Nation Of Immigrators

Nation Of Immigrators

A public policy blog on America's dysfunctional immigration system

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If Immigration Law Were a Person It Would Sing: “Oh Lord, Please Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood”

Posted in Border Security, Congress on Immigration, Deportation - Removal, DREAM Act, Enforcement/USICE, Immigration "Tribes", Immigration Law Complexity, Immigration Lawyers, Immigration Reform, Mexico, Obama Administration on Immigration, Removal Proceedings

[Blogger’s Note:  An earlier version of this post mistakenly suggested that the article discussed below offering the views of an immigration lawyer was written by that lawyer.  It was not; rather it was written by a reporter who quoted the lawyer.  This blogger regrets the error.]

The power of online and social media to whip up a frenzy of vituperation … Continue Reading

A New Immigration Recipe: Specialty Chefs Need a Dream Act Too!

Posted in Adjustment of Status, Congress on Immigration, Consular Officers, DOL, DREAM Act, Guest Columns, I-9s, Immigration Reform, State Department, Trade in Services, Unlawful Presence, USCIS, Waivers of Inadmissibility

[Blogger’s note:  Today’s guest blog is by my friend and scholarly colleague, Nathan Waxman.  Nathan revisits an issue he first considered eight years ago in this space when he bemoaned the increasingly poor quality of ethnically authentic food in New York City, and laid the blame upon our immigration laws.  Having suffered through several more years of culinary displeasure, … Continue Reading

The 2012 Nation of Immigrators Awards – The IMMIs

Posted in Border Issues & CBP, Congress on Immigration, Courts on Immigration Law, Democrats on Immigration, Deportation - Removal, DHS Technology Reforms, DOL, DREAM Act, Employment-Based Immigration, Enforcement/USICE, Foreign policy, General Immigration, GOP on Immigration, H-1B Visas, I-9s, IMMI Awards, Immigration Courts, Immigration Protectionism, Immigration Reform, Investor Immigration, L-1 Visa, Obama Administration on Immigration, State Department, State Immigration Laws, Unlawful Presence, Waivers of Inadmissibility

As we count out the final hours of 2012, let’s recall the highs and lows of the past year in America’s dysfunctional immigration ecosphere.

Nation of Immigrators is pleased to confer its third annual IMMI Awards. (Full disclosure: As in past years, these are my personal choices. If you disagree or believe I’ve missed an obvious awardee, feel free to … Continue Reading

Barack Be Nimble: Go BIG and BOLD on Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Posted in Congress on Immigration, Democrats on Immigration, DREAM Act, GOP on Immigration, Immigration Reform, Obama Administration on Immigration

The caramelizing of the American electorate manifested itself last Tuesday in sweet, polychromatic splendor.  Clearly, American voters — especially the youth, and ethnic communities of Hispanic and Asian-Pacific origin — chose “leaders who are likely to welcome rather than reject our nation’s courageous and deserving immigrants.”

With the elasticity of a yoga master, former stalwarts for comprehensive immigration reform (CIR) … Continue Reading

Immigration and the Elections: Attention and Imagination Required

Posted in Democrats on Immigration, DREAM Act, GOP on Immigration, Immigration Lawyers, Immigration Reform, Legal Representation, USCIS

[Blogger’s note: 

Dear Readers: I promise that this post is indeed about immigration and the quadrennial election on Tuesday.   Please read to the end, beyond the meandering yet relevant introduction, to see the connection.]

Just over four years ago, David Foster Wallace, a gifted, troubled writer of wide acclaim, took his life. Fans of his writing, myself included, have marveled at his intelligence, … Continue Reading

The Immigration Week That Was

Posted in Border Issues & CBP, Congress on Immigration, Consular Officers, Courts on Immigration Law, Customs and Border Protection, Democrats on Immigration, DOL, DREAM Act, Enforcement/DOL, Foreign policy, General Immigration, Global Migration, GOP on Immigration, H-1B Visas, Immigration Reform, Obama Administration on Immigration, State Department, State Immigration Laws

Youthful fans of Saturday Night Live may be forgiven for assuming, however mistakenly, that SNL invented satirical television comedy. The patent for this invention probably ought to go instead to other earlier contenders, Jack Paar, Sid Caesar, Imogene Coco or Steve Allen.  While I love these past and present paragons of humor, I’ll never forget the laughs my Dad … Continue Reading

Immigration Brainstorming and DREAMstorming

Posted in DREAM Act, Enforcement/USICE, Fraud Detection & National Security (FDNS), Immigration "Tribes", Immigration Law Complexity, Immigration Lawyers, USCIS

Andrew Jackson had his “Kitchen Cabinet,” Franklin Roosevelt his “Brain Trust.”   Seth Godin has his “Tribes,” web-based “silos of interest.” 

I’ve been a member of many tribes (as I write this I’m recalling my tattered T-shirt from my own and my adult daughter’s Indian Princess days, many moons ago [click here to see the shirt]).

In … Continue Reading

Immigration D-Day for DACA: Get Protection!

