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  1. White American Male Suspect Kills 26 in Texas Church Shooting. No Retaliation Against Immigrants - This Time. Roger Algase

    This comment is based on early breaking news reports and may be revised later as more information comes in. Earlier on Sunday, November 5, a gunman suspect identified as Devin Patrick Kelley, a white American male, killed at least 26 worshipers at a rural church near San Antonio, Texas before either being killed himself or taking his own life.

    Nothing is yet known about his motive. All the usual condolences and expressions of sympathy are coming in from the president, who is "monitoring" the situation from Japan, and other top officials. One can be absolutely certain that nothing will be done as far as changing gun control or any other laws as a result of this incident.

    This is in contrast to the October 31 New York mass murder by another crazed suspect, a radicalized Muslim immigrant, which killed 8 people. But since the New York suspect is an immigrant, the president's immediate response was to push for cancelling a visa which, up to that time, had been used by over a million immigrants, none of whom had ever been connected with a terrorist incident, but who were mainly from outside Europe, and therefore not high on Trump's welcome list for immigrants (in contrast to a 70 mostly Romanian waiters and other hotel workers who just got approved for H-2B visas at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort - see my comments posted earlier on November 5).

    Every time another horrific mass killing takes place in America - and there are enough guns in the hands of disturbed people to make sure that they will - one can be sure that America's Latino, Muslim and other minority immigrants must be breathing a sigh of relief that the killer suspect was not one of them.

    Otherwise, they would be made the next scapegoats by this administration. Their visas, protection from deportation or other immigration rights would be the next to be taken away or placed under attack.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law

    Updated 11-05-2017 at 07:58 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

  2. USCIS Approves 70 H-2B Workers for Trump's Florida Resort. What Happened to "Hire American" and the RAISE Act? Roger Algase

    Supporters of Donald Trump's "Buy American, Hire American" and RAISE Act "Merit-Based" immigration policies will no doubt be gratified to know that USCIS has now approved 70 H-2B visa petitions for foreign maids, cooks and servers at the president's world-famous Mar-a-Lago resort in South Florida, according to The Hill.

    Of course, there are always those who will misunderstand or fail to appreciate the president's noble efforts on behalf of protecting American jobs, and who will carp and snipe at him no matter what he does in pursuit of this worthy goal.

    For example, according to the same report, a local employment agency claims that there were more than 5,000 local workers available for the positions that have now been filled by H-2B workers, even though this visa requires a showing that there are no qualified US workers for the offered jobs.

    The news report does not say whether the H-2B workers were approved without a hitch, or whether Mar-a-Lago's lawyers had to struggle with any of the unprecedented number of RFE's which USCIS has been issuing this year, for employment based and other cases, 85,000 so far, according to one report.

    To be sure, RAISE Act proponents may be puzzled over the question of how hiring another 70 less skilled foreign workers fits in with the Trump's widely touted support for "Merit-based" immigration, i.e. favoring high-skilled workers only.

    But politicians and others who are sharpening the knives against family immigration and the Diversity Visa; who favor the Muslim ban and cutting refugee admissions to the vanishing point, as well as lobbying against skilled worker visas such as H-1B and L-1, can at least take comfort from the fact that, according to another report, all of the 70 sponsored H-2B workers are from Europe (Romania) and the Caribbean (Haiti).

    Evidently, none of them are from Asia, Africa, Latin America or the Middle East, which are the areas of the world that have benefited the most from the non-discriminatory immigration policies of the past 50 years, and which would be hurt the most by the agenda which Trump and his top immigration advisers have been trying to turn into reality.

    But let us put aside these nitpickings and join together in RAISING our glasses in a toast and wishing Trump well in his choice of foreign workers to fill the 70 H-2B positions:

    Congratulations, Mr. President!

    Buy American, Hire American!

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law

    Updated 11-05-2017 at 05:48 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

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