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February 28, 2006

Crossing the line

By David Dorado Romo, who is the author of "Ringside Seat to a Revolution: An Underground Cultural History of El Paso and Juarez, 1893-1923," just published by Cinco Puntos Press.
February 27 2006

I was born in California to Mexican immigrants but have lived most of my life in El Paso, where the anti-immigrant fervor that's sweeping the U.S. today is nothing new. In fact, the first public calls for a fence along the Rio Grande to keep out unwanted foreigners were heard in El Paso a century ago, in 1904. But back then — unlike what the Republicans want to do these days with their proposal for a 700-mile border fence — they weren't trying to keep the Latin hordes out. It was the Chinese who were the undesirable aliens.

Mexican border crossers were not considered illegal in the United States until 1917, when a new law imposed formidable barriers to entry: a literacy test, a head tax and a prohibition against contract labor. Mexican nationals for the first time needed a passport to enter the United States. That's also the year that the U.S. entered World War I".

http://www.latimes.com

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February 27, 2006

TDOS suspends Certificates for Driving program for undocumented individuals

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Melissa McDonald 615.251.5131 (Office) or call 251-5310
February 24th, 2006


Entire Program to Undergo Review

Nashville, Tennessee --- The Department of Safety will immediately halt the issuance of Certificates for Driving to people who cannot prove they have legal presence in the U. S. “It's clear from talks with law enforcement authorities that there are issues with this program that need to be addressed. The only responsible course of action is to suspend the program while we determine the next steps,” said Governor Phil Bredesen.

Interim Safety Commissioner Gerald Nicely echoed the Governor’s sentiments. “This program was a good idea in theory,” he said. “But there have been issues with implementation. I want to give it a thorough review to ensure that we are doing what’s best for Tennesseans.” Governor Bredesen has asked TBI Director Mark Gwyn and Tennessee Homeland Security Director David Mitchell to work with Nicely on the review process.

Nicely says internal issues at the Department of Safety also make the change a prudent move at this time. “The department may undergo significant changes in the next year,” he said. “Putting the program on hold allows us to move forward while we examine this issue more closely.”

Certificates for Driving will still be available to people with work visas and student visas, which meet the standard for legal presence in the United States. The department will also work with legislators on a measure that would allow persons with legal presence to obtain regular driver licenses good for the length of their stay in the U. S.

No CFDs will be issued to anyone between today and March 5th, to give the department time to train employees on who is still eligible for the certificates, and what documentation will be required. Certificates will be issued to eligible applicants beginning Monday, March 6th.

Nicely added, “The bottom line is this: immigration is essentially a federal issue. But ensuring the security of Tennesseans is a state issue, and it’s one that both the Governor and I take very seriously.”

The Tennessee Department of Safety (www.tennessee.gov/safety) is responsible for ensuring the safety and general welfare of the traveling public. The department’s general areas of responsibility include law enforcement, safety education and motorist services including the issuance of driver licenses and title and registration activities. The department and its highly trained staff of Troopers are responsible for safety on more than 15,000 miles of state and federal highways.

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For immigration reform that works

The Miami Herald published an opinion article;

"Like many other immigrant-rich regions, South Florida would greatly benefit from comprehensive immigration reform, particularly if it includes a path to legalization for 11 million undocumented people in this country. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., will be promoting his own reform proposal -- the best of a variety of proposed immigration bills -- when he hosts a town hall meeting on the issue tonight in Miami.

The senator has come to the right place. South Florida is a hot spot for immigrants who have lived the American dream and others still struggling to gain legal status. Our local communities have benefited from immigrant entrepreneurs and workers. But our social services are stretched by poor and undocumented residents, and Homeland Security keeps busy interdicting migrants at sea.

For more go to; http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/13938603.htm

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February 26, 2006

Border Plan Seen as U.S. Conceit

In the LA Times there is an article about the wall proposed in HR 4437. This will be the longest wall since the great wall of China.


By Héctor Tobar, Times Staff Writer, February 26 2006

Across Latin America, people are dismayed by a bill calling for a 700-mile wall along the frontier with Mexico to stem illegal immigration.

MEXICO CITY — "The wall" does not yet exist, and it may never be built, but already the proposed 700 miles of fencing and electric sensors loom like a new Berlin Wall in the Latin American imagination.

The plan for a barrier along the border with Mexico was approved by the U.S. House in December and is scheduled to be debated by the Senate next month.

