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  1. 'Gang of Six' DACA bill is an exploitative political statement. By Nolan Rappaport

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    Last week, Senators Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) met with President Donald Trump to discuss a DACA proposal that, according to Durbin, could be released to the public as early as Wednesday. Graham and Durbin are in a bipartisan group of senators that put the plan together, called the Gang of Six.

    President Barack Obama created the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to give temporary legal status to aliens who were brought to the United States illegally when they were children.

    There were 690,000 DACA participants when Trump terminated the program on September 5, 2017, with a six-month grace period.

    Trump rejected the Gang of Sixís proposal and criticized the democrats for not negotiating in good faith.

    On Sunday, Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), another member of the Gang of Six, defended his Democratic colleagueson the This Week television program. He said the Democrats are negotiating in good faith, and the proposal is bipartisan. Three of the Gang of Six members are Republicans.

    Yet no matter how Flake describes the proposal, it is not a good faith attempt to find common ground with either the majority of congressional Republicans or the president.

    Five of the six senators in the Gang of Six were also in 2013ís the Gang of Eight, which showed the same disregard for majority Republican positions when they moved the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013, S. 744, through the Senate.


    Published originally on the Hill.

    About the author. Nolan Rappaport was detailed to the House Judiciary Committee as an executive branch immigration law expert for three years; he subsequently served as an immigration counsel for the Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security and Claims for four years. Prior to working on the Judiciary Committee, he wrote decisions for the Board of Immigration Appeals for 20 years.

    Updated 01-17-2018 at 04:52 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

  2. Gallup poll: Immigration a Top Problem for Republicans, Not for Democrats

    Story Highlights

    • Dissatisfaction with government is top problem overall

    • Immigration ties with government as the top problem among Republicans
    • 16% of Republicans vs. 4% of Democrats name immigration as top problem

    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Partisan differences are clearly visible in Americans' assessments of themost important problem facing the country. Dissatisfaction with government ranks at or near the top of the list of the country's most important problems for both Republicans (16%) and Democrats(30%), though the percentages differ substantially. But while immigration ties dissatisfaction with government as the top problem among Republicans, it appears much lower on the list amongDemocrats.

    Mentions of immigration among Republicans and independents who lean toward the GOP are up to16% from 9% last month, while just 4% of Democrats and Democratic leaners mention immigrationas the most important problem. Immigration-related issues are at the center of congressionalleaders' ongoing efforts to reach a budget deal and avoid a federal government shutdown.


    Submitted by Nolan Rappaport

    Updated 01-17-2018 at 04:51 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

  3. Sessions Praised 1924 Europe-Only Immigration Law. Now He Says US Should be More Like Canada (Where Most Migrants Are From Asia/Africa). Roger Algase

    In 2015, as a Senator, Jeff Sessions, who is now Trump's attorney general, had high praise for a 1924 immigration law which, based on the discredited "Eugenics" theory of white racial superiority which Adolf Hitler espoused, was heavily skewed toward immigration from the "Nordic" countries of northern Europe and cut off immigration from the rest of the world almost entirely.

    Indeed Hitler, writing some 90 years before Sessions in Mein Kampf, claimed to have been inspired by that law.

    On January 16, however, Sessions told Fox News that America should have an immigration system more like Canada, which, according to the him, accepts immigrants based more on education and ability than the US does.

    Either Sessions has had a radical change of heart from the time only three years ago when he praised the racially bigoted 1924 Johnson Reed immigration act, or else he may be unaware that immigrants from Europe are a small minority in Canada, down to 11.6 percent of all immigrants in 2016, an even smaller percentage than immigrants from Africa, which Canada obviously does not consider to be a "shithole" (or "shithouse" - I want be sure to quote the US president correctly), part of the world.

    By far the largest percentage of immigrants to Canada are from Asia.


    If Sessions is indeed aware of the fact that the ethnic makeup of Canada's immigrant population is a far cry from that of the northern-Europe paradigm in the 1924 "national origins" immigration law which Sessions held up as an ideal in his "Immigration Handbook for Senate Republicans" only three years ago, he may just want to go and have a friendly chat with his boss, Donald Trump, who on January 11 said that America needs immigrants from "countries like Norway", not from Africa or Haiti.

    Sessions and other supporters of the RAISE Act, which would give preference to parts of the world such as Europe where English is widely understood and higher education widely available, while ending extended family immigration and the visa lottery which benefit mainly non-white immigrants from other parts of the world, may think that their proposals will make America's immigration system white again - as it was between 1924 and 1964.

