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Focus: Hot Off The Presses: The EB-5 Book 2016-17 Edition; Editors: Matt Gordon and Sarah A. Schroeder Shipping Now!
Specific focus on Enforcement and Compliance.
8 Brand New articles and 3 articles updated from previous edition to cover cutting-edge current developments.
Articles by Shae Armstrong, Jeanne Calderon, Michael T. Clark, Laura Danielson, Michael Dunn, L. Batya Schwartz Ehrens, Gary Friedland, Robert P. Gaffney, Adam Gale, Steve Ganis, Sherman Golden, Douglas Hauer, Jennifer Hermansky (Jen), Parisa K. Karaahmet, Mark Katzoff, Lily Li,
Today, the U.S. Congress passed a one-week stopgap funding bill to prevent a government shutdown and the expiration of the EB-5 Regional Center program. The continuing resolution will keep the U.S. federal government open through May 5, 2017, and USCIS will continue to accept Form I-526 petitions based on investments through EB-5 Regional Centers through that date.
It is unclear with Congress will be able to resolve the three major outstanding issues to reform the EB-5 Program by next week Friday.
Increase of minimum investment amount from $500,000 to either $800,000 or $850,000;
Defining “Targeted Employment Area” to limit incentives for investments in prime urban areas; and
When President Trump signed three immigration executive orders in January of this year, much of the attention was focused on the travel ban and border wall. But within those orders is another proposal that is equally troubling: his call for hiring 5,000 additional Border Patrol agents and 10,000 additional Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers. It is unclear if this growth in staffing is prudent given the last time the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) received a large infusion of new hires, cases of corruption and misconduct spiked in the agency.
The many concerns regarding this proposal to hire thousands of new agents and officers are the focus of a new paper by Professor Josiah Heyman.
Heyman explains that the number of border and interior enforcement personnel stands at more than 49,000 today. Border Patrol saw their numbers double from Fiscal Year (FY) 2003 to 2016, with an additional 8,000 agents added between 2006 and 2009. This brought their total number of agents to a staggering 20,119. ICE likewise experienced massive growth during this time, nearly tripling in size from FY 2003 to 2016.
Serious problems followed this spike in hiring. After the 2006-2009 Border Patrol surge, “the number of employees arrested for misconduct, such as civil rights violations or off-duty crimes like domestic violence, grew each year between