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    by , 04-16-2014 at 09:32 AM (Chris Musillo on Nurse and Allied Health Immigration)
    by Chris Musillo

    The American public newscaster, PBS, recently broadcast a piece on the migration of nurses to the US. The segment focused on the H-1B nursing scheme that resulted in a guilty verdict in 2013. The scheme was deplorable and the guilty verdict was warranted based on the facts of the case.

    The PBS video focusses on the worst recruiters and the worst abusers of the system. It also misses a big point – if the US visa system allowed for nurses to enter the US in a reasonable amount of time then these poachers would not be able to use scam tactics to attract desperate nurses.

    Ethical codes are one good measure. Codes like the one used by the AAIHR insure fairness to all stakeholders in the system: nurses, recruiters, facilities, and patients. If you are a nurse seeking to come to the US, MU Law suggests that you dutifully research the practices of your recruiter. Make sure that they are acting in an ethical fair manner.

    The good news: many of the nurses highlighted in the segment had great results and are now fulfilling their American dream.

    Read the Musillo Unkenholt Healthcare and Immigration Law Blog at or You can also visit us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
  2. ALL Individuals at Denver Immigration Court Subject to Federal Background Check TODAY

    by , 04-16-2014 at 09:28 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    The Police State comes to the Denver Immigration Court TODAY, April 16, 2014. Federal Protective Services (FPS) will subject EVERY individual entering the Byron G. Rogers Federal Building at 1961 Stout Street to a National Crime Information Center (NCIC) background check. This includes attorneys, Respondents, witnesses, EVERYONE entering the Court building.

    This is all part of "Operation Shield" euphemistically described as "a comprehensive operation that combines physical security expertise and law enforcement authority into an enhanced security team to provide a visual deterrent at FPS-protected facilities." The "goal" of Operation Shield is to demonstrate the "preparedness and agility of FPS’ response to the current threat environment within federal community" by reducing "social and physical disorder" that will "enhance the quality of life for employees, visitors, and community members."

    Click here
    to find out more about how the Federal Government is "enhancing your quality of life" by doing a comprehensive background check on you for the singular reason that you walked into a Federal office building.

    Updated 04-16-2014 at 12:27 PM by MKolken

  3. A Mexican-American Talks About GOP Anti-Immigrant Racism. By Roger Algase

    In the past week, the blogosphere has been full of comments about remarks by two House Democratic leaders, Nancy Pelosi (CA) and Steve Israel (NY), suggesting that Republican racism may have something to do with the GOP's opposition to immigration reform.

    Surprise, surprise! Who knew?

    Could the same party which rammed the harsh anti-immigrant IIRIRA though Congress without debate in 1996 by attaching it to a veto-proof appropriations bill just before a presidential election, and which, in 2005, tried to criminalize the entire immigration system by passing the House "Sensenbrenner" immigration bill; and which killed immigration reform in 2010 and again in July, 2013 and supported "self-deportation" in the 2012 election possibly be motivated by anti-Latino and anti-minority racism?

    How could anyone think such a thing?

    Well, here is some news for you. People who are actually the most affected by the GOP's racism against Latino and other brown immigrants have been saying the same thing for a long time - but more directly and openly than our Congressional leaders are finally beginning to do.

    One of the most eloquent voices I have found on the Internet is that of a blogger who calls herself Dee. She wrote an article that was posted more than a year ago, on February 21, 2013, when the debate over last year's failed immigration reform bill (and it has failed - we may not see a reform bill again until after the 2016 presidential election) was just beginning to heat up.

    In her profile, Dee states that she is a Texas-based Mexican-American whose parents, grandparents and great grandparents were all born in the US. She is married to an Irish-American.

    The following are some extracts from her article: Immigration Talk with a Mexican American: Tea Party Racists Scream Violence, Guns and Mass Deportation at John McCain's Town Hall Meeting

    "I think we all knew it was only a matter of time before the Republican teaparty base would rebel against Comprehensive Immigration Reform. It is just as I predicted. Republicans are coming out of their closets and speaking out against Immigration Reform that includes and type of legalization for the 11M here, including for the Dreamers."

    She goes on to describe Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) as the Republicans' "token Latino", whom they lifted up on their shoulders to try to get the Hispanic vote by supporting immigration reform.

    She continues:

    "Racist callers on Talk Radio started calling in, demanding "Racial Profiling" BORDER SECURITY be the 1st step. The next thing you know, the Talk Radio Pundits start talking about "Border Security" 1st. Then their Golden Boy Rubio starts demanding "Border Security" first...

