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  1. ICE Director Who "Enjoyed" Tearing Families Apart, Arresting at Courts, Hospitals, Schools, and Threatening Sanctuary Officials Retires. Roger Algase

    Thomas Homan, the face and chief enforcer of Trump's draconian mass deportation agenda, who claims to have "enjoyed" his job of tearing mainly non-white, non-criminal immigrant families apart and instilling fear in immigrant communities

    https://www.commondreams.org/news/20...families-apart

    while threatening to jail state and local officials who resisted going along with his 40 per cent increase in immigration arrests

    https://www.texasmonthly.com/burka-b...ctuary-cities/

    has announced that he is retiring "due to family considerations" (and, just incidentally, the fact that he had no hope of ever gaining Senate confirmation).

    https://www.cnn.com/2018/04/30/polit...man/index.html

    One hopes that Homan will enjoy spending more time with his own family as much as he "enjoyed" breaking up hundreds, if not thousands, of immigrant families whose parents may never see their children again as a result of Homan's particular form of "enjoyment".

    Homan will also leave a Gestapo-like legacy of terrorizing immigrant communities by making arrests at courthouses, hospitals and schools, reinstating the pre-Obama practice of mass immigration raids, especially targeting states such as California which have adopted sanctuary policies; and targeting immigrant activists who dare to speak out against his policies, even as the number of deaths in immigrant detention centers from deplorable conditions and medical neglect continues to rise.

    https://www.chron.com/news/nation-wo...7-12499129.php

    For a comment on ICE courthouse arrests under Homan, see:

    http://www.latimes.com/opinion/edito...316-story.html

    And for a report on concentration-camp like conditions in immigrant detention centers, see:

    https://www.theatlantic.com/politics...ckdown/554027/

    To be sure, ICE immigrant detention in Donald Trump's America has not equaled the horrors of Nazi camps such as Dachau and Buchenwald. Not yet.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    algaselex@gmail.com

    Updated 05-01-2018 at 11:06 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

  2. Letters of the Week: April 30 - May 04

  3. Metropolitan Concrete Corp. owes over $100,000 Due to Violations in H-2B Visa Program

    By: Bruce Buchanan, Sebelist Buchanan Law



    Following an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Metropolitan Concrete Corp. will pay $29,161 in civil money penalties and $73,647 in back wages to 15 employees working under the H-2B non-immigrant visa program.

    WHD investigators found Metropolitan Concrete Corp. classified the H-2B employees improperly as landscapers. The investigation determined the H-2B employees actually worked as cement masons and concrete finishers, and as such, the employer should have paid them at a higher prevailing wage rate. The company also should have advertised the position to potential U.S. workers using the correct job classification and prevailing wage rate, as required by the H-2B provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act. Failing to do so may have resulted in fewer U.S. workers applying for the positions than would have occurred if the employer advertised accurate information.

    Investigators also found Metropolitan Concrete failed to comply with requirements to pay the employees’ inbound transportation costs and to provide workers with the tools, supplies, or equipment they need to perform their job duties. The company also took impermissible deductions from workers’ pay for housing expenses. In addition to the payment of back wages, the Division assessed $29,161 in civil penalties.

    If you want to know more information on immigration compliance, I recommend you read The I-9 and E-Verify Handbook, a book I co-authored with Greg Siskind, and available at http://www.amazon.com/dp/0997083379.
  4. SEVP Report Highlights Changes in International Student Population

    by , 04-30-2018 at 09:10 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)


    For Immediate Release
    For media inquiries about ICE activities, operations, or policies, contact the ICE Office of Public Affairs at (202) 732-4242.

    SEVP report highlights changes in international student population

    Slight decrease from May 2017; Stark declines from Saudi Arabia, South Korea
    **High resolution infographics are available for download at https://www.dvidshub.net/unit/ICE

    WASHINGTON -- Slightly more than 1.2 million international students with F (academic) or M (vocational) status study in the United States according to the latest "SEVIS by the Numbers," a report on international student trends prepared by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP), part of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

    The report, released Monday by SEVP, highlights March 2018 data from the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS), a Web-based system that includes information about international students, exchange visitors and their dependents while they are in the United States.

    Based on data extracted from SEVIS March 5, international student enrollment at U.S. schools decreased .5 percent compared to March 2017.

    Roughly 85 percent of all F and M students enrolled in higher education degree programs, marking a .8 percent increase from March 2017. The largest growth and decline came from students seeking doctorate degrees and associates degrees, respectively. Doctorate degree programs saw a 4 percent increase in enrollment, while associates degree programs saw a 5 percent decrease. There were 785,435 F-1 students in the U.S. seeking bachelor’s and master’s degrees, and 58 percent of those students pursued degrees in business, engineering and computer science.

