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Immigrant's Weekly Jan 2, 2007
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More Immigrants In Military

Currently the 30,000 immigrants serving in the U.S. military make up about 2 percent of the active-duty force. About 100 have been killed in wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. As it struggles to meet its recruiting goals, Pentagon is considering expanding the number of immigrants in the ranks, by putting more immigrants on a faster track to U.S. citizenship if they volunteer and by opening recruiting stations overseas.

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Readers are welcome to share their comments; send your letters to weeklyeditor@ilw.com.

Dear Weekly Editor:
This is my message to Congress and an update to my story originally posted on your site.

I am a U. S. born citizen who has experienced our broken immigration system first hand. On September 25, 2003 my husband was permanently barred from entering the US because the Consulate Officer falsely assumed that he was previously deported and reentered without permission. The officer did say, however, that he would be eligible for a waiver in 10 years, which requires proof of extreme hardship on my part. Just the thought of having to live without my husband for 10 years was an extreme hardship, one that no one should have to bare.

Thanks to the efforts of Senator Cantwell and then, Congresswoman Dunn, we were reunited on January 14, 2005. My husband’s sentence was reduced from a permanent bar to a 10 year bar making him eligible for a waiver immediately. Alvaro was telling the truth when he repeatedly said that he was never deported. It turns out that he was simply stopped at the Arizona border and told to go home. He actually entered the US without permission only one time, hence the 10-year bar. Thankfully, we are together again as a family should be.

Now, we devote our spare time to helping others in similar situations. Today I received a phone call from another distraught wife whose husband can't return home from his Christmas vacation in Mexico. Her first question was, "How can this be; he has lived here since he was 8 years old?" It is unfortunate that so many families are adversely affected by our nation’s inadequate immigration system. Angela Kelly of the National Immigration Forum said it best, “The problem is not bad people violating good laws, but good people frustrated by bad laws.”

I am in no way dismissing the fact that immigration regulations are being violated. I like to believe that most, like my husband, would take responsibility for their actions. Living here without permission is a civil offence not a criminal one. Most immigrants come here to simply provide a better life for their children. And, what about those children, now adults, who grew up here possibly not knowing they are "illegal immigrants"? The punishment should be proportionate. The permanent, or even temporary, separation of families undermines the value of family unity and crumbles the foundation of America.

As a US Citizen and a registered voter, I demand a common-sense immigration system of fair rules for hard-working families, ensuring a safer, stronger and more secure America.

It is time that Congress takes responsibility for their actions; support Comprehensive Immigration Reform!

Sherry Arciniega

Dear Weekly Editor:
In response to Ken Roberts' letter (IW 12/26/06), such is the work of God--one should try it sometime. Unless one plans on answering to Homeland Security when one pass through the golden gate.

Zin

Dear Weekly Editor:
To our Maryland Political Leaders: God bless all of you who did not comply with the discriminatory Real ID Act which forces undocumented humans to risk their lives trying to transport themselves and their children to school and jobs that most of the time are labor-intensive low-paying and undesirable to most Americans & do not even reimburse their social security payments, all the while they pay taxes to this country. Matthew Bower is one incident, just like Martin L. King was one incident, etc., etc. Should we deport/annihilate all white people because one white man shot MLK? To every undocumented criminal, there are thousands more who risk life & limb literally to get here to lift their family out of a struggling impoverished third world economy back home that was helped created by the US anyway with their NAFTA, United Fruit Company, etc. shenannigans. Oh, by the way, what about all the undocumented immigrants who are killed by hate crimes committed by Americans everyday thanks to all the racist Americans like yourself. Glad I'm not one. But do we hear about them on the American news stations? No. Bet my life there are more of them than there are Matthew Bowers.

Angie

Dear Weekly Editor:
Ken Roberts' letter (IW 12/26/06) argues that readers condone aiding and abetting a criminal when we have an opinion about immigration in general first of all mexicans are not criminals they are not the ones dealing drugs and killing others they are actually working hard. Harder than any damn American I know, that is legal yeah they may not get their papers in a timely manner like others that come her the correct way but I'm sure they would do so if there was an easier system ..

Bibi Wahaab

Dear Weekly Editor:
In response to Steve Hampton's letter (IW 12/26/06), I beg to differ. As a Maryland motorist and parent, I want the MVA to focus on ensuring that people who drive have the permits and are qualified to drive and owners of vehicles have insurance. Not giving people driver's license based on immigration status is both unrealistic and unwise because people who need to drive will drive. MVA's job is to ensure that they do so within the relevant laws, not according to immigration law. Enforcement of immigration law has long been and should continue to be the business of the federal government -- not the State of Maryland. As to REAL ID, it's becoming obvious to most people that it's a burdensome and useless piece of legislation (that is, useless with regard to the purposes it purports to serve). Finally, the letter's obvious premise that undocumented immigrants as a group are unsafe drivers is patently false. U.S. citizens and legal residents drive, have accidents, and kill every day. Does the letter writer also advocate taking licenses away from these groups as well?

Panravee Vongjaroenrat

Dear Weekly Editor:
I have suggestion for H4 Visa holders who are turned from H4 to H1 due to six year H1 Visa limit. There should be provision for these workers to come back to H1 without leaving USA for one yr. As their family/spouse are valid H1 visa holder. Can it become a law to have relief for H4 visa holders?

Shyam Ahuja

Dear Weekly Editor:
I’m very grateful that the Texas comptroller did not become our governor. It appears she and her office did a very poor job of estimating (and it is just an estimate, because no one knows the accurate numbers) the economic impact of undocumented workers. Her report seems to assume that all undocumented workers pay taxes on their income. We probably can agree that’s just not true. Many workers are paid “off the books” so they pay no taxes on their earnings, and importantly for their employer, there is no contribution to Social Security, workman’s compensation, or health care insurance. No wonder undocumented workers are so popular with employers.

The comptroller also did not fully include all the ways undocumented workers are a financial burden on our social services. Talk to any hospital administrator about this subject. You’ll get a list of ways undocumented workers are financially sinking our hospitals. The largest, naturally, is their use of hospital emergency rooms as a source for routine medical care. In many areas, U.S. citizens have essentially lost the use of ERs they support because people who are in the U.S. illegally have overwhelmed them. They use our positive and well intentioned laws against us. The law says a hospital cannot deny care to someone who presents at the ER. But, do they pay their bills to support the hospital? It appears in most cases they do not.

A hospital also cannot deny care to a pregnant women who is ready to deliver. So we have many thousands of pregnant woman who have entered the U.S. illegally waiting until they are ready to deliver before coming to a hospital. They receive no prenatal care because they might be billed for that. The crowning benefit of taking advantage of our well intentioned laws is that the baby automatically becomes a U.S. citizen to be used in the future as a method to bring in yet more noncitizens. Is it all legal? Yes, technically, it is currently legal. But, more and more people are becoming aware of what a poor law this is, and are pressuring their representatives in Congress to change it. Despite the heavy lobbying against this effort by employers, and maybe by you, it will be accomplished.

Yes, what you do is technically legal. While you are spending the money you make in your practice of ruining America, please remember that everything that is technically legal is not necessarily right and just.

Ronald Donahoe
Cibolo, TX

Dear Weekly Editor:
Is the reference to the report to buttress arguments against insisting on law as the a basis for governing immigration? What is the point? Do we want law or no law in this matter? It is a ridiculous point whichever way the economics of the issue points. And if we are to slavishly follow economics and law ideology have we considered all the economic impacts of the destruction of the rule of law? Not to mention culture and language.

Stanley Wayne
Wayne & Wayne Law Offices


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