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Yesterday, November 20, 2014 was a huge day in the immigration arena, a festive Thanksgiving buffet of options for a range of potential immigrants.  First, President Obama without much fanfare designated Temporary Protected Status for up to 18 months for nationals of the nations of Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia which are struggling with an epidemic of Ebola.  Then in a highly publicized, televised event, the president announced that he is once again taking executive action which will lift the threat of deportation from a large class of people currently living in the U.S. without legal status.  This new action is similar in kind to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program of 2012, which I have written about before.

The exact parameters of who will be eligible for deferred action or prosecutorial discretion under the new programs have not been announced, but the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service has posted a basic overview of expected programs on its website.  High...

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Visas for Entrepreneurs?

From Robert Morris to Levi Strauss to Sergey Brin, immigrants have built the businesses which built our nation from colonial times to the current day.  The immigrant shopkeeper and restaurant owner are stock characters in American movies, literature, and TV.  Here in Chicago, more than 27% of all businesses are owned by immigrants, according to statistics from the American Immigration Council, with immigrants going into business at a higher rate than those of us born in the U.S.

Given the history, prevalence, and cultural influence of immigrant entrepreneurs, most people assume that any person with a strong work ethic, a bright idea, and some money to start things off could come to the U.S. and start a business. The Obama administration has also been promoting the idea of entrepreneur immigration, through an "entrepreneur in residence" program which brought in business leaders to advise immigration bureaucrats on policies and practices to support entrepreneurs...
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