Today's Immigration Daily includes various items of interest: Greg Siskind blogs about noted immigrants, Angelo Paparelli offers his thought on the DOS's latest interim final rule on BAR, a court orders USCIS to approve an extraordinary ability petition, and many classfieds, several links to immigration headlines across the web, and many letters. Please scroll down to find the item(s) of interest to you.
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Immigrants Of The Week: Stefi Graf, Greg Norman, and Franklin Chang-Diaz
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Court Orders DHS To Approve Extraordinary Ability Petition
In Gulen v. Chertoff (civil action No. 07-2148, E.D. Pennsylvania, July 16, 2008) the court said that had USCIS properly applied its own
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Stopped at U.S. Border and Banished for Betrothal
Walls says he isn't so sure he wants to live in a country that treats an innocent woman, his wife, the way his did. That's what happens when power goes unchecked.
Woman who cleans AG’s office doesn’t show up after immigration raid
Officials at the office of Attorney General Patrick C. Lynch learned up close the “widespread nature of the problem” of illegal immigration yesterday when one of two custodians who clean the law office of the state’s top prosecutor emerged as a likely illegal immigrant, said a spokesman.
Farmers Now Feds’ Bottom Immigration Priority
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Of course there is a "War on Immigrants" (07/17/2008 ID), as described in the ID editorial. With over 12-million illegal, lawbreaking persons present in the USA, with more coming every day to enjoy the fruits of an unofficially promised Amnesty Program, what is America to do? When the government failed to enforce immigration laws, employers blatantly violated the law and illegals streamed across the border to accommodate the law breaking employers in order to work and make more money than then can in Mexico and Central America, which is torn by political and military strife, high unemployment and lack of opportunity. While I cannot fault the illegals for taking a bite of the carrot at the end of the stick that was dangled over the border in the form of lax immigration enforcement policies and the opportunity for jobs, this wholesale violation of law must end. And also what must end is Congress hiding its head in the sands of the political wasteland and refusing to address the situation many American employers are in, and that is they need temporary workers. The H-1A Agricultural Worker Program is too cumbersome and the H-2B Temporary Worker Program is a farce, fraught with needless and costly bureaucratic red tape and too low a quota. For the last twenty years Congress has not done its job of passing immigration laws that meet America's current needs and few complained, and too few complain loudly enough now. For twenty years, the Immigration Service did not do its job enforcing immigration laws and few complained. Now they enforce the laws and now we hear complaints about that. Which way do you want it?
David D. Murray, Esq.,
Newport Beach, CA
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Re Roger Algase's letter about Barack Obama stating that our children should learn Spanish (ID 07/15/08), the baggage that this candidate is bringing to his nomination for President would read alot better to English speaking Americans(English having been mandated by our Federal Government in our school systems), if he advocated aliens learn our language. Missouri is about to pass, or has passed a law that from now on driver's test will be in English only. Among other things to protect their citizens.
I was a little surprised by David Murray’s letter (ID 7/18/08). It is my fundamental belief that most Americans are against anarchy, even us bleeding-heart pro-CIR advocates. No doubt, most Americans are for law and order, and even most of us poor misguided, bleeding heart CIR advocates believe that our immigration laws are no exception. However, to say that "The discussion should just end there, because any further argument justifies law breaking and therefore justifies anarchy" demeans the complexity of the debate. If we are to secure our borders, and seriously strive to achieve the level of enforcement that will put an end to most of the illegal presence of undocumented people in our country, then we have to solve the problem comprehensively. In other words, if we are to
comprehensively and seriously enforce all immigration laws, then we must comprehensively and simultaneously deal with some sort of regularization of the legal status of every single undocumented person that is already here. At a minimum, screen these people, and let them stay if they are otherwise law abiding and willing to get right with their immigration status by paying a reasonable penalty, and deport them if they are not. If we were to callously deport some 20,000,000 people, it would devastate our own floundering economy and also devastate the far more fragile economies of our allies to the south. We must stop illegal immigration, and regain control of our borders, but we can't do anything more then "window
dressing" enforcement until we also address the undocumented already here and contributing to our society and economy. The problem of illegal immigration, will not be solved until the Restrictionists get off of their high horses and in good faith come to the table to solve this problem.
