Wouldn’t you like to be a parolee too?

Sunday, May 13th, 2012

The usual outcry from people concerned about “illegal aliens” in the United States benefitting from legislation such as a DREAM-like Act, amnesty, or comprehensive immigration reform is that those that benefit from such legislation will end up going to the head of the line to the detriment of those who played by the rules. The fallacy of the argument is that illegal aliens face severe penalties that not only force them to the end of the line but create situations…

USCIS’s fraud investigation zeal rendering the Howard Memo obsolete.

Sunday, October 23rd, 2011

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, at least in San Diego, where I practice Immigration Law, in its zeal to investigate fraud and to find reasons to deny cases it adjudicates, is putting in doubt the worthwhileness of using the Howard Termination process to resolve cases for people who find themselves in removal proceedings. The Howard Termination process is based on an October 6, 2005, memorandum, the Howard Memo, from Mr. William J. Howard, Immigration and Custom Enforcement’s (ICE) principal legal…

USCIS adjudicators administer laws they do not understand.

Sunday, October 2nd, 2011

When I was a kid, I remember watching an interview with the then-current crop of Nobel Prize winners on television. The concept was that these men and women were the world’s brightest people and their insights on things outside of their professional expertises would be valuable. The Physics prize winner kept saying all kinds of non-mainstream things that made him seem odd compared the others whose views were within the norm, at least to my then-child’s mind.  One thing he…

Infopass: USCIS’s alternative to customer service

Sunday, August 7th, 2011

Widespread are complaints about customer service. People talk and write about insufferable time put on hold when calling for help, being transferred from customer service representative to customer service representative, and long waits until someone who can make a decision is located and a decision is made. As bad as any customer service complaint you may have about your credit card company, utility company, mortgage company, or bank, compared to USCIS, they are head and shoulders above the service USCIS…