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Dear Editor:
I would like to congratulate Attorney Bruce Hake for his well researched addition to my opinion letter concerning the witch hunt the Texas UPLC appears to be on by singling out a seemingly qualified immigration attorney on which to vent their wrath concerning the unauthorized practice of law, rather than focusing on notarios, consultants and others who give incorrect or downright fraudulent advice about serious immigration matters.

I would also like to give kudos to the unnamed immigration lawyer who took a "middle of the road" position concerning my responsive opinion of Mrs. Boecker's immigration plight, wherein I suggested that she should have engaged a competent immigration attorney from the beginning of her quest for permanent residence. I completely and totally agree with everything this well-written lawyer says, except the shot he took at me by suggesting that I had may not have "vignettes" of INS incompetence in my 24 years of practice.

Yes, I have seen a laundry list of INS incompetence, and continue to see it on a daily basis, but the intent of my letter was to draw attention to the same fact as does he . . . The immigration laws of the United States of America are extremely complex, and are becoming more complex. Anyone who even files a simple application for extension of a visitor visa without competent legal counsel could face serious consequences. In a word, "Caveat emptor" . . . buyer beware . . . in the arena of US immigration law, where, as was correctly pointed out by the unnamed lawyer, the public simply cannot rely on the INS to give correct advice on immigration matters . . . they are immigration enforcers, but not immigration advisors, and often simply do not know the law.

As to the suggestion that intending immigrants seek the advice of congresspersons, my advice is: This is definitely the wrong approach, as I have seen many times, including as late as just yesterday. Why people think congresspersons and their staff know anything about immigration law is a mystery to me. Only Immigration lawyers are advisors; only immigration lawyers are qualified to give advice in this complex and important area of law that so seriously affects the lives of so many good people, and the general public would be well advised to seek them out.

And my advice, and the thrust of my comment on Mrs. Boecker's case, is that anyone attempting to obtain immigration information and assistance in immigration matters from anyone but a competent immigration lawyer, preferably one who has enough interest in the subject to join the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), the national organization dedicated to promoting logic and reason in the area of immigration law, as well responsible and well informed practice by its members.

I would also like to thank Immigration Daily for continuing to bring us up-to-the minute information concerning cutting edge immigration topics and providing a forum for further education in the subject of immigration law such as that currently being offered by ILW.COM on the subject of H-1Bs, TNs, L-1s, O-1s, P-1s, and other non-immigrant employment visas, complex issues concerning employment related nonimmigrant visas. This is a monumental task, and ILW.COM obviously has taken it very seriously.

David D. Murray, Esq.
Newport Beach, CA