Posted in DREAM Act, Enforcement/USICE, Guest Columns, Immigration Law Complexity, Immigration Reform, Immigration Regulations, Obama Administration on Immigration, Unauthorized Practice of Immigration Law, Unlawful Presence, USCIS

[Blogger’s note:  Tomorrow, August 15, 2012, is perhaps as momentous to DREAMers as D-Day, June 6, 1944, was to The Greatest Generation.   The invasion of Normandy marked the end of World War II in Europe and the fall of a tyrannical Nazi regime that made mincemeat of the rule of law.

Though the comparison may seem hyperbolic to some, I remember Continue Reading

The President Has Spoken — Can DHS Make the Immigration DREAM Come True?

Posted in DREAM Act, Enforcement/USICE, Fraud Detection & National Security (FDNS), Immigration Reform, Immigration Regulations, Obama Administration on Immigration, Removal Proceedings, Unlawful Presence, USCIS

The portents were plentiful, reaching back 30 years. Yet none but a clairvoyant could have predicted the aftermath on June 15, 1982 when the Supreme Court in Plyler v. Doe provided undocumented children with a guarantee of education through high school. Three decades to the day, a mixed-race president (whose Kenyan father was hounded out of the U.S. as a student by Continue Reading

Musing on Immigration Liberty: If I had a son, he’d look like a DREAMer

Posted in Congress on Immigration, DREAM Act, Enforcement/USICE, Obama Administration on Immigration

Last week I ventured into an alternate reality. Like the child, Alice, descending through the rabbit hole, I engaged on immigration with Executive-Branch officials, immigration lawyers, members of Congress, including the indefatigable champion of immigration reform, Rep. Luis Gutierrez, their staffs, and a group of 7th and 8th graders advocating on the Hill for passage of the DREAM Act.

At … Continue Reading

Immigration Options for DREAMers under EXISTING Law

Posted in Adjustment of Status, DREAM Act, H-1B Visas, Investor Immigration, Legal Representation, Obama Administration on Immigration, USCIS

Last week marked the end of the second annual National Coming out of the Shadows Week, a rite of passage for undocumented youthAmericans in all but the eyes of the law — who support enactment of the DREAM Act. 

Publicly proclaiming one’s unauthorized immigration status is clearly a courageous act. As the National Immigrant Youth Alliance explains … Continue Reading

Guest Post: DREAM or NIGHTMARE? Why Congress Should Reject a Military-Only Version of the DREAM Act

Posted in Congress on Immigration, DREAM Act, Immigration Reform

[Blogger’s note:  This week’s guest blog is by Steve Yale-Loehr, a good friend who teaches immigration law at Cornell Law School and co-authors the leading U.S. immigration treatise. Steve has just finished co-editing Green Card Stories, a book that features dramatic narratives of 50 recent U.S. immigrants—each with permanent residence or citizenship—in compelling essays by nationally recognized journalist Saundra Continue Reading

Immigration Magnetized, Privatized and Depersonalized

Posted in Congress on Immigration, DREAM Act, Enforcement/USICE, Foreign policy, I-9s, Obama Administration on Immigration

The recent CNN GOP debate on foreign policy surprised many for what it included and excluded.  Amazingly, nothing was said of the European debt crisis that threatens to create severe financial blowback in America.  The surprise by inclusion came from Republican flavor of the month, Newt Gingrich, who responded to a domestic policy question on immigration, specifically, what America should do … Continue Reading

Entrepreneurs in Immigration Residence Are Set to Occupy USCIS

Posted in Congress on Immigration, DREAM Act, Employment-Based Immigration, General Immigration, Immigration Reform, Labor Unions, USCIS, USCIS Ombudsman

The Occupy Wall Street movement began with a poster, a word cloud, a QR Code and three lines of text:

#OCCUPYWALLSTREET

September 17th. Bring tent.

www.occupywallst.org

Steve Jobs launched his massively successful “Think Different” rebranding campaign for Apple in 1997 with a TV commercial and this script:

Here’s to the Crazy Ones. The misfits. The rebels. The … Continue Reading

Suffer the Children: Immigration Heartlessness and Hypocrisy

Posted in DREAM Act, Hate speech, Immigration Reform, State Immigration Laws

A recent televised debate revealed an immigration fault line within the GOP. Texas Governor Rick Perry’s many challengers for the Republican presidential nomination railed against his decision to extend in-state tuition rates to undocumented college students, brought to the U.S. as children, who graduate from the Lone Star State’s high schools. His initial reply:

“If you say that we should … Continue Reading

In Praise of Immigrant DREAMers

Posted in Congress on Immigration, DREAM Act, Immigration Reform, Obama Administration on Immigration

“Youth! There is nothing like youth. The middle-aged are mortgaged to Life. The old are in Life’s lumber-room. But youth is the Lord of Life. Youth has a kingdom waiting for it.”

Oscar Wilde, British author.

“Violence among young people … is an aspect of their desire to create. They don’t know how to use their energy creatively so they … Continue Reading