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  1. Trump's Deportation Force Takes America Further Down the Road of Fear, Family Breakup, Failure of Humanity and Fascism. Roger Algase

    Two recent news stories show continuing evidence that Donald Trump's agenda of making America whiter by deporting and barring entry to Hispanic and other immigrants of color at every opportunity is leading America more and more in the direction of fear, destruction of basic family and other fundamental human values, and totalitarian rule.

    One item, of a type which has now become so commonplace that few people seem to pay much attention to it any more, is yet another story about a law-abiding, hard-working, taxpaying parent with years of residence in the US and no criminal record being torn away from his or her child or children in at a crucial time in the child or children's life to be deported by ICE and the CBP, which are rapidly becoming to Donald Trump's ideology and rise to power what the Gestapo was to Adolf Hitler's in the 1930's).

    This latest story, appearing in the Daily Kos, describes the predicament of Felix Garcia, an undocumented immigrant from Guatemala with a clean record whose asylum application was denied because he was unable to obtain a lawyer to represent him, who has now been taken into custody at a routine ICE check-in and risks being deported before he can attend his DACA daughter's upcoming medical school graduation.

    What, one can ask, does America stand to gain by this shamefully cruel family breakup except enabling the president to say that he got rid of one more unwanted non-white immigrant in his drive to absolute power, just as the German Fuehrer was able to say about his actions to drive the Jews and other "undesirable" people out of Germany in the 1930's?

    (Of course, the comparison ends at this point. No one could possibly accuse Trump of supporting either anti-Semitism or genocide.)

    The other story, with frightening implications for America's chances of surviving as a democracy in the Donald Trump Era, involves the increasingly common practice of Border Patrol agents boarding Greyhound buses without warrants to conduct random searches and make random arrests of people, including US citizens, who may speak English with a foreign accent or who may "look" foreign, i.e. non-white.

    According to a March 27 opinion piece by Attorney Raul A. Reyes in The Hill, the ACLU reports that 82 percent of the people stopped by Border Patrol agents on buses in Michigan were Latino, and a third of those singled out were US citizens.

    The ACLU also reports that between 2006 and 2010 - to be sure, during the Bush-Obama, not the Trump period - CBP (Customs and Border Protection) agents mistakenly arrested almost 300 people with legal status at just one bus station (in Rochester).

    The same piece also reports that last year, which was almost entirely during the Trump era, Border Patrol agents stopped a bus arriving in Boston from Vermont and refused to allow anyone to leave until they had checked the ID's of passengers who had accents or were not white, in an action that was widely criticized for dehumanizing people.

    The above disturbing developments, which indicate that no American or foreign citizen, especially one who is not white, is safe from being summarily stopped and arrested for traveling on a long distance bus without the proper papers in Donald Trump's America, deserve much more attention by the media than the current titillating stories about whether or not the president allegedly had an affair with Stormy Daniels and/or other women and then tried to silence them; or even the current focus on student protests over the lack of gun control laws.

    (This is specially true because no matter how many gun massacres and protests may take place in the future, our gun control laws are unlikely to likely to change any time soon, any more than Donald Trump is likely to start campaigning to increase immigration visas for applicants from Africa and Latin America, or than he is to raise the tiny number of desperate refugees from the Middle East whom he is now admitting to anything even remotely approaching a level consistent with America's moral and humanitarian responsibilities.)
    Roger Algase is a New York immigration lawyer and a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. For more than 30 years, Roger has been helping mainly skilled and professional immigrants from diverse parts of the world obtain H-1B and other employment and family based work visas and green cards.

    Roger's current practice, besides H-1B, is concentrated in O-1 extraordinary ability visas, J-1 training visas; and green cards through Labor Certification. and through marriage, parent-child, or other family relationships.

    Roger's email address is

    Updated 03-28-2018 at 11:01 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

  2. E-Verify Modernization Temporarily Postponed

    By: Bruce Buchanan, Sebelist Buchanan Law, PLLC

    The E-Verify modernization launch has been postponed from March 23, 2018 to a later date still to be determined. New system enhancements will feature improvements to photo matching, reduced Tentative non-confirmations and easier and faster creation of cases.

