Nation Of Immigrators

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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

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

Two Market-Based Proposals for Immigration Reform: Cap-and-Trade or Uncap-and-Grow?

Posted in Congress on Immigration, Courts on Immigration Law, Immigration Agency Expertise, Immigration Courts, Immigration Reform, Legal Representation
The federal government regularly auctions airwaves and drilling leases.  Should it also auction humans?  This is the startling question posed recently at a May 15, 2012 Hamilton Project conference in a paper, a slide presentation and the transcript of remarks offered by Giovanni Peri, an economics professor at the University of California (Davis). Prof. Peri provides an … Continue Reading

With Hope Springing Eternally, ACUS Is Working on Immigration Again

Posted in Consular Officers, Immigration Agency Expertise, Immigration and Journalism, Immigration Reform, Immigration Regulations, Obama Administration on Immigration, Removal Proceedings, State Department
“How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?” ~ Satchel Paige One of the benefits of having played in the immigration sandbox for a long time is to see old friends return. A fondly remembered playmate — who left in 1995 and returned in 2010 – is a good ol’ cuss named ACUS … Continue Reading

Immigration-Agency Lawbreaking Revealed: USCIS’s EB-5 “Tenant-Occupancy” Scandal

Posted in Congress on Immigration, Guest Columns, Immigration Agency Expertise, Investor Immigration, Requests for Evidence (RFEs), USCIS
[Bloggers Note:  This post is authored jointly by Brandon Meyer and Angelo A. Paparelli]  Some scandals raise eyebrows; others cause real economic harm.  The one we’re about to reveal — known as ”tenant occupancy” — does both.  It makes the GSA’s Las Vegas cavorting pale in comparison. (Immigration lawyer alert:  For those with prurient interests [you know who you are], … Continue Reading

“I Hate [Bleep]ing Immigration Law” — Whenever I Get an Unjust Request for Evidence

Posted in Immigration Agency Expertise, Immigration and Journalism, Legal Representation, Requests for Evidence (RFEs), USCIS, USCIS Ombudsman
Ever since I first sat in a Los Angeles movie theatre watching Grand Canyon, Lawrence Kasdan’s 1991 film, the only movie, to my knowledge, whose protagonist is an immigration lawyer, I knew I would mouth to myself, repeatedly over the ensuing years, one of its memorable lines.  The main character, Mac (played by Kevin Kline), practices a … Continue Reading

Immigration Governance Unmasked

Posted in Consular Officers, Immigration Agency Expertise, Immigration Reform, USCIS
Who really wields power in Washington?  The December 3rd opening sketch of Saturday Night Live, featuring Fred Armisen as a chastened President Obama, offered an answer to the question.  SNL‘s Obama shared his insight, gained over the last three years, that the presidency is not truly a powerful post, but merely a “ceremonial position . . . a majestic figurehead.” Disabused … Continue Reading

Immigration’s Hobgoblin: A Foolish Inconsistency

Posted in Congress on Immigration, Consular Officers, Courts on Immigration Law, DOL, Immigration Agency Expertise, L-1 Visa, Obama Administration on Immigration, State Department, USCIS, USCIS Ombudsman
Europe is at a tipping point.  Will the European Union be dashed on Greek or Italian shores.  Will France follow Greece and Italy in losing the esteem of bondholders? Will the EU revert to an Uncommon Market and again suffer its historic curse, a mash-up of competing and warring states whose citizens must proffer passports to cross … 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

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