OVERWHELMED IMMIGRATION SYSTEM ENDANGERS AMERICA: 9/11 Commission warned “Border security is national security.”

Hi Gang: On April 4, 2019 FrontPage published my latest article: OVERWHELMED IMMIGRATION SYSTEM ENDANGERS AMERICA: 9/11 Commission warned “Border security is national security.”  Kindly forward this e-mail to your senators and congressional representatives and to as many folks as you can and then ask that those to whom you send this forward it along … Read moreOVERWHELMED IMMIGRATION SYSTEM ENDANGERS AMERICA: 9/11 Commission warned “Border security is national security.”

Surge of Illegal Immigration ‘Undercutting’ U.S. Wage Hikes

Former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach says the flood of illegal immigrants arriving in the United States on a daily basis is “undercutting” President Trump’s “Hire American” economy by threatening to choke recent wage hikes for America’s blue collar and working class. Trump’s populist-nationalist agenda of increasing immigration enforcement throughout the interior of the … Read moreSurge of Illegal Immigration ‘Undercutting’ U.S. Wage Hikes

USCIS News: H1B Visa 2020 Cap Reached for Regular Quota

As you all USCIS started accepting H1B 2020 petitions from April 1st. USCIS just announced a press release indicating that they have reached enough number of petitions for the regular quota (i.e. 65,000 ).  Let’s review the news summary by USCIS. Summary of USCIS News – H1B 2020 Cap Reached for Bachelors : Regular Quota … Read moreUSCIS News: H1B Visa 2020 Cap Reached for Regular Quota

Axne Requests Funding for Specific Recovery Programs in Iowa

  WASHINGTON – Following a request to House and Senate leadership to immediately pass a disaster supplemental appropriations bill, Rep. Axne called for funding for specific federal relief programs for Iowa. In a letter sent today to House appropriators, Rep. Axne identified specific programs to help Iowa recover from the estimated $1.57 billion in damages. … Read moreAxne Requests Funding for Specific Recovery Programs in Iowa

Secretary Ross Addresses White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council

Secretary Ross Addresses White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council April 5, 2019 ASowah@doc.gov Fri, 04/05/2019 – 15:44 Investing in communities and workers Minority business growth   U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross participated in this week’s White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council meeting hosted by President Donald Trump. During the council meeting, Secretary Ross highlighted … Read moreSecretary Ross Addresses White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council

Rep. Axne Urges Congressional Leadership to Immediately Act on Disaster Funding

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03) urged House and Senate leadership to immediately pass a disaster relief bill that fully funds recovery programs for all affected areas, including Iowa. In a letter sent to Senate Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy … Read moreRep. Axne Urges Congressional Leadership to Immediately Act on Disaster Funding

Des Moines Register: Cindy Axne: I'm holding Washington accountable for vital disaster aid for Iowans

Des Moines Register, Cindy Axne, April 5, 2019 I have never been more proud to call myself an Iowan than after seeing how our communities have come together to help one another recover from this devastating flood. In southwest Iowa, farmers have sent semis of hay, businesses have donated truckloads of water, volunteers have rescued pets, … Read moreDes Moines Register: Cindy Axne: I'm holding Washington accountable for vital disaster aid for Iowans

(What’s Left of) Our Economy: Hold the Gloating on Tariffs and Manufacturing Jobs

Even though today’s March U.S. jobs figures overall improved dramatically on their February counterparts, the employment story in domestic manufacturing remained remarkably similar: Generally speaking the results were dismal. But the internals still don’t reveal any connection with President Trump’s tariff-heavy trade policies. Let’s start by reviewing the manufacturing-wide March jobs performance. Industry’s payrolls dropped … Read more(What’s Left of) Our Economy: Hold the Gloating on Tariffs and Manufacturing Jobs

One Chart that Adds Context to the Border Meltdown

I was recently on a chain e-mail with a number of immigration experts who had diverse points of view, discussing whether there really was a “crisis” at the border. One of those experts opined that it is actually a humanitarian tragedy, driven by aliens seeking to apply for legal protections under our laws. This raises … Read moreOne Chart that Adds Context to the Border Meltdown

