Bar Associations Help Abandoned Clients
An immigration attorney has apparently left the country to return to his native Chile, leaving about 400 clients in the lurch, according to a Seattle Times news article. Both the Washington State Chapter of AILA and the Washington State Bar Association have taken steps to help the unrepresented clients. We commend the actions of both bar associations and their prompt attention to the plight of those affected. For the item, see below.
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Immigration Law News
Combination Of Two Job Duties Must Be Supported
In the Matter of Erick & Elizabeth Gershon, No. 2002-INA-222 (BALCA, Feb. 12, 2004), the Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals said that Employer failed to adequately document why the combination of houseworker-live out and landscape gardener positions was necessary and/or document why other alternatives would not be feasible.
Immigration Attorney Leaves US Abruptly, Leaving Clients In The Lurch
The Seattle Times reports "A Seattle immigration attorney has apparently left the country to return to his native Chile, leaving about 400 clients scrambling to meet crucial legal deadlines and find new attorneys."
Immigration Reform Initiative Debate Continues In Congress
The North County Times of Southern California reports "As the U.S. Congress begins hearings on sweeping changes to immigration law, President George W. Bush's proposal to temporarily legalize millions of illegal workers has fueled an intense national debate about immigration."
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Letters to the Editor
The following press release was issued by the National Association of International Educators (NAFSA).
National Association of International Educators (NAFSA)
I applaud Mr. Khanna for his clearly articulated proposals to reduce backlogs and improve customer service as a prerequisite to any immigration reform. I am in overwhelming agreement with all except one - the proposal to grant conditional approval of the green card after 180 days, valid for 5 years and subject to revocation only on security grounds. I'm not sure that one will fly, because by the 180 day point, no adjudicator will likely have examined the case for other admissibility/eligibility issues. Furthermore, I should think that the validity of the conditional stamp would be tied to the longest I-485 processing time in a Service Center. It seems that 5 years exceeds even the lengthiest processing time, which I believe is Texas at about 2.75 - 3 years. I'm not sure there is any tangible benefit to a conditional PR grant. Instead, I would propose that I-765's and I-131's be accorded a validity period of 3 years. This would significantly reduce the backlog of renewals of those applications, and bring peace of mind to all pending I-485 applicants who could then work and travel freely throughout the pendency of the process. This would also reduce the backlog of H1B extensions that are being filed mainly in response to the I-131 debacle.
This is not the first time that a class action suit has been brought against INS/DHS due to huge backlogs. Congress passing regulations does not automatically reduce backlogs. As a matter of fact, Congress just passing regulations without additional resources makes the mire harder to manage. All that does is make the managers pull their people from other work in order to get the "hot" items out faster. That creates an even larger backlog in other essential items. Remember the 90 day mandate on the I-765's?... And when was the last time anyone bothered to answer your correspondence? Correspondence is low priority (unless Congress mandates a high priority for correspondence)...
Premium processing is wonderful for the applicant. However, if the premium processing gets heavier, that means they will pull even more people from other processes such as I-360's, LPR I-130's, I-102's, I-824's, customer service, etc. in order to timely complete premium processing cases and hot items such as 485's, Immediate Relative I-130's. The workarounds are a good idea though(such as concurrent filing, a stamp on the passport..).
DHS has not changed anything in adjudications... The same people are still running the office. And they are still running it the same way as before and they are still overwhelmed with work and Congress is still mandating without providing additional resources to meet the additional mandates... Mandates by themselves don't fix anything.
The answer? There is no one right answer. But one could be to perhaps contract out routine work to a competant and accountable contractor.
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