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Immigration Daily October 29, 2009
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Enforcement Hurts Labor

The Associated Press reports that an AFL-CIO report points out that the zealous enforcement of immigration laws is resulting in violation of labor protections for US citizens. "Workplace immigration raids during the Bush administration interfered with ongoing labor investigations and allowed employers to exploit workers who complained about conditions on the job, labor groups said in a report released Tuesday. The stepped-up immigration enforcement came at the expense of rigorous enforcement of labor protections that are guaranteed to all workers regardless of immigration status, the groups said."

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Today Is Deadline For India

Wednesday, October 28th is the deadline for the Thursday, October 29th phone session of the seminar series "Consular Processing For Experts" with speakers Liam Schwartz (discussion leader), Brian Bolton, Poorvi Chothani, Douglas Hauer, Magdale Labbe Henke, Kehrela Hodkinson, Michelle Lazerow, Steve Pattison, Lois Gimpel Shaukat and Anastasia Tonello. The curriculum is as follows:

Post-specific updates on visa processing issues at as many of the U.S. visa processing posts in India as possible, including:

  • Best practices for L-1 and H-1B visa processing in India
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  • Updates on the Security Advisory Opinion process.
  • Dealing with visa denials
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Consular Corner: October 2009
Liam Schwartz write "We are greatly honored to present the following interview with Consul General Julie A. Ruterbories, an award-winning member of the Senior Foreign Service."

The Left, The Right, And The State
George C. Leef for the Foundation For Economic Education writes "The Left, The Right, and The State, a collection of 103 essays by Llewellyn Rockwell, looks at the ways both the left and right use the State to pursue their goals."

Bloggings On Immigration Law And Policy
Greg Siskind writes "Soldiers who put their lives on the line to preserve the American way of life deserve better."

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USCIS Establishes Transitional Worker Program For CNMI
USCIS announced that it is creating a Transitional Worker visa classification in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI). See the announcement here and the faqs here.


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New Report From Labor Groups Makes Case For Immigration Reform
A report released today by leading labor organizations shows how the federal government's recent approach to workplace immigration enforcement has harmed efforts to protect both immigrant and native-born workers' rights while allowing unscrupulous employers to operate with near impunity.

Immigrants Sue Feds Over 2007 Raid
Ten New Haven residents intend to file a lawsuit today against federal immigration agents and officials, accusing them of violating constitutional rights during the raids in New Haven on June 6, 2007.

Illinois Congressman: Immigration Reform Cannot Wait
Gutierrez explains why he thinks comprehensive immigration reform cannot wait any longer.

Arizona Renews Push To Criminalise Immigrants
Arizona could become the first state in the U.S. to criminalise the very presence of undocumented immigrants.


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Dear Editor:
Regarding ID Comment (10/28/09 ID): It seems to me that a big reason why EAD applications are down in 2009 as compared to 2008 is that many of the people who apply for EADs are I-485 applicants, and in 2008, USCIS was more consistent about issuing 24-month EADs rather than 12-month EADs for employment-based I-485 applicants with priority dates that were retrogressed. So it is possible that the reason there are a lot less I-765s filed at NSC is simply because the EADs issued in 2007 were more often only for 12 months whereas the EADs issued in 2008 were more often for 24 months. So if that is the case, there will be a 'surge' in 2010. Hopefully someone at USCIS will think this through. I can see them re-allocating resources and being totally unprepared for an apparent 'surge' in filings in spring 2010. Another reason for fewer EAD applications is that PERM approvals for the first 2 quarters of calendar year 2009 have been a trickle, and so no one is eligible to file I-485s because they don't have a PERM approval, or if they do, their priority date is not current. Plus, I suspect there are special programs like TPS that might impact EAD filings. The analysis in the article is very weak. I'm pretty sure there is zero relationship between border patrol apprehensions and I-765 applications filed at NSC. This is just some writer free associating between various random points of news regarding immigration.

Bob Webber, Esq.
Edina, MN

Dear Editor:
ID headline item, "Immigrants are why New York City became America's economic engine," (10/27/09 ID) said Bloomberg in a recent press conference where he announced his campaign platform for immigrant communities." is absolutely true, without huge streams of immigrants, New York, new Jersey and California would be depopulating basket-cases, and even culturally opposite red states like Texas and Alaska depend upon immigrant population to partially fuel their above-par growth. Population, even in cases of seeming breakdowns of local state and federal government, drives growth in a country as sparsely populated as ours. However, there is immigrant population that drives that far more than the typical illegal immigrant population does, and not just because illegal immigrants are locked out of many legal avenues to self-betterment and, more obviously, assimilation. A sane immigration policy would encourage those who are likely to be the highest performers and more effectively discourage illegal immigration. Instead we have chosen to privilege through a Rube-Goldberg immigration system a state of affairs where the largest numbers of migrants to this country are generally ill educated and unlikely to be civically engaged compared to immigrants from other countries, least likely to identify as Americans and most likely to harbor revanchiste and racial grievances against America's dominant Anglo culture and the American state. Mexicans are no worse than anyone else, but Mexicans who are exposed to schooling in the motherland are reared on a sense of grievance against America's wars against their various dictators. A sane immigration system would make it as easy for an educated Rumanian or Ecuadorian who can afford a plane ticket to come here legally as it is for an Oaxaca without basic literacy skills to come. Perhaps public choice theory can explain this marked inattention to the commonweal among our policy-makers.

