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Immigration Daily February 17, 2010
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Lets Get With It

"We are calling our nation to a change of heart and hopefully that change of heart will result in good news for undocumented immigrants, said [Roman Catholic Bishop] Wenski, who has been a visible advocate for legalization of immigrants over the past several years. For the full Orlando Sentinel news story, see here.

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From Problem To Springboard: Tips On Using The Neufeld Memorandum In Support Of H-1B Petitions
Myriam Jaidi writes "Although the Memo poses many problems, we explore whether it can serve as a blueprint for companies moving forward to assist them in establishing that they exercise sufficient control over their employees at client sites."

Bloggings On Immigration Law And Policy
Greg Siskind writes "[] news that Indiana Democratic Senator Evan Bayh will be retiring is probably bad news for much of the Democrat's legislative agenda. But when it comes to immigration, this is probably a good news day."

Theory And Crisis
Sheldon Richman for the Foundation For Economic Education writes "There is never a good time to throw aside theory and just act, for such a thing is impossible. The only question is whether our theory is good or bad."

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CRS On Temporary Protected Status
The Congressional Research Report released an updated report on temporary protected status dated September 30, 2008.


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Immigration Event - Washington, DC
The Migration Policy Institute is pleased to announce that Alejandro Mayorkas, Director for USCIS will lay out his vision and discuss his priorities for the agency, Monday, March 22, 2010, 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm, Invitation and location details to follow in a later email. RSVP now. For further information email or call 202-266-1929.


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Dear Editor:
I have a client who was released from Florence AZ. She needs to travel to NYC. However, she was stuck in the airport in Phoenix. TSA did not allow her to pass the security. ICE told me a letter from ICE was sufficient for her to travel by air and TSA supervisor told me a letter plus two additional original IDs was required to pass the security. My client escaped from her home country because of persecution, without having original ID issued by her or his home country at the time. She was in the airport for hours without being allowed to board the plan. I wonder what kind of level of communications TSA and ICE has for these aliens in proceedings who need to travel by air.

Sufen Hilf, Esq.
Franklin, MI

Dear Editor:
Good that ID brings (see 02/16/10 ID comment) this sort of thing to light. We continue to have unfair immigration practices. Furthermore, it is very difficult to understand the logic in refusing legal status to a spouse of a US citizen. Only proof that a marriage is "bogus" should be reasonable grounds for not allowing legal resident status.

Sylvia Theriault, Esq.

Dear Editor:
There is nothing mixed about the message that ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) is sending to a Jamaican tennis player who, according to what appears to be overwhelming evidence related in the Honolulu Advertiser newspaper, as reported in an ID comment dated 02/16/10, risked his life to help the US government apprehend and convict a brutal killer who had murdered his victim in front of the victim's 7 year old daughter. The message is simple. "If you are from a Caribbean country and you overstayed your US visa, we don't care about any help you gave to the US government. We don't care about any promises that the US government may have made to you in return for risking your life to help it enforce the law against a dangerous and violent criminal. We don't care that you are married to a US citizen. We don't care that your life may be in danger if you return to your country. We only care about getting you out of the US as fast as possible, so that we will have one more deportation statistic to show voters out there who think that there are already too many people who have the same skin color as you in this country. If you ever trusted the US government to keep its word, you are a sap and deserve to be treated like one". A pretty clear message, I would say.

Roger Algase, Esq.
New York, NY

Dear Editor:
My "common ground" with the Letter of R. Algase (2/16/10 ID) extends to agreeing that any literacy tests should be equally and fairly applied to all and that certainly the example that the letter provided was inappropriate. But that was then and this is now. The letter uses one example from another era to advocate that no literacy tests are appropriate, ignoring that they could be appropriate if administered equally. There is nothing inherently wrong with the idea that a certain degree of literacy is needed in order to vote. Let's let Tom Tancredo speak for himself. In a article: "The Uncivil Debate Over Civic Illiteracy" in response to his Tea Party speech, he tells of the barrage of vitriolic hate mail. For those who are fond of labelling others hate groups and speech, it is revealing as to where the real hate lies. These emails seemed to indicate that "all adults should be forced to vote, no matter how ignorant to the civic affairs of the community". Also, "I have often suggested that new voters should be required to pass the civics literacy test already given to immigrants who want to become naturalized citizens. Yet, my suggestion was twisted into the idea that I want to see a return to 'Jim Crow laws'. This distortion requires two acts of self-deception. First, it requires one to believe that minorities will fail any civics test. Secondly, it requires a willful disregard of real history. Blacks were not kept from voting by the laws themselves but the blatant discriminatory way they were administered by local officials. It is absurd to claim that any civics literacy test will be discriminatory. As driving licenses are essential for public safety, so are fairly applied literacy tests for the preservation of what's left of our form of government.

Jim Roberts

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