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  • Article: Musings on the RAISE Act By Joseph P. Whalen

    Musings on the RAISE Act


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    About The Author

    Joseph P. Whalen Joseph P. Whalen is an independent EB-5 consultant, advocate, trainer and advisor.
    238 Ontario Street | #6 | Buffalo, NY 14207
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    DISCLAIMER: Work is performed by a non-attorney independent business consultant. It is the client's responsibility to have any and all non-attorney work products checked by an attorney. I provide highly-individualized training based on consultation with my clients. I serve Regional Center Principals and their counsel, potential EB-5 investors, and project developers. I am not an attorney myself although I have trained numerous attorneys and INS/USCIS adjudicators in complex issues within immigration and nationality law when I was an adjudicator there for many years. I do not prepare forms, write business plans, or create economic analyses. I do review them for clients prior to submission and suggest corrections and/or modifications to run by your attorney and investment advisor.

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      There is nothing wrong with a point system per se for selecting immigrants. But for anyone who looks at the actual content of the RAISE act in its historical context, and in the context of Trump's and his closest immigration advisers' announced goals (in, for example, his August 31, 2016 Arizona speech and his recent Warsaw, Poland speech) of undoing fifty years of reform in opening immigration to the entire world as opposed to Europe only, it is obvious that the RAISE Act's real goal is drastically reducing or eliminating the family, refugee and diversity immigrant categories which have led to so much non-European immigration over the past several decades.

      The issue presented by the RAISE act is not whether or not a point system is a good idea. The issue is whether non-white immigrants from outside Europe will continue to be welcome in the United States, as they have been for the past half century, ever since the civil rights era immigration reform law of 1965, which has been under attack by some of Trump's advisers and supporters who long for a return to the bigoted, white supremacist spirit (if not the exact letter) of the notorious "Nordics" only Johnson-Reed immigration act of 1924.

      For the above reasons, the RAISE Act might more appropriately be called the RUSE Act; or, more appropriately still, the RACE Act.

      Roger Algase
      Attorney at Law
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