DOJ Policy Change
According to the L.A. Daily Journal, in February, the Justice Department quietly began a new policy that allows DOJ attorneys to remand cases to the Board of Immigration Appeals instead of arguing them before federal appeals courts. Previously, government attorneys had little discretion to settle cases which led to a sizable increase in appeals by immigrants to federal circuit courts. But some immigration experts say this policy change will not resolve the burgeoning immigration backlog problem. From 1998-2005, the BIA's caseload increased 63% from 29,000 to 46,300.
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I am shocked and outraged by Immigration Daily's sentence "Pro-immigration Republicans will have to learn that nothing short of concentration camps will satisfy the anti-immigration wing of their party." (see 12/22/05 ID comment). I am neither Republican nor a Democrat - I am a registered Independent. However, I can tell you that this type of hyperbole and hysteria does not encourage me to subscribe to ID. ILW.COM appeared to me to be an important resource of information for immigration attorneys, like myself, who wish to stay on top of the ever-changing immigration laws. However, as a former Immigration Attorney-Advisor to the Miami Immigration Court and the BIA, I firmly believe that the actual enforcement of a final order of deportation, after exhausting appeals, motions to reopen, motions to reconsider, etc. does not seem to be the equivalent of setting up a "concentration camp." There is nothing better than to win a case and assist clients in lawfully obtaining status in the US. My parents waited 3 years in refugee camps in Austria and the Netherlands to come to the US legally in 1959 with green cards as refugees, after fleeing that country after the Hungarian revolution of 1956. There are many potential immigrants waiting in line outside the US right now, as my parents did. To somehow reward those who have violated laws, and place them in any way ahead of those trying to respect our laws, is outrageous. My parents know exactly what concentration camps are, and your remark is an insult and a slap in the face to them and to this great country, which has always welcomed immigrants with open arms, and always will. Immigration Daily's editorial is inflammatory, outrageous, and unwarranted in the currented debate over illegal immigration. You should retract the outrageous rhetoric of your 12/22/05 issue.
In response to 12/22/05 ID's comment, "Right Problem, Wrong Solution", reasonable immigration restrictionists do not seek "concentration
camps", only effective and enforced policies that deter and remove illegal and limit legal entrants. HR 4437 is a start, but is an
insufficient slution as the ending of anchor baby citizenship, denying
funds to cities with sanctuary policies and requiring all non-citizens
who enter or exit the country to be processed through the automated
entry-exit control system Congress mandated in 1996, were not
addressed. While Robert Yang's letter (12/22/05 ID) makes some valid points, no
nation has accommodated foreign talent entry more than the US, but the
extreme of open borders is unwise and America is more than just a place
to hang your work hat or should be. Sebastian's letter (12/22/05 ID) has specifically
identified too many categories at USCIS as a cause of poor service, yet
will not accept a reduction with resulting fewer numbers as a solution,
thus saving, not spending more money, and reducing the high entry
numbers to more manageable levels. I agree with his letter that we need no
"slave labor" program for "guests" who never will leave and that
employer sanctions would be very effective. He is then inconsistent by
criticizing the present attempt to prioritize the latter. The lack of
serious or sufficient enforcement to date is why many present laws have
not had "any deterrent effect". Lastly, I would suggest that Bill Dahl's poem (12/21/05 ID) was clearly inadequate whereas Ali Alexander's "Jingle Cash" (12/22/05 ID)was superb.
R. L. Ranger
In response to Mr. Anderson's letter (12/22/05 ID), just for the record, the $10 billion that immigrants might, at most, contribute to our $12 trillion economy amounts to roughly 0.08 percent. To be clear, that's 8 hundredths of one percent. Considering that immigrants are according to various estimates now roughly one third of our population, that's a pretty insignificant amount.
High US labor costs will force US businesses to automate or mechanize the manual labor to save costs. Robots, artificial intellegence, voice recognition, computers can "steal" Americans' jobs too. Foreign hospitals and universities can offer the same or better quality of health care and education at fraction of the price charged in Europe or USA. Americans and Europeans can go to Thailand as medical tourists, get cosmetics surgeries, check ups etc. for much less. Not to mention telesurgery, telediagnostics etc., doctors in India can perform surgeries in London by using computer, robotic arms and telecommunication technology. So, how must Americans anticipate these trends? Writing their politicians to ban robots and computers too? Closing US borders will not protect one's job security. Instead, one needs to learn more skills, speak new languages, so one has value-added talents compared to other human beings allowing one to earn well anywhere in this globe. One must be empowered, not get scared by global competition.
It appears that Congress has approved the building of the Great Wall of Mexico just in time for the holidays. Let's hope we can also celebrate the New Year by their support for building the Great Wall of Canada so we can have the security this country deserves.
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