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Letters of the Week: Feb 3 - Feb 7

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  1. Kinley Fair's Avatar
    While I appreciate the fact that Immigration Daily is not partisan, I must take issue with the fact that you apparently believe that being from the south makes one racist and being from the north makes one moderate. There are many cosmopolitan, moderate, and diverse cities in the southern United States which support immigration reform, and the stereotype is not accurate.
  2. joe silva1's Avatar
    Your piece was dead on. --jas.
  3. Kenneth Rinzler's Avatar
    Dear Colleague:
    As we know, CIR is dead. AILA did its part by insisting on amnesty and its typical all or nothing approach. Classic AILA, despite the warnings from so many members.
    That being said, here?s an article which will soon be published in the New York Times about how deferred action has severely affected the processing times of immediate relative petitions, one of the most fundamental aspects of immigration as far as law-abiding U.S. citizens are concerned (not one of AILA?s favorite groups I?m afraid):

    And here?s the email I sent to the author of the article:

    Dear Ms. Preston:
    I write as an immigration attorney who has been practicing for over 20 years and a member of that disastrous organization, AILA.
    Your story has one complete error about the law and another glaring omission. The error is your statement that "the law prohibits foreigners who want to become residents from entering as tourists while their documents are in process." That is completely false. Such alien beneficiaries are allowed to visit the U.S. as tourists while their cases are pending as long as it is temporary and they do not attempt to adjust status while here (e.g., not to wait out the clock here or short-circuit the system). I have done it many times for many clients.
    The omission is the quote from Greg Chen, without mentioning the hundreds of thousands of dollars of members' dues AILA spends every year promoting amnesty for illegal aliens and its other questionable advocacy activities without ever once consulting or polling its members on what stands it should take. It's a bit rich for Mr. Chen to be talking about priorities when not only has his own organization not asked us what those priorities should be, but AILA was instrumental in promoting this delay because AILA has consistently put the "rights" of people who have broken the law over those of law-abiding U.S. citizens.
    Shame on you, Ms. Preston, for not doing your homework for this story. I would love to talk with you about this.
    Sincerely yours,
    Kenneth Rinzler
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