October 2019 Immigration Alert

Thursday, October 10, 2019 On October 8, 2019, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) announced that will no longer accept previous editions of the following forms if filed on or after October 15, 2019: Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status Form … Read moreOctober 2019 Immigration Alert

GOP Politicians Draft Farm Sector Amnesty with Democrats

Republican legislators are working with Democrats to pass an amnesty for roughly one million illegal migrant farm laborers, according to a top Democrat staffer. “We have been working on on a package that both provides a good legalization program for undocumented farmworkers to come out of the shadows,” said David Shahoulian, a top staffer on the … Read moreGOP Politicians Draft Farm Sector Amnesty with Democrats

Elizabeth Warren’s Workers Plan Will Provide Back Pay to Illegal Aliens

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), a leading 2020 Democrat presidential primary candidate, is vowing to “fight” for back pay for illegal aliens. As part of Warren’s “Empowering American Workers and Raising Wages” plan, illegal aliens who have worked illegally in the United States — sometimes by stealing Americans’ identities and Social Security numbers — would become … Read moreElizabeth Warren’s Workers Plan Will Provide Back Pay to Illegal Aliens

Jorge Ramos: Mexico Should Help Migrants Get to the United States

The Mexican government must stop helping to enforce Americans’ immigration laws and must instead help poor migrants travel to the U.S. border, says Mexican immigrant and Univision anchor Jorge Ramos. “The country itself has become the wall,” Ramos complained in an October 7th op-ed. “This has to change.” Ramos objects to the anti-migration cooperation between … Read moreJorge Ramos: Mexico Should Help Migrants Get to the United States

PFIR Response to WaPo Story of ‘Indians Stranded in India’

PFIR’s Excecutive Director responds to the Oct. 3, 2019, WaPo article, “A D.C. family stranded in India by our dysfunctional immigration system,” by Petula Dvorak. Response immediately below; WaPo article below response: Dear Petula: I read with great interest your article entitled “A D.C. family stranded in India by our dysfunctional immigration system.” I was … Read morePFIR Response to WaPo Story of ‘Indians Stranded in India’

Beto O’Rourke Scolds Woman for Calling Amnesty ‘Slap in the Face’ to Legal Immigrants | Breitbart

Democrat Beto O’Rourke publicly scolded a woman for asking why he favors illegal immigrants over legal immigrants. “I want those asylum seekers here in this country… Stop trafficking in those lies,” he told her. A woman told me undocumented immigrants are a “slap in the face” to “legal immigrants.” I told her it’s a slap … Read moreBeto O’Rourke Scolds Woman for Calling Amnesty ‘Slap in the Face’ to Legal Immigrants | Breitbart

Ex-CEO of IT Staffing Companies Guilty of H-1B Visa Fraud

A federal judge has sentenced Pradyumna Kumar Samal to more than seven years in prison, fined him $10,000, and ordered him to pay restitution for the taxes he stole. United States of America v. Samal, No. 2:18-cr-00214 (W.D. Wash. Sept. 20, 2019). Samal, the ex-CEO of two IT staffing companies, was investigated for visa fraud by … Read moreEx-CEO of IT Staffing Companies Guilty of H-1B Visa Fraud

Congress to U.S. Tech Workers: Eat Cake!

For much of the summer, the House of Representatives obsessed over the Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act (HR 1044), a bad bill that would eliminate the traditional 7 percent country caps imposed on employment-based visas, largely H-1Bs. By so doing, the bill would ensure that the overwhelming majority of those coveted employment-based visas would go … Read moreCongress to U.S. Tech Workers: Eat Cake!

Business: Ending DACA Amnesty Will Boost Americans’ Wages

Business groups asked the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold the DACA amnesty for 650,000 illegals — but their plea to the court cites two studies that predict Americans’ wages will rise if the DACA illegals are sent home. “History confirms that forcing Dreamers out of the workforce will reduce job growth and harm the U.S. … Read moreBusiness: Ending DACA Amnesty Will Boost Americans’ Wages

Ivanka Trump Thanks Google for Signing Jobs Pledge | Breitbart

Ivanka Trump thanked Google for signing a pledge to create 250,000 new job training opportunities in the tech sector for America’s workers. The President’s daughter and White House senior adviser posted her praise for the tech giant on Instagram, alongside a photo of herself and Google CEO Sundar Pichai. “Thank you @Google and @sundarpichai for … Read moreIvanka Trump Thanks Google for Signing Jobs Pledge | Breitbart

