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Crime / JusticeI am an immigration lawyer who has taken a case to the Supreme Court and testified before the US Senate, AMA about Donald Trump’s immigration plans!

Jan 16th 2017 by Shusterman_AMA • 15 Questions • 1442 Points

Hello Reddit, my name is Carl Shusterman! With immigration all over the news lately, and with Donald Trump’s inauguration this week, I figured I could help answer some of your questions about the future of immigration under a Trump presidency.

I worked as an INS Attorney (1976-1982) and, for the past 30+ years, have managed a law firm in downtown Los Angeles specializing exclusively in immigration law. In my view, the press has focused almost entirely on how a Trump Administration would impact the undocumented. I would like to open a discussion about what I believe will be the most drastic changes to our legal immigration system in more than 50 years.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carl_Shusterman

Here are some articles I’ve written on the topic: http://www.shusterman.com/newsletters-us-immigration/#1 http://www.shusterman.com/shustermans-immigration-update-december-2016/#1

Check out my website, it has tons of resources and information regarding immigration: http://www.shusterman.com

We also have a monthly newsletter you can subscribe to to keep up with all the latest immigration news: http://www.shusterman.com/newsletters-us-immigration

Proof https://www.facebook.com/132025573479564/photos/pb.132025573479564.-2207520000.1484350917./1533640583318049/?type=3&theater

EDIT: That was a lot of fun! Thank you so much for all of your questions. If you would like to schedule a consultation with our office regarding a personal immigration issue, you can do so at https://www.shusterman.com/schedule-immigration-consultation/

Q:

As a Brit with a professional career, how easy would it be for me to move to America?

A:

Not easy. The H1B temporary work visas for professionals have a lottery every spring. The number of people sponsored is 3-times the amount of people who can obtain numerically limited visas. You would need to be sponsored for a temporary work-visa by an employer in the United States.


Q:

What do you think of calls to overturn Hart–Celler?

In your opinion, what are the causes of differences in 'aggregate success' across immigrant groups of different origin?

A:

I think overturning Hart-Celler would be a huge mistake. The 1965 immigration law (Hart-Celler) opened immigration to the United States to all countries in the world. Prior to the '65 law, most immigration was restricted to European countries. Today, over 1 million people get green cards each year. Jeff Sessions and possibly president-elect Trump, would like to reduce this amount by 70% or more.


Q:

Why would overturning Hart-Celler be a huge mistake?

A:

There are several million people waiting to be reunited with their families in the U.S. Overturning Hart-Celler would keep these families separated permanently. Also, the United States is very dependent on foreign-born physicians who work in underserved areas, RNs who staff our hospitals, teachers who work in inner city areas, as well as other essential occupations. We represent cancer researchers who are working on new drugs and treatments for many forms of cancer.


Q:

is 1 million a year along with birth rates sustainable in the long run?

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Yes. 1 million immigrants a year is less than one-third of 1 percent of our population. Without immigration, the United States would fall into an economic slump comparable to Japan or Italy.


Q:

Which major effects do you think will Trump's administration have on legal immigration of professionals? As qualified Europeans, what do we need to watch out for and what should the US watch out for? Do you think the suffering from "reverse brain drain" will be significant? Should we just simply wait for the next president to attempt to immigration?

A:

Both president-elect Trump and Jeff Sessions would like to drastically reduce the number of H1B temporary professional visas. Their focus is almost exclusively on IT professionals. They would like the persons with the highest salaries to get H1B visas. This may be fine for the computer industry, but would lock-out the majority of teachers, researchers, and other professionals. What sense does it make for the U.S. to train foreign-born professionals and then make them return to their countries to compete with U.S. companies? Qualified professionals should apply for green cards immediately before the system changes.


Q:

What are Trump's plans in a nutshell? Every time he opens his mouth it's a little difficult to determine what he means versus what he...blurts out.

A:

Agreed. He has a 10-point immigration plan on his website. The most significant part of his plan, besides building a great wall and having Mexico pay for it, is reduced legal immigration to "historic norms". This may reduce legal immigration to the United States by over 70%. And severely impact our economy.


Q:

What is your opinion why political focus is more on undocumented immigrants taking low end jobs oppose to those on visas either through school etc and the effect on the job market for skilled labor?

A:

I think the focus has been on undocumented immigrants because they can be separated from their families and be deported from the United States. However, we should not forget about people who immigrate through their family members, through job skills, and through investment.


Q:

What kind of changes to immigration law do you want to see?

A:

I think that there is too much emphasis on family-based immigration, and ridiculous programs like the visa lottery. I would like to see some of these programs abolished and replaced with immigration categories that reward talent and education


Q:

If you could bring one person into America who would it be and why?

A:

Possibly Edward Snowden, the citizens of our country need an honest and open debate about how much privacy we are entitled to and whether the government should be allowed to snoop into our private lives.


Q:

Thanks for doing this AMA!

We've heard President-Elect Trump talk on the campaign trail about removing DACA as soon as he takes office, but after the election he switched it up and stated that he would 'work something out to make people happy and proud', what do you think will happen to this program once President-Elect Trump is in office? Also, What can we do to prepare if he does decide to not just cancel the program but also begin deporting Dreamers?

A:

In December 2016, the bi-partisan Bridge Act was introduced to protect dreamers, if approved by the Senate and the House, I believe president-elect Trump would sign the Bridge Act into law. If Trump attempts to deport dreamers, they would be entitled to hearings before immigration judges and they should apply for relief from deportation if eligible.


Q:

Any advice for moving in the coming years? I'm starting a phd and the US pays waaaaaaay better in my field.

A:

You may be able to immigrate through employment


Q:

Once you get your green card through employment is there a waiting period before you can go to another job? I mean in terms of when you apply for naturalization. It seems hat there rumors saying you have to wait 6 or 12 months otherwise you won't get citizenship.

A:

If you get a green card through employment you should not change jobs for a minimum of 60 days


Q:

Carl, is there any sort of official or credible database that is publicly available on the number and location of non immigrant visas and their country of origin? For example, if I wanted to see how many people from country X visited Disney world or how many people from country Y work in industry A in city Z?

A:

There are official databases of how many people from what countries of obtained temporary visas. Here are some resources: http://www.shusterman.com/departmentofstateusimmigration/

Although, I don't think they will tell you how many people visited Disney world.


Q:

I have a Polish friend that wants to immigrate to America and work there. What are some ways they could do it not including us getting married for a green card?

A:

A person may be able to immigrate to the US by being sponsored by family members, employment, the visa lottery, and/or investment


Q:

Thank your for doing this AMA, what are your thoughts on oatmeal cookies?

A:

Delicious!