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  • Practice Pointers for Presenting TN Applications By Leslie Holman
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  • Adjustment Of Status For Professional Nurses By Sylvia Boecker
  • Building International Bridges By Commission On Graduates Of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS International)
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  • Licensure: US State Licenses For International Nurses By Patrick Curran
  • Immigration Basics For Allied Professional Healthcare Workers By Christopher Musillo
  • Managing Or Achieving Expectations: The Key To Success By Michael Hammond
  • Global Issues In Nurse Recruitment By Joseph Curran
  • The Nurse Shortage: Why It Matters By Carl Shusterman
  • Deadly Consequences: The Hidden Impact Of Americas Nursing Shortage By Stuart Anderson
  • Aiding And Abetting - Nursing Crises At Home And Abroad By Sreekanth Chagaturu and Snigdha Vallabhaneni
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  • The Business Of Nurse Immigration By Mireille Kingma
  • Recruitment Of Workers In The Philippines: Playing Ball With The POEA By Ronald Nair
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  • Nurse Assimilation By Yvette Mooney
  • Hospitals' Responses To Nurse Staffing Shortages By Jessica May, Gloria Bazzoli and Anneliese Gerland
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Apaches Rise To Defend Homelands From Homeland Security
Brenda Norrell writes "Apache land owners on the Rio Grande told Homeland Security to halt the seizure of their lands for the U.S.-Mexico border wall on Jan. 7, 2008."

Electronic Employment Eligibility Verification: Franz Kafka's Solution To Illegal Immigration
Jim Harper writes "Mission creep" all but guarantees that the federal government would use an Electronic Employment Verification system to extend federal regulatory control over Americans' lives even further.

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USCIS On Somalia National TPS QAs
USCIS issued questions and answers on the 18-month extension of temporary protected status for Somalia Nationals.

USCIS Director Gonzalez On Naturalization Backlog
USCIS Director Gonzalez in a statement to members of the House Appropriations Committee that USCIS had lowered its original processing projections for naturalization from 18 months to 14-16 months.


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The Institute for the Study of International Migration is pleased to announce "The H-1B & L-1 Visa Programs: Identifying Problems and Solutions", Georgetown University. 8:30-10:00 am, Friday, March 28, 2008. Georgetown University Law Center, McDonough Hall, Room 437, 600 New Jersey Ave., NW, Washington, DC. To RSVP, contact: Alexander Gee at (202) 687-2258 or


Readers are welcome to share their comments, email: (300-words or fewer preferred). Many letters to the Editor refer to past correspondence, available in our archives.

Dear Editor:
Contra the letter to the editor of Ben, ID 3/13/08, I have met a number of members of 'vigilante groups', and of La Raza. Neither group consists mostly of the goose-stepping morons one would expect from reading their most, ahem, 'outspoken' ranters. In my experience, vigilantes save (from adverse environmental conditions) more illegals than they harm, and certainly commit far fewer depredations upon illegals and immigrants than smugglers like 'snakeheads' and 'coyotes' do. Similarly, La Raza seems more involved in staging parties than in actually propagating some sort of neo-Aztec master race, no matter the vile rantings of it's 'theorists'. It is important not to reassure oneself of the rightness of one's cause by demonizing the adherents of others more than one should. There are groups that are truly evil, like the afore-mentioned neo-Nazis, or fans of Comrades Castro and Chavez, but tarring comparatively benign groups with the same brush risks diluting the salutary sting in such identifications.

Honza Prchal, Esq.
Birmingham, AL

Dear Editor:
As much as we must honor the US military who fought in Europe in WW II, let's not sentimentalize whose freedoms we were protecting (see ID 03/13/08 comment). It was England and France and several other European nations we protected from becoming "gestapo states," and we did a very poor job for those in Eastern Europe, who we turned over to the Soviet Union. And, lest we forget, we abandoned many Jews to the mercies of the gestapo state when we did not allow them entry as refugees, turning some away when they were only miles from our shores. We are doing an equally poor job of managing immigration issues now, and an even worse job of solving an issue that we, via our elected officials, created by fashioning immigration statutes based on a short-sighted view of our labor needs, a zenophobic fear of foreign languages and brown people, and a small-minded perception of the weight and heft of the global economy. While we are a long way from being a gestapo state, some of us are uncomfortable with the vicious level of anti-immigration frenzy we hear in language that unhappily compares with Germany in 1930. Added to the wildly racist discussions on talk radio and the popular rush to pile on punishments and enforcement to the detriment of our economy, the mindlessness of those who only want to scream the word "illegal" is chilling. Evil thoughts bring evil deeds, and surely we should do better and can provide, sometimes, wise words and good solutions.

