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No Time for Lame Ducking on Immigration

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I don’t live in Washington, but almost every time I travel there, as I’ve done this week, something comes over me. Inside the Beltway, talk can give off the illusion of action. The mouthing of words, however powerful on the printed page or eloquent when spoken, is seen here as equivalent to progress.

President Obama’s July 1 speech on immigration … Continue Reading

Rethinking Immigration: Investor Visa Categories Must Be Expanded

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From time immemorial, the world has been a dangerous place; no less so today. Those with the means and will have have always relocated to less threatening or merely more desirable locales. In today’s globalized and interconnected era, the European debt crisis, terrorism, declared and undeclared wars, restrictions on religious and political freedom, and the remarkable rise to world leadership … Continue Reading

Rethinking Immigration: The Visa Application Process

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It seems like ages since the federal government transformed the rules on when and how foreign citizens apply for visas to enter the United States. Actually, the most dramatic changes occurred in the summers of 2003 and 2004.

In 2003, the government dramatically restricted the authority of American consular officers to waive the appearance of visa applicants for an in-person Continue Reading

Guest Post: Building a Workable Immigration System: One Journeyman’s View

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[Blogger’s Note: It’s often beneficial to get a fresh perspective on a topic from someone with a special insight born of long experience. Here then is a thought-provoking take on what real reform of the immigration laws would require. Reader beware, however, that the following views may be considered controversial and are solely those of my anonymous friend, colleague and Continue Reading

Immigration Policies — Boldly Asserted, Implausibly Maintained

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A traitorous American general hanged for aiding the British during the Revolutionary War — one Benedict Arnold — said rather cynically: “Law is whatever is boldly asserted and plausibly maintained.” This quote came to mind in scanning the latest developments in dysfunctional immigration:

With a rider passed by the House to a defense appropriations bill, Congress is poised to… Continue Reading

New Rules on Real Time: David Frum Must Stop Spouting Off on Immigration

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Perhaps I was naive to have expected more thoughtful analysis from conservative writer David Frum on last Friday’s Real Time With Bill Maher. Maybe what lowered my guard was Frum’s refreshing candor in criticizing as a failed strategy the Republicans’ “just say no” approach to the health care act, and suggesting that bipartisan engagement might have produced legislation … Continue Reading

Tinker Bell’s Immigration Solution

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Ever the optimist and trying her best to think happy thoughts, Tinker Bell, the world’s most famous faerie, has been flying over Washington this week. She soared into town, lifted up by throngs of May Day marchers who believed popular revulsion to Arizona’s “Papers, please” law would finally jolt politicians into enacting comprehensive immigration reform.

Hailing from the country of … Continue Reading

All the Dysfunctional Immigration News That’s Fit to Print

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Today’s New York Times brims with immigration dysfunctions galore. The paper’s immigration reports tellingly underscore the front-burner role this white-hot policy issue plays in the nation and the world.

In the first section alone, we see:

· An open-mike faux pas by British PM Gordon Brown, referring to an immigration opponent as a “bigoted woman,” prompted his abject apology and … Continue Reading

Time to Grease Immigration’s Squeaky Wheels

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I’ve attended hundreds of meetings of immigration lawyers in my career. Many of them have exhibited characteristics of 12-step groups in which we formed circles of victimhood, and “admitted that we were powerless over [INS, USCIS, DOL, State, etc.]and that our lives had become unmanageable.” Many of these sessions disgusted me because of the excess of whining complaints over action. … Continue Reading

Obama’s Missing Immigration Mojo

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In staccato movements, our post-health-care President seemed to have found his rhythm: 15 recess appointments, a yet-to-be ratified arms-reduction treaty with Russia, and a world-leaders’ conference on nuclear nonproliferation, the first such gathering since President Franklin Roosevelt convened the precursor meeting that would lead to the formation of the United Nations. Why then is he (and his usually powerful MichelleContinue Reading

Economic Prosperity – The Missing Immigration Mission

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The eyes of many Americans have focused of late upon the absurdly harsh consequences that immigration law inflicts on people after they have satisfied comparatively modest penalties imposed under the criminal laws.

The New York Times’ Linda Greenhouse (who has followed the Supreme Court for many years) notes correctly in a recent blog posting that “today’s harshly anti-immigrant legal regime … Continue Reading

Immigration Quantum Leaping and Lying – The DS-160 Visa Application

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In a post last summer (“The Immigration Singularity“), I accused the Department of State (DOS) of hoodwinking the Office of Management and Budget by getting OMB to approve use of a new, all-purpose nonimmigrant visa application form, the DS-160, without submitting the form itself for review under the Paperwork Reduction Act:

In my view, State snookered OMB … Continue Reading

A Cautionary Immigration Tale: The Senators’ Grand, Failed Bargain

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In the act of passing massive and historic health care legislation (America’s Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009, as reconciled by the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010), U.S. senators, in Congress assembled, took time, appropriately, to honor in silence one of universal health care’s fallen champions, Ted Kennedy.

The prior weekend, while the House voted … Continue Reading

Follow the Immigration Money — Once More with Feeling

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The Great Depression profoundly affected the psyche of the American people, just as today’s Great Recession spawns untold emotional harm that will last for generations. Like a toxic seed, the Depression planted itself deeply into the emotional minds of those who lived through it, only to be transmitted from generation to generation, as parents told their children of hardships endured … Continue Reading

Waiting for Barack: Unwavering Commitment but No Timeline on Immigration Reform

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As spring approaches, Washington DC’s Kabuki Theatre plans a new production. A mash-up of Kafka and Beckett, “Waiting for Barack” will begin with a casting call on March 21 as thousands of would-be thespians, consisting mainly of immigration reform activists, are expected to descend on Capitol Hill, harboring dreams of a lead role in what they hope will be … Continue Reading

Out of the Immigration Closet

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This is not a post about the injustices afflicted on same-sex couples by U.S. immigration law and policy. Rather, it raises the pressing need for American business leaders to stand up for themselves by “coming out” about their use of the employment-based immigration laws.

In my 30 years of immigration practice, I’ve gained a plethora of insights from the C … Continue Reading

An Immigration Signature Story Yet Untold: How Far a Modern Quill Doth Come Too Short

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Immigration policies at today’s USCIS may change in a flash. They can be announced and then, without forewarning or explanation, withdrawn in the milliseconds it takes for the agency’s webmaster at to push the upload and delete buttons. At times they are as reliable and ephemeral as the inducements of a carnival barker. Take for example Withdrawn USCIS Memo Continue Reading

Immigration Strength in Numbers – AILA Makes Me Proud to Be a Member

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I’ve not always seen eye to eye with AILA — the American Immigration Lawyers Association — although I’ve been a supportive member and active participant in its programs and initiatives for decades, and served on its Board of Governors from 1987 to 1994. At times I grow increasingly dispirited as the interests of its many members too often seemed at … Continue Reading