Honza Prchal, Esq.
Birmingham, AL

Dear Editor:
Aside from David D. Murray's letter's apt and entertaining Biblical references (10/28/ID), there is one well-known passage that should settle once and for all the question of where the Bible stands concerning the wisdom of the current "attrition" and "enforcement-only" policies so favored in the letters of Jim Roberts and in numerous articles by restrictionista think tanks such as the Center for Immigration Studies. I refer to Exodus 22:21 (New International Version): "Do not mistreat an alien or oppress him, for you were aliens in Egypt." Some restictionista commentators have tried to argue that this and other similar Biblical passages apply only to temporary "sojourners", who, I suppose, would correspond to the "non-immigrant" category under current US immigration law, and not to people seeking to immigrate permanently. But even assuming the People of Israel were only "sojourners", not intending immigrants, in the Land of Egypt, the Bible still says that they stayed there for 400 years. Even Mr. Roberts' letters would have to admit that this is a rather long time for a temporary "sojourner" to stay on, even though, given the current retrogression in immigrant visa availability for many categories, it is not inconceivable that someone applying for permanent residence in the US might have to extend H-1B or other temporary status for 400 years while waiting for his or her priority date to become current.

Roger Algase, Esq.
New York, NY

Dear Editor:
Once again, I stress the importance of the semantics of immigration. Reference the letter of Gladys Farris (10/27/2009). Ms. Farris' letter so totally confuses the situation in its use of the term "nonimmigrant," when apparently referring to illegal aliens, that her letter's otherwise valid point looses all meaning. Nonimmigrants are persons who legally enter the United States on one of the letter-designated visas that allow legal status for a temporary period of a time, under the benefits and restrictions of each visa category. Ms. Farris' letter makes no sense whatsoever, for no bona fide "nonimmigrant" will have any fear of the immigration department, as her letter infers they will. While I understand that under the First Amendment, we may all express our opinions. And under the liberal policies of Immigration Daily, letters of all sorts and opinions are give equal space. However, letters containing this type of convoluted and semantically distorted misinformation have no place in the immigration debate. One does not become an expert merely by having and expressing an opinion. Yes, I included. My credential of expertise comes from 20 years of education, resulting in licensure by the State Bar of California and more than 30 years practicing law, keeping up on a daily basis with policies, procedures and practices of the bewildering and ever-changing immigration laws. My point is that when one makes a statement of fact, or uses a word in a public forum of discussion, I believe they have an obligation to themselves and to other readers to insure they have their facts and semantics correct. Calling a horse a cow, won't get you milk and calling an illegal alien a nonimmigrant - - well, won't get you any milk either. The simple point is, to preclude embarrassment, use proper terminology.

David D. Murray, Esq.
Newport Beach, CA

Dear Editor:
In response to the news item about President Obama immigration reform debate, I am so disgust about some of the things that people are saying, because not all the illegal people in this country are from mexico, or criminals, or living off the government, their are a lot of positive people that are in this country and they are contributing much more to this country than those people who are just talking and wasting time. People that are here illegally cannot get a job without a ssn# or a work permit, they can't even get any kind of Government benefits so why people are blaming them for taking their jobs "what job" planting corn, or baby sitting, please! They don't want those kind of work, but yet still they are complaining, and they are the ones with all the opportunity and just wasting it, because they are too busy studying who child came here and doing better than they are. Editor I welcome good comprehensive reform, I do not support liabilities that just want to come here and bleed off the system or means harm to the country, but yes I support the positive ones.


Dear Editor:
A new report from the Center for Immigration Studies examines the 287(g) program, it's history, status, and results, concluding with recommendations for improvement. The report, "The 287(g) Program: Protecting Home Towns and Homeland" by Jessica Vaughan and James R. Edwards, Jr., is based on interviews, statistics and reports with participating local law enforcement agencies and data provided by ICE. The letters of D. Murray and R. Yang basically are for globalism at America's expense and anti-bible/religion (10/28/09 ID). The former constitutes an, "exclusion policy against Americans" when policies are in favor of the Profiteers and not US as at present. While at least in this land, freedom exists for such views, we can't avoid the consequences of them here or later (Matt.12:36-37). While the letters may deny divinity or influence, this does not limit divinity who has taken note of such scoffers (2 Tim. 3) and also the modern Babel builders who shall in time also be thwarted (Rev. 18). While not on today's scale, America has always traded with others, but until globalism and free trade, did not destroy US in the process. The RY letters complains about "stealing the best brains from developing nations" and then complains about not enough foreign entry. Who in the US is "trying to impose their holier than thou values by force and violence"? I agree that "Enough is enough for hatred, violence, ignorance, hypocrisy" --- So when will the RY letters stop these irrelevant rants and mindless name calling? As even a broken clock is right twice a day, the letter is right on the war and buying American.

Jim Roberts

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