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Jan 26 - Haiti Is Not Humanitarian Crisis, It Is Our Crisis

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January 26, 2010,0126.shtm

1.  Comment: Haiti Is Not Humanitarian Crisis, It Is Our Crisis
2.  Focus: Employer's Immigration Compliance Desk Reference Only $99
3.  Articles:
    (a) The Double-Edged Sword Of Suing A Client by Ed Poll
    (b) American Union (AU) by Ruben Botello
    (c) Immigrants Of The Week: Rich Little and Emilio Estefan by
    Greg Siskind
4.  News:
    (a) Neufeld Memo On Haitian TPS And NY Traffic Infractions
    (b) DHS Releases ESTA FAQs
    (c) USCIS Warns Of Haitian TPS Scams
5.  Classifieds:
    (a) Website Services
    (b) J-1 Visa Program
6.  Headlines:
    (a) Legal Haitian Immigrants Should Be Able To Bring Their
    Children To US Quickly
    (b) No Visa, No Show For Foreign Performers
    (c) US-Bound Fliers Required To Register
    (d) Blacksburg Couple's Adoption Caught In Haitian Limbo
7.  ComingsNGoings:
    (a) Immigration Event
8.  Letters From:
    (a) David D. Murray, Esq.,0126.shtm

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Haiti Is Not Humanitarian Crisis, It Is Our Crisis

Despite our ever-shrinking, globalized world, neighborhoods still
matter. So when something terrible happens to one of our
neighbors, it rightly commands our attention and prompts us to
action. The tragedy in Haiti is, in this sense, not merely a
humanitarian one. It is not merely the crisis of a very poor
country whose capital-city-infrastructure has collapsed, and
where more than 1% of the population is dead of a series of
earthquakes. It is not merely a situation where American troops
will once again have to offer police services to Haiti for many
years to come, as we have done many times in Haiti's history.

As we have mentioned before,,0114.shtm
our ties with Haiti run deep, as indeed they do with all of our
neighbors. Illustrative of these ties are the factoids that the
founder of Chicago was a Haitian immigrant (Jean Baptiste Point
du Sable) and that renowned ornithologist and painter John James
Audubon was also an immigrant from Haiti. We are sorry to note
that one of the first reactions of our government to the Haitian
catastrophe was to ask our naval forces to patrol the coasts of
Haiti to prevent the desperate from seeking help in America (this
continues to be American policy and practice as of this writing).
Predictably, the anti-immigrationists are overjoyed at this turn
of events, and are loudly cheering Secretary Clinton
on in following this inhuman policy, one counter to the usual
welcoming and humane record of our armed forces (as we had also
predicted, almost 1,000 reserves were activated). When reacting
to this national catastrophe that has befallen our poor neighbor
off the Florida coast, we must not forget that they sent 750
soldiers to fight with us during the American Revolution. Haiti
deserves better behavior from our sailors and marines than the
one that this administration has currently ordered.

ILW.COM's response to the Haitian calamity is different from
those, like the Red Cross, who are offering humanitarian
assistance. The difference is two-fold: (1) we are taking a more
long-term view of the situation than most, and (2) we strongly
believe that immigration relief is the one large-impact weapon
available to America in delivering help where it is most needed.

As to the long term, we believe that while humanitarian efforts
(such as search-and-rescue) are surely the humane thing to do,
saving 100 people from the rubble does not begin to address the
physical injuries of 100,000 nor the long-term relief efforts
that will be necessary for the nation of 10,000,000 long after
American heart-strings have been fatigued from repeated plucking,
and after other international and domestic events have captured
the ever-fickle media spotlight. We believe that as the weeks and
months ahead unfold, America will get more entangled in the
Haitian crisis, not less. Military involvement in Haiti will
constrict President Obama's options in Iraq and Afghanistan in
the months to come, and the final cost to the US budget in the
years to come will be in the range of 100 times the amount that
the President initially committed (the initial sum was $100
million). Relief for Haiti will be on our country's radar for
much longer than other calamities far away whose refugee
consequences we can easily stay away from due to the distances
involved. American institutions are reacting to the Haitian
crisis, and consistent with the reality of deep ties between the
two neighbors, we are seeing large-scale responses, in both
effort and time scale. For instance, the Florida Bar has
that their entire membership of 88,000 lawyers to donate 1
billable hour of time to Haiti relief. As another instance,
ILW.COM's not-for-profit seminar on Haitian immigration relief
has 3 phone sessions over several months, it is not a quickie
feel-good effort. We have no doubt that more such actions will
follow and that Americans will rise to the occasion.