    But if America really becomes more like Canada with regard to immigration, supporters of the white supremacist immigration system which Donald Trump endorsed on January 11 (and has since unconvincingly tried to walk back from) may regret what they wished for.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law

    Updated 01-17-2018 at 08:05 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

  4. DHS Secretary Brings America Closer to Fascist Rule by Ramping up Threat to Prosecute Sanctuary City Officials. Roger Algase

    America may be moving closer to actual fascist rule, as the campaign by top DHS officials to squelch any opposition to Trump's mass arrest and deportation agenda aimed at expelling millions of Latin American, Asian, Middle Eastern and African immigrants went into even higher gear than before on January 16.

    In my January 5 comment, I discussed the threat by acting ICE Director Thomas Homan to have Sanctuary City officials prosecuted for the crime of "harboring" or "assisting" unauthorized immigrants if these officials refuse to cooperate with the DHS in carrying out this form of what amounts to ethnic cleansing. See my blog comment:

    ICE Director's Threat of Criminal Charges Against Sanctuary City Officials Undermines Democracy and Assists Trump's Authoritarian Agenda

    On January 16, the Washington Times reported that DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen told the Senate Judiciary Committee that her Department has asked federal prosecutors to see if they can file criminal charges against Sanctuary City officials who refuse to cooperate with DHS deportation activities, and that the Department of Justice is "reviewing what avenues may be available".

    See also:

    Even before the Trump administration took office, Attorney General designate Jeff Sessions, who as a Senator in 2015 authored an "Immigration Handbook for Congressional Republicans" that praised the same openly white supremacist 1924 "national origins" immigration act which Adolf Hitler wrote about admiringly some 90 years earlier in Mein Kampf, also raised the specter of prosecuting Sanctuary officials who don't fall into lockstep behind Trump's program of expelling and excluding millions of immigrants who don't happen to come from white countries such as Norway, which Trump said on January 11 that he wants to favor over dark skinned African and Caribbean countries.

    The federal laws against "harboring" and "assisting" unauthorized immigrants are extremely broad, and could be interpreted to apply to anyone, including an American citizen, who provides any kind of help or benefit, such as shelter, medical or legal services, or even failing to report such a person to the authorities for deportation, to an immigrant who is in the US without legal permission.

    The threats of prosecution against Sanctuary officials by top Trump administration officials could be only the beginning of a program to fill up America's jails with anyone who opposes or speaks out against Trump's deportation agenda. The road leading from mass deportation and exclusion of non-white immigrants from what Trump calls "shithole" (or "shithouse") countries to full-blown fascism in America may be much shorter - and closer - than most Americans would like to think.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law

    Updated 01-16-2018 at 08:35 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs


    by , 01-16-2018 at 01:57 PM (Chris Musillo on Nurse and Allied Health Immigration)
    by Chris Musillo

    The Department of State has just issued the February 2018 Visa Bulletin. This is the fifth Visa Bulletin of Fiscal Year 2018. This blog post analyzes this month's Visa Bulletin.

    February 2018 Visa Bulletin

    Final Action Dates -- Applications with these dates may be approved for their Green Card (Permanent Residency card) or Immigrant Visa appointment.


    All Other

    MU Law Analysis

    All Other: The EB-2 has been current for many years. The EB-3 is also current and is expected to remain current for the foreseeable future.

    China (mainland-born): Both China EB-2 and EB-3 favorably progressed. EB-2 improved by two months; EB-3 improved by five months. The China EB-3 remains more favorable than Chinese EB-2. The odd situation of China EB-3 progressing faster than China EB-2 will remain to be the case for the foreseeable future.

    India: Both India EB-2 and EB-3 progressed. EB-2 by 2 weeks and EB-3 by 4 weeks, which is about what we expect that the monthly progressions will be in FY 2018. MU suspects that EB-3 will not progress at any notable rate until at least the India EB-3 date moves past the Visa Gate date of August 2007.

    Mexico: Mirrors All Other in analysis.

    Philippines: The Philippine EB-3 date moved two weeks, which is its average in FY2018. Because of increased demand will expect slower progressions in the FY2018, progressing no more than 1-2 months per Visa Bulletin, unless I-485 processing times. I-485 processing times may slow because of the new I-485 EB interview requirement. If EB I-485 interview times slow, it will cause the DOS to free up more visas for Consular Processing petitions.

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