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Immigration Daily October 21, 2009
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The Wall Street Journal reports "Culturally, we remain a very open society. But that openness stands in sharp contrast to arcane U.S. immigration policies that discourage young scholars from settling in the U.S." For the full story, see here.

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Today Is Deadline For Nonimmigrant Visa Options For Physicians

Tuesday, October 20th is the deadline for the Wednesday, October 21st phone session of "Physicians For Experts" with speakers Robert Aronson (discussion leader), Wendy Hess, Khorzad Mehta, Ellie Najfabadi, Suzanne B. Seltzer, Greg Siskind and Barry Walker. The curriculum is as follows:

  • Required credentialing for H-1B purposes
  • Special considerations for Canadian H-1B physicians
  • Concepts of "extenuating circumstances" for waiver fulfillment
  • H-1B cap/cap-exemption considerations for physician employers
  • Current O-1 standards for "extraordinary ability"
  • Allowable scope of activity for Canadian TN physicians
Tuesday, October 20th is the deadline to sign up. For more info, including speaker bios, detailed curriculum, and registration information, please see: Online: Fax form: Don't delay, sign up today.


Immigrant Detention: Can ICE Meet Its Legal Imperatives And Case Management Responsibilities?
Donald Kerwin and Serena Yi-Ying Lin for the Migration Policy Institute explore "whether the ICE database and case tracking system adequately serve the agency's need to adhere to its legal mandates governing bond and parole, to adminster its custody review processes for post-removal order detainees, to assess the eligibility of detainees for alternative programs, and to abide by its national detention standards."

Business Immigration: Quebec Investor Category May provide Faster Route To Canadian Immigration
David Cohen writes "There are two Immigrant Investor programs: the Federal Investor program, and the Quebec Investor program."

Immigrants Of The Week: Jimmy Ishii, and Iqbal Theba
Greg Siskind celebrates the achievements of select immigrants.

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Supremes Grant Cert In Kiyemba v. Obama
The Supreme Court agreed to review Kiyemba, et al. v. Obama (08-1234) which involves immigration-related issues.


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Supreme Court To Hear Appeal Of Uighurs Still At Guantanamo
The case, Kiyemba v. Obama, is a potential landmark, pitting the power of the judiciary to vindicate constitutionally-protected habeas corpus rights against the power of the White House and Congress to police US borders and enforce immigration laws.

Trust But E-Verify
Instead of trying to completely re-work the immigration system, lawmakers ought to focus on a few parts of the problem. Solve them piece by piece.

Maryland Reaction to Immigration Reform Proposal Foreshadows National Debate
If the reaction from Maryland-area politicians, academic experts and advocacy groups to a new immigration reform proposal is any indication, the upcoming debate on the issue will be vehement and contentious.

Am I A Racist For Thinking The 'Illegal Alien' Costume Is Funny?
If anything, the orange-jumpsuit costume comes across more as a riff on anti-immigrant hysterics.


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Immigration Book
Achieving Anew: How New Immigrants Do in American Schools, Jobs, and Neighborhoods By Michael J. White and Jennifer E. Glick,Russell Sage Foundation Publications, 226 pp., Hardcover, ISBN: 0871549204, $28.50,


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

Dear Editor:
Jim Roberts' 10/20 letter says "the R.Yang rant makes the Chinese exclusion act seem like a stroke of genius" . ID is to be commended for giving space to many different points of view about immigration, even those that may come close to the line of being racist in meaning, spirit or tone. But the above comment is of an entirely different order. It praises a law which once tried to bar an entire race of people from America's shores merely because someone with a Chinese name wrote a letter that the Roberts letter disagrees with. I fail to see how this would be any different from writing a letter saying that the Holocaust was a good idea because someone with a Jewish name had expressed a view different from the letter writer's, or that dropping the bomb on Hiroshima served someone with a Japanese name right for airing an opinion about immigration that the letter writer in question might find objectionable. Am I missing something?

