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Trump Administration to Require in-person interviews for employment-based green cards

Not extreme vetting; extreme lunacy.

The new requirement, which was confirmed Friday by a spokesman for the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, will apply to anyone moving from an employment-based visa to lawful permanent residency.

The interview mandate is part of President Donald Trump’s plan to apply “extreme vetting” to immigrants and visitors to the U.S.

Until about 10 years ago, in-person interviews for people moving from employment visas to green cards were standard. But this was changed when The USCIS realized that most of the time it was a colossal waste of everyone’s time and a waste of government resources.

I have written several blogs and have always tried to keep them informative and neutral. But today, I decided not to take the “high road” because President Trump is a Jackass. There, I said it. It’s how I feel. And if you disagree with me, that’s fine; just be aware that once this new regulation has been implemented, the backlogs in employment-based categories are going to increase dramatically. This is not “extreme vetting” this is extreme lunacy, and a colossal waste of time.

In fiscal year 2015, nearly 168,000 immigrants in these categories obtained lawful permanent residency, according to annual statistics from the Department of Homeland Security. Most (roughly 122,000) moved from an employment-based visa to a green card. Most of these cases did not require an in-person interview. Why? Because if the intending immigrant is not a drug trafficker or an alien smuggler or a wife beater or a bank robber or selling heroin or murdering innocent people, they will receive their green card. And, as it now stands, all intending immigrants are fingerprinted and IF they have an arrest or a conviction, they are called in for an interview to determine if they are removable or inadmissible.

So, what is this new rule accomplishing? Nothing.

Not to mention the inconvenience to business travelers who will need to reschedule interviews and to the immigration attorneys who will now have to travel around the U.S. attending these waste-of-time interviews. I find this incredibly disheartening on so many levels. Not the least of which is the fact that we have become a reverse brain-drain country that allows people to come in and study, research, create, and then we make is nearly impossible to stay. I just don’t understand how this Makes America Great Again?

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