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US Policy On Cuban Admissions

According to a news report in The St. Peterburg Times, "Experts say any tinkering with the "wet foot-dry foot policy" - which allows Cubans fleeing the island to stay in the U.S. only if they reach dry land - would likely destabilize an already fragile Cuban society, enrage other immigrants in the U.S., or both." For the full story, see here.

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  • Chapter 5: The CSPA And Diversity Visa Lottery
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Hope For Comprehensive Immigration Reform - A "No Show" In Missouri's Senate Race
Tony Weigel writes "As summer heats up, the chance of Congress passing any meaningful comprehensive immigration reform has seemed to cool."

Time To Rethink Immigration (II): Freeing America From The Immigration Gulag
Peter Brimelow writes "The moral of recent immigration legislation history is that Washington's insiders have ways of making elected officials talk—and vote."


USCIS Announces Special Immigrant Status Available For Civilian Translators
USCIS issued a press release announcing that special immigrant status is now available to Afghan and Iraqi nationals who have worked directly for the US Military as translators.


Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
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Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
13-person midtown NYC immigration law firm seeks paralegal with 2+ years of experience with business applications: nonimmigrant and immigrant. Experience with Family based, naturalization and other applications a plus. Ideal candidate has BA degree, is detail oriented, organized, conscientious. Candidate must also possess excellent writing , communication & case management skills. Very competitive compensation pkg offered. Email resume + cover letter in MS Word format to

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
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Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Prestigious immigration law firm, with LA, SF, & NY branches, seeks associate attorney for its Los Angeles, CA branch. At least 2 yrs experience in all areas of immigration law, including family and employment based cases, court appearances for removal/deportation, and consular processing. Job requires occasional travel outside LA and CA. Send resume, salary requirements, and writing sample to Office Manager by fax: (818) 543-5802 or email:

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Dear Editor:
"Immigrant Women In The US: A Demographic Portrait" by Susan C. Pearce (08/04/06 ID Article) is worth reading. We have a lot more women immigrants nowadays, but far more men are coming, especially when you count illegals. In fact, first world nations send us many, many women. Far poorer countries like Mexico and India send us far more men. That's a recipe for future violent crime rates (and human trafficking to "service" the large population of unattached men) to explode. How's that for unwelcome cultural change? We need a legal conveyor belt for immigrants that will iron out those imbalances, at least in gender, if not in cultural attitudes to decent treatment of women. The article contains this quote "Although changing gender roles have opened up new educational, professional, and personal opportunities for women in many parts of the world, immigrant women often find the US to be especially liberating in this regard when compared to their home countries." The alternative is not a closed border (which would lead to massive jobs outsourcing and economic and cultural stagnation) but our cynical "wink-wink" system that encourages massive illegality and an ever-expanding gray and black market economy. I really don't want our society to function as poorly as Mexico's, the Ukraine's or the Cote-D'Ivoire's. That's why I'm here, after all.

Honza J. F. Prchal, Esq.
Birmingham, AL

Dear Editor:
Bravo to Sid Lachter's letter (08//04/06 ID) pointing out the obvious connection between today's anti-Latino and anti-Asian hysteria and America's long history of anti-immigrant prejudice. My own letters have drawn criticism for their liberal use of the term "racism" in connection with the immigration debate. I do not believe and have never said that enforcing the law in a realistic way or placing reasonable limits on immigration is racist. What my letters have objected to is the misuse of the word "culture" as a buzzword for "race". In the last century, anti-Semites like Henry Ford, Father Coughlin and Gerald L.K. Smith were screaming that the Jewish "race" was destroying America. Other bigots shouted that the Asian, Slavic and Southern European "races" could never assimilate to American "values". How is this different from today's ranting by Samuel Huntington, Lou Dobbs, Tom Tancredo and J.D. Hayworth that Latino "culture" is a "Mortal Danger" to America and that we should do "Whatever It Takes" to get rid of people who speak Spanish? Whatever it takes? What does that mean? There were people in the former Yugoslavia, in Rwanda, and some other places I do not need to mention who had their own ideas about that. Our own history is based on doing "Whatever It Takes" to carry out ethnic cleansing of Native Americans by Europeans who were not just looking for jobs when they came here. Should we put Mexicans on reservations? The House immigration bill would lead to putting millions of immigrants, including many who are here legally, in prison camps, along with quite a few American citizens. Prison camps may not be the same as reservations, but they come close.

Roger Algase, Esq.

Dear Editor:
Nowhere in my letter (07/31/06 ID) do I recall singling out Hispanic immigration. What I did single out was illegal immigration. To accept large numbers of people - no matter their ethnicity or race - who don't believe in the rule of law unless it suits them is to risk the very fabric of our society in a way we haven't done before. Mr. Lichter's letter (08/04/06 ID) appears to be defining "cultural change" as simply a change in the ethnic or racial makeup of this country. Earlier waves of immigration did not cause significant changes in the values we espouse, our language - our culture. Earlier immigrants largely assimiliated to the U.S. culture, learning English. Italian or Chinese food does not a significant cultural change make. Believing corruption is the accepted way of doing things or that the secular state should be abolished would fundamentally change what the U.S. is. Those who claim that massive illegal immigration from cultures very different from ours will have as benign an effect on U.S. culture as previous waves of immigrants would do well to read a recent article by Sam Quinones in the LA Times, about the illegal alien mother who recently gave birth to quadruplets. The mother of the quads, after 22 years in heavily Hispanic Los Angeles still does not speak English. She lives in poverty. She had the chance to legalize in the 1986 amnesty and didn't take it. Yet her sisters and their families who left California for Kentucky a few years ago have learned English because, as they put it, no one in Kentucky speaks Spanish. They've become USC. To quote one of the sisters, "What we weren't able to do in many years in California, we've done quickly here ... California now resembles Mexico ... California's broken."

Ali Alexander

Dear Editor:
I am working on a law review article on BIA reform. I have been looking for documentation of cases where aliens denied asylum and them removed from the US to their home countries have subsequently suffered death, torture, injury or severe persecution. There much be at least some isolated reports of these incidents, but I have not been able to locate them. Are any of ILW.coms’ readership aware of documentation of such incidents?

Michael M. Hethmon, Esq. Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI)

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