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R.L. Ranger's letter (08/29/06 ID) misquotes my (08/28/06) ID letter. My letter did not say that white "influence" was bad, but only white "supremacy". Is it racist to oppose white supremacy? His letter also calls for a return to the status quo ante the 1965 immigration law. I am not sure what that means. Does it mean that the green cards and/or US citizenship of more than 30 million immigrants who came here legally in the past forty years, as well as of their children and grandchildren, should be revoked and all of the above people deported? Or does it simply mean that the immigration quotas of the 1924 law, which were based on the ethnic/racial mix of the US population in 1890, a time when Americans were overwhelmingly of Northern European origin, should be brought back now in the 21st century? But why do those restrictionists who happen to share Mr Ranger's views want to stop at the year 1890? Why don't they just turn the clock back to the time of the Dred Scott decision, which held that only white people could be US citizens? However, regardless of which year or century some restrictionists might wish to turn the clock back to, I agree with Mr. Ranger's letter's comment that H.R. 4437, with its draconian measures that would create a climate of terror in immigrant communities throughout this country, would be a step in that direction.
Roger Algase, Esq.
New York, NY
While H-1's are not necessarily "near and dear" to me, as Anthony BC's letter suggests (08/29/06 ID), I have filed many in the routine of my law practice, and yes, I do not want to see them taken away, and no I am not concerned that they displace American workers. I agree with Eugene Flynn's letter (ID 08/29/06) that, "The free market worked well from 1952-1990 when the first H-1 caps were imposed." Anthony BC's letter queries how is it possible for me to have 28yrs. of experience in H-1B visas. Well, the pre-1990 H visa and the H-1B are similar creatures, that's how. I know the history of the H visa category very well, having been involved in all the H visa debates in the 1980's. Now described as a "specialty occupation", prior to 1990 the H visa was called a "professional occupation" visa - a straight "H-1" visa found at INA section 101(a)(15)(h), which was distinguished from the now defunct H-1A visa for registered nurses. Notwithstanding Eugene Flynn's letter's assertion (ID 08/29/2006) that in 1990 the H visa was "split into H-1A and H-1B", the H-1A was actually repealed by P.L. 106-95, effective in 1990, and before being repealed, applied to registered nurses - see INA section 101(a)(15)(h)). It was the H-2 category that in 1990 was split into the "A" agricultural workers, and the "B" other temporary workers categories. Other than that, his letter portrayed very accurately the history and the reality of the H-1B visa category. Disbelievers would do well to re-read Mr. Flynn's analysis of the H-1B and if there are any reliable statistics to prove his analysis wrong, please point it out, so we can all share the knowledge, rather than simply the restrictionist rhetoric.
David D. Murray, Esq.
Newport Beach, CA
The egalitarian beliefs of Roger Algase's letters (RAL's) including 8/29/06 ID certainly do amount to "social engineering", "...in order to achieve diversity", which his letter first denies and then proclaims. They are
in fact, a revolutionary tactic whereby traditional social and cultural
entities are attacked and changed. The ACLU uses such strategies
constantly in attacking America's religious heritage. If the Boy Scouts
want to join in promoting certain values, is it not their freedom to do
so without others forcing their standards upon them? If a country is established with certain Constitutional values that they believe are superior, not equal, to others, and invite entry to those it chooses, what's the problem? It is the RAL's that seem to be stuck in the pre-1965 era, seeing racism everywhere and advocating that, "people from all
over the world" should come here. Today, racism is not so much the problem as excessive entry numbers, legal and illegal, straining our carrying capacity, resources, budgets and infrastructure. It is disingenuous to characterize this numbers problem to one of bigotry. Anyone who states they are for reasonable entry policies, but will not support existing and needed enforcement measures and reduced numbers, is not credible, and is not working for the betterment of America, rather it's dissolution, as the demise of Rome and other overly diverse societies attests.
R. L. Ranger
Responding to OBOH's question, (8/29/06 ID), this is expected to take place in the near future since we are negotiating with employers to protect our positions (most of them have agreed, since the immigration process is an equal burden on them.
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