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Father Of Three Deported In Violation Of Court Order
Jeff Ross, Esq. writes "A citizen of Lynn, Massachusetts has been deported by immigration officials despite a federal court's direct order that he be permitted to remain in the US."
CRS Updates Report On Security Fences Along Border
The Congressional Research Service issued an updated version of its report outlining the issues involved with DHS's completion of the San Diego border fence and highlights some of the major legislative and administrative developments regarding the
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I have not seen the movie "El Inmigrante" (ID 09/27/06 ID comment), but I have seen "El Norte", which was an excellent film about illegals making the arduous trek from Central America to find employment in the US. While these films are well produced, artistic and heart-wrenching, they ignore the fact that the main characters, for whom the audience is asked to have compassion, set out from their native lands in conscious violation of US immigration law, demanding to be accepted into American society, while very often not paying taxes and not registering with the selective service, both of which the law requires of US persons. While "...Any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind..." (Forgoing quotation from John Donne, Mediation XVII), it is a sad fact that people would not die attempting to cross the southern border if they respected and abided by US law. My heart goes out to those unfortunates who are victims of corrupt governments around the world, and those who are subjected to abject poverty. But the world has a population problem. Unlike at the turn of the twentieth century, no longer can America continue to be the "... Mother of exiles ...". No longer can America withstand the twenty-first century onslaught of more than ten million law breaking illegal immigrants. For the sake of the nation, America must welcome legal foreigners and work to pass cogent new legislation that meets the needs of the times. America must stop illegal economic immigration through the enforcement of its laws, including employer sanctions, not by putting troops on the border, and it must establish a workable and fair nonimmigrant visa program that is thoughtfully designed, procedurally manageable by USCIS, and flexible enough to meet the present and future needs of US employers.
David D. Murray, Esq.
Newport Beach, CA
Has justice really been served in the case of Mr. Pakula's win before the BIA as Mr. Murray's letter states? (09/27/06 ID). Although it is certainly good news to Mr. Pakula's client, the fact that it is an unpublished, non-precendential decision means it is of dubious persuasive weight for those persons whose situations are factually simililar to those of Mr. Pakula's client. To me it seems just a continuation of a trend the BIA had engaged in for months. I recently had reason to research the BIA's decisions on motions to reopen in absentia orders and found literally dozens of unpublished decisions, both by the BIA and the appellate courts, in which the alien prevailed, and would have favored our client, had I been able to cite them directly. By finding in favor of aliens, but only in non-precedential decisions, the BIA and appellate courts are able to "do justice" in individual cases without disturbing the legal landscape which binds immigration judges. Thus, the next immigration judge who is hearing a matter very similar to that of Mr. Pakula's client is under no obligation to heed that decision. He or she can legitimately make a finding that traffic woes do not present exceptional circumstances, because the published precedents still support such a finding.
What the win really shows me is that the BIA is beginning to recognize that events beyond death and illness can legitimately explain an alien's non-appearance in court, and that immigration judges do sometimes exploit tardiness capriciously, perhaps to clear a case off the docket. But what good is that if the BIA is too timid to give that recognition precedential weight? Is justice served if it is only served to a party of one?
James McTyier, Esq.
Even though I had promised ID readers a brief respite from my letters, I have to respond to R.L. Ranger's letter's comment about the supposed adverse effects of illegal immigration in New York (09/27/06 ID). While the statistics of FAIR, perhaps this country's premier anti-immigrant organization, are no doubt impressive, I was born in New York, and have lived here or in the vicinity almost all my life. For most of my life, I have lived on Manhattan's Upper West Side and still do. In the 1960's and 1970's, this area was considered dangerous, and was clearly going downhill. Now, after the great wave of immigration over the past 30 years, mostly from Latin America, Asia and other areas outside Western Europe, this area is one of the most vibrant, prosperous (and overpriced) anywhere in the country. Countless stores and businesses are run by or staffed by immigrants, who also make up a large percentage of the customers. Almost every language known to mankind is heard in the streets; ATM's and voter information are usually in four languages and the variety of ethnic restaurants is endless. Yet almost everybody speaks English or is trying hard to learn it. Many other parts of this great ethnic city has been reinvigorated by immigrants from everywhere, despite many problems that every large urban area has to deal with. People who think like Mr. Ranger would probably consider my neighborhood as their own version of Dante's inferno, but they might want to come to New York for a visit and take a look around for themselves. Also, we have many fine Mexican restaurants where they might want to enjoy a tequila or two.
Roger Algase, Esq.
New York, NY
I agree with S. Salike's letter (09/28/06 ID), not only the people who are waiting abroad are not taken into
consideration, not even mentioned in the discussions, but also the ones who are also
waiting patiently in the USA for a visa, and what is worst, running out of time .... What will these people do when their legal status expires waiting for a decision? Will they go back to their countries and wait patiently? Or will they join the "illegals"
hoping for the amnesty, yes, amnesty to be approved? Why should the legal immigrants have to wait until consensus is reached regarding illegal immigration? Why is it that nobody speaks about the legal immigrants who have been caught in
the middle of this political battle? It seems only the illegal immigrants are the hard working people.
President Bush has spoken about comprehensive immigration reform
at different places in different times, and in all his speeches
he says that the illegal aliens presently staying in the US are
very hard workers. He has been saying this repeatedly, and now
we are compelled to think that USCs and LPRs are not hard
workers, but lazy. It seems that he wants that all illegal
aliens are adjusted to guest worker program now, and that later
will be allowed to be US citizens. It appears that he has never
thought of those people who have been patiently waiting abroad
for many years to come to the US legally under family-based
immigration. It is a matter of great unjust and unfair. I fully support
S. Salike's letter's views. Many thousands of dear ones are passing thru
graet agony of sepration. By considering the illegal alien first on priority basis shows that Law
breakers are getting rewarded very soon in future whereas those respecting
the law are being punished without any offence.
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