Nation Of Immigrators

Nation Of Immigrators

A public policy blog on America's dysfunctional immigration system

Monthly Archives: July 2008

DOL and PERM: “Vigorously Enforcing” a Fictional “Statutory Mandate”

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The saga of DOL’s new focus on PERM enforcement continues. As reported yesterday in the National Law Journal (“Labor Agency Audit of Firm Angers Immigration Lawyers“), after clearing away its pre-PERM backlog in the fall of last year, the Department of Labor found itself with time on its hands.

Apparently adopting the view that the idle mind of … Continue Reading

The Door of Consular Absolutism is Ajar

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On July 9, Alma and Jose Bustamante forced open the door of consular absolutism just an inch or so, but this wasn’t enough room for the couple to go through that unjust portal. Consular absolutism (also known as consular nonreviewability) is the longstanding judicial doctrine that the courts will not consider visa refusals based on a factual decision of an … Continue Reading

U.S. Citizens Beware – Department of State “BAR”s Your Appeal Rights

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“Don’t it always seem to go That you don’t know what you’ve got ‘Til it’s gone”

The Joni Mitchell lyrics to Big Yellow Taxi came to mind as I read today’s announcement from the Department of State. The agency published in the Federal Register an interim final rule that eliminated as “obsolete” the Board of Appellate Review (BAR). The BAR … Continue Reading

USCIS’s Ombudsman’s 2008 Report: “Hello Out There!” or “HellOOo”?

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Sometimes, for no apparent reason, a word or phrase bubbles up from deep within the realm of memory. As I studied the excellent 2008 USCIS Ombudsman’s Report to Congress, out from my cerebral hard drive popped “Hello Out There!” — the title and opening and ending lines of William Saroyan’s outstanding 1942 one-act play. The play is about angst, … Continue Reading