Shusterman’s Immigration Update
June 2018

Volume Twenty Three, Number Six

SHUSTERMAN’S Carl ShustermanIMMIGRATION UPDATE is the Web’s most popular e-mail newsletter regarding US immigration laws and procedures with over 60,000 subscribers located in more than 150 countries. It is written by a former INS Trial Attorney (1976-82) with over 40 years of experience practicing immigration law.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

1. Crackdown on Legal Immigration Ramps Up
2. State Department Visa Bulletin for June 2018 & Predictions for FY2018
3. Immigration Government Processing Times
4. Facebook Live – Engage with Our Attorneys in Real Time
5. Success Story: Proving that a Marriage is Bona Fide
6. Immigration Trivia Quiz: Drinks From Around the World
7. Ask Mr. Shusterman: Trump’s Chance to Remake the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals
8. Shusterman’s Upcoming Immigration Seminars
9. Jobs & Green Cards for RNs & MedTechs: Free Legal Help!
10.Winner of Our May Immigration Trivia Quiz!

NEWS FLASHES

  • Deconstructing the Invisible Wall – In May, AILA published a 26-page report detailing how since President Trump took office, the administration has adopted dozens of policies and procedures that are slowing, or even stopping legal immigration, without any Congressional action.

  • How U.S. Immigration Policies are Impacting the Healthcare Workforce  – Several thousands of qualified healthcare employees are no longer able to work due to many of the current administration’s immigration policies. Trump’s executive order to ban travel from seven countries will affect more than 7,800 doctors in the U.S. Attorney Shusterman is quoted in this article.

  • ICE Worksite Enforcement More Than Doubles From Oct. 1, 2017, through May 4, 2018 Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) opened 3,510 worksite investigations; initiated 2,282 I-9 audits; and made 594 criminal and 610 administrative worksite-related arrests, respectively. In comparison, in FY2017, HSI opened 1,716 worksite investigations; initiated 1,360 I-9 audits; and made 139 criminal arrests and 172 administrative arrests related to worksite enforcement.

  • President Trump Works to Cut High-Skilled Visas in NAFTA Deal – The Trump administration is working to lower the number of visas granted to Canadian and Mexican professionals, as well as limit the number of eligible professions and decrease the amount of visa renewals, as part of ongoing NAFTA negotiations among the 3 countries.

  • Termination of TPS for HondurasOn May 4, DHS announced the termination of TPS for Honduras. Although the designation terminates in January 2020, there is a delayed effective date of 18 months.

  • Termination of TPS for Nepal – The designation of Nepal for Temporary Protected Status is set to expire on June 24, 2019. DHS says that conditions in Nepal no longer support its designation for TPS. Holders of TPS who wish to maintain their TPS and receive an EAD valid through 6/24/19 must re-register for TPS from 5/22/18 through 7/23/18.

  • USCIS Expands Online Filing  On May 25, USCIS announced that Form N-565, Application for Replacement of Naturalization/Citizenship Document, and Form N-336, Request for a Hearing on a Decision in Naturalization Proceedings can be filed online.

1. Crackdown on Legal Immigration Ramps Up

President-Elect Trump The Administration’s policies are punishing not only the undocumented, but are restricting the rules for legal immigration.

Never in my 40 years of practicing immigration law both as an INS Attorney and in private practice have I seen so many restrictions being placed upon foreign-born individuals and often upon employers who are sponsoring them for working visas and green cards.

Below are a few examples:

  1. Persons adjusting status through the employment-based categories are being subjected to a higher level of scrutiny than is warranted.  The number of Notices of Intent to Deny (NOID) is increasing.  Some have been placed under deportation proceedings.
  2. The number of Requests for Evidence (RFEs) for H-1B petitions which were chosen in the 2017 and 2018 lotteries has dramatically increased. This is occurring even though the majority of H-1B beneficiaries have an advanced degree from a university in the US. We educate them and send them home.
  3. USCIS has proposed new restrictive rules for what constitutes “unlawful presence” for students. The number of foreign-born students attending universities in the U.S. has declined for the first time in many years.
  4. Attorney General Sessions has severely restricted the ability of Immigration Judges to administratively close removal cases, a move which could potentially add hundreds of thousands of cases to court backlogs.
  5. The Administration has announced the termination of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for hundreds of thousands of persons from Honduras, El Salvador, Haiti, Nepal, Sudan and Nicaragua, forcing people who have lived legally in the US for years or even decades to return to the countries of their birth.  This will also dramatically increase backlogs in the Immigration Courts.
  6. I fully expect the Supreme Court to approve the President’s latest travel ban before the end of June. The State Department has granted waivers to only about 2% of all applicants.

