South Vs North Again
A nose count of the DREAM vote along original Confederacy/Union lines once again reaffirms the point in our October 26, 2007 comment that Senators voted along Confederacy/Union lines. Senators from Confederate states voted 16 to 6 against DREAM (the following 11 states were part of the Confederacy:
SC, MS, FL, AL, LA, TX, AR, TN, NV, VA, GA), while Senators from Union states voted 34 to 13 for DREAM, with 3 not voting (the following 25 states are part of the Union: WV, MD, RI, VT WI, NV, CA, MA, CT, MI, DE, MN, IL, MO, IN, NH, NJ, IA, KS, KY, ME, PA, OR, OH, NY). The Civil War continues to be a fault line in American politics, at least on immigration.
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The NEW PERM Book
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E-Verification Risk Analysis
Gary Endelman provides an overview of the pros and cons of using or not using E-Verification properly pursuant to the Memorandum of Understanding with DHS.
Bloggings: February 14, 2008
Greg Siskind shares the latest entries to his blog.
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USCIS Answers National Stakeholder Questions
USCIS published its responses to national stakeholder questions from its January 29, 2008 USCIS National Stakeholder meeting.
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Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Washington, DC - USCIS Office of Chief Counsel (OCC) seeks attorney who wants to transfer at own expense to work as an Associate Counsel in the National Security & Records Verification Law Division (NSRVLD). Attorney will serve as legal advisor to USCIS NSRVLD leadership and will report to the Chief of the Division. Ability to acquire Top Secret clearance, good judgment, strong legal research and writing skills and the ability to work with others within tight deadlines essential. For more info, key in Job Announcement Number: COU-CIS-2008-0002 at USAJobs.com. Submit a resume + writing sample (max. 5 pps), a list of 3+ references, + cover letter discussing related work experience to: Anthony Gentry, Chief of the NSRVLD, at Anthony.Gentry@dhs.gov. Must be received by close of business Friday, February 19, 2008. Position is at the GS-13-GS-15 levels. No relocation reimbursement available.
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Immigration Event - Miami, FL
March 1, 2008 - The Immigration Law Society and the University of Miami International and Comparative Law Review is pleased to host a symposium entitled: Immigration Law & Policy: A Spectrum of Issues Facing the Business & Legal Community
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"If Mohammad will not come to the mountain, the mountain must come to Mohammad," the old saying goes, first appearing in Chapter 12 of the Essays of Francis Bacon, published in 1625, interpreted to mean, "if one cannot get one’s own way, one must bow to the inevitable." The inevitable is that if US immigration law strangleholds the importation of skilled and unskilled foreign workers, the need for labor will naturally follow the market. That market is overseas. I wonder, what part of this natural order of economics immigration restrictionists fail to see? American companies and law firms, including immigration firms, outsource work to developing nations at an ever-growing rate. According to Law.com, Robert Ruyak, managing partner and CEO of the 600 attorney law firm, Howrey, LLP, "It’s not outsourcing," but rather an attempt by a US law firm to cut costs by creating an office in India to handle document management in litigation, IP and arbitration matters pending around the world. Well, a rose by any other name is still a rose. Outsourcing is a reality, at least until the first world and the third world economies equalize. What better way to bring equality to the world’s economies than to drive manufacturing and services overseas, driving the US into recession, diverting jobs from US soil and establishing huge labor pools overseas that provide cheap goods and services to the US? Is there something wrong with that logic? You bet. In the end, America loses. Money earned here is spent here (except for the Mexicans who export cash to their impoverished families) and money earned in India stays in India. Congress must address these issues. But who runs Congress? Figure that out and you have your answer to the mess the US is in. Oil $100 a barrel.
David D. Murray, Esq.
Newport Beach, CA
I have a helpful suggestion to letter writers. Let's try to be clear and fair in our terms. A southern wall would be like the Great Wall of China, designed to impede the allegedly barbarian hordes to our South who understandably don't feel like filing to come in legally, not like the Berlin Wall, keeping Americans out of the glory that is Mexico. That's true no matter what Mr. Murray's 2/12/08 letter states. Further, Lou Dobbs is not exactly a conservative. He's an old-line populist Democrat liberal who likes labor unions and hates free trade. He often dislikes free markets in goods, and in labor? That is true despite Richard Green's assertion in his letter of the same day that Dobbs is of the same stripe as Rush Limbaugh and Hugh Hewitt. See Wikipedia's Lou Dobbs entry for a less jaundiced and partisan biography than I'd produce, though from it one sees that Dobbs is a pro-regulation anti-poverty advocate who went out and campaigned hard for John Kerry. It seems he only supported Bush in 2000 because of the compassionate conservative language, but left because the GOP was "controlled by corporate interests". I close with a block-quote from Dobbs "the conservative":
"I don't know about you, but I can't take seriously anyone who takes either the Republican Party or Democratic Party seriously - in part because neither party takes you and me seriously; in part because both are bought and paid for by corporate America and special interests ... Political, business and academic elites are waging an outright war on working men and women and their families, and there is no chance the American middle class will survive this assault if the dominant forces unleashed over the past five years continue unchecked." – CNN commentary (18 OCT 2006).
Honza Prchal, Esq.
I missed a lot the letters from Robert Young and Ali Alexandra. What happen to them? I hope they are ok.
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