For more go to; http://www.latimes.com/

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February 25, 2006

Oh the joys of dealing with US government departments

I just received this from on of my clients;

"January and February 2006 will be remembered by me for the seemingly unending frustration of dealing with government departments.

First there was the USCIS. The regulations state that should you not receive a decision on Employment Authorization within 90 days of applying, you are entitled to walk into any USCIS office and have an INTERIM Employment Authorization Document issued on the spot. Well 100+ days later I still had nothing. The Memphis USCIS office wouldn't even grant me an appointment for another three or four weeks, but I could get an appointment at Louisville Kentucky the following day. So off I went on a day trip. I was told that the fingerprints and photographs taken twice already by the Nashville Application Support Center weren't even in the system, so they did it all again a THIRD time just to make sure. After all that performance I was then told that they couldn't issue me an interim EAD because they had 'just' approved my main application. I would have to be patient and wait for it to arrive in the mail.

Then there was the Social Security Administration. I took my newly received Employment Authorization Card (which contains your photo, fingerprint, signature, and a holographic image of the Statue of Liberty that does all sorts of funky things as you turn it against the light) into the Social Security Administration and asked for a Social Security Card. After waiting for several hours my number finally came up. The woman at the counter looked at my passport and at the Employment Authorization Card and said that she couldn't verify that the card was real. "Well it looks pretty damned real to me" was my reply. "We will write to immigration and ask them to confirm it. This will take about four weeks". Obviously they needed time for the horses to be watered, and for a dispatch rider to embark on the long ride up to Washington DC. Clearly the SSA is yet to learn about the existence of the telephone, and calling their phone number proves that nobody there has yet mastered the skills of answering one.

Finally my Social Security Card came in the mail. A disappointing piece of recycled cardboard with my name and "VALID FOR WORK ONLY WITH DHS AUTHORIZATION" printed on it by a 1970's vintage line printer. I felt like taking it straight back in to the Social Security Office and asking them for proof that THIS card was indeed real. Anyone could've done a better job in 5 minutes with any color inkjet or laser printer - and they would've used better quality cardboard!

Drivers License. Another joyous experience! I have held a valid state drivers license for five years. Unfortunately it was up for renewal.
Unfortunately this state now puts people like myself who LEGALLY entered the US, who have never broken a law in our lives, and who have a permanent residency application pending into the same classification as illegal immigrants. So they confiscated my old driver license and replaced it with a "Certificate for Driving. NOT VALID FOR IDENTIFICATION". This of course after confirming my identity against my passport, and setting the validity period for the certificate by that of the passport. Red lettering on a pink background. Hmmmmmmm. Maybe that's why it is not valid for identifiction.
It would more appropriately read "IMPOSSIBLE FOR A POLICE OFFICER TO READ AT NIGHT WITH A FLASHLIGHT".

THEN there was the Department of Labor and my PERM application. Oh the Department of Labor ...

I first approached Mario Ramos back in April 2005 to file a PERM and then an EB-3 application for me.

As anyone who follows the postings on AILA's website (www.aila.org) will know, DOL has had a lot of problems with their PERM processing. They started a wonderful online system and then had to withdraw it. Then they'd tried to fix things, and then they had to fix the fixes because it still didn't work.

Unfortunately we got caught up in this whole mess.

Mario and Andy ended up having to submit my PERM application manually, because the online system kept on refusing to accept that my company was real. All the official company documents look real and everyone else believed it was real, including the Department of State, Department of Revenue, and the IRS. But not the DOL's computer.

Well the application went in. Months later we still hadn't heard anything.

Mario and Andy have had to e-mail them on a number of occasions, and the typical response time for an e-mail is a month or longer. Finally Andy managed to get someone by phone, and was told that they cannot comment on a pending application - even to the immigration attorney who submitted it - other than confirming that they have received the application.

Finally a rejection letter came back from DOL, stating that "the required recruitment process was not conducted". Well on that front they are dead wrong. The job ads went into "The Tennessean" and we have the clippings to prove it, we have the phone logs of the discussions with the various applicants, we have their resumes, and we have copies of the letters they were sent to them explaining why they were not suitable for the position.

After my other experiences so far this year this didn't surpise me in the least.

