Martin Conatser, National Commander of The American Legion submitted the following letter to the Editor in response to our comment entitled, "Legion Dishonors The Uniform":
ID's 03/13/08 comment, "Legion Dishonors The Uniform," offers incoherent logic and un-lawyerly name calling in commentary on a grave matter of concern to all of America. Sad, if not deceitful, the writers fail to differentiate between the legal and illegal aliens who populate the nation. The American Legion is very much pro-immigration. The American Legion is, also, very much anti-illegal immigration. Readers, and writers, should make that distinction not just about The American Legion, but on all matters of immigration. Yes, The American Legion sees the deportation of selected groups - like violent criminals who entered this country illegally - as but one strategy in abating the overall problem that accompanies illegal immigration. ID's labeling such action as Gestapo tactics is absurd. More illogical is the notion that requiring foreigners to carry government-issued IDs - like passports, visas or other verifiable documents - somehow suggests a Gestapo state. Perhaps it is lost on ID, but it was the blood of America's military not briefs from immigration lawyers that prevented the US from being turned into a Gestapo state. Lawyers claim to be officers of the court. We - all veterans - who defended liberty and the law expect those officers of the court to obey and uphold the laws of the land and prosecute felonies, which is the level of the crime for illegal entry into the US. We are a nation of laws, not of people. If we fail to enforce our laws, then we encourage a state of anarchy.
Martin Conatser, National Commander, The American Legion
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Ben's letter (03/13/08 ID) about using the immigration laws as an excuse for promoting racial hate says it all. Many Bravos for his letter.
Roger Algase, Esq.
New York, NY
A couple of weeks ago AILA and Immigration Daily published links to the new EOIR rules manual to be used in all EOIR courts that is also posted on the BIA website. I can download it and read it, however when I try to print it out, it prints out the left hand or the right hand side of the pages only. I have tried different computers and printers, and I have tried accessing the manual through the AILA, Immigration Daily and BIA links with the same result. Has anyone else encountered this difficulty and is there a way to fix it?
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ID's slam of our Vets is not appreciated. We have freedom because of their actions.
The law is the law. Illegal immigrants have broken the law. They must return to where they came from. Our country is being destroyed because of the lack of enforcement of our laws. Get real.
I would like to respond to ID's comment (03/13/08). The American Legion is "Right on" and it is about time the rest of the country recognizes that Illegals are terrorists and rips the USA off every day.
I just glanced over the USCIS 2007 List of Immigrants (see 03/13/08 ID Article). They have generally left out Asians. What happened to people like Ang Lee, Wayne Wang, David Ho, I.M. Pei, Steven Chow, and other Asian heartthrobs (I see these beautiful Korean and Japanese performers on soaps and videos)? Why? Are they Asian-phobic or am I ethno-centric, I wonder.
Immigration Daily's typical knee-jerk reaction to the American Legion's view of the immigration problem was not a thoughtful rebuttal; it was a diatribe (see 03/13/08 ID comment). Is there any way one can post a valid opinion with which ID disagrees without being assigned some sinister motive? Calling those who venture different ideas anti-immigrationists, propagandists, racists, bigots, Gestapo, etc., is not an argument, but simply immature name-calling. It's time for the Immigration Daily editorial staff to grow up and offer us something actually less emotional and more thought-provoking.
I would like to respond to ID's comment (03/13/08). Kind of like characterizing legion chapters as nothing but private bars, and legion members as nothing but a bunch of drunks.
Responding to ID's 03/13/08 comment, "Legion Dishonors The Uniform", let us remember Marine Lance Cpl. Jose Gutierrez. I hope that members of the US Marines stand up for one of their own.
John Connors, Maine Labor Council for Latin American Advancement President
South Portland, ME
Immigration Daily's March 12, 2008 issue contained the following news item, "CIS Ombudsman Releases "How is USCIS Working For You?" Q&As". We could access the questions, but the answers were not given. Please advise where we can find the answers to the questions in this article.
Kathleen E. Hutchins
Editor's note: CIS Ombudsman comments related to the teleconference appear (see points 1-5), along with the Ombudsman's general response. We will post the specific answers to Questions 1-8 once they are released by the CIS Ombudsman's office.
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