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Letters of the Week: May 2-May 8

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  1. Editor, ILW.COM's Avatar
    Welcome to Letters of the Week for the week of May 2 - May 8. Please post your letter in the comment box below or email us at editor@ilw.com.
  2. Larry Hines, CEO 's Avatar
    You are so very wrong for saying that "no group of Americans have suffered more than immigrants" as a result of the 9/11 attacks. Shame on you! Perhaps you should remember the children of the fallen, or their spouses, or their parents. Or, for that matter, the thousands of law enforcement personnel who sacrificed their personal lives pursuing the leads to identify the ones responsible and even more so, the men and women in the armed forces who have and continue to put their lives on the line hunting down the scum that continue to put our country at risk.

    And specific to your quote, immigrants are not Americans. You would do well to remember that under U.S. Immigration Law, the definition of an immigrant is "An alien who has been granted the privilege of residing permanently in the United States." Immigration is not a right and frankly wouldn't be worth much if it were.
  3. Don Miller's Avatar
    Re the OpEd by Bloomberg...once again there is a deliberate confusing of the types of immigrant aspiring to enter or remain in the US. Very few Americans, I would wager, object in general to the Taiwanese Phd, the Indian computer genius, or the Korean entrepreneur who wishes to stay here and contribute to our country. What most of us do object to is the horde of illiterate and unskilled bottom-feeders from 3d World dumps who are swarming, mostly illegally, into the country in a sort of 21st Century "Volkswanderung" which is drastically changing large parts of the country culturally and demographically. Yet Bloomberg, Roger Algase, and others in this field (I know Bloomberg is not an immigration lawyer) consistently mix the two groups in order to make their point, which is that the US should allow unlimited numbers of Mexicans and Central Americans into the country so that immigration lawyers can grow prosperous off their difficulties. Similar to using the terms "latinos" and "hispanics" when what is really meant are Mexicans and Central Americans.
  4. Tim Houghtaling 's Avatar
    Mr. Schneier;

    Your piece, How to Prevent Digital Snooping, found in the ILW.Com page is perhaps the best logic for government records retention I have found. Great Job.

    As a, now retired INS Investigator and Union Rep I would suggest another value of the 'audit trails' as you characterize records systems - - those are the means with which whistleblower claims can be verified without exposing either the employee / client with the information or the fact a pre-investigation is taking place.

    You could expand examples to the advent of the digital video age where cameras are everywhere. Unhappy customers regularly and with great animosity make complaints against first line law enforcers. I recall angst of most workers at an airport inspections area when cameras were installed. A year later many workers had nothing but good things to say about them. Complaints dissolved when the video playback was presented! Audit Tails of Video version can be effective!

    Just as with locks, tight audit systems keep honest people honest, not much more.

    Good Job
    Tim Houghtaling
    INS 77-99
  5. Joseph P. Whalen's Avatar
    I was dismayed that ID did not have a blurb about Matter of Dorman. The AG remands a case to the BIA to consider the constitutionality of DOMA and you folks did not blast that out there.

    "....I direct that the order of the Board be vacated and that this matter be remanded to the Board to make such findings as may be necessary to determine whether and how the
    constitutionality of DOMA is presented in this case, including, but not limited to:....."
  6. Joseph P. Whalen's Avatar
    A memorandum issued today in the 9th Circuit is of note as follows:

    "Vino Kumar Saval petitioned for review of the Board of Immigration
    Appeals ("BIA") decision dismissing his appeal of the immigration judge's denial
    of his applications for asylum, withholding of removal, and protection under the
    Convention Against Torture. While his appeal was pending before this court,
    Saval died. His petition for review is now moot. See Gonzalez v. Holder, 594 F.3d
    1094, 1095 (9th Cir. 2010).

    Saval's spouse, Gita Kamala Nanakram, was a derivative beneficiary on
    Saval's asylum application. See 8 C.F.R. ?? 208.14(f), 1208.21(b). No statute,
    regulation, or BIA precedent decision clearly addresses the effect of an asylum
    applicant's death on derivative beneficiaries. We remand to the BIA to address
    this issue in the first instance. See INS v. Ventura, 537 U.S. 12, 16-18 (2002).

    REMANDED."

    at: http://www.ca9.uscourts.gov/datastore/memoranda/2011/05/05/05-75622.pdf

    This is an issue to watch.
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  8. Christian Louboutin Sandals's Avatar
    I would wager, object in general to the Taiwanese Phd, the Indian computer genius, or the Korean entrepreneur who wishes to stay here and contribute to our country. What most of us do object to is the horde of illiterate and unskilled bottom-feeders from 3d World dumps who are swarming, mostly illegally, into the country in a sort of 21st Century "Volkswanderung" which is drastically changing large parts of the country culturally and demographically. Yet Bloomberg, Roger Algase, and others in this field (I know Bloomberg is not an immigration lawyer) consistently mix the two groups in order to make their point, which is that the US should allow unlimited numbers of Mexicans and Central Americans into the country so that immigration lawyers can grow prosperous off their difficulties. Similar to using the terms "latinos" and "hispanics" when what is really meant are Mexicans and Central Americans.

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