The second EB-5 conference presented by the American Immigration Lawyers Association was another huge success. More than 425 people attended the August 27 conference, which is a 30 percent increase over the first conference in San Francisco last October 19.
The panel discussions were very good. It became apparent that the problems the EB-5 Program faces are in some part being created by the federal agency charged with overseeing it, USCIS, and in part by regional centers not playing by the rules.
In large measure, however, it is USCIS that is openly hostile to the EB-5 Program and is not interested in Congress's intent that the EB-5 Program become a job-creating engine. It still sputters, and for reasons that only USCIS knows.
Boston was a great setting for the conference and the Seaport Hotel was a fine facility for this size conference.