Uber Didn’t Give This Driver a Sign Up Bonus – Now He’s Suing

What would you do if you didn’t get a promised sign up bonus? That’s a question one Uber driver was faced with recently, and what he found in pursuing his bonus might surprise you. RSG contributor Paula Gibbins shares this reader’s story of pursuing his sign up bonus. Recently, an unlucky Uber driver reached out to … Read moreUber Didn’t Give This Driver a Sign Up Bonus – Now He’s Suing

Thoughts on H.R. 1044

From time to time we get letters and I post them here because I believe everybody needs to have a say in what is happening.


Before President Clinton signed AC21 on October 17, 2000 – the H1-B visa was kind of temporary. A person on H-1B visa until that date, could apply for a green card. If during the 6 year time frame if they don’t get to the I-485 stage (also called adjustment of status), they have to just leave the country. It worked so well, and I have known several people at that time who left the country. This would have worked so well, there would be no backlogs anytime. If there are too many people applying for permanent residency, there won’t be enough room for everyone so people have to leave. The root cause of all problems is the AC21 act (section 104) signed into law on October 17, 2000. In 2002, the section 106 (signed into law) expanded some of the provisions of AC21. These provisions provided the necessary loop holes for anyone on H1-B visa (who applied for a green card) to continue to remain in the US indefinitely until visas were available and a decision on the permanent residency is made. The numbers continued to add up and resulted in an enormous backlog we see today as years continue to pass. Also Congress never originally anticipated the AC21 to be passed later on (after establishment H1-B) which thwarted the temporary intent of H1-B visas. Since the entire population of H1-B visas allotted every year end up applying for green cards (except for a very small percent may be), the backlog will continue to grow. In my view though country of origin should not be used for discrimination of any worker or skills, HR 1044 will introduce a glut of workers into the open labor market in a short of period of time, creating a chaos and unfairly displacing US workers. More people will follow on H1-B visas again creating an enormous backlog and displacement of US workers. This cannot and should not be a solution to resolving the backlog. One probable solution is to eliminate all the indefinite extensions of H1-B visas by passing a law that rolls back or annuls the AC21 (American Competitiveness 21st Century Act), which could be introduced as part of any other bi-partisan bill. This will revert the H1-B to a status quo ante (as of October 17, 2000) and keep the intent of the temporary nature of the program going forward. This will also help people in the future to maintain an orderly queue without causing inordinate delays in processing genuine applications for permanent residency. Unfortunately the American Competitiveness act of the 21st century has become a bane of the American worker in the 21st century. Please refer to the links below for more information: http://www.jackson-hertogs.com/jh/N0514.pdf

https://www.hooyou.com/h-1b/h1b_exten_6years.html

https://immigrationroad.com/green-card/ac21-h1b-extension-beyond-six-year-limit.php


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Racefor7: 7000 people in US and India run to beat 7,000 rare diseases

BY JYOTHSNA HEGDE Atlanta, GA, April 5, 2019: Over 7000 people across U.S states including Washington DC, South Carolina, Texas and California and nine locations in India including Kolkata, Bengaluru, Coimbatore, Chennai, Mumbai, Mysuru, Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram and New Delhi joined together in the Racefor7 event held by Organization For Rare Disease India (ORDI)  and ORDIUSA … Read moreRacefor7: 7000 people in US and India run to beat 7,000 rare diseases

T.A.T. Awards: Sushmita Sen adds glitz to red carpet gala

The event organizers. L to R: Pabs Raghava, Bhavana Anand and Lakshmi Thesam. BY JYOTHSNA HEGDEPhotos by Vinod Devlia, Photography by Vinod Atlanta, GA, April 5, 2019: “Women don’t need to be empowered. They need to be supported and appreciated. We all know the best appreciation come from the men in our lives and the … Read moreT.A.T. Awards: Sushmita Sen adds glitz to red carpet gala

Today in OpenGov: Under review.

