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Immigration Daily March 26, 2009
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Jailed Without Justice

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Amnesty International published a report called "Jailed Without Justice: Immigration Detention in the USA" which raises concerns over due process and conditions of detention. "More than 400,000 people a year are detained by immigration officials in the United States - including undocumented immigrants, legal immigrants who run afoul of the law and asylum seekers who come fleeing persecution - but according to a report released today by Amnesty International, conditions are often deplorable and detainees are routinely denied due process. It's the second major human rights report in a week to indict the nation's immigration detention system. "

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Today Is Deadline For Comparing E-2 and EB-5 Investments

Today is the the deadline for the Thursday, March 26th phone session of the seminar series Investor Options For Beginners, the curriculum is as follows:

  • Amount of Investment
  • Type of Investment
  • Employment Creation
  • Source of Funds
  • Risk
  • Involvement of the Investor
  • Timing
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Consular Practice: A Comprehensive View
Liam Schwartz, et al. share the citations for a recently concluded seminar.

Perspective: The Markets Easy Touch
Joseph S. Fulda for the Foundation For Economic Education writes "America's infatuation with the idea that we can somehow reform government with the stroke of a pen ignores the role of incentives and disincentives in shaping behavior."

Bloggings On Immigration Law And Policy
Greg Siskind writes "Senator Mel Martinez of Florida, one of the very small group of pro-immigration Republicans, is pressing the White House to get them moving on immigration reform."

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USCIS Releases AILA Meeting QA
USCIS released questions and answers from USCIS's meeting with AILA on March 19, 2009.

EOIR Issues OCAHO Fact Sheet
Executive Office for Immigration Review published a fact sheet on the Office of the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer explaining types of OCAHO cases, and how OCAHO receives cases related to employer sanctions and document fraud.


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State School Board Bars Frederick Illegal Immigration Checks
Frederick County public school students cannot be forced to disclose their citizenship status to county officials, the Maryland State Board of Education ruled Tuesday.

Mexicans Praise US Border Security Measures
U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano's announcement Tuesday that nearly 500 agents and support personnel will be sent to the U.S.-Mexico border would once have drawn criticism in Mexico.

Cardinal Calls For End To Immigration Raids
The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops on Saturday called on the White House to end immigration raids that split up families.

Pros, Cons Of Immigration Enforcement Heard At Forum
Feelings were mixed when about 30 people turned out in Lawrenceville Tuesday night to talk about Gwinnett County's implementation of a federal program aimed at illegal immigrants.


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Immigration Book
New World Women Workbook including Letters of Mexican village women to loved ones in the United States by Artesanas Campesinas, 135 pp., Softcover, $9.77,


Readers can share comments, email: (up to 300-words). Past correspondence is available in our archives

Dear Editor:
Regarding the letter of Cornelius D. Scully (03/24/09 ID): Actually, I worked for the real Dick Scully in the visa office of old. Before e-mail and cheap international telephone calling arrived, there were a whole set of different visa brevity codes for use in cables -- greek letters for communications between posts (Visas Alpha was a request for any information another post had about an applicant, and the reply was usually Visas Delta, no derogatory information at post); animals for communications to the Department (Visas Bear was originally an advisory opinion request for a Soviet official); numbers for communications from the Department (e.g., Visas Ninety-two, which authorized refugee processing for the dependents of an alien who had been granted asylum). It was actually all an effort to save money in telegram billing by consolidating words. Similarly, you will still hear old conoffs (Consular officers) like me talk about Amcits (American citizens), Codels (Congressional delegations), and ALDACs (cables sent to all diplomatic And consular posts). At my last firm there were times that none of the other attorneys understood me at all. None of these were ever derogatory or complimentary -- they are just jargon adopted when every word cost money.

Ben Lowe, Esq.

Dear Editor:
Since you feature in ID immigrants of the week: There is a newspaper article "We Are All Immigrant" from the March 1 Denver Post regarding a Colorado man who records and airs on radio the stories of immigrants in an effort to rectify the negativity too often associated with the word "immigrant". I found it very interesting what one determined citizen can do to improve the public impression.

Margaret Makar, Esq.

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