Dallas Business Journal August 11, 2015 by Korri Kezar
Fogo de Chao (Nasdaq: FOGO) is serving immigration authorities a new lawsuit accusing U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and the Department of Homeland Security of illegally denying visas to Brazilian-born chefs.
The Dallas company, which runs more than two dozen Brazilian steakhouses, across the country and in Brazil, filed a lawsuit against U.S. immigration authorities last year after they denied L-1B visa applications for two Brazilian citizens. Fogo de Chao wanted to bring two Brazilian chefs, or gauchos, to the U.S. to work in American Fogo restaurants, arguing that they had “culturally acquired knowledge” that is “an essential part of Fogo’s business model.”
A business model like Chipotle's? Hire aliens to crank out cheap food? Or Chuy's, another chain with "culturally acquired knowledge?" Replacing American workers with aliens is a business model, but not authorized by any visa program.