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Bloggings: The Obama Administration Turns One Of The Most Basic Principles Of Immigration Fairness On Its Head - To Its Own And America's Shame. To What Purpose? By Roger Algase

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In my July 17 comment I discussed the predicament of a distinguished Indian scientist and cancer researcher, whose work has been internationally recognized as holding out the potential to save many lives, and whose EB-1 immigrant petition based on extraordinary ability was quickly and easily approved by the USCIS.


Despite his long list of undisputed achievements, however, his immigrant visa application is being held up by the US embassy in New Delhi pending "verification" of the facts in his petition, almost all of which are matters of public record and many of which can be checked by a simple Google search within a few minutes, not to mention the extensive documentation in his file which was sitting on the visa interviewing officer's desk


My comment also pointed out that holding up visas for "verification"  now appears to be a routine practice at US consular offices in India. Evidently, this practice began with the politically unpopular (among right wing anti- immigrant activists) H-1B visas, but this "cancer" (since it is hard to think of a more appropriate word), is apparently now spreading to processing of immigrant visas as well.


This is not to say that US visa officers should be prevented from checking the veracity of approved petitions. Sometimes discrepancies or questions may arise during a visa interview, or in the documents themselves, which make it appropriate to look into a matter further. But this is a far cry from adopting a policy which, in effect, assumes that every visa application may be fraudulent and require full investigation. 


The only purpose of a rule which assumes that every visa applicant is guilty until proven innocent is to intimidate legitimate visa applicants, discourage them from trying to come to the US, and ultimately, find pretexts for denying visas. This is also extremely damaging to the reputation of the United States as a country which claims to, and needs to, attract the best and the brightest to our shores in order to maintain its world leadership and boost its economy.


In effect, America is saying to distinguished scientists and other highly educated professionals: "If you try to pursue your career in the US, we will assume that you are a liar and unfit to come to America unless and until we find some reason to decide otherwise in our own good time."


What a great way to ensure that the world's most talented cancer researchers, IT professionals, entrepreneurs, artists and achievers in every field of endeavor find their way to Canada, Australia or other less xenophobic countries. What does this do to America's image?


Is it really in the interests of America to become known as a country which is more interested in keeping its population white - let's not beat around the bush - than to gain the obvious benefits to our society of having top professionals from all over the world share their skills with us, rather than go somewhere else to help other nations compete with the US?


There can be only one reason why the Obama administration would wish to turn such a basic rule of fairness on its head and disgrace its own reputation in the world as a country which follows the rule of law. This is to appease the rabid anti-immigrant right wing of the Republican party, the Charles Grassley's, the Lamar Smith's, for whom every skilled visa application is "fraudulent" ipso facto and the idea of any immigrant who can actually benefit the US is an oxymoron.


Why is President Obama evidently so anxious to bow down and kiss the feet (a different part of the anatomy also comes to mind) of the anti-immigration bigots in the opposition party? Is he going to gain their votes? This is one of the great mysteries of his presidency. It is also one of the most important reasons why his presidency may last for only one term.



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  1. Backlogged's Avatar
    There is so much abuse of the regulations at the consulates in India that even attorneys are uploading videos on their specific cases - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yW2BXUdH-3E

    So much for rules then. There is so much of debate going on about how to grant status to intentional violators of the immigration rules, but in reality even those following the rules are struck under the belt with a deliberate attempt to deny visas.
  2. Roger Algase's Avatar
    Backlogged, thank you for the updated information and for your concern about this issue. This is not just about someones visa. It is about what kind of country America is becoming.
  3. Matthew Kolken's Avatar
    "Why is President Obama evidently so anxious to bow down and kiss the feet (a different part of the anatomy also comes to mind) of the anti-immigration bigots in the opposition party?"

    The answer is simple. He is one of them.
  4. debby cincotti de covarrubia's Avatar
    I would agree with your comments with the exception about race being a factor in their decision on who comes here and who doesn't. I think this president is an equal opportunity hater.immigration means little or nothing to him.these people are little more than a number!
  5. Roger Algase's Avatar
    This may be quite true as far as the president is concerned personally. I doubt very much that Barack Obama, who lived in Asia as a child, has any bias against Asians. However there is plenty of bigotry against Indian and Chinese professionals among Americas right wing, and the general public is not immune to being swayed by propaganda against legal Asian immigrants, just as it is by hatred of illegal Mexican ones.


