Nation Of Immigrators

Nation Of Immigrators

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The “When” of Immigration

Posted in Congress on Immigration, Enforcement/USICE, GOP on Immigration, Immigration Reform, Obama Administration on Immigration
In everyday English, “when” clearly “connote[s] immediacy.” . . . ’”when’ … can be read, on the one hand, to refer to ‘action or activity occurring ‘at the time that’ or ‘as soon as’ other action has ceased or begun … [But on] the other hand, ‘when’ can also be read to [mean] ‘at or during the … Continue Reading

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

Waiting in the Wings: A New Leader at the Immigration Helm

Posted in Congress on Immigration, Democrats on Immigration, EB-5, GOP on Immigration, Immigration Law Complexity, Immigration Reform, Immigration Regulations, L-1 Visa, Obama Administration on Immigration, USCIS
The dysfunctional immigration world continues to spin dangerously out of control.  Do-nothing House Republicans (and five pusillanimous Democrats) commit political seppuku with the passage of the ENFORCE Act  – a going-nowhere bill which would authorize civil suits against the President to dissuade him from doing something to husband scarce prosecutorial resources and ameliorate the harsh … Continue Reading

Senator’s Saucy Request Roils EB-5 Regional Centers

Posted in Congress on Immigration, EB-5, GOP on Immigration, Immigration Lawyers, Investor Immigration, Obama Administration on Immigration
Imagine you’re the general counsel of Coca Cola (or of any other company that takes great pains to safeguard the internal secrets that endow the organization with competitive advantages over other firms in the same industry).  On your desk lands a letter from a U.S. senator in the minority party asking that your company turn … Continue Reading

Half a Loaf Immigration Reform

Posted in Democrats on Immigration, GOP on Immigration, Immigration Reform, Obama Administration on Immigration
At the beach when the tide is going out, the waves recede and it seems that nothing is happening in the sea. But the truth is that the great swells are gathering strength beneath the waters, building energy for the time the tide will return.  ~ Dean Walley, “The Tides of Life” These words aptly … Continue Reading

The L-1 Intracompany Transferee Visa Facing Attack — from All Branches of the Federal Government (Part II)

Posted in Administrative Appeals Office - USCIS, Congress on Immigration, Consular Officers, Courts on Immigration Law, GOP on Immigration, L-1 Visa, Obama Administration on Immigration, Requests for Evidence (RFEs), USCIS
[Bloggers Note:  The second of my two-part blog post below first appeared in Seyfarth Shaw LLP's September 10 and September 12 "Employment Law Lookout" Blog] The L-1 Intracompany Transferee Visa Facing Attack — from All Branches of the Federal Government (Part II)  By Angelo A. Paparelli As noted in our last post, American businesses which offer U.S. secondments … Continue Reading

Immigration Voices – Careen Shannon: “Stop the Birther Nonsense Now”

Posted in Citizenship and Nationality, Constitutional Law, Democrats on Immigration, GOP on Immigration, Guest Columns, Obama Administration on Immigration
[Blogger's Note:  Today's post comes from the prodigious and talented Careen Shannon,  a frequest guest blogger and blogger in her own right, who is 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 . I've … Continue Reading

RNC Hoisted on Its Own Immigration Petard in Opposing Path to Citizenship

Posted in GOP on Immigration, Immigration Reform
Last Friday the Republican National Committee (RNC) passed a resolution opposing a path to citizenship for the 11 million people living among us without immigration status. Viewing these individuals as gate-crashers or overstayers, the resolution claimed that a majority of Americans “oppose any form of amnesty that would propose a pathway to citizenship for illegal … Continue Reading

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

A Swimmingly Good Immigration Solution to Border Security

Posted in Congress on Immigration, Customs and Border Protection, Democrats on Immigration, GOP on Immigration, Homeland Security, Immigration Reform, Obama Administration on Immigration
The word in Washington is that S. 744, the Gang of Eight’s immigration bill, must move to the right if it is to pass the Senate by a 70-vote, bipartisan margin, and thereby pressure the House to approve a (no doubt rightward-leaning) version of comprehensive immigration reform (CIR).   Some Members of Congress, however, Senator … 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

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

Rethinking Immigration: If America Will Welcome More Entrepreneurs, Why Not More Creatives?

Posted in Congress on Immigration, Courts on Immigration Law, Democrats on Immigration, Employment-Based Immigration, Extraordinary Ability, GOP on Immigration, Immigration and Entrepreneurship, Immigration and Journalism, Immigration and the Arts, Immigration Protectionism, Immigration Reform, Labor Unions, Obama Administration on Immigration, P Visas
The purpose of the [Immigration and Nationality Act is] to prevent an influx of aliens which the economy of individual localities [cannot] absorb. . . . Entrepreneurs do not compete as skilled laborers. The activities of each entrepreneur are generally unique to his own enterprise, often requiring a special balance of skill, courage, intuition and … Continue Reading

Fix Immigration by Improving Its Justice System

Posted in Congress on Immigration, Courts on Immigration Law, Democrats on Immigration, GOP on Immigration, Immigration Agency Expertise, Immigration Courts, Immigration Law Complexity, Immigration Reform, Obama Administration on Immigration, Removal Proceedings, USCIS
“U.S. immigration law is like stratified rock, revealing layer on layer of Congressional accretions laid down over many years, with the superstructure upended in tectonic shifts triggered by the baffling and contradictory interpretations of multiple agencies and courts.”  Nothing of substance has changed since I offered that post last August, save for a groundbreaking election that reversed … 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

House GOP Says Immigrant Suffering Hurts Less Than Citizen Suffering

Posted in Congress on Immigration, Family Immigration, GOP on Immigration, Immigration Reform, VAWA - Violence against Women Act
Bipartisan outrage erupted in the House last week, with usually loyal Republicans among the most furious and outspoken in the GOP-controlled chamber. Rep. Peter King, a Long Island Republican, chastised House leaders for conduct that is “absolutely inexcusable . . . absolutely indefensible.” Declaiming that “we cannot just walk away from our responsibilities,” King said … 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

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

Immigration by Chance — Save the DV Green Card Lottery

Posted in Democrats on Immigration, DV Lottery, Family Immigration, GOP on Immigration, Immigration Reform
Despite all the post-election talk of a chastened GOP promising flexibility on comprehensive immigration reform (CIR), Republicans seem more determined than ever to reduce the number of green cards issued annually.  They would do so by eliminating the Diversity Visa lottery.  Their latest ante is a miserly family-unity sweetener to the failed STEM bill which would additionally … 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

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 … 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, … Continue Reading

Immigration Lawyers to Join Big Bird in Unemployment Lines

Posted in GOP on Immigration, Immigration Lawyers, Immigration Reform
Debate scorers and pollsters called it even.  Mitt Romney won the first Presidential debate, essentially by showing up. Barack Obama prevailed in the second, a verbal brawl, by departing the state of suspended animation, entering New York state, and manning up. Observers of the Twittersphere honed in on one line — Mitt Romney’s non-responsive comment to a question in the … Continue Reading