In today’s edition, reaching across party lines in Congress to support agency FOIA compliance, informing the public amid an evolving public transportation ecosystem, threatening potential leakers at the Department of Homeland Security, cracking down on corruption in Kenya, and more.  washington watch Image via Pixabay. The poll is in: Americans don’t think very much of … Read moreToday in OpenGov: Under review.

Groundbreaking Court Ruling: Homeless People Cannot be Punished for Sleeping Outside

The bitter cold of winter is finally starting to thaw. The approximated 554,000 homeless people in the United States can now shake the winter chill from their shoulders and perhaps begin anew. Seasons are changing. Not just in the air, … Continue reading → The post Groundbreaking Court Ruling: Homeless People Cannot be Punished for … Read moreGroundbreaking Court Ruling: Homeless People Cannot be Punished for Sleeping Outside

Groundbreaking Legislation Passed: Homeless People Cannot be Punished for Sleeping Outside

The bitter cold of winter is finally starting to thaw. The approximated 554,000 homeless people in the United States can now shake the winter chill from their shoulders and perhaps begin anew. Seasons are changing. Not just in the air, … Continue reading → The post Groundbreaking Legislation Passed: Homeless People Cannot be Punished for … Read moreGroundbreaking Legislation Passed: Homeless People Cannot be Punished for Sleeping Outside

Ninth Circuit Passes Groundbreaking Legislation

 Homeless Cannot be Punished for Sleeping Outside The bitter cold of winter is finally starting to thaw. The approximated 554,000 homeless people in the United States can now shake the winter chill from their shoulders and perhaps begin anew. Seasons … Continue reading → The post Ninth Circuit Passes Groundbreaking Legislation appeared first on Invisible … Read moreNinth Circuit Passes Groundbreaking Legislation

The Wharf is building a Pendry hotel room in its parking garage

Sagamore Pendry Hotel in Baltimore includes a grand staircase popular with brides for wedding photos. The developer had previously built model rooms other Wharf projects. The Wharf is preparing for the hotel that will be part of its next phase — with a model room to be built in its existing parking garage.  Source: https://www.bizjournals.com/washington/news/2019/02/05/the-wharf-is-building-a-pendry-hotel-room-in-its.html Read more … Read moreThe Wharf is building a Pendry hotel room in its parking garage

Tradepoint Atlantic Funding

Birch Capital is pleased to announce that on February 1, 2019 it closed and funded $40,000,000 to Tradepoint Holdings, LLC. Tradepoint Holdings is the parent company of Tradepoint Atlantic, LLC, the owner and developer of a 3,100 acre global logistics center in Baltimore County, Maryland. Birch Boston Fund I LP and Birch Tradepoint Fund I, LP are affiliated … Read moreTradepoint Atlantic Funding

Sensation 2019: Shiv’s Institute of Dance students showcase talent

BY JYOTHSNA HEGDEPhotos by Vakiti Creations Atlanta, GA, April 5, 2019: Shiv’s Institute of Dance presented Sensation 2019, a biennial event that showcases its students’ performances, at Lassiter High School auditorium on March 17,2019.  Designed and choreographed by its founder, Shiva Turlapati and his team, well over 300 students of the institute, with ages as … Read moreSensation 2019: Shiv’s Institute of Dance students showcase talent

Chinese investors file motion to recover stake in rejected Gold Coast tower

Rendering by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP of The Carillon, inserted into an image by Rob Sall. Nearly two years after a proposed Gold Coast hotel/condominium was not given city approval to proceed, an attorney for a group of 90 Chinese investors has filed a motion in United States District Court to compel the developer to … Read moreChinese investors file motion to recover stake in rejected Gold Coast tower

EB-5 investors sue NY developer for $50M over failed Chicago tower project

Jeffrey Laytin and a rendering of the failed project Symmetry Property Development‘s plan was rejected, and now 60 investors from China want their money back A group of Chinese investors is suing a developer to return some $50 million invested in a failed River North tower project. The 60 investors each contributed $550,000 to the … Read moreEB-5 investors sue NY developer for $50M over failed Chicago tower project

