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  1. DIVERSITY VISA LOTTERY PROGRAM

    by , 11-10-2017 at 09:25 AM (Chris Musillo on Nurse and Allied Health Immigration)
    by Maria Schneider

    After the tragic terrorist attack in New York, President Trump recommended eliminating the Diversity Visa Lottery program (DV Lottery). Many of our blog readers have likely not heard of the DV Lottery. Here are some key points about the DV Lottery:


    • The DV Lottery was established by an Act of Congress in 1990. Fifty Thousand green cards are allocated to the DV Lottery and are reserved for countries with a historically low rate of immigration to the US. The DV Lottery countries are identified each year by the US Department of State.
    • DV Lottery applicants must register on-line for the lottery. There is no fee to register or apply for the DV Lottery.
    • In addition to being a native of one of the named countries, DV Lottery applicants must meet certain educational or skilled work requirements.
    • In 2015, which is the last year for which we have statistics, close to 14.5 million people around the world applied for the 50,000 DV Lotter green cards.
    • Those who are selected will be notified through the Entrant Status Check, E-DV Website. DV Lottery winners are never notified by hard copy mail or email. There is widespread fraud around the DV Lottery program, so applicants must ensure that their notification of lottery winning is in fact from the US Department of State.
    • DV Lottery winners must still meet all eligibility requirements before obtaining a green card. The requirements include the same security screening undergone by family-based and employment-based green card applicants before obtaining a green card.
    • In addition to the standard screening, all DV Lottery winners must appear for an in-person interview with an Immigration of Embassy Officer.
    • If processing of the DV Lottery winnerís application cannot be completed before the end of the US governmentís fiscal year, due to background checks, resource limitations, or other issues, the DV Lottery winner's application will be denied, and the opportunity to obtain the green card will be lost.


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  2. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, Sponsor of Anti-Immigrant Bills, Will Retire From Congress. Roger Algase

    The Hill reports that House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Virginia), will be leaving Congress to spend more time with his granddaughters.

    http://thehill.com/homenews/house/35...ces-retirement

    Goodlatte has distinguished himself for introducing anti-immigrant legislation, including, recently, a bill that would allow state and local jurisdictions to enact their own immigration enforcement measures.

    http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/18/politi...tee/index.html

    This would lead to passing state racial profiling immigration laws, such as Arizona's notorious SB 1070, in many parts of America. It would create a nightmare, not only for immigrants who may be without legal status in the United States, but for almost anyone whose appearance does not happen to fit in with that of the white majority Americans in the GOP base whom this bill is meant to pander to.

    This column extends best wishes to Chairman Goodlatte for a very happy retirement and congratulates the young ladies on being able to spend more time with their grandfather.
    ____________________________________
    Roger Algase is a New York immigration lawyer and a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School who has been helping mainly skilled and professional immigrants, from many different parts of the world, obtain work visas and and green cards for more than 35 years His email address is algaselex@gmail.com

    Updated 11-16-2017 at 09:22 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

  3. After VA and NJ Elections, Will Anti-Immigrant "Extreme Vetting" and Scapegoating Still Be the Law of the Land? Roger Algase

    Update, November 9 at 11:35 pm:

    For another report concerning the despicable attempts by the two losing Republican gubernatorial candidates in Virginia and New Jersey to tie immigrants in general to violent crime, despite a number of studies showing that immigrants on the average commit fewer crimes than American citizens, see, Salon.com

    "This election is all about casting aside immigration Trumpism"

    https://www.salon.com/2017/11/07/gop...n-immigration/

    My original comment follows:

    While two State governorship elections do not make a nationwide trend, immigration supporters can take great encouragement from the November 7 elections in Virginia and New Jersey. In both of those states, Republican candidates with previously moderate records on immigration, Ed Gillespie in Virginia and Kim Guadagno in New Jersey, suddenly switched to the right and adopted anti-immigrant campaign tactics similar to those which worked so well for Donald Trump nationwide last year.

    Both Republicans suffered crushing defeats at the hands of pro-immigrant Democratic opponents.

