Big Hospitals Can Profit When an Illegal Alien Gives Birth

If you think that a hospital suffers financially when it delivers a baby to an illegal immigrant mother, as I used to, think again.The Justice Department has announced a financial settlement of a complicated civil and criminal case against Tenet Healthcare Corporation in which the company was forced to pay back to the feds more than a half a billion dollars that it had received for providing fraud-related maternity services to illegal alien mothers giving birth to thousands and thousands of instant U.S. citizens over a period of many years.

Doubt Cast on the Extension of EB-5 by CRS Opinion

Was the controversial EB-5 (immigrant investor) program really extended by Congress until December 9 of this year as we reported earlier?Did the convoluted language of the continuing resolution, which will fund the government until that date, actually extend the fraud-ridden EB-5 program, without saying so in so many words?Doubt was raised by the release of a document written by lawyers in Capitol Hill's own Congressional Research Service, an entity that Congress regards as its in-house think tank.

U.S. Attorney Indicts Yet Another Florida EB-5 Regional Center Operator

As Congress thinks about extending the key portion of the EB-5 (immigrant investor) program, the U.S. attorney in Jacksonville, Fla., has indicted yet another regional center executive, Karamchand Doobay, for mail and wire fraud.

The regional center is the Florida Gateway Regional Center LLC, and one of its projects was a retirement community called Senior Premium Living LP. Doobay was charged with, among many other acts, the "use of a portion of the funds received from foreign investors invested through the EB-5 Program for his own personal use and enjoyment."

EB-5 Program Is Renewed, but Only for a Couple of Months

The main part of the EB-5 (immigrant investor) program was extended by the Congress this week — but only until December 9.

The extension was included in the stop-gap funding bill, the Continuing Resolution, which passed both houses only after Democrats insisted on both Zika funding and the promise of money for lead-free water for the residents of Flint, Mich.

DHS Catches Visa Fraudsters with Fake Phony University

While my colleagues and I are often critical of the way the Department of Homeland Security handles the enforcement of immigration law, today's posting is a (one-off) hymn of praise to the agency for a burst of creativity regarding an element of the OPT foreign worker program.OPT stands for Optional Practical Training, which turns alien graduates of U.S. colleges and universities back into "students" again and allows them to work, full-time, for up to three years after graduation on their F-1 student visas.

Three H-1B Fraud Cases Involving People Named Sharma

I have written several times about Indian nationals with a few years experience in this country exploiting their more newly arrived countrymen through the H-1B program; but in those cases the people involved all had different names.Today's posting is about H-1B fraud inflicted by, in two cases, and inflicted on, in one case, Indians named Sharma.

A Moral Dilemma for an Immigration Lawyer, and How It Played Out

Were I an immigration lawyer (which I am not) and believed in open or nearly open borders (as I do not) and also felt strongly that every alien should be represented in court, would I argue for an alien who was charged with illegal entry and who had been previously convicted by a federal court for facilitating a cock fight?

On the one hand, if I won, I would save the once-convicted alien from deportation, but there would be the possibility that there would be headline like this:  

Cockfighting Immigrant Gets a Break in the 9th Circ.

Topics: Criminal Aliens

DHS Says It Will Actually Terminate TPS for a Few Thousand Aliens

The Department of Homeland Security has finally decided to (slowly) terminate Temporary Protected Status for small numbers of people from three African nations — Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone — noticing belatedly that the Ebola Crisis that created TPS for them in the first place is long gone.

TPS is a status conferred on aliens by the secretary of Homeland Security when a disaster of some kind impacts a given nation or nations; a disaster of such proportions that the secretary suspends the enforcement of immigration law against the nationals of that country who are in the United States at the time, giving those aliens present in the United States either legally or illegally both temporary legal status here and the right to work legally.

The decision to end TPS for Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone is unusual.

The Future of the EB-5 Program May Be Decided in a Senate Vote Monday

Will the heart of the Immigrant Investor (EB-5) Program be extended beyond the end of this month?

That question will probably be resolved by the leaders of the Senate prior to the scheduled vote on a continuing resolution to finance the government, which is currently scheduled for Monday, September 26. One of the possibilities is that a clean (i.e., no amendments) EB-5 extension will be part of the big spending bill.