Adjusting Thinking About Adjusting Status
Seasoned and novice practices alike often underestimate the complexity and
importance of the Adjustment of Status process today. Post-IIRIRA, there
has been gradual but fundamental change in this process. It now affects the
legal strategy of the entire case from the very beginning (e.g. the labor
certification itself). Learning the pitfalls in Adjustment of Status will
improve your legal strategy, and benefit your business and family clients.
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Immigration Law News
2-1 Court Of Appeals Ruling Approves Secret Arrests
New York Newsday reports "In a key decision in the domestic war on terrorism, a federal appellate court ruled yesterday that the government does not have to reveal the identities of the more than 750 foreigners secretly detained on immigration violations during the investigation of the Sept. 11 attacks."
Bush Says Special Registration Has No Connection To Race-Based Profiling Ban
The Kansas City Star of Missouri reports "Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights Ralph Boyd said the new policy stems not from the [9/11] attacks but from President Bush's presidential campaign, when he promised if elected to enact such a ban."
Woman Accused Of Harboring Undocumented Makes First Court Appearance
The Houston Chronicle reports " 34-year-old Mexican woman accused of harboring some of the human cargo in the nation's deadliest immigrant smuggling ring made her first court appearance today."
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Letters to the Editor
In response to the letter to the Editor about outsourcing jobs to India (and elsewhere).
We live in the Midwest, and in the state where we reside, dozens of
professionals flocked here (this month, too), appearing and purchasing
software books below our level of experience and ability, not skills we
as one often hears. Ergo, many available jobs in the US are still going
non legal permanent residents (LPR) and non-US citizens (USC). We like diversity. We like helping others. We
welcome non-immigrants and immigrants coming to the US, as either we did
grandparents or great-grandparents. However, we would really appreciate
just one job interview, even if the pay is low, for one of these IT jobs.
Another letter, the third, states that asylees obtain legal permanent
residence after just one year from obtaining asylee status. Unless there
special adjustment to LPR for Cuban asylees, only "refugees" can file to
within 1 year and actually adjust to lawful permanent resident within
another 2-3 years. Asylees can file after approx. 1 year too, but the
backlog due to the 10,000 per year quota on adjustments to LPR means not
to LPR after just one more year, but applying to adjust, and then waiting,
waiting, and waiting. They are legally here, and it is no "day at the
Those who believe that every Mexican and others who show up
our borders or violates them should be embraced and made citizens with
full benefits need a strong dose of reality. The Mexican government
strongly opposes the US enforcement of its immigration policies
including the cooperation of local police or sheriffs in detaining
illegals in the normal course of their daily activities, but in
it's a different story. Their General Law of Population, Capitulo
Articulo 73, requires that law enforcement cooperate with their
immigration officials in the deportation of illegals in Mexico, to
"The authorities who, by virtue of law, exercise a mandate for public
enforcement at federal, local or municipal level, shall provide
cooperation to immigration authorities when said immigration
request it, to comply with the provisions of this law." This law is
strictly enforced and deportations are routine. Further information
At the same time we are being invaded by tens of thousands of
a majority of them Mexican. Gustavo Mohr, a representative of the
Mexican Secretariat of Foreign Relations, a foreign government
addressing American legislators, in an all too typical and monumental
display of arrogance and hypocrisy, described the proposal that local
American police enforce US immigration law as "worrying". What is
wrong with this picture?
R. L. Ranger
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