DREAM which was scheduled to come for a vote as recently as yesterday to the Department of Defense (DOD) authorization bill did not make it to the floor. We excerpt the following from Frank Sharry, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum,
"The DREAM Act will be tabled until mid-November when Majority Leader Reid intends to set aside time for its debate. Sen. Reid has consistently demonstrated an earnest resolve to push the Senate to deliberate serious reforms to America's dysfunctional immigration laws. We thank Senators Richard Durbin (D-IL), Chuck Hagel (R-NE), and Richard Lugar (R-IN) for their behind-the-scenes efforts to move the DREAM Act this week, and take the Majority Leader at his word that he will do all within his powers to address this important issue. However, we will also take at their word several Senators, mostly Republicans, who said they support the DREAM Act but had concerns about the vehicle to which it was being attached this week. Since the Congress is unlikely to pass major reform this year, narrowly targeted measures like DREAM and AgJOBS would serve as stopgap measures ... Narrowly targeted measures like the DREAM Act, which have garnered support in both houses and both parties, can point the way towards real improvements for American families, the American economy, and the bright future of immigrants in this country."
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Negotiate Your Way To Success
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Bloggings: September 28, 2007
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Complaint Says Illinois Law Prohibiting E-Verify Participation Conflicts With Federal Law
In US vs. State of Illinois, (USDC Central District of IL Springfield Div., Sept. 24, 2007), the US filed a complaint seeking a declaration that federal law preempts Section 12(a) of the Illinois Act (limiting enrollment in any employment eligibility verification system), on the grounds that it conflicts with federal law and/or that it otherwise presents an obstacle to accomplishment and execution of the full purposes and objectives of federal law.
DOS Issues DV-2009 Instructions
The Department of State issued for the 2009 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (DV-2009).
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Bruce A. Hake, Esq.'s letters, complains about "nonstop letters" (09/27/07 ID), and includes me in his letter's harangue, along with David Utterback, a very frequent contributor to ID Letters to the Editor. But in reality, the record will show that I have contributed exactly two letters to ID in the month of September - on 25th and 26th - the exact number Mr. Hake's letter suggests should be appropriate in this type of forum. That being the case, perhaps rather than the frequency of my letters, it is the content, to which Mr. Hake's letter takes exception, given that he and I have gone head-to-head in disagreement in ID's Letters to the Editor section before. Sour grapes and personality clashes do not add any measure of fruitfulness in the discussion on immigration reform any more than do faulty or unverifiable statistics, misstatements of the law or prognostications that go far beyond the expertise of a contributor. ID offers a unique forum for the interchange of ideas on a very high level of sophistication compared to other such forums on the subject, and while we may not agree with the positions taken by others, so long as the letters are coherent and not personally degrading, offensive or blatantly incorrect on the law, we can all learn from the viewpoints of others and appreciate that there are other viewpoints on the complex issues of immigration reform. I commend ID for offering this largely unrestricted forum and commend all the editorial contributors to ID, each and every one, whether or not I may agree with their position, which contribute to the exchange of ideas and the spirited debate on US immigration issues.
David D. Murray, Esq.
Newport Beach, CA
My friend and colleague, Greg Siskind, the immigration guru, noted in yesterday's ID that anti-immigration forces should align themselves with the ILlinois in its legal battle with Uncle Sam: ".... I believe the Illinois law is unconstitutional because it preempts a federal immigration law and under the Constitution, that authority is reserved for Congress. Funny thing is that the anti-immigrants would be smart to side with Illinois on this one because if Illinois loses, state and local laws around the country seeking to enforce immigration laws will be in even greater trouble." What Greg didn't say, but clearly implied, was that pro-immigration forces should jump in on behalf of DHS on this one. Bar Associations, AILA, the ACLU, MALDEF, et al. should be lining up against Illinois to file amicus curiae briefs against the power of any state to regulate immigration. That is clearly the issue here and why the forces of light should get involved to uphold federal supremacy. If Illinois can bar employers from using E Verify, state authorities in any other state can require it or impose any other anti-immigrant restriction they feel like as a legitimate exercise of their police powers.
Illinois is the aberration folks. The whole national trend is the other way. Clearly, it's not possible to comply with Illinois law and also comply with federal law which makes E Verify available in all states. That is known in legalese as "conflict pre-emption" which is why the federal courts will enjoin the Illinois law from ever taking effect as they should.
