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The Immigration Pony in Eric Cantor’s Defeat

Posted in Congress on Immigration, Employment-Based Immigration, Family Immigration, Foreign policy, GOP on Immigration, Immigration Reform
The usual voices said trite things when a sliver of Richmond, Virginia Republican primary voters last Tuesday rejected Eric Cantor’s bid to continue as Majority Leader in the House of Representatives.  With a margin of just over 7,200 votes out of roughly 62,000 cast, David Brat, a college economics professor and Johnny-one-note who beat the … Continue Reading

The 2013 Nation of Immigrators Awards – The IMMIs Are Announced

Posted in Congress on Immigration, Consular Officers, EB-5, Foreign policy, Homeland Security, IMMI Awards, Immigration Humor, Immigration Reform, Investor Immigration, USCIS
Hindsight, the armchair pundits say, is 20-20.  The year 2013 has proven them wrong. The end-of-year’s rear-view mirror onto the world of U.S. immigration shows impenetrable fog.  Unsurprisingly, as filmgoers know, vapory views of the recent past tend to diminish the apparent significance of events occurring early in the year (“never has a film released … Continue Reading

Four Post-Infosys Strategies for Corporate Customers and Consultants to Minimize Immigration Risks

Posted in B-1 Visas, Business Visitors, Courts on Immigration Law, DOL, Employment-Based Immigration, Enforcement/DOL, Enforcement/USICE, Foreign policy, General Immigration, H-1B Visas, Homeland Security, I-9s, Immigration Discrimination, Immigration Law Complexity, Immigration Lawyers, Immigration Portfolio Management, Immigration Regulations, Immigration terminology, Legal Representation, Obama Administration on Immigration, Trade in Services, USCIS
Samuel Herbert, Her Majesty’s Home Secretary from 1931-32 (the British equivalent of the U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security), could well have been speaking about two recent immigration-related events when he quipped that “bureaucracy” is “a difficulty for every solution.” One is an October 30 Settlement Agreement between Indian It consulting giant, Infosys, and the U.S. Attorney for the … Continue Reading

Immigration Voices – Careen Shannon: “Edward Snowden and the Politics of Asylum”

Posted in Asylum, Foreign policy, Guest Columns
[Blogger’s note: Our guest blogger today is Careen Shannon, Of Counsel at Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP and an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York. Careen Shannon and Austin Fragomen blog about immigration issues at Fragomen on Immigration. She writes to offer a background … Continue Reading

The Xenophobes Can’t Kill Immigration Reform – But What Should CIR Supporters Do Now?

Posted in Border Security, Democrats on Immigration, Foreign policy, GOP on Immigration, Homeland Security, Immigration Agency Expertise, Immigration Reform, USCIS
The usual xenophobic suspects made the usual noises after the tragic events in Boston last week.  Perhaps the most premature outcry came from electrified-border-fence proponent, Rep. Steve King, Republican from Iowa, who a day after the marathon explosions linked a report (ultimately untrue) that a Saudi national had planted the bombs with King’s mission to stop comprehensive … Continue Reading

The Immigration Line is Too Damn Long (and Slow)

Posted in Congress on Immigration, Employment-Based Immigration, Family Immigration, Foreign policy, Global Migration, Immigration Quotas, Immigration Reform, Obama Administration on Immigration
Steadfastly opposing a path to citizenship for unauthorized immigrants, the anti-immigration crowd has long trumpeted an array of related memes: Why don’t they just get into line like everyone else? Why don’t they wait their turn? Why don’t they just follow the law? Why should we reward lawbreakers who disrespect our laws? Why should those … 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 … Continue Reading

New York Times and Ann Coulter Refuted: Immigrant Rights ARE Civil Rights

Posted in Foreign policy, Global Migration, Hate speech, Immigration "Tribes", Immigration and Journalism, Immigration Discrimination
Today is the federal holiday of Columbus Day. In ironic recognition, President Obama will stop by a remote California village to dedicate the Cesar E. Chavez National Monument, memorializing the contributions of the eponymous Mexican-American civil rights leader who fought tirelessly to gain justice for immigrant farm workers.  Also today, Cesar’s widow, Helen, continues her effort, with many others, … 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 … Continue Reading

The GOP Position: Immigration under Glass

Posted in Foreign policy, Global Migration, GOP on Immigration, Immigration Reform
Labor Day, the quaintly traditional start of the Presidential election season, arrived this year with the memory still fresh of self-mortification Republican style — the projection of Second Amendment rights squarely into their collective feet. Rather than enjoying a customary post-convention bump in the polls, GOP candidate Mitt Romney received “easily the worst rating given … Continue Reading

Immigration Lawyers Arguing: “Can I Work from Home for a Foreign Employer?”

