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Immigration Daily February 10, 2011
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Comment: Leftists Demonize Immigrants - The traditional argument against immigration has always had two prongs the more powerful one being the racist one, but with another, supplementary one never far behind the latter, of course, being the fixed-pie view that immigrants and American labor are antagonists. For most of American history the anti-immigration movement in America was spearheaded by the Unions. From the racist agitation which led to the Chinese Exclusion Act of the 1880s to the immigration moratorium which began with the National Origin Quota Act of the 1920s and lasted till 1965, the movement against immigration was championed by American labor unions. It is a phenomenon barely over a decade old to witness organized labor as an ally for immigration benefits. However, old habits die hard, and with Republicans back in power in the House, leftist anti-immigrationists have come out of the woodwork to attack legal immigration.
It is uncontested that the US immigration system is broken, and that the most profoundly broken part is the low-skilled part where immigrants fill the bottom end of the labor market. While America's demand for low-wage labor is in the hundreds of thousands of immigrants per year, our immigration laws provide for only 5,000 permanent annual visas (derisively labeled "other workers") for this high-demand sector of our mis-functioning immigration "system". For US employers desperate to follow the rule of the law, Congress has provided a small drop in the bucket for low-skilled labor in the form of the H2A (for agricultural employers) and the H2B (for all other employers) programs, both ridden with so much unrealistic bureaucratic regulation that most employers don't even try to hire workers through these programs. Some of these desperate employers, armed with their brave counsel, try to navigate the immigration rapids from time to time. Most employers, of course, prefer to hire immigrants "under the table", with terrible consequences for working conditions and wages for both immigrant workers and US workers, to say nothing of the lost taxes to the US Treasury thereby. One might think that friends of American labor would welcome the legal route, and would support those employers and attorneys trying to use the H2B program. Such a hope would be in vain. In a blistering article "
Immigration rule fight pits Chamber of Commerce against U.S. workers", a leftist think-tank which styles itself as "Economic Policy Institute" spares no rhetoric to argue for even more H2B regulations, no doubt to ensure that American employers have no incentive to comply with the law, by making the law impossible to comply with. Applying worn Marxist shibboleths, the article says " the H-2B program [is] a cause of growing youth unemployment, giving summer jobs that could be the gateway to employment for young Americans to foreign workers from thousands of miles away." If left-wing anti-immigration fanatics such as the author of the article believe in *any* role for legal immigration for the US labor market, we are yet to see it. Their view of immigration is as welfare for refugees, and they strongly believe in over-regulating any legal immigration route, especially if employers are in any way involved. In their alternate universe, immigration should happen without any benefit to US employers, they cannot stomach the obvious fact that workers and employers are two sides of the same coin, and that if one side benefits, the other will too. Naturally, these anti-free-market anti-immigrationists loudly proclaim that they are pro-immigrant, all-the-while being one of the chief causes of America's immigration crisis.
With such "friends", immigrants need no enemies.

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Chapter One: Removal Proceedings
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Chapter One: Adjustment Of Status
Chapter Two: Waivers in Removal Proceedings
Chapter Three: Cancellation Of Removal For LPRs and INA 212(c) Relief
Chapter Four: Cancellation Of Removal For Non-LPRs
Chapter Five: NACARA
Chapter Six: Asylum and Withholding Of Removal
Chapter Seven: Convention Against Torture
Chapter Eight: Voluntary Departure
Chapter Nine: Naturalization As A Defense To Removal
Chapter Ten: Other Relief
Chapter One: Appeal to the Board of Immigration Appeals
Chapter Two: Motions to Reopen
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