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Immigration Daily March 26, 2008
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Obama Clinton McCain

The three major contenders for President this November are Senators Obama, Clinton and McCain. Here is a quick preview of how immigration benefits might fare under these three possible presidencies (bear in mind that immigration legislation is controversial and generally difficult to muster votes for).

The analysis begins with the likely shape of Congress next year. Here, the ground appears to favor Democrats. In the House of Representatives, the Democratic majority will likely increase by the low single digits or decrease by the high single digits. Either way, it appears that the Demcrats will keep their majority in the House. In the Senate, Democrats appear poised to increase their majority by 3 to 6 seats. Either way, the Democrats will likely fall short of a filibuster proof majority, thus guaranteeing that on some issues, the Republicans will be able to block bills. Thus the three possible presidencies should be viewed within the context of Democratic majorities in both the House and the Senate in the next Congress.

If Sen. Clinton were President, Senate passage of immigration benefits could be problematic since a Republican filibuster against an initiative from a President Clinton may be easier to sustain than against another Democrat. The fundamental issue if either Democrat were to be elected President - Sen. Clinton or Sen. Obama - is that immigration will likely not be high on the list of Presidential priorities in the next Congress. The Iraq war, health care, energy, the economy - all these might prevent any Democratic presidential push on immigration. If Sen. McCain were President, however, the list of Presidential priorities would be quite different: war against Al-Qaeda, tax cuts, and spending cuts. A President McCain may well want to work on immigration early on to show that he is a centrist President and does not govern from one end of the political spectrum. To sum up, from a purely immigration benefits perspective, an Obama presidency would be better than a Clinton presidency, and a McCain presidency would likely be the best option.

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Putting Theory To Work: Using Current US Immigration Policy To Tax and Destroy Legitimate Businesses
Gerard M. Chapman writes "The current enforcement only immigration policy of the US government is roundly applauded by those who contend that "We are a nation of laws; let's act like it!" They would be less excited about that policy if they understood it is a policy of tax and destroy."

Bloggings: March 26, 2008
Joel Stewart shares the latest entries to his blog.

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USCIS Answers National Stakeholder Questions
USCIS published its responses to national stakeholder questions from its February 26, 2008 USCIS National Stakeholder meeting.


Help Wanted: Immigration Professionals
USCIS is currently hiring for Applications Adjudicators, applications accepted through Wednesday, April 2, 2008. We seek to fill several hundred entry-level Applications Adjudicator positions at the GS-5/7/9 grade levels in the following locations: Dallas, Texas; Lincoln, Nebraska; St. Albans, Vermont; Laguna Nigel, California; and Lees Summit, Missouri. As an Applications Adjudicator, you may plan and conduct independent research concerning eligibility and entitlement of persons seeking benefits, review case documentation to determine legal sufficiency and make recommendations, and perform preliminary fact-finding and initiate further action where information indicates fraud has been detected and review and making determinations on cases. For more information about USCIS career opportunities and how to apply, see here. Please reference Vacancy ID # FCIP-177028. Interested applicants are encouraged to act fast. EOE.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
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Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Charlotte, NC - USCIS Office of the Chief Counsel (OCC) seeks experienced attorney for the position of Associate Regional Counsel, USCIS OCC, Southeast Region. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, providing legal advice to the Charlotte, NC field office and other field offices on immigration benefits related matters including adjudications involving issues of national security. Applicants must possess JD degree from ABA accredited law school, be an active bar member, and have 1+ year post JD experience practicing law. Preference will be given to applicants with immigration experience, experience in federal court litigation and strong writing skills. For full details, enter COU-CIS-2008-0003 here. Applicants must submit (1) resume, (2) writing sample (10 pps. max), (3) references (4) cover letter. Send to: All submissions must be received by close of business Monday, March 24, 2008. GS-13-15, position open until filled. No reimbursement expenses offered.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
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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:
A real estate attorney proposed to me recently that one of the contributing factors in the sub prime meltdown is the increased enforcement of legal employment and the targeting of aliens, making it harder for them to earn a living. As some 40% (his quote, I didn't seek to verify it) of all mortgages given since 2000 are for aliens, it does stand to reason that as many have found it increasingly difficult to work, they would have trouble meeting mortgage obligations contracted in more forgiving times. Thus leading to more pressure on the housing market at and contributing to its downward slide. Anyone have any thoughts on this?