There is no more powerful symbol than joining with the US Government to strike down any state attempt to regulate what only Congress can under the Supremacy Clause. Let's not let this golden opportunity pass us by.
Gary E. Endelman, Esq.
I agree with Bruce Hake's letter (09/27/07 ID) that those of us who write to ID often might do well to think about limiting the length and frequency of our contributions. But while his letter describes a feeling of wanting to groan under the weight of all the letters, nothing makes me groan as much as seeing the words "no letters" in an ID newsletter. Fortunately, this does not happen often, and is unlikely to do so in the future, even if Mr. Hake's letter's advice is heeded. My personal view however, is that the most attention of all should be directed to the quality of the letters, rather than to how long they are or how often someone may choose to write. A long letter is not necessarily a bad one. Nor does writing frequently mean that one has run out of important topics to write about, particularly in these times when the immigration system is facing so many challenges.
Roger Algase, Esq.
New York, NY
I agree with Mr. Hake's letter's observation (09/27/07 ID) that the letters have become tiresome and also Mr. Prchal's letter (09/27/07 ID) that they are often irrelevant to immigration law issues. It was unfortunate that Mr. Murray's letters were named as an offender, as his letters are cogent, relevant and informative. It appears to me that letters to the Editor have taken on the aspect of a chatroom because of input from too many with little or no background in immigration law. Some of their comments are so off target and poorly stated that I am embarrassed for them. It does seem to inhibit productive dialogue in this important forum for discussion of current issues. I'd like to see the clutter removed, but have no idea how ID could accomplish that. I trust ID will receive more than a few suggestions.
With endless mean spirited baseless accusations on how "Jose" the illegal steals welfare, waste US taxpayers' money, contribute to more pollution, crime, terrorism, devalue US dollar etc., yet it's very much relevant to talk about these things in fairer and more balanced view instead of blaming everything on "Jose" the illegal for convenience. I am not a banker nor stock broker but when Americans wonder why we don't have money for our schools, health care, crumbling highways, bridges etc., we must ask the Congress and our President why they can afford another $ 190 billions dollar to fund the wars in Iraq and Afganistan. We must ask our President why he wants to veto SCHIP for sick uninsured American children while he asks Congress to approve another $ 190 billions for wars funding. We must screen immigrants coming here not because we want to please the "nativists" here that feel that because they're Americans, they don't have to compete with their merits in the global stage and job markets but because we want to make sure that these immigrants are not looking for "free" welfare and want to commit horrendous crimes and terrorism to our innocents. The rights of any human beings to live, move, work and seek better opportunities, live and safety are always legal and moral. It should be legal and moral for Americans to be hired by Japanese, Chinese or Indian companies over their own citizens there if Americans can show better skills, merits and productivity over them while willing to accept the terms and conditions given by those companies. As global consumers must be free to shop for the best deals, businesses should be free to hire the best human resources for less as well. It should never be illegal nor immoral.
I am a Viet Nam Veteran, my chldren American citizens and yet we were denied the benefits illegals were receivng. The American family cannot compete against government that is criminal in their opposition to the oath of office. So, now we live in The Philippines, still registered voters in Sarpy County, NE. The DREAM act should require a contitutional convention as should have NAFTA as it opposed the defense and protection of the US and its citizens. I should hope our massive military constitutionally is to protect the people of the US and not just the physical infrastructure. It seems with all the military, all the provisions for protection, our government has allowed invaders into our country and the harm to US citizens and their ability to compete against illegals whom have no assets to lose, are the winners. The passage of the DREAM act will not end to disparity, but must intensify into civil confusion. Once the Congress votes for DREAM, then the constitution is forever tarnished and problems will multiply. My family prefers to live in the country I and my ancesters fought for its flag, but we cannot. The state does not care about American low middle class citizens that have been gainfully employed all their lives, but rathers gives the aid of the state to illegals whom have no legal grounds. The current UAW strike, is a continuation of a multiplication of problems
that is incurred by NAFTA and the states, and Federal government looking the other way, allowing millions of illegals an unfair advantage over U.S. citziens. This probelm will not go away by the passage of DREAM, but will no doubt intensify resulting in loss of U.S. prestige. I thank ID for permitting a fair forum, not suppressing views other than illegals. I commend ID for its editorial ethics.
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