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Articles

The Real Economics Of Immigration Reform
Cristina Jimenez writes "By ignoring the role of immigration policy in our economic situation, Americans are actually hurting themselves."

Bloggings on Nurse Immigration
Christopher T. Musillo of the Hammond Law Group writes "We are currently experiencing a devastating situation with the USCIS Service Centers."

Immigrants Of The Day: Rafael Reynosa Suarez of Mexico, Sergio R. Diaz Varela of Mexico, and David Jimenez Almazan of Mexico
Kevin R. Johnson celebrates the achievements of these immigrants.

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News

USCIS On FBI Name Check Backlogs
USCIS announced that, working in close partnership with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the backlog for FBI name checks pending more than six months has been eliminated.

USCIS Adds Passport Data To E-Verify System
USCIS announced that it has incorporated Department of State passport data into the E-Verify employment authorization program.

DOS Cable On 2009 Poverty Guidelines
DOS sent a cable to all consular posts asking them to start using 2009 poverty guidelines in calculating levels of income and assets that immigrant visa petitioners and joint sponsors must demonstrate on Forms I-864 or Forms I-864EZ Affidavit of Support submitted on or after March 1, 2009.


Classifieds

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Washington, DC - USCIS Office of Chief Counsel (OCC) seeks experienced attorney with 2+ years demonstrated experience in immigration law or related experience for the Legislative Counsel Division. Function primarily involves proposed changes to the immigration laws, it also includes legislation on the subject of appropriations, public benefit programs, Federal personnel law, and any other matter affecting the operations of USCIS as a Federal agency. Applicants must possess JD degree, be active bar member (any jurisdiction), and have 2+ years of post-JD experience in immigration law. For more info, key in Job Announcement Number: COU-CIS-2009-0003 at USAJobs.com. Submit a resume, cover letter + writing sample (max. 10 pps.) to: Philip B. Busch, Legislative Counsel, USCIS Office of the Chief Counsel at Philip.Busch@dhs.gov. Must be sent by 5pm, EST, Friday, March 13, 2009. Position is at the GS-13/15 levels. No relocation reimbursement available.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
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Headlines

Who is Running Immigration?
Let them show it by ending the raids and Sheriff Arpaio's abuses.

Fortune 500 Immigration
Would people favor immigration if they knew how many of our biggest companies exist because of it?

Panel Calls For More Scrutiny Of ICE Program
Several members of a key U.S. House committee called for greater oversight of a controversial federal program that allows local law enforcement to detain suspected illegal immigrants, citing a recent report that questioned its effectiveness.

Hispanic Enrollment In Schools, Colleges Rising
Roughly one-fourth of the nation's kindergartners are Hispanic, evidence of an accelerating trend that now will see minority children become the majority by 2023.


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New Appointment
Secretary Hilda Solis was confirmed as Secretary of Labor on February 24, 2009. Prior to confirmation as Secretary of Labor, Secretary Solis represented the 32nd Congressional District, a position she held from 2001 2009. For more info see here: http://www.dol.gov/_sec/welcome.htm.


Letters

Readers can share comments, email: editor@ilw.com (up to 300-words). Past correspondence is available in our archives

Dear Editor:
Regarding ID comment on Traffic Deportations (03/05/09 ID): Here in Chula Vista, CA, 5 miles north of Tijuana, there are lots of undocumented aliens driving cars. Normally, they are safe drivers, because they do not want to draw attention to themselves, as they have families here who need them. There is a Mexican-American cop, though, who looks for them and stops them. He cites them for driving without a license, insurance, etc., impounds the car, and calls "La Migra," if he knows or even suspects that they are undocumented. I'm guessing that he doesn't stop a lot of Gringo-looking folks. Reportedly, he's quite arrogant and rude, also. So, the government gets the car, the family has to pay the onerous rip-off towing and storage fees, and the alien gets to go into removal proceedings. Little does this Latino cop know, but he may be doing our illegals a favor. A good percentage of our illegal aliens have been here for a long time, have US Citizen kids, have always worked, have never committed a crime, and are eligible for cancellation of removal. They normally have no other way to immigrate, until the US citizen kids grow up. It's a difficult and expensive path to have to take, but it's a shot, and it's the only way sometimes.

