Clock Ticks On AGJOBS
AGJOBS was until recently, billed as the one immigration legislation with enough support to pass a divided Congress, a measure that would grant qualified agricultural workers and their families temporary legal status in the US, with a path to obtaining a green card. However, it appears that AGJOBS has stalled in Congress in recent days. A symbol of the legislations' difficulties occurred last Wednesday, when Sen. Larry Craig (R-ID) sought to tack the bill onto an unrelated class-action lawsuit reform bill. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist fended off the effort (see news item below). President Bush has said little on the topic, while Democratic Presidential candidate John Kerry has pledged a comprehensive immigration reform bill to Congress in his first hundred days as President, including his signing of a bill that would help farmworkers. With little time remaining, the fate of AGJOBS looms. Immigration Daily will keep you informed of the latest developments.
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8th Circuit Clarifies Standard On Downward Departure Based On Willingness To Waive Deportation Rights
In US v. Ramirez-Marquez, No. 03-1789 (8th Cir. Jul. 8, 2004), the court said that a Defendant seeking a downward departure for waiving deportation rights must demonstrate a colorable, non-frivolous defense to deportation and show a waiver of that defense would substantially assist the administration of justice.
DOS Issues Information On Discontinuation of Domestic Visa Revalidation Services
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AgJobs Legislation Stalls In Congress
The Sacramento Bee reports "Despite high hopes by proponents and furious Senate maneuvering in recent days, the only immigration reform plan deemed to have a chance in Congress this year has stalled."
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I am responding to some analysis made in the July 12, 2004 Immigration Daily issue relating to the DOL's semi-annual regulatory agenda, and DOL’s labor cert backlog reduction effort. Regarding the backlog reduction centers, you said, “this would lead to a significant reduction in labor cert processing times in most backlogged states over the next 12-24 months, with a concomitant change in labor cert strategy for many law firms.” I am not certain what serves as the basis of your comments, but wanted to clarify based on information I heard when I attended the AILA Annual Conference in Philadelphia last month. I heard Bill Carlson of DOL say on more than one occasion that the backlog centers will be in Philly and Dallas, and that they will focus initially on cases pending in the states covered by the regional offices of DOL in Philly and Dallas, respectively, then they will move to provide support for the states covered by the regional offices of DOL in Atlanta and Chicago, who will have exclusive jurisdiction on PERM cases. And finally the backlog reduction plan will go to the West Coast. I recall Ed Litwin lamenting this proposal, as obviously California has seen some of the worst DOL processing times for labor certs. I think Immigration Daily subscribers might benefit from this additional piece of information.
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This letter is in reply to Aikba T.'s letter, who recounts a "humiliating" experience of having to be fingerprinted, not once, not twice, but three time as part of US-VISIT. Being thrice fingerprinted can hardly be described as a "humiliating process" to be "endured". In light of recent world events, I'm sure we can all identify what true humiliation is. Extending one's index finger three times on an inkless fingerprint pad, leaving not so much as a smudge, is arguably inconvenient, but is in no way humiliation. Waiting in line at the bank, post office, DMV, or airport is annoying to everyone, but these are all experiences to be grin and bared. It is particularly curious to me that, as a visitor from Japan, he would be affronted by the US-VISIT program, in light of this country's widely acknowledged fastidious bureaucracy. I have no doubt that Akiba T. is a well-meaning visitor to the US, but he would surely acknowledge that this in not true of every alien in every line at every port of entry. The US-VISIT program is proving itself to generally be an effective and efficient means of assuring this.
San Francisco, California
Just what is Kim Mensah's letter suggesting? That we not bother with illegal aliens who enter without inspection because it's only those who enter on visas who are terrorists? How nonsensical. If we tighten the formal process for entry, as we have been doing, are terrorists going to throw up their hands and say "we give up"? No, they'll enter illegally. How does one tell someone who has entered with a visa, albeit one fraudulently obtained, and overstays, from someone who is EWI, without holding them? Many who have overstayed also work as kitchen help, cleaning staff, and so on--not just those who EWI. And, having identified them as illegally present, it is a dereliction of duty to ignore their illegal presence. In fact, the presence of many illegal aliens who are not terrorists severely compromises government's ability to identify those who are. Lest Ms. Mensah claim that "legalization" is the route to go, no way. This also diverts resources not only from anti-terrorism efforts (amnesty applicants would still need to undergo security checks), but from the processing of legal immigrants. Some terrorists have also gained legal status and even citizenship from amnesty programs, which facilitated their terrorist aims.
Ultimately, the simple fact is that illegal immigrants, whether those who enter without inspection or those who violate visas, terrorists or cleaning ladies, represent a threat to the ideals of law and order, and basic fairness, which is a more insidious threat to America than bombings.
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