VB Gate Continues
Questions continue to swirl over the announcement that July visa numbers that were current are now unavailable. This flap does not pass the smell test, the laugh test, or any other test. Sadly, family-based immigration advocates and those championing for the undocumented have not fully grasped the implications this event has for all immigration advocates, not just employment-based petitioners. USCIS resources are limited (or so we are told). In order for USCIS to have processed 30,000 petitions in a short period of time, it is reasonable to assume that USCIS pulled resources from family immigration. The upshot? expect longer delays for family visa petitions. Information has been leaking that reveals the motive was driven by USCIS's desire to get more fees. The message that USCIS (a benefits agency) sends through its action is that immigrants can be victimized in the interests of lining USCIS's coffers (today EB immigrants have been vicitimized, FB immigrants will be next).
Filing lawsuits may not be the best method of achieving resolution. This is a political issue. For this reason, immigration advocates must demand redress from Congress. Congress should hold hearings right away on this matter. According to Attorney Jay Solomon, USCIS broke the law. Congress should amend the INA to make EAD and advance parole available at the I-140 stage instead of the I-485 stage to prevent such shenanigans in the future. Nothing gets an Executive Branch agency's attention like money. Congress should postpone the July 30th fee increase while it studies how USCIS can function year round with the same efficiency that it showed in the last two weeks of June.
HR executives of Fortune 500 companies are enjoying the Fourth of July festivities while immigrant workers are shafted. If EB immigrant workers cannot convince their employers to pressure Congress, immigrants can be sure that many abuses will be in store for them in the future.
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- Chapter 1: Overview Of Age Out
- Chapter 2: Overview Of The CSPA And Implementation
- Chapter 3: The CSPA And Family-based Visas
- Chapter 4: The CSPA And Employment-based Visas
- Chapter 5: The CSPA And Diversity Visa Lottery
- Chapter 6: The CSPA And Asylee/Refugee Processing
- Chapter 7: The CSPA And VAWA
- Twenty-four Appendices
- Numerous CD-ROM Resource Materials
Is It Mandatory To Detain An Aggravated Felon?
Cyrus D. Mehta, et al. present a hypothetical delving into the mandatory detention provisions of the INA.
Rep. Lofgren Issues Statement On Visa Bulletin
Representative Lofgren issued the following statement in response to the State Department's update of the July Visa Bulletin and the subsequent rejection of applications for adjustment of status by the USCIS.
DOL Updates H-2B Labor Cert Procedures For Reforestation Occupations
The Employment and Training Administration of the DOL published notice in the Federal Register updating procedures for State Workforce Agencies and ETA National Processing Centers to process H–2B labor certification applications in tree
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Every time I read one of David Utterback's letters I am always impressed by the fact that so many immigrants, both legal and illegal, are able to write, and especially spell, English so much more proficiently than some of the same Americans who are so anxious to kick immigrants out or stop them from coming here in order to "protect" the English language and American "culture". I would also like to offer a friendly word of advice to any US citizens, especially native English speakers, who might find themselves challenged in spelling the word "illegal". They might find it helpful to take English lessons from someone who is actually in that status (without paying, of course, because that might be against the law).
Roger Algase, Esq.
New York, NY
Roger Algase's letter (06/27/07 ID) discusses the failure of the immigration bill and the influence of "the bigots", whom, his letter seems to state, can be taught, using Mr. Utterbach as an example. His letter closes with the question, "is there a lesson in here somewhere?" Yes. I'd say there is. I'd say that the lesson to be learned from immigration activists is that referring to everyone who opposes you as a bigot or racist is a lousy way to win friends and influence people. Such rhetoric is, in fact, likely in the extreme to make worried but decidedly un-bigoted people like Mr. Utterbach oppose anything you propose as being inimically hostile to them. I opposed the immigration bill because of some of it's unfortunate sleight of hand and out of my conviction that ICE would take decades to catch up on the paperwork burden of more than 10 million instant legalizations, but I liked many aspects of the bill. Instead of amending something reasonable out of the hurried hodge-podge that was the alter immigration bill, I fear we are instead faced with a dead stinking corpse that will dissuade future serious attempts to make legal immigration more attractive than illegal immigration into the US. I pray I am wrong, but if I am, I sure hope those of us who want more, rather than less, immigration, and would prefer to see ordered rather than surreptitious immigration into this country might be more concerned with convincing people of the merits of the new proposals than with inflaming those already supporting whatever esoteric and rather remote fix we propose with appeals to their goodness and the meanness of what the Latins (not those, the other ones) called the vulgus, but which is actually just the common citizen. People like Mr. Utterback can be reasoned with and can be reassured if we are honest about our intentions and avoid trying to intimidate waverers and opponents into silence and acquiescence with insulting language.
Honza Prchal, Esq.
I watched that Lou Dobbs interview on CBS that night (ID comment 7/2/07). It is unfortunate that Lou Dobbs is using his pulpit to manipulate his viewers especially on CIR. It is shameful. That is not journalism but nonsense. I do not tune in to his show anymore.
It is amazing how the immigrants rights groups can't stand that the Americans are sick and tired of paying for all the school medical etc for the poor of mexico. There are millions of people from around the world that want to be citizens and blend in.
That is not for common theifs and people that are gang members. Get over it.
Responding to ID's comment (7/2/07), please keep in mind the Mr. Dobbs and people of his mind provide an important balance in the immigration debate. Frankly he was right about many of the provisions of the bill. The American people spoke, not Mr. Dobbs.
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