Today's Immigration Daily issue offers a medley of items, including: a USCIS announcement on its observance of National Mourning Day for President Reagan, a White House press briefing and Q&A session on immigration-related international travel issues, 4 classifieds, and 2 letters to the Editor. See below to find the item(s) of interest to you.
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USCIS Announces Closing Of USCIS HQ And Field Offices On June 11th
The USCIS announced that USCIS HQ and field offices will be closed on Friday, June 11, 2004 in observance of National Day of Mourning for President Reagan.
Senior White House Officials Respond To Queries On Visa Screening Procedures
During a press briefing on international travel, senior administration officials responded to the question, "Is there a protocol in place right now specifically barring the use of political affiliation and/or race and ethnicity as identifying characteristics in their screening?"
DHS Pilot Program Offers Undocumented Mexicans Option To Repatriate Back To Their Hometowns, Not Just At Border
The Los Angeles Times reports US and Mexican officials said, "The Bush administration and Mexico have worked out a plan to return migrants caught illegally crossing the Arizona border back to their hometowns in the country's interior."
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Letters to the Editor
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Your editorial equating Reagan's shining hill speech to "famous words on immigration" as if the former President intended these idealistic words
from his 1989 farewell speech to be every day entry policy, is
misleading. He was obviously waxing eloquent on this occasion, using
poetic license, particularly with "the doors are open to anyone"
comment. Emma Lazarus did the same thing in her heart touching sonnet,
The New Colossus, with: "Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled
masses yearning to breathe free," Neither of these were intended or
can be the realistic basis for immigration policy. Similar comments can
and have been made about our US highway systems as being the best in the
world where citizens can freely drive. This does not mean that both
highways and immigration policies should not be subject to practical
limitations and regulations including the removal of those there unlawfully and those not abiding reasonable restrictions for the public safely. Our borders are our collective property rights defining the sovereignty of our nation. Those who
violate our borders and/or immigration policies have violated our laws and the various amnesty proposals some are trying to pass violate the rule of law. It is a poor precedent (pun intended) as is allowing Mexican trucks here.
You could have used Reagan's more practical comment: "This country has lost control of its borders. And no country can sustain that kind of position." Regarding your June 4th editorial comment on Gary Endelman's collection of essays, he is to be commended for his belief that policy "should be based on
whether immigration is good for America, not on whether immigration is
good for immigrants." Unlimited and/or excessive immigration is not good
for America, only reasonable, limited, controlled and allocated entry
policies will protect and benefit US.
R. L. Ranger
This is in response to Attorney Murray's letter to the Editor. Esquire Murray's advice is right on the money, except "getting what you pay for" just doesn't cut the mustard. True, you guys do have the secret handshake which opens doors to the black sucking hole known as the immigration system, akin to galaxies far, far away. To many of us highly educated, system-seasoned folks, it seems obvious that the endless forms & fees are intentionally flawed so you can't pass "go." Even the average "Joe" doesn't stand a chance. It's social Darwinism. Yep, it's true that a seasoned lawyer can muddle through the endless comedy of errors in "the system." But, there's a heck of a lot of lawyers who aren't abreast of the laws and end up costing their clients big bucks; try 30K plus. In our 8 year process, we've had 3 attorneys, ranging from your local boy to the high-end beauty. Each one dropped the ball one way or another. We're the ones who paid big bucks to fix their mistakes, not them. And as a result of bad legal advice, we've lost good paying job opportunities, had unnecessary stress added to our lives and marriages, been treated like insects from the Congressional folks, and often felt like throwing in the towel. We're at the mercy of you legal folks and of course, those well-meaning "authorities" at USCIS. We've spent our entire savings on flawed legal advice. Is there a lemon-law for lawyers? Calling the Bar Association gets us pretty much nowhere except to the back of the bus. In retrospect, I just wish we lived in California and had the benefit of such good and accurate legal advice. Good for your clients! Do us all a favor and open up shop in the rest of the U.S. so us poor trusting believers don't get the shaft anymore (respectfully speaking, of course).
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