Now we have to go through the whole process all over again and wait yet another three to six months. THANKFULLY Mario works on the basis of charging for the various stages reached, rather than for every time something has to be resubmitted or reprocessed. It isn't my fault, it isn't his fault, and it probably isn't the fault of any given individual in the government system. But unfortunately we now have a government structure that is so cumbersome and so tied to out of date methods that the ball gets dropped way too often, or it simply gets stuck in the system only to reappear months later. I bet most of the government employees are every bit as frustrated as we are, but of course they are powerless to change the system - they just have to work within what they've got.

If everyone else ran their private companies and corporations in the same way they'd be out of business within weeks. THAT is the difference between the corporate world and the government. We HAVE to have our systems operating efficiently otherwise we're gone.

This is a wonderful country, full of very talented and capable people. I hope it can stay that way, because right now if every company experiences the same frustrations that we're having, everyone that can go elsewhere will do so. The US needs to recruit and retain the best of home-grown talent with the best available from the rest of the world. And the government needs to facilitate and support that, and not act as some sort of insurmountable obstacle, which is where it seems to be right now".

name withheld

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February 24, 2006

The TALENT Bill: Keeping America Innovative "Through the Advancement of Legal and Educated New Talent"

Policy Spotlight

AILA currently is working as part of a coalition of corporations, universities, research institutions and trade associations to help fix problems in the employment-based immigration system. To this end, the coalition has written a stand-alone bill that would assist U.S. businesses in alleviating the specialty occupation worker shortage. Dubbed the "TALENT" bill, the proposal calls for Congress to "address numerous concerns in the employment-based immigration system that hinder the ability to attract, hire and retain the best talent the world has to offer, while facilitating retention of such individuals to create additional innovation and downstream jobs in the United States." Among a variety of other excellent provisions, the TALENT bill would:
exempt U.S.-educated workers with advanced degrees from the H-1B cap and permit work authorization for spouses of H-1B workers
create a market-based H-1B cap beginning with a base level of 115,000
revise the current employment-based preference categories and exempt an expanded EB-1 group from the EB cap, exempt EB-2 from the labor certification requirement, eliminate per-country quotas.

Recently, the text of the bill, along with a summary of major provisions, was distributed to key Senators in the hope of finding a champion for the bill in full, or, short of this, incorporating significant portions of the bill into a new Comprehensive Immigration Reform package. AILA will continue to keep you posted on this exciting and progressive new bill, and let you know what you can do to help get its innovative provisions passed in Congress.

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February 23, 2006

Lobby Day Is a Away--Month

I will travel to Washington on March 27, 2006 as part of AILA's lobby day. If you want to join me on this trip contact me. As reported Senate Majority Leader Frist has pledged to take up the immigration reform debate on March 27, just four days after AILA's Lobby Day in Washington, DC. By passing the Border Security, Antiterrorism, and Illegal Immigration Control Act of 2005 (H.R. 4437) in December, the House of Representatives paved the way for Congress to enact a potentially devastating enforcement bill that would harm our communities and our economy but would not address the root causes of the dysfunction in our immigration system. Although Congress will be in recess during AILA's Lobby Day on March 23, it will be the ideal time to meet with the key staffers who will be educating their bosses on immigration law and policy when the debate reaches the Senate floor the following week. It is up to us to provide those staffers with the information they need to advise their bosses to support realistic, comprehensive reform!

Don't forget, Lobby Day registration is required, but free. For more information, contact me at (615) 329-4588.

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DHS Announces Temporary Protected Status Extension for El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua

DHS announces a decision to extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for an additional 12 months for El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua. USCIS will provide re-registration details and answers to FAQ's upon publication of Notices in the Federal Register soon on posted Feb. 23, 2006.

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February 22, 2006

Meet with Your Legislators in Your Home District This Week!

Next week, on March 2, the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a markup on comprehensive immigration reform. It is critical that we reach our Senators now to educate them about the need for a realistic solution that provides a path to permanent legal status for the 11 million people living in this country without proper documentation. View AILA's position paper on comprehensive immigration reform.
AILA and I challenge you to take at least two of the three steps below to advocate for comprehensive immigration reform this week:

Use Contact Congress to send a letter to your Senators urging them to support realistic, comprehensive reform (you will have a chance to enter your zip code and send a targeted letter if your Senator is a member of the Judiciary Committee; otherwise, you can send a general letter. Go to www.aila.org, click on Contact Congress

Call your Senators' district offices and make an appointment to meet with your Senators or their key staffers while they are in their home districts this week

It is especially important that we reach members of the Judiciary Committee. This is the debate we've all been waiting for. Do your Senators know where you stand? Take action today!

