RFEs And Hypocrisy Among The Antis
In an article about the shooting tragedy in Binghamton, New York, a posting on the anti-immigration NumbersUSA blog argues that the tragedy should not lead to sweeping generalizations. The posting says: "Just as immigration policy should not be based on generalizations from anecdotes of abysmal immigrant behavior, neither should it be based on generalizations from exemplary individual behavior." We have two general comments on this superficially laudable point on sound policy-making.
Firstly, the antis are being hypocritical on this issue (this is business as usual for the antis). The antis consistently use the 9/11 terrorists as examples of why we need to tighten up our immigration procedures, and reduce immigration benefits. This is policy making by anecdote, the very thing that the blogging appears to argue against. In a steady and unrelenting barrage of reports, articles, bloggings, press releases, testimony to Congress, and every form of media and publicity presently known, the antis have used the 9/11 terrorists to argue for all manner of restrictions, obstacles and harassments for US citizen family members of immigrants, US employers of immigrants, and immigrants themselves.
Now this is all well known, but we believe it bears repeating due to the current RFE tsunami unleashed by USCIS. Apparently, USCIS has argued that better anti-fraud measures are necessary, and we have received reports of the inevitable 9/11 terrorist excuse for the RFE flood. We believe that it is common sense that out of 1 million applications processed, 1 terrorist may, thru fraud and misrepresentation, make it thru to receiving the benefit. 1 out of a million is better than Six Sigma even (Six Sigma is 3.4 defects per million). The gold-plated US industrial standard for quality is apparently not good enough for USCIS. We believe that USCIS should be forthright in admitting to Congress that it cannot perform better than Six Sigma, and that 3.4 terrorists per million applications will likely make it to the benefit stage, and that Congress should, consistent with the layered approach used in anti-terrorism, adequately fund and direct another body to hunt and take out these terrorists (in other words, USCIS is not an anti-terrorist agency, and should admit as much). Furthermore, Congress does not have to look far for such an agency, nor for money for such an agency, since a ready-made answer exists in the shape of ICE. We believe that ICE’s overarching mission should be to go after terrorists, and leave the undocumented and their employers alone. We believe that responsibility for the next terrorist attack on US soil will lie primarily at ICE’s door. Rather than USCIS officials having to answer Congress and the country for why the terrorist had this or that visa, ICE officials will have to justify why they were raiding janitorial companies and restaurants while terrorists were roaming free inside the United States. It is only because immigrants don’t have the vote that the current double tragedy is playing out – the first being the plight of those caught in USCIS’s pointless RFE nightmare and the second being the sad situation of the American public being left undefended against terrorism by ICE’s equally pointless crusade against landscaping companies and hotels.
Returning to the blog posting on the NumbersUSA site, we have another comment. Politics is about communication, as it should be in a democracy. To use anecdotes is a perfectly good way to educate anyone about a point, as Harvard’s popular "case study" method shows. Indeed, in all manner of vexatious public policy disputes, from health care to climate change to the economy, and everything else besides, Americans are subject to a bombardment of anecdotes from all points of view in the debate. To suggest that immigration should be exempt from anecdotes is the second bit of hypocrisy by the antis in one blog posting.
To state our views in the positive, we believe that sound immigration policy should be based on all the evidence, and not on anecdotes (hence the USCIS’s excessive security measures are unjustified, and ICE’s under-emphasis of its counter-terrorism measures is dangerous to the country). But we also believe that anecdotes are appropriate in the public debate and support what the blogging laments: "a Vietnamese graduating as valedictorian from high school becomes proof of the need for the DREAM amnesty. And Chinese engineers working in Silicon Valley and obtaining patents for inventions become proof of the need for more H-1B visas".
A final thought: there is a simple reason why the antis pile hypocrisy upon hypocrisy. The fact is that there is no American argument against immigration. Anti-immigration positions are un-American. And on that Apple Pie and Motherhood note, we urge our executive branch agencies to follow in the American tradition – to USCIS: welcome immigrants and to ICE: hunt terrorists.
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I agree with Alice Yardham-Hunter's letter (07/20/09 ID) about the usability of the USCIS web site, which for the most part is difficult to manueuver and find what you want, even on a good day. If USCIS promises a service, they should deliver. Same for the State Job Agencies when you try to post a Job Order for a Labor Cert. What nonsense when it does not work, as happened to me in Florida, Texas and Georgia recently. Of course, the remedy when USCIS makes a mistake is to file late and then get denied and bring motion to reopen on the ground it was of no fault of the alien. But the filing fee is $585. There just ain't no such thing as justice. Maybe the Bush administration should have focused on the terrorists in governmental agencies that terrorize everyone using their power to control. And I agree with Honza Prchal's letter (07/20/09 ID) that Congress made it clear that USCIS be self supporting. And why not? Let those who desire the services pay for it, but also, let them demand quick and efficient service. No more bureaucratic nonsense. Each case should be assigned to a particular immigration officer who is responsible for the case and puts his or her name on it. No more annonymity. Name names and ask for responsible adjudication – after all, to a degree, USCIS adjudicators are judges. And Roger Algase's letter makes good points (07/20/09 ID). DOL has really created a monster, destroying a system of LCA that worked perfectly and replacing it with a burdensome behemouth of bureacracy that serves nobody good. Why don't these buraucrats get fired?
David D. Murray, Esq.
Newport Beach, CA
It is my belief that documents for petitions, in this case a spousal
petition, should be thoroughly reviewed and scrutinized before the
petitioned party is instructed to undergo physical examination prior to
interview. This is one way to avoid delay of the action on the
May I cite my case. I petitioned my husband who is in the Philippines,
in February of 2007. After several months of waiting, my husband was
scheduled for an interview in May 2008 where right there he was advised
that he can't be granted a visa because I, the wife, did not terminate
my first marriage. Of course it came as a blow because we knew that
everything was OK. We were surprised that the Consul in the Philippine
Embassy waited for the interview time to tell my husband about this.
Were the documents presented to them or USCIS not enough proof of the
dissolution of the first marriage? They could have notified us before
they decided to schedule my husband for the interview.
What I am trying to point out here is, every petition, whether it be
for spouse, child, parent, etc. should be reviewed very carefully and
ensure that all needed documents are in order before going on with the
deciding process. This way, we spare all concerned the inconvenience
and shorten the waiting period.
Panorama City, CA
Just want to respond to Dave's letter (07/17/09 ID) and his letter's statement, "We should only permit people into this country who can add value to it, not live off it's fruits and contribute nothing." What value has the letter writer added and what contributions has the letter writer made to society in the US?
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