USCIS Transformation Chief Speaks
According to a Washington Technology news story, "One of the greatest hurdles Daniel Renaud faces in implementing the US Citizenship and Immigration Services agency's ambitious $536 million business transformation program is skepticism within his own agency." For the full news story, see here.
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Advance Conflict Waivers Are Unethical In Immigration Practice – Debunking Mehta's "Golden Mean"
Bruce A. Hake writes "As to the history, dual representation first caught this author's attention in 1989 during a discussion on business immigration law, where it was said that lawyers who help businesses to obtain benefits for their alien employees often regard the petitioner as the sole client, thereby adopting what this author went on to term "the Simple Solution."
USCIS Says H-2B Cap Reached For First Half FY 2008
USCIS issued a press release stating that September 27, 2007 is the "final receipt date" for new H-2B worker petitions requesting employment start dates prior to April 1, 2008.
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A little research goes a long way to get the facts straight, something I have several times urged ID letter contributors to do. With no personal disrespect to the opinion of David Lundy (10/01/07 ID), the new naturalization test is correct and Mr. Lundy's letter incorrect as to official Federal Holidays, which according to the website of the US Office of Personnel Management include, "New Years Day, Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr., Washington’s Birthday*, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veteran's Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day). In fact, Federal law (5 USC 6103) establishes the following public holidays for Federal employees. *Washington's Birthday is designated a federal holiday in section 6103(a) of title 5 of the USC. I do agree with Mr. Lundy's letter that including Christmas day does seem to run amuck of the state/religion thing and wonder why Yom Kippur and Ramadan are not also Federal Holidays. However, one must not lose sight of the fact that although the US Constitution provides for a separation of church and state, that prohibition must be viewed in relation to the purpose of the Pilgrims (now called "Colonists" in the new naturalization test) coming to the new world in the first place, religious freedom, and the religion they wanted to be free to practice was Christianity. Like it or not, America was founded on God-fearing Christian principles, thus the "In God We Trust" printed on American currency, "under God" inserted into the Pledge of Allegiance when I was in grade school, the use of the Bible as the swearing symbol in the presidential inauguration, as examples of further vestiges of the principles upon which America was founded. "Political correctness" crept onto the scene only recently.
David D. Murray, Esq.
Newport Beach, CA
David Utterback says, without citing any supporting facts or statistics, that the increased presence of illegal aliens is the reason why some crime rates have recently increased. In fact, there are no supporting facts or statistics. To the contrary, the US Department of Justice says that the percentage of illegal aliens in the prison population is lower than their percentage in the overall population.
Sid Lachter, Esq.
Opponents of state immigration law regulations are not sure how to respond to the recent Illinois law banning use of the Basic Pilot, now re-branded as "E Verify" but their adversaries on the other side of this ideological divide suffer from no such hesitancy. As my brilliant colleague Tony Weigel of Kansas City reminded me, the inaptly named Immigration Reform Law Institute took dead aim at the Illinois law in their August 5th State and Local Legislation Bulletin: "IRLI believes this bill is preempted (or overridden) by federal law employment verification and anti-sanctuary statutes. IRLI is assisting in the preparation for test litigation in Illinois to challenge the constitutionality of these measures, which all for official resistance to and defiance of federal law." Presumably, this is the same federal law that IRLI and their supporters so loudly and persistently claim Uncle Sam is not enforcing. Now, if I wanted to be kind to IRLI, I would say that they had the great good sense to read Greg Siskind's blog and that is why they have jumped into the fray. However, that would probably be giving them too much credit. The point is that their argument is very much of a two-edged sword: after all, if Illinois is not allowed to prohibit use of E Verify, then why should Arizona, Oklahoma or Colorado, to name but a few jurisdictions, be allowed to mandate its application as a condition of doing business there? Indeed, in its very eagerness to strike down the Illinois heresy, IRLI may be sowing the ideological and intellectual seeds of its own destruction. Rather disappointing, though not particularly surprising, that our side doesn't recognize it.
Gary E. Endelman, Esq.
In response to JE Moll's letter (10/01/07 ID), I've read several articles about Mexico's Carlos Slim being the wealthiest man in the world. I also agree with the statements in Mr. Moll's letter. But about a week or two ago I heard Fox News saying Bill Gates was the richest man in the world. I do recall an article I'd read several months ago and I can't recall which they were saying would be the richest of the two, I happened to forget, but they said if it was Slim then it would be by including his other assests of some sort. Does anybody knew which of the two men is actually the richest? I'm curious as to which actually is especially after Fox News claiming Bill Gates with no mention of Carlos Slim at all.
I support the Dream Act for three patiotic and selfish reasons: (1) I want a return on the investment of my tax dollars that paid for the U.S education of those who the Dream Act would offer to help; (2) I believe Secretary Gates needs a bigger pool of candidates for his huge army recruitment program - and better educated ones than so many of those now being recruited; (3) I don't want ICE deporting angry US-educated teenagers to countries where terrorist organizations would be waiting to recruit them.
I am trying to print the following article: Five Years Later: Navigating The Legal Battlefield Of IRCA And Undocumented Workers' Remedies After Hoffman, that was published in ID's April 24, 2007 issue, but I am not having any luck getting the whole article.
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