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Immigration Daily November 26, 2007
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Citizenship Delayed

According to an Associated Press story, the huge fee increases mandated by USCIS caused a correspondingly huge increase in naturalization applications in early summer 2007. Apparently, USCIS received two years worth of applications in two months. It is likely that significant delays in processing immigrants into new American citizens will occur. About 3.5 million applications are held up in the backlog, possibly affecting the primaries and the general election next year. If USCIS had a better forecasting procedure for its financial needs, it could have increased its fees gradually over a period of time, perhaps preventing this tsunami of applications. Alternatively, had Congress appropriated funds for our national interest in legal immigration, USCIS would not be in the predicament that it is in. While Citizenship Delayed is not the same as Citizenship Denied, the current situation will likely deny the franchise to more than a million about-to-be-Americans in 2008.

We welcome readers to share their opinion and ideas with us by writing to editor@ilw.com.


Focus

Attorney Websites

With the internet age steadily marching on, attorneys are moving their marketing budget from legacy sectors (such as printed Yellow Pages) into online marketing. It goes without saying that the primary place to spend marketing dollars should be the law practice's own website. However, it is a good idea to spend some of the budget on (1) search engine ads in Google, Yahoo etc and (2) listing in attorney directories from West, Lexis and ILW.COM. Our Online Attorney Search Listings are affordably priced at $999 per year, and produce a consistent stream of emails from those who need immigration law services. For more information, please see: http://www.ilw.com/directory/about.shtm


Article

The Case For Agricultural Immigration Reform
James S. Holt writes "Is it in the U.S. national interest to become dependent on foreign sources for food and fiber, which are, after all, very basic commodities? Are we safer by excluding foreign farm workers and becoming dependent on foreign food suppliers, or by putting a legal, workable scheme in place for admitting the foreign workers we need, and producing most of our food here? How do we assure the safety and security of our food supply and our country if we are dependent on foreign producers for food? Most Americans believe that the best policy is to admit workers – most of whom would come on a temporary seasonal basis – and to produce most of our food here."

Paying the Price: The Impact of Immigration Raids on America’s Children
Randy Capps, Rosa Maria Castaneda, Ajay Chaudry and Robert Santos write "ICE has yet to acknowledge fully that worksite enforcement operations have harmful and long-lasting consequences for families. In fact, ICE has not issued public guidelines or regulations concerning the treatment of parents during their arrest, detention, and deportation."


News

USCIS Application and Receipting Update
USCIS issued a "Application and Receipting Update" reflecting data as of November 16, 2007.

Cuban Family Reunification Parole Program
USCIS announced its "Cuban Family Reunification Parole Program" in the Federal Register.

DOL States H2A Procedures
DOL released TEGL 11-07, Change 1, stating H2A procedures.


Classifieds

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Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Reina & Bates Immigration Law Group invites resumes for the position of associate attorney. 1+ years experience in immigration law, particularly employment-based immigration, preferred. Interested applicants, please indicate desired job location when sending resume + cover letter to jobs@reinalaw.com. All replies will be held in confidence.

PERM Services
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Immigration Law Certificate
Master the complex and ever changing maze of immigration policies and regulations with the Immigration Law Studies Certificate Program offered by CUNY's School of Professional Studies. This graduate-level certificate program, consisting of (3) three-credit classes, offers students who complete it a comprehensive understanding of the laws, regulations, and processes surrounding the status of immigrants in the US, including family and employment-based immigration and deportation defense. It is designed for individuals working in law firms, companies, government agencies and nonprofit organizations where they interact with immigrants and immigrant legal concerns on a regular basis and would therefore benefit from greater knowledge of the laws and regulations surrounding immigration. Beginning this spring, the program is also being offered online. For more information on class schedules, tuition and fees, course applications and to register, see here.


comingsNgoings

Readers can share their professional announcements (100-words or fewer at no charge), email: editor@ilw.com. Readers interested in learning about featuring your event or conference in Immigration Daily, see here. To feature your newsletter in Immigration Daily, see here.

Immigration Book
A Parade of Faiths: Immigration and American Religion, By Jenna Weissman Joselit, Oxford University Press, 144 pp., Paperback, ISBN: 0195333071, $12.95 From the Book Description: "Since the seventeenth century, millions of people from every continent have settled in America. Seeking a better life for themselves and their children, they braved deprivations, studied an unfamiliar language, adapted to a different way of life, and battled prejudices and hostility. Most of them held on to their faith as well, re-establishing churches and meeting-houses, synagogues and mosques, temples and cathedrals, and electing priests, rabbis, imams, and other spiritual leaders from among their number. Immigration irreversibly altered the face of the new republic, and it still moulds the political and spiritual fabric of the nation even to this day. Joselit surveys the history of immigration--which is actually the history of this country--and its effect on both political and religious issues through the centuries. The book explores the immigrant experience through case studies representative of all major newcomers' groups. The vividly rendered stories of courage and perseverance will alternately inspire and horrify." More info at: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0195333071/


Letters

Readers are welcome to share their comments, email: editor@ilw.com (300-words or fewer preferred). Many letters to the Editor refer to past correspondence, available in our archives.

