Bloggings On Immigration Law And Policy
by Greg Siskind
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August 26, 2009
KENNEDY - THE PASSING OF IMMIGRANTS' MOST POWERFUL ADVOCATE
Most of you have probably heard that Senator Ted Kennedy died earlier this morning. Kennedy, known as the Lion of the Senate, left a legacy in many areas of public policy. Almost from the beginning of his tenure, immigration was one of his passions. He was the sponsor of the 1965 Immigration Act which did away with an antiquated quota system that largely favored Western Europeans. And he helped to craft every major piece of immigration legislation over the last forty years. Sadly, Kennedy did not live to see passage of immigration reform legislation he campaigned for over the last few years and his absence from the Senate will be felt this fall as Senator Chuck Schumer takes over as the Democrats' leader in pushing for a new comprehensive bill. USA Today ran a story this morning that focuses on Kennedy's immigration legacy. Rest in peace, Senator Kennedy. You will be missed.
August 24, 2009
DHS PROVIDES ONLINE COMPLAINT SYSTEM FOR TRAVELERS EXPERIENCING ENTRY PROBLEMS
I was pleased to learn about this web site. Here's how DHS describes the TRIP program:
August 23, 2009
The latest in the crackdown nationally on immigration services firms that are operating fraudulently.
August 20, 2009
WHITE HOUSE OFFERS FEW DETAILS ON MEETING TODAY
Just a brief statement from Secretary Napolitano:
ICE has announced sentencing in two cases related to visa fraud. Houston immigration lawyer Kenneth Rothey has been sentenced to fourteen months in prison for money laundering and visa fraud. Rothey was convicted for his role in securing L-1 visas based on manufactured corporate relationships.
ICE also announced the sentencing of Kwan Tsoi to nineteen months in prison for her role in arranging fraudulent marriages and then submitting immigration applications based on the marriages.
The Washington Post reports that Rahman Bunairee, the reporter I've been writing about over the last few days, has now been released after demonstrating a credible fear of persecution. He will now be permitted to proceed with an asylum claim.
Here's the press release from the defenders of liberty:
August 19, 2009
DREAMER'S DEPORTATION ON HOLD
I'm pleased to report that Herta, the girl who I wrote about the other day who was set to be deported today, has had a reprieve issued until November 9th. According to the ICE officer in charge of the case, there is a nine inch stack of letters on his desk urging DHS to exercise its discretion here. Clearly, the online community is helping, though Herta's not out of the woods. You can find out about helping by gong to this Facebook page.
McClatchy reports further details on the case:
I am left wondering why the State Department didn't just arrange with DHS to have Bunairee paroled in to the US in order to apply for asylum rather than going the J-1 route.
The Wall Street Journal makes the case that immigration reform needs to remain at the top of the President's priority list.
The Wall Street Journal reports that DHS will "intensify" its enforcement efforts against employers around the US:
My buddy Tom Roach, an immigration lawyer in Pasco, Washington, is worried about the impact on agricultural employers in his area:
Greg Siskind is a partner in Siskind Susser's Memphis, Tennessee, office. After graduating magna cum laude from Vanderbilt University, he received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Chicago. Mr. Siskind is a member of AILA, a board member of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, and a member of the ABA, where he serves on the LPM Publishing Board as Marketing Vice Chairman. He is the author of several books, including the J Visa Guidebook and The Lawyer's Guide to Marketing on the Internet. Mr. Siskind practices all areas of immigration law, specializing in immigration matters of the health care and technology industries. He can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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