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February 21, 2006

Rights Groups Criticize Speedy Deportations

In the New York Times there is an article by Rachel L. Swarns, published: February 20, 2006;

“As the Bush administration rapidly expands its efforts to detain and deport illegal immigrants, human rights groups warn that people fleeing persecution are increasingly vulnerable to being deported to their home countries.
In 2005, a bipartisan federal commission warned that some immigration officials were improperly processing asylum seekers for deportation. The commission made recommendations to ensure that the system of speedy deportations, known as expedited removal, had adequate safeguards to protect those fleeing persecution”.

For more go to; http://www.nytimes.com/2006/02/20/politics/20asylum.html?_r=1&th&emc=th&oref=slogin

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February 20, 2006

Senate Judiciary Committee to Debate Immigration Reform on March 2!

Urge Committee members to support a realistic, comprehensive solution

On March 2, the Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to mark up an immigration reform bill. Enter your zip code in the box, and if your Senator is a member of the Committee, send a letter urging him or her to support a realistic, comprehensive solution that includes a path to permanent legal status for the current undocumented population. We need to let our Senators know that the enforcement-only approach endorsed by the House in December will hurt our communities and compromise our economy but will not fix our broken immigration system.

If your Senators are not members of the Judiciary Committee, you can still send a general letter urging them to support comprehensive immigration reform when the debate reaches the Senate floor. Go to www.aila.org enter your zip code to take action now!

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February 19, 2006

U.S. government wants judge to throw out challenge to wet-foot, dry-foot policy

By Jay Weaver of the Miami Herarld;

“A Miami federal judge today will hear the U.S. government's argument to throw out a challenge to its controversial ''wet foot-dry, foot policy'' regulating Cuban migrants.
The challenge was filed by lawyers for 15 Cubans who were repatriated last month following an immigration dispute over their arrival on an old Florida Keys bridge”.

For more go to: http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/13878056.htm

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February 18, 2006

Internet surfing as you know it will be tracked

Just wanted to let you know the New Homeland Security Bill has passed. Things will be different now and Internet surfing as you know it will be tracked by what the FBI calls a "non-intrusive method." The FBI says you will not notice anything different.

For a demonstration, click on the link below:

Homeland Security;

http://users.chartertn.net/tonytemplin/FBI_eyes/

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February 17, 2006

McCain Plans a Visit To Rally For Immigration Reform Plan

In the New York Sun on February 17, 2006 there is a story by Daniela Gerson, Staff Reporter of the Sun discussing McCains support for positive immigration reform; "A Republican senator is coming to New York to rally support for an immigration reform plan that is winning many fans in immigrant circles. He'll likely arrive before New York's Democratic senators even take a public stance on the divisive issue".

For more go to www.nysun.com

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February 16, 2006

Write your senators and congressman.

You need to write a letter to support immigration reform. Currently more anti-immigrant letters are being made against immigration reform. This makes it hard to acheive immigration reform without letters from the people that care about reform. Go to;

www.aila.org

Click on the contact congress for letters in support of reform.

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February 15, 2006

Citizenship case

Here is e-mail from a happy client;

Dear Mario/Andy:

Thank you so much for helping me get my US citizenship. As you know, I was very concerned since it was taking them such a long time to resolve my case. Thank you for following up with USCIS by sending them the fax last week and also sending them the letter of inquiry in December, 2005. I have been very impressed by your efficiency, professionalism, and promptness in dealing with my case. Please know that I will always recommend your service to my friends and collegues. I will contact you after the naturalization ceremony to tie up any loose ends with your office.

Thanks again.

Client X

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February 14, 2006

Valentine's Day

On this day I am seeing immigration clients who are married to U.S. citizens. If they entered with a visa they may apply to adjust status within the U.S. If they entered without a visa they have to adjust status outside of the U.S. This is because Congress has not reinstated the law known as 245i. Families are required to separate for months prior to receiving their green card. This does not make sense to separate father, mother and children. Congress should allow the payment of the fine of $1,000. Contact your member of Congress on Valentine day and remind them of the importance of families being together. Go to www.aila.org and click on the Contact Congress icon.

