Writer, Scholar, Attorney

I am an Attorney of Counsel at Miller Mayer LLP, Professor of Immigration Law Practice at Cornell Law School, and Nonresident Fellow at the Migration Policy Institute. I am also co-author of Immigration Law and Procedure, a 21-volume treatise on immigration law. View my credentials.

Expert Witness

I have testified before Congress and in state and federal court on a variety of immigration issues. Links to cases and my congressional testimony are available here.

Media Relations

Immigration is headline news. I help members of the media understand the complicated legal issues behind controversial immigration topics. View some of my media clips here.


CNN: DACA ruling further complicates complex legal path forward

The April 24 ruling on DACA by Judge Bates gives the Trump administration 90 days to justify legal grounds to eliminate DACA. This decision, although a victory for Dreamers, further muddles the litigation on this issue. "Overall it's a pretty murky area...
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New York Times: U.S. Must Keep DACA and Accept New Applications, Federal Judge Rules

On April 24 a federal judge ruled to keep DACA and that the government must resume accepting new applications. The ruling is a major setback to the Trump administration's efforts to eliminate DACA in a series of immigration cuts. Stephen Yale-Loehr, a...
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Op-Ed Published in The NY Daily News

I coauthored an op-ed about how the Trump administration’s immigration policy changes are hurting US colleges and international students. On April 6, The NY Daily News published the piece, titled, "Trump is repelling international college students from...
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State Department’s New Social Media Rules for Visa Applicants

I was quoted in two publications about the State Department’s new proposed requirement for visa applicants to disclose their social media usage for the last five years. On March 31, I spoke with Quartz on how the new rules are a method for the Trump...
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Times of India: Indian H-1B filings set to drop by 50% this year

I was quoted in the Times of India on April 4 regarding H-1B filings. "H-1B visa rejection rates, including for renewals, have risen markedly. Stephen Yale-Loehr, professor of immigration law practice at Cornell Law School, said the number of H-1B...
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New York Times: Thousands of Indian Women Find Their American Dreams in Jeopardy

I was quoted in the April 6 New York Times article about visa backlogs for foreign nationals from India. “No one should be stuck waiting more than 10 years for a green card. It hurts employers and employees and their families,” said Stephen Yale-Loehr, a...
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China Daily: Spending bill likely to extend EB-5 program again

I spoke with China Daily on March 21 discussing the possibility of an EB-5 extension in the coming week. "It's expected that Congress will approve another clean extension (meaning no changes) to the current EB-5 program until September 30," Cornell...
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CNN, LA Times, and more: Supreme Court detention case, latest on DACA

Articles re Supreme Court detention decision: CNN: https://www.cnn.com/2018/02/27/politics/supreme-court-immigration-ruling-bond-hearing/index.html...
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TIME: When Does DACA Expire? The Supreme Court Just Gave Dreamers More Time

On February 26, the Supreme Court ruled to reinstate the DACA program, overruling a March 5 deadline set by the Trump administration for Congress to decide on the fate of the program. I was quoted in the article, here: The Supreme Court’s order and the...
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New York Times: Activist entitled to ‘freedom to say goodbye,’ judge rules

On Jan. 29, a Federal District Court judge in Manhattan ordered the release of Ravi Ragbir, an immigrant rights activist. The judge ruled Ragbir's Jan. 11 detention "unconstitutional and cruel". Judge Katherine B. Forrest says the activist should have been...
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