Bloggings On Immigration Law And Policy
by Greg Siskind
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August 18, 2009
WHITE HOUSE HOSTING IMMIGRATION SUMMIT II
Secretary Janet Napolitano is scheduled to host about 130 leaders from immigration advocacy, religious, business and law enforcement groups to discuss immigration reform plans. The meeting at the White House will take place on Thursday.
Just a reminder that we'll have our latest free teleconference tomorrow afternoon at 4 pm eastern/3 pm central/2 pm mountain/1 pm pacific time. The subject will be E-Verify and we'll talk about how the system works and whether it's a good move for your organization to sign up or not. To register, go to my web site here.
August 17, 2009
ACLU DISCOVERS 11 UNREPORTED DEATHS AT ICE DETENTION FACILITIES
From the American Civil Liberties Union:
Prompted by an American Civil Liberties Union lawsuit seeking previously unreleased documents related to the deaths of immigration detainees in U.S. custody, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials today revealed 11 deaths that have occurred at detention facilities since 2004 that the government had previously failed to publicly disclose.
The New York Times reports on an uptick in legal actions against less than honest attorneys who bilk clients needing immigration services. In my two decades in practice, I've come across a number of these cases. But they usually increase in number as people grow more desperate. The article points out that a lot of bad lawyers come out of the woodwork to target immigrants when news is circulating of possible government programs that will help people resolve their immigration problems.
The article doesn't discuss the topic, but a related problem involves "notarios" - people who pose as lawyers when targeting immigration clients. Prosecutions nationwide against people in this category have also been on the upswing.
August 15, 2009
ONLINE COMMUNITY FIGHTS TO STOP DEPORTATION OF YOUNG WOMAN
The latest example of people from around the country coming together to stop the deportation of a young person who would be a great candidate for the DREAM Act. She's set to be deported on August 19th and needs everyone's help. Here is the link to Herta's story. Go to this page if you have Facebook.
The Washington Post reports on a strange story pitting the State Department's Voice of America broadcast service with DHS' Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Stories like this are playing out across the US. President Obama campaigned saying he would fight to scrap the appalling Defense of Marriage Act. Hopefully, he will put this on his agenda soon.
Phoenix sheriff Joe Arpaio is creating more controversy with a raid on a local paper company. The sheriff's office arrested 44 people at the Royal Paper Converting Company for employer sanctions violations. One has to wonder how DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano will react. DHS has ceased work site raids of this sort and Arpaio's authority to conduct such raids is presumably on the basis of the county's 287(g) agreement with DHS. I don't think it's clear that 287(g) would authorize such raids anyway, but this may be enough to cause DHS to yank the 287(g) agreement all together. There's no love lost between Arpaio and Napolitano and Arpaio has openly defied warnings recently that he's gone too far.
Here's another more detailed account from another Phoenix paper.
Greg Siskind is a partner in Siskind Susser's Memphis, Tennessee, office. After graduating magna cum laude from Vanderbilt University, he received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Chicago. Mr. Siskind is a member of AILA, a board member of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, and a member of the ABA, where he serves on the LPM Publishing Board as Marketing Vice Chairman. He is the author of several books, including the J Visa Guidebook and The Lawyer's Guide to Marketing on the Internet. Mr. Siskind practices all areas of immigration law, specializing in immigration matters of the health care and technology industries. He can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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