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Letters of the Week: October 31 - November 6

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  1. ImmigrationDaily's Avatar
    I am one of those unfortunate people that are here on an E2 visa. To get the visa I had to show ability to run a business, have sufficient wealth, show that I would be employing at least 3 Americans, pay taxes, I cannot get homesteading rights, spend money and make a tremendous contribution to the welfare of this country, etc. If I fall foul for any reason of the system or I cannot get my E2 visa renewed, such as in September 2008 when I went to get my visa renewed in London and was banned from coming back to the country because I was not employing enough Americans due to the recession. I had to leave my $1.7m home with my Escalade in the garage, office building I had just bought, land and property investments, etc. unattended. They would not even give me a visitors visa to properly close my house and empty the refrigerator and to arrange people to look after my affairs. Their argument was that if they gave me a visitors visa I would not leave. How impertinent to challenge my integrity. I had to spend $150,000 in cash to buy another business and qualify again for my E2 and returned in February 2010. After running a business for 30 years I would like to retire but I cannot and must leave the country. How unfair is that and I am not taking an Americans job?

    The children of an E2 visa holder cannot have a summertime or weekend job, which is all part of growing up and when they get to 21 have to leave the country and many times they have no relatives or connection with the country from whence their parents came.

    Why do you not use your publication to show the unfairness of the system as we cannot apply for a Green Card or citizenship no matter how long we have been here.

    There are over 100,000 E2 visa holders in the USA who paid over $28 billion into the economy when they bought their businesses and annually generate over $90 billion in taxable revenue each year. They also employ over 750,000 Americans.

    The maximum term the USCIS or Embassy will give is 5 years at a time. When you do not know if your via will be renewed how can you plan for the future. Surely after successfully running a business for say 10 years one should be able to apply for a Green Card?

    My wife and I have an ?affordable health policy with Florida Blue?. Our premium for 2017 has just been sent to us and it has gone to $45,5000 plus a $4,000 deductible. Why do politicians keep talking about a maximum of $150 / month. It is a joke.

    Please, please, please write an article about our plight and show the unfairness
    of the immigration policy in this country.

    KeithB
  2. KeithB's Avatar
    I am one of those unfortunate people that are here on an E2 visa. To get the visa I had to show ability to run a business, have sufficient wealth, show that I would be employing at least 3 Americans, pay taxes, I cannot get homesteading rights, spend money and make a tremendous contribution to the welfare of this country, etc. If I fall foul for any reason of the system or I cannot get my E2 visa renewed, such as in September 2008 when I went to get my visa renewed in London and was banned from coming back to the country because I was not employing enough Americans due to the recession. I had to leave my $1.7m home with my Escalade in the garage, office building I had just bought, land and property investments, etc. unattended. They would not even give me a visitors visa to properly close my house and empty the refrigerator and to arrange people to look after my affairs. Their argument was that if they gave me a visitors visa I would not leave. How impertinent to challenge my integrity. I had to spend $150,000 in cash to buy another business and qualify again for my E2 and returned in February 2010. After running a business for 30 years I would like to retire but I cannot and must leave the country. How unfair is that and I am not taking an Americans job?

    The children of an E2 visa holder cannot have a summertime or weekend job, which is all part of growing up and when they get to 21 have to leave the country and many times they have no relatives or connection with the country from whence their parents came.

    Why do you not use your publication to show the unfairness of the system as we cannot apply for a Green Card or citizenship no matter how long we have been here.

    There are over 100,000 E2 visa holders in the USA who paid over $28 billion into the economy when they bought their businesses and annually generate over $90 billion in taxable revenue each year. They also employ over 750,000 Americans.

    The maximum term the USCIS or Embassy will give is 5 years at a time. When you do not know if your via will be renewed how can you plan for the future. Surely after successfully running a business for say 10 years one should be able to apply for a Green Card?

    My wife and I have an ?affordable health policy with Florida Blue?. Our premium for 2017 has just been sent to us and it has gone to $45,5000 plus a $4,000 deductible. Why do politicians keep talking about a maximum of $150 / month. It is a joke.

    Please, please, please write an article about our plight and show the unfairness
    of the immigration policy in this country.

    -KeithB
  3. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    Good news for you! If Donald Trump is elected president, E-2 visas might be cancelled entirely, since he has already said he would cancel two other mainstays of employment based immigration, namely H-1B visas and labor certification green cards.

    Of course, this doesn't necessarily mean that he would cancel E-2 visas, and I want to make clear that he has never suggested doing so.

    But there are many indications that Trump is being advised by bitter opponents of all immigration, legal and illegal, such as Senator Jeff Sessions (R- Alabama) and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Koback (R).

    LOL to all immigration programs, and to America's democracy, if Dangerous Dictator Donald and Torturer Tyrant Trump becomes America's next president.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 11-01-2016 at 12:40 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  4. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    Here is my totally unscientific, subjective and completely biased, partisan prediction for the election, inauguration and beyond. This election reminds me somewhat of the first election in which I ever voted, namely the 1960 Kennedy-Nixon election, which as ID readers (or their parents/grandparents) will remember, was extremely close, and according to urban legend of the time (which may actually have been true), was decided by a small group of dead voters in Chicago.

