Obama eases penalties for businesses hiring illegal immigrants

Originally posted on My Opinion My Vote:

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The Obama administration regularly cuts a break for businesses that violate immigration hiring rules, reducing their fines by an average of 40 percent from what they should be, according to an audit released Tuesday that suggests the government could be doing more to go after unscrupulous employers.

According to the audit, conducted by the Homeland Security Department’s inspector general, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement cut one business’s fine from $4.9 million to slightly more than $1 million — a 78 percent drop.

Investigators said the reduction is legal, but it may be undercutting the administration’s goal of getting tough on businesses that hire illegal immigrants.

“The knowledge that fines can be significantly reduced may diminish the effectiveness of fines as a deterrent to hiring unauthorized workers,” the inspector general said.

The report was released the same day that a coalition of business groups wrote a letter to House Speaker John…

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Zuckerberg’s FWD.us launches attack ad against immigration troll Steve King

Originally posted on PandoDaily:

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Anyone who still doubts FWD.us’ political bonafides can at least admit this much: It knows how to make an old-fashioned attack ad.

The pro-immigration political action committee led by Mark Zuckerberg just posted a new video to its YouTube page that attacks gay rights and immigration troll Steve King (R-IA) over controversial statements he made to BreitbartNews arguing that undocumented immigrants brought to the United States should not be allowed to serve in the military. The spot has all the trappings of classic attack ads, from its ominous black-and-white freeze frames to its horror-movie voiceover:

Following a red-white-and-blue-saturated intro that hails the glories of our troops, the ad takes a dark turn. “Instead of supporting our military,” the narrator says, “Steve King, a Republican member of Congress, insults the brave soldiers who are immigrants and who would proudly serve. Instead of supporting immigrants who want to serve, he would deport them.”

The ad may seem…

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Teen describes ‘glass ceiling’ of being an undocumented immigrant to Hillary Clinton

Originally posted on CNN Political Ticker:

New York (CNN) — When Nova Bajamonti walked into to the Lower Eastside Girls Club in New York on Thursday, she knew the day would be different. Hillary Clinton, an inspiration of hers, was coming to speak, and she was one of 60 girls allowed to attend and possibly ask a question.

But that wasn’t the biggest reason Thursday’s event was going to change Bajamonti’s life. If called on, the 19-year-old student planned to divulge a secret she had kept for over a decade: She was an undocumented immigrant.

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Don’t Have a Million Dollars to Invest? The E-2 Visa Provides an Affordable Investment-Based Option to Obtain a U.S. Visa

Originally posted on The Grady Firm, P.C.:

by Jennifer A. Grady, Esq. and Anthony Mance, Esq.

Image For foreign investors wishing to come to the United States, there are several options, depending on the amount of the investment and the investor’s desired amount of involvement in a U.S. business. The most well-known option, the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program (aka “Million Dollar Visa”), allows foreign investors to obtain Permanent Resident status in the United States by investing between $500,000 and $1 million in a U.S. enterprise.

While this program provides a relatively straightforward route to immigration, the high monetary requirements and corresponding investment risk make it inaccessible to many foreign entrepreneurs. Fortunately, for citizens of a select group of countries, there is an alternative that is both more affordable and less complex.

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Asylum Related Provisions of the Proposed Senate Bill

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This article is a great breakdown of the asylum related provisions of the proposed senate bill.

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I am Against Executive Orders on Immigration ( Please Read)

I read a story on ABC yesterday. The main point of the story was the fact that there will be no new executive order to overhaul the immigration system. I agree with this decision and below I will explain why.

I remember that faithful day in 2012, when I was at AILA’s national convention in Nashville, TN. I remember how we were excited for the new program that the president signed allowing certain young people to stay in the country, what later became known as DACA. We had high hopes that the program will be beneficial, and yes would lead to more business to all of us. Unfortunately, the system is not a perfect one and has led to many instances where a DACA applicant got some relief from removal, but his parents were still facing the true danger of removal. Additionally, many DACA applicants who have worked so hard getting advanced degrees are prohibited from holding professional licenses, even though they were now legally present in the United States. Lastly, we all remember that the action by executive order was even opposed by some people at the Departnemnt of Homeland Security (we all remember the ICE lawsuit against Napolitano). Do not get me wrong, the system helped many people, but it has left many people stranded where they were.

I do not think that immigration advocates should take anything less that comprehensive reform. I just hope that our leader start listening soon because reform is desperately needed.

 

Attaining Permanent Residence through the EB-5 Program

The Eb-5 program has been getting renewed attention lately. Congress has been trying to reform the program specifically to counter the alleged fraud that has plagued the program since 1990. One thing remains true however, there is an influx of interest by Chinese and South American investors who are shelling hundreds of thousands of dollars for a chance to attain the American dream. The EB-5 program allows foreign investors who invest at least $500,000 ($1,000,000 in most areas) in a “new business to receive permanent residence in the United States. The amount of investment depends on the location of the investment. The lower amount is for investments in Targeted Employment areas, or areas where unemployment is 150% of the national unemployment number. The $1,000,000 investment requirement is for areas where unemployment is less than 150%. EB-5 investments could be in what is called a stand-alone investment, or through a regional center. A stand-alone investment is one where the investor invests his money into his own business and tries to meet all the program’s requirements through that company. A regional center investment is an investment where the investor invests his money into a pre-approved investment center, with limited control over the investment. As of today, there are 480 regional centers. You can access the regional center list by visiting this link. The EB-5 program is not for everyone. It is important to consult with an immigration attorney before taking on this endeavor. Please feel free to leave me a comment through the form below, add me on twitter, Linkedin and Google Plus.

Welcome to the New Blog

Effective today, I have launched the new and improved Yakzan on Immigration blog with the new url at http://www.yakzanonimmigration.com.  Please update your bookmarks if you have bookmarked my old blog. Thank you very much for your continued support.

USCIS Announces that It Received Enough H1B Petitions for FY 2015

USCIS announced today that it has received enough H1B petitions for  FY 2015 and that it will announce a lottery at a future date. H1B petitions are reserved for those applicants who possess at least a BA degree or its equivalent, who seek to occupy an occupation that requires at least that level of education. There are 65,000 visas available with an additional 20,000 for applicants with advanced degrees. The lottery system is implemented when USCIS receives more petitions than available visas. Immigration advocates push for more visas every year, especially because these visas are used by highly skilled individuals. I am the recipient of one of these visas from FY 2010.

Attorneys: Raise you Social Media Profile by Guest Blogging on Immigration Talk with Ahmad Yakzan

Social media experts highlight the importance of guest blogging in raising an attorney’s online profile. I am announcing a monthly guest blog spot on Immigration Talk with Ahmad Yakzan. If you are interested, please email me at yakzana@gmail.com.
I am interested in the following subjects: immigration consequences of criminal pleas, family law aspects of immigration law, and business formation problems when one officer is an immigrant. I would be more than happy to reciprocate with writing a guest blog for your blog. The deadline for submissions will be the first of each month. 
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