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The European Refugee Experience

In this post, I look at some of the serious problems Europe has had with admitting substantial numbers of refugees and migrants from the Middle East and North Africa. I explain why in light of the roots of these problems and security concerns, the plan to admit 10,000 refugees from Syria to the United States is ill-conceived and detrimental.

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The Legacy of a Great Jurist: Antonin Scalia (1936-2016)

On February 13, 2016, America lost one of the greatest legal minds in its history in Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia. The national discourse quickly shifted to what will surely be the contentious process of selecting Justice Scalia’s replacement. We will have plenty of time to discuss the effects of Justice Scalia’s death and the importance of ensuring that he is replaced by a brilliant jurist who will carry on his legacy. For today, I would like to instead focus on the career of a great man and a great American who left us too soon.

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Understanding Donald Trump Supporters

I recently came across a very interesting question on Quora: “What if on the first year of Trump presidency, he doesn’t deliver as he promised?” I provided a long and detailed answer on Quora, but I would like to expand on it here since this is a very interesting question.

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Early FY 2016 Statistics for Unaccompanied Alien Children Apprehended at the Border

The Customs and Border Protection (CBP) released statistics comparing the number of unaccompanied alien children crossing the southwest border in early FY 2016 to the same period in FY 2015. In this article, we examine the news in the article and reproduce its interesting charts for your convenience.

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Presidential Primary Updates: A Dark Day in New Hampshire

Where the results of the Iowa Caucuses were promising, the results of the New Hampshire Primaries were significantly darker. In this post, I will review the results of the New Hampshire primaries and look forward to the voting in South Carolina and Nevada for the Republicans and the Democrats.

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H2B Cap Count Through February 1, 2016

The H2B non-agricultural temporary worker program has a statutory cap of 66,000 H2B visas per fiscal year. 33,000 H2B visa numbers will be allocated to H2B workers who begin work in the first half of the fiscal year (Oct. 1 – Mar. 31) and the other 33,000 will be allocated to workers who begin work in the second half of the fiscal year. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has updated the number of H2B visa numbers allocated and the number of H2B petitions pending through February 1, 2016.

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AAO Processing Times Report for February 2016

The Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) has released its AAO processing times report for February of 2016. The AAO is the highest administrative review agency for immigration matters under the authority of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Petitioners and applicants for certain immigration benefits may appeal a negative or adverse decision to the AAO.

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GOP Weekly Address Discusses Implementation of New Visa Waiver Program Laws

Each week, the Republican Party picks an elected official to deliver the GOP’s weekly address. On February 6, 2016, Congressman John Katko (R, NY-24) delivered the GOP weekly address. Representative Katko focused on the Department of Homeland Security’s policies on enforcing the new laws regarding the Visa Waiver Program. In this post, I will discuss the contents of the address and offer my thoughts on the issue.

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Presidential Primary Updates: Cruz and Clinton Win the Iowa Caucuses

After nearly a year of buildup and excessive coverage of every utterance of Donald Trump, the Iowa Caucus on February 1, 2016, marked the beginning of the 2016 Presidential Primaries. In this post, I will review the victories for Ted Cruz and Hillary Clinton, offer my thoughts, and look ahead to the New Hampshire Primaries on February 9.

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Update on Congressional Efforts to Reform the EB5 Program

In my previous articles on the debate over the future of the EB5 program, I highlighted various proposals being floated in both the U.S. House and Senate. The Hill reports that the plot has thickened now, as competing legislation drafted by Senator Jeff Flake (R-Arizona) and signed on to by Senators Chuck Schumer (D-New York) and John Cornyn (R-Texas) is set to be proposed.

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