Immigration Blog

Switzerland, Free Money, and Migration

By Dan Cadman, June 6, 2016

The Swiss have overwhelmingly rejected a referendum that would have guaranteed a basic minimum income to every adult (approximately $2,500 monthly) and child ($625 monthly) in the nation — whether or not they are employed. Read more...

EB-5 Problems Proliferate – Here are Three New Ones

By David North, June 6, 2016

I was about to write a posting about two new black eyes suffered by the EB-5 program when a third, and much more significant body blow, appeared on the wire. All are California-based.

The latest news item is that the Securities and Exchange Commission has, yet again, sought to heal a nasty situation that the Department of Homeland Security allowed to fester.

This one involves the raising of $27 million for the support of a cancer center in southern California that would, the promoters said, use proton therapy on patients and create 4,500 new jobs. The EB-5 money, however, did not produce even the start of a building. What it did do was add $7 million to the accounts of Charles C. Liu and his wife, the EB-5 promoters, while another $11 million was sent off to three firms in China. Read more...

How 10 Patels and Nine Others Failed to Beat the Immigration Law

By David North, June 3, 2016

This is an immigration fraud story played out in unlikely place, Mississippi, and in which 10 people named Patel and their nine co-conspirators (including six or seven U.S. citizens) failed in their efforts to secure green cards for 11 aliens from India.

In one sense the conspirators, led by Sachin Girishkumar Patel, were creative, as they used two quite different fraudulent approaches to green card status.

But in another way, the conspirators lacked finesse. Read more...

U.S.-bound Africans Stranded in Costa Rica

By Kausha Luna, June 2, 2016

Hundreds of African illegal aliens are collecting at Costa Rica's northern border, hoping to cross into Nicaragua and continue on to the United States.

In November, the government of Nicaragua closed its border and increased its military presence in response to the flows of Cuban illegal aliens crossing from Costa Rica. Read more...

Will The EU's Migrant Crisis Drift Northward?

By Dan Cadman, June 2, 2016

I suppose it was only a matter of time: Migrants moving up through Europe, having successfully negotiated the Mediterranean or Aegean Seas, or the land route through Eastern Europe, arrive at the northern shore of the continent and then set their sights on crossing the next body of water to penetrate the British Isles.

And why not? After all, at its widest, only about 150 miles separate the United Kingdom (UK) from the continent; at its narrowest, it is just a hair wider than 20 miles — thus the French name for the channel: La Manche ("the Sleeve").

In this regard, British newspapers are reporting two things: Read more...

Three Excellent Examples of Investigative Journalism on Migration Topics

By David North, June 2, 2016

There has been all too little investigative reporting regarding immigration matters, but there were two remarkable exceptions to that last month, and a third late last year.

These three long, well researched articles dealt with scandals in a huge California visa mill, multiple problems in the EB-5 program, and in the H-2B program for temporary alien non-agricultural workers, perhaps the most ignored of the migration trouble spots. Read more...

Shoe on Other Foot for DOJ

By Dan Cadman, June 1, 2016

Here's a little factoid that's rich in irony, brought to us courtesy of Law360:

DOJ Slams Sanctions In Immigration Action Case As Excessive

Law360, New York (May 31, 2016, 7:07 PM ET) -- The U.S. Department of Justice [DOJ] asked the Texas federal court on Tuesday to stay an order in the case over Obama's immigration executive actions that could force the agency's attorneys to take a legal ethics course, saying the sanctions go beyond the limits of the court's power. (Emphasis added.)

Man Bites Dog: Turkey Says Do Not Hire Turkish Teachers for U.S. Schools

By David North, May 31, 2016

Usually when a foreign government intervenes in the U.S. labor market it is either to protect the interests of individual foreign workers or to see to it that the United States keeps hiring them in general.

But Turkey, through its lawyer, Robert Amsterdam, has just issued a statement saying that a group of Turkish-run charter schools in the United States has been using an American visa scheme:

that places under-qualified Turkish teachers into key positions in its schools, while simultaneously underpaying its more qualified non-Turkish teachers.

Another Fraud Trick Attempted in the EB-5 Program
But the DHS appeals body hides the names of those involved

By David North, May 31, 2016
But the DHS appeals body hides the names of those involved

As we have noted previously, there are many of different kinds of opportunities for fraud in the EB-5 program.

Earlier this month another shady maneuver emerged, this time caught by the Department of Homeland Security. The EB-5 program is designed to give overseas investors a set of green cards when they put $500,000 of their own money into a project approved by, but not guaranteed by, DHS. That investment, in turn, is supposed to be at risk, and should lead to the creation of 10 U.S. jobs. Read more...

As Panama Closes Its Border, U.S.-Bound Cubans Now Stuck in Colombia

By Kausha Luna, May 30, 2016

As Panama concluded its final round of airlifts, approximately 100 Cuban migrants are now stranded in Turbo, Colombia.

Panama closed its southern border with Colombia on May 9, 2016.

According to Colombia's General Director of Immigration, these migrants are waiting for the Colombian government to offer them a direct flight to Mexico, as was done in Panama and Costa Rica. (See here and here.) Read more...