Nation Of Immigrators

Nation Of Immigrators

A public policy blog on America's dysfunctional immigration system

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No Longer Illegal, But Still An Alien

Posted in Congress on Immigration, Guest Columns, Hate speech, Immigration and Journalism, Immigration Discrimination, Immigration terminology

[Blogger’s Note:  Our guest blogger today is Careen Shannon, who is Of Counsel at Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP and an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York. This is an updated and condensed version of an article Careen wrote for the online magazine Careen Shannon and Austin Fragomen Continue Reading

Arcing toward Immigration Justice: “Illegals” No More

Posted in Consular Officers, Enforcement/USICE, Hate speech, Immigrant Visas, Immigration and Journalism, Immigration Lawyers, Immigration Reform, Immigration terminology, State Department

All of us at times become dispirited.  

As I’ve viewed immigration over the last 40 years, passionate advocates have come and gone, fortunate foreign citizens have been granted green cards and then naturalized; but the harshness and hard-heartedness of immigration law as a reflection of American cultural norms hasn’t really diminished.

For example, back in the 1980s I set … 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

New York Times and Ann Coulter Refuted: Immigrant Rights ARE Civil Rights

Posted in Foreign policy, Global Migration, Hate speech, Immigration "Tribes", Immigration and Journalism, Immigration Discrimination

Today is the federal holiday of Columbus Day. In ironic recognition, President Obama will stop by a remote California village to dedicate the Cesar E. Chavez National Monument, memorializing the contributions of the eponymous Mexican-American civil rights leader who fought tirelessly to gain justice for immigrant farm workers. 

Also today, Cesar’s widow, Helen, continues her effort, with many others, to urge the New Continue Reading

With Hope Springing Eternally, ACUS Is Working on Immigration Again

Posted in Consular Officers, Immigration Agency Expertise, Immigration and Journalism, Immigration Reform, Immigration Regulations, Obama Administration on Immigration, Removal Proceedings, State Department

“How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?” ~ Satchel Paige

One of the benefits of having played in the immigration sandbox for a long time is to see old friends return. A fondly remembered playmate — who left in 1995 and returned in 2010 — is a good ol’ cuss named ACUS — the Administrative 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 rather pathetic and half-hearted … Continue Reading

Journalism’s Immigration Challenge

Posted in Immigration and Journalism

The Fourth Estate is under siege.  Newspapers try valiantly to maintain readership as advertising revenues plummet. Mostly free access to digital versions of print articles causes young and old readers alike to prefer Web-based media. The short-form writing of USA Today — embraced by readers in a hurry — and the public’s preference for color and graphics over text combine to … Continue Reading