Nation Of Immigrators

Nation Of Immigrators

A public policy blog on America's dysfunctional immigration system

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Pants on Fire over Immigration

Posted in Congress on Immigration, Constitutional Law, Democrats on Immigration, General Immigration, GOP on Immigration, Homeland Security, Immigration Reform, Obama Administration on Immigration
In the 1997 film, Liar Liar, Jim Carrey starred as Fletcher Reede, a scruples-free lawyer whose young son, Max, wishes that, for just one day, his dad would tell the truth.  Max’s wish is granted. Fletcher flips from mendacity to veracity.  He tries persistently to lie; his Silly-Putty® face contorts wildly, but he can only blurt … Continue Reading

Immigration Voices – Immigration Reform Must Redress the Current Law’s Gender Biases

Posted in Congress on Immigration, Employment-Based Immigration, Family Immigration, General Immigration, Immigration Discrimination, Immigration Reform, Obama Administration on Immigration
[Blogger's note:  Once again the prolific and ever lucid Careen Shannon offers fresh insights on another facet of our dysfunctional immigration system.  Today, she shows why gender bias taints America's immigration system, and what should be done to eliminate structural bias as part of comprehensive immigration reform.]    Immigration Reform Must Redress the Current Law’s Gender … Continue Reading

Immigration Triangulation — Another Dysfunctional Government Policy

Posted in Congress on Immigration, Consular Officers, DOL, E-Verify, Employment-Based Immigration, Enforcement/DOL, General Immigration, H-1B Visas, I-9s, Immigration Discrimination, Immigration Reform, Labor Unions, Obama Administration on Immigration, State Department, State Immigration Laws, Trade in Services, USCIS
The dictionary defines the adjective, “passive-aggressive,” as “a type of behavior or personality characterized by indirect resistance to the demands of others and an avoidance of direct confrontation.”  That is an apt characterization describing how federal bureaucrats work their will in the immigration ecosphere.  The passive-aggressive behaviors show up in efforts by federal immigration officials … 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

Memo to Immigration Reformers: “First catch your [EB-5] hare!”

Posted in Congress on Immigration, Consular Officers, Customs and Border Protection, Democrats on Immigration, General Immigration, GOP on Immigration, Immigration Agency Expertise, Immigration Reform, Investor Immigration, Obama Administration on Immigration, State Department, USCIS
Winston Churchill, whose mother was American (Jennie Jerome of Brooklyn), could just as well have been speaking about the components of comprehensive immigration reform.  Instead he was commenting on the Allies’ post-World War II plans for world governance when, in the summer of 1942 with the war yet unwon, he said: I hope these speculative studies … 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

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

Immigration Quibbles and Bites: The Fortnight in Review

Posted in Courts on Immigration Law, EB-5, General Immigration, Investor Immigration, Obama Administration on Immigration, USCIS
It’s been a momentous, startling and exasperating two weeks.  The Supreme Court ended the term with three blockbuster decisions, and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) held a less-noticed public engagement that knocked the socks off one important segment of the stakeholder community.   In Arizona v. United States, the Court — notwithstanding the ludicrous claims of … Continue Reading

Rendering unto the Immigration Caesars

Posted in DHS Technology Reforms, General Immigration, IMMI Awards, Immigration Regulations, USCIS
Render unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s …  Jesus of Nazareth, Matthew 22:21 I send greetings to all those observing Public Service Recognition Week 2012. Each day, our country benefits from the efforts of dedicated Federal, state, and local government employees who do their jobs with pride and passion. So many of these men … Continue Reading

Telling Immigration Stories: It’s Not Just about Code Sections

Posted in Adjustment of Status, Enforcement/USICE, Extreme Hardship, General Immigration, Hate speech, Immigrant Visas, Immigration Law Complexity, USCIS
From the first prehistoric evenings sitting around campfires, humans have been telling stories. Heroic myths, fairy-tale fables, oral histories — all have been seared into heart and memory through the power of narrative. Civil and criminal trials are merely stylized forms of storytelling.  Journalism’s hook, theatre’s Sturm und Drang, reality television’s sour and sweet confections – all … 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

Immigration, Cheesy Style

Posted in Adjustment of Status, General Immigration, Guest Columns, Immigration Courts, USCIS
[Bloggers Note:  Today's offering is a Guest Post by Nici Kersey, who recounts memories as a child and their lasting impact, even on her practice of immigration law.  For a similar recollection of government handouts from my childhood, click here.] Government Cheese by Nici Kersey My first memory of “the government” involves government cheese.  My great-grandmother always had … 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

