US Citizen Is Deported
According to Law.com, "In a case of mistaken status, [US citizen] Perez faced a second deportation before the [US] government told him of his citizenship. Even after discovering his status, federal prosecutors fought to keep him in custody." For the full story, see here.
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Family-Based Immigration: Nuts And Bolts
Our new book, Family-Based Immigration: Nuts & Bolts; Editor: Charles Wheeler of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) features:
++ Chapters: Immediate Relatives And The Preference System, Overview Of The Application Process For Permanent Residence, Adjustment Of Status, Consular Processing, Immigrating Through Marriage, Grounds Of Inadmissibility, Waivers Of Inadmissibility,
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++ 35 Appendices include: Sample Request For Criminal History, Documenting I-130 Petitions, Sample Motion To Reinstate I-130, Consular Processing Instruction Package, Consular Processing Appointment Package, Suggested Evidence Of Bona Fide Marriage, I-601 Waiver Packet Based On INA § 212(h) (Criminal Convictions), I-601 Waiver Packet Based On INA § 212(i) (Fraud Or Misrepresentation), I-601 Waiver Packet Based On INA § 212(a)(9) (B)(v) (Unlawful Presence), & I-212, Request For Permission To Reapply For Admission After Deportation
++ CD-ROM includes: relevant regulatory sections from 8 CFR, 22 CFR, etc., many forms from USCIS, DOS, SSA & IRS, significant statutory provisions, key BIA & Federal cases, selected USCIS memos, public health service documents, etc.
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Latin American Immigrants Struggle For Fair Immigration Reform
Oscar A. Chacon writes "The threat that the U.S. Congress could approve something so reactionary as this proposal [HR 4437] [corrected Ed. 08/28/06] has had a detonator effect on a new era of community mobilization where the immigrant community, mainly of Latin American origin, has decided not to remain silent."
Border Insecurity: US Border-Enforcement Policies And National Security
Walter A. Ewing of the Immigration Policy Center writes "Most observers agree that undocumented immigrants who cross into the US from Mexico are interested in finding jobs and reuniting with their families, not in launching a terrorist strike."
Carlson Letter On Modification Of PERM System
A letter responding to Ramesh Gurnani, Esq. from William Carlson, Office of Foreign Labor Certification Administrator states "we will be adding the options "none" and "EWI" to the list of options under Section J.8: Admisssion Classes on the on-line application (courtesy of Ramesh Gurnani, Esq.)
USCIS Announces Contact Info For Int'l Adoption Queries
USCIS announced that each USCIS District Office will have a dedicated electronic mail address reserved solely for customer service on international adoptions.
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For once, I agree with something in a letter by R.L. Ranger. His August 25th letter makes a valid point in stating that the effect that the 1965 immigration law would have in changing America's "ethnic mix" appears to have been, to use President Bush's term, "misunderestimated" by its sponsors and that the law might not have been approved if its impact had been correctly foreseen. However, the 1960's period was a time when there was still widespread opposition to the end of racial segregation in the South, to the 1954 Supreme Court school desegregation decision and to laws protecting the voting rights of African-American US citizens. I was a young lawyer during that period, and am proud to have played a role, albeit a very small one, in a civil rights case on behalf of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who was more widely hated in white America than many people realize today. Like the African-American civil rights movement, the 1965 immigration law was a major blow against white supremacy. This is why I question the motives of those who, forty years later, regret that it was enacted and call for a return to the whites only immigration policies of the 1920's. I also commend Mr. Ranger's letter for its honesty in acknowledging that the large increase in America's non-white population over the past 40 years is of major concern to at least some of today's immigration restrictionists. The question at the heart of today's immigration debate is whether this increased racial and ethnic diversity is good or bad for our country. Count me on the side of those who say that it is good.
Roger Algase, Esq.
New York, NY
David D. Murray's letter (08/25/06 ID) states ... "I have only been handling H-1B cases for about twenty eight years. However, the H-1B was created in 1990, so how is it possible to have twenty eight years of experience in H-1B visas? His statement shows that H-1B is dear to him, and that he does not want it to be taken away. His letter appears to reflect no concern for the displacement of American workers.
If 11 million illegal immigrants across the country are willing to risk being arrested or deported and organize an open rally to fight for their rights, why cannot a far smaller number of legally petitioning immigrants, a fraction of the number of illeglas, get organized and, instead of asking for chicken feed measures like increasing number of visas, threaten to walk out of our jobs if our cases are not resolved within 3 months? We have done everything by the rules, yet suffered exploitation from employers, unable to see our families or travel because of long visa appointment dates, unable to get rightfully earned promotions, paid enormous government and legal fees for years, stuck like prisoners and treated like criminals even when applying for driver's licenses, spouses unable to work, just because we stayed legal? Is this the reward we get for being qualified and educated?
If the answer is "go back home", how many of us can simply give up 10+ yeas of our lives and go home to begin a new life?
I for one am sick of waiting like a prisoner in this country, unable to travel even for a one day business trip outside the country, change jobs or get a promotion. What would happen if we all organized a massive boycott, threaten to quit en masse. How many IT departments would survive? How many scientists, mathematicians, engineers would this country be left with?
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