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  1. Now E-Verify has a Method to Combat Identity Fraud; by Bruce Buchanan, Siskind Susser

    On November 18, 2013, the USCIS announced an enhancement to the E-Verify program that will help combat identity fraud by identifying and deterring fraudulent use of Social Security numbers (SSNs) for employment eligibility verification. USCIS will use a combination of algorithms, detection reports and analysis to identify patterns of fraudulent SSN use. This new safeguard will enable USCIS to lock a SSN that appears to have been misused, protecting it from further potential misuse in E-Verify. If an employee attempts to use a locked SSN, E-Verify will generate a ďTentative Non-confirmationĒ (TNC). The employee receiving the TNC will have the opportunity to contest the finding at a local Social Security Administration field office.

    by , 11-20-2013 at 01:46 PM (Chris Musillo on Nurse and Allied Health Immigration)
    by Chris Musillo

    AILA TSC Liaison Committee is seeking examples of healthcare worker adjustment of status cases denied on the grounds that no visa screen was included at the time the adjustment was filed. Please send a brief description of the case along with a copy of the denial to, with "Visa Screen Denial" in the subject line.

    Read the Musillo Unkenholt Healthcare and Immigration Law Blog at or You can also visit us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

    Updated 11-27-2013 at 10:27 AM by CMusillo

  3. Obama Willing to Support Piecemeal Immigration Reform

    by , 11-20-2013 at 09:06 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    In a move that may signal real progress on the immigration reform front, President Obama indicated yesterday that he would be willing to support the House GOP's piecemeal approach to comprehensive immigration reform so long as key components are addressed in smaller bills.

    He stated: "If they want to chop that thing up into five pieces, as long as all five pieces get done, I don't care what it looks like." He then qualified his statement saying: "What we don't want to do is simply carve out one piece of itÖbut leave behind some of the tougher stuff that still needs to get done."

    This is a very positive sign in my opinion, as the House GOP is quietly working on their own version of reform legislation. Hopefully we will see something introduced if not this year, in early 2014.

    I am on record with my immigration reform solution that would immediately provide legal status to the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in this country. My solution would provide a temporary renewable status that brings people out of the shadows, protects them from deportation, and also provides employment and travel authorization so that people can lead normal lives. The status could be renewed indefinitely in the absence of disqualifying criminal grounds of removal. It would require a one-time payment of a penalty fee, and a substantially lower filing fee for renewals, which would be required every ten years.

    Although there would be no independent pathway to citizenship baked in, you would not be precluded from obtaining a Green Card and ultimately citizenship through the normal channels. This solution would allow undocumented immediate relatives of United States citizens to immediately apply for a Green Card the moment they receive their status. Spouses of United States citizens would be eligible to apply for citizenship three years after they get their Green Card. It is a real path to citizenship, unlike the illusory one provide in the Senate Bill.

    For this solution to work properly we need more immigrant visa numbers as well as a robust skilled and guest worker program to afford future immigrants an opportunity to come to this country legally. I have articulated this solution to GOP members of Congress and it has been received favorably.

    Here's to 2014: the year of immigration reform.

    Updated 01-09-2014 at 10:23 AM by MKolken

  4. Outrage Grows Over Boehner's Betrayal of Immigration Reform. By Roger Algase

    Update - November 20, 8:16 am:

    One of Politico's top immigration reporters, Seung Min Kim, writes in her November 19 article House Democrats to join immigration fast that Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Illinois) will fast for one day in sympathy with a group of immigration activists who have been fasting on the National Mall since November 12 to protest the refusal of House Republicans to allow a vote on comprehensive immigration reform.

    Kim quotes from a letter that Schakowsky, who was arrested in October while participating in a pro-reform rally on the Mall, wrote to her colleagues as follows:

    "Some 500 feet from our offices, these fasters are putting their health on the line to emphasize that comprehensive immigration reform cannot wait, and that the House must act...I join them in calling on the House leadership to stop delaying and call a vote on comprehensive immigration reform, and I ask you to join me in fasting for one day in solidarity with these courageous leaders."

