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    by , 04-05-2011 at 12:33 PM (Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy)
    Bloomberg News is reporting that White House representatives placed pressure on critics of the Administration's tough enforcement policies not to hold a press conference last month on the issue. Members of the House held a news conference to urge President Obama to use his executive power to protect families facing removal or separation because one parent is illegally as well as to prevent the deportation of potential DREAM Act recipients.

    'The staffers that are attached to us, the liaisons, they transmitted some concern,' said
    Representative Mike Honda of California, a former chairman of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, referring to the White House legislative affairs office. 'They would have loved us not to have gone to the press conference.'
    At least three Democrats -- Representatives Honda, Judy Chu of California and Keith Ellison of Minnesota -- said they were contacted about the event. Representatives Yvette Clarke of New York and Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas, who, like Ellison, are members of the Congressional Black Caucus, were scheduled to attend and didn't, according to their offices. Neither Clarke nor Lee could be reached for comment.

    'Not everybody who usually shows up, showed up,' Honda said.

    The absences were noted by members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. 'I heard some people got called,' said Arizona Representative Raul Grijalva, a former president of the caucus. 'I didn't.'
  2. Ethics and Professionalism Guide for Immigration Judges

    by , 04-05-2011 at 12:06 PM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    The Executive Office for Immigration Review has released an ethics and professionalism guide for Immigration Judges.   The purpose of the guide is:

    To preserve and promote integrity and professionalism, Immigration Judges employed by the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) should observe high standards of ethical conduct, act in a manner that promotes public confidence in their impartiality, and avoid impropriety and the appearance of impropriety in all activities.

    The provisions in the guide are binding on all Immigration Judges employed by EOIR, but they may not be used offensively to challenge the actual rulings of an Immigration Judge if it is internally determined that an ethical violation has been committed.
    Click here to read the guide in its entirety.
  3. US EB-5 Economists Visit China

    (by Brian Su)
    Mr. Brian Su, CEO of Artisan Business Group, Inc., invited EB-5 economists Mr. Jeff Carr and Mr. Lawrence Copp of EPR to attend the Invest in America (Guangzhou) Summit 2011 and provided training sessions to Chinese EB-5 immigration agency staff in Shanghai and Beijing during a 10 day trip to China in late March 2011.  Mr. Carr and Mr. Copp discussed major concerns and issues on job creation requirements for EB-5 program. 
    Ms. Melody Chen, Asia/Pacific Managing Director of Artisan Business Group, Inc., joined the group to meet with CEOs of Henry Global, Well Trend, Worldway, SJ-Star, MasLink Group, Wailian Overseas Consulting Group, Austar, Visas Group, etc.  Artisan Business Group, Inc., specializes in Sino-US investment and EB-5 regional center program consulting and advisory.

    Training Session at Henry Global Beijing

    Meeting with Dr. Henry Zou, CEO of Henry Global

    Meeting with Mr. Charles Qi, President of Beijing Exit-Entry Service Association

    Meeting with Mr. Larry Wang, CEO of Well Trend

    Meeting with Dr. Winner Xing, CEO of Worldway Immigration

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    by , 04-04-2011 at 07:13 PM (Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy)
    Somehow I suspect Arizona immigrant basher Senator Russell Pearce will only get a fine or even less for illegally accepting Fiesta Bowl tickets.
  5. "Hard Times: Will They Help in The End?"

    by , 04-04-2011 at 04:03 PM (Gary Endelman on Immigration Policy and Law)
    There is a fascinating observation in a recent column by noted demographer Michael Barone. Listen to what he says:
     "The 2010 Census tells something else that may prove important: There's been a slowdown of immigration since the recession began in 2007 and even some reverse migration. If you look at the Census results for Hispanic immigrant entry points -- East Los Angeles and Santa Ana, Calif., the east side of Houston, the Pilsen neighborhood in Chicago -- you find that the Hispanic population has dropped sharply since 2000.
    One reason is the business cycle. The 2000 Census was taken on April 1, 2000, less than a month after the peak of the tech boom. Unemployment was low, immigration was high, and entry-point houses and apartments were crammed with large families.
    The 2010 Census was taken after two years of recession, when immigration had slackened off. We simply don't know whether this was just a temporary response to the business cycle or the beginning of a permanent decline in migration.
    Past mass migrations, which most experts expected to continue indefinitely, in fact ended abruptly. Net Puerto Rican migration to New York City stopped in 1961, and the huge movement of Southern blacks to Northern cities ended in 1965. Those who extrapolate current trends far into the future end up being wrong sooner or later."
    What makes this so intriguing is the fact that conventional wisdom holds precisely the opposite, namely that the US is subject to never-end waves of unlawful migration to which we can offer no meaningful resistance. Yet, this is not all.  While it is certainly true, whether we are speaking of the 1930's or the 21st Century, that hard times makes many Americans less receptive to  calls for more immigration,  the influence of  dismal economic forces will, over time,  diminish these same demographic trends. Reinforcing the basic truth that, at bottom,  migration is an economic phenomenon,  it is the business cycle and not government policies that have the most powerful and sustained impact on who and how many come to America.
    One final thought. Since the American public does not distinguish between legal and illegal migration, and tends to support the former while opposing the latter, particularly if we speak of high-end migration with advanced education,  it may be that the pain we are all going through now in the Great Recession of the last few years will, in the end, make enactment of comprehensive immigration reform more, not less, likely. If migration outside the law ebbs, then perhaps the American people will be less prone to see all immigration as a threat and consider the case for letting more of the best and brightest come on its own merits. That is a conversation that America needs.  As the great philosopher Mel Allen of Yankee Broadcaster fame in yesteryear used to say " How 'Bout That!"
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