R. Black, Esq.
Jacksonville, FL

Dear Editor:
Rarely does one get the opportunity to observe a dangerous euphemism squarely in the eye as one does by reading Mr. Prchal's letter (03/25/08 ID) in response to a prior letter which presumably intimated that much of the immigration opponent's motivations are racism. Based on the opinions expressed in his letter, it appears to me that the letter writer has not read US history. The second and third generations of immigrants to our country have always evolved into a fairly predictable division of conservatives, liberals, faith believers, atheists, geniuses and idiots. Whent the first waves of Italian immigrants landed, many of whom were agricultural peasants, in New York at the turn of the century many jingoistic voices were raised against them on the basis of their cultural differences. In our midwest there were articles in newspapers written about the culturally antagonistic Hungarians and other eastern Europeans. Now, most of us do not even notice the descendents of these formerly exotic Europeans in our midst...Italian/American conservative justices of the Supreme Court, East European industrial barons. Perhaps one thinks the immigrant antecedents of these people came on a special ship or were subjected to a unique selection method. Forgive my facetiousness. It is precipitated by non-think. One has heard these stories before so there is little interest in repeating them, but the point to be made here is that the course of human history is like a quickly moving torrent. The children and grandchildren of immigrants blend in very quickly to our culture so one should not be so concerned by the eccentricities of their parents. If one needs any more evidence of this, just pay attention to the host of spanish surnames which grace the badges of many USCBP and USICE field agents.

Ramon Carrion, Esq.

Dear Editor:
Robert Gittelson's letter (3/25/08 ID), seems to be sincere in the beliefs stated therein which unfortunately does not guarantee correct conclusions. Simply using negative language regarding restrictionists and positive terms, erroneous conclusions and wishful thinking about the letter's stated positions does not make the case. The comment, "...the vast majority of CIR proponents do not favor open borders", is devious as the amnesty that CIR would achieve results in exactly that as the l986 fiasco demonstrated by simply legalizing what is illegal and encouraging more illegal entry. Deportation of illegals by removal and attrition is not, a "cruel approach" or does it go, "...against the Judeo-Christian values upon which our country was built", since Jesus said, "Enter ye in at the strait gate" (Matthew 7:13) and it is the proper remedy for illegal entry and the law of the land. Further, John Tanton has greater credibility on immigration since, in addition to his stellar record on environmental concerns, he's a retired eye surgeon whose occupation did not depend upon illegals as presumably Mr. Gittelson's LA garment mfg. operation or his wife's immigration law practice does. So while the conclusions that illegals "...generate... much more revenue then they use" and that, "...they are a net plus to our economy", may be true in his household, it doesn't hold true for many of the rest of us who bear the burden of the many shifted costs. These include actual costs of: education, crime, insurance, litigation, welfare, healthcare, social services, prisons, etc. in the hundreds of billions. Some costs can't be assigned a dollar value such as overcrowding, quality of life, social conflicts, and more. What is cheap labor to some is very expensive to others, and the "others" no longer can or wish to endure it for the profit and/or agenda of a few.

Jim Roberts

Dear Editor:
Responding to Steve Cedillos's letter (03/25/08 ID) in response to a letter by Ken Roberts (03/24/08 ID), if Ken Roberts's letter really stated what Cedillos's letter implies, I would have to disavow the opinions expressed in Roberts's letter. However I can tell that catagoically I would not be having agreement with Cedillos's letter. I must question those advocating open borders and comprehensive immigration reform. What limit does one place on what you want?

Peter Griswold

Dear Editor:
I wonder of why no nativists here ever question about the legality and morality of the Pilgrims, Congressman Tancredo's grandpa and Lou Dobbs' immigrant ancestors when they set foot here. And also the morality and legality of their respective ancestors to colonize other worlds and annexed them while they deny the same standard on recently arrived immi- grants and treat them so inhumane and unjust and deny the very basic rights as human beings to survive and seek better opportunities. Immigration laws today serve none but selfish people who think they have rights to survive and seek better life themselves but not others who they think would be their new competitors in the neighborhood. Unless African Americans fought their rights as human beings, it would be still "illegal" for them to sit on the public buses section reserved only for white European passsengers. Which part of discriminatory laws we should be proud of like limiting other human beings' rights to sell their honest labor because we hate them doing so for less than ours. Folks that are still dreaming that closing the border and kicking out immigrants will ensure no more competition out there, should grow up and wake up to the reality.

Robert Yang

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