Nation Of Immigrators

Nation Of Immigrators

A public policy blog on America's dysfunctional immigration system

Monthly Archives: March 2011

Guest Post: The New Immigration Reality for O-1 Visa Petitions by Agents

Posted in General, Guest Columns, O-1 Visas, USCIS


[Blogger’s note:  Today’s post is written by my colleague and friend, Karin Wolman.  Karin’s latest guest post,  like her last one, available here, critiques USCIS policy changes that adversely affect the use of the O-1 visa category by artists and entertainers.  When her last post was published on this blog, I was soon contacted by a senior USCIS Continue Reading

Immigration ‘Language is the Skin of the Soul’

Posted in General Immigration, Hate speech, Immigration terminology

As 1930s radio shows and 21st Century talk-radio shock jocks remind us, words — perhaps even more than images — carry evocative power, the power to incite passion.  Fernando Lázaro Carreter, the academician and guardian of Spanish (whose quote appears in the title of this post and in a slide deck I published years back on immigration writing for lawyers), viewed … 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

I Am Furious (Yellow) — at USCIS and its AAO

Posted in Administrative Appeals Office - USCIS, General Immigration, Immigration Law Complexity, Unauthorized Practice of Immigration Law, USCIS

In my last post, I quoted Roxana Bacon, the former Chief Counsel of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), our nation’s premier agency charged with determining eligibility for immigration benefits, who chided her erstwhile employer for “timidity” in failing to take legitimate administrative steps to reform America’s broken immigration system.  While her point is correct, I am furious at USCIS, … 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 serve as 50 laboratories to … Continue Reading