Updates (reauthorization, visa cap, redeployment, AAO decisions)

There seems to be optimism that Congress and President Trump will agree before February 15 on a deal to fund the government for 2019. I assume and trust that the deal, when unveiled, will include extension of regional center program authorization at least to September 30, 2019. [Update: H.J.Res 31, which passed the House and Senate on 2/14, … Read moreUpdates (reauthorization, visa cap, redeployment, AAO decisions)

Vehicle Restrictions to be Imposed on Certain Roadways, Travelers Urged to Monitor Weather Conditions

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and PA Turnpike are advising motorists to closely monitor weather forecasts and conditions as a storm brings mixed precipitation types to much of the state, with many areas expected to see precipitation during the Monday evening and Tuesday morning rush hours. “Our crews have been and will continue to treat roadways … Read moreVehicle Restrictions to be Imposed on Certain Roadways, Travelers Urged to Monitor Weather Conditions

CanAm Unveiled Its EB-5 Program Redeployment Strategy at EB-5 Immigration Expo in Dubai

Jeff DeCicco, CEO of CanAm Investor Services, provides CanAm’s Insights on EB-5 capital redeployment strategies. “Our approach to redeployment is very conservative – our highest priority is to redeploy investors’ funds in such manner that the investment meets the programmatic and USCIS’ policy requirements while offering the lowest possible risk to our investors,” said Mr. DeCicco. CanAm Enterprises … Read moreCanAm Unveiled Its EB-5 Program Redeployment Strategy at EB-5 Immigration Expo in Dubai

US disputes Indian claim of hitting Pakistan’s F-16

Washington, April 5 (IANS) India’s claim that one of its pilots shot down a Pakistani F-16 fighter jet in an aerial battle in February “appears to be wrong” as US personnel counted Islamabad’s F-16s and found none missing, a US news publication has reported citing military officials. Foreign Policy publication said in a report that two … Read moreUS disputes Indian claim of hitting Pakistan’s F-16

USCIS email: Zhang Class Action

From: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services <uscis@public.govdelivery.com> Sent: February 12, 2019 3:55 PM Subject: Class Action Member Identification Notice On Nov. 30, 2018, in Zhang v. USCIS, No. 15-cv-995, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia certified a class that includes any individual with a Form I-526, Immigrant Petition by Alien Entrepreneur, that was or will be denied on the sole basis of investing loan proceeds that were not … Read moreUSCIS email: Zhang Class Action

10-Story Apartment Building Planned for Bergenline Avenue in West New York

Proposed mixed-use development: 4901 Bergenline Avenue, West New York. Rendering via NRIA. A new $49 million development could be built along a major Hudson County thoroughfare just steps from a busy transportation hub. While the property at 4901 Bergenline Avenue in West New York contained a one-story commercial building for decades, the tallest building in … Read more10-Story Apartment Building Planned for Bergenline Avenue in West New York

Express E-ZPass Lane Closure Scheduled Feb. 14 at Mid-County Interchange

Closure needed for electronic toll equipment maintenance. The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission advises motorists traveling southbound on Interstate 476 to be prepared for slow-moving or stopped traffic approaching the Mid-County Interchange, Exit 20, in Montgomery County on Feb. 14 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.  Work is being performed on the overhead electronic toll equipment, closing the southbound … Read moreExpress E-ZPass Lane Closure Scheduled Feb. 14 at Mid-County Interchange

New York City Regional Center Announces the Repayment of $224 Million in Capital to EB-5 Investors

The New York City Regional Center (“NYCRC”) is pleased to announce that a total of $224 million in capital has now been repaid to EB-5 investors in previous NYCRC offerings. The resulting job creation from these previous offerings enabled 2,025 individuals (EB-5 investors and family members) to receive permanent residency in the United States under the EB-5 Immigrant … Read moreNew York City Regional Center Announces the Repayment of $224 Million in Capital to EB-5 Investors