Ronald Reagan On Immigration
Former President Reagan passed away on Saturday, June 5th. We would like to remind our readers of Ronald Reagan's famous words on immigration by sharing the following excerpt:
..."The past few days when I've been at that window upstairs, I've thought a
bit of the "shining city upon a hill." The phrase comes from John Winthrop,
who wrote it to describe the America he imagined. What he imagined was
important because he was an early Pilgrim, an early freedom man. He
journeyed here on what today we'd call a little wooden boat; and like
the other Pilgrims, he was looking for a home that would be free.
I've spoken of the shining city all my political life, but I don't know if
I ever quite communicated what I saw when I said it. But in my mind
it was a tall proud city built on rocks stronger than oceans, wind-swept,
God-blessed, and teeming with people of all kinds living in harmony
and peace, a city with free ports that hummed with commerce and creativity,
and if there had to be city walls, the walls had doors and the doors
were open to anyone with the will and the heart to get here. That's
how I saw it and see it still.
And how stands the city on this winter night?
More prosperous, more secure, and happier than it was eight years ago.
But more than that; after 200 years, two centuries, she still stands
strong and true on the granite ridge, and her glow has held steady no
matter what storm. And she's still a beacon, still a magnet for all
who must have freedom, for all the pilgrims from all the lost places
who are hurtling through the darkness, toward home."
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Immigration Law News
Tyson RICO Case Remanded To District Court
In Trollinger v. Tyson Foods, Inc., No. 02-6020 (6th Cir. Jun. 3, 2004), the court said that the US worker plaintiffs could independently prove a violation of the INA as incorporated by RICO without raising a single National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) issue. The plaintiffs claim was based on section 274 of the INA.
Yates Memo On Special Immigrant Juvenile Status Petitions
William R. Yates, Associate Director for Operations issued a guidance memorandum to district and regional directors on the adjudication of Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJ) petitions. (courtesy of Christopher Nugent, Holland & Knight LLP)
USCIS Issues Fee Rejection Procedures
The USCIS issued information on corrective action for applications filed on or before April 29, 2004 and returned to applicants for improper fees.
Appellate Court Rules Tysons Foods Lawsuit May Proceed
The Washington Post reports the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said in a ruling released Thursday saying "A lawsuit that claims Tyson Foods Inc. hired illegal immigrant workers to depress wages at a Tennessee poultry plant may go forward."
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I want people to know how nonsensical our immigration laws are. On September 25, 2003, a Consulate Officer in Juarez, Mexico denied my husband his visa for being present in the US without inspection and further stated that he is barred from entering the US permanently. I have since been told that we will be eligible for a waiver in 10 years that will be granted only if we can prove hardship on my part. Obviously, proving hardship is impossible if we have managed living separate lives for 10 years.
Alvaro does not have a criminal record anywhere. He is hard working and God fearing. Regardless of his crossing without inspection, he respects the law. It would be easy for him to cross again, but he remains in Mexico (8 months and 2 weeks thus far) because we want to do the right thing. We have a human right to live together as life mates. We made a conscious choice and the law should facilitate that choice. Immigration law should be written to encourage family unity, not to create obstacles. I love my husband very much; there must be a way for him to take responsibility for having entered the US unlawfully. We want nothing less than for him to pay a penalty, but permanent banishment, the equivalent of a life sentence, is out of proportion. The system needs to be fixed. "Voices for American Family Reunification" is an organized group of family members living in the US while our loved ones are forced to live in other countries because of broken immigration laws. We have united to support each other and to encourage leaders of both political parties to come together in a bipartisan fashion to enact balanced comprehensive immigration reform. The plight of my family demonstrates how the immigration system is broken and how it can be fixed. Immigration can work.
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