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February 13, 2006

Radio Show

Hello Mario! My name is X and the woman I want to marry is Mexican. She came to the US legally in the early 90's. The only documents she has valid is her Visa. It expires in 2009. Her visitor's permit and passport has expired. And I need to know what is the fastest way to get us married and her with a social security number? Plus she has never committed any crimes. Thanks Mario! We believe in you 100% because she listens to your talk show every Monday morning! Have a great day!

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February 12, 2006

Some Immigrants Meet Harsh Face of Justice

There is an article in the Los Angeles Times about complaints of insensitive -- even abusive -- conduct by some U.S. immigration judges that have prompted a broad federal review.

By Ann M. Simmons, Times Staff Writer;

"The complaints about immigration judges were alarming.

In San Francisco, a U.S. citizen was wrongly deported to Mexico after a judge failed to verify the authenticity of his birth certificate and tax records — actions that drew harsh criticism from a federal appeals court.

In Chicago, an appellate board found that a political asylum case involving an Albanian citizen was mishandled because the judge relied on testimony from a document expert who did not speak or read Albanian".

For more go to: http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-judges12feb12,0,7684154.story?track=tottext

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February 11, 2006

U.S. Officials Defend Ploys to Catch Immigrants

There is an article in the New York Times by Steven Greenhouse, published: February 11, 2006 wherein he destails the arrest by immigration agents. "Despite criticism from advocates for immigrants, federal immigration officials said in recent days that they would not forswear the practice of impersonating occupational safety officials to round up illegal immigrants.

Last July, federal agents arrested 48 workers at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in North Carolina on charges of being illegal immigrants after the agents tricked the workers into attending what was billed as a mandatory training session sponsored by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration".

For more go to; http://www.nytimes.com

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February 10, 2006

Of Buried Truths, Undocumented Laborers and a Grandfather I Never Knew

By CAROLYN CURIEL of the New York Times, published: February 10, 2006

"In a land of great divides, none are so graphic as the Rio Grande. Its waters demarcate need and desire. Dreams are born or die at the river's edge. Mexicans risk everything sacred to them, from proximity to families to their lives, for the opportunity to cross north.
"The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada," a film by the actor and director Tommy Lee Jones, explores the short life and death of one undocumented Mexican in Southwest Texas. In many ways, it is macabre and difficult to watch. It is driven by the killing of the Mexican, a ranch hand. Tending goats one day, he fires his rifle at a coyote. A hotheaded Border Patrol agent believes he is under attack and returns deadly fire".

For more go to www.NYTimes.com

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February 09, 2006

Bush budget would slash assistance to Latin America

In the Miami Herald there is an article by By Andres Oppenheimer;

“President Bush's budget calls for a 28 percent cut in aid to Latin America and the Caribbean, worrying some concerned about growing Venezuelan influence. At a time when many Latin American countries are shifting to the left and Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez is promising significant aid to his neighbors, the Bush administration is proposing major cuts in foreign aid to the region”.

For more go to; http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/13826623.htm

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February 08, 2006

President Calls on Congress to Raise H-1B Cap

Excerpt from President Bush's 2-2-06 speech at the 3M Corporate Headquarters outlining his American Competitiveness Initiative:

"Now, in the meantime, there's another issue that I want to discuss right quick. . . . There are more high-tech jobs in America today than people available to fill them. And if that's -- so what do we do about that? And the reason it's important, and the American citizen has got to understand it's important, is if we don't do something about how to fill those high-tech jobs here, they'll go somewhere else where somebody can do the job. In other words, there are some who say, we can't worry about competition. It doesn't matter, it's here. Don't worry about it, do something about it. It's a real aspect of the world in which we live.

And so one way to deal with this problem, and probably the most effective way, is to recognize that there's a lot of bright engineers and chemists and physicists from other lands that are either educated here, or received an education elsewhere but want to work here. And they come here under a program called H1B visas. And the problem is, is that Congress has limited the number of H1B visas that can come and apply for a job -- a H1B visa holder can apply for a job at 3M. I think it's a mistake not to encourage more really bright folks who can fill the jobs that are having trouble being filled here in America -- to limit their number. And so I call upon Congress to be realistic and reasonable and raise that cap.

