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Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy

A HOAX PERPETUATED BY TWO GOVERNMENT AGENCIES

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Here is an unusually harsh, but completely appropriate, statement from the American Immigration Lawyers Association condemning the OUTRAGEOUS actions of the State Department and USCIS:



Administration Slams Door
on Thousands of Legal Immigrants>>


AILA Condemns
Agencies' Bait and Switch
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: George
Tzamaras>>


Monday, July 02, 2007  202-216-2410 or gtzamaras@aila.org
>>


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lace w:st="on">lace>--The American Immigration
Lawyers Association strongly condemns the bait and switch perpetrated by the
federal government on thousands of intending immigrants who have waited in line
for years and were following the rules for obtaining a "green
card."





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On June 13, 2007, the U.S. State Department announced
that, as of July 2, individuals seeking permanent residence ("green cards")
through employer sponsorship finally would be allowed to proceed with their
applications. Applicants would have a
short window, possibly only through July or perhaps August, to complete their
paperwork.
>>





Those intending immigrants, immediately and at
great expense, rushed to gather final documents, complete their paperwork and
obtain required medical exams. Many sent
their applications off on Friday, June 29 for arrival on July 2 at the
Department of Homeland Security, for the last phase of the multi-step process
that leads to a green card.


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However, on the very day the door was to open, DOS and
DHS slammed it shut.


On July 2, DHS and DOS announced--based on no different
information than they had on June 13 when they announced the opening of this
filing door--that all applications would be turned away.


>>




"People ask why those who come to the United Statesillegally can't just follow the rules,"
said Kathleen Campbell Walker, President of the American Immigration Lawyers
Association. "But here people followed
the rules and did everything right, yet without warning or explanation the door
was slammed in their faces. This hoax
perpetrated by these two government agencies is unconscionable, and is an
example of how badly our immigration system is broken."




>>


AILA calls on the Administration to do the right
thing and keep its promise to the people affected by this sudden reversal. AILA also calls on Congress to get it right
this time and fix our badly broken system.


>>



 

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  1. Gustavo's Avatar
    My question is why they did this? Who benefits with this practice and what do they achieve by frustrating tens of thousands of individuals?
  2. shrinivas's Avatar
    When USCIS had all information prior to july 2nd , Why did they not issue a revised bulletin much in advance? The revised Bulletin of July 2nd has surely caused a lot of aggravation amongst the people who are legally here.
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