What's In A Name?
For the past several months, several bureaus of the DHS (BCIS, BICE AND BCBP) began using the following names: USCIS, ICE, and CBP in press releases that had been released by the various bureaus. A letter to the Editor today on this issue kindly points out an AILA posting on this matter (see below). Despite all of this, we were reluctant to adopt the new names since the statutory authority for the name changes was not clear. However, the recently signed Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2004 uses the new names: USCIS, ICE, and CBP. That is sufficient authority for us. Going forward, Immigration Daily will begin to refer to these DHS agencies by the new designations.
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Walmart Raid Brings Need For Immigration Reform Home
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Letters to the Editor
Please be aware that there is no such thing as BCIS any more. Service Center Operations has confirmed that "Bureau" has been dropped from what were formerly BCIS, BCBP and BICE, which now are known as USCIS, CBP and ICE.
The name change was announced on AILA Infonet on 9/8/03 "DHS Divisions Drop "Bureau" From Names.
Cite as "Posted on AILA InfoNet at Doc. No. 03090841 (Sep. 8, 2003)."
David Murray, Esq.
Newport Beach, CA
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As an immigration lawyer I totally disagree with your editorial scolding the government for raiding Walmart, by defending their need for undocumented immigrants. If you read the news articles, Walmart had hired outside agencies that were employing the aliens at wages as low as $2 per hour. Then the senior management had attempted to protect their actions with the "I didn't know they were not legal to work here"; while the BICE had them on tape with full knowledge of what they were doing. Stop defending Walmart's actions, that it showed that employers need undocumented aliens, that's the wrong message to send that it's okay to pay immigrants $2 per hour because the immigration system is messed up. Walmart management should bear the full impact of the law for their greed; that's the message.
I have critized the BICE and BCIS for chasing and deporting the aliens, when they should concentrate enforcement on the US employers. Here the government did it's job, and save the 9/11 Al Queda card for another argument. The war on terrorism has nothing to do with the governments rightful enforcement of corrupt US employers taking advantage of the undocumented aliens.
Robert K. Brooks, Esq.
Boca Raton, FL
Give our BICE people a break. The Wal-Mart operation was probably just a training exercise for the newly merged agents who've never worked immigration enforcement. Those arrests hardly qualify as highlighting our nation's acute dependence on illegal aliens. They do tend to point out, however, the result of years of both public and official indifference to enforcing immigration law. Look on the bright side. If those illegal workers cannot be replaced without the assistance of immigration attorneys, then you should welcome such enforcement efforts. As you point out that's your bread and butter.
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