Terrorism Is An Excuse
An FBI graph illustrates that the number of terrorist incidents in the US (1980-2005) is on the decline. The FBI also publishes a an official list providing a chronological summary of terrorist incidents in the US (1980-2005). As you can see from this list, the overwhelming number of terrorist activities since 2001 have been limited to primarily arson, vandalism, and destruction of property, resulting in no fatalities or injuries. Most of the terrorist events identified by FBI over the last five years were perpetrated by the Earth Liberation Front and the Animal Liberation Front. These mundane official FBI data are a far cry from the visions of horrors committed by Al-Qa'ida. FBI name checks have been cited as an effective deterrant against future terrorist activity; hence, the protracted delays in FBI name checks have been proclaimed necessary. This list proves otherwise. The FBI name check delays that have prevented many immigrants from receiving their green cards is unnecessary and we urge Congress to step in and take ameliorative action.
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Deadline Is Tuesday, December 11th For Nurse Retention, Recruitment, Culture
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PERM With Joel Stewart
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Bloggings: December 11, 2007
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USCIS Provides Latest Application And Receipting Update
USCIS released the latest application and receipting update, dated December 7, 2007.
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David Murray letter's excellent suggestion in the 12/7/07 issue, to bring an action in the nature of Mandamus to force the government to complete citizenship cases, does not go far enough. While I was still practicing I would put in notice of intent to apply for attorney fees under the Equal Access To Justice Act. This notice had the effect of giving the US Attorney on the case to look for a rapid conclusion to the case, wherein the case would be completed within a set time if I would forego my EAJA claim. This is effective because the Service has a good reason to agree - the EAJA funds come out of the Service's budget. If the courts were filled with these actions, I am certain the problem would quickly resolve itself.
Haven't you heard? It is illegal immigrants to which Lou Dobbs is objecting. Name a time when Lou Dobbs was critical of legal immigrants? Why does everyone insist on confusing the issue?
The current name check delay has shown the arbitrary nature of the USCIS and FBI in treatment to legal immigrants. Innocent legal immigrants wait 3 to 6 years simply for a "file review" caused by an ineffective software densign (see 12/6/07 ID comment).
I am working in a national lab, where nearly 90% of the immigrant scientists have been waiting for the Name Check results for more than 2 years, though they have all passed similar checks when they started their jobs here. Some people are still waiting, but several outstanding researchers have already been back to their home countries for new jobs. As a bystander, I sadly see that the current FBI name check process is harming the interest of this country and this harm is so deep that it will affect the position of this nation in a highly competitive world. May the bureaucrats in USCIS and FBI wake up and do something for people?
"Separately, Immigration Daily has learned that USCIS expects a 40% reduction in FBI name check delays by year-end." Does "year-end" refer to Dec 31, 2007 or does it refer to some other date such as the end of the government fiscal year in the Fall of 2008? (see 12/6/07 ID comment).
Editor's note: We understand that USCIS committed in mid-November 2007 to completing 40% of the accumulated backlog in name check cases by December 31, 2007.
Has anyone wondered whether the slowdown in FBI name checks (which I thought were actually done by the CIA - doesn't the FBI check fingerprints only, or is my information wrong or out of date?) might be deliberate, in order to slow down immigration as part of the far right wing agenda. If that makes me a conspiracy theorist, so be it (see 12/6/07 ID comment).
After 9/11, many ideas were proposed to increase security. Now, nobody but nobody, wants to be part of an investigation if another attack should happen. The bureaucracy is in a CYA mode. Can you imagine if you were being investigated as to your actions that could have prevented a terrorist attack. If we get hit again, the first thing that will enter the minds of those that are responsible for our security is, can anybody point the finger at us. The second thing is, who can we point the finger if things get hot. Everybody will be on the defensive mode and willing to point the finger at someone else. This is why background checks were implemented, it sounds like a good idea and it's a good CYA action. Effectiveness is not an issue, it's just the way it is, and nobody in the system is going to say it's dumb, they just go along with it because it's a matter of CYA.
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