Nation Of Immigrators

Nation Of Immigrators

A public policy blog on America's dysfunctional immigration system

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Tips from an Immigration Insider: How to Excel at a U.S. Visa Interview

Posted in B-1 Visas, Consular Officers, H-1B Visas, H-2B Visas, Immigrant Visas, Immigration Law Complexity, Immigration Lawyers, Immigration Regulations, L-1 Visa, Legal Representation, P Visas, State Department
Ellis Island, which opened as an immigration processing post on January 1st 122 years ago, symbolizes for many Americans of immigrant descent the place where would-be entrants to the U.S. learned whether they would be admitted to the country.  Perhaps the most famous and wrenching location within this hallowed landmark are the “stairs of separation,” … Continue Reading

Immigration Progress: A Good EB-5 Policy Memo Could Still Be Better

Posted in Adjustment of Status, Congress on Immigration, EB-5, I-9s, Immigrant Visas, Immigration and Entrepreneurship, Immigration Reform, Immigration Regulations, Investor Immigration, Legal Representation, Obama Administration on Immigration, USCIS
French philosopher and aphorist, François-Marie Arouet, better known by his nom de plume, Voltaire, wrote in Italian that “Il meglio è l’inimico del bene [the perfect is the enemy of the good].” The wisdom of this saying, championed by pragmatists everywhere, comes to mind upon reading a May 30, 2013 Policy Memorandum (PM) issued by the … Continue Reading

Arcing toward Immigration Justice: “Illegals” No More

Posted in Consular Officers, Enforcement/USICE, Hate speech, Immigrant Visas, Immigration and Journalism, Immigration Lawyers, Immigration Reform, Immigration terminology, State Department
All of us at times become dispirited.   As I’ve viewed immigration over the last 40 years, passionate advocates have come and gone, fortunate foreign citizens have been granted green cards and then naturalized; but the harshness and hard-heartedness of immigration law as a reflection of American cultural norms hasn’t really diminished. For example, back in the 1980s I … 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

The Democrats’ Immigration Position: Better But Blemished

Posted in Democrats on Immigration, Deportation - Removal, GOP on Immigration, Immigrant Visas, Immigration Law Complexity, Immigration Reform, Obama Administration on Immigration
The Democratic Convention in Charlotte ended last week. The media has now turned to measuring and marveling at President Obama’s post-convention bounce despite weak Labor Department data revealing persistent joblessness. The inevitable comparisons of the two parties’ convention performances give the edge to the Democrats’ oratory, production values, crowd enthusiasm and diversity.  On immigration policy, the Dems … 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

Power-Mad Career Immigration Bureaucrats Cry Wolf, Spook DHS Leaders

Posted in Border Issues & CBP, Congress on Immigration, Extreme Hardship, Immigrant Visas, Labor Unions, Obama Administration on Immigration, Unlawful Presence, USCIS, Waivers of Inadmissibility
Immigration stakeholders howled with joy this week over an announcement by Janet Napolitano, the Secretary of Homeland Security (DHS), and the DHS agency, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), about the forthcoming publication of a new immigration regulation. Usually, the intention to publish a rule is no cause for huzzahs.  But this Notice of Intent … Continue Reading

Guest Immigration Post: What Are We Paying for? USCIS and the I-526 Exemplar Process

Posted in Guest Columns, Immigrant Visas, Investor Immigration, USCIS
[Blogger's Note:  Today's post comes to us courtesy of my colleague, Brandon Meyer, a prolific writer whose analysis and commentary cover a wide array of immigration law topics.   Brandon offers a spirited post on a troubling aspect of the EB-5 employment-creation immigrant investor green card category. Thanks to him for having allowed me to be in top holiday spirits, … 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

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