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  1. Somali Men Deported After Alleging Beatings, Other Concentration-Camp Style Abuses in ICE Detention in Order to Block Investigation. Roger Algase

    In a recent CPAC speech, Donald Trump infamously compared Muslim and other immigrants to "snakes".

    https://www.cnn.com/2018/02/23/polit...ong/index.html

    This comparison may have had more meaning than intended for some Somali men detained by ICE in a private immigration prison where sadistic beatings by guards, lack of running water, and in one case, appearance of a live rattlesnake in a detainee's bed which the guards failed to take action against and the detainees had to kill themselves were among the reported allegations of abuse.

    https://www.dailykos.com/stories/201...-were-deported

    The above story also reports that the men were quickly deported before any meaningful investigation into their claims of abuse could be conducted.

    What does this report say about the rule of law and respect for basic human rights when brown immigrants are concerned in Donald Trump's America? And if this can happen to immigrants, how safe will the freedom and democracy that American citizens take for granted continue to be under this president and his administration?

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    algaselex@gmail.com

    Updated 04-05-2018 at 09:46 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

  2. Letters of the Week: April 2 - April 6

  3. Immigration judge quotas will not eliminate the backlog crisis. By Nolan Rappaport




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    Attorney General Jeff Sessions has established performance goals for the immigration judges in an effort to deal with the immigration court backlog crisis. In addition to meeting at least half of the deadlines for specified types of cases, judges will have to complete at least 700 cases-a-year to receive a “satisfactory” performance rating. They currently average 678 cases-a-year.

    The National Association of Immigration Judges opposes the performance goals. Among other things, they point out that the current backlog cannot be attributed to a lack of productivity on the part of judges, and the imposition of quotas and deadlines on judges will impede justice and due process.


    But here’s a better reason to oppose the quotas: Session’s performance goals are not an effective way to deal with the backlog crisis.

    As of March 5, 2018
    , there were approximately 350 judges, and the immigration court had 684,583 pending deportation cases.




    If the judges do 700 cases-a-year, it will only dispose of approximately 245,000 cases-a-year. At that rate, it would take almost three years to eliminate the backlog … if there are no new cases. But there will always be new cases.

    Sessions also will hire more judges, but the problems the immigration court is having with the current judges should be addressed first to determine whether the selection process needs to be changed.


    Read more at http://thehill.com/opinion/immigrati...backlog-crisis

    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 04-04-2018 at 12:58 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

  4. ICE Ignoring a Directive Preventing the Deportation of Noncitizen Troops and Veterans

    by , 04-04-2018 at 10:57 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    Via the Washington Post:

    Immigration and Customs Enforcement appears to have ignored a directive from Defense Secretary Jim Mattis to prevent the deportation of noncitizen troops and veterans, seeking to remove a Chinese immigrant despite laws that allow veterans with honorable service to naturalize, court filings show.

    Xilong Zhu, 27, who came from China in 2009 to attend college in the United States, enlisted in the Army and was caught in an immigration dragnet involving a fake university set up by the Department of Homeland Security to catch brokers of fraudulent student visas.


    Zhu paid tuition to the University of Northern New Jersey, created by DHS to appear as a real school, long enough to ship to basic training using the legal status gained from a student visa issued to attend that school.


    Then ICE found him and asked the Army to release him for alleged visa fraud. He left Fort Benning, Ga., on Nov. 16, 2016, in handcuffs as an honorably discharged veteran. He was detained for three weeks and released.


    Zhu is waiting to hear a judge in Seattle rule in his removal proceedings. His attorney says his client is a victim of federal entrapment.


    Click here for more.
  5. WHICH US CITIES ATTRACT H-1B WORKERS?

    by , 04-04-2018 at 10:53 AM (Chris Musillo on Nurse and Allied Health Immigration)
    by Chris Musillo

    The Pew Research Center has a new, fascinating study that shows the destination of H-1B workers. The most surprising result is that the Bay Area attracts fewer H-1B workers than one might expect.

    From the study:

    The San Jose, California, metro area, home of Silicon Valley, trailed the leading metro area on these measures, despite being home to some of the world’s most famous technology companies. The San Jose metro area had 22,200 H-1B approvals from fiscal 2010 to 2016, which amounted to two approvals per 100 workers.

    The average H-1B worker earns $80,600, which is considerably higher than the average college-educated American, who earns $72,376. In many Midwestern cities, it is impossible to make the case that H-1B workers are driving down salaries or that H-1B workers are saturating the supply of workers.


    Metro Area
    H-1B worker per 1,000 US workers
    Avg H-1B Salary
    Indianapolis
    0.640
    $71,700
    Minneapolis
    1.000
    $90,500
    Birmingham
    1.240
    $80,900
    St. Louis
    1.260
    $84,700
    Kansas City
    1.260
    $76,500
    Denver
    1.270
    $91,300
    Cincinnati
    1.370
    $70,200
    Omaha
    1.440
    $90,400
    Oklahoma City
    1.470
    $72,800
    Columbus
    1.760
    $72,500

    In all of these metropolitan areas, there are only 1 or 2 H-1B workers per 1,000 US workers, which is a minuscule percentage of the workforce. As usual, the bluster around the H-1B program pales in comparison to the actual facts.

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