    The largest number of international students hailed from Asia, but when comparing March 2018 to March 2017 data, there were less students from the continent studying in the U.S. While China and India accounted for nearly half of the international student population, stark declines in students from Saudi Arabia and South Korea of 17 percent and 7.5 percent, respectively, resulted in an overall decline in Asian students.

    South America saw the largest growth in international students coming to the U.S. to study. The number of Brazilian and Argentinean students increased by 13.1 percent and 6.7 percent, respectively.

    As of March 5, there were 8,744 SEVP-certified schools in the U.S., 28 less than March 2017. Most certified schools enrolled fewer than 50 international students; only 38 certified schools hosted more than 5,000 international students. The following schools had the highest number of enrolled F-1 students: New York University (16,960 F-1 students), University of Southern California (14,644 F-1 students), Northeastern University (14,248 F-1 students), Columbia University in the City of New York (12,785 F-1 students), and the University of Illinois (11,474 F-1 students). No U.S. school certified to enroll M-1 students enrolled more than 1,000 students.

    California continued to have the highest international student population, followed by New York and Texas. Together, these three states hosted 35 percent of the entire international student population.

    This report also included a breakdown of international student enrollment by U.S. region. In the Northeast, 83 percent of international students pursued a post-secondary degree. Maine was the only state in the Northeast to experience a dip in international student enrollment numbers. Massachusetts was home to the fasting growing and second largest international student population in the region, hosting 73,859 students. It also saw nearly a 10 percent increase in the number of students pursuing master’s degrees from March 2017.

    In the South, Kentucky saw the largest growth in the reporting year, with its international student population growing by 70 percent, an increase of 6,299 international students. Virginia, Oklahoma and Texas all experienced declining international student numbers, with Virginia’s international student population decreasing by 3,058 students or roughly 11 percent.

    The Midwest saw about a 1.5 percent decline in the number of international students, with eight of the 12 states in the region seeing a dip in the reporting period. Missouri, Ohio and Indiana saw the greatest reductions in their international student populations.

    In March 2018, there were 11,631 less international students enrolled at schools in the West. Even though California retained the largest international student population, it also saw the steepest decline in international students with 9,293 less students studying in the state than March 2017.

    Individuals can explore and drill down international student data from current and previous "SEVIS by the Numbers" reports by visiting SEVP’s interactive mapping tool. This information is viewable at the continent, region and country level and includes information on gender and education levels, as well as international student populations by state, broken down by geographical areas across the globe.

    SEVP monitors more than one million international students pursuing academic or vocational studies (F and M visa holders) in the United States and their dependents. It also certifies schools and programs that enroll these students. The U.S. Department of State monitors exchange visitors (J visa holders) and their dependents, and oversees exchange visitor programs.

    Both use SEVIS to protect national security by ensuring that students, visitors and schools comply with U.S. laws. SEVP also collects and shares SEVIS information with government partners, including U.S. Customs and Border Protection and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, so only legitimate international students and exchange visitors enter the United States.

    HSI reviews SEVIS records for potential violations and refers cases with possible national security or public safety concerns to its field offices for further investigation. Additionally, SEVP’s Analysis and Operations Center analyzes student and school records for administrative compliance with federal regulations related to studying in the United States.

    Learn more about SEVP at www.ICE.gov/SEVP.
    #ICE#
    U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is the largest investigative arm of the Department of Homeland Security.
  5. DHS DIR. CISSNA CONTINUES THE ASSAULT ON H-1Bs

    by , 04-30-2018 at 08:53 AM (Chris Musillo on Nurse and Allied Health Immigration)
    by Chris Musillo

    Earlier this month, USCIS Director Francis Cissna in a letter to Sen. Grassley (R-IA) described a number of forthcoming policies aimed at restricting the H-1B. Dir. Cissna’s policy changes hide behind fraud concerns. The real target is reducing legal immigration.

    The new restrictions that USCIS plan to unilaterally impose include:


    • Rewrite the definition of “Specialty Occupation”. USCIS will rewrite the definition of specialty occupation. Under the current “bottom-up” approach, US employers decide who comes to America. The agency’s “big government” rewrite will create more regulation, more USCIS officer discretion, and less accountability for USCIS officers. These policies are being produced because the administration thinks that it knows who are the “best and brightest,” instead of the marketplace.






    • Ratcheting up third-party worksite H-1B denials. Despite no objective evidence that fraud exists in third-party staffing situations, USCIS seeks to ask for additional evidence that it does not ask for in first-party worksite assignments. This issue seems ripe for litigation. It seems inevitable that an H-1B employer will successfully challenge the Service’s overreaching requests in this area.


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