    Shouldn't we be seeing more stories in the media about the brave actions of the protesters who are willing to fast and face arrest to show their support for immigration reform, and fewer hysterical articles about the failed ACA website and how the computer glitch will allegedly "bring about the end" of the Obama presidency?

    My original post follows:

    Outrage over House Speaker John Boehner's refusal to allow a vote, or even a House-Senate conference, on the Senate's CIR bill (S. 744), or to take any other action toward legalization for 11 million people is growing. The Huffington Post reports that a group of immigration advocates who have been fasting for a week in protest against Boehner's decision to bury immigration reform tried to meet with him in his office but were rebuffed.

    See: Immigration Advocates Go Without Food, Plea For House To "Do Its Job", November 19.

    The group left a letter for Boehner which states the following, among other things:

    "Mr. Speaker, every day that goes by more people will die and more families will be torn apart. As a nation we, and you as Speaker, cannot allow this to continue. Surely our hearts and our faith require us to act to end this suffering."

    Meanwhile, the Washington Post published an editorial the same day strongly condemning Boehner for blocking reform.

    In its editorial, John Boehner must act on immigration now, (November 19), the Post says:

    "But there are 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States. The country needs to deal with them in some way."

    Then, referring to Boehner's insistence on approaching reform "piecemeal", the Post continues:

    "But the House can't dictate that only border security and deportation are on the table. Mr. Boehner should let House Republicans vote on the parts of immigration reform they consider priorities and take that "sensible step-by-step" approach into negotiations with the Senate. It is unserious, and unconstructive, to tell the Senate what it can and cannot bring to the table in negotiations with the House."

    On the same day, the Huffington Post also ran an article called House Republicans' Many Excuses For Inaction On Immigration Reform

    The article lists seven of the old, tired, fake excuses (leaving out only Benghazi and the Boston Marathon), that the House Republicans have been using for killing reform in order to try to divert attention away from the most obvious reason. This is the decision of their leadership to put kowtowing to their white supremacist masters in the Tea Party ahead of the human rights of 11 million minority immigrants and their families.

    Yet another recent Huffington Post article, by Ryan Campbell in its Latino Voices section, (see Immigration and a Weak-Willed John Boehner, November 15) says the following about Boehner:

    "Whether or not we will be able to escape this era of a small [anti-immigrant] constituency within the House doing everything they can to undermine effective governance soon is up to Boehner. He seems neither to care about the plight of our immigrant population, the smooth operation of government, or his own legacy as possibly the worst Speaker of the House this country has ever suffered."

    In actuality, all of the above articles, along with the media in general, are too kind to Boehner. By focusing on his callousness and lack of concern for immigrants, his pursuit of legislative tactics which will lead nowhere, and his "weak will" they make him look merely insensitive and incompetent.

    This is very far from the reality, which is that Boehner is indeed sensitive - to his perceived need not to offend people like Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) and other immigrant-hating bigots within the Tea Party wing of the GOP. And from that perspective, he is a master strategist with a strong determination and fixed goal - to kill any proposal to legalize or grant eventual US citizenship to 11 million mainly brown, Spanish-speaking unauthorized immigrants.

    John Boehner and his cohorts in the House GOP leadership are doing everything they can to ensure their place in history alongside those who continued to defend racial segregation before and during the civil rights era, those who were responsible for the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War 2, those who tried to bar Jewish, Italian, Polish and most other "non-Nordic" immigrants from our shores from the mid-1920's to the mid-1960's, and those who wrote the Chinese and other Asian exclusion laws in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

    Above all, John Boehner and his fellow House Republican leaders are doing everything in their power to disgrace America and everything America stands for.

    Updated 11-20-2013 at 08:30 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

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  5. Congressional Bed Mandate Requires 34,000 Immigrants to be Held Each Day

    by , 11-19-2013 at 09:04 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    NPR News reports that a Congressional bed mandate requires Immigration and Customs Enforcement to fill 34,000 beds in 250 immigration detention facilities across the country, each day. It costs taxpayers at least $120.00 per detainee per day, for a total yearly cost of $2 billion.

    Click here for the full report.

    Updated 11-19-2013 at 09:10 AM by MKolken

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