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  1. WILL LATINOS BREAK BIG FOR OBAMA?

    by , 09-13-2008 at 12:38 PM (Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy)
    The Dallas Morning News reports on the Hispanic vote in this year's election. Republicans are hoping Latinos will remember McCain's past support for immigration reform (before he flipped his position and opposed his own bill). But here's why McCain should be worried:Many of the
    children of immigrants have watched their parents struggle to improve
    the economic health of their families and believe the anti-immigrant
    movement has demonized their families unfairly.

    That's the main reason state Rep. Rafael AnchŪa of Dallas says Latinos will end up voting for Democratic candidates.

    "Latinos
    under 30 are going to break big for Sen. [Barack] Obama this year, and
    naturalized citizens are going to respond to Obama's personal story as
    the son of immigrants," Mr. AnchŪa said.

    "Most Latinos know how
    John McCain abandoned us when it came to voting on his own
    comprehensive immigration bill. I do believe the country, in general,
    is ready to move in a new direction."
  2. FRAGOMEN RESPONDS TO GOVERNMENT'S BRIEF IN AUDIT FIGHT

    by , 09-13-2008 at 09:55 AM (Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy)
    Those of you who read the blog regularly will recall my coverage of the rather outrageous Department of Labor decision to audit all of the PERM labor certification cases filed by the Fragomen law firm, the nation's largest immigration practice. The decision was based on the very shaky theory that Fragomen's lawyers did not have a legitimate role to play in the recruitment stage of the PERM process. Basically, the DOL opined that a law firm should not be permitted to communicate with the client about resumes of potential US workers who appeared to be qualified for the position.

    Fragomen and the rest of the immigration bar have pushed back hard challenging the notion that clients can't have access to their attorneys during an extremely complex legal process with serious consequences for clients. In August, the DOL appeared to back down from this position. But they have still not backed off their extremely unjust plan to single out Fragomen and its clients for a 100% audit of their cases. And Fragomen is pressing forward to force DOL to back off.

    I wish them success. They not only have the law on their side, but their position is morally right as well.

    Here are the documents from the latest chapter.


    Fragomen reply materials part 1 - Get more Business Documents




    Fragomen reply materials part 2 - Get more Business Documents




    Fragomen reply materials part 3 - Get more Business Documents
  3. MCCAIN CLAIMING DEMOCRATS DERAILED IMMIGRATION REFORM IN SPANISH-LANGUAGE ADS

    by , 09-12-2008 at 03:44 PM (Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy)
    UPDATE: McClatchy News Service criticizes McCain for the new ad.

    Unbelievable. America's Voice reminds people of the truth:
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    "We are stunned.  A Spanish-language ad approved by
    Senator John McCain accuses Senator Obama and the Democrats of derailing
    immigration reform?  He knows better.  The whole political world
    knows better.  Comprehensive immigration reform was blocked not by
    Democrats but by Republicans.  A White House strategy designed to secure
    25-30 Republican votes (of the 60 needed) ended up getting only 12 Republican
    votes.  The reason?  A number of Republican Senators were intimidated
    by the intense opposition to the bill fueled by anti-immigrant groups, hard
    line Republicans and right-wing talk radio and television. 



     

    Why such a bald-faced misrepresentation of history?
    Probably because Senator McCain knows that Latino voters - especially Latino
    immigrant voters - could prove to be decisive in this year's election.  He
    knows - perhaps more than most in his party - that comprehensive immigration
    reform is a defining issue and a driving factor for many of these new
    voters.  He knows that they are rejecting his candidacy, despite his
    heroic efforts in the past on behalf of immigration reform, because he has an
    "R" next to his name.  So what better way to reverse this trend than to
    strike early by running an ad so audacious in its distortions that it just
    might negatively define Senator Obama with enough Latino voters to win the
    coveted states of Colorado, Nevada and New Mexico. 



     

    We get the politics, but in our view this is dirty politics.
    Yes, George Bush won some 49% of Spanish-dominant Latino voters in 2004 (which
    accounts for his increase in overall Latino support from 35% in 2000 to 40% in
    2004).  Yes, the nativists' drumbeat coming from Republicans in recent
    years is driving these voters into the Democratic column in droves.  Yes,
    Senator McCain is now drawing support from Latino voters in the low 20s, a
    level comparable to Bob Dole in 1996.   Yes, if you are in the McCain
    campaign, something must be done to increase your level of support to the low
    40s.  But no, you don't get to re-write history and blame Democrats, who
    voted for the bill.  No, The McCain campaign cannot hide the fact that he
    pandered to the Republican base following the demise of the Senate immigration bill
    by adopting a so-called "border security first" position - a position
    incompatible with comprehensive immigration reform - in order to remain viable
    in the primaries.  The McCain campaign cannot paint Senator Obama as an
    opponent of comprehensive immigration reform when both he and Senator Obama
    fought for it and voted for it in both 2006 and 2007. 



     

    Finally, it is not lost on Latinos and immigrants that most
    of the anti-immigrant measures being implemented at the federal, state, and
    local level are championed by Republicans.  Even the Bush Administration
    has now moved from supporting comprehensive immigration reform to a strategy of
    crack downs directed at Latino immigrants in their homes, workplaces, and
    communities.  And as if there was any doubt, at the convention just last
    week in Minnesota, the Republican Party embraced a mass deportation approach
    that opposes citizenship for illegal immigrants - a key component of
    comprehensive immigration reform.  This stands in stark contrast to this
    year's official party platform of the Democratic Party's embrace of
    comprehensive reform. 



     

    Immigrants and Latinos are intelligent.
    They know the difference between fact and fiction. This ad is more
    fiction than fact, and the McCain campaign should take this ad off the air."























  4. ICE AUDITING SHERIFF JOE

    by , 09-12-2008 at 12:53 PM (Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy)
    Immigration and Customs Enforcement is reviewing the performance of Phoenix Sheriff Joe Arpaio who has a 287(g) agreement with the agency to assist in immigration enforcement. ICE insists the audit is routine, but there have been numerous complaints about Arpaio's implementation of the program. I hope it's as fun as an IRS audit.
  5. IMMIGRATION HUMOR: THE JAY LENO CITIZENSHIP TEST

    by , 09-12-2008 at 12:45 PM (Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy)
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