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Dear Editor:
I deeply appreciate the sincerity of Mrs. Keener on her remarks by saying: "Many immigration judges do their own typing, copying, and other office chores. We share very limited resources for law clerks to help research the law and changing country conditions abroad. Our annual conference, which provides legal training and education on cultural sensitivity in the courtroom, was canceled this year due to lack of funds." That, in my opinion, is a good wake up call in itself. It is a clear sign of what we all have suspected before; despite the high fees paid for immigration services, the government is not managing the BCIS financial resources properly. I wonder how many billions of dollars the BCIS collects every year from the application fees and how they make use of it. I feel like volunteering to be a Clerk to the immigration judges in my jurisdiction, the same way I am a volunteer in my community, with the hope that it would help judges relieve their stress and better serve those in need of our justice system. Shame on you BCIS. I believe that with the fees charged to its customers, BCIS collects enough money to hire clerks to do the administrative work instead of relying on a judge's time. It is time for people interested in a fair immigration policy to step up to the plate. The Boston incident is a clear sign that we need to bring decency to our immigration courts, by applying the right standards of basic infrastructure to run the BCIS. By doing so, the people in charge of taking decision about other people's lives (not only the judges, but every public servant at BCIS in contact with the immigrants in need of their service), are not exhausted to the point of losing focus of their obligation, and behaving out of the boundaries of liberty and justice for all.

C. Silva



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