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  1. A Jewish "Underground Railroad" For Muslim Refugees In Europe. By Roger Algase

    Israel's hard line right wing government clearly does not speak for all of the world's Jews in its refusal to accept Syrian refugees, despite the tendency of many members of the general public to assume that Jews everywhere share all of Israel's specific political and national policy objectives.

    Jewish religious leaders and organizations in Europe are taking the lead in welcoming and assisting Muslim refugees in their countries, in memory of their own persecution during the Holocaust and in their belief that kindness to people in desperate need is the very essence of Judaism itself.

    Paul Brandeis Raushenbush, Executive Editor of Global Spirituality and Religion for the Huffington Post, provides details in his October 2 (edited October 6) article: Hearing Echoes Of The Past, Jews Are On The Front Line Of The European Refugee Crisis.


    Raushenbush gives some moving examples of assistance which Jewish groups in Europe are providing to the mainly Muslim Syrian refugees.

    First, Milan:

    "In Milan, the Jewish commitment is made plain in the ongoing work of the Milan Holocaust Memorial where thousands of migrants and refugees have found a safe, free, place to spend the night. The memorial, which opened just two years ago, is located under Milan's central railway station and was where Jews were warehoused and ultimately sent to concentration camps...

    Since that day, [earlier this summer] over 3,500 migrants and refugees have spent the night in the memorial where 40 makeshift beds have been placed and where food is brought over by other Jewish and Christian groups. The memorial serves as a much needed sanctuary for those who have just arrived from the south and who are moving on to their ultimate destination, wherever that may be."

    It would not be inappropriate to refer to the the Holocaust Memorial underneath Milan's central train station as a Jewish "Underground Railroad" for Muslim refugees in Europe.

    To be continued.
    Roger Algase is a New York immigration lawyer and a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. For more than 30 years, he has been helping mainly skilled and professional immigrants obtain work visas, green cards and US citizenship.

    His practice is focused primarily on H-1B and O-1 work visas, J-1 training visas, and green cards through Labor Certification, extraordinary ability and opposite sex or same sex marriage.

    Roger's email address is algaselex@gmail.com

    Updated 10-08-2015 at 12:15 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

  2. Christian, Interfaith, Leaders Condemn GOP Anti-Muslim Refugee Plan. By Roger Algase

    Christian and interfaith organization leaders have spoken out against a proposal by House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas) and supported by 10 other House Republicans to discriminate against Muslims in admitting refugees from Syria and Iraq. The proposal, introduced in September, would prioritize religious minorities in those Muslim majority countries for refugee status.

    The proposal, which doesn't mention Muslims specifically, but would arguably have the effect of excluding them, has been strongly condemned by Christian and interfaith groups according to the Huffington Post, which writes:

    " ' We're worried that this is part of a trend of anti-Muslim bigotry infecting the world response to this humanitarian crisis, and its a crisis that's affecting Syrians of all religious and ethnic backgrounds.' Catherine Osborne, director of an interfaith group called Shoulder to Shoulder said. 'And we've heard particularly inflammatory and fear-mongering language language that's directed explicitly at Muslim refugees.' "

    Huffpost also quotes Ron Degges, president of the Christian group Disciples Home Missions as saying:

    "Syrian Christians should continue to be resettled in the United States. But they are no more deserving of life, safety and resettlement than our sisters and brothers who practice Islam and other faiths."

    Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) also criticized the proposal, according to the same Huffpost story, saying:

    "Some have suggested that only Christians should be allowed in this country as refugees...That is un-American and it's contradicted by our over 200 years of history. I would hope we would not go there."



    Meanwhile Donald Trump, in an apparent reversal of his previous statement that the US should take in at least some Syrian refugees for humanitarian reasons, now says that if he is elected president, he will send all Syrian refugees in the United States back. Gotta give The Donald credit for not discriminating. He would send everyone back to the hellhole.


    For an interesting, and highly relevant comparison between Trump's anti- immigrant fear mongering and Senator Joseph McCarthy's attempt to exploit fears of alleged "Communist sympathizers" during the 1950's, see:

    The Atlantic: The New McCarthyism of Donald Trump, July 21


    Roger Algase is a New York immigration lawyer and a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. For more than 30 years, he has been helping mainly skilled and professional immigrants obtain work visas, green cards and US citizenship.

