Improved Customer Service At DHS
The Department of Homeland Security has identified improved customer service for immigration benefit processing as priority #6 in its strategic plan. Sadly, DHS today operates in a "culture of No". In contrast, a Legacy INS memo from 1980 says "[Adjudicators] with [their] broad knowledge of law and policy, [should all] approach [applications and petitions] attitudinally, in a friendly professional manner, looking for a way to approve them." While no sane person would have any quarrel with strict security measures to guard against terrorists, it is merely stating the obvious to note that more than 99.99% of immigrants to our shores are not terrorists and simply wish to achieve the American dream by casting their lot with us. The "culture of No" is simply an anti-immigration agenda masquerading in the guise of security for our homeland. This gem of a memo is the subject of today's Featured Article, "Combatting The 'Culture Of No' In Immigration" by Angelo Paparelli. For all items, see below.
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Combatting The 'Culture Of No' In Immigration
Angelo A. Paparelli discusses an April 21, 1980 Legacy INS memorandum on quality customer service in an open letter written to Mr. Prakash Khatri, Ombudsman, USCIS on how the administration of our immigration laws can be improved.
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DHS Says Improved Customer Service Is Priority #6
The DHS issued a fact sheet highlighting the DHS' achievements for its first year, and mapping out its priorities for the coming year. Identified as "Priority #6: Improved Customer Service for Immigrants" is the following: "To reduce the backlog of immigration service applications, the Department of Homeland Security will re-engineer existing systems to substantially decrease processing times and create fast track options for the bulk of applicants. The department is creating a series of new pilot programs aimed at a systematic deduction in processing times and paper flow. By May 2004, three new pilot programs will be in operation around the country. Lessons learned from these programs will be incorporated into a more wide scale overhaul of the process."
US-Mexico Bilateral Meeting
The DHS issued a fact sheet summarizing the results of the US-Mexico bilateral meeting, including immigration-related provisions. For the fact sheet, see here. For the press release, see here.
Policy Report From Congressional Research Service
The Congressional Research Service of the Library of Congress issued a report on US immigration policy on permanent admissions.
Significant Change In Job Duties Casts Doubt On Employer's Bona Fides
In the Matter of Mario J. Ramirez, No. 2003-INA-40 (BALCA, Feb. 11, 2004), the Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals in denying labor certification said that by deleting both the duties of tutoring and the duties of general housework, Employer had completely changed the child tutor job to a child monitor position, thus the Employer failed to demonstrate that the job opportunity was bonafide and not created for the purpose of promoting immigration.
White House Responds To California Border Crossing Query
During a White House press briefing, White House Spokesman McClellan responded to a question on a proposal to construct and secure a fence along the California-Mexico border adjacent to the Pacific Ocean.
Drivers Licenses For Undocumented Issue Spells Trouble For California GOP
The Oakland Tribune reports " the [CA] governor's and the president's proposals to issue real versions of these documents to undocumented workers have thrust the long-smoldering issue of illegal immigration onto the front burner in California's Republican primaries. "
Two Deportation Cases To Be Heard By Supreme Court
The Fresno Bee reports "The Supreme Court said Monday it would consider two immigration cases that will clarify when people can be deported after being convicted of crimes."
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