John E. Shorkey, Esq.

Dear Editor:
A pro-illegal alien editorial in the March 3rd New York Times criticizes Bush Administration immigration raids and questions who in the Obama Administration is in charge of immigration. Pleading for an end to ICE's law enforcement efforts, the editorial claims it is a war without a plan and that the country is not now a better place, acusing sheriff Joe Arpaio of brutally misusing his powers and terrorizing Latino neighborhoods under the auspices of INA 287(g). The editorial says, "Americans who might applaud any crackdown on illegal immigrants, particularly in a recession, should know that scattershot raids and rampaging sheriffs are not the answer. The idea that enforcement alone will eliminate the underground economy is a great delusion... no conceivable regime of raids will wrench 12 million illegal immigrants from their jobs and homes." I say it is time for action, not the rehashing and restating of ideas about globalization, discrimination and anti-immigration rhetoric that at the end of the day offer no solutions. It is time to propose how to end the blatant violation of US immigration law over the past three decades and offer solid suggestions that can be turned into law which will benefit Americans, rather than certain special interest group minorities. It is time to stop whining about the immigration problem, instead of offering solutions. I challenge the readers of Immigration Daily to put on their collective thinking caps and, (1) explain exactly why, in this period of devastating recession and rampant layoffs, Americans, to whom jobs is so important right now, should support an end to workplace enforcement, (2) explain why they believe workers displaced by the ICE raids will not be replaced by laid off American workers, and (3) offer a plan to stop future illegal immigration, whether or not "CIR" is passed into law.

David D. Murray, Esq.
Newport Beach, CA

Dear Editor:
Regarding ID comment on Traffic Deportations (03/05/09 ID): Add Hall County, Ga. to the list of places where the sheriff is using any excuse to deport people. Any excuse to stop a driver is good as what they want to find is someone with no license. Some have claimed passengers are also asked for documentation and arrested and deported if they have none.

Dave Anderson
Gainesville, GA

Dear Editor:
Regarding ID comment on Traffic Deportations (03/05/09 ID): In United States, there are a lot of poeple who are involved in major crime like murder or rob. As per my understadning, people who have some minor traffic violations are not supposed to get deported on humanitarian grounds. Atleast they should be given a chance.

Sam

Dear Editor:
In reference to the discussion about the visa waiver program's purported racism, I'd be curious to know if the Dominican Republic offers more relaxed regulations for Swiss tourists than it does for Nigerian holidaymakers. If so, according to the reasoning of some letters, would this be considered a racist policy per se, as it apparently is by some in the US.

Enrique Olivares

Dear Editor:
Any disputes about BO's citizenship is too late now. No Democrat challengers nor the Republicans trying to point out on this issue openly much earlier. And maybe the majority of Americans got tired of "native" white Presidents who messed up the economy and this country and gave a non white "possible illegal alien" a chance instead, to be honest, I will vote an illegal alien as US president if he can do much better job than Bush if possible. I have a principle that anyone that have the merits, skills and capabilities shall be rewarded with decent compensation and opportunities and he deserves the chance to get the best and to be the best, regardless of his geographical location, citizenship, color, creeds, faiths, gender and race. I don't believe in nativism and protectionism, that ones should be treated specially and deserve on certain entitlements over other fellow human beings just because being born as Americans. My suggestion on putting bonds or guarantor system on visa issuance and compliance is only a common sense suggestion. We can't expect our over burdened consuls to really look and judge objectively on visa applicants eligibility to secure visitor visas. Today, many Chinese and Indians have more money than white but broke British or Icelandians, broke guys will likely to work here illegally, won't they?

Robert Yang


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