    By caving into bigotry, the president is just as culpable as if he were actively promoting it. The buck stops with him.
  6. Matthew Kolken's Avatar
    In case you missed it: Obama's Secret Anti-Immigration Campaign http://www.ilw.com/articles/2012,0716-Bier.shtm

    "This administration has raised fees, added new regulations, and targeted employers with greater zeal than any other. Almost immediately upon their arrival in Washington, Obama administration officials made hiring legal migrant workers more difficult. In May 2009, the U.S. Department of Labor finalized a rule that reversed changes to the H-2A agricultural visa program by the Bush administration which had made employing temporary workers easier. Other new rules essentially guarantee that few farmers will ever be able to hire legal immigrants."

    So once again I pose the ANSWER... yes, an Obama defeat term it WILL be better than a Romney victory.

    Stop voting for the lesser of two evils.

    Vote Gary Johnson for President in 2012, and vote your conscious.
  7. Roger Algase's Avatar
    Thanks in large part to Matt, there is nothing secret any more about Obamas secret anti-immigrant campaign. Whether this means that we should go to the even greater extreme of voting for Romney and the rest of the entire mind-boggling anti-immigrant agenda (either directly, or indirectly, by voting for Gary Whats His Name?) is another question.?
  8. Matthew Kolken's Avatar
    Just saw a terrible typo in my comment. Sorry!
  9. joeygilbertlaw.com's Avatar
    Almost immediately upon their arrival in Washington, Obama administration officials made hiring legal migrant workers more difficult. I think this president is an equal opportunity hater.
  10. Roger Algase's Avatar
    Immigrants and their advocates have a terrible choice in November - either re-electing the most cowardly anti-immigrant president in modern history or installing a new president, who in almost all of his speeches and actions, has proven himself to be the slave of the radical, racist, right, which has even worse plans for immigration ahead.

    But choose we must. Throwing one's vote away on a third party candidate, as some are proposing propose to do in protest, is no different from voting for the Romney/Ryan/Joe Arpaio/Kris Kobach ticket.

    I have no such intention. The frying pan is still better than the fire.
  11. lichen planus in mouth's Avatar
    Extremely educational thanks, It looks like your current readers may want a whole lot more articles along these lines continue the good hard work.
  12. Roger Algase's Avatar
    Thank you for your August 28 comment. By way of update, the distinguished cancer researcher mentioned in my above comment finally received his immigrant visa and arrived in the US. All's well that ends well.
  13. skintagfree.com's Avatar
    Interesting post and thanks for sharing. Some things in here I have not thought about before. Thanks for making such a cool post which is really very well written. Will be referring a lot of friends about this. Keep blogging.
  14. Roger Algase's Avatar
    I appreciate skintagfree.com's supportive comment of August 30. As I mentioned previously, in this particular case the immigrant visa was finally granted. But the fact that the American embassy in New Delhi appears to be adopting the same policy of hostility and distrust toward EB-1 extraordinary ability immigrant (green card) visa applicants that it has evidently been doing toward H-1B and other NIV applicants for some time is not an encouraging development.

    Turning away or unreasonably delaying the best and the brightest from pursuing their careers in America is not the way to grow our economy out of recession, provide jobs for Americans, or maintain the US leadership in the world that so many of our politicians like to boast about.
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  16. www.artsia.com's Avatar
    I couldn't agree more of what are you saying, I mean America has giving distinguished scientists and other highly educated professionals.
  17. mappsolutely's Avatar
    This is a far cry from adopting a policy which, in effect, assumes that every visa application may be fraudulent and require full investigation.
  18. cookery utensils's Avatar
    Obama's administration is very strict and skillful. If you want to win over America's crucial grunge-pop vote, you've got to start working a lot harder than that.
  19. chronic urticaria's Avatar
    I heard that visa interview are very tough in US. This is a great way for the people who need knowledge about visa interviews.
  20. chronic urticaria treatment's Avatar
    Immigrant visas are for persons who plan to live permanently in the United States. The Diversity Immigrant Visa program is a United States congressionally mandated lottery program.
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