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  1. San Juan Mayor Condemns Trump's Slow Disaster Aid to 3 Million US Citizens. Meanwhile, DHS Was Busy Arresting DUI Immigrants Nationwide. Roger Algase

    Update, October 1, 6:34 pm:

    Another gripping article describing Trump's insensitivity and lack of concern for the suffering of 3 million Hispanic American citizens in Puerto Rico is one dated September 29 by an Afghan woman activist, Sonali Kolhatkar, entitled

    Trump's Cruel Indifference to Puerto Rico

    This article graphically details the full story of the indifference, delay and lack of concern in Trump's response to Hurricane Maria.

    This lack of care or interest, if not open hostility and contempt for the 3 million American citizens in Puerto Rico whom the federal government is supposed to be helping - see below - are in sharp contrast to the speed and focus with which Donald Trump has issued and vigorously defended one executive order after another against various immigrant minorities; whether Muslims and refugees in his entry ban orders, Latinos in his stepped up arrest and deportation orders and cancellation of DACA; South Asian IT specialists and other highly skilled professionals from diverse parts of the world in his "Hire American" executive orders - not to mention a hurricane of hostile, openly biased RFE's obviously intended to undermine whatever commitment to fair decision making for skilled immigrant petitions may still remain in Donald Trump's DHS - which I will comment about further separately - and which are clearly aimed at aimed at ultimately destroying the H-1B visa program; as well as in Trump's support for the RAISE Act, which would take America's legal immigration sytems a large part of the way toward bringing back the Europeans-only immigration system that was in effect from 1924 until 1965.

    "Cruel" would therefore also be an apt term to describe Trump's overall policies toward Latino and all other immigrants of color since taking office as president up until the present. It would in fact be a gross understatement.

    "Inhuman" - defined as a fundamental lack of respect for the basic rights and human dignity of non-white immigrants, would also not be an entirely inappropriate word to describe most, if not all (he has, commendably, shown some empathy for and interest in helping DACA recipients, even as he has cancelled the foundations of their legal status in America) of the president's immigration policies.

    would also be an apt term to describe Trump's unprincipled attack on the Mayor of San Juan over her desperate pleas for more federal help for the 3 million non-white Americans of Puerto Rico whose lives have been devastated in the humanitarian disaster caused by Hurricane Maria - an attack with not only political, but arguably, in the case of the president, also medical implications which are beyond the scope of these comments.

    For the latest news stories concerning the president's intemperate (if not deranged) attacks on Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz for daring to ask for more and faster federal help for the people of this island, which has long been a US possession since 1898 and whose inhabitants have been US citizens for the past 100 years, see:


    See also:

    This last, January 29, article discusses the president's:

    "Scapegoating...,degrading, ridiculing and demeaning rivals and critics..." as a "psychological warning sign"

    in the opinion of many psychiatrists.

    Much as immigration lawyers and other professionals would like to do so, since it is not our field, it is becoming more and more difficult to ignore the effect of issues which may be affecting the president's mental health on the lives of millions of minority immigrants and their families who are currently living in the United States or who wish to visit, work or live in the nation of the Statue of Liberty.

    My previous update and original comments follow:

    Update, September 30, 12:16 pm:

    In a September 30 tweet showing even greater insensitivity, verging on outright contempt, toward the 3 million Hispanic Americans whose lives have been devastated by the worst natural disaster in Puerto Rico's history, Trump took time off from his weekend golf game at his New Jersey resort to lash out at the mayor of San Juan for her message calling for more federal help and warning that her people were dying from lack of food, water and electricity. He blamed:

    "Such poor leadership ability by the Mayor of San Juan, and others in Puerto Rico, who are not able to get their workers to help."

    In his comment, Trump also stated that Puerto Ricans "want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort."

    In other words, the 3 million American citizens of Puerto Rico, instead of receiving fast and sufficient help from the president, are receiving insults with unmistakable racial overtones and are, in effect, being blamed for their own misfortune.

    With this kind of lack of even the slightest vestiges of humanity on the part of the Chief Executive of the United States, is it any surprise that he is also blind and deaf to the suffering his administration is inflicting on potentially millions of minority immigrants through his mass arrest and deportation agenda, and his ban on entry by Muslims from targeted Middle Eastern and African countries, as well as all but a handful of refugees from around the world?

