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Coronavirus China Travel Ban Reveals Prejudice Against Parents And Six Nation Ban Hodgepodge Thinking
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Alan Lee, Esq.
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The White House proclamation of January 31, 2020, on the suspension of
persons entering the US from China emphasizes the Administration’s view
that parents of US citizens and permanent residents are not worthy of entry
to this country. The “Proclamation on Suspension of Entry As Immigrants and
Nonimmigrants of Persons Who Pose a Risk of Transmitting 2019 Novel
Coronavirus” excludes persons attempting to enter the US with certain
exceptions including spouses and children of US citizens and permanent
residents, but bars parents except where they have a US citizen or LPR
child who is unmarried and under the age of 21.
One may ask why parents are largely excluded when the Immigration and
Nationality Act classifies parents of US citizens over the age of 21
“immediate relatives,” the most favored category in the immigration scheme.
Immediate relatives always have visa availability, do not have to wait in
any backlogs, and those who violate their legal periods of stay in the US
are still allowed to adjust status to permanent residence in this country.
In addition, many grounds of removal are waivable for immediate relatives.
The privileged position of immediate relative parents, however, is a thorn
in the side to the Administration, which strongly promoted and endorsed the
2017 Reforming American Immigration for Strong Employment (RAISE) Act which
would have eliminated the parent category if passed. Mr. Trump himself came
under subsequent criticism as his derogatory “chain migration” phrase was
discovered to have been the vehicle for the immigration of his
parents-in-law. Currently parents are largely the targets of the
Administration’s collateral attacks on their privileged status –the new
public charge rule due to be implemented on February 24, 2020, and the
enjoined presidential proclamation requiring immigrants to show the ability
to obtain health insurance within 30 days of entry to the US.
Barring the parents of adult US citizens and permanent residents makes
little sense, especially in light of the rigid screening and quarantine
process in place for persons from China who enter the country. Even if the
current precautions fail to detect the coronavirus, this group of immediate
relatives generally stays at home and is not as active as others, thus
further reducing the chances of transmission.
Concerning the new six-nation terrorism ban against Eritrea, Kyrgystan,
Myanmar (Burma), Nigeria, Sudan and Tanzania announced on the same
day,“Proclamation on Improving Enhanced Vetting Capabilities and Processes
for Detecting Attempted Entry,”this appears to be a mess of illogical
thinking not furthering any strategic goal other than keeping out mostly
persons of color who wish to immigrate. The measure makes no sense if the
goal is to keep out people who may have terroristic tendencies as there is
no ban on nonimmigrant entries. So persons from these six countries could
still come to the US under visitors visas or more permanent nonimmigrant
visas allowing them years to remain in this country cooking up plots if
they were so inclined. In looking at the ban, four countries, Eritrea,
Kyrgystan, Myanmar and Nigeria are entirely banned from sending immigrants
to this country except for special immigrants who have provided assistance
to the US government, and visa lottery immigrant (DV) entrants are barred
from Sudan and Tanzania. The logic behind this ban is entirely elusive. The
announced purpose of the travel bans is to punish countries that are
unwilling or unable to improve their information sharing to assist the
United States in assessing national security and public safety threats. Yet
the halfway measures show that national security is not the true purpose of
The president of course has shown the ability to have his travel bans
enforced in cases that have gone as high as the Supreme Court. Yet one
might wish for logic rather than just bias and/or playing to Mr. Trump’s
base in an election year.
About The Author<br/>
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<b>Alan Lee, Esq. </b> is an exclusive practitioner of immigration law based in New York City with an AV preeminent rating in the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory for 20+ years, registered in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, on the New York Super Lawyers list (2011-12, 2013-14, 2014-2015, 2015-2019), and recognized as a New York Area Top Rated Lawyer. He has written extensively on immigration over the past years for Interpreter Releases, Immigration Daily, and the ethnic newspapers, World Journal, Sing Tao, Epoch Times, Pakistan Calling, Muhasba and OCS; testified as an expert on immigration in civil court proceedings; and is a regular contributor to Martindale-Hubbell’s Ask-a-Lawyer program. His article, “The Bush Temporary Worker Proposal and Comparative Pending Legislation: an Analysis” was Interpreter Releases’ cover display article at the American Immigration Lawyers Association annual conference in 2004; his 2004 case in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, Firstland International v. INS, successfully challenged Legacy INS’ policy of over 40 years of revoking approved immigrant visa petitions under a nebulous standard of proof, although its central holding that the government had to notify approved immigrant petition holders of the revocation prior to the their departure to the U. S. for the petition to be able to be revoked was short-lived as it was specifically targeted in the Intelligence Reform Act of 2004 (which in response changed the language of the revocation statute itself). Yet Firstland lives on as precedent that the government must comply with nondiscretionary duties established in law, and such failure is reviewable in federal courts. His 2015 case, Matter of Leacheng International, Inc., with the Administrative Appeals Office of USCIS (AAO) set nation-wide standards on the definition of “doing business” for multinational executives and managers to gain immigration benefits.
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