Houston Chronicle: Future unsure for visa lottery

Houston Chronicle: Future unsure for visa lottery

I spoke with the Houston Chronicle on January 3 on behalf of my NY Daily News op-ed that criticizes President Trump’s statements on the diversity visa lottery.

“Philosophically, you would think you could do a better job of picking people to come to the United States through important criteria, like people who have a unique talent, or are very smart, rather than just through a lottery. But after I looked at these statistics, and I saw that diversity visa lottery people are pretty much gainfully employed with a very low unemployment rate, I am now having second thoughts.”

The article can be accessed here.

Houston Chronicle: Advocates vow to fight broad deportation of immigrants

Houston Chronicle: Advocates vow to fight broad deportation of immigrants

Cities and universities across the U.S. are vowing to fight the President-elect’s anticipated anti-immigration measures. I spoke to the Houston Chronicle regarding the types of “sanctuary” that universities could offer to immigrant students.

Universities could also provide more counseling and legal assistance for students here illegally and train administrators and campus police on what information they are required to disclose to federal authorities, said Stephen Yale-Loehr, an immigration law expert at Cornell Law School in New York.

 

They could require immigration officials have an arrest warrant if they want to enter campus and detain students. And though it would not be legally binding, they could designate certain parts of the campus as safe spaces. Until now, federal agents have tended to avoid schools and churches.

 

“If every single campus in America does this to a degree, it will be very hard to go after everyone,” Yale-Loehr said.

The full article is available on the Houston Chronicle website.