Report: Justice Drafts Plan to Shrink ‘UAC’ Child-Smuggling Pipeline

Justice Department officials are drafting plans to fast-track the asylum claims by the huge wave of migrant youths who claim to be “unaccompanied,” according to Buzzfeed. Buzzfeed reported: A Department of Justice draft regulation would put a two-month deadline for unaccompanied children to apply for asylum with US Citizenship and Immigration Services officials — a … Read moreReport: Justice Drafts Plan to Shrink ‘UAC’ Child-Smuggling Pipeline

Increasing the Number of Green Cards will not Solve the Backlog

Last month, rumors swirled that, on Thursday, Sept. 26, Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) would make a second pass at seeking unanimous consent for S. 386, the “Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act.” Previously, in July, Sen. Lee made an unsuccessful attempt to seek unanimous consent for the bill. It was a surprise, then, that Lee’s second … Read moreIncreasing the Number of Green Cards will not Solve the Backlog

Apple’s Tim Cook: DACA Illegals ‘Are as American as Any of Us’ | Breitbart

Apple Inc. should be allowed to hire ‘DACA’ illegal migrants because they are good for the company’s shareholders, according to a legal plea sent to the Supreme Court. “They, and [legal] immigrants like them, are vital to Apple’s success,” said the plea by CEO Tim Cook and by the company’s human resources chief, Deirdre O’Brien. “They … Read moreApple’s Tim Cook: DACA Illegals ‘Are as American as Any of Us’ | Breitbart

Mike Lee Defends Indian Outsourcing Giveaway from Claimed ‘Fake News’

GOP Sen. Mike Lee is defending his S.386 green-card giveaway bill by arguing that it will not increase the number of H-1B visas for foreign temporary workers. “In light of the fake news going around regarding S.386 I wanted to provide the facts and set the record straight,” Lee said in a tweet announcing his … Read moreMike Lee Defends Indian Outsourcing Giveaway from Claimed ‘Fake News’

Census: Indian Visa Workers Drive Americans Out of Middle-Class Jobs

Census data shows that one-in-seven software developers in Hudson County, New York, were born in the United States, down from a six-in-seven share in 1980. This wholescale replacement of American software experts by foreigners — mostly by Indian visa workers — is repeated in many counties across the United States, according to 2017 federal census … Read moreCensus: Indian Visa Workers Drive Americans Out of Middle-Class Jobs

The New H-1B Cap Registration Process: How It’s Going to Look

Wednesday, October 2, 2019 The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has established a mandatory Internet-based electronic registration process for employers seeking to file H-1B petitions for beneficiaries that may be counted under the regular cap or advanced degree exception. The new regulations, as proposed in January 2019, will go into effect for the 2021 Fiscal … Read moreThe New H-1B Cap Registration Process: How It’s Going to Look

Lawsuit: Intel’s Indian Managers Discriminated Against American | Breitbart

A Korean immigrant is suing chip-maker Intel Corp. for allegedly allowing its imported Indian managers to illegally favor the hiring and promotion of Indian job seekers. Hoseong Ryu is a Korean who became a U.S. citizen in 2009, and “throughout the course of his employment, Ryu has worked in an environment with management that favors … Read moreLawsuit: Intel’s Indian Managers Discriminated Against American | Breitbart

No relief for aged-out kids in US: F-1 visa, deportation their only option

The US Senate blocking the S386 bill is not just bad news for Indian green card applicants but also for Indian families whose children have aged out (turned 21) or are in the process of ageing out. In US, once the children of H-1B work visa holders turn 21, they can no longer continue with … Read moreNo relief for aged-out kids in US: F-1 visa, deportation their only option

Investor Lobbyists, Senators Demand More Imported Workers

Business groups and cheap labor advocates are denouncing President Donald Trump’s plan to shrink the inflow of invited refugees down to 18,000 in 2020. “Slashing the refugee program goes against both our national values and our economic interests,” said John Feinblatt, the president of billionaire-backed New American Economy advocacy group. “Refugees help reverse population decline, start … Read moreInvestor Lobbyists, Senators Demand More Imported Workers

