Nation Of Immigrators

Nation Of Immigrators

A public policy blog on America's dysfunctional immigration system

Tag Archives: “immigration reform”

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 Voices: “Gambling on Immigration at a Dangerous Intersection (Merry Christmas, Ninja Squirrel!)”

Posted in Enforcement/USICE, Guest Columns, I-9s, Obama Administration on Immigration

[Blogger’s Note:  Today we have a dandy guest post from the ever insightful, prolific and droll, Nici Kersey.  Don’t be put off by her introductory paragraphs.  There’s an immigration gem awaiting — one that employers, and the lawyers who counsel them, will not want to miss.]

Gambling on Immigration at a Dangerous Intersection(Merry Christmas, Ninja Squirrel!) By Nicole (Nici) KerseyContinue 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

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 consequences of deportation for noncriminal … 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 Biases  by Careen 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

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 years of Republican opposition … 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

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

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

Immigration Buffets and Buffeting in Congress

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

Congress has spread a table laden with reheated immigration delicacies, while still engaging in the usual posturing, pretend friendships and verbal fisticuffs. 

In a spirit of convivial bipartisanship, the House on September 13 passed by a vote of 402-3 legislation the Senate had approved in August, S.3245 (“A bill to extend by 3 years the authorization of the EB-5 Regional … Continue Reading

Immigration Good Behavior — a Riddle Riddled with Riddles

Posted in Adjustment of Status, Border Issues & CBP, Congress on Immigration, Consular Officers, Courts on Immigration Law, Customs and Border Protection, Enforcement/USICE, Immigration Courts, Immigration Law Complexity, Immigration Reform, Immigration Regulations, Immigration terminology, Removal Proceedings, Unlawful Presence, USCIS

[A] riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma”  ~ Winston Churchill

The most quotable of British Prime Ministers could well have been talking about the American immigration system rather than describing Russia in 1939.  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 … Continue Reading

Immigration’s Mad Men (and Women)

Posted in GOP on Immigration, Immigration Reform

With the dog days of an election year producing little more than frothy pundits regurgitating banal analyses of the day’s non-events, and seeing no near-term prospect of comprehensive immigration reform, I temporarily turned aside my wonkish ways.

While publishing two posts by guest authors, I time-shifted back to the supposedly halcyon years of my youth, the late 50s and early … Continue Reading

Hot from Miami: Four Fresh and Seasoned Immigration Reform Proposals

Posted in Border Issues & CBP, Employment-Based Immigration, Enforcement/USICE, Global Migration, Guest Columns, Immigration Reform

[Bloggers note:  Today’s guest column is co-authored by two shining stars in the immigration firmament, Roxana Bacon and Esther Olavarria, who offer four innovative proposals for immigration reform conceived by their law students at the University of Miami Law School. The post is longer than usual but well worth your time.  

The melding of  insights from the immigration 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 intriguing, … Continue Reading

Faint Immigration Praise

Posted in Consular Officers, Deportation - Removal, Extreme Hardship, Immigration Reform, Obama Administration on Immigration, State Department

“Damn with faint praise, assent with civil leer And, without sneering, teach the rest to sneer” ~ Alexander Pope, poet, satirist, and translator, “Epistle to Dr Arbuthnot

I hesitate to criticize the Obama Administration’s immigration reform measures, having urged long ago that half a loaf, at least for now, will perforce suffice

Hastily announced but untimely in … Continue Reading

In Praise of Immigrant DREAMers

Posted in Congress on Immigration, DREAM Act, Immigration Reform, Obama Administration on Immigration

“Youth! There is nothing like youth. The middle-aged are mortgaged to Life. The old are in Life’s lumber-room. But youth is the Lord of Life. Youth has a kingdom waiting for it.”

Oscar Wilde, British author.

“Violence among young people … is an aspect of their desire to create. They don’t know how to use their energy creatively so they … 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 Benghazi, faces a UN-authorized no-fly zone … Continue Reading