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Immigration Daily October 30, 2009
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Military Injustice

A short film, "Second Battle", depicts deportation battles of the wives of two US soldiers--one of whom is recovering from his tour of duty and one who died for his country.

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Articles

Aggravated Felons And 212(c) Relief
Pravinchandra J. Patel writes "The clear lesson of this saga is that attorneys as counsel should not be fatally influenced by the current official thinking regarding the interpretation of any INA provision; rather being advocates that we are supposed to be representing an individual in his or her fight against the system of behemoth proportion."

Bloggings On Nurse And Allied Health Immigration
Christopher T. Musillo writes "Now all applicants to FCCPT must obtain the Type I Certificate."

Immigrant Of The Day: Mourad Lahlou of Morocco
Kevin R. Johnson writes "Chef Mourad Lahlou, chef at Aziza on Geary Blvd in San Francisco, is our Immigrant of the Day."

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News

DOJ Immigration Litigation Bulletin: May 2009
The Department of Justice Office of Immigration Litigation released the May 2009 issue of its publication, Immigration Litigation Bulletin.


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Headlines

Task Force To Target Cross Border Crime
A new law enforcement task force is being set up in Detroit to target cross-border crime.

Hispanic Residents Complain Of Police Harassment
Dozens of Hispanic residents complained Wednesday that they are harassed by local police acting on behalf of federal immigration authorities.

Do Not Use US Census Form As Political Pawn
Changing the U.S. Census forms to include questions about citizenship and immigration could jeopardize the 2010 count.

Slump Sinks Visa Program
A coveted visa program that feeds skilled workers to top-tier U.S. technology companies and universities is on track to leave thousands of spots unfilled for the first time since 2003, a sign of how the weak economy has eroded employment even among highly trained professionals.


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New Appointment
INSZoom is pleased to announce that Anuradha Biswas, formerly Associate Vice President at Infosys Technologies joins the company as the Chief Operating Officer for its India operations. www.inszoom.com


Letters

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Dear Editor:
I do not believe that I am the only one who has noticed that the letters of Jim Roberts have lately been overly-peppered with out-of-contexts references to the Bible to somehow support certain views on immigration, or reinforce points attempting to be made. I humorously alluded to this in my (10/28/09 ID) letter. The Roberts letters' (10/29/09 ID) recent references to the Bible seem to add no significance to the immigration debate. Not all Americans are Christians and not all Americans believe the Bible is "the word of God." In fact no all Americans believe in the concept of the Judeo/Christian God of Wrath, Hell, Fire and Brimstone. Therefore, Mr. Roberts' letters implication that Americans should turn to the Bible in order to base, or substantiate, their views on any subject, including immigration, is baseless and falls on many deaf ears. Mr. Roberts' letter of criticizes Robert Yang's letters' views on globalism and free trade and admonishes him to, "...stop these irrelevant rants and mindless name calling..." seemingly reflecting the point of view that anyone who disagrees with the Roberts letters, or states a contrary opinion, is irrelevant and mindless. As the warden in the Paul Neumann movie, "Cool Hand Luke" said, "What we've got here is failure to communicate." When any debate, including the immigration debate, is debased to name calling and personal attacks, it loses any effectiveness whatsoever for resolving the issues at hand, which in this case is immigration reform. I wonder what Bible passage I just violated by saying that?

David D. Murray, Esq.
Newport Beach, CA

Dear Editor:
A recurring theme of Jim Roberts' letters (10/29/09 ID) is that the interests of immigrants are opposed to those of Americans. A relative of a friend of a friend of mine had been in the US illegally for several years and had to return to his native Mexico in order to file a waiver application based on financial hardship to his US citizen wife and children. He had to close down a thriving business in the US which can be assumed to have been providing jobs to US citizens. Is it in the interests of his American family members for him to continue to have to wait outside the US? Was it in the interests of any US workers who might have lost their jobs with his business to know that one more Hispanic illegal is "getting what he deserves"? Are the interests of American companies opposed to those of their immigrant customers who are helping to keep them in business? David D. Murray's letter (10/29/09 ID) points out the correct meaning of "non-immigrant" under US law, namely someone with a temporary visa as opposed to a green card. But who picked the word "non-immigrant" in the statute to describe someone who is clearly an immigrant in the normal sense of the word because he or she is living in a different country? Franz Kafka? With regard to the Biblical quotation in my October 29 letter, it will no doubt be tempting for some to try to interpret the injunction against oppressing aliens as applying to legal aliens only. But that is not what the passage says. The Bible speaks for itself.

Roger Algase, Esq.
New York, NY

Dear Editor:
The H. Prchal letter (10/29/09 ID) is almost a restrictionist with the call for more selective entry and barring illegals. But the membership is declined with the failure to see the need to restrict numbers and calling for others to have the same easy access that the Latino invaders do. See "How Long Before we Become a Nation of 50 Californias" by F. Wooldridge at newswithviews.com. While NYC and CA may have been "economic power houses", both are in serious deterioration, debt and decline as astute author Fred Siegel describes in, "The Future Once Happened Here". Both have become sanctuary Disneylands for illegals by pandering politicos with many free rides. The letters perception of, "a country as sparsely populated as ours" is remarkable which may be true if the comparison is with India or China. While the letters have denied it previously, the reality of the reconquista resolve of many Mexicans is now noted. It is the numbers that would make this possible which is unfair to citizens and other entrants alike. A "sane" entry policy would include limited entry, secured borders, visa tracking but no waivers, deporting illegals, employee sanctions, no birth citizenships, amnestry or other benefits. The R. Algase letter (10/29/09 ID) example of Exodus 22:21 settles nothing because a policy of deportation does not constitute or require mistreatment, nor does restricting entry or enforcing laws. Only liberals and others with agendas falsely say that prudent policies and humane enforcement are mistreatment or oppression.

Jim Roberts

Dear Editor:
Regarding Jim Roberts' letter (10/29/09 ID): Our Founding Fathers were wise enough to separate the Church and State, so this country wouldn't be ruined by stupid sectarian violence and run by barbaric, hypocrite, corrupt, incompetence, holier than thou theocracy dictators. Our Founding Fathers were not anti Bible nor religions but in fact they tried to save the nation from inequality, sexism, segregation, ignorance, intolerance and violence in the name of faiths and God. The beauty of America is while ones may believe in the Bible or any other "holy books", ones can always be skeptical and critical on whatever written in them without being punished as blasphemers and heretics, that's why free speech should always be protected so rational and intellectual debates will always be robust and protected as a part of our constitutional rights. I'm also grateful to live in a country that believe in market economy and because of plenty of competition we enjoy the lowest prices and many products and services on this planet. We have the best deals on consumer goods and services in general--bargains on designer perfumes and apparels, computers and electronics, but yet the most cumbersome visitor visas policies for potential foreign shoppers and tourists to come here spending money creating many jobs for us that can't be outsourced, and these jobs killing policies must change. Americans save money when others are willing to work for less for us and we should appreciate and be grateful for it. If anyone get hurt by any competition locally, regionally or globally by any means, it's an unfortunate situation. It's not profiting or else but it's the reality of life that restrictionistas trying to deny and avoid by trying to impose apartheid protectionist laws and policies to justify their self centered purposes and arguments.

Robert Yang


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