On Friday afternoon, President Donald J. Trump issued an executive order barring citizens of Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen, who are not also United States citizens, from entering the United States, initially for 90 days. People arriving at U.S. borders after the order was signed have been detained and some removed. On Saturday night district court judges stayed their removals – a New York judge stayed all removals – and a Virginia judge permanent resident removals. Lawsuits…

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The USCIS fee increase inanity

Monday, January 2nd, 2017

USCIS ushered out the old year and welcomed the new in some bizarre moves regarding fees and forms. At the end of October, USCIS announced that fees would go up on December 23, 2016.  The announcement indicated that the fee applied to “applications and petitions postmarked or filed on or after Dec. 23.” The announcement also noted that one form, the N-600, would go up from “$550 or 600 to $1,170.” The changes are posted here. On top of this,…

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Some tough thoughts about immigration

Monday, November 28th, 2016

“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re sending people that have lots of problems…they’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.” Donald  Trump was wrong. Of course “Mexico” is  not sending people. Mexicans are coming, or at least used to. But, are there drug traffickers among them? Criminals? Rapists?  Of course. Are some good people? Of course.  The proportions don’t matter. The “problem,” people feel, is that they came…

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Some short post-election reading

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

The news of Tuesday, November 8, 2016, the election, is hardly digested. People, particularly, immigrants (in the vernacular sense) are wondering about what the impact of it will be on immigration law. The fact is no one knows, probably even the victor of the election, as his opinions about nearly everything are unformed. After all, on the Thursday after the Tuesday, he met with President Obama, whom he recently called, non-metaphorically, the founder of ISIS, and indicated he was honored…

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