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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:
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H-1B Visas Are The Heart Of The Abramoff Scandal
Gene A. Nelson writes "These leaders associated directly or indirectly with lobbyist Jack Abramoff will not be a part of the 110th Congress: Rep. Tom DeLay (R-TX), Rep. Bob Ney (R-OH), Rep. Richard W. Pombo (R-CA), Rep. J.D. Hayworth (R-AZ), Rep. John E. Sweeney (R-NY), Sen. Conrad Burns (R-MT), and Sen. Mike DeWine (R-OH)."
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CRS Report On Labor Practices In Meat Packing And Poultry Processing Industry
A Congressional Research Service report provides an overview of labor issues in the meat packing and poultry processing industry, which states that "during the 1990s, by estimates of a former INS officer, about 25% of packing/processing workers may have been persons unauthorized to work in the US and employed in violation of U.S. immigration law."
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I enjoyed the analogy suggested by the First Circuit in its decision in Kim v. Gonzales (see 01/05/07 ID comment) that much of removal law "is now something closer to a many-layered archeological dig than a rational construct." Can any of your readership identify the single provision of federal immigration law to which the greatest number of layers of exceptions or waivers would apply? I bet there are multiple four-tier "exception/waiver to the exception/waiver to the exception/waiver to the provision" constructs in existence, but I would be really intrigued to find a five or even six-tier mutant running loose. Since, as the First Circuit suggests, we are looking more among excavated refuse pits than within classic monuments, it would be fair to include reported judicially-created exceptions in the challenge.
Michael M. Hethmon. Esq.
Immigration Reform Law Institute
In December 2006, there was a discussion in ID Letters to the Editor about "noncitizens" in the military who were gaining an expedited path to citizenship - even if they were illegally present in the US, and even if they hid that fact by presenting phony documents when they enlisted. An ID comment (01/02/07) referred to the fact that there are currently 30,000 immigrants serving in the US military - and that the Pentagon is considering expanding the number of immigrants in the ranks, by putting more immigrants on a faster track to US citizenship if they volunteer and by opening recruiting stations overseas. Reference in ID's commentary linked to an enlightening International Herald Tribune article, re-posting a 12/26/2006 Boston Globe article by Bryan Bender. That article claims that currently, Pentagon policy stipulates that only immigrants legally residing in the US are eligble to enlist, but that a recent change in US law now gives the Pentagon authority to bring immigrants to the US if it determines it is "vital to national security". There was no mention in that article as to whether, along with out-of-country recruitment, they would allow persons illegally present in the US to enlist. We are all familiar with the oxymoron "military intelligence", which appears to be once again rearing its ugly head in these desperate times when we can't tell a terrorist from a civilian. How then, will the Pentagon, and their military intelligence, discern between a terrorist and a civilian, when they recruit from overseas? Background checks? Come now. Background checks cannot effectively reveal the mindset of any individual. Although US citizenship or permanent residence is also not necessarily a bellwether of loyalty to country and cause, certainly it goes a lot further than recruiting non-American youngsters off the streets of Baghdad, Montreal, or Paris.
David D. Murray, Esq.
Newport Beach, CA
In response to Dave Andersons and Bill Glens letters (01/04/07 ID) I think some very good points are made. I live in a city that thrives on tourist attraction. Who am I or anyone else for that matter to assume that either the facility or the people themselves are illegal or that there is proof of any wrong doing on the company? Do we automatically assume when ever we see some one hispanic that they are here illegally? Now lets look at the recent ID comment (01/05/07 ID) entitled "White Supremacist" which uses the countries lack of unity on this issue for publicity, not only is it ugly its gonna get dangerous. Mr. Anderson's letter raises a good point and unfortunately I believe it is the view of many that it truly isn't a simple issue of legal or illegal. For me personally I am glad that there is someone who is there to clean a table for me when I decide to visit one of these places. My problems lie with the ones who want to affiliate themselves in gang or drugs or sex trade industry. If for a moment we ignore the documentation issue, who would you like to have as a neighbor the drug dealing thug or the single mom who came here to offer her child a chance at life and is humbly cleaning our messes at resteraunts and hotels to feed and clothe them. No hand outs. My great grandmother came here from Italy straight off the boat. I am a proud american and I believe that while we do have a problem we are using our immagrants who are working honest jobs with or without documentation as the scapegoat.
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