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Immigration Daily July 17, 2002
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Rep. Jackson-Lee called on Congress to pass 245(i) on the grounds of patriotism. It is heartening to note that at least some members of Congress recognize the important contributions of the undocumented to our economy. Sen. Byrd decried the presence of 8 million undocumented immigrants in the US and said "we know that terrorists live and plot their crimes among us." The right thing to do to protect both homeland security and the homeland economy at one stroke seems clear - Congress should bring back 245(i) as the first step in moving our immigration laws into greater congruence with American economic and demographic reality.


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Baloney Sandwich, Anyone? - Another CIS "Report"
Jose Latour writes that the Center for Immigration Studies "hides behind a thin faade of "objective" reporting, pretending to be a high-quality "Think Tank."

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Immigration Law News

245(i) Is The Patriotic Thing To Do
During the House debate on the Veterans of Foreign Wars Charter Amendment Act, Rep. Jackson-Lee (D-TX) said "I want to acknowledge and applaud the President for his recent pronouncement of allowing those who are serving in our military to apply for citizenship immediately, without having to wait a period of time previously embodied in our law. With that in mind, Mr. Speaker, I think as member of the Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security, and Claims of the Committee on the Judiciary, I hope that the Congress will move swiftly to pass 245(i) that will allow immigrants to access legalization and become citizens. This is long overdue. This is legislation that recognizes that we do not equate immigration to terrorism, and it is as patriotic as the legislation that we have just passed today."

Sen. Byrd Says Terrorists Hide Among Undocumented
During the Senate debate on the supplemental spending bill, Sen. Byrd (D-WV), said "Currently there are an estimated 8 million undocumented immigrants in the United States and only 2,000 interior immigration enforcement officers nationwide. This is a very dangerous situation. We know that terrorists live and plot their crimes among us."

Plight Of North Korean Refugees
Sen. Bronwnback (R-KS) commented on the plight of the North Korean refugees in the Senate.

Refugee Advocate Recognized
In the House, Rep. Boehlert (R-NY) recognized Richard ``Dick'' Sessler for his 12 years of dedicated service to the Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees.

Immigration Services Emphasized In President's Strategy For Homeland Security
President Bush released the first National Strategy for Homeland Security. The strategy includes reforming immigration services as one of the six initiatives under the border and security critical mission area. "The Department of Homeland Security will build an immigration services organization that administers immigration laws in an efficient, expeditious, fair and humane manner. ... This reform aims to ensure full enforcement of the laws that regulate the admission of aliens to the U.S. and to improve greatly the administration of immigration benefits to more than 7 million annual applicants. ... This reform will ensure that every applicant's case is reviewed in a timely and courteous way."

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"Immigration Consultants" Rip-Off Immigrants
The San Francisco Chronicle reports on immigrants being ripped off by "immigration consultants."

Immigration Lawyers For The Snakeheads reports on immigration lawyers allegedly working with the Chinese "Snakeheads."

INS Office Anti-Cuban At Time Of Elian Affair
The Miami Herald reports that "The legal watchdog group Judicial Watch presented Friday what it called evidence of ''anti-Cuban and anti-Hispanic'' attitudes in the Miami offices of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service during the days preceding Elin Gonzlez's removal from the home of his Miami relatives."

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor:
On June 8th I had the privilege of meeting D. G. Roberts, the candidate for U.S. Congress who is running against Lamar Smith. I would like to take this opportunity to inform you of how impressed I was with Mr. Roberts commitment to liberty and personal responsibility. Mr. Roberts' business background gives him the understanding of the problems faced by those trying to earn a living in this country. Mr. Roberts has stated to me that the Libertarian Party "expresses my stand on immigration well." Mr. Roberts and the Libertarian Party have "long recognized the importance of allowing free and open immigration, understanding that this leads to a growing and more prosperous America. We condemn the xenophobic immigrant bashing that would build a wall around the United States." The LP has further condemned a proposal by Mr. Roberts' opponent, Lamar Smith, "that would require employers to consult a national registry of workers before hiring anyone" in the following terms: "Such Orwellian nightmares have no place in a free society, but are the natural outgrowth of an obsession with restricting immigration."

The LP Platform further calls for a "full amnesty."

D.G. Roberts and the entire Libertarian Party will stand up to Lamar Smith and those of his ilk. With your support, we can defeat Lamar Smith and send a message to Washington that Texans support an end to restrictions to restrict people from being all that they can be.

Contributions to D.G. Roberts for Congress can mailed to may be sent to P. O. Box 415, Midland, TX 79702-0415. No corporate checks. Personal, sole proprietor or partnership checks acceptable.

Please join with me in support the D.G. Roberts, the candidate of the Party of Principle!

Eugene J. Flynn
Dallas, Texas

Dear Editor:
I was at the INS office at Milwaukee yesterday. The security guard at the entrance was particularly rude to a dark skinned lady (I thought of African/Arabic ethnicity), who spoke no English and wore a head covering shawl. I was right behind her in the line. The conversation started with "what is the purpose of your visit?". She could not answer and he became upset. He raised his voice and said many times "Why are you here ?" and finally in exasperation and anger said "You don't speak English?" and stared at her and told her' "well if you cannot speak English I don't know who can help you, go in"

I was next. I am a dark skinned male but spoke English fluently, answered his questions precisely and was dressed well. He was fine with me.

I think his attitude spoke of bias against women, intolerance to people who spoke little English. His role is a security officer and to screen people from a security stand point. His role is not to judge. I do not know where this issue should be brought up. I thought I will start here at this portal.

Murali Ramaswamy

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