130 At The White House
At the invitation of the Obama administration, 130 representatives of law enforcement, business, labor, religious and advocacy groups were at the White House today. The meeting was addressed by DHS Secretary Napolitano (the full list of invitees and government representatives can be seen here). Notably absent were the rightwing Republican racist rabble rousers (sorry, we could not resist the alliteration).
In the long view of history, immigration reform will likely be a more profound political milestone than health care reform, so if those in charge in the Obama administration deftly handle the immigration issue in the weeks and months to come, they should expect political manna for their side. The immigration community continues to await the beginning of markups, while realizing that a swift legislative process may require a short delay before the start. Majority Leader Reid has had a good record so far in the 111th Congress, and given the small but important support for immigration reform among Senate Republicans, we wish Mr. Reid well. Speaker Pelosi and her team, always efficient in floor votes, pulled off a brilliant bit of whipping over the climate change bill, a feat which we will await the duplication of during the immigration vote. In the immigration community, patience is beginning to wear thin, CIR cannot come too soon, and it appears that the White House is listening - 130 folks don't get invited over just for coffee.
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ACLU Sues Arizona Sheriff For Immigration Detentions
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ICE: Teams Will Arrest Non-fugitive Immigrants
The chief of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement says agents searching for people who ignore deportation orders will continue to arrest others in the country illegally who happen to be around when they show up.
Immigration Check Tied To Business Licenses
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I just read the article "H-1B Employers: Have Your H-1B Public Access File Ready for the USCIS Audit," by Mira Mdivani (08/20/09 ID). There are several incorrect statements in the article. The most blatant error is where the article states, "Proper H-1B process includes preparing an H-1B Public Access File as soon as the H-1B is approved" The Public Access File is required by law to be available within one day of filing the Labor Condition Application with the DOL, which is well before the H-1B petition will be approved.
Jennifer L. Nissen, Esq.
I agree with ID's comment (08/20/09 ID), discussing a 7th circuit decision, in which ID argues that the entire labor certification system is based on an abuse of power by the DOL. The same is true of many other agency actions affecting immigration. One example, which other letters of mine have mentioned, is the absurdly restrictive interpretation that the USCIS has given to the simple word "at" which Congress used when it exempted people working "at" institutions of higher education, etc. from the H-1B cap. USCIS must have been inspired more by former President Bill Clinton's exegesis of the word "is" than by any authority it could possibly have received form Congress to rewrite a statute. One another note, President Obama's ramping up of immigration inspections and other enforcement, while backpedalling on immigration reform, may mean more than simply continuing a policy of pandering to prejudice that he inherited from the Bush administration. It could be something even worse, namely a new policy based on a belief that saving American jobs means firing or refusing to hire as many non-US citizens, legal and illegal, as possible. What company in its right mind is going to sponsor a non-citizen for a work visa or green card if this means that it will be investigated by ICE, under a "bold new initiative" that could have come straight out of Orwell or Kafka? Better leave the bigots in charge of immigration than the doctrinaire left-wing "US job protecting" ideologues, who seem to care more about throwing immigrants out of work than using their skills, work ethic and consumer purchasing power to revive our economy.
Roger Algase, Esq.
New York, NY
I agree with DMM's letter (08/20/2009 ID) that, "The United States as a nation and Americans collectively, owe nothing to citizens of other countries, especially when those latter are here obviously in violation of our laws." I agree with DMM's letter's disagreement with Ruth Stadnik's letter (08/18/2009 ID) decrying the H-1B visa program as being "discriminatory." It is not invidiously discriminatory and if discriminatory on the basis of education and occupation, it is neither morally nor legally reprehensible. No question on the I-129 form or in any H-1B Regulation requires disclosure of the applicant's skin color, nationality, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation or gender. There are many educated and qualified dark skinned people in the world who can and do qualify for H-1B, so to argue discrimination is nonsense. It reminds me of an Afro-American client of mine who received a parking ticket on her old van, while the Cadillac parked next to her did not. She told me only she got the ticket because the police officer must have suspected the van belonged to a black person and the Cadillac to a white. She never imagined that perhaps the Cadillac was not there when the officer issued her ticket, but chose race as the card to play. As to Ms. Stadnik's letter's suggestion of raising the quota for Mexicans, that would be discriminatory. It just goes to show that, like beauty, discrimination, very often, is in the eye of the beholder. And, semantics rearing its ugly head once more, Ms. Stadnick's letter is incorrect that the old 7-year law led to "citizenship". It led to permanent residence, not citizenship, once again reminding us the importance of the semantics of immigration.
David D. Murray, Esq.
Newport Beach, CA
DMM's letter (08/20/09 ID) says that it is natural for Americans to prefer immigrants who resemble them and therefore there must be "effective brakes" on immigration. What America really needs is effective brakes on hatred and discrimination against those who do not resemble the white majority. We are now seeing many of these effective brakes being removed as a result of President Obama's cowardly attempts to curry favor with white supremacists by opting in favor of a cruel, senseless and vindictive "enforcement only" policy, while postponing any move toward making visas more available to people who are trying to follow the law and would have much to contribute to this country, even if their skin color might not be light enough to please the bigoted and intolerant among us.
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