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    by , 07-26-2016 at 09:21 AM (Chris Musillo on Nurse and Allied Health Immigration)
    by Maria Schneider

    Two prominent US bankers recently spoke up in the debate over immigration reform; both stated that immigration is critical to the continued recovery and economic growth of the United States.

    Dallas Fed President, Robert Kaplan, said the US population is aging and so participation in the US labor force will decline, creating difficulties for the US economy. We can do something about this, said Kaplan: “One thing is we could have immigration reform in the United States so that people can come here easily and we can continue to grow the workforce in a safe and secure way.” Kaplan acknowledged that immigration reform is a difficult debate, but also a necessary one.

    Also last week, Minneapolis Fed President, Neel Kashkari, said immigration reform is a critical component of a return to faster economic growth. “My personal view,” said Kashkari, “is that we should utilize immigration to our advantage as a source for economic growth. If we have a population that’s not growing it’s much harder to have economic growth.”

    The Federal Reserve System is the central bank of the United States. The Federal Reserve has three primary functions:

    · Monetary Policy
    · Banking Supervision
    · Financial Services

    The Federal Reserve, also called “The Fed” is led by a Board of Governors in Washington, DC. A network of 12 Federal Reserve Banks and 24 branches make up the Federal Reserve System under the general oversight of the Board of Governors. Each of the 12 Reserve Banks serves its region of the country and is led by a Fed President.

    Please read the Musillo Unkenholt Healthcare and Immigration Law Blog at and You can also visit us onFacebook and follow us on Twitter.
  2. Putin Backs European Anti-Immigrant Neo-Fascists. Will He Set US Policy? Roger Algase

    Update, July 26: 11:00 am:

    A commentator below has posted a link to a news story about the latest apparent ISIS inspired atrocity, the beheading of an 86-year old priest in France. This gives rise to the question whether there is anyone on this planet who has done more to help ISIS recruitment efforts than Donald Trump's alleged good friend and supporter Vladimir Putin, who has been creating countless new jihadists by propping up the brutal Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad by military force and thereby putting the security of the American people in even greater danger.

    My original post follows:

    In the past day, there have been several news stories to the effect that Russian dictator Vladimir Putin, with whom Donald Trump reportedly has close ties, based on Trump's extensive business interests in Russia and some kind words he has had to say about Putin, may have tried to influence the US presidential election by arranging to hack into thousands of DNC emails and releasing ones which could prove embarrassing to the Hillary Clinton campaign to Wikileaks on the eve of the DNC convention.

    The Hill which is not exactly a mouthpiece for the Clinton campaign and has arguably run more stories about Hillary's own email problems than any other single media outlet, reports as follows on July 25:

    "The leak of 20,000 stolen emails from the Democratic National Committee (DNC) is almost certainly an attempt by the Russian government to influence the presidential election, security experts say.

    Such a maneuver would be unprecedented and is stirring speculation that Russia is trying to ensure that Republican Donald Trump wins the White House.

    'I think we are probably in full scale, "Yes, this is Russia trying to influence the election so they can have the person they prefer at the top of the American government," said James Healy, a director at the Atlantic Council who has worked on cyber defenses at the White House."


    Russia's fingerprints seen on DNC hack

    See also:

    Putin's Buddy Trump Is About To Get National Security Briefings. Intel Officers Are Worried.

    Because of the conceivably great influence that Putin could have over US immigration policy if he succeeds in arguably helping to determine the results of the US election and installing a possible friend and supporter in the White House, it is instructive to look at Putin's record of backing extreme right wing, neo-fascist anti-immigrant politicians in Europe.

    USA Today reported as follows about a year ago (on June 25, 2015):


    Russia and Europe's extremist parties find common cause

    "Russia and anti-immigrant extremist parties across Europe are forging an unlikely alliance over their shared antipathy for the European Union and NATO and admiration for President Vladimir Putin's strongman style of leadership."

    Among right wing extremist leaders with well documented authoritarian, anti-immigrant positions who are mentioned in the above article as having received support from Putin are Viktor Orban of Hungary's Fidesz party and France's National Front party led by Marine Le Pen, as well as far right parties in Germany, Austria, the UK and other European countries.

    See also Slate: (May 19, 2014)

    Europe's far right and Putin

    (I am sorry - finding reliable Slate links is not always as easy as one would wish: please go to Google for find this story.)

    If Trump takes over our government with any degree of help from Russia's strongman, would Putin's support for right wing extremist anti-immigrant policies in Europe (though not necessarily in his own country, as will be discussed in a forthcoming post) be replicated in America?

    Shouldn't our immigration policies be determined by the American people? Do we need help from a foreign dictator?

    Roger Algase is a New York immigration lawyer and a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. For more than 35 years, Roger has been helping mainly skilled and professional immigrants from many parts of the world obtain work visas and green cards.

    His email address is

    Updated 07-26-2016 at 11:51 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

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  4. Attorney and Spouse Forfeit $1 Million for Visa Fraud

    By Bruce Buchanan, Sebelist Buchanan Law PLLC

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    A New York immigration lawyer Loreto Kudera, and his wife, Hazel Kudera, the owner of several medical staffing agencies, pled guilty and forfeited $1 million after admitting to giving false information to U.S. immigration authorities when applying for H1-B visas for foreign nurses, according to plea agreement.

    Hazel Kudera owned multiple staffing agencies in New York that specialized in providing nurses to hospitals, outpatient and skilled nursing facilities. According to the government, Hazel and Loreto Kudera submitted at least 100 fraudulent applications to authorities, and profited from filing fees collected from the nurses and from the health care facilities that paid Hazel Kudera’s staffing agencies.

    Hazel and Loreto Kudera falsely stated that the foreign nurses would be working in specialty occupations at prevailing wage rates when in actuality they were going to work as licensed practical nurses (LPNs) or registered nurses (RNs) at much lower rates of pay.

    As part of the alleged scam, Hazel Kudera falsified a staffing agreement between NYC Healthcare Staffing and Dewitt Rehabilitation listing job positions that did not exist, such as clinical coordinator and health care quality assurance manager, in order to cover up the false job titles she provided to USICS.
  5. Democrats' Confirmed Policy on Refugee Crisis is Do Nothing and Blame the GOP

    by , 07-25-2016 at 08:44 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal) has taken a look at the DNC email leak scandal and they uncovered confirmation of what I've have been saying for years: the official policy of the Democrats on the Central American refugee crisis is to ignore Obama's deportation raids, and blame Republicans.


    One email thread from this past spring reveals a lot about how mainstream Democrats are spinning the latest round of deportation raids conducted under a Democratic administration. Here is what DNC national communications director Luis Miranda wrote in response to reports that immigration activists would be protesting the DNC:

    We’ll also have core talking points for you guys to use generally. Below is what the White House said, some good and some bad. Our points will be smarter but something to be clear about is that reports that there are NEW raids are wrong. This is a continuation of operations announced in January and March. The problem is these groups don’t want to hear this, they want us to send a message to Central Americans to keep paying smugglers and put those kids at risk of abuse and even death. Frankly the rhetoric on this and calls for TPS [Temporary Protective Status] are irresponsible, they send a message that ends up in more lives lost. So we’ll focus our points on how much has already been done to make things better, and that the GOP is standing in the way of real reform. We’re not going to get into a fight on the Central Americans specifically, we’re going to focus on Republican obstruction.

    But hey, Clinton's Vice Presidential running mate speaks Spanish.
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