Nation Of Immigrators

Nation Of Immigrators

A public policy blog on America's dysfunctional immigration system

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Immigration Voices: Dr. No vs. the League of Extraordinary Aliens

Posted in Extraordinary Ability, Guest Columns, O-1 Visas, Requests for Evidence (RFEs), USCIS, USCIS Ombudsman
[Blogger's note:  An anonymous immigration lawyer offers this lament on the woeful quality of adjudications at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).  For related wailing, see:  “ 'I Hate [Bleep]ing Immigration Law’ — Whenever I Get an Unjust Request for Evidence,” “End the Tyranny of Immigration Insubordination,” and “Immigration Indifference – The Adjudicator’s Curse.”] Dear Immigration Colleagues: … 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

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 … Continue Reading

“I Hate [Bleep]ing Immigration Law” — Whenever I Get an Unjust Request for Evidence

Posted in Immigration Agency Expertise, Immigration and Journalism, Legal Representation, Requests for Evidence (RFEs), USCIS, USCIS Ombudsman
Ever since I first sat in a Los Angeles movie theatre watching Grand Canyon, Lawrence Kasdan’s 1991 film, the only movie, to my knowledge, whose protagonist is an immigration lawyer, I knew I would mouth to myself, repeatedly over the ensuing years, one of its memorable lines.  The main character, Mac (played by Kevin Kline), practices a … Continue Reading

The DHS Inspector General Report on Fraud Detection at USCIS: Pious Immigration Baloney

Posted in Administrative Appeals Office - USCIS, Courts on Immigration Law, Fraud Detection & National Security (FDNS), USCIS, USCIS Ombudsman
The historian said to the venture capitalist, “Let’s drop the pious baloney,” as each sought the highest office in the land. No, this post is not the set-up to a joke, except perhaps a nod to the risible circular firing squad that the GOP presidential candidates have formed.  And it’s not about a sliced and packaged meat … 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 … 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

Legislatively Required, Bureaucratically Enabled Immigration Deaths

Posted in Adjustment of Status, Consular Officers, Extreme Hardship, Foreign policy, Immigrant Visas, Immigration Reform, Mexico, Obama Administration on Immigration, State Department, Unlawful Presence, USCIS, USCIS Ombudsman, Waivers of Inadmissibility
Many dysfunctions within the immigration ecospace are disturbing, but some make my blood boil.  The conniption that brought me to this Howard Beale moment erupted after I belatedly read a Forbes online article, published last April, by Osha Gray Davis (“A Death in Juarez: How U.S. Immigration Policy Is Tearing American Families Apart“). The Forbes piece reported on two people murdered in … Continue Reading