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Bloggings on Dysfunctional Government

by Angelo Paparelli

Editor's note: Here are the latest entries from Angelo Paparelli's blog.

November 06, 2008

Immigration ICE Melts, USCIS Disingenuously Self-Promotes and Labor Caves

What message is conveyed when, in less than 24 hours after the election of Barack Obama, the director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Julie L. Myers, immigration raider extraordinaire, announces her resignation

What does it signify when two days after the vote, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) rushes out a self-congratulatory press release that tells nothing of its recent vendetta against the H-1B and L-1 visa categories?

What does it mean when the Department of Labor (DOL) stipulates to dismissal of the Fragomen suit rather than defend its chameleon-like blunders from June to September on the attorney's role in PERM recruitment?

It means that the immigration bureaucrats are running scared.   They realize that their extra-legal practices will soon face sunlight and scrutiny. They know that a new day is dawning in this nation of immigrants.

Newark Mayor Cory Booker -- interviewed on MSNBC after President-elect Obama's victory was confirmed -- said it best:

“I reject the idea of a post-racial America. I want to luxuriate in the racial deliciousness of our country: the Italian-Americans, the Irish-Americans, the Mexican-Americans. I mean, that’s what makes America great. We are a nation that celebrates racial diversity. We’re not Norway. We’re not South Korea. We are the United States of America. The story of America is bringing such differences together to manifest a united set of ideals, not a united culture, not a united language, not a united religion, but a united set of ideals. That was what made America dramatic when it was founded, the first country of its kind in humanity. So I reject that [the idea of a post-racial America]. I want to celebrate all of America: its richness, its diversity, its deliciousness.”