End the Tyranny of Immigration Insubordination

Posted in Employment-Based Immigration, Enforcement/USICE, General Immigration, Immigration Reform, Investor Immigration, Labor Unions, Obama Administration on Immigration, USCIS
Despite persistent immigration deadlock in a Congress whose job approval has plummeted to its nadir, fresh tendrils of hope are sprouting:  We hear from reported remarks of Senator Richard Durbin that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will soon announce administrative action to give much-needed relief to individuals who would benefit from the DREAM Act, a bill still in … 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

Immigration Promises Made, Debts Unpaid

Posted in Deportation - Removal, DOL, Employment-Based Immigration, Enforcement/DOL, General Immigration, H-1B Visas, Immigration Agency Expertise, USCIS
Are we a trustworthy nation?  The world waits to see if the American government becomes a deadbeat on August 2, when the debt ceiling is hit.  Will the country break faith with its creditors?  Will it stiff Social Security recipients, the ill and disabled, fallen warriors and others whose lives or fortunes depend on Uncle Sam’s unflagging … Continue Reading

Race to the EAD: Revitalizing Depressed American Cities through State Immigration Initiatives

Posted in Employment-Based Immigration, General Immigration, Global Migration, Immigration Reform, Investor Immigration, Obama Administration on Immigration, State Immigration Laws, USCIS
As economic opportunities appear to diminish in the United States, global mobility management has become the hottest trend in migration.  In the globalized world, executives, entrepreneurs, investors and talented workers are voting with their feet and moving to places where economic opportunities entice.  (For background, see my recently published article, “Global Mobility Management – A Primer for … Continue Reading

Immigration Kudos to ICE and USCIS — Now All of Us Must Get to Work

Posted in Congress on Immigration, Deportation - Removal, Enforcement/USICE, General Immigration, Immigration Reform, Labor Unions, Unauthorized Practice of Immigration Law, USCIS
Credibility is the cornerstone of reputation.  That’s why, despite the shock and awe that regular readers of NationOfImmigrators.com may experience, this blogger (who sees immigration dysfunction virtually everywhere, especially under the Obama Administration) now heartily applauds recent actions of two immigration agencies within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) – ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) and USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and … 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

Demystifying Immigration Myths

Posted in Congress on Immigration, Courts on Immigration Law, DOL, Enforcement/DOL, Enforcement/USICE, Foreign policy, General Immigration, Immigration Agency Expertise, Immigration Law Complexity, Immigration Reform, Immigration terminology, MOUs - Memoranda of Understanding, USCIS
A trip abroad, as I took recently for a speaking gig, often allows intellectual curiosity to gallivant more freely.  It also provides opportunities to question accepted truths or cause germinating notions to blossom into convincing arguments, especially if serendipity or divine providence creates chance meetings with strangers.  These thoughts crystallized after my return as I … Continue Reading

Immigration Punking — Left, Right and Center

Posted in Congress on Immigration, Enforcement/USICE, General Immigration, H-1B Visas, Immigration Reform, Immigration terminology, Obama Administration on Immigration
On the first day of the second quarter of 2011, I fell for a joke.  As the Urban Dictionary (definition #2) would word it, I was “punk’d“!  I didn’t merely fall for just any immigration-related ersatz news item (like the passage of the CIRAF bill reported by my colleagues in ABIL), I breathlessly embraced as the truth an … Continue Reading

Immigration ‘Language is the Skin of the Soul’

Posted in General Immigration, Hate speech, Immigration terminology
As 1930s radio shows and 21st Century talk-radio shock jocks remind us, words — perhaps even more than images — carry evocative power, the power to incite passion.  Fernando Lázaro Carreter, the academician and guardian of Spanish (whose quote appears in the title of this post and in a slide deck I published years back on immigration writing for … Continue Reading

I Am Furious (Yellow) — at USCIS and its AAO

Posted in Administrative Appeals Office - USCIS, General Immigration, Immigration Law Complexity, Unauthorized Practice of Immigration Law, USCIS
In my last post, I quoted Roxana Bacon, the former Chief Counsel of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), our nation’s premier agency charged with determining eligibility for immigration benefits, who chided her erstwhile employer for “timidity” in failing to take legitimate administrative steps to reform America’s broken immigration system.  While her point is correct, I … Continue Reading