We'll educate our kids. That's the goal. Of course, we want every job that's ever generated in America filled by Americans, but that's not the reality today. In order for 3M to remain competitive, in order for this job base to remain strong, in order for us to be a leader in innovation, we got to be wise about letting kids come here who've got the skill sets needed to fill the jobs that help us remain the leader in the world."

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February 07, 2006

Afternoon roudtable with Alfonso Aguilar, Chief of the Office of Citizenship

On Monday afternoon I went to a meeting organized by the Immigrant and Refugee taskforce to hear Alfonso Aguliar. He gave this presentation
as part of his outreach. This is the first city he has visited as the new head of Citizenship and Immigration Services Office of Citizenship. Chief Aguilar gave his presentation in English and Spanish. The topics he covered were;

1. Support for the Presidents immigration reform Proposal "Our economy cannot be sustained without immigration. We are a nation of immigrants. This quote was from President Bush's State of the Union Speech.

2. CIS will reduce backlogs and reduce processing times to 6 months nationwide. Immigrants are customers to be treated with respect.

3. As the first chief he wants to engage immigrants as they arrive in the U.S. They will publish a guide for new immigrants in 10 languages which will be distributed for free.

He looks forward to partnering with community and faith based organizations; state and local governments. We also discussed partnering with Chambers of Commerce.

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February 06, 2006

Immigration judges come under fire

By Pamela A. MacLean, Staff reporter of the National Law Journal, dated
02-06-2006

This article describes the difficulty that immigrants face in immigration court. "Ira Kurzban, a nationally known immigration lawyer at Miami's Kurzban, Kurzban, Weinger & Tetzeli, said that "there are judges who really have no business being judges. They are unfit and should be removed." He added: "The problem is we don't have a system to respond in an adequate way to disciplining errant immigration judges."

Posted by VisaLawyer at 06:47 PM | Comments (0)

Round-table meeting with USCIS Chief Alfonso Aguilar

Today I have been invited by Nana Landenberger, of the Nashville Task Force on Refugees and Immigrantst to participate in a round-table meeting (a two-way discussion, feedback meeting) with USCIS Chief Alfonso Aguilar. The meeting will be at 4:00pm at 392 Harding Place, Nashville, TN 37211. (The "Barnes Building" downstairs conference room)

USCIS Chief Alfonso Aguilar is holding this meeting a part of his outreach to the community. I am looking forward to meeting Mr. Aguilar.

Posted by VisaLawyer at 08:38 AM | Comments (0)

February 04, 2006

Bush addressed immigration needs

By Mary Sanchez of the Sacremento Bee, published February 3, 2006

"Thanks, Mr. President, for at least trying.

Thanks for not sugarcoating the need for immigrant labor during the State of the Union speech.

President Bush's meager attempt for sanity on the issue was delivered in one declarative statement: "We hear claims that immigrants are somehow bad for the economy, even though this economy could not function without them." Repeat that so it soaks in: "[T]his economy could not function without them."

If only the divisive voices shouting down calls for guest workers would listen".

For more go to www.sacbee.com

Posted by VisaLawyer at 08:43 AM | Comments (0)

February 03, 2006

Full Senate to consider immigration in late March

By Suzanne Gamboa with the Associated Press;

"WASHINGTON (AP) _ Majority Leader Bill Frist told a group of key lawmakers involved in immigration legislation the Senate will take up the issue on March 27, Sen. John Cornyn said Thursday.

"That's when the fireworks begin on the floor," Cornyn said".
For more go to; ww.ap.com

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February 02, 2006

Democrats' Response to State of the Union Address on Immigration

Remarks regarding immigration in Virginia Governor Tim Kaine response for the Democrats to the 1/31/06 State of the Union Address;

"The failure of the federal government to implement and enforce a rational immigration policy has resulted in a confusing patchwork of state and local efforts. We should welcome those who seek to lawfully join and contribute to our American family. At the same time, we must ensure that our homeland defense efforts begin with consistent federal action to protect our borders."

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February 01, 2006

President Bush State of the Union Speech 1/31/06

President Bush said the following about immigration during his speech

"Keeping America competitive requires an immigration system that upholds our laws, reflects our values, and serves the interests of our economy. Our nation needs orderly and secure borders. (Applause.) To meet this goal, we must have stronger immigration enforcement and border protection. (Applause.) And we must have a rational, humane guest worker program that rejects amnesty, allows temporary jobs for people who seek them legally, and reduces smuggling and crime at the border. (Applause.)"

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