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  1. ImmigrationDaily's Avatar
    [Editor's Note: A letter to editor was deleted because we learnt that it was not intended for publication.]
  2. Ken Rinzler's Avatar
    It's incredibly amusing to read how David Leopold wants to correct someone else's post, considering that he's made some posts both within AILA and externally that give an entirely new slant to the English language. In fact, just this morning I had to write to Doug Stump, AILA's new President, requesting him to have Mr. Leopold update his blog page to reflect the fact that he is no longer AILA's General Counsel. Although a month has passed since Mr. Leopold was -- fortunately -- not reappointed to this position, Mr. Leopold still holds himself out as such on his blog, as apparently he hasn't found the time to update it (maybe out of embarrassment?) although he certainly has had time to make many other postings. Many members of AILA were happy to see him go; and I was proudly at the top of that list.
  3. shaikh ahmed's Avatar
    I am lost to under stand why the politicians are try to pass the subject Bill.
    How many jobs we have here in the United States..?
    How many will retired in the last month of this year...?
    How much money the government had Collected from the peoples who were or now in Jobs..?
    Where the money go's......?
    Why not the Government had the CPA's as there Certifiers who can say yes they have done the
    Right audit and money is loaned to other Government is coming back.....?

    Why 99% all political leaders says the Public want to help others.....On what Accounts.....?
    How many Part peoples are paying Taxes......? Including all political part leaders who are in
    both the party and they are in the Congress and Sentra's......?
    Do you have any way to question them....?
  4. Ken Rinzler's Avatar
    Dear ILW Reader:
    For those who want to plan early, here is some preliminary information as to a key hotel for AILA's 2014 Annual Conference to be held in Boston, June 18-21 . As you no doubt know, AILA doesn?t normally release this information until January or so, despite them knowing months ahead of time where it will be, what the conference rate is, etc. I know that many people like to make their arrangements as early as possible, however.
    With that in mind, and in the interests of transparency, allow me. A principal AC hotel, though probably not the only hotel, is the Westin Copley Plaza. And the code to get the AILA group rate is 11627. The rate is $300 for a King Traditional or 2 bedded room, $375 for a King suite (with fold-out couch). You can?t book it online yet at this rate, but must call the hotel at 617-262-9600.
    It only has 803 guest rooms, including suites, so no doubt there will be at least one other hotel with a special AILA rate. But this will probably be the nicest, and I imagine where most of the key meetings will be held.
    Seems like it's going to be one expensive conference to attend.
  5. Ekta Panigrahi's Avatar
    Book Review: The Closing of the American Border: Terrorism, Immigration, and Security Since 9/11 by Edward Alden by Ekta Panigrahi

    After the September 11, 2001 attacks on U.S. soil, the fundamental stance on immigration changed drastically. It is important to acknowledge the drastic shift away from the once welcoming nature of the country. Prior to the trauma of 9/11, the United States explicitly facilitated and promoted travel in and out of the country, ultimately bringing in an era of globalization that proved to be beneficial for the nation as a whole. In his book The Closing of the American Border: Terrorism, Immigration, and Security Since 9/11, Edward Alden explains how the nation started to shut itself out from the rest of the world in order to maintain national security, which is ultimately having a negative effect on the United States.

    This book provides thorough information on how immigration policy has evolved since 9/11 by delving into the new policies regarding homeland security. Alden examines speeches that were made and incorporates discussions between top White House officials as they established new guidelines regarding immigration policy. The book does pay special attention to the U.S. - Mexico border and the economic costs and benefits that come with promoting immigration on that particular border.

    While this book does present a plethora of information regarding immigration policy, it manages to keep readers hooked by incorporating vivid anecdotes. In fact, the book opens up with a story about a Pakistani med student who had stepped out of the United States for a period of time, but was unable to return and pursue his medical career due to the racial profiling that unfortunately occurred after 9/11. This is just one heart-wrenching story among many included in this book. With these anecdotes, Alden is able to connect with readers. Another bonus is that he discusses immigration in a way that non-experts can understand, which allows for a larger reading audience.

    In a world that is rapidly changing since the 9/11 tragedy, Edward Alden is able to shine light upon immigration policy and how it has altered since that catastrophic day. He stresses that closing off to the rest of the world in order conduct the “war on terror” and promote homeland security has had negative consequences on the nation and the country must pursue a different immigration policy in order to preserve the stability of the nation and its place on the international level. The Closing of the American Border: Terrorism, Immigration, and Security Since 9/11 by Edward Alden efficiently explains to readers the transition the United States took from openness to closed-off, and how this isolationism is not in the country’s best interests.

    The Closing of the American Border: Terrorism, Immigration, and Security Since 9/11 by Edward Alden - Harper Perennial (2008) - 304 pp, ISBN: 9780061558405, $9.70 - http://www.amazon.com/The-Closing-American-Border-Immigration/dp/0061558400/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top
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