Nation Of Immigrators

Nation Of Immigrators

A public policy blog on America's dysfunctional immigration system

Monthly Archives: May 2011

10 Immigration Predictions: The Foreseeable Consequences of the Supreme Court’s Arizona E-Verify Decision

Posted in Congress on Immigration, Courts on Immigration Law, Enforcement/USICE, I-9s, Immigration Reform, MOUs - Memoranda of Understanding, Obama Administration on Immigration, State Immigration Laws
The U.S. Supreme Court freed a herd of immigration “elephants [hiding] in a mousehole” on May 26. That’s when five Justices used a four-word exception to the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA) — an act which, among its extensive provisions, banned the employment of foreign citizens whom the employer knows lack work permission — to … Continue Reading

Time to Replace Put-up-and-Shut-up Immigration Policies with Real Customer Service

Posted in Adjustment of Status, Consular Officers, Employment-Based Immigration, Foreign policy, Immigration Reform, State Department, USCIS
I’m no fan of the U.S. Department of State’s policies and actions in the immigration space.  State’s approach, as manifested by the behavior of U.S. consular officers and the apparatchiks within the Visa Office at the Bureau of Consular Affairs, too often comes off as a mix of treacly haughtiness and callous indifference. These Ugly American attributes are … Continue Reading

Face-off: Foreign Entrepreneurs vs. the Immigration Alligators — with Obama as Referee

Posted in Adjustment of Status, Administrative Appeals Office - USCIS, DOL, Employment-Based Immigration, Global Migration, H-1B Visas, Immigration Reform, L-1 Visa, Obama Administration on Immigration, USCIS
President Obama has put on a good show lately about the need for the populace to rise up and pressure the GOP to enact comprehensive immigration reform.  He urges citizens to begin “a national conversation on immigration reform that builds a bipartisan consensus to fix our broken immigration system so it works for America’s 21st century economy.”  With … Continue Reading

Deportation Hearing Notices Flood the Immigration Removal Process

Posted in Border Issues & CBP, Congress on Immigration, Courts on Immigration Law, Deportation - Removal, Enforcement/USICE, General Immigration, Immigration Reform, Obama Administration on Immigration, USCIS
Our government leaders often ignore elementary rules of ecology and economics when trying to grapple with America’s immigration problems. Ecology teaches that a system cannot thrive or long function if inputs far outnumber outputs. When rainwater enters the Mississippi in a volume that exceeds the river’s carrying capacity, levees are breached, adjacent lands are flooded, … Continue Reading

Hillary’s New Arsenal of Immigration Drones

Posted in Consular Officers, Foreign policy, General Immigration, Global Migration, State Department
The attention given the Obama Administration’s expanded use of aerial drones (of late in Pakistan, Yemen and Libya, at the U.S. border, and perhaps over other points unknown) to bombard unsuspecting targets and predictably, if not wilfully, cause civilian casulaties, may have distracted from other important meanings of the word.  Webster’s Dictionary defines “drone” in four distinct ways: … Continue Reading