    Now the HATERS are starting to headline Talk Radio. Yesterday, I heard Mark Krikorian on Bill Bennett's radio show. Krikorian is an Infamous Right Wing Racist Extremist who often talks about Mass Deportation and the "Rule of Law". Bennett and Krikorian were talking about Latinos being "born takers" and most wouldn't vote for the Republicans anyway...He warned that another "amnesty" would destroy America."

    Dee concludes:

    "I almost feel sorry for the Republicans. They are a party against themselves. The teapartiers are motivated by the KKK of the past. They are motivated by ther White Supremacists of the previous century. They have nowhere to go but to face their own demise. They neither want to know nor do they want to understand that our Country is EVOLVING into a Beautiful Multicultural Society." (Emphasis added.)

    14 months after the above was written, knowing what we now know about how the Tea Party controlled House Republicans have killed immigration reform despite the attempt of the bipartisan Senate Gang of Eight to bend over backwards to accommodate Republican right wingers on Border Security to the tune of a $46 billion boondoggle for defense contractors at taxpayers' expense, can anyone say that this outspoken Mexican-American commentator was wrong?

    Let us hope that Reps. Pelosi's and Israel's comments about Republican racism as the main obstacle to immigration reform will only be the beginning. The man behind the desk where the buck stops in the Oval Office also needs to speak out more strongly, and to take stronger action to stop the deportations - and to end the vendetta being carried out on the part of some USCIS Service Center officials against H-1B, O-1 and other educated, professional immigrants whose skills, dedication and hard work bring such great benefit to America's economy - and society.

    Roger Algase is a New York lawyer and a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. He has been helping professional, business and family based immigrants overcome the obstacles of our complex immigration system for more than 30 years. His practice includes H-1B and O-1 work visas, as well as green cards through labor certification, extraordinary ability and opposite or same sex marriage, among other immigration and citizenship cases. His email address is

    Updated 04-16-2014 at 11:44 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

  4. Letters of the Week: Apr 14 - Apr 18

    Please email your letters to or post them directly as a comment below.
  5. Changing Demographics Are Hardening White Opposition To Immigration. By Roger Algase

    In my last post, I suggested that the H-1B visa shortage is related to wider right wing paranoia and fear of a "huge wave" of immigration inundating the US. Senator Rend Paul (R-KY) reflected these sentiments on a Sunday talk show on April 13 when he made the inflammatory statement that America "can't invite the whole world" to immigrate here. (See Huffington Post, updated April 14, 2014)

    For a long time, anti-immigrant groups such as NumbersUSA, FAIR and Center for Immigration Studies have been trying to present the immigration issue in terms of the argument that America simply has no room or "resources" for more people, regardless of where they are from.

    However, an April 13 article in the Huffington Post entitled A Study on the Changing Racial Makeup of "The Next America" shows that this contention is nothing but hypocritical nonsense.

    (Sorry, I do not have a link. Google should be able to bring up the article in a few seconds.)

    This article states:

    "However, our changing racial makeup is due to a shift in immigrants' countries of origin: while 88 percent in 1900 were from Europe, Europeans only comprise 12 per cent of the immigrant population today. Conversely, immigration from Hispanic countries is on the rise, with over 50 per cent of all immigrants to the US today hailing from Latin America. So while the Hispanic population of the US had been increasing, the influx of white Americans has been decreasing.

    The article goes on to state that according to studies by Northwestern University, "white Americans may feel threatened by the prospect of becoming a racial minority " and that when faced with this prospect, "they tended to endorse more conservative political policies ".

    Opposition to immigration, of course, is high on the list of "more conservative political policies".

    The article continues:

    "This has some people worried that we'll see a deepening divide between whites and other racial groups;"

    The above conclusion be an understatement; we are already seeing a serious racial divide over immigration, whether concerning white attitudes toward unskilled immigrants from Latin America or toward highly educated IT professionals from Asia.

    (It is not my intention to engage in stereotypes, however: there are also many well educated professionals from Latin America in this country, as well as unskilled, less educated Asian immigrants.)

    But the racial divide is here and may be growing as America's demographics change. Can anyone seriously think that this has nothing to do with this country's seeming inability to remedy the chronic H-1B shortage, which makes a mockery of America's ideals and reputation as a country of opportunity that places a premium on education, special skills and hard work?

    In my next post, I will suggest a partial remedy for the H-1B visa shortage without Congressional action. This would involve expanding the F-1 Optional Practical Training program, something which is already being used to remedy some of the hardship and injustice caused by Congress' refusal to increase the number of H-1 visas, and which has withstood a challenge by immigration opponents in a important federal circuit court decision.

    Roger Algase is a New York lawyer and a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. He has been helping professional, business and family immigration clients overcome the obstacles of our complex immigration system for more than 30 years. His email address is

    Updated 04-14-2014 at 09:14 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

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