AILA 2005 Election Candidate Statements
Immigration Daily is pleased to bring to our readers statements from the two competing candidates for AILA National Secretary 2005. The candidates for this Executive Committee position are David Leopold of Ohio and Tammy Fox-Isicoff of Florida. See today's Featured Article for their election statements. We encourage Immigration Daily readers who are AILA members to vote in the upcoming 2005 AILA Elections.
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2005 AILA Secretary Election - Candidate Statements
Tammy Fox-Isicoff and David Leopold share their AILA Secretary platforms with Immigration Daily readers.
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The Real ID Act is only a threat to those of "illegal" status and activities, which means people aren't abiding by America's laws (3/07/05 ID comment). The benefits include dramatically reducing under age drinking, ID theft, illegal border crossings, fraudulent purchases, terrorism and much more, while at the same dramatically increasing time travel safety. Implementation could be achieved by simply verifying the authenticity of government encoded documents, such as in a driver's license, through a check for the proper codes, along with comparing the individuals picture to the individual presenting the document. Doing so would avoid invasion of privacy claims. Otherwise the threat to America and economic burden/costs will continue to mount if the Real ID Act is not passed. As for illegal immigrants who wish to stay and abide by American Law, protect the country and enjoy America's freedoms, let them become citizens like all those before them. As I see it, the Real ID Act puts us back on a track with the August 21, 1790 perspective of George Washington who said "For happily the Government of the United States, which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance requires only that they who live under its protection should demean themselves as good citizens, in giving it on all occasions their effectual support."
John Van Wie
Today's excerpt from the WSJ was right on target (3/07/05 ID comment). All this hullabaloo about tightening security on the mexican border and driver license is just about making life more difficult for all immigrants. Unfortunately, it is the same approach that was tried with Prohibition many years ago which failed abysmally and what is being done with drugs today, ignore the real problems and try to eradicate them with legislative punishment and restrictions. Let's start to find positive solutions for this problem: special documentation for workers, possiblity of citizenship at some future time, allowing the return to and from Mexico to these people. Most people won't want to leave there homes if they can garner the economic benefits of working here and living there. These people are not taking jobs from Americans except where employers refuse to follow the laws and are not punished. I happen to work with immigrants who are farmworkers in the fern industry. No one else would do this work at any wage and lastly, a realistic policy on children born in the US. It is my belief that automatic citizenship should not be granted unless the child has lived here after birth until the age of 4 years. At that time, if the parents have also remained here, regardless of work or personal history, they should be granted residency. The child should have right to be raised by its family in the country where it is a citizen. The current policy of deporting families with American born children is possibly the most appalling thing of all. Most Americans today came from the same immigrant experience. Two generations and there is complete assimilation. There is much room in this country for growth. Let's not shut the door but open it cautiously.
Farmworkers Ministry volunteer
Massive illegal immigration is a rapidly spreading cancer that is eating away at U.S. citizenship, sovereignty and the rule of law. I oppose special interest groups like the La Raza lobby, the "cheap labor" lobby, and the immigration attorney lobby that all have a vested interest in more and more illegal immigration.
Is there any new issues concerning deportees and how they can come back to America after being deported?
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The law firm of Bratter Krieger LLP is pleased to announce that attorney Carmela Beltran has been made a minority shareholder. Beltran, who specializes in business immigration, is the first associate to hold a share of the company, which she joined in 2002. She earned her Juris Doctor degree from St. Thomas University School of Law, and is an active member of AILA.
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