As hard to spot as a well-camouflaged Waldo or surreptitious Carmen San Diego, Francis Cissna, Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), is almost nowhere to be found. The exception – aside from mandatory appearances at congressional oversight hearings and the occasional press interview – is among the pols he deigns to address who staunchly oppose a functioning and … Continue Reading
The familiar lines were drawn. Combatants clashed in a war of words, competing governance philosophies, conflicting laws, and judicial challenges – all in an age-old constitutional battle of federal power versus states’ rights.
This time around, however, the roles were reversed. Version 2018 is unlike the 1960s when extreme-right southern conservatives, claiming to champion states’ rights, defied but ultimately failed … Continue Reading
As the Obama presidency nears its twilight, let me tell you about our leader’s eight-year, largely-disappointing record on immigration.
But first a bias alert: I voted for the President twice; I like and respect him; and I marvel at how glib, cool, incisive, studious, and otherwise mostly big-hearted he’s been. With favorability ratings nearing 60 percent, he’s seen by most … Continue Reading
History is about to repeat itself. Fraud Detection and National Security (FDNS), a directorate of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), is set to embark on another foray of surprise visits to Corporate America, seeking to determine whether employers … Continue Reading
[Blogger’s Note: Prolific and always astute Karin Wolman, lawyer extraordinaire in immigration matters involving artists, entertainers and others of superlative talent, once again offers a thoughtful and thought-provoking assessment (“with welcome edits by Stacey A. Simon“) of the clash of the creatives with the hard realities of modern-day immigration law and practice. Grimace and enjoy.]The Extraordinary Immigration Tango: One Step… Continue Reading
[A]lmost every time I travel there . . . 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 . . . as equivalent to progress.
During my latest … Continue Reading
It’s been desiccation junction everywhere in the nation of immigrants. Week-long fears of a government shutdown (averted nearly at the witching hour, midnight on April 8) seemed to suck the air and the attention spans out of official Washington. A volunteer army of lawyers, descending on the Capitol for a National Day of Action to fix America’s broken immigration system, heard most legislators, … Continue Reading
I must be becoming more wizened than wise at this stage of my legal career to judge a bill by its title. But the label of the proposal to be introduced this week by Sen. Orrin Hatch (R. Utah) lulled me into a state of naïve credulity. It seemed like a refreshing change from the usual stew of comprehensive immigration reform proposals … Continue Reading
Practicing employment-related immigration law seems much like serving as consigliere to the biblical David and advising him on Goliath’s points of vulnerability (“[smite] the Philistine in his forehead“). As the bar knows well, in immigration matters the brobdingnagian federal government tends to go after the most lilliputian of American businesses.
Readers of this blog surely have noticed the absence of new postings in the last two months. With the start of the New Year, and a holiday season break, this blogger is refreshed and enthusiastic to alert readers to the dysfunctions of America’s immigration system. Coming weeks will see postings of podcasts on comprehensive immigration reform and global immigration issues … Continue Reading
Today, lawyers worry about many looming threats.Competition for clients has never been greater; The demands on lawyers to bring in new and profitable business continue to mount; The pressure grows to improve client service while holding the line on fees in a globally competitive environment.
It’s enough to spoil the few stolen moments of recreation that we harried lawyers … Continue Reading
This is the first posting to a new public-policy blog with a name that must be a typo: www.nationofimmigrators.com.
Surely this blogger means to write “Nation of Immigrants,” not “Immigrators”. No; there’s no mistake.
We are all Immigrators. We, the inhabitants of America, whether citizen or foreigner, are all Immigrators.
In the post-9/11 America of 2004, Immigrators include: … Continue Reading