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Dear Editor:
I am preparing my entry for The CIS's most absurd RFE/decision contest sponsored by AILA. Did you know that there are more than 3000 appeals at AAO regarding the issue of ability to pay in the context of an I-140/485 petition with a preceding labor certification? Something absolutely stinks in the system. My clients have gone so far as to having RFE and Decision Parties, to celebrate or commiserate after the arrival of a particular communication from our "expert" adjudicators at CIS. Sadly, it has become difficut to explain to them why adjudicators in their cases aren't the serious, law-abiding judges televisions offers in other people's nonimmigration matters. Certainly a system that warrants T-shirt contests for the worst decisions is not representative of America at its best. At first, I felt constrained to "play the game" and let the nonsense roll off my back and off my clent's roof. Answer the question and get it over with. But the sheer temerity of playing this particular game with my particular people has shaken me to my roots. Politically incorrect as it may be, a laugh at somebody else's mental gymnastics is not so grossly improper. But I owe my clients more than to play silly games behind their backs with their cases. I owe them my best and jest is not my best, not nearly my best. But, when the single, most powerful association of professional lawyers in the field of immigration is driven to demonstrate reality through such tomfoolery, we note that it is not they that are wrong, but the system that engenders it. Immigration is simply not funny, my dear associates. It is time we started to act, together, to bring propriety, due process and justice into the field of immigration adjudications.

Stephen B. Horton, Esq.
New Milford, CT