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Immigration Daily September 10, 2004
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9/11 Staff Report

The 9/11 Commission issued a Staff Report subsequent to the earlier Commission Report on the 9/11 attacks. It should be borne in mind that this is a Staff Report and not a Commisssion Report. Before examining its content, one should ask why is the material in this Staff Report not part of the Commissioner's Report? We believe the 9/11 Commissioners were not unanimous about materials in this Staff Report which includes a discussion about immigration and consular functions as they affected the 9/11 terrorists and the unfortunate connection many make between immigration and the 9/11 attacks. The 9/11 Commission Report is strongly supportive of immigration and is 180 degrees contrary to the undertone of the Staff Report. This should be borne in mind when people bandy about quotes from this Staff Report. The 9/11 Commission Report welcomed immigration to America, and recognized that our security depends on many factors, not the least of which are our actions overseas (including military actions).

With this background, it is useful to look at some of the immigration related issues in this Staff Report. On page 4, the Staff Report mentions how the Immigration and Customs leadership nearly shut down our borders immediately after the 9/11 attack in a classic case of shutting the barn doors after the horses have bolted. We trust that they will react with greater wisdom when the next attack comes. On page 58, the Report mentions Al Qaeda reliance on outsiders such as vendors of fraudulent documents, corrupt government officials, travel agencies, and human smugglers. Until we provide legal avenues for massive immigration, these outsiders will continue to proliferate, making it easier for future Al Qaeda attacks to occur. Pages 70-71 present a primer on visas and entries to the US and reveal that only a small fraction of the visitors to the US are required to have visas, thus limiting the use of a visa as a security tool. The material on pages 73, 118, 119, 122, and 141 makes very clear that section 214(b) which is the basis for 80% of the denials of the visas is connected to "economic security" and is contrary to our national security interests. Though the Staff Report doesn't say so, it is clear from its text that 214(b) operates to the detriment of our national security and should be revoked.

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Article

Possessed
Diane Sandford writes "One of the most common mistakes made [] is using it's (contraction) for its (possessive)."


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9/11 And Terrorist Travel: Staff Report Of The National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon The US
The 9/11 Commission staff issued a study on immigration, border security, and terrorist travel issues.


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Letters

Readers are welcome to share their comments, email: editor@ilw.com (275-words or fewer preferred).

Dear Editor:
Let me question some of the findings made by Steven Camarota in his report. First, if the population is in illegal status, mostly undocumented, are the calculations of tax payments and government services usage anything close to accurate? Where are the error margins? Is a guesstimate of $10 billion relevant for an $11 trillion economy? How do the costs compare to those of massive deportation and widespread enforcement? Is not better to have a factor lowering wages than exporting the jobs altogether? What are the comparable figures for certain U.S.-citizen groups? On that basis we may conclude that is economically sound to get rid of them too. Second, if the U.S. abandons the "jus solis" doctrine and does not grant citizenship to their children, it would only worsen the situation by creating a permanent class of social outcasts. Third, what are the benefit to the U.S. private sector in terms of lower labor costs and increased consumer base? Finally, it does not account for the long-term implications. This younger labor base, if motivated to increase its skills by entering the formal economy, can well counterbalance the aging of the U.S. population. Evidently, they will be in an improved bargaining position if they are allowed to operate as free agents of the economy. Their children could do far better. The conclusions may be right but, as presented, I believe this study produces no material evidence to support them.

Sebastian
Washington, DC

Dear Editor:
How about, "Immigration for Diversity and Prosperity in America"?

Ning Ji, Legal Assistant
Caesar & Napoli

Dear Editor:
How about, "Help is on the way".

Jgmckeon

Dear Editor:
In response to Immigration Daily's Comments, while the Arizona Republicans who have staked out a favorable position on some reform favoring illegal immigrants already here, the extreme right wing candidate oppposing Jim Kolbe in the Republican primary did very well on September 7. The district borders Mexico. The opponent made the issue the center of his campaign and received 41% of the GOP primary vote. Given Kolbe's 20 year tenure, chairmanship of one of the most important Appropriations Subcommittes and a vast campaign treasury, it was a chastening result. It's no wonder the incumbent President has said so little about the subject since his first, nearly inchoate suggestion that something needs to be done.

John Crow, immigration lawyer

Dear Editor:
I am interested in finding out why I have not been able to find a job. I have been a secretary/paralegal, in the field of immigration for about 25 years-yes I know, too much experience. I also have a friend who has about 15 years of experience. I know business law, mostly Applications for Labor Certs, RIRs and in the years I have been doing it, villages of people based on labor certs (with applicant, their immediate families and so forth and so on have come here because of my work) My friend has done the same for family based applications but neither of us can find a job. Is it because we have too much experience? When I apply for a job I feel that people think that I will ask for too much in salary (which is not true) we both want to just be in it. Is it easier to just train a person with a college degree to do these kinds of jobs. It took me a period of time to learn the fine points of Labor Certs and they keep changing (the old way, the RIRs, PERM, now I read that it takes longer for RIRs and it's back to the old way) so it will take awhile for one to be good at it.

2 immigration paralegals


ComingsNGoings

Readers can share their professional announcements (75-words or less at no charge), email: editor@ilw.com.

New Position
Meaghan Tuohey-Kay, formerly Managing Attorney for Catholic Community Services' Refugee Resettlement and Immigration Assistance Programs in Newark, NJ has become associated with The Law Office of Stuart D. Gavzy in Little Falls, NJ. Her practice is concentrated in the areas of immigration and bankruptcy. Meaghan E. Tuohey-Kay can be reached at 163 East Main Street, Little Falls, NJ 07424, (Ph) 973-256-6080.


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