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to the Pacific Northwest Cross Border Law Blog (“PNXBLB”).  The goal of this blog is to serve as a practice resource for other attorneys, so you won’t see any advertising masquerading as thoughtful content.  Daily updates are unlikely because producing useful posts will take some time.  If we are achieving our goal, however, then there should… Read More

SEC files complaint against Joel Burstein for conduct related to the Jay Peak EB-5 Fraud

On September 6, 2018 the SEC filed a complaint against Joel Burstein for conduct related to a fraudulent scheme connected to an EB-5 regional center. The SEC alleges that Mr. Burstein aided and abetted fraud “in connection with the purchase or sale” of securities, and aided and abetted fraud in the offer or sale of… Read More

Background on SEC v. South Atlantic Regional Center, et. al

This suit has been a long time coming. Both the SEC and the Department of Homeland Security have been aware of the issues with this project since at least as early as March 31, 2015. Investors in this project filed suit against the regional center, the promoters, and others in March 2015. The hotel at… Read More

Simple Planning for Canadians seeking admission to the US as visitors

Unlike citizens of most other countries, Canadians are not required to obtain a visa before applying for admission to the U.S. as visitors (8 CFR 212.1(a)). Instead, Canadians may apply for admission to the US as a visitor by proceeding to a US port of entry and presenting themselves for inspection. To be classified as… Read More

Cannabis, Canada Day, and crossing into the USA

Cross-border travel tends to increase significantly on Canadian long weekends. On the first business day after the long weekend, the phone starts to ring with people telling a familiar story. I pulled up to the booth. The officer sent me inside. When I got inside they asked if I ever smoked marijuana, and I said… Read More

Overlooked details in the story of the Canadian yarn merchant at the U.S. border

A week or two ago CBC ran this story about a Canadian vendor who landed a vendor’s booth at a trade show in Maryland. She loaded approximately “11 grand” worth of product into her car, along with an employee, her parents, and paperwork apparently in order, then proceeded to a U.S. port of entry. Ultimately,… Read More

A discussion of the SEC’s administrative enforcement action against Ireeco, LLC and Ireeco, Ltd.

Order Instituting Proceedings On June 23, 2015 the SEC initiated the first action “against brokers handling investments in the government’s EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program.” According to the Order Instituting Proceedings (“OIP”), Stephen Parnell and Andrew Bartlett formed Ireeco, LLC in 2006 in Boca Raton, Florida. Similarly, they formed Ireeco, Ltd. in 2012 in Hong Kong… Read More

Border Security: America’s Front Line – Season 1, Episode 13

She’s just a friend A Dutch traveler arrived by air in Detroit claiming that he was en route to Las Vegas to visit a friend. The inspecting officer asked him (1) if he was looking for work in the US, and (2) if he and his “friend” had talked about getting married. The traveler answered… Read More