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USCIS Clarifies Requirements For Agents Filing As Petitioners For O and P Visas
USCIS issued guidance to clarify for performing arts associations and their members the regulatory requirements for agents who file as petitioners for the O and P visa classification, and issued a factsheet on the topic. See the update here and the factsheet here.
DHS Releases Factsheet On ICE Detention Reform
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Napolitano, Arpaio And The Future Of Enforcement
Arpaio is not giving up and neither is Napolitano--nor are illegal aliens.
Deadline Looms To Enter Diversity Lottery For Green Card
You have until noon on Monday, Nov. 30, to submit your online entry for the DV-2011 green card lottery.
Controversial Sheriff Dismisses Federal Probe
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Chicago Immigration Activists Seek Council Support
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Just a reminder that travelers to Europe may face fewer immigration checks for visits, but face greater security checks at airports. An article in TimesOnline in UK describes what it describes as a keister bomb, bringing to mind generations of jokes about Mediterranean proclivities to sodomy.
They also face greater residency checks than in the United States. The massive welfare states of Western Europe weed out illegal aliens far more effectively than the United States' relatively unregulated economy does.
Honza Prchal, Esq.
My first bone to pick with David Bacon's article (10/07/2009 ID) is its 30-year quest to make the term "illegal alien" into what it believes is more politically correct, "undocumented people." How nice. We are not here talking about patently unconscionable laws, such as the Chinese Exclusionary Act. In this instance, illegal aliens are violating laws Congress enacted to protect American workers, though they do need to come into a 21st century perspective. Mr. Bacon's article claims his book explores where "illegality comes from". In a word, it comes from breaking the laws of a nation. Self-justifying economic reasons for flagrant disregard for a nation's laws is not a defense, because Americans do not owe the world a better life. Contrary to Mr. Bacon's article's beliefs, the illegality of "illegal aliens" is not a social problem; it is a legal problem involving America's sovereignty and its right to choose the content of its laws without foreign interference. Contrary to the article, the word "illegal" is not used to "demonize people and to excuse denial of rights and second-class social status," it is used to correctly identify a class of people who flaunt America's immigration laws and who then seek to change those laws to suit their own purposes by using the American legal system. The article's naive remark, "It doesn't really have much to do with the law" sums up its position. To a lawyer, that statement is simply preposterous. Abandonment of the law leaves anarchy and without the rule of law, there can be no social order. I'm afraid the article's lack of concern for the rule of law, and its myopic focus on social order, has hoisted itself on its own petard.
David D. Murray, Esq.
Newport Beach, CA
Excellent Article: "Comprehensive Immigration Reform and Values" (10/06/09 ID) It was against American values to pass the E-verify Law, ahead of dealing responsibly and fairly with the people that had been knowingly allowed to come here for over thirty years, have families, legally have Bank accounts and own homes. Lets be honest this Law was designed to starve these good hard working human beings. I do not understand how any one with an ounce of American blood running through their veins can stand by and watch this happening. America needs to get back to the good Principles that built our great Nation. We should all united and remember the real terrorists that attacked us all. There is a forest beyond those trees. (Sometimes we all overlook the obvious.) God crowned our good with brotherhood from sea to shining sea!
David S. Nichols
Regarding Mr. Jim Roberts's letter (10/07/09 ID): Has the letter writer thought about where he would be right now if his immigrant ancestors had been refused entrance into the US for fear that they would cause the "dissolution" and "destruction" of American values? It seems to many of us that immigrants and many of their progeny have embodied American values -- but perhaps we're speaking about different American values!
Regarding the article ""Illegals" Of The World Unite?" (10/07/09 ID): As a Brazilian Women who does not intend to "live" in U.S. (although, I do like, to studyand shop in there, I do love to live in my own country, Brazil), I am pleased, to report that, I do foresight a time, when Americans will want to come in here, perhaps to "live" in here, and I, as an Immigrant Agent, will come to say: "Your last option is swim through the Amazonas River, along with the "piranhas" and "anacondas". I would complete: "I am so sorry. But we can't take (beauty?) singles' Americans in here, to prostitute themselves." This is not mean. this is a customized translations of what I've heard, when I went to the american consulate in Rio de Janeiro, and begged for a temporary visa, to learn American English, as an International Relations Bachelor's, even proving that my family was able to afford all financial needs. This regard me the movie "The Day After Tomorrow." But, don't take me wrong. We, Brazilians, take no rage. It's only my acid humor. (... well fed by your immigration politics).
Regarding ID's Comment (10/7/09 ID) and my "letter" (10/7/09 ID), Sheriff Arpaio was
not so much "defiant" as he was speaking the truth when stating that he
did need the Feds to enforce entry laws just as he does not need their
permission to enforce bank robberies or kidnapping, both Federal laws,
by reason of State sovereignty. A Google of: "Local Law Enforcement Has
Authority to Enforce Immigration Laws" yields a plethora of articles
including a couple of cis backgrounders on this topic. The 287(g)
provisions that "allow" local law enforcement to enforce entry laws are
analogous to concealed carry permits which is already a Constitutional
right. CCW and 287(g) programs are set up to usurp regulatory control
and in operation, acts to limit the broad authority for political
reasons. The radical ethnic groups, Globalists and plantation
profiteers, etc. just don't like any entry enforcement and have agendas.
My letter of yesterday was sent to ID as a suggested article to
feature and not as a letter to the editor. The article was deleted and
without that perspective, tends to leave an extremist position. The article is: "How Immigration and
Multiculturalism Destroyed Detroit" by Frosty Wooldridge which tells of his 20 years of living there and seeing
a severe decline, dissolution and "separation from America" which really
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