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Immigration Daily December 17, 2003
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Traveling In Interstate Commerce With Intent To Conceal Property Believed To Be Proceeds Of Unlawful Drug Activity Is Crime Of Moral Turpitude
In Smalley v. Ashcroft, No. 02-60231 (5th Cir. Dec. 15, 2003), the court said that Petitioner's 1993 crime, traveling in interstate commerce with the "intent to conceal or disguise the nature, location, source, ownership, or control of property believed to be the proceeds" of unlawful drug activity qualified as a crime of moral turpitude because Petitioner's offense was both "per se morally reprehensible" and "contrary to the accepted rules of morality" in our society.

Former INS Supervisor Sentenced
The Herald Tribune reports "A former Immigration and Naturalization Service supervisor was sentenced to just over three years in prison for his role in a Filipino immigrant smuggling operation that brought people into the US through Los Angeles International Airport."

Concern Over "Culture Of No" Taking Root In US Visa Issuance
Newsweek reports "Nobody doubts that, in the wake of the September 11 attacks, Washington needs to take a closer look at those wanting to enter the country. But some analysts are concerned that legitimate travelers are being caught up in a net sometimes cast too indiscriminately and that a "culture of no" is beginning to take root."

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Help Wanted: Experienced Paralegals
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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor:
We refer to the letter of Sudhir Shah in the November 20, 2003 issue of Immigration Daily commenting on Gary Endelman's article "Declare Victory and Go Home: The Solution to Illegal Immigration in America." Sudhir Shah's account of his so-called experience with clients in India is flawed. Historically, one of the underpinnings of immigration to the US has been the principle of family reunification. It is not the material aspect but love for family members that prompts the petitioner to undergo the travails of filing the visa petition and the cumbersome Affidavit of Support (baring all financial details). Sudhir Shah's charge that brothers and sisters come to the US to be employed by their petitioner siblings in menial positions in their homes is ludicrous. The reality is that Indian families are close knit and have love and affection for all family members. Most parents come to the US to be united with their children as they love them and want to spend the rest of their days in this great country, the US. That these ridiculous comments should come from an attorney who is an AILA member is very painful. Mr. Shah is out of touch with reality.

Michael Phulwani, Esq. and Allen E. Kaye, Esq.

Dear Editor:
Many of your readers are former employees of Department of State, having worked at US Embassy/Consulates, at the Consular Section, having long Consular work experience. They are looking for jobs in the area of immigration to use their experience in the same field. They are on ILW.COM's discussion board as well. Why don't they obtain jobs from Law firms as Assistants? like wise paralegals? I know one person who's been out of a job for the last 9 months looking for some kind of a job at either USCIS or at a law Firm. So far no one has offered him a job. How can he advertise on ILW.COM?

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Dear Editor:
I am shocked at how Secretary Ridge can be in charge of controlling our immigration system and then declare that those who have slipped through the cracks illegally deserve amnesty. I usually do not agree with Rep. Tancredo as he would just shut the door on immigration altogether; however, I do agree that if Secretary Ridge is not able to enforce the immigration laws he was hired to do then he should resign. How can he look into the eyes of any of the surviving family members of 9/11 and tell them that terrorists who also were in the US illegally would also deserve such a break. Sometimes our leaders leave me disheartened and ashamed.


Dear Editor:
Here's a N. District of Illinois Eastern Division order granting class certification to aliens who were detained without statutory authority, in contravention of the Supreme Court's decision in Zadvydas v. Davis.,1217-kazarov.pdf.

Chuck Roth
Midwest Immigration and Human Rights Center

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