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The Indispensable All-In-One CSPA Handbook
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USCIS Answers National Stakeholder Questions
USCIS published its responses to national stakeholder questions from its March 25, 2008 USCIS National Stakeholder meeting.
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"The Visitor", a newly-released movie is a must-see for those interested in the problems of illegal immigrants and who believe that we need an enlighted immigration policy.
Grosvenor Anschell, Esq.
If I understand Jim Roberts' letter correctly, it would appear from the Supreme Court decision his letter cites that no child born in the US to a non-citizen, legal or otherwise, could be a US citizen at birth. I have not yet read the decision in question. But the language that Mr. Roberts's letter cites, taken literally, would appear to be radical, with far reaching implications, because it would seem to mean that even the children of lawful permanent residents or immigrants with valid visas who have never violated their status would not be US citizens. What would the status of these children then be? Permanent residents? Non-immigrant dependents? Or is it the point of Mr. Roberts' letters that all such babies should be deported, even if their parents never violated the law? There is an analogy with the driver's license controversy. It has become dogma among restrictionists that no illegal immigrant should ever receive a license, no matter how many other people might be killed on the road by unlicensed foreign drivers. What happens if a state decides to refuse driver's licences to legal immigrants, because the state legislature has determined that immigration levels are too high in that state? Or suppose a state decides to revoke the licenses of US citizens who are found to have been speaking in a language other than English to their fellow passengers while driving. The point is that once we start denying rights (or privileges) to certain people in order to "crack down" on illegals, the possibilities for mischief against legal immigrants and US citizens are almost infinite. This is a heavy price to pay in order to keep America predominantly white and English-speaking, rather than preserving the American dream of a nation of equal justice and opportunity for people of all races and colors.
Roger Algase, Esq.
New York, NY
I am fascinated by the Servano case discussion since it seems to generate so many "feelings" and render so many questions. Are they really innocent vicitims and do they deserve a break? Many seem to believe because they are accomplished and Pedro
Servano is a doctor in the community and he has many patients and has lived here so long USCIS should "mitigate" the crime.
I am certainly no attorney but something here stinks. When I read about the rich, wealthy, well heeled
folks who can afford immigration attorneys and then I see how the Servano's have behaved, I am
deeply discouraged about the priorities of our legislators. The Servano's did not join the other
hundreds of thousands of families and the countless organizations to get things fixed for everyone, they
asked for a private bill. Special consideration just for the Servano's? I contrast the Servano situation which appeared last week in the NYTimes blog with another story that haunts me to this day. I spoke with Jose Luis Negrete. His story compelled me to track him down and call him personally when I read it. Here we have a Gulf War veteran who served two tours actually putting his life on the line for our country. Jose didn't get a call back from his legislator. He certainly didn't motivate anyone to come up with
a private bill for his family reunification. Could it be he isn't making six figures and doesn't have a high powered Legal Defense team? What has this country come to when a veteran who served our country cannot live here with his wife, yet
legislators jump to the aid of the monied and well off? Do the Servano's deserve better than a former
combat veteran willing who laid his life on the line for our country?
While recognizing the generally well reasoned letters of Honza Prchal, I can't join his 4/23/08 ID letter in praise of Roger Algase's letter (4/22/08 ID) due to the latter letter's overactive penchant for attributing racial and prejudicial motives.
My referring to the pre-1965 era as desirable as to the limited numbers aspect, has been turned into a dialogue of "the most obnoxious kind of racial prejudice" by RA letters. The favoring of Europeans of that era's entry laws was more likely a simple and practical belief that allowing entry similar to the present mix at that time would be easier
assimilated than would some other cultures, not that others were
"inferior and undesirable". But, as free people, they could pursue
whatever entry policy they desired. As Mr. Prchal's letter pointed out,
most nation's of that era were oriented similarly. The Algase letter's
attempt to mollify the effects of the Latino invasion is also off the
mark as there are many differences when compared to earlier immigrant
groups including the sheer numbers, most of it illegal with present
laws. The analogy to affirmative action also has a parallel with
immigration. Both have gone too far and there is nothing wrong in
returning to some aspects of earlier times when reverse discrimination
and excessive entry numbers were not problems.
I don't know for sure whether the Servanos lied in their application or it was a pure mistake and misunderstanding. But, they could surely opt for smarter trick instead to circumvent the irrational laws they're facing by cohabiting not married then got married later when they have arrived in this country. It's completely legal and sensible thing to do instead of lying on their application. My biggest concern here is not foreigners taking our jobs but sinking US dollar value because of our reckless government spending and costly wars creating huge debt and deficit. Gas and others prices go up not because they're scarce but because too much paper money out there to buy these limited items. I'm very dismayed to see "just blame the illegals for everything wrong" folks here, never even mentioned about this worrying issue. If we have no money for our citizens' education, healthcare, infrastructures, well beings and welfare, it's not "the illegal" steal it. It's multi hundred even trillion dollar wars and reckless spending and fiscal policies that cause our economy malaise and has the potential to create global disaster. Illegal immigration is nothing but convenient scape goat for these folks and their politicians to distract our attention on the real issues.
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