Today's Immigration Daily has various items of interest: an article by an undocumented alien describing her experiences, two OALJ decisions on H-1B matters, 4 classifieds, and 5 letters to the Editor. Please scroll below to find the item(s) of interest to you.
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How To Be An Illegal Alien
Mimi in New York writes about an undocumented alien's experience in New York.
Equitable Tolling Not Available In H-1B Case Where No Disability Shown Due To Illness
In the Matter of Administrator, Wage and Hour Division, No. 2005-LCA-0034 (OALJ, Jul. 26, 2005), the Office Of Administrative Law Judges said that while equitable tolling does permit a complainant to avoid the bar of the statute of limitations if, despite all due diligence, she was unable to obtain vital information bearing on the existence of her claims, and while the OALJ was sympathetic to the difficulties that can occur due to an illness, the Complainant failed to exercise due dilligence and demonstrate a level of physical or emotional disability during the relevant statutory period to dictate equitable tolling.
Complainant In H-1B Case Cannot Have Stake In Appealing Administrator's Findings On Civil Penalties
In the Matter of Administrator, Wage and Hour Division, No. 2005-LCA-21 (OALJ, Apr. 29, 2005), the Office of Administrative Law Judges said that the Complainant had no stake in the outcome of an appeal of the Administrator's findings with respect to the assessment of civil penalties and that a determination by the Administrator that an investigation on a complaint was not warranted is not subject to appeal.
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With reference to your comment (ID 10/13/05), one could also interpret Mr. Greenspan's comments as an argument for the free movement of labor WITHOUT immigration. That is, workers would be free to come and go across borders, but would remain permanent guest workers, much on the model of the UAE. Immigration is a statement about citizenship and loyalties, not about work. It does not follow that "permanent residency" or citizenship needs to accompany the movement of labor.
There is much confusion about Amnesty. Some want it. Some don't. It should not happen, but it must happen. It must happen for one reason . . . Congress and INS and ICE have sat on their fat derrieres for so long that notwithstanding the employer sanctions imposed by IRCA in 1986, illegal employment in the United States runs rampant. Don't blame the illegals. Blame the entire system of government that has allowed the borders of the United States to become a joke, and even now with enhanced homeland security, any illegal who wants can filter through and then once here, obtain employment. Those out there who naively believe that the estimated 11 million illegals will just vaporize have been watching "Star Trek" too long. The bottom line is, the United States is forced into another Amnesty because of twenty years of abuse of the system. When the Amnesty of 1986 was over, the first thing illegals asked of my office was "When will the next amnesty be?". I told them at that time "Never.", because I believed employer sanctions would work. Because of a lack of enforcement and too mild penalties, the sanctions turned out to be a farce. Yes, unfortunately we MUST have another Amnesty, because there is no other way to remedy the illegal situation. But this time it MUST be the last. I propose hefty fines and light jail sentences on employers, and jail sentences for the illegals - but not simply incarceration - put them on the former Chain Gangs of Georgia and let them work for the public good before shipping them home. Just what part of, "You can't do that." do people not understand? And stop bashing immigration lawyers. Immigration lawyers do not write or enforce the laws. That's up to government.
David D. Murray, Esq.,
Newport Beach, CA
Ms Batanga's letter does not seem to show compassion (letter to Editor, ID 10/11/05)). Her letter indicates that she feels it is her duty to denounce upfront those individuals she perceives as a menace to her welfare without considering the consequences of her letter's vigilantism. Her letter advocates the break up of families leaving American children in a dire situation because their parents will be deported. I hope her letter is not equating Immigrant (legal or illegal) with terrorist; this is a simplification of the issue that by being repeated over and over again is gaining more converts in the general public. As a consequence of this many Joes and Marys want to become vigilantes because they feel they need protection against this immediate threat: the minute-man group is an example of this. America is a compassionate society and hopefully most will reject this Far Western style of dealing with the problems produced by illegal immigration because I am sure this is the wrong way to find solutions because it is not just about hunting the "vermins" (as some put it) trying to cross the Rio Grande.
Giving amnesty to the illegals will not solve the problem that the US is
facing now. The amnesty of 1986 is the glaring example that has
clearly shown that the amnesty has resulted in doubling the numbers of
the illegals in the US. If we need agricultural or unskilled workers
very badly for our agriculture and menial jobs, we can get them from
South and South East Asia. Millions of people from South and South East
Asia specially Cambodia, Laos Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan,
Indonesia, India, the Philippines and Thailand are working in Gulf
countries, Malaysia, South Korea, and Japan under temporary worker
program. They are working in the Gulf countries for about $ 250. to
$300. per month, and not a single worker is reported to have overstayed
in these countries. The persons from these countries are also well
known for agricultural work, and they have a very keen interest to work
in the US. It is high time that the US Congress should enact a law to
bring temporary workers from these countries. But, we should put some
conditions on them that they can never change to any other visa category
from their Temporary Worker visa during their stay in the US, and that
they must also go back to their countries after their contracts are
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