    My earlier comment appears below:

    In the latest chilling example of Trump's putting action against Hispanic and other minority immigrants ahead of taking care of even the most desperate needs of minority Americans, The Guardian reports on September 29 that the mayor of San Juan, Carmen Yulin Cruz, has called the Trump administration's slow response to the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria "Close to Genocide", as ships containing desperately needed food and water remain stranded in ports because of lack of federal government coordination and transportation in transporting supplies to the 3 million American citizens living in that US Territory. See:


    According to the above report, Mayor, Cruz, referring to Trump's alleged lack of urgency in relief efforts, said:

    "...the world will see how we are treated not as second class citizens but as animals that may be disposed of. Enough is enough."

    (It is worth recalling in this context that the president himself referred to Hispanic immigrants as "animals" in a recent Long Island, NY speech condemning gang violence.)

    But the widespread criticism of the president for the federal government's slow and inadequate response to the worst natural disaster that has ever hit this island of 3 million Spanish-speaking Americans does not mean that his administration was failing to pay attention to hundreds of Latino and other minority immigrants in the US mainland.

    Even as the desperation and sense of despair was growing among millions of Americans in Puerto Rico without electricity, food or water in a situation which Trump blamed on that island's "debt crisis" and, in an absurd and ignorant statement even more devoid of care or empathy, the "Atlantic Ocean"; the DHS was busy conducting nationwide arrests targeted against cities and at least one entire state (Massachusetts) which have declared themselves "Sanctuary Jurisdictions".

    The arrests involved 498 immigrants, most of whom, we can be quite sure, were Latino, and virtually all of whom, if past practice is any guide, can be presumed to have come from non-white areas of the world.

    317 of the arrested immigrants, according to ICE, had been charged with or convicted of various crimes. The crimes listed were overwhelmingly minor ones, with DUI (86 arrests) being the leading charge by far.

    While there were, to be sure, a few more serious crimes on the list of those arrested, such as robbery, rape, assault and drug trafficking, some of the other crimes or alleged crimes on the list included: Public order crimes, Trespassing, and, most dangerous of all to America's safety and security, "Peeping tom".

    Americans, and especially minority Americans, will be highly reassured to know, one can be quite sure, that while their government, and their president, were evidently too preoccupied with other matters to move quickly and effectively to relieve the suffering of millions of their Spanish-speaking fellow citizens in Puerto Rico, the Donald Trump administration did not forget or neglect to conduct nationwide arrests in order to protect America against the threat of Hispanic and other minority immigrant DUI drivers, trespassers and peeping toms.
    Roger Algase is a New York immigration lawyer and a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. For more than 35 years, Roger has been helping mainly skilled and professional immigrants, from diverse parts of the world, obtain work visas and green cards. Roger's email address is

    Updated 10-02-2017 at 07:17 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

  2. Trump Administration Lies About the Economic Impact of Refugees

    There's a Yiddish expression, "A halber emes iz a gantse lign,” which means, “A half-truth is a whole lie.” A recent article from the New York Times demonstrates that the Trump Administration is using half truths in order to justify its plan to reduce refugee admissions to historically low levels for the upcoming fiscal year. From the Times article:

    Trump administration officials, under pressure from the White House to provide a rationale for reducing the number of refugees allowed into the United States next year, rejected a study by the Department of Health and Human Services that found that refugees brought in $63 billion more in government revenues over the past decade than they cost.

    In other words, political officials suppressed a study from HHS because the results of that study did not support Mr. Trump's policy goals.
    The draft study was completed in July but never publicly released. Instead, it was leaked to the NY Times. The study was meant to look at the costs and benefits of refugee resettlement to our economy. How much do refugees cost us for things like public benefits, education, and law enforcement? How much do refugees contribute through taxes? Are refugees a net gain or a net loss, at least in terms of dollars spent and received?

    The 55-page draft study found that refugees "contributed an estimated $269.1 billion in revenues to all levels of government" between 2005 and 2014 through the payment of federal, state and local taxes. Taking into account resettlement and other costs, the report estimates that "the net fiscal impact of refugees was positive over the 10-year period, at $63.0 billion.” When refugees and their family members were counted, the benefits were more modest, but still positive, at $16.9 billion. These results align with another recent study on the economic impact of refugees conducted by two professors at the University of Notre Dame.

    The final, three-page report that HHS ultimately submitted includes only money spent by the government on refugees, without including revenue--literally, half the truth (and that's being generous, since they reduced the size of the report from 55 pages to three). Maybe I can do the same thing on my own taxes--include only my expenses, but leave out revenue. I am not sure how that would go over with the IRS, but I'm guessing not well.