What immigrants can do to protect their rights:

  1. Immigrants whose TPS is terminating should schedule consultations with immigration attorneys who specialize in employment-based immigration to see if it is possible for them to get PERM applications and EB visa petitions approved, and if they are eligible to adjust their status in the US.
  2. Students who are out-of-status have until August 9, 2018 before the new, stricter unlawful presence rule goes into effect. They should consult with an immigration attorney experienced in dealing with unlawful presence bars.
  3. There are still some exceptions to the new rule prohibiting Immigration Judges from administratively closing cases. Immigrants need to see if they are eligible for administrative closure or for other forms of relief from deportation.
  4. Persons seeking H-1B status or green cards need to have experienced immigration attorneys respond to RFEs and NOIDs.   Having served as an INS attorney from 1976 to 1982, I am aware that the great majority of these requests are not reviewed by attorneys and that many cases where RFEs or even NOIDs are received can still be approved.  EB applicants for adjustment of status need to be accompanied by attorneys at their interviews.
  5. Persons from countries impacted by the travel ban need to consult with an immigration attorney before applying for an immigrant or a nonimmigrant visa. If their applications are denied due to the travel ban, their attorneys need to assist them in applying for waivers if they are qualified.
  6. Employers and immigrants should consider asserting their rights to immigration benefits in Federal Courts.

 

2. State Department’s Visa Bulletin for June 2018 – Predictions for FY2018

EMPLOYMENT CATEGORIES

The June Visa Bulletin is largely a repeat of the May Visa Bulletin as far as the employment-based categories.

The only changes are incremental:

EB-2 India for professionals with advanced degrees will advance by 4 days to December 26, 2008.

EB-5 China and Vietnam for investors will advance by 10 days to August 1, 2014.

Below are the State Department’s Charlie Oppenheim’s predictions for the movement of employment-based priority dates for the rest of the fiscal year:

In setting the June final action dates, Charlie relied on USCIS lockbox receipt data, which showed an extremely low number of applicants who filed in April relative to the number who were eligible to do so. Charlie is monitoring data carefully to determine whether there is an uptick in demand during May. If receipts continue to be low, he may move the dates more rapidly to generate demand for the upcoming fiscal year. This is inapplicable to EB-2 India since Charlie already has visibility into pre-adjudicated demand.

Charlie remains confident that EB-2 India will reach a 2009 final action date this fiscal year. Notably, there has been a 60 to 75 percent decrease in the volume of EB-3 to EB-2 India upgrades. As this is relatively new, it is not possible to cast this as a trend, but Charlie continues to watch this category closely.

Despite the dramatic forward movement in the EB-3 India final action date, USCIS is not reporting a corresponding increase in demand in this category. Sustained low demand could result in rapid advancement in this category. This could either have an effect like that predicted above for FB-1 Mexico (i.e., rapid advancement followed by possible retrogression), or could create an EB-2 to EB-3 downgrade scenario, similar to what members have seen for China, which could spur EB-3 India demand, slowing the advancement of the date.

In the June Visa Bulletin, Charlie expects EB-4 Mexico to exhaust its annual limit in May, resulting in retrogression of the final action date in June. When this occurs, the final action date will track that of EB-4 El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. The reason that the dates will be the same is that all of these countries will have reached their annual per country limits, and will be equally eligible for any otherwise unused numbers from other countries.

Given lower than expected EB-4 India demand, it now appears that this category may not reach its annual limit this fiscal year. If the low demand pattern of the last 2 months persists, a final action date may not be imposed on this category until late summer, if at all.

The SI Translator category, which consists of a mere 50 visas and is typically depleted by January, has not yet exhausted its annual limit. This could be attributable to a number of factors, including difficulty paying the medical examination fees to long-pending SAOs, to normal delays in obtaining requested information and documents.

In the near future, Charlie expects India, South Korea and Brazil to join China and Vietnam in becoming backlogged in the EB-5 investor category.

