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INS Announces Case Status Online
INS announced implementation of Case Status Online; customers who have a receipt number for an application or petition filed at an INS Service Center can check the status of their pending case online through the INS website. “We shared the frustration of customers and employees who complained that there was no easy way to check the status of a pending case.” said INS Commissioner James Ziglar. “We expect that the availability of Case Status Online will reduce the number of customers who need to call or visit INS in person for this information. It also allows local field offices to focus on providing services that are only available by appointment or in-person visit.”
DOJ Report Criticizes INS Deportation Program
The Office of Inspector General of the Department of Justice issued a report on the Institutional Removal Program (IRP) of the INS which concludes "We found that the INS has not effectively managed the IRP."
Report On Community Policing and New Immigrants
The National Institute of Justice of the Department of Justice issued a report on community policing in neighborhoods with high influx of new immigrants that includes a detailed case-study of Chicago's Latino neighborhoods.
President Bush Comments On Migration From Mexico
During a photo opportunity with Mexican president Fox, President Bush said that in the short-term, "we've got to recognize that wage differentials are going to cause people to want to come to the United States. And when they come to the United States, we've got to work to make sure they're treated with respect."
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2nd Circuit States § 242(f) Does Not Apply To Stays Pending Appeal
The New York Law Journal reports on the the 2nd Circuit holding that the "heightened standard" for a stay of deportation imposed by § 242(f) of the INA does not apply in the case of a man who sought a temporary stay pending appeal.
GOP Republican Candidate Immigration Ad Surprise To White House
The Washington Post reports that the White House was taken aback by GOP Candidate Republican Tim Escobar's latest TV ad declaring "support for President Bush's proposal to grant legal status to 3.5 million immigrants." "It sounds like he's taken it to another step," a senior Bush aide said.
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Letters to the Editor
Thanks for the fine article "Have We Learned The Lessons Of History?" This is an outstanding piece of work. The authors are to be commended for writing it, and you for publishing it. May I suggest that you mail a copy to the ACLU? [They] would be very impressed and encouraged to know that immigration lawyers are at the cutting edge of these issues.
Carl Baldwin, Esq.
New York, NY
Editor's Note: The article you mention was authored by 3 distinguished writers for the American Immigration Law Foundation. We have passed on your commendation to AILF.
Obviously, Mr. Benjamin Lowe, in his crusade against my "attack on people's religious beliefs", missed the point. (I really don't believe Mr. Lowe is taking the position that his religious beliefs allow him to keep slaves from neighboring countries, or sell his daughter into slavery, or to kill others who break God's law, as the Bible in Leviticus suggests, but I am unclear as to exactly what religious beliefs he perceives I have "attacked"). Like singer Jim Croce said in a song just before his untimely death in the sixties, "Updown got it's hustlers, downtown got it's bums . . . . but they all call Big Jim Boss . . . You don't tug on Superman's cape, you don't spit into the wind, you don't pull the mask off the old Lone Ranger, and you don't mess around with Slim . . . . dee dee dee depen dee . . . "
The point is, organized religion or "Church" of any sort or kind - Slim, if you will - has no place in politics, although without respect for the concepts of goodness expressed in the beliefs of all the major religions - although not always followed by adherents - politics would be a dirtier place than it is.
And yes, I believe that Americans should remain "under God" in the Pledge, even though I may not believe in the same concept of God, or adhere to the same religious beliefs as does Mr. Lowe - for concepts are unimportant and dogma is irrelevant, but leading a good life is important, and from religion, regardless of creed, we gain guidance in this direction . . . . if we would only listen carefully.
Reverence, not only to God, but to fellow man, is an attribute for which all human beings should strive, and is a concept that can be shared quite apart from the type of religion the forefathers of America feared when they mandated separation of Church and State. I do not believe, however, that the forefathers mandated a separation of logic, or goodness, or respect for mankind that is universal, using religion as a conduit, because the forefathers were some of the most God fearing men of the world. And although the forefathers adhered to Leviticus, and kept slaves - from a land far across the sea that I presume could be considered "neighboring", because it is only water separating the two continents, their hearts were in the right place, and with the assistance of the U.S. Supreme Court, while not perfect, the United States of America stands as an inspiration to the world as a leader in the area of human rights.
