of thousands of green cards issued years ago without expiration dates. Although the proposal was never implemented into law, the last seven years have seen a concerted push for immigration officers to strongly advise travelers to renew green cards without expiration dates.  

USCIS believes that replacing all outstanding permanent resident cards without expiration dates is critical to national security. Although green cards issued between 1977 and 1989 which do not have expiration dates are still recognized by USCIS and are still valid, USCIS has stated that it is critical to remove them from circulation.