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Letters of the Week: May 7 - May 11

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  1. Angelo Paparelli's Avatar
    Dear Friends in AILA:

    Charles Dickens was right. We live and practice immigration law in the worst and the best of times. Never before have we had fingertip access on our smartphones to the latest immigration developments. Nor in the last four decades have we faced as many existential threats to our clients and our careers. Through social media and the web, immigration consultants and notarios entice our clients with false promises, while the federal government flouts the law on formal rulemaking and publishes ill-considered policies by press release and web posting. Government auditors make unannounced site visits on the clients we represent. Immigrant detention has become a lucrative business supported by coordinated campaigns of interests groups and state legislatures, while deaths in detention continue. Prosecutorial discretion and stateside waiver processing seem like so much vaporware. The immigration community sees consular officers and service centers exercise arbitrary power, issuing kitchen-sink RFEs and robotic denials. Congress is stuck in partisan bickering. Even the watered-down DREAM Act failed.

    In times like these, AILA must be strong, vigilant and effective. It must be THE authoritative voice for enlightened immigration reforms and a champion for the rule of law and our clients' rights. It must also be a champion for the best interests of all our members.

    For these reasons, I urge you with utmost passion and sincerity to vote for Annaluisa Padilla as National Secretary in the coming election.

    You may not know Annaluisa well, but I do. For the last several years have I admired her innumerable contributions to our common cause as AILA Chapter Chair, in which capacity she also served on our national Board of Governors, as a committed and capable colleague and as a Board Member of the Mexican American Bar Association. Rarely can one immigration lawyer bring together the support of prominent, seasoned practitioners with far-flung interests ranging from litigation and removal defense to business immigration. Litigators and removal experts such as Peter Schey and Peter Williamson, versatile practitioners like past President, Carlina Tapia-Ruano, scholars like Steve Yale-Loehr and Dan Kowalski, business practitioners and AILA leaders like Josie Gonzales, Bernie Wolfsdorf and Daryl Buffenstein, numerous AILA past Presidents, and yours truly, are unanimous in our support for Annaluisa as AILA's next National Secretary.

    We joined AILA for several reasons - CLE, new ideas and strategies born of camaraderie and shared experience, liaison and advocacy, to name a few. But AILA is only so strong as the wisdom, talents and expertise of its leaders and its committed members.

    At this critical time in our nation's history, I am urging you to vote for Annaluisa Padilla to serve as AILA's next National Secretary. She has the intelligence, passion, competence and media savvy to lead AILA with unprecedented distinction at this perilous time. This smart Guatemalan asylee, whose parents have worked as a gardener and housekeeper, will make a great AILA leader. She did a great job as SoCal AILA chair. I urge you to vote for the leader who will best serve our nation's and our own needs as AILA's secretary - Annaluisa Padilla.

    Please do not procrastinate. Vote as soon as you receive your ballot by email.

    Regards,


    Angelo A. Paparelli
  2. Joe Whalen's Avatar
    In response to the article:

    "Army Soldier's Wife Facing Deportation"

    I clicked the link and read "the rest of the story". She was released in an exercise of prosecutorial discretion. Her adjustment application process is proceeding. By the way, the terminology is "Removal" as in "Removal Proceeding" and has been for years.

    I find the inaccurate headline insulting and the tone of what ID posted to be over the top.
  3. Att. Irleny Insuasti 's Avatar
    I have read about Reagan Style Amnesty and I my opinion is:
    Our country USA needs to allow the undocumented immigrants to stay here specially those with US-citizen spouse, children with green cards, NO criminal records, hard workers that pay taxes, with more than ten years living here, and have great values.
    There are too many families in this situation, they have not lose their hope and their dreams to contribute to this generous country that has open the door to my family. I love USA.
  4. Matthew U.'s Avatar
    AILA's nominating committee had no authority under the bylaws to select Annaluisa Padilla as their "second choice" nominee as their 100-day deadline had already passed by that time. The same holds true for their two additional post-deadline nominations they made for director positions. Therefore none of these three candidates were legitimately nominated and none should appear on the AILA ballots.

