Misguided Security Derails Immigration
A recent illustration provided by the GAO provides a birds-eye view of our domestic security's layered defense strategy. The illustration is a powerful visual tool that captures the multiple levels of defense measures the US has implemented post-9/11 to secure our nation against Al Qaeda. Much of the post-9/11 deterioriation in immigration benefits delivery is due to initiatives implementing the layered defense strategy which is graphically captured by this GAO document.
The critical weakness of the remarkably comprehensive strategy that this graphic visually represents is that it may lull us into a false sense of security. It is highly unlikely that all the initiatives encompassed in this multi-tiered defense strategy can prevent a really determined group of suicidal truck bombers. For little and dubious reward, the price we pay as a nation in our civil liberties is disproportionately high. Nazi Germany tried an even more comprehensive domestic security system, the failures of which are well-documented. If our misguided response to 9/11 draws us closer to a Gestapo State, Al Qaeda may have already won.
Curriculum For "The Three Rs: Removal, Relief and Review"
The curriculum for "The Three Rs: Removal, Relief and Review" is as follows:
FIRST Phone Session on July 28th: "Please release me, Let me go..."
(Arrest and Hearing; detention issues, removal grounds, burden, defenses, suppression)
- Reason to believe, warrant, arrest
- Detention standards, habeas and "custodian" Rumsfeld v. Padilla
(S. Ct. June 21, 2004)
- Right to counsel, approach to practice, client representation,
developing the case
- Immigration judge duties, bias and recusal
- Hearing rights and meaningful exercise
- Burden of proof, "arriving alien," FOIA, exhaustion/making the
- NTA defects, notice & service, evidentiary insufficiency, res judicata
- Non-hearings: Stipulated hearing, expedited hearing, & reinstatement of removal
SECOND Phone Session on August 19th: "Crazy, these cases are making me
(More Defenses and Challenges in cases involving
domestic violence, inabsentia rulings, classified evidence, citizenship,
adjustment options, alternate dispositions)
- Stops and incrimination: Hiibel v. Sixth Judicial District Court
of Nevada, Humboldt County, (S. Ct. 6/21/04)
- Alienage and 5th amendment suppression challenges
- Negotiating with ICE, prosecutorial discretion, stipulation
- VAWA cancellation, adjustment, exceptions, waivers and deferred
- Classified evidence cases; closed hearings, no hearing
- Conviction "after admission," evidence of conviction, I-213, Jencks
- New charges, effect of grounds not charged or proved on eligbility and
- Inabsentia motions, notice, exceptional circumstances, due diligence,
THIRD Phone Session on September 16th: "Stay - Just a Little While
(Relief and review)
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- Adjustment, voluntary departure, 212(c)/cancellation of removal,
- Combined relief: Gabrelsky/Rainford adjustment, nunc pro tunc
permission to reapply (I-212)
- Discretionary relief and Lopez v. Davis blanket standards
- AG mixing of statutory standards (Matter of Jean; Matter of K-A-;
Matter of Y-L-, et al.)
- BIA appeal standards, summary dismissal, NOA and streamlining,
- Involuntary waiver of appeal; unlawful removal; self-deportation
- Petition for review jurisdiction and exhaustion standards under
- Habeas petitions, stays of removal
The McCarran-Walter Act: A Contradictory Legacy on Race, Quotas, and Ideology
Alicia J. Campi at the Immigration Policy Center writes "The [McCarran-Walter] Act was an important, historic piece of immigration legislation, although only an imperfect step toward ending discrimination based on race in US immigration policy."
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Immigration Law News
USCIS Releases Monserrat TPS FAQs
The USCIS released FAQs on the termination of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Monserrat Nationals.
USCIS Announces New Work Authorization Document For Micronesia Nationals
USCIS announced a change in the documentation that citizens from the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) can use as proof of permission to work in the US. Effective immediately, an unexpired FSM passport with unexpired documentation showing admission under the Compact of Free Association (CFA) is valid proof of work authorization.
DHS Issues RFIs To Vendors On Immigration Systems Overhaul
Government Computer News reports "The Homeland Security Department has asked vendors for advice on a revamped immigration processing system using outsourced services and data mining."
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Help Wanted: Experienced Immigration Attorney
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"... ICE seems to believe its mission is that of hounding the undocumented using criminal investigation techniques. ICE should not lose sight of its primary mission: to help protect our homeland by hunting terrorists, it should leave dishwashers, cooks, and gardeners alone."
Really? You expect the part of the government responsible for immigration not to engage in law enforcement activities that might inconvenience illegal aliens?
I really regret that INS got folded in to DHS. Now every time anyone tries to actually perform their immigration-related duties some moron can say "why aren't you out chasing terrorists?" Hey: Secret Service is in DHS too. Do you think they should abandon their posts at the White House and go hunt terrorists, too. Maybe the Coast Guard would catch more terrorists if
they'd abandon their dinghies and get with the program, too?
Immigration Daily readers may want to know the news that Texas Attorney General Abbott won a judgement against a woman who defrauded South Texas immigrants, permanently shutting down fraudulent immigration consulting agency operated by Martha Uresti.
Paul Parsons, Chairman
State Bar of Texas Committee on Laws Relating to Immigration & Nationality
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