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It is not only conservative Republicans like Lamar Smith who believe there is a fixed number of jobs threatened by immigration (see 12/14/05 ID comment). Indeed, this is the operating motif of our entire immigration system shared by both the Left and the Right that continue to view immigration as a problem to be controlled rather than an asset to be maximized. Not until we throw off this command and control mentality will we as a nation view employment-based immigration in a strategic sense worthy of more numbers and more respect. Only then will this archaic and misguided view change. Only then will America find new and creative ways to use immigration as it was meant to be- an invaluable resource that can grow the economy, create new jobs and make the nation wealthier, more competitive and more secure. The main objection to the Lamar Smith position is not that it frustrates aliens or annoys business, both of which are certainly true, but that it does a severe disservice to the very economy in which we all work and on which we all depend.
Gary E. Endelman, Esq.
There was a comprehensive study done several years ago by some prestigious organization (it might have been the National Academy of Science, I don't remember). And, I think that it was reported in Interpreter Releases. The study flatly contradicts the assertions by Lamar Smith and Co (see 12/14/05 ID comment). Instead, it found that (1) that the impact on new immigrants was initially "negative", i.e., that they took more economic benefits that they gave, when getting settled here, but (2) once settled, they gave back far more than they received, and (3), most importantly, that since the social network (and support systems) of the "poor Americans" and the immigrants were different, there was no economic connection or impact between the jobs that immigrants took and the plight of "poor Americans". Since this study was done by a prestigious and neutral organization and contained both positive and negative elements, it's worth citing to, I think. But, you rarely hear anything about it from the anti-immigrant forces who couldn't care less about the true situation of immigrants and the positive things that they do for this country, but are more interested in stoking the fires of hate and xenophobia.
Timothy G. Herrick, Esq.
Jersey City, NJ
Even more interesting than conservative Republicans espousing Marxist ideals is Immigration Daily advocating supply side economics (see 12/14/05 ID comment).
San Francisco, CA
Populist politicians are the same all over (see 12/14/05 ID comment). They cater to the insecurities in the masses to increase their political base and strength. Generally this results in a call for greater government intervention and reduce individual liberties. The basic tenants of a free society including the freedom to contract has become a privilege doled out by the government.
I enjoyed reading Peter Spiro's Dual Nationality: Unobjectionable and Unstoppable (12/14/05 ID article). However, the article omitted something when addressing the issue of dual nationals and conflicting loyalties, specifically "There appears not a single notable instance of a dual national having engaged in espionage" but the article failed to mention the issue of a dual national having committed treason. Tomoya Kawakita was a native-born US citizen and a "passive" national of Japan (through parentage) who worked as a civilian for a Japanese corporation producing war materials. He supervised and brutally abused US prisoners of war forced to labor for the Japanese war industry. The facts of the case are discussed in Kawakita v. US, 343 US 717 (1952). Kawakita never served in the Japanese armed forces and never renounced his US citizenship. In fact, he asserted his US citizenship after Japan lost the war and returned to the US. I guess that Kawakita resolved the issue of dual nationality by following the maxim Ubi bene, ibi patria. Kawakita was convicted of treason and sentenced to death. The Supreme Court upheld the conviction and the sentence. I believe that President Eisenhower commuted the death sentence for foreign policy reasons. The article could have made a stronger argument that dual nationality is unobjectionable had it candidly addressed Kawakita.
Bruce R. Mulraney
Los Angeles, CA
Immigration Daily's 12/14/05 nitpicking, specious and laboriously contrived comment
on the Times op-ed article by two US Representatives continues a
tradition or "jihad" of reckless, biased and myopic opinion. Their
statement, "the result of a large illegal immigrant workforce is that
the poorest Americans must compete with those illegal immigrants for
jobs", is obviously true since if the illegals were not here, US workers
would not have to compete with them for jobs. Their prior concerns
regarding the poor are not material. What is not so obvious is ID's "pie-in-the-sky" conclusion that economic activity is increased by
immigration or that the net effect is positive. Many studies show
otherwise. It is also misleading to refer to illegals as merely
"undocumented" as if only minor paperwork needs to be completed for
legitimacy. It is further misleading to continue to refer to those who believe in limited legal entry with no illegal entry as
"anti-immigrant". With selected, limited and allocated legal immigration, the positive aspects of immigration are more likely to be
seen without so much of the negative that we now experience with liberal and lax policies. Those who believe that driving safe, reasonable and
prudent speed limits upon the highways are not anti-auto, anti-travel or anti-driving. They just prefer a safe, orderly environment and wish to
promote preservation, not chaos, irresponsibility or recklessness. Open border and unrestricted entry advocates are in effect calling for an end
to traditional America as our borders and those who we allow to come, define US and our future. Now that really is Marxist.
R. L. Ranger
Immigration Daily, which started out as a wonderful and informative
newsletter covering immigration issues, has now devolved into an
anti-Republican, anti-national and, I will say, anti-American
screed (see 12/14/05 ID comment). It never misses the opportunity to demonize
all those who do not want open borders as "restrictionists," all
those who favor I.D. cards as "racists," and all those who want the
law enforced for everyone as "mean-spirited" and "anti-immigrant
jihadists." Each week I find myself wondering why I still subscribe
to this newsletter. Even AILA is rarely as partisan and pathetic
sounding as the editorials of Immigration Daily are becoming. I
would urge Immigration Daily to reconsider its anti-national
position. America has 4% of the world's population. Don't you
think, if we had open borders, that the other 96% would eagerly make
for our shores, overwhelming our capacity to assimilate them? Does
Immigration Daily see America as only an economic dumping ground,
rather than a homeland and a culture that many of us revere? Is
Immigration Daily so racist as to think that all law-abiding
Americans of Hispanic heritage favor open borders and limitless
illegal immigration? There is a reason Immigation Daily's opinions are in the
minority. Americans, those who are born here and those that emigrate
(legally) to America, learn to love this country and don't want to
see their nation commit suicide.
Katelyn Giovino, Paralegal
In response to S. Salike's letter (12/14/05 ID), how does S. Salike know that the citizens of the
South Asian country granted F-1 visas are not
returning to their country, or perhaps moving to a
third country like Canada? The US government does
not report on the whereabouts of specific individuals.
Further, the non-immigrant intent is assessed at the
time they apply for the visa and for a reasonable time
thereafter. They are not supposed to swear to never
have immigrant intent. Nothing prevents them from
later switching to an H-1B visa, that allows immigrant
intent, or marrying a US citizen.
First I want to thank Immigration Daily for a super job you're doing in informing us (lawyers) and the public on the current immigration news and events that affect all of us. In the 12/07/05 issue, the notice of closing regional offices for the division of foreign labor, included an alternate contact information that was supplied to Immigration Daily. I tried to contact the Philadelphia center at the Telephone number 424-270-1500 and I found out that was a wrong number. The correct number is 484-270-1500. I hope you can pass this information to Immigration Daily readers. Again, I thank you for all your hard work in educating the immigrants and their lawyers on the current events that affects their life.
Berj L. Massmanian, Esq.
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