Immigrant job creator faces deportation
Asaf Darash, an Israeli entrepreneur, has created 15 jobs in San Francisco, yet the U.S. immigration system still places high hurdles for him to stay.
November 16th, 2012
03:30 PM ET

Immigrant job creator faces deportation

By Jose Pagliery @CNNMoney

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) - It doesn't matter that Asaf Darash started a U.S. company and created 15 jobs here. Federal immigration officials might kick him out anyway.

It's not that he did anything wrong. Rather, he's tangled in a web of immigration policies that are tough on entrepreneurs.

Darash, 38, originally came here from Israel for college and returned in 2010 to launch Regpack, a software company in San Francisco. It's growing so fast, the company already needs to add another 10 workers.

But instead of focusing on expanding his company, Darash has been fighting to stay in the country.

To fulfill requests by immigration officials, he's spent half of every day since August searching for bank statements, invoices, payroll, board meeting records and more.

"I'm in bureaucratic hell," he said. "All I do is find documents all day and deal with lawyers and accountants."

That's because he is caught in the immigrant entrepreneur trap. There's no such thing as a U.S. entrepreneur visa, so immigrants are forced to find other solutions.

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  1. crappygovernment

    Americans are sick of dual-citizens and the 3rd world scabs they have brought here since those radicals changed our immigration laws in 1965.

    December 6, 2012 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  2. g.r.r.

    Too bad. This is the kind of immigrants that we NEED. Basically, he should be getting a much easier path to citizenship then what is bring provided. Hopefully, CONgress will address this issue soon.

    November 26, 2012 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Bee

    The immigration system in America is a modern day slavery, it's like you in prison w/ out the barbed fence. I came to America almost 12 years ago, went to school, got a high school diploma, never got in trouble with the law, paying taxes on years that I worked, 2 years ago I've applied for readjustment on my illegal status and I came to find out the result last month the judge ordered me to be deported by 12/10/2012. I dont what to do. I spend over $8,000 on legal fees. This is home to me since I was 15 years of age, now 27 with 2 daughters, am going through the worst moments in life.

    November 18, 2012 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
    • g.r.r.

      Sorry to hear that. While I am opposed to illegals being here, it is those that CHOSE to come here that I oppose. Hopefully, CONgress will address this issue this year. We need to require e-verify for all jobs, BUT, we also need to make a citizenship path for ppl like you. However, I will say that whomever brought you here, likely came here illegally and they need to go back.

      November 26, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |