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Not every country is as feckless as the United States.

By Dan Cadman, September 28, 2015
Not every country is as feckless as the United States.

My wife and I are frequent watchers of the television show "House Hunters International". Having lived and traveled abroad, we are always fascinated by what we see of various countries and cultures, collapsed into a half-hour's viewing.

We recognize that parts of the show appear to be tailored or scripted, but even so you get at least a flavor of many other parts of the world through the microcosm of foreigners' searches for just the right home in which to start their new lives abroad. Read more...

Secretive Alien Millionaires File EB-5 Class Action Case

By David North, September 28, 2015

Usually when you think of a class action suit it's a bunch of little guys, like individual stockholders or workers suing big corporations. (Disclosure: my stepdaughter lawyer files such cases for disabled people.)

It is usually a segment of the 99 percent suing a segment of the 1 percent, often in an attempt to make matters more transparent and to strip away secrecy.

Ah, but then there is Zhang v. USCIS, which is totally different from the usual class action case in that the fat cats are doing the suing and they want less, not more transparency. Read more...

Three Different Flavors of Florida Immigration/Marriage Fraud

By David North, September 25, 2015

Three different variations on immigration/marriage fraud have emerged in the U.S. courts in Florida recently.

There was the all-in-the-family-style for a quartet of people from the Philippines.

There was the marry-a-Cuban-to-get-your-green-card-in-a-hurry scheme involving 14 people.

And there was the cosmopolitan conspiracy in which fraudulent marriages were arranged for citizens of six different countries (Argentina, Colombia, Israel, Moldova, Ukraine, and Venezuela). This one included either 27 or 28 people, the accounts vary. Usually in immigration/marriage fraud cases the participants all have the same nation of birth, but not in this one. Read more...

Supreme Court To Consider Whether State Arson Convictions are Aggravated Felonies

By Dan Cadman, September 25, 2015

A case involving an alien ordered removed after being convicted of an aggravated felony (arson) will be heard by the Supreme Court after the federal Second Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the order of the presiding immigration judge and affirmance of the order by the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA).

The alien's petition for certiorari was most probably granted by the court because circuit courts are split on whether the definition of "aggravated felony" encompasses the crime for which the alien was convicted in New York — attempted arson. Read more...

Wanted: Terrific, Classy Foreign Workers; Americans Need Not Apply

By Mark Krikorian, September 24, 2015

The CBS affiliate in Miami reports that Donald Trump's Mar-A-Lago estate & resort in Palm Beach has requested hundreds of foreign worker visas for jobs such as cooks, waitresses, and housekeepers. This would appear to conflict with his boast that "I will be the greatest jobs president that God ever created," and with the assertion in his immigration policy paper that "we need companies to hire from the domestic pool of unemployed." Read more...

It's CR Season in the Nation's Capital

By David North, September 24, 2015

It's that time of year; CR season has arrived in Washington and that has immigration policy implications.

No, the initials do not stand for Crisp, Refreshing weather, which is welcome. Rather, they stand for Continuing Resolution, which is not welcome, as it has become a near-annual symbol of political deadlock.

If Congress neglects its duty and fails to pass budget bills for the various parts of government before the fiscal year ends on September 30, then the solution — other than closing the government, which happens from time to time — is to pass an omnibus continuing resolution to keep the government going for a stated period of time, with expenditures running at the current levels. Read more...

Civil Rights Commission Issues Hatchet Job Masquerading as an Immigration Detention Report

By Dan Cadman, September 23, 2015

I will confess to a certain uneasiness with the general proposition that illegal immigration is a civil rights issue. To equate the plight of aliens who choose to cross our borders unlawfully with the civil rights issues raised by slavery and its aftermath bears the same kind of tone-deafness people exhibit when comparing lesser modern social or political ills with the evils of the Holocaust.

For this reason, I am suspicious of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission's motives in tackling a controversial issue such as detention of aliens in pursuit of border control in recent report, "With Liberty and Justice for All: The State of Civil Rights and Immigration Detention Facilities".

Why not leave this subject to other government entities better poised to examine the matter in-depth and with dispassion — for instance, watchdog agencies such as the Government Accountability Office (GAO) or the Department of Homeland Security's Office of Inspector General (DHS OIG)? The answer, I fear, is in pursuing agendas, in the most pejorative sense of the word. Read more...

The Triple Play That Will Bring in Still More L-1 Workers

By David North, September 22, 2015

We are in the midst of a triple play involving the admission of lots more L-1 foreign workers to replace resident ones.

L-1s are alien employees of big multinational firms ("intracompany transferees") who can be admitted to work in the United States for years at a time. Unlike the somewhat similar H-1B program, there are no numerical limits and no labor standards. Big firms, based both overseas and in the States, love the program. Read more...

Walker's Strategic Ambiguity on Legal Immigration

By Mark Krikorian, September 22, 2015

On immigration as on other issues, there was a clear sense that Scott Walker personified the Groucho Marx line that "Those are my principles, and if you don't like them ... well, I have others." Likewise, Walker simply doesn't know much of anything about issues beyond his experience in Wisconsin, whether immigration or the Ex-Im Bank. Read more...

The Pope and U.S. Immigration Policy

By Kausha Luna, September 22, 2015

Pope Francis arrives in Washington today, and many advocates for amnesty and increased immigration are looking to him for political support.

Early this month Pope Francis spoke to audiences in the U.S. through a live video chat. Among the audience in McAllen, Texas, illegal immigrants were able to relay their grievances to the pontiff. Read more...