Immigration's Impact On American Workers
With the expiration of the H-1 cap and recent cries on the deleterious effects of offshoring, the tsunami surrounding immigration reform rages on. Today's Immigration Daily includes testimony from a Congressional oversight hearing conducted on the impact of immigration on American workers. Testimony received includes Mr. Camarota for the Center for Immigration Studies who discusses four reasons how immigration can impact wages. Cornell University labor relations expert Professor Briggs explains the conundrum facing labor unions and states, "...Should labor seek to organize workers specifically because they are immigrants, and in the process, become a proactive advocate for immigrant causes? Other testimony includes an explanation of Mexican migration from Mr. Griswold of the Cato Institute and Terry Anderson's firsthand observations on immigration's impact on a Los Angeles community. Each of these testimonies provides a unique perspective on immigration. We reproduce the full text of testimonies in the item below.
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Testimony On Immigration And American Workers
The Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security, and Claims of the House of Representatives held an oversight hearing and received testimony on "The Prospects for American Workers: Immigration's Impact" from the following individuals: Steve Camarota Center for Immigration Studies; Professor Vernon Briggs, School of Industrial and Labor Relations, Cornell University; Terry Anderson, The Terry Anderson Show - KRLA; and Dan Griswold of The Cato Institute.
BALCA Says Employer's Lifestyle Changes Not Reflected On 750A Form
In the Matter of Charles Weisinger, No. 2002-INA-223 (BALCA, Sep. 30, 2003), the Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals said that although Employer set forth changes in his lifestyle in correspondence to the Job Service, they were not reflected on the 750A application form.
Mexican President Fox Says He Seeks Overhaul Of US Immigration Laws
The Salt Lake Tribune reports "In private meetings with [Arizona] Gov. Janet Napolitano, Arizona lawmakers and mayors, [Mexican President] Fox said he is seeking an expanded US program for Mexican guest workers and legal status for the more than 3.5 million undocumented Mexican migrants who now live and work in US."
US Continues Crackdown On Arabs And Muslims In US Via Special Registration
The Detroit News reports that AILA Executive Director Butterfield said, "What you have throughout the immigration apparatus is a kind of zero-tolerance policy that makes any applications by Arabs and Muslims most difficult."
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This is in reference to Eleanor Kaplan Adams' question that I am telling legitimate applicants that they are mistreated without evidence because some petitions are fraudulent. Of course not. This is a ridiculous question. If a case is denied because of 'suspected fraud' the attorney would not have any problem overturning this type of decision. Then she asked what does suspected fraud have to do with telling a church or religious school that a choir director or music teacher is not a traditional religious function? My response is Nothing (almost)... Please realize that I am not a government employee anymore and this is my own observation. Choir directors and music teachers in a church or religious school can be both approved and denied. It depends on the organization. Such as the religious school - is the position purely a religious vocation? Is the school a purely religious institution? Or does it or the individual teach secular things? There are many variables. Suggestion-look at the 2002-03 AILA Handbook. It has an excellent article on Religious Workers - though I did see some things in the 5-1(c)(3) copy they furnished that would disqualify the organization such as the religous employees were not paid and were working in secular positions. She also stated that sometimes a storefront church is really a church. True - but "suspected fraud" comes into play when that storefront church petitions for many religious workers, including choir directors, and claim that they are all fully supported by the church. The suspected fraud may not be that the church is not legitimate but that they are using the church to circumvent the spirit of the law.
SJD's letter to the Editor, makes some fairly incredible assertions for someone who has been an advocate of essentially unlimited immigration - to wit either that those fleeing Communism shouldn't have been allowed in as political refugees or that their claims were inferior to those fleeing "right wing" dictatorships. I challenge someone to name a single Communist country besides Poland after the late 1980s where anyone who fled for any reason has not, at the minimum, subjected his family and friends to regular interviews by the secret police and party organizations and the denied opportunities for education, to say nothing of their right to travel. Treatment after return, even after amnesty, was not much better, I can assure you, even where regular beatings were no longer a fact of daily life. Further, by favoring refugees from Communist states with a blanket assumption of bona fide refugee status, the US was making a statement against a system where a non-political bricklayer could become an enemy of the state for leaving. In contrast, those generally called "right wing", like Generalissimo Franco and Evita Peron could care less when an electrician left or if he were sent back. For them, the personal was decidedly not political. Given the choice between refugees from these types of governments, whom should we have been sending back? I am convinced that those who face serious punishment upon return should be at the head of line. SJD also asks what we would have done "had they all tried to leave"? We can look to examples, like that of East Germans in 1958 and Czechoslovaks in 1968. In the first case, West Germany took them all and emerged stronger as a result. In the second case, the refugees were placed in UN refugee camps and rapidly resettled throughout the Western World, not always in their country of first choice, and they have by and large been very successful, very fast in their host countries. Perhaps it is that dislike of their success that lead to what seems to me a gratuitous swipe at Cubans in the Elian Gonzales case "one of the claims stated was that Elian didn't have any toys in Cuba" when that is a perfectly acceptable argument to make in what was essentially a family law case where one side argued, with some evidence to back them up, that the father was being forced to make a claim to take the boy back. The David Murray letter SJD is responding to seems to me to have advocated holding firmly to political grounds for granting refugee status, and not open the floodgates to every victim of horrid criminal abuse in the world. That is a decidedly non-insane position to take for a variety of reasons. SJD's rebuttal of that argument at the end of his letter would be stronger had it not been preceded by the invective calculated to push the buttons of most people who differ from SJD by seeing communism as having been an evil threat to the West generally and America in particular. Harrumph.
Honza J. F. Prchal
With respect to both Justin Randolph and David Murray's letters, the problems are not really resolved when we scream about the abuse of too much asylum. And when we close off the valve that lets that happen, it bursts somewhere else down the line in a much more despicable and dangerous way. That is all. For example, see the curt review dilemma
created by the summary denials of the BIA, clogging up the more presigious court with this. In the end to spite our foot, do we cut out our heart? I hope not.
The self-loathing of the mostly white American liberal is well
established and documented, and is again seen not only in the Monica
Schwartz letter and other similar response to the Eric Seven Hawks
spiel, but also by writer Susan Sontag's denouncement of the white race
as "the cancer of human history". A racist hatred of ones own race has
become a defining characteristic of the liberal mind derived from a fear
of envy of others less successful. Liberals who consider themselves to
be progressive have really regressed to a primitive tribe mentality
whose lives are dominated by envy and envy avoidance which has held many
cultures back.The liberal's strategy is to apologize for any success in
order to appease the envious which is often seen in the guilt ridden
children of rich, successful people.
Seven Hawks' original letter and the gushing responses thereto seem
contrived and with the agenda of justifying mass illegal and legal
immigration. Most Americans, not so afflicted, have expressed their
desire for reduced immigration, particularly post 9/11. See:
(and) http://bigjweb.com/artman/publish/printer_1599.shtml. Judging from the
increased activism since 9/11 including the recall of Gov. Davis of CA,
it would appear this is one battle that the public doesn't intend to
lose. Our entry laws have to be construed upon today's realities, not
liberal guilt or yesterday's history, regardless of its nature.
R. L. Ranger
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