Nation Of Immigrators

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L-1 Petitioners Beware: USCIS Confirms Plans to Expand FDNS Site Visit Program

Posted in Fraud Detection & National Security (FDNS), Guest Columns, L-1 Visa, Uncategorized
L-1 Petitioners Beware: USCIS Confirms Plans to Expand FDNS Site Visit Program By Maura K. Travers and Angelo A. Paparelli History is about to repeat itself. Fraud Detection and National Security (FDNS), a directorate of  United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), is set to embark on another foray of surprise visits to Corporate America, seeking to … Continue Reading

The Immigration Scandal at DHS — Just as Bad as at IRS

Posted in Border Issues & CBP, Congress on Immigration, Enforcement/USICE, Fraud Detection & National Security (FDNS), Homeland Security, Immigration Reform, Labor Unions, Obama Administration on Immigration, USCIS
Immigration law and tax law, although at first glance strikingly different, share much in common.  Each rivals the other in complexity.  Each permeates every nook and cranny of human behavior — from commerce and criminality to love and divorce, from mental illness to extraordinary brilliance, from birth to death and everything in between. Though each … Continue Reading

Memo to GCs: If Ever There Is a Time for Immigration Portfolio Management, It’s Now.

Posted in Border Security, Business Visitors, Employment-Based Immigration, Fraud Detection & National Security (FDNS), General, H-1B Visas, I-9s, Immigration Law Complexity, Immigration Portfolio Management, Immigration Quotas, Immigration Reform, L-1 Visa, Legal Representation
Much has been written since April 17 when the bipartisan Gang of Eight senators introduced S. 744, a brobdingnagian immigration reform bill that overlays 844 pages of turgid text on top of the already gargantuan and complex Immigration and Nationality Act.  The Migration Policy Institute, the National Immigration Law Center, and the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) have each … 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 the Googlean sense, immigration lawyers … 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 … Continue Reading

Instruct Us Again on the Immigration Rules

Posted in Fraud Detection & National Security (FDNS), I-9s, Immigration Regulations, USCIS
With the 2012 presidential campaign in full throb, candidates Obama and Romney are embracing “the vision thing” — that nemesis of the first President Bush whose reelection effort reportedly failed because he did not “frame his positions on individual issues in a compelling and unified manner.” The two de facto nominees paint a starkly different … Continue Reading

Pre-Election Bipartisanship — Except on Immigration, Where Sen. Grassley Stubbornly Obstructs

Posted in Congress on Immigration, Consular Officers, Employment-Based Immigration, Fraud Detection & National Security (FDNS), H-1B Visas, Immigration Reform, Obama Administration on Immigration, State Department, Unauthorized Practice of Immigration Law, USCIS
At President Obama’s signing ceremony for the JOBS Act last week, White House guests slapped high fives with bipartisan glee. They came to the Rose Garden to help “Jumpstart Our Business Startups,” as the new law’s title optimistically promises to do. With pen in hand, the President joined in the merriment, observing that it’s not … Continue Reading

Powdered Wig Immigration with the Lawyer as Potted Plant

Posted in Fraud Detection & National Security (FDNS), Legal Representation, Unauthorized Practice of Immigration Law, USCIS
Many thoughts rushed through my mind as I read the heartening headline to a press release issued January 19 by the American Immigration Council (“U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Takes Steps to Improve Noncitizens’ Access to Legal Counsel“).  What did USCIS do to improve access to lawyers?  Did it instruct the agency’s Fraud Detection and … Continue Reading

The DHS Inspector General Report on Fraud Detection at USCIS: Pious Immigration Baloney

Posted in Administrative Appeals Office - USCIS, Courts on Immigration Law, Fraud Detection & National Security (FDNS), USCIS, USCIS Ombudsman
The historian said to the venture capitalist, “Let’s drop the pious baloney,” as each sought the highest office in the land. No, this post is not the set-up to a joke, except perhaps a nod to the risible circular firing squad that the GOP presidential candidates have formed.  And it’s not about a sliced and packaged meat … 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

Executive Craftsmanship: Job Creation through Existing Immigration Laws

Posted in Adjustment of Status, Administrative Appeals Office - USCIS, DOL, Employment-Based Immigration, Enforcement/USICE, Fraud Detection & National Security (FDNS), H-1B Visas, Immigration Reform, L-1 Visa, Letters to USCIS Ombudsman, Obama Administration on Immigration, State Department, USCIS
The dog days of August are behind us, yet the economic doldrums persist.  Unemployment remains unchanged and unacceptably high at 9.1%. The White House forecasts that it will stay there through the New Year and then likely drop only a tenth of a percentage point for all of 2012.  Congress returns this week to Washington. Vituperation … Continue Reading

A Cancer within the Immigration Agency

Posted in Congress on Immigration, Enforcement/USICE, Fraud Detection & National Security (FDNS), H-1B Visas, L-1 Visa, Obama Administration on Immigration, USCIS
I think that . . . there’s no doubt about the seriousness of the problem . . . We have a cancer–within, close to the Presidency, that’s growing. It’s growing daily. It’s compounding, it grows geometrically now because it compounds itself.  [John] Dean [recapping] the history of the Watergate break-in and subsequent cover-up for . . . President … Continue Reading