The following charts tell the story of the EB numbers in detail for June 2018:

A. APPLICATION FINAL ACTION DATES FOR EMPLOYMENT-BASED PREFERENCE CASES

World China El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras India Mexico Philippines Vietnam
1st Current 1-01-12 Current 1-01-12 Current Current Current
2nd Current 9-01-14 Current 12-22-08 Current Current Current
3rd Current 6-01-15 Current 5-01-08 Current 1-01-17 Current
Unskilled Current 5-01-07 Current 5-01-08 Current 1-01-17 Current
4th Current Current 12-15-15 Current 10-22-16 Current Current
5th Current 7-22-14 Current Current Current Current 8-01-14

B. DATES FOR FILING OF EMPLOYMENT-BASED VISA APPLICATIONS– These dates indicate when immigrant applicants can send adjustment of status applications without having to wait for their priority dates to become current.

World China El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras India Mexico Philippines
1st Current Current Current Current Current Current
2nd Current 2-01-15 Current 4-01-09 Current Current
3rd Current 1-01-16 Current 9-01-08 Current 7-01-17
Unskilled Current 6-01-08 Current 9-01-08 Current 7-01-17
4th Current Current 4-15-16 Current Current Current
5th Current 9-01-14 Current Current Current Current

 

FAMILY-BASED CATEGORIES

visa bulletin

F-1 Unmarried Adult Sons & Daughters of US Citizens

F-2A Spouses & Children of LPRs

F-2B Unmarried Adult Sons & Daughters of LPRs

F-3 Married Sons & Daughters of US citizens

F-4 Brothers & Sisters of US Citizens

An applicant’s priority date is the day that the government received the I-130 Petition. For more on family-based visas and how you can shorten your application time, see Attorney Shusterman’s video near the top of this page.

VISA BULLETIN – FAMILY

The worldwide family-based categories advance in June between 1 and 6 weeks except for 1st preference category which remains frozen just as it did in May.

India F4 (brothers and sisters of US citizens) advances by 2 weeks.

There are tremendous advances in 2 of the Mexican family-based categories: 1st preference (unmarried adult sons and daughters of US citizens) jumps ahead by 5 1/2 months and 2B preference (unmarried adult sons and daughters of lawful permanent residents) by 2 1/2 months. Mexico 4th preference remains frozen while the other Mexico family categories advance by 2 to 4 weeks.

Philippines 1st preference jumps ahead by 2 months while the other family categories inch forward between 1 and 4 weeks.

Below are the State Department’s Charlie Oppenheim’s predictions for the movement of family-based priority dates for the rest of the fiscal year:

Most of the family-based preference categories continue to advance slightly or remain constant in June with two primary exceptions. FB-1 Mexico will leap forward 7 months in June 2018 to June 1, 1997, while FB-4 Mexico is the only FB-4 category to hold steady in June, remaining at January 8, 1998. There continues to be a very low response rate to the Agent of Choice letters in FB-1 Mexico, which is causing the date to advance rapidly. Charlie hopes this will continue but warns that if significant demand materializes suddenly, there could be a risk of retrogression or a sustained hold on the final action date.

On the other hand, demand for FB-4 Mexico has been high, with more numbers being used in a particular month causing intermittent holding and advancement of the final action date.

The following charts tell the story in detail:

A. APPLICATION FINAL ACTION DATES FOR FAMILY-SPONSORED PREFERENCE CASES

 

World China India Mexico Philippines
1st 4-08-11 4-08-11 4-08-11 6-01-97 3-22-06
2A 6-08-16 6-08-16 6-08-16 5-08-16 6-08-16
2B 6-22-11 6-22-11 6-22-11 2-15-97 1-15-07
3rd 3-15-06 3-15-06 3-15-06 10-01-95 4-08-95
4th 10-22-04 10-22-04 3-15-04 01-08-98 2-22-95

B. DATES FOR FILING FAMILY-SPONSORED VISA APPLICATIONS– These dates indicate when immigrant applicants can send adjustment of status applications without having to wait for their priority dates to become current.

