Nation Of Immigrators

Nation Of Immigrators

A public policy blog on America's dysfunctional immigration system

Tag Archives: “comprehensive immigration reform”

Looking Back — Not Much Immigration Solace from Obama

Posted in Administrative Appeals Office - USCIS, Border Issues & CBP, Democrats on Immigration, Enforcement/USICE, H-1B Visas, L-1 Visa, Obama Administration on Immigration, Removal Proceedings, Uncategorized, USCIS

As the Obama presidency nears its twilight, let me tell you about our leader’s eight-year, largely-disappointing record on immigration.

But first a bias alert:  I voted for the President twice; I like and respect him; and I marvel at how glib, cool, incisive, studious, and otherwise mostly big-hearted he’s been.  With favorability ratings nearing 60 percent, he’s seen by most … Continue Reading

Eyes off the Prize: White House Oblivious to Immigration Bureaucrats’ Running out the Clock

Posted in EB-5, H-1B Visas, Immigration and Entrepreneurship, Investor Immigration, L-1 Visa, Obama Administration on Immigration, State Department, USCIS

Two hundred days ago President Obama stoked the hopes of immigration advocates with his announcement of wide-ranging executive actions to try — as far as his authority would carry him — to change America’s broken immigration system for the better.

Generating most of the media fanfare and Republican outrage were his plans to expand eligibility for the DACA program and … Continue Reading

Immigration on a Clean Slate: Game-Changing Proposals on Visa Modernization

Posted in Adjustment of Status, Border Issues & CBP, Border Security, Consular Officers, Courts on Immigration Law, DHS Technology Reforms, EB-5, Employment-Based Immigration, Enforcement/USICE, Fraud Detection & National Security (FDNS), Homeland Security, Immigration Courts, Immigration Reform, Immigration Regulations, Legal Representation, Obama Administration on Immigration, USCIS, VAWA - Violence against Women Act

Terabytes of text have already been generated in the course of extolling or excoriating President Obama for his November 20 Executive Actions on Immigration.  The prolific foaming of bloviating mouths has mostly been prompted by the promise of deferred action and work permits for undocumented immigrants under the DACA and DAPA programs.  Surprisingly, however, his equally profound measures to improve Continue Reading

Worksite Harmony and the President’s Executive Actions: It’s All about Immigration Timing

Posted in Constitutional Law, Homeland Security, I-9s, Obama Administration on Immigration, USCIS

“Politics at bottom is not all that complicated. It’s all about timing.”

Mark McKinnon

Facing a recalcitrant House of Representatives controlled by Republicans, President Obama made an historic announcement on November 20th outlining an array of executive actions he would take to fix as much as he could of our broken immigration system.

Understandably, public and media attention since then … Continue Reading

Tinker Bell’s Immigration Solution

Posted in Obama Administration on Immigration

[Blogger’s Note:  In light of President Obama’s announcement of executive actions on immigration last Thursday, this post, first published on May 7, 2010, is worth a second read.  I enjoyed the President’s address to the nation, especially his mention of Astrid Silva, the student carrying a three-degree university course-load. Still, he should have given Tinker Bell her due.]Continue Reading

Pants on Fire over Immigration

Posted in Congress on Immigration, Constitutional Law, Democrats on Immigration, General Immigration, GOP on Immigration, Homeland Security, Immigration Reform, Obama Administration on Immigration

In the 1997 film, Liar Liar, Jim Carrey starred as Fletcher Reede, a scruples-free lawyer whose young son, Max, wishes that, for just one day, his dad would tell the truth.  Max’s wish is granted. Fletcher flips from mendacity to veracity.  He tries persistently to lie; his Silly-Putty® face contorts wildly, but he can only blurt out truths.  Hilarity … 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 anti-amnesty drum with gusto, eked … 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 describe what’s happening in Washington. … 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 shocks, … 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 permission to 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 John Cornyn (R. TX) among … 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 is a distinct legal discipline, … 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 abounded over the fall … 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 … 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 immigration reformContinue 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 policy. The revisions were added 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 is not the meme it … 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 knowledge. . . . The … Continue Reading

The New I-9: Why Now When We Need Immigration Amnesty for Employers?

Posted in Congress on Immigration, DHS Technology Reforms, Enforcement/USICE, I-9s, Immigration Lawyers, Immigration Reform, Immigration Regulations, Obama Administration on Immigration, USCIS

The New I-9: Why Now When We Need Immigration Amnesty for Employers? By Nicole Kersey and Angelo A. Paparelli

 

Irony was plentiful last week in Washington and around the country. 

One particularly hawkish Republican, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (who never met a war-on-terror strategy he disliked), glommed onto Senator Rand Paul’s filibustery droning against drones in protest of John … 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 will be entrusted mainly to … Continue Reading

The Immigration Line is Too Damn Long (and Slow)

Posted in Congress on Immigration, Employment-Based Immigration, Family Immigration, Foreign policy, Global Migration, Immigration Quotas, Immigration Reform, Obama Administration on Immigration

Steadfastly opposing a path to citizenship for unauthorized immigrants, the anti-immigration crowd has long trumpeted an array of related memes:

Why don’t they just get into line like everyone else? Why don’t they wait their turn? Why don’t they just follow the law? Why should we reward lawbreakers who disrespect our laws? Why should those here illegally be treated as… 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 used by Caribbean pirates was … 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 how we face … 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 comprehensive immigration reform (CIR) … Continue Reading