    Roger's email address is algaselex@gmail.com

    Updated 10-01-2015 at 07:27 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

  3. BALCA Determines that Online Header in Advertisement Was Not Controlled by Employer

    The Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals (“BALCA”) recently considered Matter of SDG Post Oak, LP. In this case, the employer sponsored the position of a “Line Cook.” The case was selected for supervised recruitment and the Department of Labor (“DOL”) instructed the employer to post the position through the Beaumont Enterprise’s Hotjobs / monster.com site. In drafting the labor certification, the employer stated that the minimum requirements were six months of experience as a line cook or six months of related experience in restaurant food preparation. However, in the caption above the text advertisement on the monster.com site, the experience requirements were listed as one to two years. The DOL denied the case on the basis that the advertisement failed to list the employer’s true minimum requirements. In response, the employer submitted documentation from the Beaumont Enterprise that “it selected the advertisement header without the employer’s or legal counsel’s knowledge and consent.” The employer stated that any candidate could have read the full description of the position provided below the advertisement header to learn the requirements of the position. In reviewing the case, BALCA determined that the employer had followed the recruitment instructions provided by the DOL, and the “header added to the advertisement by the publisher was not part of that advertisement.” Furthermore, BALCA stated that “the possibility that the header materially impacted the supervised recruitment results is unlikely.” Consequently, the denial was overturned. This case establishes that employers should not receive denials in cases where the advertisement publisher inserted information into a header or other drop box. This post originally appeared on HLG's Views blog by Cadence Moore. http://www.hammondlawgroup.com/blog/

  4. Jewish Singer Helps Syrian Refugees In Memory of Holocaust Victims. By Roger Algase

    As anti-immigrant feeling sweeps through America, targeting Syrian refugees among others, it is easy for many Americans to forget that this country was founded by immigrants seeing to escape oppression and persecution, and that so many of our own families came here for the same reason. In many respects, the story of the Syrian refugees who are fleeing war, dictatorship and religious persecution in their country is our story too.

    But while this point may be lost on many Americans who have been exposed to right wing propaganda demonizing these refugees as potential "terrorists" or "burdens" on our social services, an Austrian Jewish folk singer whose father was a refugee from the Nazis who killed half of his family, is now helping Syrian refugees to reach safety in Germany in memory of Holocaust victims.

    See: Huffington Post: For A Jewish Austrian Folk Singer, Helping Refugees Is Personal. (September 25)


    Huffington Post quotes Hans Breuer, who also works as a shepherd, as describing why he wants to help the Syrian refugees"

    "'My father was a refugee and half of his family was killed in the Nazi time, so how can I resist helping these people?"

    The story continues:

    "His [Breuer's] father escaped to London just as the borders were closing. After the war, he returned to his native Austria, where he met Breuer's mother, a non-Jewish anti-fascist activist who had been tortured by the Gestapo for resisting the Nazis...

    The novelty of a Jewish Austrian man helping mostly Arab refugees is not without its poetic moments. Earlier this month, Breuer picked up a family of Syrian-Palestinian refugees who had fled the Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus, Syria.

    Breuer and the family can be seen singing the chorus of the Yiddish song: 'Oyfn Veg Shteyt A Boym' ('By The Road Stands A Tree')..."

    Huffpost quotes Breuer as describing another encounter with Syrian-Palestinian refugees in one of Hungary's notorious refugee camps:

    "They said they came from Syria, and then the mother said from Palestine too - and I said I am a Jew, and we make a Jewish-Palestinian handshake...This was a moment where humanity was breaking through."​

    This might also be a good time for humanity to break through with regard to letting many more Syrian refugees into the United States, instead of trying to stigmatize them as "terrorists" and "welfare takers" for purely political motives.
    Roger Algase is a New York immigration lawyer and a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. For more than 30 years, he has been helping mainly business and professional immigrants obtain work visas, green cards and US citizenship.

    Roger's email address is algaselex@gmail.com

    Updated 09-26-2015 at 09:37 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

  5. DHS Suddenly Moves Back India, China EB-2 Filing Dates. Why? By Roger Algase

    The presumed immigration restrictionist moles inside the DHS whom Immigration Daily's September 25 editorial predicted would try to change the October 2015 visa bulletin in order to force many immigrants, especially from India and China, to wait longer in order to file for adjustment of status have apparently won out.

    On the same day, September 25, DHS issued a revised October visa bulletin which significantly moves back I-485 filing acceptance priority dates in certain popular categories. This will come as bad news to many applicants from India, China and the Philippines.

    Employment 2nd preference immigrants from China, who would have been able to file for adjustment of status next month without regard to their priority date, according to the earlier version of the October 2015 visa bulletin, have now had their the filing acceptance priority date moved back to January 1, 2013.

    For India, the news is even worse, as the filing acceptance date priority for the EB-2 category has been moved back all the way to July 1, 2009. For the Philippines the I-485 filing acceptance dates for the EB-3 and Other Workers categories have been moved back to January 1, 2010.

    What benefit the United States could imaginably gain by forcing legal immigrants from certain Asian countries, who in most cases have already been or are waiting to be certified by the US Department of Labor as applicants who will not deprive US workers of a job opportunity, to wait several years longer to apply for work and travel permits, was not explained in the revised Visa Bulletin.


    Roger Algase is a New York immigration lawyer and a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. For more than 30 years, he has been helping mainly skilled and professional immigrants obtain work visas, green cards and US citizenship.

    Roger's email address is algaselex@gmail.com

    Updated 09-26-2015 at 09:46 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

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