Comprehensive Immigration Reform 2013: Fight or flight?

Comprehensive Immigration Reform 2013 - Chicago Immigration Lawyer

The Immigration Reform 2013 debate, or rather “fight” is forming its foundation after having been lingering as a broken system for years.  This lingering has unfortunately been the cause of politics as opposed to doing what’s right for the country.  There have been repeated attempts to fix the system but unfortunately a lack of follow through by Congress.  No example makes this clearer than the frequent attempts by President George W Bush to repair the broken immigration system during his eight years as President.

Immigration Reform under Bush’s Presidency

President Bush attempted to secure the borders, create a guest worker program, add more H1B visas, and most notably pass Comprehensive Immigration Reform.  Love his politics or hate his politics, he at least tried to address the problems but ultimately failed at each attempt by the resistance in Congress.  For a list of some of President Bush’s speeches on Immigration, Ontheissues.org has compiled quotes from President Bush’s speeches regarding Immigration seen in this link.… Continue reading...

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Impact of Arbitrary Congressional Caps on Employment Visas


The recent discussion about comprehensive Immigration Reform by both Republican and Democratic leaders has been highly encouraging.  As many politicians say however, the Devil is in the details.  It will be very interesting and life changing for many if Comprehensive Immigration Reform is actually passed, and if so, what is actually passed.  A recent blog article by Walter Ewing of Immigration Policy Center (IPC) of the American Immigration Council in Washington, DC. , supported by studies from Think Tanks and Associations such as Brooking Institution and the Kaufman Foundation.  The studies highlighted some of the contributions that Immigrants make to America, through economics, business, and science.  In particular, Ewing’s article cited a study that stated foreigners conservatively contributed $21.8 Billion dollars to the U.S. economy.  Additionally, “the National Science Board estimates that, in 2009, immigrants accounted for 41.6% of all science-and-engineering workers in the United States who had a doctorate and 33.4 percent those with a master’s degree.… Continue reading...

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Proposed Bills to Reduce the Employment Based Green Card Backlog: Is It Election Related or For Real?

2012 Election and Immigration

The 2012 Election is just around the corner. Republicans versus Democrats, Romney versus Obama. A season of hearing many promises, pledges, and reforms, getting the Americans and others excited for hope and change, going forward, and whatever catchy slogan can be thought of. As part of these promises are lofty expectations of balancing the budget, improving the economy, jobs for everyone, and the list can go on. One added item to the list are all the new proposed legislation for Immigration.

You may recall that in 2008 Senator Obama’s promise for comprehensive immigration reform within 1 year of his Presidency. Now in 2012 we had President Obama discussing moving the location of adjudication of Extreme Hardship Waiver’s to the United States as opposed to the illegal alien needing to return home for adjudication. Also in 2012 we had President Obama’s Deferred Action plan being announced and introduced. Please note that deferred action is nowhere near Comprehensive Immigration Reform as Deferred Action just gives illegal aliens that were brought to the US as children that meet certain other requirements the right to work.… Continue reading...

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Twisting and Turning EB2 NIW for Entrepreneurs

On August 2, 2011 United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced an initiative to promote start up enterprises and spur job creation. The purpose was to to find ways to stimulate investment in the US by attracting foreign entrepreneurial talent of exceptional ability or who otherwise can create jobs, form start up companies, and invest capital in areas of high employment. The press release from USCIS states that these actions “mark the six-month anniversary of starup America, a whitehouse-led initiative to reduce barriers and accelarate growth for America’s job creating entrepreneurs.” The press release went further with a questions and answers section relating to the start up initiative. Specifically, the frequently asked questions section discussed how the current set of laws relating to EB2 National Interest Waivers and EB5 fulfill the initiative.

As a Chicago Immigration lawyer, I applaud USCIS’s resourcefulness. However, its an example that USCIS is being handicapped by Congress and the President’s lack of willingness to pass relevant laws to meet the objectives, mainly to ” reduce barriers and accelerate growth for America’s job creating entrepreneurs.” In essence, the current laws are being twisted and turned to show that they meet the objectives for entrepreneurs and job creation in the United States.… Continue reading...

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