Following up my letter
wherein I suggested that Chucky may be a bit too prejudiced against
immigration lawyers and AILA, and in response to Chucky's
, yes, I
will tell him, and the world, that the repeated lobbying "that lawyers and
groups like AILA do to get 245(i) type amnesties renewed is to help
It is sad that Chucky and other proponents of pulling the ladder up on
immigration do not understand that immigration lawyers truly care about
their clients. Although immigration lawyers get paid for what they do (as
am certain Chucky gets paid for what he does for a living), the motivation
of immigration lawyers is not the money - if it were, they would have
personal injury or corporate lawyers. Believe me, there are easier ways to
make more money than by practicing immigration law.
Furthermore, Chucky does not seem to understand that border enforcement is
not part of what immigration lawyers do, any more than prisoners rights are
something police organizations lobby for - it's only common sense - you
to be on one side or the other. Since it is clear Chucky is on the side of
border enforcement, I wonder what solution he has to offer on that issue .
A big fence along the southern border? How about the northern border?
But remarkably, I do wholeheartedly agree with Chucky that immigration laws
should be enforced. I believe that employer sanctions made law by the
Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 should be vigorously enforced,
that was the mandate of Congress. Unfortunately, companies and individuals
in the United States continually violate the will of Congress by hiring
illegal aliens and then if caught, plead ignorance of wrongdoing, as in the
recent fiasco of Tyson Foods, showing us once again that the bigger you
the more you can get away with. Enron anyone? Where's Ken Lay? Now
I do not condone illegal immigration. However, we do not live in a
black-and-white world, we live in a world of human beings, and in the case
of the United States of America, of human compassion, continually
demonstrated by its individual citizens, but sadly dominated by powerful
politicians who use issues like immigration to gain advantage for their
political careers, whether it is pro or con. Until the politicians take
immigration law, and reforming and adequately funding the immigration
service, as well as the law, to make both realistic and responsive to the
needs of both the country and its citizens and to legal immigrants, we will
continue to suffer the results of bad leadership.
David D. Murray, Esq.
Newport Beach, CA
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