    Gilllespie and Guadagno both ran vile campaign ads attacking immigrants as criminals and trying to connect them with the Central American M-13 gang which Trump has also used in recent speeches as president on order to demonize Latin American immigrants. They also attacked "Sanctuary" City or State policies, another coded tactic for demonizing immigrants as criminals which is favored by Trump and his AG, Jeff Sessions. This was despite the fact that in Virginia, at least, there are no Sanctuary Cities.

    https://www.theatlantic.com/politics...ortham/543984/

    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/23/n...tion.html?_r=o

    Of course, it may be too early to tell from just two elections, but is it just barely possible that the "Extreme Vetting" (another coded term for stigmatizing all immigrants as terrorists and criminals) which Trump called for once again in the wake of a New York attack by a deranged Muslim immigrant which killed 8 people, (while also demagogically calling to abolish the Africa-Asia and Latin-American immigrant-friendly Diversity visa which has no demonstrable connection with terrorism),

    http://thehill.com/homenews/administ...ter-nyc-attack

    even as Trump rejects, not only "Extreme Vetting", but any type of more careful screening for gun owners in the wake of an attack by a deranged white native-born US citizen which killed 26 people,

    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/nati...icle-1.3617071

    might no longer continue to be the symbol of a "Trump-Era" immigration agenda which regards non-white immigrants in general as unwelcome in America and seeks a return to the Europeans-only immigration policies of the 1924 Johnson-Reed immigration act?

    Could the November 7 election be a sign that "Extreme Vetting", i.e. demonizing all Latin American, Asian, African and Middle Eastern immigrants as threats to US safety, security and jobs, may have reached its peak and could now be on its way back to the far right fringes of white supremacist hate groups where where it rightly belongs?

    Might America be on the road to seeing the day when "Extreme Vetting", as a symbol of anti-immigrant bigotry, is no longer the official policy of our government - no longer the law of the land?

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    algaselex@gmail.com



    To be continued.

    Updated 11-09-2017 at 11:36 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

  4. Letters of the Week: November 6 - November 12

    Please email your letters to editor@ilw.com

    Updated 11-06-2017 at 04:59 PM by IDBlog

  5. Massachusetts restaurateur sentenced for multiple fraud schemes

    By: Bruce Buchanan, Sebelist Buchanan Law PLLC


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    A restaurant owner, Hazrat Khalid Khan, was sentenced to 30 months in prison and one year of supervised release in federal court in Boston for committing tax and insurance fraud involving 11 Boston-area restaurants, and for committing visa and immigration fraud. Also, he will be subject to deportation proceedings upon completion of his sentence. Khan was ordered to pay restitution of $2,343,155 to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and $27,863 to two insurance companies he defrauded. The sentencing follows a multiagency investigation, which included Immigration and Customs Enforcementís (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

    In April 2017, Khan pleaded guilty to conspiring to defraud the IRS, failing to collect and pay over taxes, committing mail fraud, making false statements on a naturalization application, and committing visa fraud.

    Khan was the partial owner of 11 fried chicken takeout restaurants in greater Boston. As part of a tax fraud scheme that ran for years, Khan and his co-conspirators Ė generally the managers of these restaurants Ė defrauded the government and avoided paying payroll and income taxes owed by the stores. They paid their employees in cash and provided tax preparers with false information about the restaurantsí payroll and income, thereby causing the tax preparers to file false tax returns.

    Khan repeatedly made false statements to obtain immigration benefits. Specifically, on two occasions Ė first in connection with obtaining legal permanent resident status and again when applying to naturalize as a U.S. citizen Ė Khan falsely denied that he had previously been arrested or convicted of a crime, when in fact, Khan had been previously convicted in federal court of alien smuggling.

    This is an example of how criminal law and immigration law can work hand in hand. For more information on criminal violations in immigration law and many other issues related to employer immigration compliance, I invite you to read my new book, The I-9 and E-Verify Handbook, which is available at http://www.amazon.com/dp/0997083379.
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