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Nurses And Allied Healthcare Workers - IIRIRA Section 343 - VisaScreen And Updates, Part 2 of 2
Frieda Wong and Bernard P. Wolfsdorf in the second part of their two-part article present tables comparing English language scores required in various tests as well contact information for different health care professions. (For the first part of the article, click here.)


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Conspiring To Possess Illegal Immigration Documents Is A Crime Of Moral Turpitude
In Omagah v. Ashcroft, No. 01-60373 (5th Cir. Apr. 22, 2002), the court held as reasonable the Board of Immigration Appeal's decision to classify conspiracy to possess illegal immigration documents with the intent to defraud the government as a crime of moral turpitude.

Expunged State Misdemeanor Does Not Eliminate Immigration Consequences
In Ramirez-Castro v. INS, No. 01-71589 (9th Cir. Apr. 24, 2002), the court held that an order of a California state court expunging Petitioner's state-court misdemeanor conviction did not eliminate the immigration consequences of that conviction and that it was reasonable for the Board of Immigration Appeals to interpret the statutory definition of conviction to encompass both expunged misdemeanors and felonies.

Aggravated Felony Offense Is Entire Scheme Not Just One Count
In Khalayleh v. INS, No. 01-9504 (10th Cir. Apr. 23, 2002), the court held that the Petitioner's guilty plea to one of four counts of bank fraud was, for immigration purposes, an offense involving the entire scheme, and was thus an aggravated felony.

Rep. Jackson-Lee Has No Problem With Those Who Come Seeking Opportunity
In comments on the floor of the House, Rep. Jackson-Lee (D-TX) said: "All of us have problems with the systems that are broken in the immigration structure, but we cannot have problems with those who come to this land seeking opportunity and justice."

GAO Reports On Detroit Bridge And Tunnel
The General Accounting Office (GAO) said that "balancing enforcement of border security and facilitating trade and commerce is a major challenge for Customs and INS inspectors assigned to our borders."


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Undocumented Airport Workers Face Criminal Charges
The Boston Globe reports that US Attorney Michael Sullivan has acknowledged that immigrants who submit fake Social Security numbers or immigration data rarely face federal criminal charges, but he has said last year's attacks have made it necessary to take a stricter line, especially at the airport.


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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor:

I enjoyed your comparison of the Border Patrol recruitment to Labor Certification requirements ... right on! But who ever said government and reality had anything in common?

David D. Murray

Dear Editor:

In her letter of 4/23/02 Ms. Christine Flowers wrote that I believed that I could "...speak for the majority of Americans", and she inferred that I "...claim to know what the majority of Americans is thinking". What I had said was: "A majority of Americans want fewer immigrants, according to the polls". If that's misleading, mea culpa. I'm aware that "liars can figure and figures can lie", but I think my statement was accurate. If Ms. Flowers has poll results to the contrary, I'd be happy to look them up if she would provide the cites. Thanks very much to Mr. Ali Alexander for "bailing me out"; I had spent several hours looking for a list similar to the one he submitted. The only thing I'd add is a poll conducted by CBS News and the New York Times. It was conducted during three different periods - 9/13 & 14/01, 9/20-23/01 and 12/7-10/01. The respondents favored reductions in legal immigration - 53%, 57% and 59%, respectively. (See www.numbersusa.com)

John H. Frecker
Baileyville, ME

Dear Editor:

Mr. Richard Baer's letter to the editor was simply misguided.

There are no parallels between the Palestinians seeking family members in the rubble of their destroyed homes and undocumented immigrants in the US being whisked away by law enforcement authorities. Undocumented immigrants came into this country without heed to US law; they ignored and violated the law, and their entry and presence in this country for certain periods of time were, in themselves, in violation of the law. Quite simply, if one acts against the law, one is apprehended/punished by law enforcement agencies. If I park my car where it's prohibited by law to park, I am punished by the law. If I trespass on someone's property, I am punished by the law. Does the police officer ask me if I knew I wasn't supposed to do these things, before he issues a ticket or sends me to jail? No. These undocumented immigrants came into the country in violation of the law, get multiple warnings before law is enforced upon them, and are still complaining and demanding rights instead of accepting the legal consequences of their actions.

Furthermore, these "immigrants" and their amnesty/appeal applications have clogged up the Department of Labor and the INS so that law-abiding immigrants are forced to wait years and years for their applications to be processed. Imagine if there was a four-year wait for driver's license applications and renewals, because waivers of license suspension applications, for those with various driving-related violations clogged up the DMV. You, with a clean driving record for the entire 17 years that you've been driving for, applying for a renewal or a license for another state, are in line behind thousands of people whose licenses have been suspended for violations (intended or unintended), who are requesting waivers of suspension or some other method of obtaining a valid license. You stand in line behind thousands of people who were caught driving with fake driver's licenses, in stolen vehicles. And you are not permitted to drive for those three years of waiting, because your license is about to expire and you cannot have your application processed on time... Your experience in such a situation will likely (a) be stressful and greatly frustrating; and possibly (b) convince you that it was in fact silly to even spend the money and time to get a real driver's license in the first place. After all, what incentive would you have to follow the law if lawbreakers are entitled to the same treatment as law-abiders?

That is what is happening in immigration. As for the Palestinians, they are living in refugee camps and they certainly did not jump the line. They are neither illegal residents of the refugee camps, nor have they stolen any social security benefits from anyone.

John Smith


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