Roger Algase, Esq.
New York, NY

Dear Editor:
I visited John F.'s (10/20/2009 ID) beautiful state of Maine a couple of years ago. When my wife and I entered a little breakfast restaurant down by the waterfront in Portland , as I looked into the kitchen, I saw no Mexicans. Feeling a little out of my element, one of the first things I said to my wife, was, "Where are all the illegals?" Apparently, every worker was, at least visibly, 100 red-blooded American. But what is a red-blooded American? In Maine, I doubt they really know - they think they all look like them. Here in California they come in every shape, size, color, ethnicity, religion, and culture you can imagine. And that's what makes California great. But unlike Maine, here in California, as in Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada and Texas, we have many illegals and many of those illegals work in agriculture. Thousands and thousands of them. I invite John F. out here to California, to go to Disneyland, enjoy our weather, our sun, and our perspective on life. I invite him to the Central Valley, or the Imperial Valley, where he can apply for a job as a stoop laborer in the fields for nine bucks an hour, working out in the hot sun from dawn to dusk, planting and harvesting crops. Yes, there are jobs Americans wont do. Oh, you think they will? Then I invite each and every unemployed person in the US come take the jobs away from the illegals. But they won't come, because Americans will not take those jobs. I don't believe illegals should take them either, but I do believe in the formulation of a workable immigration system that gives points toward permanent residence for years toiling in the fields as a legal nonimmigrant. That is comprehensive immigration reform, not Amnesty.

David D. Murray, Esq.
Newport Beach, CA

Dear Editor:
So presume that immigration reform happens for all undocumented workers. All those millions of undocumented can immediately come in to register and get a green card. Their eventual citizenship becomes assured. They get for nearly all the benefits of a citizen. They can even work and live anywhere, join any organization, and even run for public office. What happens to the millions who want to follow them? What happens to their millions of relatives? What happens all those who want to emigrate here legally? What happens all those supporters who earned income representing them? What happens to the cost of aiding all those who need assistance? This huge increase will cause all other immigration untenable. Without fully controlled borders, this problem will never go away.

Peter G.
Los Angeles, CA

Dear Editor:
Regarding yesterday's Articles and Letters (10/20/09 ID), I apologize for the error in referencing "Gen. 8" which should have been Genesis 11:8 where the Lord denied the attempt at Babel for a "NWO" and: "scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth" with separate languages and culture. This topic and migrations are further discussed in Article (b): "Observations On J. R. Edwards, Jr., 'A Biblical Perspective On Immigration Policy' where Guatemala immigrant M. Daniel Carroll Rodas writes "My hope is that this presentation will be helpful to those who are advocates for immigrants, both documented and undocumented." The article hits it's narrow goal as it does nothing for the advocates of law, order, sovereignty or reasoned debate. The article presumes to speak for God in declaring that: "immigration policy at its heart is about helping the less fortunate as special creatures of God instead of that other framework that is defined by a defensive stance towards those from elsewhere who are seen as a threat; it is about welcoming the one in need, not about emphasizing boundaries and exclusion". No comment is seen as to why persons can't fulfill their destinies in their own lands, but have to migrate to US for this, even if illegally. But such lightweight, Liberal, self-serving, presumptuous, recontexting is much easier than addressing the more difficult or impossible task of rebutting the many substantive arguments and references of the J. R. Edwards article being critiqued. Both articles should be read by ID readers to form their own opinions.

Jim Roberts

Dear Editor:
What my letter and my opinion is really about, is simple. If the government and all involved in immigration were not so busy being overly concerned about illegal aliens, they would be able to pay attention to legal immigrants, who abide by your rules, and in most cases are self sufficient, tax paying people, who bring a wealth of knowledge and experience with them. Professional knowledge needed and welcomed by not only the USA, but most western countries. Once another amnesty is granted, what do legal immigrants get in return for following the law? How about waiving the 5 year wait for citizenship? I am in your country, grateful for being allowed to be here, willing to share my expertise, and not really expecting your government to waive the 5 yr period. They have a long standing rule about that, and why should it be changed for me? Well the same goes for illegal immigrants. There are rules, You follow them and you're not entitled to anything else. As for the Mr Algasse comment about Americans being for the underdog (10/20/09 ID). Every time I board an airplane, they always tell me to pull the oxygen mask over my own mouth, before helping those that need help. Depriving myself of oxygen is no good to anyone.

Linda Cogill

Dear Editor:
In the first place this lawyer could have been a criminal lawyer with very little knowledge of any consequences to the impact of the immigration law(10/20/09 ID). Consequently whatever an immigrant has issues that can affect him in an immigration court it is to his advantage to look he gets to represent him in the criminial court unless this is lawyer that was given by the court to represent him then no one is to blame but himself/herself.

Gladys C. Farris

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