Links In Letters To The Editor
Several of our correspondents' letters to us have included multiple links
to immigration news items on various web sites. We recognize that this has
value in that this gives other readers access to more information, and may
also serve to make the point in your letter. However, this also distracts our readers, who may need to click through to other
sites to comprehend the letter writer's point. We will continue to
provide links to previous letters to the editor, so that interested readers
may follow a specific thread of discussion. However, for links to other web
sites, we urge our correspondents to try and make their point in their own
words, and to refrain from links to other sites, unless absolutely
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Formation of BCIS E-filing Standards Group Announced
Robert C. Meltzer writes "The BCIS e-filing program represents an unprecedented opportunity, both for the government and the Immigration Bar."
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Immigration Law News
Forced Sterilization Is Continuing Act Of Persecution
In re YTL, 23 I&N Dec. 601 (BIA, May 22, 2003), the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) said that "Where an alien has established past persecution based on the forced sterilization of his
spouse pursuant to a policy of coercive family planning, the fact that, owing to such
sterilization, the alien and his spouse face no further threat of forced sterilization or abortion
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for a discretionary denial under 8 C.F.R. § 1208.13(b)(1)(i)(A)." (Thanks to the EOIR technology staff for making this case available today despite technical difficulties.)
Rep. Tancredo Decries Charade
Rep. Tancredo (R-CO) during a debate in Congress said, "Or, as I say, abandon the border. Forget the whole charade that we
call immigration and immigration law because when we operate the kind of system that we are operating now, all we do is put people in harm's way."
Rep. Reyes Opposes Assignment Of Military To Assist Border Patrol
Rep. Reyes (D-TX) voiced his opposition to the assignment of the military to assist border patrol and control saying, "Patrolling our borders against illegal immigration has minimal military value and detracts from training with war-fighting equipment for war-fighting missions."
No Constitutional Claim For Indefinite Detention Where Alien Is Cause Of His Own Detention
In Pelich v. INS, No. 01-56796 (9th Cir. May 22, 2003), the court said that "an alien cannot assert a viable constitutional claim when his indefinite detention was due to his failure to cooperate with the INS's efforts to remove him". In this case, the Petitioner had steadfastly refused to fill out a Polish passport application, which directly impeded Poland's ability to determine whether he qualified for Polish travel documents, and had provided the INS with conflicting birth information.
Deadline For Hmong Citizenship Nears
The Wasau Daily Herald of Wisconsin reports "A special law that allows Hmong veterans to apply for citizenship expires Monday, but only a small portion of those eligible have taken advantage of the opportunity."
30 Aliens Plead Guilty To Illegal Entry In US
The Post and Courier of Charleston, South Carolina reports "Thirty of 31 illegal immigrants arrested near the new Cooper River bridge in April have pleaded guilty to entering the US unlawfully, US Attorney Strom Thurmond Jr. said Tuesday."
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Letters to the Editor
I do not believe that every Mexican has the right to live in the US and have never inferred that I do. I do not advocate open borders but controlled realistic access to the opportuities for employment in our country. This can be accomplished by regulated migration established by accord between the two countries involved.
I wish there were some to close off the routes through the deserts and mountains and avoid the needless deaths of so many thousands of hapless people.
I spend my time in the defense of human rights.
Richard E. Baer
In response to "name not provided", it's people like him/her who make the rest of the world hate this country. Such callousness regarding the death of human beings is the reason we are attacked abroad and on our soil, both verbally and physically.
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Recent letters to the editor oppose Mayor Bloomberg's comments on granting legal status to illegals. I'd like to share this story with your readers. I used to live in NYC and owned a family townhouse. One of the tenants there barely eked out a living, a single mother with two kids. She supported herself by working mostly temp jobs. She didn't pay rent for 4 months, but I was reluctant to bother her because of her situation. I knew of a job that paid $6.50/hr. and medical benefits. When I offered her the job, she flatly said no; she didn't want to work at a low paying job, and said, "She was a US citizen and would rather be unemployed than work for $6.50/hr." The undocumented, who are already here, have to live too, with or without govt help. But one thing's for sure they are not paying taxes and mostly work under the table. Employers benefit by not declaring payroll taxes and not paying taxes. Lost revenue exceeds issuing an id. Seldom do US citizens want to work low paying jobs. Mayor Bloomberg was right.
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