Nancy-Jo Merritt, Esq.
Phoenix, AZ

Dear Editor:
As an immigration attorney and a veteran, I do not see how the Legion can cry foul when a bulk of their data is biased and from FAIR or it's appendage, Center for Immigration Studies (see ID 03/13/08 comment). In addition, the information advanced regarding prior amnesties is just plain wrong. I support our legal system and the "rule of law," but only advocating the deportation-only, closed borders agenda conflicts with other principles present in our legal system, such as 4th amendment rights and due process. At one point in our country's history, the law recognized that these rights were inherent and not born of government action or military strength. I do not think our country can strictly pursue the deportation-only agenda without violating the legal rights of those who are here legally or others who simply happen to look "foreign." How does voicing concerns for the legal rights of these individuals make one wrong? There are many facets to this issue; relying on information from one side of the issue is not only irresponsible, it limits the desirability of membership in an organization that has taken such action.

Anthony Weigel, Esq.
Kansas City, MO

Dear Editor:
Seriously, ID's response to the Legion report was so hysterical, I couldn't believe it (see ID 03/13/08 comment). ID didn't address any important points of the article, but immediately got suckered into going off about a couple of minor idiocies in the report, and completely forgot to be logical, professional, knowledgeable, organized, or sensical in your response. ID should be responding point by point, starting with the opening allegation, complete with US Code cites, that illegal immigration is a Federal crime. So, any attorney who entertains an illegal alien at the office is also guilty of a Federal crime? The statute is pretty clear. What does ID have to say about that? ID can't just skip over that and start calling the American Legion Nazis. That's like admitting that they are right, even though ID doesn't like them. If ID can't make some sense, in a professional way, and can't avoid the hysterical political diatribes, ID is going to lose me, for sure.

John E. Shorkey

Dear Editor:
I support the American Legion's position on illegal immigration (see ID 03/13/08 comment). There is a war going on right here in this country. And if anyone recognizes a war - it is a veteran. We have illegal immigrants using their children as weapons and corporations holding decent paying jobs hostage. It is a problem that will bring down this country. Also if immigrants who have served our country in the military want to be treated equally and as Americans, could you please tell me why SF3006 is going through the Minnesota senate? This type of legislation is a waste of our time and money. It only shows to us that Mexican Americans want to be treated better than other Americans who serve our country. In my opinion if this is what they want, they are fighting for the wrong country. Or maybe they are fighting for our country? Equality under the law?? Then why the preferential treatment?

Jeanne Amey
Minneapolis, MN

Dear Editor:
As a retired LtCol (USMC), I take personal exception to the contents and the tone of their 50 page document, and their statement that what the report states is the consensus of the members of the American Legion couldn't be further from the truth (see ID 03/13/08 comment). It's my belief that the majority of those veterans they claim as their membership (2.7 million) would agree with me that their report does not reflect our views. It's evident the report they published was based on nothing more than information provided by one of the John Tanton organizations. The Legion's two "reference sources" - FAIR and CIS - are both advocates of anti-immigration. In fact one of them actually stood up is a conference meeting in Arizona and stated it was their intention of getting the population of the United States back to less than 150 million citizens. Thanks for ID - I read each of them that I receive. I hope we will be able to get new comprehensive immigration law soon to replace the garbage we currently have. I oppose any fence being built on any of our borders. Those funds could be put to better use if they tried to invest in Mexico's infrastructure. I oppose any form of a national ID card, and I oppose their efforts to clamp down on the employers who have to use immigrant labor to keep their business afloat. I would also like to see the ICE raids stop until such time as they give us another immigration bill to is geared to our economic needs. Being 75 years old and a military veteran who retired in 1980, they should understand that we are heading into a period when about half of our current population will be of retirement age and without the immigrants, there is no way will be able to hold things together.

