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Nation Of Immigrators

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An Immigration Opportunity Lost: USCIS Stiffens on Job Flexibility

Posted in Adjustment of Status, Congress on Immigration, Courts on Immigration Law, Employment-Based Immigration, Immigration Agency Expertise, Immigration Reform, Immigration Regulations, Letters to USCIS Ombudsman, Trade in Services, USCIS

[Blogger’s Note:  This post is submitted as a necessarily-lengthy formal comment to the November 20, 2015  draft guidance of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, PM-602-0122, interpreting the phrase, “the same or [a] similar occupational classification” as used in the “increased job flexibility” provisions of Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) §§ 204(j) and 212(a)(5)(A)(iv). This comment incorporates by reference the 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

A New Immigration Recipe: Specialty Chefs Need a Dream Act Too!

Posted in Adjustment of Status, Congress on Immigration, Consular Officers, DOL, DREAM Act, Guest Columns, I-9s, Immigration Reform, State Department, Trade in Services, Unlawful Presence, USCIS, Waivers of Inadmissibility

[Blogger’s note:  Today’s guest blog is by my friend and scholarly colleague, Nathan Waxman.  Nathan revisits an issue he first considered eight years ago in this space when he bemoaned the increasingly poor quality of ethnically authentic food in New York City, and laid the blame upon our immigration laws.  Having suffered through several more years of culinary displeasure, … Continue Reading

House GOP Says Immigrant Suffering Hurts Less Than Citizen Suffering

Posted in Congress on Immigration, Family Immigration, GOP on Immigration, Immigration Reform, VAWA - Violence against Women Act

Bipartisan outrage erupted in the House last week, with usually loyal Republicans among the most furious and outspoken in the GOP-controlled chamber. Rep. Peter King, a Long Island Republican, chastised House leaders for conduct that is “absolutely inexcusable . . . absolutely indefensible.” Declaiming that “we cannot just walk away from our responsibilities,” King said that “anyone . . … Continue Reading

Will Immigration Electrify the Presidential Debates?

Posted in Congress on Immigration, Democrats on Immigration, GOP on Immigration, Immigration Reform, Obama Administration on Immigration

Immigration has been dubbed the third rail of American politics, along with Social Security, Medicare, gun control, and a variety of other hot-button issues.  To me, it’s more like a downed power line snaking low across the ground and electrocuting whomever fails to give it respectful attention. As the eyes of the nation turn to the first Presidential debate … 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 borders and each time … Continue Reading

Entrepreneurs in Immigration Residence Are Set to Occupy USCIS

Posted in Congress on Immigration, DREAM Act, Employment-Based Immigration, General Immigration, Immigration Reform, Labor Unions, USCIS, USCIS Ombudsman

The Occupy Wall Street movement began with a poster, a word cloud, a QR Code and three lines of text:

#OCCUPYWALLSTREET

September 17th. Bring tent.

www.occupywallst.org

Steve Jobs launched his massively successful “Think Different” rebranding campaign for Apple in 1997 with a TV commercial and this script:

Here’s to the Crazy Ones. The misfits. The rebels. The … 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 enforcementContinue Reading