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Honoring the Spirit of America: A Conversation about Immigration, Featuring Jonathan Grode

Honoring the Spirit of America: A Conversation about Immigration, Featuring Jonathan Grode

A common refrain is that the U.S. is a nation of immigrants—that the spirit of America directly stems from the fact that most Americans have ancestors who are immigrants. We’re called a melting pot, where people come to achieve the “American Dream,” to settle their families, to work and start their businesses. Nearly half of Fortune 500 companies were started by immigrants or their children, including nearly two-thirds of U.S. “unicorns” (billion-dollar companies).

However, in the United States today, foreign entrepreneurs seeking to work or start businesses are left without a viable path to do so, and bringing manufacturing back to the U.S. is problematic in today’s challenging economy because securing foreign-born low and unskilled workers is so difficult. At the same time, many Americans express concern over the impact of immigration on the domestic labor market. The current immigration system is also problematic from an efficiency standpoint, as wait times for legal immigration grow longer year by year.

 

How Scientology Exploits Foreign Workers

How Scientology Exploits Foreign Workers

The church has used an obscure visa to bring in thousands of laborers — and benefit from their toil. David Spaulding of Green & Spiegel U.S., who spent 23 years as an Immigration officer overseeing investigations for a branch of the Fraud Detection and National Security Directorate for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, weighs in.

 

Pa. Judge Says USCIS Must Redo Spousal Petition After Delay

A Pennsylvania judge ordered U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to reconsider Olando Espinal’s petition for his Turkish wife’s green card, saying the agency’s unreasonable delay in denying the petition unfairly hampered the couple’s ability to address the agency’s concerns. Katelyn Hufe Karahan of Green & Spiegel U.S., who represents the family, told Law360 on Thursday that her clients are thrilled that they may finally be able to receive their green cards and live in the U.S. together after nearly 12 years.

 

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