Comment: Sanctuary Cites, H1B Prioritization System
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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued a fraud alert on April 19, 2017, to warn the public about a scam using the DHS OIG hotline telephone number. Scammers have identified themselves as “U.S. Immigration” employees and have altered their caller ID to seem like the call is coming from the DHS OIG hotline (1-800-323-8603). They then demand that the individual provide or verify personally identifiable information, often by telling individuals that they are victims of identity theft.
Comment: Regional Center Program Renewal
Many readers have contacted Immigration Daily inquiring about the prospects of renewal for the Regional Center program which is due to expire on April 28th. There is no realistic possibility that the program will not be renewed. There are two ways in which the program would be extended: a clean extension and an amendment to the program. In every single cycle of appropriations for the last several years, there have been attempts to amend the program. The latest such attempt is the language released by Senators Grassley and Leahy last week. While earlier versions by Grassley and Leahy were largely wishful thinking, the current language makes advances that brings it closer to the point of political viability. However there is still a debate as the language is opposed by some urban real estate projects who will be disadvantaged by the restrictive TEA definitions.
More importantly, Senator Cornyn has circulated ideas quite different from the Grassley-Leahy language. This is significant because (1) Cornyn is the #2 person in the majority party in the Senate (2) His opposition prohibits the Grassley-Leahy language from being the consensus. Dynamics of the appropriations negotiations are such that only amendments with consensus are included and all else defaults to clean extension, postponing amendments to a later date. It is almost certain, barring some unusual event, that the Regional Center program will get a clean extension till September 30, 2017. For people raising money, we do not expect anything to change in the next few days or the next few months.
There are two points to note:
There is tension between President Trump and not only the Democrats, but also the Republicans in Congress. Last minute fireworks are likely before appropriations are finalized. We expect there to be a short 1 day to 1 week extension (vide a continuing resolution) while the differences are worked out. It is possible that there may be a few days for filing after April 28th. Of course, it is unwise to speculate on the timing of a sovereign body, so prudent attorneys would want to get their applications in before the deadline. The duties and responsibilities of attorneys are quite different from those who are raising money.
We are beginning to suspect that EB-5 reform will happen in the fall of 2017. Opposition to the status quo is building and the language of the principal proposals continues to evolve closer to political viability. Legislative reform on EB-5 is possible in 6-12 month time frame--but not in the one to two week time frame.
This is our best judgment after observing and reporting on legislative action on immigration for the past 17 years. We have a long (though not perfect) record of forecasting appropriations insofar as immigration issues are affected thereby. Our comments on legislative dynamics are a matter of public record, and we, in the tradition of the American trade press, are content to spell out our thoughts before our readers and be judged by our readers.
WASHINGTON — Today, Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly announced the official launch of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement Office (VOICE). The VOICE office will assist victims of crimes committed by criminal aliens.
ICE built the VOICE office in response to the Executive Order entitled Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States, which
Following the most recent executive order from President Trump, it is more and more apparent that we are entering an era of ever-increasing emphasis on Corporate Immigration Compliance and Enforcement. This will be sure to include additional requests for evidence on petitions, audits and unannounced workplace site-visits by the USCIS Fraud Detection and National Security Directorate (FDNS).
Here are five pro-active steps U.S. employers can take to ensure they are prepared for this increased scrutiny by USCIS and FDNS:
Designate in advance which employer representative will handle FDNS site visits – and a back- up in case the primary contact is unavailable.
Inform other staff members that they are not authorized to answer questions and should refer any investigators to the designated/responsible person – in particular, front desk/reception employees as these are often the first point of contact