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I love it! Immigration Voice, the non-profit advocacy organization for highly skilled immigrants, is going to launch an awareness campaign tomorrow to call attention to the Visa Bulletin scandal and to demand USCIS comply with the law and take adjustment applications this month. How will they do it? By encouraging members to send flowers to USCIS Director Emilio Gonzalez calling on him to honor the Visa Bulletin. All flowers should come with the same verbiage:

"Kindly do not return our I-485 petitions in July and honor the original DOS Visa Bulletin."
[First name][Last name] - an employment-based immigrant

For the details on how to participate in the campaign, go to the Flower Campaign page at Immigration Voice.

Obviously, they're a aware of the campaign over at USCIS since the following announcement was posted on the USCIS web site:

Message from USCIS Director Emilio Gonzalez

I understand that individuals are planning to send flowers to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) beginning on Tuesday, July 10.  USCIS has made arrangements to forward those flowers to our injured service members recuperating at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and at Bethesda Naval Hospital.

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  1. EB3India's Avatar
    Gandhi once said -

    First they ignore you.
    Then they laugh at you.
    Then they fight you.
    Then you win!

    Currently USCIS is at the second stage ...
  2. Greg Siskind's Avatar
    EB3India - I'm very optimistic that this will end well. I don't think USCIS expected this kind of backlash and I suspect they're trying to figure out how to undue the damage.
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  4. EB2India's Avatar
    Actually USCIS is at the third stage since the first law suit against the visa bulletin scandal has been filed.
  5. EB2India's Avatar
    By the way Greg have you sent in your bouquet of flowers? Thanks for your support!
  6. Sridhar Kondoji's Avatar
    This whole flower campaign is better known by the term 'Gandhigiri' (Gandhi + giri) from a bollywood movie called 'Lage Raho munna bhai'.

    Many day to day issues were solved using this flower campaign and we believe that USCIS and DOS will come to their senses too.
    Atleast they should own up the whole july mess and come up with some sort of workaround.

    If this campaign doesnot get us anywhere then i believe we should all send flowers to all media outlets to let them know the losses suffered by skilled work force.

    Best regards

  7. legal's Avatar
    Yeah. Sending flowers and singing songs would probably help but..

    Did anyone read the text of the lawsuit filing (accessible from Azulay, blabla website)? What do you think? Anyone want to comment on the chances of success, or the past record of the judge concerning immigration cases?
  8. legal's Avatar
    OTOH, you can send the flowers with the following message "Dear Service Members, Please forward these flowers back to Emilio Gonzales!"
  9. EB3applicant's Avatar
    I wish we all get cleared soon with all the paperwork the hardships we go through.
    Hope they understand us and dont play again with our hard work and our feelings we are going through for the past many years.

    Today we are here because of our education which we have gained through lot of pain and of our parents generousity.

    They have to know we are also youngsters and would like to achieve what we dream when we are young and not when we are mid age or old enough.
  10. N S's Avatar
    Might not be a relevant comment here, But Why is AILF looking for plaintiffs again now? My understanding was that they had the needed plaintiffs on hand. Will this law suit be filed in this week as it was expected to?
  11. Greg Siskind's Avatar
    The Azulay suit is not the main lawsuit to watch. The American Immigration Law Foundation suit is and it has not been filed yet.
  12. Greg Siskind's Avatar
    My understanding was that AILF was in good shape on plaintiffs, but they are looking for especially sympathetic cases (children aging out, substitution cases, etc.). We should know more soon.
  13. legal's Avatar
    Why not? Isn't the Azulay suit going for class-action status as well? BTW, what happens if too many firms file the same suit and request class-action status? Do these get collapsed into one suit?
  14. Diana's Avatar

    I love this idea. Even if it doesn't get to USCIS it will still bring some color to someone in a hospital.
    I just sent one.
  15. 's Avatar
    So what happened to the flowers? Did they get many of them?
  16. paskal's Avatar

    Update on flower power (Gandhigiri)
    Flower deliveries have been taking place today, started bright and early with UPS and Fedex trucks pulling into USCIS, The flowers were in boxes so the colors were hidden unfortunately. USCIS swung into action and blocked all view of the deliveries as soon as they could. later they started intercepting deliveries at Reagen airport.
    Reports are that CNN and possibly Rueters turned up to cover the event. Deliveries will continue over the next two days, please continue to send flowers.
    USCIS's public statement and actions today do show that we got their attention :-)
    The media is also hopefully waking up, there have been interview requests from Washington post and NPR that I have heard of. We need to send a mstrong message to USCIS that we will not take injustice lying down- even though Gandhi did advocate turning the other cheek!
    We also hear that a senator is preparing a letter for release on the july fiasco.
    IV is delighted that the flowers are being put to good use for the veterans. Shameful that USCIS will forward them with the messages still attached though....
    Greg, thanks for posting on your blog, your own words are very encouraging, hope you turn out to be right!!!
  17. paskal's Avatar

    here it is on yahoo:

    they insist on reporting it as indian applicants- the Gandhi angle seems to help- but great to see it up already
  18. conchshell's Avatar
    Viceroy Lord Wavell and his assistants laughed when M.K. Gandhi told them that one day they will be forced to leave India. What they did not understood that they were not politicians, they were bureaucrats. When the political power behind peaceful civil disobedience was unleashed, a nation took shape, and what Gandhi told Wavell became a reality.

    Something similar repeated in United States recently when thousands of legal immigrants were given a cold shoulder, despite of their merit based claim for an American Green Card. They decided to apply Gandhian way of peaceful protest by sending thousands of flower bouquets to USCIS, an American agency responsible for immigration and citizenship. Instead of offering an apology, USCIS chief decided to again ignore the immigrants and simply issued a statement that the flowers will be forwarded to the injured service members recuperating at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Once again a bureaucrat miscalculated the power hidden behind a peaceful protest. Now the power behind flowers is becoming a media mainstream story. NY Times, Washington Post, Reuters, Yahoo News are a few to name. Bollywood, has recently issued a statement providing its full support to Immigration Voice, the non profit organization behind the flower campaign.
    An American way of fighting injustice "A law suit" is on its way, the usual rallies and demonstrations are about to begin. However, in America, its first time after Martin Luther King Jr., that someone has tried to apply Gandhi's way to fight injustice. It is yet not clear that what would be the outcome of this campaign, but there are rumours that USCIS is already discussing internally to reverse the discriminatory decision which caused this embarrassing flower campaign against them.

    Its amazing to witness that 60 years after Gandhi's demise, his ideology is still relevant. We are sure its gonna remain relevant till there are Lord Wavell's in this world. Lord Wavell's can momentarily laugh thinking that unorganized immigrants are helpless, but when the peaceful protest will demonstrate its political power, they surely will realize what Gandhi and Gandhian ways are all about.
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