PM Modi’s meet with Trump failed to meet India’s expectations: Congress

The Congress party on Sunday stated that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s meeting with US President Donald Trump on the sidelines of UN General Assembly session has failed to meet India’s expectations. “Congress Party notes with disappointment that the much-hyped meeting of Prime Minister Modi with US President Trump has failed to meet India’s expectations despite … Read morePM Modi’s meet with Trump failed to meet India’s expectations: Congress

The Fairness for High-Skilled Workers Act May Endanger Economy

Friday, September 27, 2019 The Fairness for High-Skilled Workers Act has passed the House of Representatives, and is pending before the Senate where it may pass by unanimous consent (i.e., with no actual vote or hearing). On its face, the Fairness Act seems fair. By eliminating the 7% per country cap, Indian nationals and Chinese nationals … Read moreThe Fairness for High-Skilled Workers Act May Endanger Economy

Upcoming Oral Argument in H-4 EAD Rule Rescission Case (Finally)

Friday, September 27, 2019 The challenge over the rule providing work authorization for spouses of certain H-1B workers who are in the Green Card process finally will be heard before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit on September 27, 2019. For nearly three years, since the Trump Administration made it clear that … Read moreUpcoming Oral Argument in H-4 EAD Rule Rescission Case (Finally)

Sen. Durbin Blocks Indian Green-Card Giveaway: Wants Bigger Giveaway

Democrat Sen. Dick Durbin has temporarily delayed Sen. Mike Lee’s green-card giveaway bill to Indian graduates because it does not give away enough green cards to foreign graduates from many countries. Durbin’s block sends Lee’s business-funded bill back into closed-door negotiations where business lobbyists will keep trying to redesign the nation’s immigration system. The lobbyists … Read moreSen. Durbin Blocks Indian Green-Card Giveaway: Wants Bigger Giveaway

Sen. Mike Lee Asks Indian Workers to Lobby Democrat on Green Card Bill

GOP Sen. Mike Lee urged Indian supporters of his green cards giveaway bill to press Democratic leader Sen. Dick Durbin to stand aside on Thursday so Lee can pass his bill which rewards Indian graduates who take jobs from American graduates. Lee’s call to Indians came during his surprise live broadcast from his Senate website: … Read moreSen. Mike Lee Asks Indian Workers to Lobby Democrat on Green Card Bill

Silicon Valley Billionaires Bankroll Mike Lee and His Green Card Giveaway

Silicon Valley and California’s wealthiest tech billionaires are bankrolling Sen. Mike Lee’s (R-UT) effort to allow India and China to monopolize the United States’ green card system. Lee’s S. 386 provides a massive giveaway to Big Tech corporations like Amazon, Google, Facebook, and Microsoft — all of which are donors to the Utah Senator. The … Read moreSilicon Valley Billionaires Bankroll Mike Lee and His Green Card Giveaway

Sen. Perdue OKs Silicon Valley Takeover of College Graduate Job Market

Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) now supports Sen. Mike Lee’s (R-UT) green card giveaway bill, which will allow investors to reward many more Indian graduates for taking middle-class jobs from American college graduates. Perdue’s decision to end his opposition to the bill clears the way for Lee to rush his bill through the Senate on Thursday. … Read moreSen. Perdue OKs Silicon Valley Takeover of College Graduate Job Market

Blue-Collars Employees Boost Wages by Switching Jobs | Breitbart

Younger blue-collar Americans are spiking their wages by switching jobs in President Donald Trump’s lower-migration, “Hire American” economy. “Folks appear to be switching jobs more frequently, and they’re getting not only a wage boost, but a stronger wage boost than in the relative past,” said Nick Bunker,  a labor economist at Indeed.com. “This is just another sign … Read moreBlue-Collars Employees Boost Wages by Switching Jobs | Breitbart

Georgia Loses More than $300 Million in Payroll from H-1Bs Workers.

Georgia businesses lose hundreds of millions in sales each year because employers are replacing middle class Georgians with cheap H-1B workers, according to a review of federal data. The data shows U.S. companies asked for 20,000 H-1B workers in 15 career tracks during 2017, and likely received 8,000 of the requested lower-wage workers. Robert Heath, … Read moreGeorgia Loses More than $300 Million in Payroll from H-1Bs Workers.

