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Hotel News Now, a leading Global Hospitality publication, ran a two-part series about staffing challenges facing the U.S. hotel industry. I was honored to be interviewed by the publication and share my insights on the problems facing hospitality employer in these challenging times.
With the level of unemployment about 8.5 percent, why do hotels still need foreign workers? There are various reasons, from location to the attitudes of American workers. And changes in schedules and lifestyle have affected one of the former staples of summer work--students.
The situation is bad for staffing professionals in the industry, said Jacob Sapochnick, a San Diego, California-based lawyer whose practice is devoted to immigration law.
"Even though they can hire local people, they can never rely on them for the full term," he said. "If you have a large hotel, need 50 housekeepers and hire locally, the turnover is very high. They find a better job or one that pays more. When you have H-2B workers, they know they have them for 10 months. Their visa depends on them working at that hotel."
The more turnover, the less likely the hotel will function properly, Sapochnick said.
The second article in the series titled, Changes make H-2B visa program more challenging for hotels, click to read both articles
The Washington Post has reported that 163 immigrants were arrested in Northern Virginia over a three-day enforcement surge involving federal, state and local police. Of the 163 individuals arrested, 130 had criminal records: 85 with felonies and 45 with misdemeanors.
The following video is courtesy of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
A Somali human rights activist who received asylum in Great Britain has sued his alleged torturer, Abdi Aden Magan, in a U.S. District Court in Ohio. According to the Associated Press:
Abukar Hassan Ahmed filed suit against his alleged torturer.
The lawsuit claims Abdi Aden Magan of Columbus[, Ohio] authorized the torture of Abukar Hassan Ahmed when Magan served as investigations chief of the National Security Service of Somalia, a force dubbed the "Gestapo of Somalia." The suit... seeks unspecified damages from Magan, who served under Somali dictator Mohamed Siad Barre.
The allegations are a chance for Ahmed to tell the world what happened to him, said Andrea Evans, legal director of the Center for Justice & Accountability, a San Francisco-based center that has brought a number of similar lawsuits. "We see it as a much broader call for justice than just financial gain," Evans said. "It really is kind of telling history accurately."
Last week, the State Department weighed in with a letter indicating that Mr. Magan does not enjoy immunity from suit:
[T]aking into account the relevant principles of customary international law, and considering the overall impact of this matter on the foreign policy of the United States, the Department of State has determined that Defendant Magan does not enjoy immunity from the jurisdiction of U.S. courts.
I wonder about the immigration status of the alleged torturer, Mr. Magan. If the civil suit demonstrates that he is, in fact, a torturer, it seems to me that DHS should move to deport Mr. Magan, or perhaps DOJ would choose to prosecute him criminally (for the torture and-most likely-for committing immigration fraud by lying to cover up the torture). Our nation should not be in the business of harboring human rights abusers, and once such an abuser is identified, we should move swiftly to see that justice is done.
Originally posted on the Asylumist: www.Asylumist.com.
The EB-5 visa has been available in its current format for several years and as a result there is a fair amount of evidence to draw on regarding its success, as well as some failures.
Those brave pioneers who first charted the EB-5 route some six years ago may now be in a position to request their investment back and obtain US citizenship if they so choose.
The EB-5 investor visa program has many benefits but an ongoing problem remains for some seeking information direct from the regional centers. The regional centers want, and indeed need, to sell places and sometimes they may be economical with the facts in order to win over the client and tempt them away from a competing regional center project.
For example, if you have a client in a hurry to obtain an EB-5 visa you may be drawn to a particular regional center project that makes a number of claims including that it has a faster processing time.
Here is an example of a quote from a regional center:
"Credibility of the State of XXXXXXX with governmental responsibility and oversight means that investors' petitions are given priority by CIS, resulting in a faster path to approval"
Enquiries to the USCIS into the accuracy of this statement by independent EB-5 investigators resulted in the following official response:
"XXXXXXX Regional Center petitions are not given priority over other Regional Center petitions".
Thus the official response from the Government Agency directly contradicts the claim in the sales material from the Regional Center Program.
Are any other statements made by this regional center inaccurate?
Footnote: This subject was first covered on August 4th, 2010 at Which EB5 Blog. It is reproduced here due to the statement by the regional center featured above still being used by that same regional center on their website eighteen months later.
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