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  1. Not Just "Terror" Claims: Trump Says Syrian Refugees Would Hurt "Quality of Life". Roger Algase

    Donald Trump has let the cat out of the the bag about where he stands on Syrian Refugees. The Guardian reports that his opposition to them is not just based on alleged "terror" concerns (over people who are fleeing from terror perpetrated by the twin horrors of ISIS and the Assad dictatorship, backed by Russia's own dictator, Vladimir Putin, whom Trump has had a least a few good things to say about).

    In addition to labeling Syrian refugees (once again) as potential terrorists, Trump is now saying that they would affect America's "quality of life",

    Here is the exact quote from Trump, speaking about Syrian refugees at a rally in Toledo, Ohio, as reported in The Guardian on September 21:

    "Not only the danger of it all-this isn't only a matter of terrorism, but alswo a matter of quality of life. We want to make sure we're only admitting those into our country who support our values and-love - and I mean love - our people."


    What, exactly, does Trump mean when he doubts that Syrian refugees would be good for for America's "quality of life", that they might not support "or values" or "love our people"?

    Is there something "un-American" about wanting to flee from war, persecution and dictatorship, and from the horrors of ISIS fanaticism which Trump, on other occasions, has described as graphically and accurately as anyone else (in support of his advocacy of using torture).

    Does wanting to settle in a country of freedom and democracy, one which was founded on the principle of refuge from tyranny and political or religious persecution, mean a rejection of "American values", or lack of love for the American people?

    Or is Trump's statement a not so veiled claim that people from parts of the world outside Europe, and of non-white skin color or non-Judeo-Christian faith, are incompatible with America's "quality of life"

    Is Trump identifying America's "quality of life with the notorious "Nordics-only" national origins immigration quotas of the 1924 Johnson-Reed Immigration Act which favored Northern Europeans and excluded Jewish, Italian, Polish, Hungarian and, "coincidentally" all Middle Eastern immigrants?

    Perhaps a further explanation from Trump about what he means when he says that Syrian refugees endanger America's "quality of life" would be in order.

    Trump might also wish to share with us where he got his preposterous idea that Hillary Clinton wants to bring in "620,000" refugees in her first term - a figure which, according to The Guardian's above article, has "been proven false by independent fact checkers."
    Roger Algase is a New York immigration lawyer and a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. For more than 35 years, he has been helping to make it possible for mainly skilled and professional immigrants of diverse nationalities and ethnic/religious backgrounds to accomplish their goals of becoming productive, contributing members of American society and improving our quality of life.

    Roger's email address is

    Updated 09-22-2016 at 11:22 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

  2. Trump's immigration lies endanger America's democracy. Roger Algase

    On September 20, Immigration Daily published an editorial with the simple, and all too accurate title: Liar Trump.

    The comment lists fourteen specific lies that Trump has told during his campaign, most of which relate to immigration, and it also made clear that "the list goes on and on".

    History shows that all dictators take and hold onto their power by using the Big Lie strategy, based on Adolf Hitler's theory that as long as one repeats a lie often and loudly enough, people will start to believe it.

    Are Donald Trump's lies connecting Muslim immigrants, or even immigrants in general, with terror any different?To give just one example, after last weekend's New York bombing attack, which was made by an unknown person at the time, and is known to have been made by a disturbed Muslim US citizen who was already previous known to the FBI and had no known connection with any terrorist group (much like the Orlando killer) Donald Trump claimed:

    "There have been Islamic terrorist attacks in Minnesota and New York City and New Jersey. These attacks and many others were made possible because of our extremely open immigration system which fails to properly vet or screen the individuals coming into our country."

    (Italics added.)

    The truth (as it later turned out), is that the bombing suspect, born in Afghanistan, was brought to the US as a child by his father, who later, in 2014 asked the FBI to investigate his own son for possible terrorist sympathies!

    Does this show that the father was not properly screened when he entered the US? And what kind of screening could anyone have done on the child?

    But Trump's rush to blame "open" immigration, allegedly led by "ISIS founders and MVP's" Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton (another huge Trump lie) is typical of his strategy of blaming all Muslims, and by extension, immigrants in general, for every mass or attempted mass attack in America, is not by any means new.

    Richard Cohen, in a September 20 Washington Post article: Trump's Hitlerian disregard for the truth, describes how this happened in Germany.

    See (same article but with a slightly different title):

    This does not mean to say that Trump is the same as Hitler. As Cohen points out in his article, Trump is not anti-Semitic.

    I was among those who defended Trump against what I considered to be an unfair charge of anti-Semitism, based in the resemblance between a sheriff's badge used in one of his campaign ads against Hillary Clinton and a Jewish six-pointed Star of David.

    As Cohen also points out, Trump has never suggested invading any other countries. Nor, it is important to add, has Trump ever proposed mass extermination.

    Trump is certainly not Hitler. The man with the blond mop of hair is not the same as one with the mustache.

    But there is a very close, and uncomfortable, similarity between Trump's repeated false attacks on immigrants, including but not limited to Muslim ones, as agents of terror, and Hitler's attacks on the Jews for "declaring war on Germany" as described in Richard Cohen's article.

    As Cohen says:

    "There is no lie that cannot be believed. Even after Germany had murdered most of Europe's Jews...many Germans believed...that their country's defeat only 'confirmed the "power of world Jewry."'"