Utah Sen. Mike Lee: Architect Behind Anti-American Immigration Bill

It’s an appalling reality that in the entire U.S. Senate not one single member is willing to stand up for American workers. From appointed Arizona Republican Martha McSally to Vermont Independent Bernie Sanders, possibly the world’s only avowed socialist who won’t defend his nation’s workers, none stood up against the Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act, … Read moreUtah Sen. Mike Lee: Architect Behind Anti-American Immigration Bill

Google Assistant will listen to your conversations again, but ask first

Google workers will listen to audio snippets of people speaking to its digital voice assistant to help improve the product’s quality — if users give the company permission to do so. Alphabet’s Google paused all human review of assistant audio in July after a Dutch contractor leaked some clips to a journalist, who was then … Read moreGoogle Assistant will listen to your conversations again, but ask first

Donald Trump Ignores Sen. Lee’s Green Card Giveaway at India Rally

President Donald Trump did not endorse Utah Sen. Mike Lee’s green-cards-for-India bill when he spoke at the Sunday rally in Texas attended by 50,000 Indian supporters of India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Trump spoke at the Houston rally after a personal invite from the visiting leader who heads the Hindu political party in India’s chaotically … Read moreDonald Trump Ignores Sen. Lee’s Green Card Giveaway at India Rally

IIT Bombay releases important dates for UCEED, CEED 2020 on ceed.iitb.ac.in

IIT Bombay exam schedule 2019: The Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IIT-B) has released the application schedule or important dates for UCEED and CEED 2020 admissions on official portals ceed.iitb.ac.in and uceed.iitb.ac.in. According to the notification on the IIT-B website, the registration process for the Common Entrance Exam for Design (CEED) and Undergraduate Common Entrance … Read moreIIT Bombay releases important dates for UCEED, CEED 2020 on ceed.iitb.ac.in

Reporter’s Phablet: Growing Web of Corporate Connections Creates Opportunity, Risk

NEW YORK—Companies are struggling to manage risk tied to their digitally connected networks of contractors and subcontractors, business partners, gig workers and far-flung global customers. “No one and everyone is in charge and it is a bit of a blessing and a curse,” said Dan Kinsella, a partner with Deloitte Risk and Financial Advisory, part … Read moreReporter’s Phablet: Growing Web of Corporate Connections Creates Opportunity, Risk

How’re corporation tax cuts going to be financed? Is this helicopter money?

India is making a second big fiscal gamble. The first – a switch from sales to consumption taxes – has failed to achieve revenue targets. The government, which two months ago was trying in desperation to tax everything that moved, has suddenly changed tack and is slashing levies on company profits. Will this revive animal … Read moreHow’re corporation tax cuts going to be financed? Is this helicopter money?

Hail to the Chief: Elizabeth Warren Steadily Surges in Democrat Primary

Less than a year after Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) declared herself vindicated for being less than two percent Native American, the former Harvard University professor is leading in multiple state and national polls for the 2020 Democrat nomination for president. In the most recent Des Moines Register/CNN/Mediacom poll out of Iowa, Warren took the lead with … Read moreHail to the Chief: Elizabeth Warren Steadily Surges in Democrat Primary

Sen. Mike Lee’s America: Indian Firm in Chicago Paid Employees India-level Wages, Took Jobs from U.S. Graduates | Breitbart

An Indian-run company in Chicago illegally imported Indian graduates — and paid them Indian-level wages — to help snatch jobs from American graduates. The fraud exploited loopholes in the B1 visas, which are reserved for managers and trainees according to a press statement by the Department of Homeland Security. The announcement comes as Silicon Valley … Read moreSen. Mike Lee’s America: Indian Firm in Chicago Paid Employees India-level Wages, Took Jobs from U.S. Graduates | Breitbart

California Enacted Three Major Tax Bills

Sunday, September 22, 2019 As the 2019 California Legislative Session has concluded, we look at the major tax bills that were enacted this year. The first is AB 147 (Burke) as Chapter 5. Because the bill contains an urgency clause, the measure took effect upon the Governor’s signature, which was April 25. The second is … Read moreCalifornia Enacted Three Major Tax Bills

Letter to BS: Govt may opt for aggressive disinvestment programme

This refers to “Rs 1.45 trn Diwali gift for India Inc” (September 20). By slashing the corporate tax rate to 22 per cent from 30 per cent, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has sent a clear message to India Inc that time has come to end the piecemeal approach to economic reforms. With the lowered … Read moreLetter to BS: Govt may opt for aggressive disinvestment programme