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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.
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.
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
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 wnd.com 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
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