Nation Of Immigrators

Nation Of Immigrators

A public policy blog on America's dysfunctional immigration system

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Immigration Voices: Baring My Teeth at I-9 Enforcement Inequalities

Posted in Enforcement/USICE, Guest Columns, I-9s, State Immigration Laws
[Blogger's note:  Here we go with another guest column from Nicole (Nici) Kersey who offers a witty, wise and worthy post on the inequities and inanities of the worksite enforcement scheme concocted by Congress in 1990, a flawed system of employer deputization of governmental functions largely maladministered by various agencies of the Executive Branch.  Worse … 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

Immigration Dreaming in California — Assembly Bill 263 Will Bring Nightmares to the State’s Employers

Posted in Employment-Based Immigration, Enforcement/USICE, I-9s, Immigration Regulations, State Immigration Laws
“California deserves whatever it gets. Californians invented the concept of life-style. This alone warrants their doom.” ― Don DeLillo, White Noise “Political corruption, social greed, and Americanized quasi-socialism can ruin even the most wonderful places. California proved that.” ― Tiffany Madison As a transplant from Michigan who has thrived in California since settling here in … 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

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

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

Suffer the Children: Immigration Heartlessness and Hypocrisy

Posted in DREAM Act, Hate speech, Immigration Reform, State Immigration Laws
A recent televised debate revealed an immigration fault line within the GOP. Texas Governor Rick Perry’s many challengers for the Republican presidential nomination railed against his decision to extend in-state tuition rates to undocumented college students, brought to the U.S. as children, who graduate from the Lone Star State’s high schools. His initial reply: “If you say … 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

Immigration Voyeurism: An Early Peek at Rep. Lamar Smith’s Mandatory E-Verify Bill

Posted in Congress on Immigration, Enforcement/USICE, I-9s, Immigration Reform, State Immigration Laws
As early as last January, Rep. Lamar Smith, Chair of the House Judiciary Committee, outlined plans to hold hearings to investigate the Obama Administration’s policies on immigration-related worksite enforcement and propose a bill that would require employers to enroll in E-Verify, the Federal online screening tool that purports to verify work eligibility.  True to his word, hearings on worksite … Continue Reading

10 Immigration Predictions: The Foreseeable Consequences of the Supreme Court’s Arizona E-Verify Decision

Posted in Congress on Immigration, Courts on Immigration Law, Enforcement/USICE, I-9s, Immigration Reform, MOUs - Memoranda of Understanding, Obama Administration on Immigration, State Immigration Laws
The U.S. Supreme Court freed a herd of immigration “elephants [hiding] in a mousehole” on May 26. That’s when five Justices used a four-word exception to the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA) — an act which, among its extensive provisions, banned the employment of foreign citizens whom the employer knows lack work permission — to … 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

Granular and Possibly Grand Immigration Reform

Posted in Congress on Immigration, Employment-Based Immigration, Enforcement/USICE, Immigration Reform, Obama Administration on Immigration, State Immigration Laws, USCIS
Ever since studying Constitutional Law years ago, I’ve never really resolved in my mind the tension between federal supremacy and states rights. Most days, I see the need for national uniformity of law and lean toward federal power.   At other times, I appreciate the benefit of sensitivity to local conditions and the wisdom of allowing the states to … Continue Reading