World China India Mexico Philippines
1st 1-08-12 1-08-12 1-08-12 7-15-98 10-08-07
2A 9-22-17 9-22-17 9-22-17 9-22-17 9-22-17
2B 9-08-11 9-08-11 9-08-11 5-22-97 9-08-07
3rd 9-08-06 9-08-06 9-08-06 9-22-98 7-22-95
4th 4-01-05 4-01-05 12-01-04 5-08-98 10-15-95

 

3. Immigration Government Processing Times

immigration waiting times We have included a link to various tables where you can access the immigration waiting times

                      • USCIS Service Centers
                      • National Benefits Center
                      • EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program Office
                      • USCIS’ 83 Field Offices

Search the Field Offices for the USCIS’ 83 District Offices and Sub-offices to look up the processing times for (1) Applications for Adjustment of Status (I-485); (2) Work Authorization (I-765); (3) Advance Parole (I-131); (4) Naturalization (N-400) and other types of applications. To access your immigration waiting time, what you need to know are:

                      • The office where your petition has been filed or transferred to
                      • The type of application or petition
                      • The date on which the petition was filed

This information can all be found on the Notice of Receipt that was mailed to you by the USCIS. To begin, simply click on the Field Office or Service Center that interests you and click “Submit Query” and you will be directed to the current USCIS processing time table.

If your petition/application is on appeal, you can access the processing times of the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO).

If your PERM case or other type of application is pending at the DOL, we link to the Department of Labor Processing Times.

If you are applying for a visa abroad, we link to Visa Appointment and Processing Times at 100+ US Embassies and Consulates around the world.

If you have requested a copy of your file from the USCIS, you can check the status of your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.

If you are applying for affirmative asylum you can check how the Asylum Division has prioritized applications for interview scheduling.

Warning: Immigration waiting times may appear faster on the official lists than they are in reality.

4. Facebook Live – Engage with Our Attorneys in Real Time

In June, attorneys from our law firm will discuss a wide range of immigration topics, including: employment-based work visas and green cards, what employers need to know about immigration, family-based immigration, immigration for E-2 and EB-5 investors and much more.

Facebook Live allows us to provide tips and information regarding immigration law, while also providing viewers the opportunity to ask questions during the broadcast.

You can watch videos of our previous Facebook Live sessions below:


Responding to H-1B Cap Case RFE’s
 
What to Do After TPS Ends

Preparing for Your USCIS Interview
 
How to Get a Temporary Work Visa

Work Visas and Green Cards

Ganado Su Casa Un Tribunal De Inmigracion

Winning Your Case in Immigration Court

Our goal is to help you understand how immigration laws, regulations and procedures affect you.

5. Success Story: Proving that a Marriage is Bona Fide

Over 4 years ago, a man in another state who was in deportation proceedings scheduled a telephonic consultation with me.

He had a US citizen girlfriend who he lived with and later married. However, her parents did not approve of him and she did not reveal to them that she had married him. She sponsored him for a conditional green card which was approved, but later the couple got divorced.

He hired an immigration attorney who submitted an I-751 waiver petition to remove the 2-year condition on his green card. In support of the petition, the attorney attached evidence of joint property and affidavits of friends. However, because the divorce occurred not long after he was granted conditional permanent residence, the USCIS was skeptical of whether the marriage was, indeed, bona fide. They issued a Notice of Intent to Terminate his Conditional Permanent Resident status, and scheduled him for an interview. And although he submitted an affidavit from his ex-wife that their marriage was bona fide, the USCIS terminated his green card status and placed him in removal proceedings in Immigration Court.

He hired another immigration attorney to represent him in Court. He testified that his marriage was for love, and not just for immigration purposes and his neighbor testified as to the veracity of the marriage. He again submitted his ex-wife’s affidavit and evidence of their joint property. However, the Immigration Judge was unconvinced. While the Judge did not disbelieve his testimony, he held that he failed to meet his burden of proof, and ordered him to leave the US.

At this point, he scheduled a consultation with me. As a former INS Trial Attorney, he knew that I had experience with cases like his in the past. I let him know that since his ex-wife had not appeared as a witness on his behalf, it might be difficult to convince the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) to overrule the Immigration Judge. One of our deportation attorneys read the transcript of his hearing and the Judge’s decision and argued that the I-751 should be granted. However, as I had warned, the BIA upheld the Judge’s decision.

The only path forward after this was to appeal the BIA’s decision to the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Attorney Giselle Sotelo argued that since the marriage was bona fide and the Immigration Judge find our client’s testimony to be credible, his I-751 should have been granted.

Just recently, the Court ruled in favor of our client!