Dear Editor:
Roger Algase's latest letter's views (ID - 11/21/07), are undoubtedly colored (pun intended) by living in the aberration that is New York City with regards to excessive immigration. Restrictionists don't believe that the presence of limited, selected "people of non-European races and traditions" who wish to become Americans, are dangerous and our entry policy has generously welcomed such as do I. However, excessive legal and any illegal entry with little or no allegiance is divisive, if not dangerous to our core values that are uniquely American as the flood of Hispanics and others who view America only as a profitable marketplace clearly shows. The Algase letter's continual attempt to portray the selective and limited views as racist is specious and diversionary and reveals a bias against American culture including "white influence". ID readers can certainly form their own opinions, but Americans can as well and are increasingly rejecting the concept of excessive entry and its many negative influences upon our society. What is truly "outrageous" is that liberal entry policies and lack of border enforcement has imposed these problems upon us by those who profit therefrom.

Jim Roberts

Dear Editor:
i am a us citizen who married a permanent resident who has been deported. my sister passed away and i inherited four wonderful children who i have custody of and my husband also brought into our family his two us citizen children who we were raising all six as brothers and sisters. my family also consists my senior citizen mother who my husband and i cared for. my husband worked two and sometimes three jobs to help support our children. the children suffered a loss of a nurturing father who they miss very much and still eight months later cry for. i am not condoning that he got into trouble but he did a mistake which he didn't rob or kill anyone. i myself have suffered a huge loss being departed from my husband and left alone to deal with the separation which i still feel in a cloud and as if its a dream but with no medical coverage which my husband provided from his employment. being married wasn't for papers or benefit but to provide and be an example to the children who lost a mother that needed the safe environment that my husband provided and family structure that the children could have healthy lives and relationships and a good future. but our lives were held in a judges judgement that my husband was a criminal and couldn't be given a chance with all the written documentation of taxes my husband paid while i also worked and we both refused to get help from the government and wanted to teach the children a working environment instead. i have no family support or friends. when spouses male or female are deported it is a serious mental and physical impact with the family broken and distraught with deportation.

JD9280

Dear Editor:
Bill Dillon's letter (ID 11/21/07) objects to the use of words such as "anti-immigrationist" and "homophobia", apparently on the grounds that they are politically correct code words with unfairly negative implications. To the contrary, both words are staightforward descriptions of the views of people who do not like immigrants or gays, respectively. Mr. Dillon's letter, however, contains much more obvious negative codewords, i.e. "preserving the American Creed through measured immigration". Anyone who has read Samuel Huntington knows that "American Creed" is a euphemism for the white race, and that Huntington's idea of "measured immigration" is that no Hispanics (legal or otherwise) would still be too many. If Mr. Dillon wants others to avoid buzzwords in their letters, avoiding them in his own would be an excellent place to begin.

Semakweli

Dear Editor:
I apologize for misspelling Mr. Roberts' letters as "Mr. Robert's" letters by mistake (ID 11/21/07). I stand by the rest of my comments.

Roger Algase, Esq.
New York, NY

Dear Editor:
I am writing to let you know that I could not access the story titled "Asylum Seeker Wins $100K Judgment" (ID 11/16/07) from your website. The website said for the full story, see here. The see here link did not function. I am interested in the details of this story, and would like to be able to access the complete article. Thank you for any assistance you can provide.

Nora Privitera, Esq., Immigrant Legal Resource Center
San Francisco, CA

Editor's Note: Immigration Daily does not, and cannot, have any control over links on other websites, though we always check that the links are valid and working at the time of publication. Unfortunately, links to news websites often expire quickly. Through a search engine, we found this link (valid at the time of publication, again) to the same article on another newspaper's website: http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2007/11/13/america/NA-GEN-US-Immigrants-Detention.php

Dear Editor:
Re Mr. Robert's letter (ID 11/19/07), we need a rational merits based immigration laws not to please those whining people but for the sake of fairness and the interests of this country. We must end the diversity lottery and family based chain immigration, it's absurd to let elderly parents of US citizens to come in to retire and collect social security checks they never contribute. Parents of US citizens or residents may qualify for a retirement long term visas if their children are financially able to take care of their living and medical needs without seeking public welfare. We need a new skill and merits based system, 5 years in temporary resident status without eligibility to collect welfare then permanent residency then US citizenship. Any non criminal aliens who want to open busineses or secure employment with US employers should be morally and legally allowed to come here. They must speak English, pay taxes, educated, posses health insurance coverage, bring enough money to settle here, healthy and non criminals, and no welfare unless they're citizens and have paid enough credits into Social Security and Medicare system. Undocumented persons must be given the same path with reasonable fines, background check and no welfare eligibility. We must repeal the inhumane and absurd 3 and 10 years bars, aliens with past violation who got married genuinely with US citizens or residents should not be punished and separated by absurd laws. Aliens who can show they are rich now and want to spend their money here should be welcome if they are willing to pay fine for past violations and put some deposit to make sure they will be back after temporary visits. A smart, humane and sensible immigration reform is good for USA.

robert yang


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