Posted in Courts on Immigration Law, Employment-Based Immigration, Foreign policy, Guest Columns, Immigration Law Complexity, Immigration Regulations, Immigration terminology
[Blogger's note:  Whether by dint of nature or nurture, lawyers love to argue; immigration lawyers perhaps more so. Unlike our colleagues (outside of immigration practice) for whom sources of law are better defined, immigration attorneys can access a wider array of law and non-law sources with which to fashion our pro and con arguments.   … Continue Reading

Immigration Protectionism Costs America Billions

Posted in Congress on Immigration, Employment-Based Immigration, Foreign policy, Immigrant Visas, Immigration Protectionism, Immigration Reform, Obama Administration on Immigration, Trade in Services
I worry a lot about the future facing America’s young adults.  Saddled with Dickensian levels of college and grad-school debt, largely unable to find opportunities in their preferred careers, our young fear that they’ll be relegated to work in low-paid, dead-end jobs. They and their parents are rightly concerned that the middle class is disappearing, … Continue Reading

Stop the Immigration Profiling

Posted in Consular Officers, Foreign policy, Immigration Discrimination, Mexico, Obama Administration on Immigration, State Department, USCIS
Surprising as it may be to Italian-American youth of today, with a Cuomo as governor of New York and a Scalia and an Alito as Supreme Court justices, this kid of 1950s’ Detroit hated his Italian name and resented his father for having conferred it.  “Angelo Alfredo Paparelli” was too much ethnicity to bear.  I’m not … Continue Reading

No More Waiting on Legal Immigration

Posted in Adjustment of Status, B-1 Visas, Business Visitors, Consular Officers, Employment-Based Immigration, Foreign policy, Immigration Reform, Obama Administration on Immigration, State Department, USCIS
[Blogger's note: This article is reprinted with permission from the February 22, 2012 edition of The New York Law Journal.  ©2010 ALM Properties Inc. All rights reserved. Further duplication without permission is prohibited. The authors thank the Journal for permission to reprint this article.]   No More Waiting on Legal Immigration By Angelo A. Paparelli and … Continue Reading

The Immigration Appeaser-in-Chief Should Try Some New Ammunition

Posted in Border Issues & CBP, Employment-Based Immigration, Enforcement/USICE, Foreign policy, Immigration Reform, Obama Administration on Immigration, USCIS
President Obama had a macho moment this week when he suggested, rhetorically, a poll of ghosts. “Ask Osama Bin Laden” and the “22 out of 30 top al-Qaeda leaders who’ve been taken off the field,” he proposed, “whether I engage in appeasement.”  The storied bugaboo of foreign-policy appeasement, best typified by the flaccidity of British Prime Minister … 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, … Continue Reading

Missive from Mumbai: Why Are U.S. Immigration Agencies Attacking India and Hurting America?

Posted in Border Issues & CBP, Business Visitors, Consular Officers, Foreign policy, H-1B Visas, L-1 Visa, State Department, USCIS
At least when it comes to India, Yogi Berra had it wrong. It’s not déjà vu all over again.  Blogging this weekend from my hotel room in Mumbai, I vividly recall my first trip to India in 1993. Invited as part of an American Bar Association delegation, I spoke in New Delhi on “Nonimmigrant Visa Options for Computer Software … Continue Reading

Legislatively Required, Bureaucratically Enabled Immigration Deaths

Posted in Adjustment of Status, Consular Officers, Extreme Hardship, Foreign policy, Immigrant Visas, Immigration Reform, Mexico, Obama Administration on Immigration, State Department, Unlawful Presence, USCIS, USCIS Ombudsman, Waivers of Inadmissibility
Many dysfunctions within the immigration ecospace are disturbing, but some make my blood boil.  The conniption that brought me to this Howard Beale moment erupted after I belatedly read a Forbes online article, published last April, by Osha Gray Davis (“A Death in Juarez: How U.S. Immigration Policy Is Tearing American Families Apart“). The Forbes piece reported on two people murdered in … Continue Reading

Off-Message Immigration Bureaucrats Undermine the President’s Jobs Push by Refusing L-1 Specialist Visas to Indian Citizens

Posted in Consular Officers, Employment-Based Immigration, Foreign policy, Global Migration, L-1 Visa, State Department, USCIS
With the President’s supporters pleading for action, Barack Obama at last has pivoted to jobs.  “Pass this bill [the American Jobs Act]” has become his oft-shouted mantra. Surprisingly, however, career bureaucrats within the Departments of State and Homeland Security apparently haven’t read his September 8 speech to Congress and instead are taking affirmative steps to prevent … Continue Reading

A Decade after 9/11: The Fear of Lax Immigration Enforcement Still Haunts America

Posted in Congress on Immigration, Enforcement/USICE, Foreign policy, Fraud Detection & National Security (FDNS), General Immigration, USCIS
Today, the 10th anniversary of the terrorist savagery of September 11, 2001, the nation pauses to remember the fallen and reflect on how our country has changed in the decade past.  PBS and The New Yorker offer worthy contemplations on the changes since 9/11 and today, and two immigration lawyers, Cyrus Mehta and Jonathan Montag, on … Continue Reading

Immigration Thought Leadership – Needed Now More Than Ever

Posted in Congress on Immigration, Foreign policy, General Immigration, Hate speech, Immigration Reform
Writing for The Hill, pundit Kathy Kemper just published a thoughtful piece on “Debt and immigration.”  In it she contrasts American policy-makers’ obsession with the financial Sword of Damocles, set to behead us on August 2, with Norway’s all-consuming focus on the aftermath of a xenophobic madman’s gutless acts of murder and mayhem.  Americans, it seems, can think only of … Continue Reading

Revenue-Raising Immigration: The $$$ Visa

Posted in Congress on Immigration, Consular Officers, Foreign policy, Global Migration, Immigration Reform, Investor Immigration, USCIS
As the debt-ceiling crisis causes America to plunge headlong into the lemming-led abyss of a credit default, Congress and the country are reminded of a timeless truth. ”Money is better than poverty, if only for financial reasons.” In these parlous times, our nation is regularly compared to the nearly deadbeat country of Greece, which tried recently but … 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

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