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

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 2013 Nation of Immigrators Awards – The IMMIs Are Announced

Posted in Congress on Immigration, Consular Officers, EB-5, Foreign policy, Homeland Security, IMMI Awards, Immigration Humor, Immigration Reform, Investor Immigration, USCIS
Hindsight, the armchair pundits say, is 20-20.  The year 2013 has proven them wrong. The end-of-year’s rear-view mirror onto the world of U.S. immigration shows impenetrable fog.  Unsurprisingly, as filmgoers know, vapory views of the recent past tend to diminish the apparent significance of events occurring early in the year (“never has a film released … 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

Parole-in-Place — The Immigration PIPsqueak That Could Help Solve the Biggest Obstacle to Comprehensive Reform

Posted in Congress on Immigration, Deportation - Removal, Homeland Security, Immigration Reform, Immigration terminology, Obama Administration on Immigration, Parole-in-Place, Removal Proceedings, Unlawful Presence, USCIS
The last few weeks have witnessed severe shocks to the health care system known as Obamacare. The President has issued mea culpas for the not-ready-for-prime-time web site, Health.gov, and for his campaign promise to Americans that if they liked their health insurance plan, they could “keep it. Period.” Americans who’ve lost their preferred health plan have also experienced … Continue Reading

Prosecutors, Aim Your Weapons — Targeting Fraud upon Immigrants

Posted in Guest Columns, Immigration Reform, Unauthorized Practice of Immigration Law, USCIS
[Blogger's note:  Today's post is authored jointly by Angelo A. Paparelli and Ted J. Chiappari with editorial assistance from Olivia Sanson. It is reprinted with permission from the August 28, 2013 edition of the New York Law Journal. © 2013 ALM Properties Inc. All rights reserved. Further duplication without permission is prohibited. The authors thank the Journal for … 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

Immigration Mystery Revealed: The Occult Process behind Nonimmigrant Visa Waivers

Posted in Border Issues & CBP, Guest Columns, Immigration Reform, Waivers of Inadmissibility
[Blogger's note:  Today's post is by guest columnist, John Klow.  John is one of the most knowledgeable private citizens who understands the inner workings of U.S. Customs and Border Protection.  In the post below, John elucidates the often opaque, behind-the-scenes process whereby an individual who is found inadmissible to the U.S. may apply for a … Continue Reading

If Immigration Law Were a Person It Would Sing: “Oh Lord, Please Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood”

Posted in Border Security, Congress on Immigration, Deportation - Removal, DREAM Act, Enforcement/USICE, Immigration "Tribes", Immigration Law Complexity, Immigration Lawyers, Immigration Reform, Mexico, Obama Administration on Immigration, Removal Proceedings
[Blogger's Note:  An earlier version of this post mistakenly suggested that the article discussed below offering the views of an immigration lawyer was written by that lawyer.  It was not; rather it was written by a reporter who quoted the lawyer.  This blogger regrets the error.] The power of online and social media to whip … 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

Give Peace a Chance: End the U.S.-India Immigration and Trade War Now

Posted in Congress on Immigration, Immigration Discrimination, Immigration Protectionism, Immigration Reform, Investor Immigration, Obama Administration on Immigration, Trade in Services
The drums of war are pounding.  Prominent American companies, through a variety of business associations, are urging the Obama Administration and Congress to punish the Government of India for mounting hostile actions in a brewing trade war. For its part, the Indian government cannot be pleased with the dramatically increased filing fees and restrictions to be … 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

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

The Immigration Scandal at DHS — Just as Bad as at IRS

Posted in Border Issues & CBP, Congress on Immigration, Enforcement/USICE, Fraud Detection & National Security (FDNS), Homeland Security, Immigration Reform, Labor Unions, Obama Administration on Immigration, USCIS
Immigration law and tax law, although at first glance strikingly different, share much in common.  Each rivals the other in complexity.  Each permeates every nook and cranny of human behavior — from commerce and criminality to love and divorce, from mental illness to extraordinary brilliance, from birth to death and everything in between. Though each … Continue Reading

Immigration’s Minnesota Nice, Sen. Al Franken, Helps Small Businesses and Regular Folks with the I-9 Process

Posted in Congress on Immigration, Employment-Based Immigration, I-9s, Immigration Reform, Obama Administration on Immigration, USCIS Ombudsman
Ever since the people of Minnesota elected Al Franken their U.S. senator, there’s been a hole in my comedic heart.  The good Senator doesn’t keep counsel with me, but I’ve discerned that he’s made a personal vow to never again offer a hint of his former incarnation as one of the nation’s most hilarious comedians … 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

Memo to GCs: If Ever There Is a Time for Immigration Portfolio Management, It’s Now.

Posted in Border Security, Business Visitors, Employment-Based Immigration, Fraud Detection & National Security (FDNS), General, H-1B Visas, I-9s, Immigration Law Complexity, Immigration Portfolio Management, Immigration Quotas, Immigration Reform, L-1 Visa, Legal Representation
Much has been written since April 17 when the bipartisan Gang of Eight senators introduced S. 744, a brobdingnagian immigration reform bill that overlays 844 pages of turgid text on top of the already gargantuan and complex Immigration and Nationality Act.  The Migration Policy Institute, the National Immigration Law Center, and the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) have each … 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

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

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

Immigration Quota Reform: Waste Not, Want Not

Posted in Congress on Immigration, Immigration Quotas, Immigration Reform, Obama Administration on Immigration, State Department, USCIS
Frugality, something second nature to our colonial forebears, is a trait we Americans seem to have forgotten.  We are profligate in our material acquisitions and in their disposition. (Witness the growing mountains of toxic electronic waste that are almost as hard to be rid of as spent nuclear fuel.)   Saving for a rainy day … Continue Reading