    He concludes:

    "At the advent of the Hitler era, [Germany] was a democracy, an advanced nation...It had a unique it cannot easily be likened to the contemporary US. But it was not all that different either. In 1933, it chose a sociopathic liar as its leader. If the polls are to be believed, we may do the same."
    Roger Algase is a New York immigration lawyer and a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. He has been representing mainly skilled and professional immigrants in work visa and green card cases for more than 35 years. Roger's email address is

    Updated 09-22-2016 at 08:08 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

  3. New I-9 Form to be Effective January 22, 2017

    By Bruce Buchanan, Sebelist Buchanan Law

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    The USCIS is finally going to be issuing a new I-9 form, which will be effective January 22, 2017. The current I-9 form continues to be in effect even though it states that it expires on March 31, 2016.

    This new I-9 form has cleared its final hurdle – approval by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Although the new form will not be for mandatory use until January 22, 2017, the USCIS must publish it by November 22, 2016. If it follows the pattern of the 2013 I-9 form, employers will be able to use either the 2013 I-9 form or the 2017 I-9 form for the period between November 22, 2016 and January 21, 2017. The new I-9 form will have an expiration date of August 31, 2019, which is consistent with previous I-9 validity periods.

    To date, the USCIS has not published a draft of the new I-9 form although it has stated changes that will be included in the 2017 I-9 form. Some of these changes are:
    (1) Replacing the “Other Names Used” field in Section 1 with “Other Last Names Used.” This will avoid employees writing their nicknames in this field;
    (2) Modifying Section 1 to request certain employees to enter either their I-94 number or foreign passport information, rather than both;
    (3) Providing a box for employees to check if they did not use a preparer or translator;
    (4) Modifying the I-9 form to enable the use of multiple preparers and translators; and
    (5) Adding an area in Section 2 to enter additional information for TPS extensions, OPT STEM extensions and H-1B portability in order to avoid having to note this information in the margins of the I-9 form.

    Stay tuned as I will publish the new I-9 form as soon as it is released, which hopefully will be before November 22, 2016.
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  4. Overall Number of Unauthorized Immigrants Holds Steady Since 2009

    by , 09-20-2016 at 01:15 PM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    Media contact: Brian Mahl, 202-419-4372,

    Overall Number of U.S. Unauthorized Immigrants Holds Steady Since 2009
    Decline in share from Mexico mostly offset by growth from Asia, Central America and sub-Saharan Africa

    WASHINGTON, D.C. (Sept. 20, 2016) – The U.S. unauthorized immigrant population – 11.1 million in 2014 – has stabilized since the end of the Great Recession, as the number from Mexico declined but the total from other regions of the world increased, according to new Pew Research Center estimates based on government data.

    Mexicans remain the majority of the nation’s unauthorized immigrant population, but their estimated number – 5.8 million in 2014 – has declined by about half a million people since 2009. Meanwhile, the number of unauthorized immigrants from all other nations – mainly those from Asia and Central America – grew by 325,000 since 2009, to 5.3 million in 2014. The decline in unauthorized immigrants from some parts of the world, mainly Mexico, was roughly balanced by an increase in unauthorized immigrants from other parts of the world, so the total U.S. unauthorized immigrant population had no statistically significant change from 2009 to 2014.

    Most states saw no statistically significant change in the size of their unauthorized immigrant populations from 2009 to 2014. In the seven states where the unauthorized immigrant population declined – Alabama, California, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Nevada and South Carolina – falling numbers of unauthorized Mexican immigrants were the key factor. Meanwhile, among the six states that had increases in their unauthorized immigrant populations, only one – Louisiana – could trace this to a rise in the number of unauthorized immigrants from Mexico. The other states with increases were Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Washington.

    As the U.S. unauthorized immigrant population has stabilized, it also has become more settled. In 2014, two-thirds of unauthorized immigrant adults (66%) had lived in the U.S. for 10 years or more, compared with 41% in 2005. An estimated 14% of unauthorized immigrant adults had lived in the U.S. for less than five years in 2014, compared with 31% in 2005. Overall, unauthorized immigrant adults in 2014 had lived in the U.S. for a median of 13.6 years. In 2009, the median had been 10 years, compared with eight years in 2005.

    Among the report's findings:

    • Unauthorized immigrants accounted for 3.5% of the overall U.S. population and 26% of the nation’s 43.6 million foreign-born residents in 2014.
    • The country of birth that saw the greatest increase in unauthorized immigrants since 2009 is India – with a rise of about 130,000, for a total of 500,000 in 2014. Overall, the top five birth countries of unauthorized immigrants are Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, India and Honduras.
    • In 2014, 59% of unauthorized immigrants lived in just six states – California, Texas, Florida, New York, New Jersey and Illinois. More than a third (36%) lived in California and Texas combined.
    • The states with the highest shares of unauthorized immigrants in their overall populations in 2014 were Nevada (7%) and California (6%).

    Read the report:

    For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact Brian Mahl or 202-419-4372.

    Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world. It does not take policy positions. The Center is a subsidiary of The Pew Charitable Trusts, its primary funder. Subscribe to our daily and weekly email newsletters or follow us on our Fact Tank blog.
  5. Clinton's "Basket of Deplorables" vs. Trump's "Basket of Deportables". Roger Algase

    Hillary Clinton has recently drawn a lot of flak for calling Donald Trump's supporters, most, if not all of whom can, without much dispute, be called anti-immigrant, a "basket of deplorables".

    It would not be unfair, on the other hand, to say that Trump regards up to 12 million unauthorized immigrants in the US as a "basket of deportables".
    Roger Algase is a New York immigration lawyer and a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. For more than 35 years, he has been helping mainly skilled and professional immigrants, of diverse nationalities and ethnic/religious backgrounds, obtain work visas and green cards.

    Roger's email address is

    Updated 09-20-2016 at 03:42 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

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