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Immigration Daily October 28, 2002
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Featured Article

H-1B Series: The Labor Condition Application - Part 3
George N. Lester IV continues a discussion of the Labor Condition Application.

ABA Series: A Legal Guide For INS Detainees
The Commission on Immigration Policy, Practice and Pro Bono of the American Bar Association provides a grand finale with links to all of the 8 parts of its Legal Guide for INS Detainees.


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Admission Of Marijuana Use To Doctor In Philippines Is Ground Of Inadmissibility
In Pazcoguin v. Radcliffe, No. 00-70595 (9th Cir. Jun. 25, 2002, amended Oct. 25, 2002), the court denied the petitions for rehearing and rehearing en banc, and amended its Jun. 25 opinion where it held that Petitioner's admission in the Philippines to a doctor that he used marijuana constituted the essential elements of a crime prohibited under Philippines law, and that this admission was not rendered invalid due to the doctor's failure to provide the Petitioner with a definition and the essential elements of the subject offense, and said that it would not disturb the classification of Congress which excludes aliens such as Petitioner despite the pain this may cause his mother.

DOS On Validity Of Foreign Passports
The Bureau of Consular Affairs of the Department of State published a notice concerning "Extension of Certain Foreign Passports Validity"

President's Memo On Refugees Published
President Bush's Memorandum to Secretary of State Powell on refugee numbers for Fiscal Year 2003 was published in the Federal Register.

DOS Seeks Grants Proposals
The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the Department of State sought grant proposals for Future Leaders Exchange Disability Reentry Workshop and Islamic Countries Youth Initiative Academic Studies Program.


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Fed Policies Toward Mexican Immigrants Defy Logic
A Washington Post editorial reports that "after Sept. 11, 2001, when the administration's priorities changed: suddenly, it seemed more important to make it harder for terrorists to enter the country and less important to make it easier for Mexicans. Yet as time goes on, it is becoming clearer that these two goals may well have to be tackled in tandem."


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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor:
I'd like to say thank you to "Greg Berk, Esq." for his letter on 10/24/02. He was absolutely correct when he wrote about the enormity of the tasks facing the folks at INS. He was also absolutely correct when he wrote that "constructive criticism is good." While Mr. Berk addressed his comments to the "leadership of the Department of Justice and the INS", I'd ask that the same "courtesy" and "respect" be shown to the employees "on the bottom of the food chain" at INS. They're buried by the mountain of work that faces INS year after year; they labor with no respect, little encouragement and little training. If this country ever decides what it wants to do about immigration and if these employees are given adequate training and resources, they can and will do the job the way it should be done.

John H. Frecker
Baileyville, ME
U.S. Border Patrol (Ret.)

Dear Editor:
Just a comment on the Letters to the Editor recently submitted by J. Seyes and Linda Davidson both well written, cogent and correct. However, one basic problem in pursuing the immigration debate in our country is the semantics of terminology. Definitions must be clear and their meanings correctly applied. For example, we often hear in the media references to "citizenship" when "permanent residence" is meant. The news media seems to consistently overlook this semantic distinction and all too often it leads to confusion by the general public. Another misused term, used by almost everyone, including Ms. Davidson in her wonderful analysis, is the word "immigrant".

Under my definition, "immigrants" are people who have complied with the law and are in status on valid nonimmigrant visas (while this may sound inconsistent, nonimmigrants are actually temporary immigrants who are complying with the law), or who have adjusted to lawful permanent residence. Anyone else present in the United States who is not a U.S. citizen, and has either overstayed their visa or entered without inspection, are "illegals", and they should not be called "immigrants" because, in fact, they do not possess such status under the law. To incorrectly define them demeans the efforts of those who have complied with the law.

It is not the lawful immigrants against whom the unbridled wrath of the raging right should be focused, it is the "illegals" . . . let's all get the definitions straight and not worry about being politically correct, call a spade a spade, and a illegal an illegal, and stop branding the whole immigration process as bad when in fact it is good, with a few bad apples spoiling the barrel.

We have a problem in the United States that can be solved, but the thrust should not be aimed at legalizing lawbreakers through an amnesty program (that did not work in 1986 - let's learn from our mistakes), but rather on filling the needs of American employers. Shift the focus from bleeding hearts to economics, a language that even the Tancrado's of this world should be able to understand.

Let's all work together to find solutions for filling the employment needs of our country without constantly (1986 Amnesty Program and the 2002 proposals) rewarding law breakers, by correctly addressing the realities of the American workforce in order to accurately monitor and fill employer's needs, rather than continuing the present slow, antiquated, unrealistic, overly bureaucratic and overly restrictive Temporary Worker and Labor Certification processes that fairly meet the needs of nobody.

David D. Murray, Esq.
Newport Beach, CA

Dear Editor:
Regardless of the merit or lack of merit of the original letter, Mr. Murray's attack on the Bible and religion seems a bit over the top, even for someone from the heart of the 9th Circuit. Can we leave the attacks on people's religious beliefs out of discussions on immigration law?

Benjamin Lowe
Jacksonville, Florida


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