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I would have a much easier time trusting the government to "do the right thing" about immigration reform if I didn't know that this same government can also choose to "look the other way" when it suits its purpose. I have experienced this firsthand. I was once hired by a private contractor to plant trees in a national forest. I met the contractor at a USDA Forest Service office, and climbed into the back of a truck filled mostly with Mexican nationals. I learned that these men were all in the US without proper documentation, many moving from one seasonal employment to another, frequently with government contractors. I have little doubt that the Forest Service officials were bright enough to scope out the situation as well as I could then in my relative youth. Today I hear reports of a fellow with dual Canadian-U.S. citizenship who attempted to enter the US with weapons in his possession. Because there were no outstanding warrants, our Border Patrol folks confiscated the weapons, but allowed him to enter the US. Doesn't speak very well for our "unfettered right to control our borders and entry using and under our own terms..." making the U.S. very "prudent, safe and sovereign" to me. [RL Ranger, 06/09/05]. I suspect that strict Protectionist tactics will ultimately fail to curb "illegal immigration", just as Prohibition failed to curb drinking. I believe we are already a global society, and we should make any reforms to our laws with that in mind. I would hope the reality of our government's actions in the immigration realm will match its rhetoric in the future, rather than the "do what I say, not what I do" mentality. Benjamin Franklin said it best, "What you appear to be, be really." One can always hope.
While I agree with some of the more obvious comments in R. L. Ranger's letter of 6/9/05, (Illegal entry is not the same as immigrating any more than bank-robbing is the same as banking when making a lawful withdrawal...), it is foolish to deny that illegal labor has been both "benign" as well as the cause of "current chaos": contradictions can and do exist in most situations, and by simply denying reality it does not cease to exist. It is presumptuous to state that most Americans want a reduction of both illegal as well legal entry: just ask those employers who are providing work to both these groups, and indeed going to great expense and effort to sponsor the legal immigrants. As a matter of fact, this demand from employers is precisely because of the lack of knowledgable and educated Americans in the labor force. It may well be that the US will be forced to accept this to stay competitive, and to uphold the economic power that has in fact been a product of much immigrant (illegal or otherwise) contribution throughout its history. Finally, what is truly "preposterous" is using the analogy of immigrant labor to a party. RL Ranger's letter reflects a failure to realize that most immigrants - again both legal as well as illegal - work very hard in the US, and almost always at lower wages than a US citizen. Legal immigrants pay taxes, Mediare, Medicaid and Social Security which support US citizens such as R.L. Ranger and his/her family, none of which they have legal rights to as non-citizens. "There is no universal right of foreigners to come to US." But isn't that how most Americans' ancestors arrived here in the frst place?
Regarding the "Anti-Border Folks" comment (6/8/05 ID), it seems odd that immigration attorneys would accuse those of use who believe in Rule of Law of being biased against immigrants, particularly of people who have entered and continue to enter this country unlawfully. I'm not anti-border or anti-immigration. However, I believe that orderly immigration is necessary to perpetuate the founding fathers intentions - after all, this country was founded by immigrants who came here seeking, among other things, religious freedom. We can't just close the borders. Do you also believe that we need to rescind the law against murder? I think murder is wrong. I guess that makes me anti-murder. Entering this country without following the rules is illegal, thus wrong. However, your statement that "The anti-border policy by contrast would be to make large-scale cross-border movement lawfully impossible..." implies that large-scale cross-border movement is currently legal and that we want it made illegal.
Please excuse my ignorance, but I thought that large-scale movement of aliens who have not applied for entry through the currently lawful methods was already illegal. If Immigration Daily wants to make a comment about an issue, why not approach it in a more positive way, such as "Immigration Daily believes that we need to have in this country an open and frank discussion about how to fix the current immigration laws", rather than accuse those who only want the current laws enforced of being biased. I don't understand the point of your comment, other than it is very inflammatory. I understand that immigration lawyers stand to gain millions of new clients once legislation such as the McCain-Kennedy "Secure America and Orderly Immigration Act" (S.B. 1033) bill becomes law. You have to follow the money.
Contrary to what my friend and colleague Angelo Paparelli suggests (6/07/05 ID), I do not purport to hold back the ocean, but instead surf the waves of newly developing ethics issues. I agree with Angelo's letter, outsourcing to countries like India and China will be inevitable for international business. But for lawyers, outsourcing legal support services raises ethical issues that may violate the California Rules of Professional Conduct (CRPC), such as conflicts of interest (CRPC 3-300 and 3-310), fee sharing with a non-lawyer (CRPC 1-320), and client confidentiality (California B&P Code 6068(e)), as well as considerations of privacy and internet security. My concern is that attorney-client privileged confidential information, like birth information, social security numbers, parents' names, etc., might be subject to identity theft, and confidential information about companies, like their gross and net revenues, number of employees, etc., would be shared with third parties who could sell that information. I don't trust providing confidential and personal identity information to people in countries that traditionally do not honor confidentiality, privacy, copyrights, trademarks, etc. Even if the fine print of an attorney/client fee agreement contained language informing a client their confidential and personal information would be shared with third parties overseas, I wonder if the State Bar Ethics Committee would find that a disclaimer satisfactory to the attorney would sufficiently put the client on notice that their attorney/client confidentiality and personal information privacy is now down the toilet, and is in the hands of third parties in countries that may not adhere to basic ethical standards. Therefore, I continue to wonder if the outsourcing of legal support services is ethical, even with the permission of the client.
David D. Murray, Esq.
Newport Beach, CA
US immigration history is not always about native people putting red carpet to the immigrants but also full of shameful stories about land grabbing, annexation, genocide of the native people and their lawful properties, human rights abuses, unfair discrimination and racism to other immigrants just because they were considered as "undesireable" and different than earlier immigrants and obviously to prevent competition. The purpose of all immigration and trade barriers laws nothing but to prevent competition and unfairly limit others to pursue the same chance to market their skills and products on the level playing field, prosper, survive, seek liberty and opportunities. Chinese Exclusion act, anti Jewish refugees act to prevent them escaping holocaust, slavery, discrimination and denial on African Americans' civil rights are just few examples. Why not giving everybody chance to pursue liberty, happiness, prosperity and opportunities here while shutting down the welfare system that unfairly gives free handouts for lazy people including US citizens themselves at the expense of hardworking tax payers ? Those illegals who are looking for "free" healthcare, education and any social services should go back their countries and US citizens who have the same mentality should ask Santa Claus, We must tell everybody there's no such a "free" lunch. And those who prefer "Berlin wall" and protectionism on our immigration and trade policies, please look back at our history. A shame is forever a shame. It's 21st century and you can't rely on goverments to protect your job security by being your personal nannies. Empower yourselves or you'll lose the competition. Sorry, it's life and the reality from now and forward.
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