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According to The Houston Chronicle, Rep. Lamar Smith's office came to the aid of a Honduran kidney transplant receipient experiencing immigration troubles, unable to return to Texas to receive the anti-rejection medication he needs to live. The anti-rejection medication is not readily available in Honduras, and the Honduran's supply will run out in days. It usually takes months for Honduran citizens to get an appointment with the U.S. Consulate to apply for a visa, but Rep. Smith's office was able to get an interview for him for Thursday. "Congressman Smith has made every effort to make sure [Honduran kidney transplant receipient] will have all of the documentation he will need," said O'Lene Stone, district director for Smith's San Antonio office.
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I disagree whole-heartedly with the Immigration Daily comment (7/28/05 ID). Are you practicing with any kind of journalistic integrity? Perhaps the context of the question and answer should be considered before ripping Mr. Tancredo for political gain or for his stances on any issue, including immigration.
Thank you for your comment on the (ill)legalities of "nuking Mecca." (7/28/05 ID) As a Muslim and a lawyer, I am simply appalled at Rep. Tancredo's statements - and the moral outrage proved to smokescreen my ability to legally repudiate his statements. Thank you for helping me do this. Unlike others who feel Immigration Daily has no business getting on the soapbox here, I think that the nexus between the needs of millions of immigrant/non-immigrant Muslims in this country and a web service maintained in part by immigration lawyers provides a wholly sufficient basis for comment. I read that he is sorry he offended Muslims, but he has failed to retract his statements.
Hassan M. Ahmad, Esq.
In your customary eagerness to condemn the concept and advocates of
restricted, legal immigration, you have predictably, unfairly and
crassly attacked Rep. Tom Tancredo in your editorial (07/28/05 ID). His
mere mention of the possibility of the nuclear option in the event of a
similar attack on a US city is not only justified by common sense and
self-defense, but is also a stated, affirmative position and
contingency of the Bush administration. It has been reported
that the Pentagon, acting under instructions from Vice President Dick
Cheney's office, has tasked the US Strategic Command (STRATCOM) with drawing up a contingency plan to be employed in response
to another 9/11-type terrorist attack on the US. The plan
includes a large-scale air assault on Iran employing both conventional
and tactical nuclear weapons. Within Iran there are more than 450
major strategic targets, including numerous suspected
nuclear-weapons-program development sites. Many of the targets are
hardened or are deep underground and could not be taken out by
conventional weapons, hence the nuclear option. This response is not
conditional on Iran actually being involved in the act of terrorism
directed against the US or is it specific to nukes being used
on US as was the Tancredo statement. It is the seemingly terminal
condition of xenomania exhibited by your editorials that should be
gotten rid of, not Rep. Tancredo. Your myopic attempt to capitalize on
this issue and pursuing your own questionable agenda by smearing one of
the all too few who are willing to stand up and secure America is
R. L. Ranger
"While we make no claim to be experts either in
military law or in political procedure for expelling
members of a party, the purpose of our comment is the
incident's clear connection with immigration policy." (see 7/28/05 ID comment). Immigration Daily is only knowledgeable about the immigration field. Please stop making editorials into an arena
where your ignorance shows. Did you rebuke Senator Durbin for his comments about
Guantanamo being like the gulags? The anwer is a resounding: No, you did not. That's because Immigration Daily is nothing but a partisan publication which acts exactly like a liberal political hack, only criticizing Republicans and others with anti-immigration views. Double standard. You have little credibility. In the aftermath of his despicable remark last month,
why didn't you call on Durbin to resign for his remakrs undermining the American military and
bordering on the traitorous? If I have to remind you, people, even some Democrats in the Senate were
calling on Durbin to apologize and resign. He finally apologized, tearfully I might add, realizing how
outrageous and egregious his remark was.
Regarding 7/28/05 ID comment, I applaud the editor for considering this
issue important enough to comment on it. The problem is not Trancedo alone,
it is an element of American society, some of whom commented yesterday, who
are so out of touch with reality that their ignorant attitude is proving
distasteful to the international community from South America to Asia and
yes the Middle East. We must remember, Mr. Bush has declared a "Crusade"
Ashcroft has openly stated that their God is evil and our God is good, a top
military general made similar statements, many other republican politicians
have openly expressed their hatred towards Islam and used 9/11 as a cover to
hide behind. If Americans are interested in learning about Islam or any
other minority culture for that matter, they should stop relying on
television and Hollywood for information on other cultures and religions and
should go to the source to educate themselves. There are some 6-8 million
Muslims in the U.S., many hundred mosques, and Quran is sold in every book
store and free online. A note to those who actually were making excuses for
Trancedo's comments: this is not the America of the 17th, or 18th century,
learn to respect other people and their religious beliefs and refrain from
making fanatical comments like "nuke Mecca."
I would like to know if only registered lawyers or migration attorneys are allowed to process and file petitions on behalf of clients or if individuals or organizations are eligible to act on their behalf as well? We are not a migration law firm, however we have been operating in the consulting business assisting individuals looking to work, visit, study, migrate and do business overseas.
We are also into IT consulting and have been recruiting and relocating professionals to the US. Now we are also looking to process the H1 petitions and H1 transfers for our clients. More like back office processing.
To this end, I wanted to enquire if there are any restrictions limiting us from processing and filing petitions on behalf of our clients at the USCIS center.
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