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You Say You Want a Devolution — in Immigration That Is

Posted in Border Security, Democrats on Immigration, Global Migration, GOP on Immigration, Immigration Reform, State Immigration Laws
Will comprehensive immigration reform (CIR) die a slow and ignominious death in the House?  Will the Republican Party, whose thought leaders on the far right chant “Kill the Bill,” face a near-term visit by the Grim Reaper? Are conservatives abandoning conservatism over immigration, as David Brooks and this blogger maintain? Are lobbyists who were “drinking … Continue Reading

No Time for Rich-Whining, CIR Advocates Must Stay Focused on the Senate

Posted in Customs and Border Protection, Democrats on Immigration, EB-5, Employment-Based Immigration, Enforcement/USICE, Family Immigration, Global Migration, GOP on Immigration, H-1B Visas, Homeland Security, Immigration Reform, L-1 Visa, USCIS, USCIS Ombudsman
While most of the nation fixated this week on black and brown American heroes in Cleveland, the attention of immigration advocates diverged.  They vacillated between delight with the imploding anti-immigration conservative movement and nail-biting over votes on a flood of amendments to the massive, bipartisan Gang of Eight bill in the Senate Judiciary Committee. Schadenfreude … Continue Reading

Oh What a Tangled Immigration Web We Weave: A Knotty Future For the H-2B Program

Posted in Congress on Immigration, Courts on Immigration Law, DOL, Employment-Based Immigration, Global Migration, Immigration Protectionism, Immigration Quotas, Immigration Reform, Labor Unions, Obama Administration on Immigration
[Blogger's Note: This post -- originally published on March 31, 2013 -- is a guest column (updated on April 3, 2013) to reflect actions by the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. The original post was authored by a former federal government official who played a substantial role in immigration … 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

Rethinking Immigration: Stop the Alienation of Affection

Posted in Congress on Immigration, Democrats on Immigration, Global Migration, GOP on Immigration, Immigration Discrimination, Immigration Protectionism, Immigration Reform, Immigration terminology, Obama Administration on Immigration
With the Obama Administration and lawmakers in both parties promising to fix our dysfunctional immigration system, it’s time for a reality-based understanding of global migration and a fresh choice of words.   As Prof. Fariborz Ghadar, Senior Advisor and Scholar at the Center for Strategic and International Affairs, observes: Just as a teenager grows up … Continue Reading

The Senate Must Modify Its Filibuster Rules to Pass Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Posted in Congress on Immigration, Democrats on Immigration, Employment-Based Immigration, Family Immigration, Global Migration, GOP on Immigration, Immigrant Visas, Immigration Reform, Investor Immigration, Trade in Services
“ And there took place . . . [in the U.S. Senate] so many “extended discussions” of measures to keep them from coming to a vote that the device got a name, “filibuster,” from the Dutch word vrijbuiter, which means “freebooter” or “pirate,” and which passed into the Spanish as filibustero, because the sleek, swift ship … Continue Reading

Reforming Immigration “with Liberty and Justice for All”

Posted in Adjustment of Status, Administrative Appeals Office - USCIS, Border Issues & CBP, Congress on Immigration, Consular Officers, Courts on Immigration Law, Democrats on Immigration, DOL, EB-5, Employment-Based Immigration, Enforcement/DOL, Enforcement/USICE, Global Migration, GOP on Immigration, H-1B Visas, Immigration Courts, Immigration Law Complexity, Immigration Lawyers, Immigration Reform, Immigration Regulations, Investor Immigration, Legal Representation, Obama Administration on Immigration, State Department, Trade in Services, USCIS, USCIS Ombudsman
As Republicans join Democrats in contemplating reform of the nation’s dysfunctional immigration system, the final line of the Pledge of Allegiance (“with liberty and justice for all”) is the best place to start.  Revitalizing our broken and outdated 20th Century immigration laws to respond to the needs of 21st Century America will turn in large part on … 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

Hot from Miami: Four Fresh and Seasoned Immigration Reform Proposals

Posted in Border Issues & CBP, Employment-Based Immigration, Enforcement/USICE, Global Migration, Guest Columns, Immigration Reform
[Bloggers note:  Today's guest column is co-authored by two shining stars in the immigration firmament, Roxana Bacon and Esther Olavarria, who offer four innovative proposals for immigration reform conceived by their law students at the University of Miami Law School. The post is longer than usual but well worth your time.   The melding of  insights from the immigration … 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

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

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

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

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

America’s Creaking, Crotchety Immigration System — Not Ready for the Globalized World

Posted in Employment-Based Immigration, Enforcement/USICE, Foreign policy, Global Migration, Immigration Reform, Labor Unions, State Immigration Laws
Few observers predicted the profundity of global political changes in the first quarter of 2011.   The Middle East, still the source of most of the world’s energy, has witnessed civilian protestors toppling despots and prompting autocrats to invite foreign-state and mercenary armies to quell peaceful demonstrations and slaughter citizens. Libya’s never-predictable Muammar el-Qaddafi, having nearly routed indigenous rebels centered around … Continue Reading

Immigration ICE Storms Are Brewing: 7 Steps Employers Must Take NOW

Posted in Employment-Based Immigration, Enforcement/USICE, General Immigration, Global Migration, I-9s
The weather outside is frightful. Large chunks of hail are beating the earth in the form of ”Notices of Inspection” (NOIs), delivered by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).  These NOIsome ICE chunks are hitting the doorsteps of more and more U.S. employers (1,000 have just landed). Even in unlikely San Francisco I understand that at least two large employers … Continue Reading

GLOBAL HIRING: ARE YOUR RECRUITERS READY FOR THE WORLD STAGE?

Posted in Global Migration
By Angelo A. Paparelli Demographics don’t lie. Populations in the developed world are aging rapidly, especially in Europe, Japan and Russia. To a lesser but still pronounced degree, the ratio of older to younger citizens is also projected to increase in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan and South Korea. … Continue Reading