Miller Mayer immigration attorney Steve Yale-Loehr was quoted in the following publications:

On Diversity Visas:

  • “It is a complicated and lengthy process. Among other things, the consular officer must make sure the individual is not ‘inadmissible.’ This means that the person has not committed a crime, doesn’t have a serious health problem, isn’t a terrorist, hasn’t committed fraud, and hasn’t overstayed in the U.S. before. The diversity lottery is a true lottery. There is no way a foreign government can game the lottery to offload the worst of their citizenry.”

On the White House’s immigration proposal:

  • “I think the White House proposal is dead on arrival. Substantively it contains too many poison pills for Democrats to swallow,” he said, and “it also may go too far for conservative Republicans who are opposed to granting legalization for up to 1.8 million noncitizens.”

On a federal court decision ordering immigration officials to release a detained immigration activist who was ordered deported:

  • Calling the decision “groundbreaking,” he said, “It holds that the Constitution requires the government to give people subject to a final deportation order time to arrange their affairs.” But he cautioned, “Today’s decision was long on rhetoric and short on careful legal analysis. I worry that a higher court may reverse.”

On temporary protected status for Syrians:

  • “If the administration wants to make it known that they are considering whether to extend TPS on a case-by-case basis, Syria presents a much clearer case why it should be extended.” If they rescind the protection for Syrians, “then it signals that they think the concept and philosophy of TPS is unwarranted,” he said.

On the decline in student and B visas issued in certain countries:

  • Stating that the percentage changes were “higher than I would have anticipated,” Mr. Yale-Loehr added, “The fact that despite the exception that theoretically allows students from Iran to come to the United States we still see a 24 percent decrease in the number of F-1 visas granted from Iran, shows that there is a de facto travel ban in place for many students from Iran even though legally they are allowed to apply to come under the same conditions as before.”