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How Does USCIS' Appeals Body Handle Disputes about Religious Visas?

What happens when an obscure USCIS appellate body handles disputes about visas for religious workers?In my review of the 62 decisions made in 2009 made by the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) the answer appears to be – carefully and narrowly.Bearing in mind the definitions I am using discussed below, it looks like 32 of the decisions went against the churches and/or religious workers, and 30 were more or less in their favor.

Professor Investigates Corporate Rhetoric on H-1Bs

We often read about how the nation's high-tech corporations say they use the H-1B program to bring the world's best and brightest to the U.S.But is that how they really use the program? Only some of them do, according to Prof. Ron Hira of the Rochester Institute of Technology; the rest use it as a handy source of relatively low-cost talent.

E-Verify Participating Employers

The Department of Homeland Security recently released the latest figures on E-Verify use by state, specifically the number of employers, worksites, and queries so far this fiscal year (since October 1, 2009), as of February 20, 2010.

Topics: E-Verify

A Radical Suggestion Regarding Immigration Backlogs

In a recent blog, "Our 89-Year-Old, Self-Created Booby Trap in Immigration Policy," I pointed out how huge backlogs of approved visas for would-be immigrants have always caused additional pressure to expand immigration.The U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform (the Barbara Jordan Commission), some 13 years ago, noted an even more significant problem regarding these backlogs, particularly in the siblings, nieces, and nephews program:

Water Bottle Recycling by Narco Traffickers

From a Mexican friend of a friend, who titles the video below Trafficking Drugs in Bottles of Water and notes how clever this method of transporting drugs is. Everyone carries water, especially those crossing the southwest from Mexico. How easy, convenient, and terribly unsuspicious.

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