Bloggings On Immigration Law And Policy
by Greg Siskind
Editor's note: Here are the latest entries from Greg Siskind's blog.
September 29, 2009
The Oklahoman reports on various unsavory types targeting immigrants in the Sooner state for bilking in car sales, home repairs and legal services.
Nature, one of the world's best known science journals, takes note of the disaster that is our system for the immigration of scientists.
The 2011 Diversity Visa lottery is about to start. From the country that gave the world Las Vegas, comes this unique immigration program. The entry period runs from October 2nd to November 30th.
September 28, 2009
ABC News reports that the FBI is investigating CBP officers have allegedly been accepting bribes to admit immigrants at US border posts.
The American Immigration Lawyers Association has announced that Crystal Williams has been chosen to replace the Jeanne Butterfield as the organization's new executive director. Crystal has served in a variety of positions at AILA and is well-known and well-liked by the membership. She also was a highly respected immigration lawyer for many years at Paul Hastings, experience that will no doubt provide her important insight. I wish you much success, Crystal!
This is really a contentious issue both in the pro and anti immigration communities and it is surprising that it has taken this long for one of the major advocacy groups to raise the issue publicly. . Pro-immigration groups are divided on the strategy question of whether allowing measures to go piecemeal will peel off support for some of the tougher measures like a legalization program. But if comprehensive reform fails this year, it will be the third failure since the comprehensive movement began in 2004 and it could mean waiting until 2011 or even after the next presidential election before a serious effort begins again. A lot of fixes to the system are desperately needed and the thought of waiting several more years is simply unbearable.
Anti-immigration groups have reasons to feel divided on this question as well. Throwing every needed immigration reform in to one bill means that there is something for every member of Congress to object to and it becomes easier to build support to stop the measure. One target is easier to hit than dozens.
September 26, 2009
Lately, I'm seeing more and more reports of corrupt individuals bilking would be immigrants with false promises of visas and green cards. I'm going to try and highlight these stories to help increase consumer awareness and curtail some of this nonsense.
Another immigration scam bared - The Saipan Tribune reports on a scam where Chinese investors were asked to pay $100,000 in to a Saipan hotel project and a $20,000 "tax" in order to qualify for a green card.
10 being charged in million-dollar scheme to sell driver licenses to at least 1,500 illegal immigrants -The Palm Beach Post reports on a scheme by driver's license examiners in Florida to sell licenses to illegally present immigrants.
Immigration attorney pleads guilty to conspiracy - The AP reports
USCIS GETTING CLOSER ON SCRAPPING HIV BAR?
One hint - they will now hold in abeyance cases that are deniable only because of the HIV ban. Next up - issuance of a final rule ending the ban.
IMMIGRATION REMOVAL PROCEEDINGS UP 110% IN LAST FIVE YEARS
When the antis claim this winter that we can't proceed with a legalization program until we can show we're enforcing existing laws, add this statistic to the list of facts supporting the argument that DHS has already shown it is effectively enforcing immigration rules.
MARRIAGE FRAUD GRANDMA SENTENCED TO 44 MONTHS
ICE officials have announced the break up of a major marriage fraud ring in Texas. According to ICE:
IMMIGRATION PROGRAMS EXTENDED FOR A MONTH
The four immigration programs set to expire September 30th - the religious workers, EB-5 regional centers, E-Verify and the Conrad 30 J-1 program - have been given another month of life as part of a continuing resolution that will give House and Senate conferees more time to complete work on the Department of Homeland Security spending bill.
ANDREW SULLIVAN: IMMIGRATION SYSTEM AT A BREAKING POINT
Andrew Sullivan, uber-blogger and one of the country's most influential political pundits warns that our paralyzed immigration system is at a point where it is harming our economic security:
DOBBS CRITICIZED FOR PROMOTING WEBSITE HOSTING PRO-SECESSION ARTICLES
USCIS UNVEILS NEW WEB SITE
I'm going to be participating in an online tour of the new site for bloggers later today and expect to have more to say, but check out the new USCIS web site. It looks pretty impressive at first glance and I'm looking forward to learning more about the new features.
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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