Missouri State Rep Pleads Guilty To Immigration Charges
According to a seMissourian.com news story, "[Nathan] Cooper pleaded guilty Aug. 9 to creating shell companies to hide the real employers of foreign truck drivers and to purchasing temporary worker visas intended for hospitality workers for use by the drivers." For the full story, see here.
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BIA And Second Circuit On Grandfathering Under Section 245(i) And Implications For Employment-Based Cases
Cristina Velez writes "Recent decisions from the Board of Immigration Appeals and U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit raise new questions on an "old" issue: when an immigrant visa petition or labor certification filed on one's behalf prior to April 30, 2001 was "approvable when filed" and therefore permits one to adjust his or her status to permanent residence under the grandfathering provisions of Section 245(i)."
Bloggings: October 4, 2007
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ETA Announces End Of PERM Backlog
The Employment & Training Administration of the DOL announced that the permanent foreign labor certification program's backlog has been eliminated, with nearly 99 percent of cases completed and the remainder awaiting responses from employers.
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You published my critique of Cyrus Mehta's "Golden Mean" article (10/02/07 ID Article). ID published a letter from Mr. Mehta (10/03/07 ID) in which characterizes my critique as unbalanced, full of distortions, highly polemical, offensive, and shrill. But readers can see for themselves that my critique is based on a systematic review of Mr. Mehta's own words in the light of the actual law. It does not contain a single personal or ad hominem statement. It is Mr. Mehta's own Golden Mean concept that is distorted, unbalanced, and contary to law. His rebuttal of my critique, which ID states will be published soon, continues to advocate positions that are without legal foundation and pose grave dangers for immigration clients and for the immigration bar. I will be publishing a "surrebuttal" soon, and I hope ID will consider publishing that as well. It is an important debate.
Bruce A. Hake, Esq.
The new naturalization test is wrong to use the phrase "National Holidays." The US does not have "National Holidays." The federal government can declare holidays for federal employees but they cannot force the States to also declare the same as holidays. The Federal government does not require private businesses to close on the public holidays. Hence they are not "National Holidays.
Eugene J. Flynn, Esq.
It is interesting that Mr. Hethmon's letter (10/03/07 ID) cites as support Congress' knowledge and intent in renewing the Basic Pilot/E-Verify program. In 2003, efforts to open up government databases to state/local governments were denied. There were two competing bills in Congress in 2003, H.R. 2359, and S. 1685, with the Senate's bill ultimately winning. According to one Congressman's comments, he supported the Senate bill stating: "The Senate-passed measure that we are considering today, S. 1685, is an improvement on the House bill. Unlike the House bill, this bill does not open up access to the databases of DHS and the SSA to other Federal agencies or to State/local government agencies." (Cong. Rec. E2389 (Nov. 22, 2003) comments by Rep. Udall) I believe this calls into question the ability of "sub-federal" efforts of state/local governments to request status inquiries of a company's employees. Even if a state/local government is a 287(g) program participant, it's questionable that they are authorized to police worksites. Pursuant to ICE's recent 927/07 "Section 2879(g) fact sheet", ICE stated, "The 287(g) program is not designed to allow state/local agencies to perform random street operations ... In outlining the program, ICE representatives have repeatedly emphasized that it is designed to identify individuals for potential removal, who pose a threat to public safety, as a result of an arrest and /or conviction for state crimes." I am also not convinced that 8 USC 1373 grants state/local governments the power to inquire in the area of worksite enforcement, as Oklahoma and Arizona's statutes purport. Where is the legal authority? The emperors of Hazelton, Arizona and Oklahoma might be convinced a few pieces of cloth constitutes clothing but I am not buying it.
Anthony Weigel, Esq.
Kansas City, MO
Thou shalt not oppress a stranger: for ye were strangers in the land of
Egypt. Exodus 23:9. If you claim to be a Bible-reading Christian, and you are against
"illegal immigrants", then you better look at what the Bible says. Most of the trivial status violations that make many foreigners
"illegal" are not crimes, but bad laws combined with delays by the US Government agencies in processing lawful applications for extension of status. We were all immigrants once - even those who made it across the Bering Strait during the last Ice Age. So the idea of immigrants and descendants of immigrants discussing immigration is ironic. What is sad, however, is that most debates ignore the crucial issue of assimilation.
The recent U.N. report on the true wealth of nations explains why this
assimilation is so important. Our powerful economy depends on
intangibles such as a fair justice system, property rights, and
education. These intangibles all depend on a common language and proper understanding of
what is essential to American culture.
Do pro-immigration leader understand how important it is for the
immigrants themselves to assimilate the cultural foundations of the real
wealth and political freedoms that attracted them here in the first
place? It is a refusal to assimilate that gives the anti-immigration
crowd a legitimate fear. For these reasons, we should invest in making English as a Second
Language classes freely available to all immigrants. Their graduation
prize is the right to vote (plus better job opportunities, etc). We
should also reinstate an important policy that made our country great:
Open borders. Anyone who is not a known felon or terrorist gets in. Note: I was born here from "legal immigrants", but English is my second language (Spanish is my distant third).
Tihamer T. Toth-Fejel
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