Why Take The Risk
9/11 has fueled the mania for increased scrutiny of immigrants to prevent another terrorist attack from being committed on our shores. Anti-immigrationists have channeled this fear into a bunker mentality that can be summarized as follows: "If there is one potential terrorist that can be thwarted by preventing a million immigrants from flocking to our county, then why take the risk by allowing a million immigrants to come in? Sadly, this conclusion is based on flawed reasoning. An FBI list of all terrorist incidents in the US (1980-2005) indicates that the number of recent terrorist incidents is committed not by immigrants but by earth and animal rights groups. There is a small risk in any endeavor, it is part and parcel of life - the attempt to prevent one bad apple in a million from entering the US does not justify the penalties suffered by the rest of the million immigrants who positively contribute to this country. As history has shown, immigrants have added richness to the American fabric - we hope that our country acknowledges the value of immigrants by rising above the anti-immigrant noise that permeates today.
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Practice Tip Concerning I-539 Applications To Reinstate F-1 Status Or To Change Status To F-1 By Minors
John Kang writes "I wish to offer the following practice tip through your daily news to immigration law practitioners, especially those in California, regarding applications to reinstate F-1 status or change of status to F-1 by minors."
Bloggings: December 13, 2007
Greg Siskind shares the latest entries to his blog, including the following posts: "Immigrant of the Day", "Huckabee Accepts Endorsement Of Controversial Minutemen founder", "Visa Bulletin News Dismal For Advance Degree Indians".
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CBO Report Examines Impact Of Undocumented Immigrants On State And Local Government Budgets
The Congressional Budget Office released a report on the estimated costs that certain state and local governments incur for providing various services - especially those related to education, health care, and law enforcement - to unauthorized immigrants.
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I would be a little more restrained before lavishing kudos on USCIS for having a community relations person somewhere in an undisclosed location (see 12/12/07 ID comment). I received a rather unhelpful automatic response (naturally) to a question (not dealing with a specific case) that I submitted. Guess I will wait for the 10 (business) days while they staff-up to answer the question. Seems like service as usual at CIS.
George Bruno, Esq.
Lou Dobbs is cranking up the populist rhetoric on CNN again of late, to the annoyance and consternation of many of us. I felt it behooves me as a pro-immigration Republican who admires American WASPs' smuggler and squatter forefathers, favors some kind of pay to stay provision for illegals who have put down roots in the USA and otherwise kept their noses clean to point out that the most pro "amnesty", that is legalization, news network has been Fox, which makes sense considering it's international nature, and that Lou Dobbs is not, contrary to the suggestions of many letter writers, a Republican. Dobbs doesn't care for free trade in goods services or intellectual property any more than he cares for free trade in labor, and he thinks it a fine thing to tax American corporations on their overseas profits too.
Honza Prchal, Esq.
In an effort to enhance security and fingerprint matching accuracy, soon, all non-US citizens between 14-79 will be required to leave their digital fingerprints and photograph when they apply for a visa or arrive at U.S. ports of entry. Washington's Dulles became the first POE to collect this data from visitors on Nov. 29th. Nine other POEs will begin the new measure during the next few months and the 278 remaining ports will begin the process by end of 2008 (source: China View). The data are checked against a watch list of criminals, known or suspected terrorists and people who have violated US immigration laws. If DHS feels this simple biometric check is sufficient to allow a visitor into the US, why does it not apply the same standard to applicants for permanent residence? If DHS feels the standards of security for persons who intend to stay in the US longer than is authorized by a nonimmigrant visa, then they can allow them conditional entry and then conduct this type of intensive investigation after the person arrives in the USA, deporting, or taking other appropriate action against them if good cause is found. But to indefinitely delay the entry of thousands of spouses and children of USC and prevent the naturalization of persons who have been present in the US for five+ years, and who have been the subject of a security check at the time of their adjustment to permanent residence, makes no sense at all. Resolving the issues of America's homeland security is simply a matter of rational thought and organization, two precious commodities the US bureaucracy sadly seems to lack - from the top right on down.
David D. Murray, Esq.
Newport Beach, CA
Lou Dobbs of CNN is a TV anchor looking for higher rating by inciting fear of competition among his audience. He's against immigration legal or not, North American Union, NAFTA, Free Trade and jobs outsourcing. Trying to create hallucination that being Americans is good enough to secure decent jobs in the globalized and competitive world.
The question here is : Are ones willing to pay extra costs of protectionism and monopolies in the name of "protecting" the US "middle class". Will American consumers voluntarily shop more expensive all made in USA goods and services instead of same or better quality imports with much lower price. I can bet anybody include Lou Dobbs and all Republican presidential candidates will shop and choose $ 800 nice HP laptop made in China instead of pure 100 % made in USA that costs $ 2,500. Too many of those that hypocritically speak out against immigrants and job outsourcings, in fact enjoy the savings created by these processes. They keep blind eyes even though they know the contractors they hire to remodel their mansions employ cheap "illegal" workers. Who doesn't like cheaper quotes and prices on remodelling and elses? It's time to end this hypocrisy and looking for real solution to empower all Americans to win the global competition. And I am sure, it's good for CNN to replace Lou Dobbs with any Americans who can complaint much better but ask for much lower salary instead. Easy job should get more reasonable salary.
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