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  1. So apparently Canada's policy is to automatically deny entry to any non-Canadian in CBP/ICE custody for crossing the US border illegally. As non-citizens, Canada isn't obligated to accept them, so they don't. So that in and of itself doesn't imply that CBP is being reasonable here. But the $16k in the car? That's a showstopper for the benefit of the doubt right there. Nobody just happens to be carrying that kind of cash when on an "innocent Sunday drive while on vacation in Canada". Nobody. Either they were trying to immigrate illegally, or they were planning to do some extremely shady cash purchases with that money.
  2. The various articles have said they expect the actual deportation back to the UK to happen this week, perhaps as early as today, but they were picked up on the 2nd so yeah, it's been a little while.
  3. Carrying $16000 cash in any currency is highly suspicious in almost any context (deeply eccentric, at best), let alone in a car quietly sneaking across the US border in the middle of the night (!), containing multiple adults who have been denied US visas (!!), and who are subsequently denied reentry to Canada (!!!). [None of which was thought to be terribly relevant by the first WP "journalist". Propaganda, indeed!] Their being detained is the system working completely and perfectly as designed. You can quibble about the conditions in the detention centers, but there is much more than reasonable probable cause here to suspect attempted illegal immigration, and detaining them pending deportation to the UK was absolutely the correct thing to do.
  4. I was thinking of posting this yesterday but I got busy. Nothing about this story as presented by that hack at the WP passes the sniff test. A really interesting wrinkle to the NYT version of this story that the WP completely failed to mention was that Canada refused to readmit them. Like, say what? That's kinda relevant. It might even be the whole (removed) story. It's pretty freakin' sad when the NY freakin' T is the balanced reasonable coverage. Every other paper on the planet just reprinted the WP hack job verbatim.
  5. So I sat down and read the actual proclamation. The proclamation does not affect K-1 applicants. Period. Set your mind at ease. The proclamation does not affect what will happen at your PoE - there will be no change in any of the procedure the CBP officer follows to admit you. The proclamation does not affect an AOS in any way shape or from - there will be no change in any of the procedures USCIS use to adjudicate your AOS. The only government employee whose behavior is changed by this is the consular officer considering giving you an immigrant visa. They will want to see a plan for getting you insurance within 30 days of entry. For spousal visa entrants, this shouldn't change much of anything - leaving your home country's health coverage is a sufficient change-of-life event to allow you to be added to your sponsoring spouse's insurance in the overwhelming majority of cases, and most spousal visa entrants are already ending up on their spouse's insurance within 30 days of entry anyways. Yes, it sucks if your sponsoring spouse doesn't have insurance to add you to. But really, if they're in that boat, then they didn't really have any business sponsoring you since there is pretty good odds you were going to end up using means tested public benefits anyways, and yes, this is aimed at you. The other people who are most affected by this are familiy reunion visa applicants - typically parents - and diversity visa entrants - parents cannot typically be added to employer insurance and DV entrants have no sponsors. If they cannot afford to purchase a marketplace health insurance plan within 30 days of entry, then yes, this is aimed at them too. Personally, I was a K-1 entrant - this would not have directly affected me. But in a way it did anyways: my USC then-fiancee was unemployed, her parents cosponsored me, and there was no real way for me to get US health insurance until I statred working, which would take months. And you can bet the consular officer asked me about that, and took it into consideration. As well they should have.
  6. This still blows my mind. Both his actual circumstance, and how desperately the article's author or editor is working to whitewash and nothingburger what are objectively ridiculously serious issues with his entire immigration case. The divorce documents thing seems like, by itself, it should have been recoverable. I know Islam has that divorce ritual that doesn't generate documentation, and if they left on bad terms I can see that being an issue, but they should have been able to get a civil authority or imam to issue something, even just notarized affidavits from family members. On the other hand, omitting <ahem> IRANIAN MILITARY SERVICE (!!!) from his student visa application? That was unrecoverable. That's not just material misrepresentation, that is the literal sine qua non of material misrepresentation! I'm not certain I can actually imagine an instance of material representation that would possibly be bigger or worse, without being literally Al-Qaeda membership or murder convictions or something. And I literally cannot imagine that state of mind that would "innocently" consider it "nothing", let alone think that they can casually just not mention it on an application that specifically asks about military service, and expect it to squeak by. Frankly, it's a black mark on the DoS that he got a student visa in the first place. And yeah, once you've got material representation in your immigration file (and a Doozy Whopper of an MR at that!), once you've been caught at that, it's done. Your're done. Everything since then was an utterly futile delaying action. You ain't never gonna get a GC with that in your file, no matter what the ACLU manage to get a court to do to the FBI, or what a subsequent administration decides about Basij, or anything else. A future US president could literally hire the Iranian Revolutionary Guard to replace the Secret Service, and this guy still isn't gonna get a GC from USCIS. [The FBI, it seems, have almost literally nothing to do with his immigration issues, contrary to the headline.] Equivocating between the [probably harmless] high-school branch of Basij, and the college-level branch that apparently goes out and beats up college protesters on behalf of the state, that was pretty bad too.
  7. His US immigration trajectory was doomed the instant he omitted his military service on his student visa application. [And quite possibly before that when he failed to obtain documentation for his divorce.] And any of us could have told him that 5 years ago. Him moving to China is, frankly, the system working as designed. Hope he was more forthcoming with them.
  8. This, folks, is what material misrepresentation [particularly omission] looks like. And it is a showstopper. You can try to drag out the fight, but you ain't ever coming back from it. If you do not tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, in every single interaction you ever have with US immigration authorities, it will ruin your life.
  9. The upshot is: trying to get a green card based on marriage to a USC after entering on a student visa, a very short prior marriage with no documentation of divorce, didn't mention Iranian military service on his student visa application, and high-school membership in what sounds like a religious branch of a quasi-military organization. Oh yeah, and filed a second AOS after the first was denied. Not to mention the intrinsic red flags of being Iranian with a STEM background. [Though, of course, these little details are all scattered around towards the end of a longish article. Bury the lead much, CNN?] Can't say I'm terribly surprised he got flagged for a lot of extra scrutiny. Very interesting info about the security background check program though.
  10. https://www.mercurynews.com/2019/10/03/he-applied-for-a-green-card-then-the-fbi-came-calling/ Mehdi Ostadhassan was at an academic conference when he received a mysterious phone call from the FBI. The Iranian native had moved to Grand Forks, North Dakota, in 2009 to study petroleum engineering. After marrying an American citizen and becoming an assistant professor at the University of North Dakota, Ostadhassan applied for a green card. But his interview with an immigration officer in the spring 2014 was abruptly cancelled without explanation. And then, months later, came this call..
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