Bloggings On Immigration Law And Policy
by Greg Siskind
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January 19, 2010
THOUSANDS PROTEST AGAINST SHERIFF JOE
Ten thousand protesters marched outside the Maricopa County Jail in Phoenix to protest Sheriff Joe Arpaio's immigration enforcement policies. Can't think of a sheriff who got that kind of protest since the civil rights movement of the 60s. I'm not holding my breath that the Arpaio cares.
DOBBS WON'T RUN
ANTIS HOPING FOR GOP WIN IN MASSACHUSETTS
Massachusetts Republcian Scott Brown's web site has a pretty harsh position paper on immigration - the typical tea party-esque xenophobia one expects from the far right. All about enforcement and nothing about dealing with the millions of immigrants currently hear without status (other than deporting them all) or reforming our broken legal immigration system. Brown has been portraying himself as a moderate, but those in the Bay State who consider themselves pro-immigration should pay heed.
More telling is the ringing endorsement Brown got from anti-immigrant ALIPAC.
Hopefully, Brown will either lose or he's planning on taking a more moderate approach to the issue than he's letting on.
DHS CONFERS PAROLE STATUS ON CERTAIN HAITIAN ORPHANS
The other day I blogged that plans were in the works to airlift Haitian orphan children to the US. Today, Secretary Napolitano announced the first measure related to this. Children who are already in the adoption process - either because they have been legally confirmed as orphans eligible for intracountry adoption by the Haitian government or children who have been found eligible for adoption by an adoption agency and matched to prospective parents in the US - will be eligible to enter the US in humanitarian parole status.
TPS FAQ FOR HAITIANS
Haitians in the United States on January 12, 2010 are going to be eligible for Temporary Protected Status for 18 months. An estimated 100,000 to 200,000 applicants will be permitted to file as soon as notice is posted in the Federal Register (probably early this week). Here is an FAQ on Temporary Protected Status that I think is a little more concise and easier to understand than the one published by USCIS and it's also broad enough to provide information to TPS countries other than Haiti. As always, I don't mind people emailing me suggestions for improving the document or if they have corrections.
FAQs of Temporary Protected Status for Haitians -
STEVE KING WANTS TO DEPORT HAITIANS
The Ranking Member of the House Immigration Subcommittee would like to deport all Haitians so they can help rebuild their country. Yeah, I'm sure that's what's motivating this "compassionate" proposal. Wonkette, the often hilarious DC gossip blog, has nicknamed King The #1 A@#hole in Congress for just this sort of rhetoric.
MIAMI'S KROME DETENTION CENTER BRACING FOR HAITIAN INFLUX
Helping to save lives and deliver aid to people in Haiti is clearly the right thing to do from a humanitarian viewpoint. But the White House also realizes that if people have no hope for their future in Haiti, they will take to the sea. Rebuilding Haiti will be a key foreign policy goal for the US for just this reason, but it is inevitable that people will still try to come. And US officials are beginning to prepare. According to the Miami Herald, DHS is planning to use the Krome detention center in Miami to house Haitians if a mass influx begins.
IF YOU LIKE BIG GOVERNMENT, YOU'LL FIT RIGHT IN WITH THE ANTIS
A reader sent me a link to a post at the The Future of Capitalism blog reminding folks that being pro-immigration fits right in to a conservative agenda:
David Cameron, the British "Conservative" Party leader who favors a top income tax rate of 50%, also wants immigration restrictions that would limit Great Britain's population over the next 20 years to 70 million. The Financial Times has an editorial with some reasons this is a bad idea. Here in America, the restrictionist Federation for American Immigration Reform is a bronze sponsor of next month's National Tea Party Convention. Here at FutureOfCapitalism.com, we think that freedom includes free movement of people across borders, rather that protectionist restrictions on labor.
CBP OFFICERS TARGETING INDIAN H-1B ENTRANTS
My friend Cyrus Mehta reports on a disturbing incident that occurred last week at Newark's international airport. Apparently CBP officers got hold of the new Neufeld memorandum on H-1B workers at third party work sites and decided to start applying it on their own. Aside from being contrary to established procedures for revoking visas, CBP officers made inappropriate comments and issued threats that cry out for some form of disciplinary action by DHS:
The dumbest comment made by CBP, however, is the one where the officer complained that Indian IT workers were paid so much more than US workers. Anti-H-1B types (who will no doubt post obnoxious comments after I publish this) regularly argue that H-1Bs are underpaid compared to their American counterparts. That's like when antis claim in one breath that immigrants steal jobs from Americans and then in the next complain that they come here to mooch off the Welfare system.
TPS GRANTED FOR HAITIANS
Just announced by Secretary Napolitano. Blogging from my iPhone so I'll report more later.
CYNTHIA RYAN, RIP
I just learned that sad news that a former colleague of mine, Cynthia Ryan, an immigration lawyer in New York City passed away. Cynthia practiced immigration law for nearly two decades and was a very capable lawyer who helped many people. She was also a warm, very funny and gracious person who was well-liked by those who knew her. I wish her friends and family consolation in their time of sorrow. We'll miss you Cynthia.
CLINTON HINTS THAT WHITE HOUSE WILL GRANT HAITIANS LEGAL STATUS
It's not official, but it sounds like the Obama Administration is getting ready to make some news. Secretary Clinton told CBS News today:
That sounds like Temporary Protected Status or Deferred Enforced Departure.
CATHOLIC CHURCH, WHITE HOUSE PLANNING TO AIRLIFT ORPHANS FROM HAITI
In the early 1960s, President Eisenhower worked with the Catholic Church to airlift 14,000+ unaccompanied minors from Cuba to America in an effort called Operation Pedro Pan. In a similar effort, President Obama is working with the Catholic Church to possibly airlift thousands of orphans from Haiti and allow them to remain in the US in a humanitarian parole status. Obviously, this will be a huge challenge and it is always a difficult decision to remove children from their homeland, but the future for orphans in Haiti seems very grim.
LA RAZA CALLS FOR TPS FOR HAITIANS
This is commendable and also an interesting development because it means that the pro-immigration community is essentially saying that it is necessary to allow one group to receive an important immigration benefit out of lockstep with comprehensive immigration reform. Of course, the circumstances are extreme and allowing Haitians in the US - those here legally and illegally - the ability to stay and work here in order to help their country on its long road to recovery is crucial.
Incidentally, the anti-immigrants at FAIR issued an interesting press release today showing their great humanity. They want to grant TPS to Haitians. But for every Haitian who is allowed to stay, someone else here on TPS needs to be deported. Lovely people.
ANTI-IMMIGRATION LEADER ADMITS TPS FOR HAITIANS IS NEEDED
Center for Immigration Studies head Mark Krikorian blogs today on the subject:
He does criticize TPS, of course. And he suggests that if TPS is granted, it will encourage waves of boat people. Of course, with 100,000+ likely dead and mass starvation on the near term horizon, people will be taking to the sea regardless. And TPS is, by its rules, limited to people in the US on the day the White House issues the TPS order so people arriving later don't get the benefit. Still, it's encouraging to at least see the voice of reason coming from CIS on this issue.
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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