    I don't think there is any danger that this election will be decided by dead voters, especially in view of the vigorous Republican attempts to suppress or intimidate voting by African-American and other minority live voters in states like Florida and North Carolina.

    Nor is there any substance to Trump's claim that this election will be influnced through voting by "illegal immigrants", another claim which is so obviously delusional that it can only call Trump's mental stability into question, and which has no other purpose than to advance his agenda of hate. See:


    http://www.politico.com/story/2016/1...to-vote-229274


    However, I think that Hillary Clinton will win by a very narrow margin. The latest FBI "bombshell" non-announcement about the very latest Hillary Clinton Benghazi/Vince Foster non- developments seems to have been a total dud, since it Comey's letter was devoid of any real content.

    (Oops! Did I say "Benghazi/Vince Foster"? There I go again, mixing them up with the emails, which is so easy to do, since they all come from the same political motives and have about the same amount of potential to harm America, i.e. absolutely zilch, at least based on anything that has been proven so far.)

    Moreover, I think enough voters, even on the Republican side, are aware of the possible questions that have come up concerning Trump's mental stability and commitment to Constitutional democracy as opposed to one-man dictatorship to make his support within his own party just a little less solid than he needs in order to win.

    In this context, I note a recent report in The Hill that 28 percent of the Republicans who have already have voted in Florida voted for Clinton. There is also an unconfirmed story that even former president G.W. Bush may vote for Clinton.

    We are certainly not going to be hearing any stories about, say, Jimmy Carter, voting for Trump.

    Trump's main, if not only, solid support comes from less educated white men, a declining demographic. We are not going to be seeing many stories about "Muslims for Trump", "Latinos for Trump" (there are a few), "African-Americans for Trump" or "Women for Trump" in time for this election, given his white nationalist immigration positions, the vicious anti-black birther lie about President Obama that Trump promoted for so many years, and the vile and degrading remarks about women that he seems to have such a hard time avoiding.

    What happens after the election if Hillary wins? Look for four years of non-stop obstruction on the Republican side, investigations, attempts to question her legitimacy and, of course, impeachment.

    While this is going on, Trump will have plenty of time to build up a real fascist movement instead of just talking and acting like a fascist, as he has been doing during this campaign, and to come back as an even bigger threat to our democracy in 2020.

    Unlike Nixon, who of course lost in 1960 only to come back and win 8 years later before eventually being forced to resign over Watergate, Donald is unlikely to announce that "You will no longer have Donald Trump to kick around any more".

    If only we could look forward to that result!

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 11-02-2016 at 04:09 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  5. ImmigrationDaily's Avatar
    Dear Editor:

    I've been a reader and subscriber of Immigration Daily since first began around 1999, I believe. I have a lot of respect for it as a high quality immigration law news resource. As such, I'd like to venture to comment about certain submitted articles, which I believe negatively influence the quality of your publication.

    Specifically, I'm referring to Ms. Sheila Danzig's articles. Firstly, they seem to be basically advertisements/P.R. for her credentials evaluation agency. The November 2, 2016 article "How to Find the Right Credential Evaluator for an H-1B RFE" seems to be an especially blatant example. Secondly, these articles generally provide advice on how to respond to RFEs issued by USCIS. Arguably, that constitutes provision of legal advice, but by a non-attorney. And this also poses another ethics question: Is a credentials evaluation agency proposing that it can tailor an evaluation, so that the findings meet what is required to get the petition approved?

    I apologize for the negative tone of this letter. However, for years I've found Immigration Daily to be a high quality source for immigration news. I feel that these articles lower the quality of your newsletter overall, which is regrettable. In closing, thank you for providing us with your news resource over all the years.

    Best regards,

    James Geiger

    Attorney at Law

    Syosset, NY
  6. ImmigrationDaily's Avatar
    "The immigration laws of the United States make it very difficult for a foreign entrepreneur to start up a business and succeed. ABIL is of the strong opinion that the founder of Chobani who has created thousands of jobs in the United States should be welcomed rather than subjected to racist attacks during the presidential election season"
    The press release titled, “Alliance of Business Immigration Lawyers Supports Entrepreneurial Immigrants Such As Chobani’s Founder” is available at http://www.prweb.com/releases/chobani/immigration/prweb13821649.htm.

    Cyrus Mehta
  7. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    FBI Director James Comey's November 6 bombshell announcement that there is no new material in the latest batch of Hillary Clinton's emails has now put an end to an episode which was never seriously meant to be about national security but was just about blackening and smearing her character for political reasons, in common with Benghazi, Vince Foster, and other past Hillary Clinton "scandals" too numerous to mention.

    Now, in these last two days before the election, Americans can finally decide the future of this country for the next generation, if not the next half century, based on the central issue:

    Will we have a country of dictatorship, discrimination, division and despair under Donald Trump, or a country of democracy, diversity, free discussion and forward looking development under Hillary Clinton?

    That is the choice the voters of America will make on Tuesday, November 8.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 11-06-2016 at 08:44 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
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