Immigration Law

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Expert: Grassley/Cissna Letters "Exhibit an Overall Anti-Immigrant View"
Posted on 25 May 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Marcelo Rochabrun, ProPublica, May 23, 2017 - "Lee Francis Cissna, President Trump’s nominee to head the federal agency that handles applications for visas, refugee status and citizenship, has put little on the public record in his 20 years... Read More

Cissna Signals Attack on H-4 EADs
Posted on 24 Apr 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Apr. 4, 2018 letter to Sen. Grassley - "'[O]ur plans include proposing regulatory changes to remove H-4 dependent spouses from the class of aliens eligible for employment authorization, thereby reversing the 2015 final rule that granted such... Read More

Tags: ead , Grassley , h-4 , spouses , cissna , USCIS

EB-2 Retrogression – Don’t send our best and brightest Indian and Chinese Master’s and Ph.D. professionals home
Posted on 21 Mar 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Top Chinese and Indian scientists, engineers, doctors and mathematicians are going to find the U.S. welcome mat pulled further away from their feet. Recent Department of State projections indicate the line for persons born in China or India... Read More

Senator Grassley “Hacks” The H-1B Visa For Foreign Entrepreneurs - Cyrus D. Mehta
Posted on 8 Mar 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Cyrus D. Mehta, Mar. 7, 2016 - "... Senator Grassley on February 26, 2016 wrote an angry missive to USCIS Director Leon Rodriguez protesting the use of the H-1B visa by entrepreneurs, which he likens to one who tries to “hack” the H-1B... Read More

Tags: Grassley , mehta , H-1B

Bo Cooper on the 'Grassley Report'
Posted on 16 Feb 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Testifying on Feb. 15, 2012 at a House Subcommittee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement hearing , "Safeguarding the Integrity of the Immigration Benefits Adjudication Process," regarding the so-called ' Grassley Report ,' Bo Cooper... Read More

H.R. 3012: Good Bill, Bad Amendment
Posted on 17 Jul 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Senator Grassley demanded provisions that could severely hamper the already difficult H-1B nonimmigrant visa process and, in tandem with that, hamper U.S. businesses and their ability to compete in the global economy. ... It could bring the process... Read More

Tags: 3012 , Grassley

The DHS Inspector General Report on Fraud Detection at USCIS: Pious Immigration Baloney
Posted on 17 Jan 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Angelo Paparelli, Jan. 16, 2012 : "[T]his post is about the multiple pages of sanctimonious hogwash ( summarized here ), served up last week by the Homeland Security Department's Office of Inspector General (" The Effects of USCIS Adjudication... Read More

The "Grassley Report" - From Troubling to Ludicrous
Posted on 10 Jan 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

NOTE: Everyone, from practitioners to journalists to USCIS examiners, should read and heed Eleanor Pelta's wise words. Senator Grassley: The Puppetmaster? 01/09/2012, 6:49 pm "Written by: Eleanor Pelta Over the past few days the... Read More

Tags: pelta , Grassley , report , Fraud , oig , DHS

Pre-Election Bipartisanship - Except on Immigration, Where Sen. Grassley Stubbornly Obstructs
Posted on 9 Apr 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"USCIS and its FDNS unit are now running scared by Sen. Grassley’s gassy harrumphing, and see fraud where the President and most members of Congress, including the Senior Senator from Iowa, see opportunities for job creation. The solution... Read More

The Great Overseas Jobs Creator
Posted on 23 Mar 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"...We now need one US Senator to simply let the issue run its course. Mr. Grassley should not be demonized for his position on business based immigration policies, nor should this debate be any more acerbic than in previous years. He is... Read More

Scholars to Senate: Grassley Amendment 53 Unconstitutional
Posted on 17 May 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"As law professors and scholars of constitutional and immigration law, we urge you to oppose Senator Grassley’s Amendment 53, the “Keep Our Communities Safe Act of 2013.” The amendment is unconstitutional because it would require... Read More