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Letters of the Week: Nov 21 - Nov 25

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  1. Joe Whalen's Avatar
    Heads Up! Speak Up or Shut Up, it's your choice:

    YOU can comment on this eBond process!



    Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals:

    Electronic Bonds Online (eBonds) Access

    2011-30065 View Pdf
    [OMB Control No. 1653-0046; Filed: 11/21/11 at 8:45 am; Publication Date: 11/22/2011]
  2. Jay McTyier 's Avatar
    I, like Donald Miller, find myself scratching my head at the condemnation of any kind of U.S. immigrant control that flows so freely on this forum. If we were judging only by the rhetoric, outsiders to the national immigration debate who fell across this site would assume that the United States had, at one time in the recent past, been a welcoming, non-judging haven for all who felt oppressed; that we've recently lost our way; and if we could only get back on track, then the ideal expressed in the Emma Lazarus poem inscribed at the foot of the Statute of Liberty, would be realized and all would prosper. But looking at our actual legislative history since we've been a nation shows we were never such a haven. That golden yesteryear when it was uncomplicated to immigrate to the U.S is a myth. The Chinese Exclusion Act, the literacy tests used to restrict immigration of under-educated peoples, the still-current requirements to prove that one will not become a public charge tell the true tale of how we feel about people coming in from the outside, no matter how many times we fly the "We are a nation of immigrants" banner. Aristide Zolberg's A Nation by Design more objectively chronicles our immigration history, and shows we have always been guided by cunning utilitarianism, rather than an open humanitarianism

    As Miller states, our efforts to strain the masses that might want to enter our polity reflect both cultural preferences and practical concerns, something that international law says is our right to express as a sovereign state. Other states do the same thing, but because the demand to enter those states from outsiders is not as great and frankly not that much of a concern for the average American, their efforts to control immigration do not get much play in the U.S. media. By comparison to other countries, our immigration procedures appear almost kind. In the documentary Paper Dolls by Tomer Heymann, chronicling the story of band Philippino transvestites living in Israel and caring for elderly men often abandoned by their families, we see what happens in that country when people are found working without a permit: they are taken to the airport immediately after arrest and put on a plane. No court time. No opportunity to present equity factors like length of resident or ties to Israel. And no opportunity to say goodbye to family and friends.
  3. Vepollo1's Avatar
    November 4, 2008, Obama said change has come, what change, 400,000 per year deported is not what he promised..
  4. Richard Y's Avatar
    Leviticus 19:34 : 'The stranger who resides with you shall be to you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt; I am the LORD your God.

    No Israelis Jewish nor Americans Christians should ignore that verse from the Torah or Holly Bible. We never know that someday we will have to seek refuge in other lands running away from hunger and danger as well.

    In the past there was less barrier for ones to trade or relocate to other lands because everyone used the gold and silver as universal currency and wages were almost the same anywhere for typical same jobs. Ones in Europe would be paid 1 piece of silver coin for 1 pair of shoes, so did ones in ancient China for the same job. But today there is huge wage differential because of global manipulation on banking and currencies system worldwide that create huge income gap between rich and poor countries and many of "rich" countries today are not really rich but running on huge budget and trade deficits to afford their high living standard and this won't last forever. There will days that will be over and the bills will come due as happened in Greece, Ireland and EU in general and off course the US. And that will be the time these "rich" countries beg to emerging ones who have stash of real cash reserve such as China, Brazil, Indonesia, India etc. for bail outs.

    Nations create trade and immigration barriers simply to cater their whining citizens and prevent foreign competition that's about it and it's not working perfectly in the advance of technology and internet when it's very easy to outsource jobs to artificial intelligent machines and robots or foreigners overseas that are willing to do the same jobs with greater productivity with less wage. If our laws won't welcome as much for foreign investors to invest here than they can set up offices in Canada instead or building a huge offshore floating office just 12 miles on international water from our shore. Foreign medical services can also set up a floating hospital offering competitive rates just 12 miles from our shores as well.

    It's time for our restrictionists here to wake up and go outside their bubble of ignorant. Demand our politicians to stop wasting our tax dollars on special interests, wasteful spending and wars. Invest in our education, infrastructures and health care of the future. Stop blaming foreigners on our laziness and take it for granted attitudes before it's too late to stop our "empire" to fall down.

  5. Joe Whalen's Avatar
    OSC Technical Assistance Letters

    One of the ways in which OSC educates the public is by responding to written requests for technical assistance about the anti-discrimination provision. Click below for a technical assistance letter issued by OSC.

    Check them out at:

    And check out their newsletters, especially the most recent.

  6. Roger Algase's Avatar
    Jay McTyler argues that "cultural preferences" are a legitimate factor in determining which immigrants America decides to admit. It is true that "cultural preferences" have played an important role in our immigration history.

    The Chinese exclusion laws, which he mentions, are one example. The anti-Irish, anti-Catholic Know Nothing movement was another. The anti-Semitic, anti-Italian, anti-Eastern European immigrant "national origins" quota law of 1924 was also an example, along with the internment of Japanese-Americans during WW2.

    We have a growing number of "cultural preference" state immigration laws now - Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Utah, etc. We also have had a long history of "cultural preference" aside from immigration - slavery and segregation laws, and official or unofficial, but still once popular "cultural preference" practices, such as lynching black people, bombing black churches, barring black people from sitting at lunch counters or in the front of the bus, or from going to school together with whites.

    Our current administration, led by America's first African-American president, is showing its sensitivity to the "cultural preferences" of Americans like Mr. McTyler by deporting close to 400,000 Latino and other brown-skinned immigrants every year. Yes, one could say that America is a nation of "cultural preferences".
  7. Richard Y's Avatar
    Happy Thanksgiving everyone !, may we not forget the generosity of the native Americans whom have welcome fed our ancestors with generosity, so we can thrive and survive until today. May the Thanksgiving always remind us on our history as a nation of immigrants. Whenever we eat our Turkey every year we must remember that our day of thanksgiving wouldn't even exist without the compassion of the natives who had no sense of prejudice nor selfish xenophobia.
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