Letter From Army Sergeant
Immigration Daily received the following letter to the Editor:
"I don't know what to do anymore. I did a petition for my wife in Nov. 2001 (I-130) It finally was approved in Aug. 2005. I am now a U.S. Citizen and a soldier in the U.S. Army who just came from Iraq. My wife Maria and I have 2 boys who were born here in the U.S. She received a letter from INS saying that she had to go back to our native country (Nicaragua) to the U.S. Embassy in Managua to finalize and obtain her permanent residency (green card). She got there and was told that her case won't be attended until 6 months to a year from that date. (November 2005) She recently called to check the status and was told that they do not deal with immigration, the people who do are at the U.S. Embassy in Honduras. The U.S. Embassy in Honduras is not granting any visas to anybody at the moment. So my wife's case is on a standby along with thousands of people. Given the fact that I am a U.S. Citizen and a U.S soldier in the Army who just came from Iraq and my Congressman won't answer my letters or e-mails along with my Senator, What can I do to bring my family back home here in California? If you can help me or even tell me where to go or who to write please let me know." - Sergeant Alfredo C. Ubau, U.S. Army
Sergeant Ubau is clearly caught in a bureaucratic tangle. We hope that USCIS will be able to resolve his immigration situation and bring him much deserved relief.
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What the Roger Algase letter (7/18/06 ID) calls "draconian enforcement" of immigration is only what is needed to gain control of our porous borders and policies. Those who reject the enforcement first position
really aren't interested in a rational solution and only continue and
compound the problems and confuse the issue with a false or misplaced
concern for the human rights of foreigners above our national interests.
What would be accomplished in adding new entry laws if like many
existing ones, they aren't enforced? My letter of 7/17/06 ID was not
extolling the strict "virtues of separation of cultures" and was only
general and comparative. My position is that of Restrictionism which my letter plainly covered, that limits entry in an orderly and fair manner and doesn't radically change existing society from pre-1965. Prior to the
Hart-Celler Act of 1965, the national origin quotas were based generally upon the existing ethnic mix in fair proportion to each group's existing presence in the population. What could have been more equitable? That it favored European whites was not because of any racial superiority belief. It just happened to be the societal mix at the time (1924) in an expression of their human rights. Front Page magazine, in their article, "The 1965 Immigration Act: Anatomy of a Disaster" by Ben Johnson, concluded, "Despite the overwhelming assurances of the bill's supporters, the 1965 Immigration Reform Act has remade society into the image its critics most feared." We do not have to "remember" any "catastrophic results". We can see enough of them today as a result of the multicultural madness that liberals, special interests and globalists have promoted. It is these kinds of destructive "theories" that we do not need in America.
R. L. Ranger
Responding to Ms. Erickson's letter (07/17/06 ID), oh, but we Americans do realize that there are illegals from Great Britain, Ireland, and the Middle European countries, despite the efforts of illegal immigrant advocates to make this a racial issue. It's just that immigrants from these countries are often more highly educated than EWIs, and come on passports with visas. Then, too, they've kept a pretty low profile as a group, and have apparently recently been emboldened by the lack of action against Latino marchers. (The assumption that someone with a British passport is necessarily white is pretty much of a stretch these days, just as it's a stretch to say that because someone is from Latin America they are necessarily brown.) Because of our inability to track who comes and goes, they find it easier to blend in and get good jobs, on the pretense that they are citizens or legal immigrants. In fact, ICE recently arrested one such illegal who was working for the Los Angeles Department of Public Works and earning more than $100,000 a year. Was this a job Americans wouldn't do? These illegal workers compete directly with America's middle class. It's been guesstimated that about 40 percent of all illegal immigration is by visa violators. While most of the sturm and drang has focused on our Southern border, efforts at border security should certainly give equal weight to employer verification and entry/exit systems for visitors. The federal government has been dragging its heels on both of these. Putting systems such as these in place and actually using them should actually speed up processing or hiring, while preserving our security and our jobs.
Ali Alexander's letter (07/13/06 ID) states "Illegal aliens are not citizens of this country and have no civil rights here." The author of that letter needs a refresher course in constitutional law. The Bill of Rights applies to all people, citizens or not, who are physically present in this country. The only exception that I know of is the legal fiction that exists for certain parolees. They are deemed not to be physically present even though they are here. The reason for the exception is, of course, that otherwise they would have the same rights as everyone else.
Sid Lachter, Esq.
We all know that the cap for H-1B visa is 65,000 per year, and this is set by Congress. Therefore, USCIS cannot issue H-1B visas more than 65,000 annually. But the 2004 Yearbook of Immigration Statistics recently published by Office of Immigration Statistics(OIS) clearly shows on its Table 24 that 386,821 persons were admitted into the US in the fiscal year 2004 on H-1B program. Furthermore, it shows that nearly similar numbers of persons on this H-1B program were admitted into the US in fiscal years 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2003 also. One cannot understand how USCIS could issue such large number of H-1B visas in the above years, whereas the cap was only 65,000 per year. Can USCIS set side Congress's mandate?
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