Large Thanksgiving Day dinners induce sleep. Maybe they also induce ruminations on immigration policy. Five correspondents have taken the time and trouble to write letters to the editor. Three address specifically previous letters to the editor; all address issues of immigration law policy. The writers cover a broad spectrum of situations and writing styles. Requests for help in an individual case are best addressed to attorneys in the Directory of Attorneys, in a chat session or on the discussion board. But a personal account of how an immigration law or regulation, or lack of one, has affected you can make a very persuasive argument, and may help influence immigration policy. We are proud to serve as a forum for the exchange of views on immigration law and policy. Send letters to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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EOIR Disciplines Attorneys
The latest disciplinary action by the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) under rules of professional conduct which is five final orders and four immediate suspensions.
Immigration in the Press
Gephardt Vows to Push Immigration Reforms
According to the St. Louis Post Dispatch Rep. Gephardt says he and other lawmakers are committed to granting legal status to millions of undocumented Hispanic workers, despite the change in public sentiment about immigration since September 11.
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This Day in Immigration
From November 24, 2000
"GAO Reports on INS Participation in Antigang Task Forces in Los Angeles
In a report titled Illegal Aliens: INS Participation in Antigang Task Forces in Los Angeles the General Accounting Office finds 'no documentation specifically evidencing whether of not any INS agents observed or engaged in any misconduct,' but notes 'various internal control weaknesses.'"
Letters to the Editor
To the delight of those Congressmen opposed to immigration, 245(i) has successfully clogged not only INS adjudications, but D.O.L. certifications. So many frivolous petitions have been filed that the RIR policy has been negated. Service Centers now take from one to two years to adjudicate I-485's, and from 6 months to a year to adjudicate I-140's. Abolish 245(i). It may have achieved its purpose when passed originally, now it is a burden for INS.
Neville A. Hyman
Law Office of Manny Singh
If the purpose of the Legal Immigration Family Equity Act is to unified the children and spouse of the immigrants, how about the U.S. citizens and US veterans with military service? Why not amend regulations like extending temporary visas for children who are over 21, single or married? These groups are working age and they are following the legal procedures of the immigration. Many waited for more than 10 years now, but still no visa has been issued. Many of the petitioners are parents who are old and waiting for their children. Lucky for those who come to the US illegally for many of them were granted amnesty, students who overstayed and found jobs, got married so they could stay, sought refuge and were granted refugee status, or were granted asylum because of political prosecution. Why can those who violated immigration law in most cases stay, while those who follow the legal way are just being ignored. How long do US citizens and veterans still have to wait to be united with their children? Another 10 years of waiting? I just pray by that when the time comes they are still alive. Just look at the priority date for 1st and 3rd preference, 1988, and only 23,400 allocated? I hope the US government will notice this unfairness to its own citizens compared to the non-citizens. I hope the legislatures can do something. The citizens need your help.
Daughter of US Citizens & Veterans
Editor's Note: the following letters refers to letters to the editor which appeared in the November 23, 2001, issue of Immigration Daily.
It really makes me wonder when I read all the "justifications" about the different positions some people have on 245(i). I agree with Michael D. (but only in this matter) that it is about politics. Unfortunately the Democrats are the ones that "apparently" want to help immigrants, but it is one thing to want to help, and another different thing to do it.... [To read the whole letter, click here.]
Since I read the letter of J. Seyes this morning, I can only say "I agree!" My husband and I came from Germany to the US on my husband's E-2 visa (not because we invested lots of money, but because he's in a "preferred" profession). We are here legally and we live here legally. I don't have a work permission since I'm only my husbands dependent, and so I don't work (unlike most of the illegal immigrants) despite of the financial situation we are in because of that. It's not so easy to come and stay with what J.Seyes called a "law-obiding conscience"! but that's how a lot of people are doing. By the way, yes it may take a few years to get residency with the 245(i), but it takes more years to get it the legal way - and it's much more expensive!
Michael D. states in his letter that supporters of amnesty are Democrats. His comment implies, at least to me, that he believes all Democrats are supporters of 245(i) and amnesty. NO SUCH THING.
I'm a lifelong Democrat (until last fall's election) from a heavily labor state. There are plenty of Democrats who DO NOT FAVOR AMNESTY for illegal aliens. As with Republicans, it's largely the politicians and union leadership who want amnesty for their own ends. Unfortunately, the rank and file, like most of America, really don't realize that amnesty is even being considered--and if they do realize, there are more immediate and personal concerns than immigration.
As with other issues, it is those most dramatically affected by the issue (illegal immigrants, their attorneys, politicians, etc.) who are most organized and active in pushing their agenda. The rest of us have generally had other issues to concern us and other places to donate our money.
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ETHICS FOR IMMIGRATION LAWYERS
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There will be a New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education (ICLE) seminar on Wednesday, December 5, 2001 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM at the Brunswick Hilton in East Brunswick, New Jersey. The seminar titled, Corporate Immigration Law: For Attorneys, In-House Counsel, & Human Resources Personnel: H-1B Requirements, will feature updates on the latest H-1 legislation regulations and will discuss recent developments in the field. For details, click here.
The Federal Bar Association, North East Ohio Chapter in conjunction with the Cleveland Immigration and Naturalization Service, present the 2001 Immigration and Naturalization Seminar on December 7, 2001. This Seminar will address current developments impacting immigration law in response to the tragic events of September 11, 2001. The seminar will be held at the Marriott at Key Center, In Cleveland, Ohio from 7:30 am - 5:00 pm. The CLE includes 7.5 hours of credit with .5 hours of Substance Abuse. For details, click here.
On January 31st & February 1st 2002, the National Immigration Forum will host its inaugural conference “A Nation of Immigrants in the 21st Century: Moving Forward in a Time of New Challenges.” The conference will be held at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. For details, click here. For registration form, click here.
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