Like it or not, unlike human rights, and notwithstanding concerns for refugees and asylees and the like, immigration issues are strictly political, notwithstanding the bleeding hearts that want to clothe immigration in the garb of humanitarianism because immigrants are nice, upstanding, hardworking people. And I agree with Mr. Lowe, religion should be omitted from the debate on immigration, just as it should have been omitted from the Presidency and the Attorney General's Office. But as to my attack on the Bible and religion, come now, the Bible says what the Bible says, and it says just what I said it says. Evidently it is my tongue and cheek humor that offends Mr. Lowe, rather than my revealing what the Bible says (I said from the beginning that ILW.com had opened a "Pandora's Box" and was waiting for a Mr. Lowe to provide a comment from the moral majority. Thank you, Mr. Lowe, for not letting me down.). Like the Bible says, "seek and ye shall find" [Matt. 7:7; Luke 11:9]. I only hope that this is true and that the world will someday listen and hear, seek and find, quite apart from any particular religion, religious sect, denomination or dogma, but in the true sense of the goodness of the human spirit.
We should all lighten up a bit in these trying times, take a deep breath (although here in Southern California that can sometimes be dangerous), love, laugh, at ourselves and at others, and not only listen to the message, but hear it, and not stone the messenger. We should all work together for the good of humanity, for freedom, for America, for Mom and apple pie. The nations of the world should work together to end war, the people of the world should work together to end bigotry, end hatred, end violence, and like those of us old enough to have participated in the political and social movements of the mid to late sixties and early seventies, seek, and continue to seek peace and love. If enough of us seek, perhaps - some day - we shall find.
David D. Murray, Esq.
Newport Beach, CA
Having been the object of David Murray's wit and the subject of
Benjamin Lowe's defense, perhaps a reluctant response is in order. The
intent of Mr. Murray's email may not have been so much of an attack on
the Bible as it was an inquisitive reflection on the numerous
discrepancies contained therein and in immigration law as well as his
own personal situation, particularly in view of his last comment. If it
was meant as an attack, this would be nothing new "under the sun"
and notice of any such has been possibly alluded to as recorded in
Deut.22:10, Judges 5:10, Psalms 104:11, Job 6:5, Num. 16:15 and 2 Peter
2:15,16. If Samson was able to slay a thousand men with the jawbone of
an ass, certainly Mr. Murray is entitled to influence his thousands
through his words.
But I would prefer to believe the former, and must applaud
Murray's refreshing position of not endorsing any further amnesty for
illegals. Regarding the other discrepancies, we are all still trying to
resolve those and I would submit we need to look to a higher authority
to do so. As God has given us our agency and tries to work with flawed
men, many of these may be attributed to ourselves and those in early
history had different conditions.
Mr. Murray seriously underestimates the magnitude of the invasion
problem, either by legal or illegal parameters as defined by him and/or
by current law. "Legal" immigration has risen by 65% in the past 2
years according to INS data and exceeded one million persons in 2001,
the highest number in a century. [Quoted in Oct. FAIR Report,
www.fairus.org ] While a limited immigration policy has always been
beneficial, the mass numbers coming now constitutes an invasion and a
Massive "immigration" numbers as a result of our lax policies and
unsecured borders are affecting Americans in many adverse ways and were
a participating, proximate cause in the tragic events of Sept. 11 and
the sniper killings.
As a priority matter of self-defense and national survival, this has to
be addressed and changed.
Two excellent booklets are available which should be read by all
Americans (this would presumably include immigration attorneys). They
are: "Immigration Out Of Control" and "Immigration and Nation, A
Biblical View", both by John C. Vinson whose website is found at:
www.aicfoundation.com (click on booklets). In the latter, Deut. 32:8
and Acts 17:26 indicate that God prefers that different cultures have
their own lands as "bounds of habitation". To do otherwise would seem
to be an attempt at constructing a modern "tower of Babel". Is there an
authoritative message to be gleaned from the destruction of the WTC
Also highly recommended are: www.vdare.com,
www.immigrationcontrol.com, and www.americanpatrol.com
I find no particular reason or purpose in attaching my name as I am
not seeking credit and like the Lone Ranger of former TV years, prefer
that the deed and/or the words stand for themselves. Besides, Tonto has
left to manage an Indian casino. I am the Really Lone Ranger.
R. L. Ranger
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