Nation Of Immigrators

Nation Of Immigrators

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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

Immigration Voices – Careen Shannon: “Edward Snowden and the Politics of Asylum”

Posted in Asylum, Foreign policy, Guest Columns

[Blogger’s note: Our guest blogger today is Careen Shannon, 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. Careen Shannon and Austin Fragomen blog about immigration issues at Fragomen on Immigration. She writes to offer a background on the law of Continue Reading

USCIS, America’s Immigration Cutcherry, Adopts New Procedures as the Boss Readies for a Move Upstairs

Posted in Administrative Appeals Office - USCIS, Homeland Security, Immigration "Tribes", Immigration Lawyers, USCIS

Over the 4th of July weekend, I devoured a fascinating book and, in the course of it, learned a new synonym for “bureaucracy”  — “cutcherry” — taken from Hindi and apparently originating with the British East-India Company’s bureau office in what is now Chennai.

The book, The Professor and the Madman ~ A Tale of Murder, Insanity, Continue Reading

Fix Immigration by Improving Its Justice System

Posted in Congress on Immigration, Courts on Immigration Law, Democrats on Immigration, GOP on Immigration, Immigration Agency Expertise, Immigration Courts, Immigration Law Complexity, Immigration Reform, Obama Administration on Immigration, Removal Proceedings, USCIS

“U.S. immigration law is like stratified rock, revealing layer on layer of Congressional accretions laid down over many years, with the superstructure upended in tectonic shifts triggered by the baffling and contradictory interpretations of multiple agencies and courts.” 

Nothing of substance has changed since I offered that post last August, save for a groundbreaking election that reversed years of Republican opposition … Continue Reading

Immigration and the Elections: Attention and Imagination Required

Posted in Democrats on Immigration, DREAM Act, GOP on Immigration, Immigration Lawyers, Immigration Reform, Legal Representation, USCIS

[Blogger’s note: 

Dear Readers: I promise that this post is indeed about immigration and the quadrennial election on Tuesday.   Please read to the end, beyond the meandering yet relevant introduction, to see the connection.]

Just over four years ago, David Foster Wallace, a gifted, troubled writer of wide acclaim, took his life. Fans of his writing, myself included, have marveled at his intelligence, … Continue Reading

Will Immigration Electrify the Presidential Debates?

Posted in Congress on Immigration, Democrats on Immigration, GOP on Immigration, Immigration Reform, Obama Administration on Immigration

Immigration has been dubbed the third rail of American politics, along with Social Security, Medicare, gun control, and a variety of other hot-button issues.  To me, it’s more like a downed power line snaking low across the ground and electrocuting whomever fails to give it respectful attention. As the eyes of the nation turn to the first Presidential debate … Continue Reading

Immigration Good Behavior — a Riddle Riddled with Riddles

Posted in Adjustment of Status, Border Issues & CBP, Congress on Immigration, Consular Officers, Courts on Immigration Law, Customs and Border Protection, Enforcement/USICE, Immigration Courts, Immigration Law Complexity, Immigration Reform, Immigration Regulations, Immigration terminology, Removal Proceedings, Unlawful Presence, USCIS

[A] riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma”  ~ Winston Churchill

The most quotable of British Prime Ministers could well have been talking about the American immigration system rather than describing Russia in 1939.  U.S. immigration law is like stratified rock, revealing layer on layer of Congressional accretions laid down over many years, with the superstructure upended in … 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

The Immigration Appeaser-in-Chief Should Try Some New Ammunition

Posted in Border Issues & CBP, Employment-Based Immigration, Enforcement/USICE, Foreign policy, Immigration Reform, Obama Administration on Immigration, USCIS

President Obama had a macho moment this week when he suggested, rhetorically, a poll of ghosts. “Ask Osama Bin Laden” and the “22 out of 30 top al-Qaeda leaders who’ve been taken off the field,” he proposed, “whether I engage in appeasement.”  The storied bugaboo of foreign-policy appeasement, best typified by the flaccidity of British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain in the … Continue Reading

Has Immigration Fraud Really Gone Viral in the DOL PERM program?

Posted in DOL, Enforcement/DOL

One of the most durable historical myths, Potemkin’s villages, involves the trompe-l’œil hamlets purportedly created at the direction of Grigory Potemkin to impress Catherine II during her 1787 trip to Crimea. If director James Cameron of Avatar fame were to reimagine and modernize the fable of Potemkin’s villages, he might well place the story, in 3D no doubt, at the Frances Perkins Building on … Continue Reading

Face-off: Foreign Entrepreneurs vs. the Immigration Alligators — with Obama as Referee

Posted in Adjustment of Status, Administrative Appeals Office - USCIS, DOL, Employment-Based Immigration, Global Migration, H-1B Visas, Immigration Reform, L-1 Visa, Obama Administration on Immigration, USCIS

President Obama has put on a good show lately about the need for the populace to rise up and pressure the GOP to enact comprehensive immigration reform.  He urges citizens to begin “a national conversation on immigration reform that builds a bipartisan consensus to fix our broken immigration system so it works for America’s 21st century economy.”  With the White House claiming that … Continue Reading