In a unanimous decision, the Court held as follows:


“The BIA’s determination that (he) failed to show that he intended to establish a life together with his ex-wife at the time they were married is not supported by substantial evidence. See 8 U.S.C. § 1186a(c)(4)(B); 8 C.F.R. § 216.5(e)(2); Damon, 360 F.3d at 1088 (evidence relevant to intent includes proof of shared insurance policies, income tax forms or bank accounts, and testimony or other evidence regarding the couple’s courtship, wedding ceremony, and whether they shared a residence). (He) provided credible testimony and a detailed declaration regarding the circumstances of their courtship, which began in June 2008 and culminated in their marriage in November 2009, three months after they began sharing a residence. See Damon, 360 F.3d at 1086 n.2 (where neither the BIA nor the IJ make an adverse credibility finding, the court of appeals assumes the petitioner’s factual contentions are true). (He) also submitted documentary evidence that corroborated his credible testimony, including joint bank account statements, a joint income tax return, evidence of joint health insurance and auto insurance policies, a state driver license listing his ex-wife’s address, three affidavits from acquaintances, and numerous photographs of himself, his ex-wife, and her daughter at various social functions and on vacation together before and after their wedding. See id. at 1088.

Further, although the BIA relied on (his) telephonic witness’ testimony that his ex-wife did not wish her family to know of the relationship, the BIA did not acknowledge the credible explanations of (him) or his telephonic witness regarding the circumstances surrounding the couple’s decision not to inform their parents about the marriage, including his ex-wife’s parents’ disapproval of his relationship with their daughter, his ex-wife’s recent separation from her first husband and the father of her daughter, and their families’conservative and religious values. Cf. Damon, 360 F.3d at 1089 (agency may not impose its own values or impose opinions about how parties in a marriage should behave).

Accordingly, we remand to the BIA to determine whether (he) should be granted a discretionary waiver under 8 U.S.C. § 1186a(c)(4)(B).”

We are thrilled for our client. The Court’s decision demonstrates that even in this age of anti-immigrant rhetoric, it is still possible for an immigrant to get justice!

 

(More Success Stories…)

6. Immigration Trivia Quiz: Drinks From Around the World

This month’s Immigration Trivia Quiz is entitled:

Drinks From Around the World

The first person to correctly answer our quiz (and supply their biographical information) wins a free legal consultation with one of our attorneys before the end of June.

7. Ask Mr. Shusterman: Trump’s Chance to Remake the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit has been the most pro-immigrant Federal Appeals Court for the past 40 years.

However, this may be about to change. There are now 8 judicial vacancies waiting to be filled.

On March 29, the last remaining federal appeals court judge appointed by former President Jimmy Carter, Judge Stephen Reinhardt, passed away.

Judge Reinhardt wrote some of the most important decisions securing the rights of immigrants.

In INS vs. Cardoza-Fonseca, a woman from Nicaragua who sought asylum in the US because her brother had been tortured based on his political activities. Despite this, her application was denied by an Immigration Judge and by the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA). Both ruled that standard for asylum was identical to that of withholding of deportation and that she was obliged to show that there was a “clear probability” that she would be persecuted if she were forced to return to Nicaragua.

Judge Reinhardt’s decision reversed the BIA’s ruling. He pointed out that the asylum law requires a “well-founded fear of persecution”, a lower standard than the “clear probability” requirement for withholding of deportation.

The INS appealed, but the US Supreme Court affirmed Judge Reinhardt’s decision.

A few months prior to Judge Reinhardt’s death, another champion of immigrant’s rights, Judge Harry Pregerson of the 9th Circuit, also passed away.

In 2012, when we challenged the USCIS’s restrictive interpretation of the Child Status Protection Act, Judge Pregerson’s support resulted in a victory for divided immigrant families.

Unfortunately, the Supreme Court reversed the 9th Circuit’s decision by a 5-4 vote.

Now, upon the passing of Judges Reinhardt and Pregerson, President Trump has the opportunity to reshape the composition of the 9th Circuit like no other President in the past 40 years.

Given that the 9th Circuit struck down Trump’s Travel Bans 1.0 and 2.0 as unconstitutional, it can be expected that the President will nominate judges to the court who are likely to go along with his extreme anti-immigration agenda.