    The following are some of the highlights of upcoming E-Verify enhancements:

    1. Streamline the Tentative non-confirmation (TNC) process so that cases are sent to SSA and DHS simultaneously. If both agencies issue a TNC, then a dual TNC will be issued instead of two separate ones. The employee will be given a combined SSA and DHS Further action notice.
    2. Provide real-time feedback on errors.
    3. Prevent user in a Pending Termination status from submitting new cases.
    4. Streamline the E-Verify case creation process by removing unnecessary pages and steps in a case.
    5. Alert users earlier in the case creation process when a case is created, and duplicate is found. Users enter limited information and then the system checks for duplicate cases. If one or more duplicate cases are found, the user will be notified.
    6. Allow users to enter multiple names in the ďOther Last NamesĒ field so E-Verify can check all names entered in the field. If the employee doesnít provide other last names, the user will have to check a box indicating that no other last names were provided on the employeeís Form I-9 to continue the case.
    7. Change the ďHire DateĒ to the employeeís first day of employment.
    8. Make the photo-matching process more compatible with smartphones and tablets.
    9. Created an, ďAre You Sure?Ē alert that is personalized to the user and only shows fields that may have triggered a TNC rather than showing all fields.
    10. Require users to enter reason why employee is working after receiving a Final Non-confirmation (FNC).

    If you want to know more about E-Verify and I-9 compliance, I recommend you read The I-9 and E-Verify Handbook, a book I co-authored with Greg Siskind, and available at

  3. Tracking Immigration Court Outcomes by County of Residence

    by , 03-27-2018 at 01:07 PM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    Via Syracuse University's TRAC:

    Contrasting Outcomes in Top Five Counties in the Country

    There are stark contrasts in the typical outcome reached in Immigration Court cases for immigrants residing in different communities. Figure 1 and Table 1 illustrate these differences for the five counties in the country that had the most court cases completed over the period from October 2000 through February 2018. These five counties were: Los Angeles County (CA), Harris County (TX), Miami-Dade County (FL), Cameron County (TX), and Queens County (NY).

    Click here for more.

    by , 03-27-2018 at 08:17 AM (Chris Musillo on Nurse and Allied Health Immigration)
    by Chris Musillo

    I'm taking a brief time-out from the usual updates on healthcare immigration to note that this blog is now twelve years old! The first blog post was on March 27, 2006 when I was with Hammond Law Group. At that time, very few immigration law blogs existed. The idea of a blog with such a narrow focus seemed a little naive, but thanks to a regular readership the blog has thrived.

    In November 2007 Sam at asked if I would like to syndicate my blog through, which I immediately agreed to do. Readership doubled. has been a leader in immigration law information and a great supporter. now houses about a dozen blogs. This one was the second, after Greg Siskindís blog.

    The blogís main page at regularly attracts 15,000 monthly page views, sometimes doubling or tripling that number. The current iteration of the blog (since 2009) passed one million page views earlier this month!

    The best part about the blog has been the people that have connected with me through the blog. I've been in Senate staff meetings and had their senior staff tell me that were regular readers. AILA's Annual Conference is always a fun time because there are always a few attendees who read my name tag and tell me that they are regular readers. Readers are always commenting. They are the blog's lifeblood.

    Thanks to all of you for your kind words and input.

    The blog is accessible through a number of channels. I hope that you will keep reading and commenting.

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    Please read the Musillo Unkenholt Healthcare and Immigration Law Blog at and You can also visit us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinknedIn.
  5. For Profit Immigration Detention Center Sues City of Tacoma

    by , 03-27-2018 at 08:04 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    Via the Associated Press:

    TACOMA, Wash. (AP) ó The private company that runs a federal immigration detention center in Tacoma has sued the city, claiming that it passed an ordinance last month to restrict the facility from expanding out of disagreement toward federal immigration policy and not over land use issues.

    Florida-based GEO Group sued Tacoma in federal court Thursday, seeking to have the ordinance invalidated, The News Tribune reported.

    Click here for more.
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