Nation Of Immigrators

Nation Of Immigrators

A public policy blog on America's dysfunctional immigration system

Tag Archives: “DREAM Act”

Worksite Harmony and the President’s Executive Actions: It’s All about Immigration Timing

Posted in Constitutional Law, Homeland Security, I-9s, Obama Administration on Immigration, USCIS

“Politics at bottom is not all that complicated. It’s all about timing.”

Mark McKinnon

Facing a recalcitrant House of Representatives controlled by Republicans, President Obama made an historic announcement on November 20th outlining an array of executive actions he would take to fix as much as he could of our broken immigration system.

Understandably, public and media attention since then … Continue Reading

Tinker Bell’s Immigration Solution

Posted in Obama Administration on Immigration

[Blogger’s Note:  In light of President Obama’s announcement of executive actions on immigration last Thursday, this post, first published on May 7, 2010, is worth a second read.  I enjoyed the President’s address to the nation, especially his mention of Astrid Silva, the student carrying a three-degree university course-load. Still, he should have given Tinker Bell her due.]Continue Reading

If Immigration Law Were a Person It Would Sing: “Oh Lord, Please Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood”

Posted in Border Security, Congress on Immigration, Deportation - Removal, DREAM Act, Enforcement/USICE, Immigration "Tribes", Immigration Law Complexity, Immigration Lawyers, Immigration Reform, Mexico, Obama Administration on Immigration, Removal Proceedings

[Blogger’s Note:  An earlier version of this post mistakenly suggested that the article discussed below offering the views of an immigration lawyer was written by that lawyer.  It was not; rather it was written by a reporter who quoted the lawyer.  This blogger regrets the error.]

The power of online and social media to whip up a frenzy of vituperation … Continue Reading

Dear Immigration Director: Let Our Dreamers Go!

Posted in Adjustment of Status, Advance Parole Travel Authorization, IMMI Awards, Obama Administration on Immigration, USCIS


I was escorted to the woodshed on January 15, a very public woodshed, and deservedly so.  Alejandro (Ali) Mayorkas, the Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), politely took me to task at a Public Engagement during the Q & A session when I raised two points. One involves the subject of a future post.  The other — … Continue Reading

Immigration Brainstorming and DREAMstorming

Posted in DREAM Act, Enforcement/USICE, Fraud Detection & National Security (FDNS), Immigration "Tribes", Immigration Law Complexity, Immigration Lawyers, USCIS

Andrew Jackson had his “Kitchen Cabinet,” Franklin Roosevelt his “Brain Trust.”   Seth Godin has his “Tribes,” web-based “silos of interest.” 

I’ve been a member of many tribes (as I write this I’m recalling my tattered T-shirt from my own and my adult daughter’s Indian Princess days, many moons ago [click here to see the shirt]).

In … Continue Reading

Immigration D-Day for DACA: Get Protection!

Posted in DREAM Act, Enforcement/USICE, Guest Columns, Immigration Law Complexity, Immigration Reform, Immigration Regulations, Obama Administration on Immigration, Unauthorized Practice of Immigration Law, Unlawful Presence, USCIS

[Blogger’s note:  Tomorrow, August 15, 2012, is perhaps as momentous to DREAMers as D-Day, June 6, 1944, was to The Greatest Generation.   The invasion of Normandy marked the end of World War II in Europe and the fall of a tyrannical Nazi regime that made mincemeat of the rule of law.

Though the comparison may seem hyperbolic to some, I remember Continue Reading

The President Has Spoken — Can DHS Make the Immigration DREAM Come True?

Posted in DREAM Act, Enforcement/USICE, Fraud Detection & National Security (FDNS), Immigration Reform, Immigration Regulations, Obama Administration on Immigration, Removal Proceedings, Unlawful Presence, USCIS

The portents were plentiful, reaching back 30 years. Yet none but a clairvoyant could have predicted the aftermath on June 15, 1982 when the Supreme Court in Plyler v. Doe provided undocumented children with a guarantee of education through high school. Three decades to the day, a mixed-race president (whose Kenyan father was hounded out of the U.S. as a student by Continue Reading

Pre-Election Bipartisanship — Except on Immigration, Where Sen. Grassley Stubbornly Obstructs

Posted in Congress on Immigration, Consular Officers, Employment-Based Immigration, Fraud Detection & National Security (FDNS), H-1B Visas, Immigration Reform, Obama Administration on Immigration, State Department, Unauthorized Practice of Immigration Law, USCIS

At President Obama’s signing ceremony for the JOBS Act last week, White House guests slapped high fives with bipartisan glee. They came to the Rose Garden to help “Jumpstart Our Business Startups,” as the new law’s title optimistically promises to do. With pen in hand, the President joined in the merriment, observing that it’s not about blather but action:

One … Continue Reading

Musing on Immigration Liberty: If I had a son, he’d look like a DREAMer

Posted in Congress on Immigration, DREAM Act, Enforcement/USICE, Obama Administration on Immigration

Last week I ventured into an alternate reality. Like the child, Alice, descending through the rabbit hole, I engaged on immigration with Executive-Branch officials, immigration lawyers, members of Congress, including the indefatigable champion of immigration reform, Rep. Luis Gutierrez, their staffs, and a group of 7th and 8th graders advocating on the Hill for passage of the DREAM Act.

At … Continue Reading

Guest Post: DREAM or NIGHTMARE? Why Congress Should Reject a Military-Only Version of the DREAM Act

Posted in Congress on Immigration, DREAM Act, Immigration Reform

[Blogger’s note:  This week’s guest blog is by Steve Yale-Loehr, a good friend who teaches immigration law at Cornell Law School and co-authors the leading U.S. immigration treatise. Steve has just finished co-editing Green Card Stories, a book that features dramatic narratives of 50 recent U.S. immigrants—each with permanent residence or citizenship—in compelling essays by nationally recognized journalist Saundra Continue Reading

Suffer the Children: Immigration Heartlessness and Hypocrisy

Posted in DREAM Act, Hate speech, Immigration Reform, State Immigration Laws

A recent televised debate revealed an immigration fault line within the GOP. Texas Governor Rick Perry’s many challengers for the Republican presidential nomination railed against his decision to extend in-state tuition rates to undocumented college students, brought to the U.S. as children, who graduate from the Lone Star State’s high schools. His initial reply:

“If you say that we should … Continue Reading

In Praise of Immigrant DREAMers

Posted in Congress on Immigration, DREAM Act, Immigration Reform, Obama Administration on Immigration

“Youth! There is nothing like youth. The middle-aged are mortgaged to Life. The old are in Life’s lumber-room. But youth is the Lord of Life. Youth has a kingdom waiting for it.”

Oscar Wilde, British author.

“Violence among young people … is an aspect of their desire to create. They don’t know how to use their energy creatively so they … Continue Reading

U.S. Immigration’s Egyptian Moment

Posted in Enforcement/USICE, Immigration Reform

Since January 25, the events in Cairo’s Tahrir (Liberation) Square have transfixed the world.  Following on the heels of the Tunisian people’s overthrow of their despot, the Egyptian uprising reveals a fundamental law of physics: In a closed system, energy can be neither created nor destroyed. 

So too in politics.  Universal political energy — the pent-up longing for freedom and self-determination — … Continue Reading