8. Shusterman’s Upcoming Immigration Seminars

UCLA Student Legal Services
Westwood, California
June 4, 2018

American Immigration Lawyers Association
AILA Annual Conference
San Francisco, California
June 13-16, 2018
Topic: Doing the Math: Addressing the Complexities of the CSPA

Professionals in Human Resources Association: Los Angeles Chapter
Los Angeles, California
June 20, 2018
Topic: Complying with Both Federal and State Immigration Laws

Professionals in Human Resources Association: Ventura Chapter
Ventura, California
June 21, 2018
Topic: Complying with Both Federal and State Immigration Laws

Professionals in Human Resources Association: North Orange County Chapter
Orange County, California
July 19, 2018
Topic: Complying with Both Federal and State Immigration Laws

UC Immigrant Legal Services Center
Irvine, California
July 30, 2018
Topic: Preparing a Client for a Consular Interview

Professionals in Human Resources Association: Riverside Chapter
Riverside, California
August 9, 2018
Topic: Complying with Both Federal and State Immigration Laws

Immigration Clinic
St. John the Baptist Catholic Church
October 4, 2018

America Immigration Lawyers Association
Lima, Peru
November 16, 2018
Topic: Dissecting Unlawful Presence and Preparing Your Client for Visa Interviews Abroad

 

9. Jobs & Green Cards for RNs & MedTechs – Free Legal Help!

Are you a Registered Nurse or a Medical Technologist or a Speech Language Pathologist who is looking for a job in the US?

What if you could find a job, a work visa, and green cards for you and your family to live in the US? And what if the cost to you for all of this was zero dollars?

Hard to believe? Let me explain:

Our law firm represents over 100 hospitals across the country, and the nurse shortage in the US is coming back.

Our hospitals are in need of hundreds of RNs as well as Medical Technologists and other healthcare professionals. They are looking for both US and foreign-born RNs, and they will pay all of our attorneys’ fees, USCIS filing fees and more!

We have a video and a web page for those who are interested in applying for employment and sponsorship.

If you are a foreign nurse, a medical technologist or a speech language pathologist and need a job in the US and the job requires a work visa and/or green card, please do the following:

Send an e-mail message to egarcia@shusterman.com

In your message, please provide the following information:

1. Have you passed the NCLEX exam?
2. Do you have a current RN license in the US? If so, from what state(s)?
3. Have you taken and passed the IELTS or TOEFL exam?
4. Do you have a valid VisaScreen certificate?
5. Do you have any immediate family members accompanying you to the United States (spouse and children)?
6. Have you ever been petitioned by any US sponsor and hold an old priority date? If so, what is your priority date?
7. If you are present in the US, what is your current immigration status?
8. What is your RN background (area of expertise)?
9. What is your country of birth?
10. What is your country of citizenship?
11. What is your phone number?

If you are a CLS or a Speech Language Pathologist, please amend the above questions accordingly.

We will forward your response to our hospitals, and if they are interested, they will contact you. Please do not contact our law firm until after you hear from one of our hospitals.

We look forward to helping you!

10. Winner for Our May 2018 Immigration Trivia Quiz!

May’s Immigration Quiz was entitled: Immigrant Food Product Founders

Here is the message we received from our winner, Rosemarie:

“… I have a small nonprofit in Los Angeles. I frequently refer people to immigration lawyers when their cases are complicated.

1) Hamdi Ulukaya (born October 26, 1972) is a Turkish businessman, entrepreneur, investor, and philanthropist of Kurdish background, based in the United States. Originating from a dairy-farming family in Erzincan, a small village in Turkey, Ulukaya immigrated to the U.S. in 1994. Ulukaya is the owner, founder, Chairman, and CEO of Chobani, the #1-selling strained yogurt (Greek-style) brand in the United States.

2) Henry John Heinz (October 11, 1844 – May 14, 1919) was a German-American entrepreneur who founded the H. J. Heinz Company based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He was born in that city, the son of German immigrants from the Palatinate who came independently to the United States in the early 1840s.

3) Andrew Cherng (pronounced Chur-ng; born April 1948) is a Chinese-born American billionaire restaurateur. He is the founder and chairman of Panda Restaurant Group, based in Rosemead, California

4) Prudencio Unanue Ortiz, migrated from Spain in the 20th century and established Goya Foods, the largest Hispanic/Latino-owned food company in the United States.

… I read your newsletter regularly.  Thank you so much.”

Congratulations, Rosemarie! And thank you for keeping up with our newsletter!

Carl Shusterman

Certified Specialist in Immigration Law, State Bar of California
Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) Attorney (1976-82)
Member of AILA Board of Governors (1988-97)
Law Offices of Carl Shusterman, 600 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1550
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Phone: (213) 623-4592 x0, Fax: (213) 623-3720

 

“No administration in modern U.S. history has placed such a high priority on immigration policy or had an almost exclusive focus on restricting flows, legal and unauthorized alike, and further maximizing enforcement.”

– Migration Policy Institute

 

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