As to immigration's role in helping Haiti, we are fortunate as a
country that we have an effective counter to the destruction
wrought by the forces of nature. Much of the money and effort
devoted to humanitarian assistance is often both costly and
wasteful. Costly because government-to-government help is not
noted for efficiency, and wasteful because significant sums of
money in countries such as Haiti end up lining the pockets of
corrupt officials instead of helping those suffering. Both of
these downsides do not affect remittances sent home by Haitian
migrants in the US. Granting TPS to undocumented Haitians is the
first step in turbo-charging this armada of micro-relief efforts.
However, we believe that Congress will have to take a close look
at offering more immigration relief such as dramatically
expanding adoptions from Haiti, and providing other special
provisions for Haitians to immigrate to the US. Be the future as
it may, the current availability of TPS relief puts the
immigration bar in a position of real power to effect meaningful
change in the lives of the Haitian people. Every Haitian who gets
this relief will be helping out many suffering kin. We urge
members of the bar to consider doing one low-cost or no-cost TPS
case in the months to come. Our not-for-profit seminar
($99 for the entire 3-part series combined) will help those who are
unfamiliar with TPS procedures arm themselves with the knowledge
necessary to help those suffering in Haiti.

We welcome readers to share their opinion and ideas with us by
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(a) The Double-Edged Sword Of Suing A Client

Ed Poll writes "One of the most visible signs of how law firms
have been hit by the down economy is the increasing number of
news reports about firms suing their clients for nonpayment of
bills for legal services.",0126-poll.shtm

(b) American Union (AU)

Ruben Botello writes "Since 9/11, the United States and other
American nations have been struggling with new economic and
political crises, while having to combat terrorism in and outside
our respective borders.",0126-botello.shtm,0126-botello.shtm#bio

(c) Immigrants Of The Week: Rich Little and Emilio Estefan

Greg Siskind writes "Come to think of it, he's still one of the
only people most people can name in this niche area of comedy.",0126-siskind.shtm

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4.  NEWS

(a) Neufeld Memo On Haitian TPS And NY Traffic Infractions

USCIS Associate Director Service Center Operations released a
memo providing guidance for adjudications of TPS applications and
administrative appeals in cases involving aliens convicted of
certain minor NY traffic violations.,0126-neufeld.pdf

(b) DHS Releases ESTA FAQs

DHS released FAQs on ESTA, the Electronic System for Travel

(c) USCIS Warns Of Haitian TPS Scams

USCIS issued a fact sheet warning Haitians applying for temporary
protected status to be aware of immigration scams.,0126-tps.shtm

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6.  Headlines

(a) Legal Haitian Immigrants Should Be Able To Bring Their
Children To US Quickly

On Friday, 34 U.S. senators, including New Jersey Democrats
Robert Menendez and Frank Lautenberg, urged the State Department
and DHS to go a step further and allow children who have lost
their families in Haiti but have close relatives in the United
States to move here.

(b) No Visa, No Show For Foreign Performers

When the Children's Theatre's latest show opened Friday in
Minneapolis, it featured Twin Cities actors, not the Australian
performers originally announced for the play.

(c) US-Bound Fliers Required To Register

Citizens from 35 countries could be barred from boarding US-bound
flights starting in March if they don't register online before
flying, according to the Homeland Security Department.

(d) Blacksburg Couple's Adoption Caught In Haitian Limbo

Elizabeth and Lily Moore wait together in Haiti for the U.S.
State Department to clear the child's immigration visa, one of
the last pieces of a three-year adoption process that was nearing
completion less than a week before the earthquake

For links to the above stories see here:,0126.shtm#Headlines
7.  ComingsNGoings

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(a) Immigration Event
USCIS invites you to join a teleconference to discuss the process
of registering for Temporary Protected Status for Haitian
nationals. We will review the most frequently asked questions and
then take additional questions from participants. January 27th,
2010 at 2:00pm EST, to join the call - please dial: Number:
1-888-324-8190, passcode: 8174628. If you have any questions,
email Mary Herrmann, at or call

Readers can share comments, email:  (up to
300-words). Past correspondence is available in our archives

(a) Dear Editor:
Scott T. Decker's letter (01/25/10 ID) hits the nail right on the
head and I totally agree. For the reasons mentioned in his
letter, and more, immigration reform must come and it must come
now. And I don't mean CIR (buzzword for Amnesty). Congress should
first reform our entire antiquated and disjointed immigration
laws. Once that is done, they can address "CIR" in separate
legislation. If we don't do it that way, it will never get done,
and that's for sure.
David D. Murray, Esq. Newport Beach, CA
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