Morris R. Roberts

Dear Editor:
Last year I wrote an ID article on what I perceive to be an anti-Latino racism element to this debate. Certainly, nothing has happened over the past year to change my perception about that. On the other hand, recently I've come to understand that this anti-Latino racism is but one element of what to my dismay is in reality a much more pervasive and entrenched social phenomenon. We are, in fact, a country of racially biased groups. While on the one hand, it would seem that there are many people that have been none-too-subtle about their anti-Latino leanings, they are certainly not alone in their racial bias. There are clearly, though perhaps more subtlety, other biass pervasively at work in our society. How else can we possibly explain how a black candidate can garner some 90% support among black voters in a primary race, where a female candidate can lay claim to some 70% support among female voters in the very same primary election? It would be bias, not to mention short sighted, of me not to point this out. I certainly can't condemn bias on behalf of the right, and then condone it when I see it on the left. I'm all for bringing truths, even unpleasant or ugly truths, out into the open. Perhaps it is politically incorrect to mention this in public, but then again, perhaps conceptually, political incorrectness is part and parcel of this problem. We need to be able to discuss our social and political issues as human beings, not whites, or blacks, or Latinos, or men, or women, or citizens. Just people. If we are, as a society, going to be able to unlock the gridlock on immigration reform, then we need to address the concept that there is gridlock inherent in all racial polarization.

Robert Gittelson

Dear Editor:
Re: Legion Dishonors The Uniform (03/13/08 ID), I disagree. The issue is not with immigrants (legal) it is with illegal immigrants. The American Legion is putting our nation and it's sovereignty first and those who come here illegally second. While we can find exceptions within every situation it's imperative we look at the over-all picture in decision making. There are many fine illegal aliens who do contribute, and legislation to date does not do a good enough job of deciding who comes, stays or goes. The majority of the info focuses on the Latino aspect of the problem since this is where the greatest amount of damage is being done - that we know of, that is. My 2 cents worth.

Mary Beth Arnodussen

Dear Editor:
We applaud the American Legion for their recent Report (see ID 3/13/08 Comment). It's about time they took a stand with their fellow American citizens regarding illegal immigration. Doesn't ID get it? Why does ID think so many states are enacting tougher laws to discourage ILLEGAL aliens from living there? Tougher laws are being enacted to go after employers that hire illegal aliens also. We applaud this progress. Whether ID likes it or not, the majority of Americans want to stop illegal immigration. Every day that goes by, more and more US citizens are taking a stand because they are fed up with our federal government not enforcing the law. We are sick and tired of seeing our tax dollars being used to the benefit of foreigners that are living here illegally. These foreigners have no rights here in the USA. We are tired of the double standard. Illegal aliens are allowed to break the law, whereas, American citizens are punished. Hooray for the American Legion for taking a stand. At this point, you better believe the majority of American people are giving the Legion their applause and support. Shame on ID for giving their Report such a negative response. ID's stance is being interpreted as Un-American.

Debra Bedoy

Dear Editor:
ID often misrepresents or skews the facts, but ID has outdone itself this time. I read ID's 3/13/08 Comment regarding the American Legion report regarding illegal immigration, and then I read the report. I thought I might find a rather "right wing" attack on immigrants - legal and illegal. What I found was a clear, well-written report, supported with a lot of facts and figures. Everyone should read the report and decide if the editor's comments are accurate. In the last sentence of his/her comments, ID wrote: "Immigration Daily honors America's immigrant veterans". Was this an intention or accidental slight to America's "citizen" veterans? ID's comments are entitled: "Legion Dishonors The Uniform". Either ID is trying to stir up controversy or just doesn't realize what a "hornets' nest" it may have stirred up. I'll bet that they'll hear from more than a few veterans.

John H. Frecker
Baileyville, ME

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