    This strategy--of promoting the negative by leaving out the positive--is nothing new for the Trump Administration. Last Spring, the Department of Homeland Security launched the Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement (VOICE) office. According to DHS, VOICE will, “Provide quarterly reports studying the effects of the victimization by criminal aliens present in the United States.” So we get to see the negative impact of aliens on the United States, but we hear nothing about the positive contributions made by such people (and of course, the evidence is pretty conclusive that aliens commit crimes at lower rates than native-born Americans).

    Not all government employees are on board with the Trump Administration's anti-refugee program. The most obvious dissenter is the anonymous person who leaked the HHS report to the NY Times. More publicly, the State Department's Director of Refugee Admissions told an audience at the Heritage Foundation, "We see... that refugees do very, very well, and it’s one of the reasons that we would like to see more long-term studies about refugee success and perhaps failure so that we can really see those areas that we should focus on more.... They’re taking jobs that are otherwise unfilled, and refugees, frankly, do quite well."

    There also seems to be internal disagreement about how many refugees we should admit to the country. For FY 2017, President Obama raised the refugee ceiling from 85,000 to 110,000, but President Trump has proposed reducing refugee admissions to 45,000 for FY 2018, which starts on October 1. Interestingly, officials at the National Security Council, the State Department, and the Department of Defense have lined up to oppose such a precipitous drop, presumably because they recognize the benefits of our refugee program.

    By next week, we should know for sure how many refugees President Trump plans to admit in FY 2018. I'm not optimistic about the numbers, but I understand that reducing immigration was one of Mr. Trump's core promises when he ran for president. What probably bothers me most about the whole process, though, is the blatant dishonesty of the President, who is trying to justify his refugee policy based on half truths and whole lies. An honest discussion might not result in a different outcome in terms of numbers, but it would be far better for our country and our democracy.

    Originally posted on the Asylumist:
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  3. E-Verify Participation Poster Redesigned

    By: Bruce Buchanan, Sebelist Buchanan Law
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    The USCIS has recently released a redesigned E-Verify participation poster. The new poster informs current and prospective employees of their legal rights, responsibilities, and protections in the employment eligibility verification process.

    The poster is now available in English and Spanish as one poster. Employers must replace their participation posters when updates are provided by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Thus, employers should check to see if the most current poster is available. The new posters can be downloaded when participants log into E-Verify. Employers may also display any of 16 foreign language versions of the poster.

    E-Verify employers continue to be required to display the Immigrant and Employee Rights (IER) Right to Work posters in English and Spanish.

    For the answers to many other questions related to employer immigration compliance, I invite you to read my new book, The I-9 and E-Verify Handbook, available at
  4. ICE arrests over 450 during Operation Safe City

    by , 09-28-2017 at 12:48 PM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    Via Immigration and Customs Enforcement:

    WASHINGTON – U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) Fugitive Operations teams arrested 498 individuals from 42 countries for federal immigration violations in multiple cities across the U.S. during a four-day operation that ended Wednesday. Operation ‘Safe City’ focused on cities and regions where ICE deportation officers are denied access to jails and prisons to interview suspected immigration violators or jurisdictions where ICE detainers are not honored.

    The operation targeted individuals who have violated U.S. immigration laws, prioritizing aliens with criminal convictions, pending criminal charges, known gang members and affiliates, immigration fugitives and those who re-entered the U.S. after deportation. Individuals with active DACA were not targeted for arrest.

    Click here for the rest of the press release.

    by , 09-28-2017 at 09:34 AM (Chris Musillo on Nurse and Allied Health Immigration)
    by Chris Musillo

    AILA is reporting that USCIS will resume Premium Processing Service (PPS) for H-1B petitions, effective October 3. Accordingly, PPS will again be allowed for H-1B transfers, amendments, and extensions.

    USCIS previously restarted PPS for H-1B cap-subject petitions on September 18. Earlier this summer, USCIS resumed PPS for H-1Bs for cap-exempt employers (e.g. research entities and universities), and H-1Bs for doctors.

    USCIS allows an upgrade for previously filed a petition. If you have filed an H-1B petition and would like your petitioned upgraded to PPS, please contact your MU attorney or staff member.

    Please read the Musillo Unkenholt Healthcare and Immigration Law Blog at and You can also visit us on Facebook, Twitter and LinknedIn.
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