    When the nominating committee took it upon itself to make a second, third and forth nomination after their 100-day deadline passed, the committee was not acting in compliance with the bylaws and in fact had no authority to reconvene again and again.

    There is nothing in the bylaws that says the nominating committee must be successful in finding willing candidates for each officer position and each directorship (how could it as there is no way to guarantee the committee will find willing candidates), nor that it must eventually have a candidate of its choosing on the ballot for any given position. All the bylaw requires is that they "try", not that they must be successful.

    The nominating committee "did try" and did find willing nominees, but some of their nominees decided to drop out after the nomination deadline passed. Instead of playing by the rules (bylaws) that are already in place to fill the void through the petition process or alternately by temporary appointment by the BOG after the election, the bylaws were misinterpreted / twisted to hold that the nominating committee "must" have a candidate on the ballot.

    And not only that, the bylaw committee then coughed up a proposal to amend the bylaws to somehow retroactively sanction the nominating committees unauthorized post-deadline action, and that proposed bylaw amendment is slated to be voted upon at the upcoming BOG meeting on June 14th in Nashville, TN.

    By insisting that they must have a second, third, fourth bite of the apple, the nominating committee is being profoundly unfair to present and all future candidates who might run under the petition process.

    There is a reason why the nominating committee must be finished 100-days before the election, and there is a reason why petition candidates then have an additional 45 days to decide if they want to expend the time, energy and money to mount a petition campaign against the candidate selected by the nominating committee. It is simply not fair to these petitioners to allow the nominating committee to step in once again to select a "second choice" candidate if their first choice drops out sometime between 100 days and 55 days before the election. Not only was there no void to fill as far as candidates for office or directorships was concerned, the "fiction" that the nominating committee must have a candidate on the ballot and thus can make additional nominations after their deadline has passed will destroy the petition process for future AILA elections.

    We need to preserve the nominating committee's hard and fast 100-day deadline if we want to preserve our petition process. Allowing the nominating committee to shift its deadline to the same day petition candidates must announce their candidacy creates too much uncertainty for the prospective petitioner candidate.

    I hope other AILA members who will be at the BOG meeting in Nashville will see value in preserving the petition process which actually is the one thing in the system which occasionally leads to us actually having a choice when it comes to candidates and elections; and will vote "NO" concerning this proposed change to the bylaws.
  5. Steven N. Parks's Avatar
    Dear Webmaster,

    As much as I realize Apple would like to see all Immigration Attorneys (and the rest of the world) limited solely to their equipment, I don't understand why the new app you have partnered to track updates in the EB-5 realm is restricted to their IOS system. More and more attorneys are realizing the virtues (and simplicity) of the Android platform and have devices which work with Honeycomb, etc. Don't you think it would be wise to provide the app to all potential users?

  6. Estelita Dungca's Avatar
    "With my utmost passion and sincerity, I will vote for Annaluisa Padilla as National Secretary in thi coming election.""I will wait for my ballot!...Sincerely Yours, Estelita ****ca.
  7. Editor, ILW.COM 's Avatar
    Dear Mr. Steven N. Parks,

    Thank you for your comment and suggestion. In the near future, we are planning to launch Google Android App.
  8. Estelita Dungca's Avatar
    A short message to my ...the same 'situation; "It's blessings for us tohave around people who care for us and lots of compassion..(AILA)...They hold us up!..and we'll do the same!(I) we are blessed and secured because "they are with us !Alot of good could be accomplished in my situation..if nobody cared,who got the credit?..."I willbe gladly wait for my mail"! Respectfully Yours, Estelita ****ca.
  9. Beats By Dr Dre's Avatar

    At this critical time in our nation's history, I am urging you to vote for Annaluisa Padilla to serve as AILA's next National Secretary. She has the intelligence, passion, competence and media savvy to lead AILA with unprecedented distinction at this perilous time. This smart Guatemalan asylee, whose parents have worked as a gardener and housekeeper, will make a great AILA leader. She did a great job as SoCal AILA chair. I urge you to vote for the leader who will best serve our nation's and our own needs as AILA's secretary - Annaluisa Padilla.
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