Memo to Immigration Reformers: 'First catch your [EB-5] hare!'

Memo to Immigration Reformers: 'First catch your [EB-5] hare!'

"[A]s everyone knows, Congress, the White House and the pro- and anti-immigration advocacy groups are busy arguing the pillars of immigration reform: border security, employment-based visa reforms, a path to citizenship for unauthorized immigrants, and future flows of legal immigrants and sojourners.  Given much less, if any, attention, however, is whether the government's immigration bureaucracy can competently manage, regulate and enforce all these laws.  Are the immigration bureaucrats, judges and police up to the task?  

To answer that elemental question, first consider the wisdom of Jim Collins in Good to Great who maintains that leaders of organizations that "go from good to great":

. . . start not with "where" but with “who.” They start by getting the right people on the bus, the wrong people off the bus, and the right people in the right seats. And they stick with that discipline—first the people, then the direction—no matter how dire the circumstances.

I submit -- as I've argued elsewhere and often in this blog -- that:

  • The immigration agencies need more of the new breed of leaders who are just as passionate about customer service in the immigration-benefits sphere as they are about border security and the integrity of the system ("boarding the right people onto the bus");
  • The heel-draggers and naysayers among the immigration bureaucracy, the cultists of "No," the feather-bedding careerists, and the power-mongers -- all must be exited ("getting the wrong people off the bus"); and, especially important,
  • Our immigration leadership must be deployed strategically and intelligently ("putting them in the right seats on the bus").

So what's this got to do with the SEC's civil suit against some reputed EB-5 scammers? Everything; because it illustrates fundamental structural problems with the way Congress established the architecture for immigration management and oversight." - Angelo A. Paparelli, Feb. 10, 2013.