Practice What You Preach
According to a Washington Times news story, "Under a new directive, every new federal hire is required to be checked against E-Verify, the new name for a decade-old system known as the Basic Pilot Program that has become the backbone of many companies' hiring process as they try to weed out illegal aliens" (for the full story, see here). Before DHS aggressively promotes the system as an effective employment verification tool, we suggest that the US government go one step further and have current federal employees go through E-Verify as well. We suspect that this test will reveal a flawed E-Verify system, resulting in many many USC employees who will test a false positive for not being authorized to work when in fact they are. Uncle Sam should practice what he preaches.
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I don't know where "Verbalist" as posted in his letter (09/10/07 ID) gets his/her definitions, but I have looked in my Black's Law Dictionary and cannot find "ius sanguinis" or "ius soli". I do, however, find "jus sanguinis" and "jus soli," as stated in Jay McTyier's wonderfully insightful letter (09/09/07 ID). Wikapedia's Spanish version calls it "lus soli" and "lus sanguinis". I did find "ius soli" on a great website about Dual Citizenship by Rich Wales, but he does not identify where that term comes from, only claiming it is an alternative to "jus soli". With regard to Verbalist's letter's pontification about "anchor babies" being "base demagoguery", and his letter's claim that the birth of a child is "a nonevent for the parents in the immigration law perspective," his letter would prove itself wrong as rain. First, a US citizen child must be 21 years of age, not 18 as the letter claims, in order to confer immigration benefits on a parent. Second, "anchor babies" are, and have been for many years, a sure way for people to insure that in 21 years they themselves will become permanent residents of the US, while assuring their children can legally be educated in the US, even if they themselves cannot qualify for any type of US visa. Third, the child petitioning a parent does not, as "Verbalist"'s letter contends, need to show they have made over 125% of the poverty level in income. They can merely use a joint sponsor on the Affidavit of Support if they are short on income. What does all this tell us? Leave the interpretation of immigration law to immigration lawyers and keep self-aggrandizing baseless opinions and pseudo-intellectual ramblings out of Letters to the Editor. It serves no purpose to misinform.
David D. Murray, Esq.
Newport Beach, CA
For at least 5 reasons, the term "anchor babies" is even more demagogic than Verbalist's letter pointed out (10/10/07 ID): (1) A citizen has to be 21, not 18, to petition for his or her parents - or, for that matter, for anyone except his or her foreign spouse and children, if any (2) Because of having no legal status out of which to adjust, the long-illegal parents would have to go to their country of citizenship to obtain immigrant visas, and leaving this country would trigger a 10 year re-entry bar (3) Having a so-called anchor baby confers no rights or status on the parents unless and until they eventually, if ever, receive green cards (4) For the petitioner's siblings, add on an additional waiting period of 10 to 12 years for immigrant visa availability before their departure and 10 year re-entry bar kick in (5) A citizen can petition for no relatives other than his or her spouse, children, parents and siblings. Petitioning for grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, etc., is impossible except in anti-immigrant mythology. In short, so-called anchor babies are poor anchors indeed.
Sid Lachter, Esq.
This commitment to illigals, while using Americans to fight wars that, even if the GI survives and comes home would be unemployed, him and his family no access to medical, and its confusing This thinking about patriotism when the rich and powerful are giving all the benefits of citizenship and even to not provide for the veterans welfare, is daunting. What an age, when men go off to fight its countries wars and all the benefits go to those whom have no claim nor have sacrificed for our country. I am a Viet Nam Veteran, and had to leave my homeland, because the government, the president, the Catholic Church is aiding illigals, and my family and I are just economically pushed aside.
The native protectionists are not only absurd to hope they can be exempted from global competition because of their citizenship, but also evil if they enjoy the sweet labor of those modern "slaves" from third worlders who must earn 10-30 times less than them with no opportunity to improve because of apartheid immigration and trade barriers, and yet dare to preach about human rights, equality, free market and I got sicker if they dare to call themselves as "compassionate conservative Christians".Yes, West Germans must help East Germans when they reunited, wealthier South Koreans must help their North Korean brothers and sisters if they reunite in the future. In E.U. richer members help poorer newer members, otherwise the Poles, Latvians, Estonians will flood France, Germany and UK for sure. As investments coming to newer member nations and their economy is booming, they are more than happy to stay in their own respective countries. I apologize to anybody that get offended by my blunt letters. But folks, please stop living in the illusions, closing the border doesn't mean we can take anything for granted and exempted from the global competition.
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