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Immigration Daily August 21, 2007
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Caveat Emptor

According to a New York Times news story, "For prices starting at $50, two nonfederally recognized Indian tribes are offering membership to thousands of illegal immigrants, claiming they can achieve legal status by joining the groups. But immigration authorities insist becoming a tribe member gives no protection against being deported." For the full story, see here.

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DVDs - Lory Rosenberg, Robert Divine, Angelo Paparelli

We do NOT usually record our all-day workshops. We made an exception in the last week of March since many people wrote to us saying that the H1B deadline and the RIR conversion deadline made it impossible for them to travel to New York City. We are pleased now to make these DVDs (together with extensive printed materials) of these workshops available to attorneys across the country. For more info, please see:

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Conversation With An "Out Of Status" Alien
Cyrus Mehta re-enacts a hypothetical conversation with an "out of status" alien.


USCIS Issues Service Center And Lockbox Receipting Update
USCIS announced that it had experienced a tremendous increase in the number of applications filed, which has resulted in a front log of cases awaiting data-entry.

USCIS Memo Provides Guidance On Constructive Custody For Special Immigrant Juvenile Status Applicants
USCIS Deputy Director Scharfen issued a memo adopting Matter of Perez Quintanilla as a USCIS Adopted Decision. This AAO decision provides guidance regarding the determination of constructive custody for applicants for special immigrant juvenile status pursuant to section 101(a)(27)(J)(iii)(I) of the INA, 8 USC 1101(a)(27)(J)(iii)(I).

USCIS Memo Provides Guidance On Determining Cuban Citizenship
USCIS Deputy Director Scharfen issued a memo adopting Matter of Vazquez as a USCIS Adopted Decision. This AAO decision provides guidance regarding the determination of Cuban citizenship for the purposes of adjustment under Pub. L. 89-732 (November 2, 1966), as amended, the Cuban Adjustment Act.


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New Attorney - Memphis, TN
Siskind Susser Bland is pleased to announce that Elissa Taub has joined its Memphis, TN offices as an attorney. Elissa Taub was previously an attorney with White and Case LLP in Miami, Florida. Tel: 800-343-4890.


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Dear Editor:
In her zeal the praise the underdog, Barbara Ehrenreich's Article (08/20/07 ID) misses the point of America's immigration mess. But then, she makes her living in the ivory tower of literature, not toiling in the trenches of real-world immigration and profits whether or not there is true immigration reform. Ms. Ehrenreich's Article says America is indebted to illegals for coming here to work. In fact, illegal aliens owe a debt of gratitude to the most hospitable and welcoming people on earth - the American people. It is through their good graces that they are here, inextricably embedded in so many American communities. As Ms. Ehrenreich's Article points out, illegals earn their money for "trabajo," and darned good trabajo it is. But they are illegal because over the past thirty or forty years, the system of illegal immigration has been so easy and there has been no need for legal legislation that would allow these workers to come out of the shadows and work legally. And that's the problem American employers have been silent and Congress has been asleep. Had illegal immigration really been stopped, as the employer sanctions legislation of the 1986 Amnesty era promised, America would have had "comprehensive immigration reform" long ago, because US employers would have demanded it. Now, this novel idea of immigration reform has mushroomed into what is seemingly an unsolvable catastrophe, an us-against-them mentality of political and social wrangling that serves nobody good. America needs workers, but American employers must pay a living wage. And America needs its welfare recipients to take responsibility for themselves, to learn where babies come from, to take the menial jobs or to get educated and rise above their milieu of turnstile poverty. In the meantime, America needs legal temporary and permanent foreign workers, but it does not need illegals.

David D. Murray, Esq.
Newport Beach, CA

Dear Editor:
Responding to Robert Gittelson's letter (08/20/07 ID), his letter quoted that the crime rate having fallen 34% since 1994. I did an indepth study on U.S. crime and The U.S. Department of Justice website shows crime at 3% in 2003 and since has doubled. Also Justice Departments of the states show a substantial increase in all violent crime. You can contact the justice departments of most U.S. states an receive the website to find the crime ratio used by all states and the federal statistics as well as foreign countries. The US prison's are at an all time high with felons, many illegals. shows the US to be the most violent country in violent crimes in the world and it certainly has never gone down since 1994. I would suggest one double checks the data. I did a detailed 1000 page report for district court and Sir, crime did not go down since 1994.

David Utterback

Dear Editor:
Mr. Utterback's letter (08/20/07 ID) wrote about migrant guest workers in other countries and that those workers shouldn't be allowed to use "public" facilities. If they can afford and willing to pay, why can't they buy and use them? Public parks, libraries etc. are free to use for everyone be them guests or native residents. Services like education and health care shouldn't be free for anybody. Citizens must pay tax or have insurance, poor citizens or non citizens must pay in cash or find charity to pay for it. If many folks here complaint about how illegal immigrants use welfare for "free" then blame the welfare state system then. Many lazy US citizens also abuse the welfare, and I never see anybody complained about it here. US public schools must charge $ 20-100 per month per pupil, whether they're citizens or not and we must start to reduce or abolish property taxes, because it's unfair and doesn't make sense for childless property owners to pay somebody elses' kids to go to school. Sovereign countries have their immigration laws, but however stricts they're, they still have their own "illegal immigrants" and they can't limit the desire of human beings to pursue better freedom, happiness, opportunity in this planet nor guarantee that their citizens can take anything for granted and are not subject to global competition. If those "guest workers" are smart enough to be business owners, scientists, technicians etc. so why we must limit their opportunity, rights and ability to contribute even more to this country or their other adoptive countries then? Does it make any sense to let them just to be domestic helpers, maids etc?

Robert Yang

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