Re Mr. Roberts' letter (ID 7/17/2008), restrictionists accuse Mexicans for their suspected attempt of "reconquista" while quickly forgetting their own ancestors were colonists and invaders themselves that committed stealing, genocide on the natives and also responsible for racist immigration laws in the past that favor certain groups but not others and also labelled others with the same names calling as nativists today calling the new comers. Many also claim their are proud conservatives and Christians and yet defy the very teachings and examples of Jesus Christ to be good Samaritans. Many support such a draconian immigration laws while they would think otherwise if these very same laws were applied just right before their own ancestors immigrated to this land in the past. Which words to better explain these kind of attitudes if not hypocrite and selfish kinds. The rights to survive, pursue happiness, prosperity and freedom are not for Americans' only and even our Founding Fathers admitted that all men are created equal with those rights. Nations may have their immigration policies, but all these protectionist laws won't shield ones from global competition. Isolationist and protectionist immigration laws and trade policies mean higher prices for Americans. We all know that monopolies suck, including labor monopoly in form of immigration laws to restrict free competition.
In the next decade I'm just wondering if Mr. Yang's letters will stay locked in their position on competition?
Who must pay thru their taxes the high costs of taxes to care for Americans who could not make a living competing with illegals? The bill will come due for the children of illegals who are legal. What it boils down to, is that the current illegals drawing social benefits will burden their children with nothing but taxes upon taxes caring for an aging population. One can only wonder what they will scream then. Then they will scream racism that they have to compete, to pay taxes for Americans and other Hispanics and that’s going to be interesting isn't it? Then will we hear the sympathy cries for letting in millions more illegals be heard. I think once it's their nickel the cry will change to more cries of racism. Either way it goes, the illegals will lose. Then we shall see the good Smatarian attitude falter, then shall we hear them quote God’s word 180 degrees different. True or false? Re. Mr. Murray's letter (ID 07/18/08), yes, that what happens with lawlessness. Once lawlessness starts with Illegal immigration, all laws are lawless. Re Mr. Yang's letter (ID 07/18/08), why if he is an atheist does he quote the bible. Anyway, I figured out the children of illegals shall by necessity be the slaves of amreicans. The Americans will drop from fatigue and old age on the job and must be cared for by the government. That means the presents working 6 of 12 months for taxes, will go to 9 of 12 months for the children of the illegals. Lower wages, higher taxes, more illegals moving in to replace the current ones. Have fun. Enjoy.
It's good that USCIS has finally started a hiring surge (ID 07/18/08). They have a reputation for slow service. As an F-1 student, I was lucky to get my application for OPT processed on time. However, other F-1 students received their EADs only after their requested start date. USCIS also did not extend their work authorization periods. Effectively, the students involved were penalized for USCIS's own tardiness. USCIS is mainly funded by user fees, and receives very little in Congressional appropriations. This goes to explain why USCIS has been consistently hiking fees, but not improving their service. Sen. Clinton stated during her Presidential campaign that she wanted to hike H-1B fees, and use the excess to invest in training for US workers. The attitude seems to be that immigrants need to pay their own way, that American citizens should not be funding the immigration services that they use, and that if it costs more to provide services, immigrants need to bear that cost - even if increased user fees place immigration services out of the reach of lower income immigrants. But immigrants of all sorts contribute significantly to the country. They contribute labor and culture, and pay federal, state, and local taxes. Even undocumented immigrants pay sales taxes when they shop, and they usually pay income and FICA taxes under assumed social security numbers. The Canadian government charges significantly less for immigration-related fees. Either Canadian labor costs are far lower, or Canadians view immigration as just a regular government service that the government should appropriate a reasonable amount of funds for. The US should appropriate funds to improve USCIS operations. USCIS fees are onerous for even skilled immigrants, let alone asylees and other low income immigrants.
David Utterback's letter (ID 07/18/08) describes Irish immigrants as close to ideal, with none of the negatives that his letters so often attribute to Hispanics. Of course, Irish immigrants have much to be proud of, just as do millions of immigrants from everywhere else in the world. But are there no illegal Irish immigrants in the US? There must be some, or Anderson Cooper would not have done a CNN show on them a couple of years back. Nor would the Irish Echo newspaper have written that criminalizing the immigration system, as the House attempted to do in a bill it passed in 2005, would devastate the Irish community and that thousands of Irish immigrants were planning to demonstrate in protest. There would seem to be two ways to deal with Irish and other European illegal aliens. One is to apply the law fairly and treat them like all other illegals. Another would be to put them at the bottom of the deportation list, at least until all of the darker and less popular Hispanics have been kicked out. Of course, it is silly to talk about these two choices, because what America actually did was quite different. It gave the Irish an amnesty back around 1990, known as the AA-1 green card lottery, which, except for a very few countries elsewhere, was almost entirely limited to applicants from Europe. Illegal? Not a problem. No questions asked. The largest quota of visas was reserved for people from Ireland. Talk about the luck of the Irish. I am not saying this was a bad idea. More power to them. But how about everybody else in a country where we are all supposed to be equal before the law?
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