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Although I agree with Mr. Salike's letter (12/11/06 ID) that the stated purpose of the DV lotto grows more archaic daily, I find the facts his letter points to supporting it's abolition less than persuasive. First his letter makes the broad statement that it is known to all that DV lotto winners become a burden on taxpayers as soon as they hit U.S. soil. This was news to me, as I have certainly not seen, nor does Mr. Salike's letter refer to, any statistical analysis indicating a high use of public benefits by DV lotto winners, as compared to other immigrant visa holders. Second, his letter seems to condemn the DV program because of it's vulnerability to fraud in the educational qualifications. And then, appears to criticize the actions of a US embassy abroad for denying DV visas to certain lotto winners because the fraud in those cases was detected. Is his letter suggesting the denials were unfair because the educational certifications were not fraudulent? Or is his letter just generally angry that because as long as the DV lotto exists, that's 55,000 visas/yr that are not being allocated to persons seeking to immigrate from overrepresented countries, many of which are in Southeast Asia that his letter references? As far as the protests being staged in front of the embassy being an argument to abolish the DV lotto program, I don't understand why the protests of foreign citizens should be persuasive to change our laws. Immigration law is a matter of state sovereignty; and not, as many misperceive a purely economic matter. The fact that the yearly lotto drawing does provide some would-be immigrants a pathway to lawful residence they would otherwise never see, seems justification enough to keep it alive in some form or another.
James Harris "Jay" McTyier, Esq.
St. Petersburg, FL
While the issue of immigration continues stuck in Congress as a political hot potato, the problems with America's dysfunctional legal immigration laws goes largely unaddressed, and the promise of "comprehensive immigration reform" goes unfulfilled, and recent band-aid patches continue to be applied to a bruised and broken system of disjointed and archaic laws. A press release from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services recently announced that as of November 28, 2006, the cap for H-2B temporary worker visa petitions for the first six months of 2007 had been reached. H-2B visas allow foreign workers to obtain much needed temporary or seasonal employment. In an economy of 140 million workers, immigration law establishes only 33,000 H-2B temporary worker visas on a semiannual basis and each successive year the cap on these visas is being met at an earlier date. The unrealistic H-2B cap, along with restrictive quotas on visas for H-2A agriculture workers, ultimately hurts the U.S. economy and creates a demand for an employment black market that is a strong incentive for illegal immigration. It is time to increase the H-2B annual quota, artificially set by law, which does not meet the current needs of U.S. employers or the nation. Is Congress listening? I don't think so.
David D. Murray, Esq.
Newport Beach, CA
Responding to S. Salike's letter (12/11/06 ID), it is the State Department, not the USCIS, that manages the number of visas issued annually. When the USCIS is planning to approve an adjustment of status application, it must contact State and
obtain a visa number and will only finalize the approval once the visa is obtained. Therefore, State is responsible for any shortfall or overage in a given year. Special programs (such as the 50,000 additional Schedule A visas) increase the annual employment-based limit from the 140,000 Salike's letter cites. Those programs must be taken into consideration when determining whether or not the annual limit has been exceeded.
Gregory W. Christian
I've only one comment to make in response to Mr. Steve Hampton's entry (12/04/06 IW). Regarding the level of English proposed it was to be achieved of at least an eighth grade level (not kindergarten). Mr. Hampton's letter to the Weekly Editor indicates a tarnished knowledge of some things.
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Welfare is always wrong. Government should stay away from charity business, let poor people find help at charities or individuals who are willing to help them. Those who got pregnant but can't afford to have babies should have choices of "free" abortion or find charities to finance their medical needs, regardless their immigration status here. Those who have a dozen kids need to pay $ 100 per kid for their tuition not expecting childless people to pay their kids' education through their properties tax. I am a libertarian, I support free market and open immigration but only for beneficial and contributing immigrants. I believe Americans must stay ahead in the global competition by empowering themselves better not by protectionism. I don't mind "guests" or even "room mates" coming to my house as long as they behave themselves, contributing in any expenses not stealing my belongings, asking me to feed and take care of them for "free". If we got immigrants who think there are free schools and medicare in the USA, we must let them know, nothing is free here nor in Mexico. Show us the money then they will get the service. Fair is fair, right?
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