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  1. Angie Mercer's Avatar
    There already is a visa for that. Problem is that the funding required as part of the start-up is out of reach for many. Why not fix the TN visa instead of creating a new category? Just allow more than Canada & Mexico; and change the financial limits.
  2. shaikh ahmed's Avatar
    90% of the persons employed by the US Department of State do not know how to issue the visa
    and to whom. all the vice-consul they get the signing when they are posted abroad and before
    that they do not know how they can handle all the issues.
    They are not trained properly nor they have the qualifications of a vice consul, no soon they are
    selected they are send for 6 months to FSI. What they learn at FSI is not in the interest in our
    national.
    That's the reasons all over the world general public come to US. with visa or with out the visa.
    and then the want us the American public to support them.
    That's the way Government also take the tax money as well all the Senators and Congress.
    Thank you.
    Sincerely
  3. MARIA C PARSONS's Avatar
    I AM SO ASHAMED TO BE CALLED AN AMERICAN. WHEN DID OUR VALUES CHANGE?.
    AND MOST IMPORTANT WHAT IS WRONG WITH CONGRESS? THEY ARE SO CONCERNED
    TO GO AGAINST OBAMA NO MATTER WHAT HE WANTS TO DO. LET US SEND SPOUSES OUT
    OF THE COUNTRY, AND LET US REMOVE CHILDREN FROM OUR COUNTRY JUST BECAUSE
    THEY ARE HERE WITHOUT THEIR PERMISSION? DO YOU KNOW HOW HARD THE IMMIGRATION
    LEGAL PROCESS IS?. HARDSHIP TO THE PETITIONER? GIVE ME A BREAK. IT SHOULD BE A GIVEN
    IF YOUR FAMILY MEMBER IS A US CITIZEN AND YOU HAVE BEEN APPROVED THEY SHOULD JUST
    GIVE YOU YOUR CARD TO RESIDE IN THE US WITH YOUR FAMILY MEMBER. THIS IS MY OPINION
    AS AMERICAN BORN CITIZEN.


    MARIA C PARSONS
    A. Joseph Field & Associates
  4. Wayne A.Y. Wilhelm's Avatar
    The article [July 21 Comment - Anti-Future And Anti-Past] seems to not differentiate between illegal immigration and legal immigration when referring to whether republicans are anti-immigration. I believe the republican party is pro-immigration just not pro-illegal-immigration and I believe there is a big difference. As a fourth generation American on my Japanese side and many more generations on my German side, I have not personally experienced trying to immigrate to the United States. However, my wife who is Filipina and her family immigrated to the United States legally and it was not a simple journey. Her parents left my wife and her brother and sister with relatives when they first came to the United States. They immigrated legally, got jobs, housing and established themselves in California. They later sent for the kids who also immigrated legally. It was not easy and they were separated from their children for over a year, but they did it legally and are living the American dream. Is it fair to all the honest people who have experienced great difficulty in immigrating legally to allow the same
    opportunity to those coming here illegally?

    Wayne A.Y. Wilhelm, JD, MBA
    Attorney & Counselor at Law
    The Wilhelm Firm, PLLC
  5. Donreggie1's Avatar
    Thanks for the update and your take on what is going on at the Southern Border of the USA. Why does it take 4 Billion dollars to secure the border and send back these children? What rights do these children have if they enter under the petition of "refugees"? How can the Senate put forth a bill without having hearings on the status of these children? The media is silent on this tragic dilemma and the children have no choice but to wait and see if they are sent back to their unsafe status or worst to their death!
  6. DONALDBRENDAMILLER's Avatar
    The hypocrisy of the [immigration lawyers] as expressed in this site never ceases to amaze me! You agitate for essentially open borders for poor, uneducated and illiterate Indians from Central America, people who are of absolutely no benefit to an advanced industrial country like the United States, and then when you are met with opposition, you immediately switch your focus to entrepreneurs from India, scientists from China, doctors from Europe...all of whom would of course be unquestionably welcomed in any nation. I agree that our immigration system needs to be changed, and one of the first features to go should be the emphasis on "family reunification"! When I was a consular officer in Guayaquil we issued an IV to the 300th member of one immigrant's extended family! Investigation revealed that not one of the rest of that bunch had any other than a most menial job, if that, in the New York City area! Is this really of benefit for the country?

    Further, in your support for the invasion currently taking place in Texas, you should, in the interest of integrity, define your position. Why should Central American kids alone be allowed to enter and remain? Throughout the 3d World probably 90% of all children live under similar hardships: why aren't you pushing for them to come in as well? Aren't they all, to your thinking, also the responsibility of the United States and the American taxpayer? Why Hondurans and not, say, Chadians? Oh, and by the way...your reference to a "ship filled with Jewish children" is a bit misleading and not at all apropos! The referenced ship did indeed have children on board but their families were also with them. And, disgracefully, the ship was rejected by several countries, not just the USA (which doesn't make it any better). Most importantly, we already had read "Mein Kampf", had heard Hitler's speeches and knew that as members of a specific, identifiable group, those people ran, not a "possible', but a certain death upon returning. This is not at all the situation with the Central Americans...sure they may face violence at home but so do kids in Chicago and Detroit! Your most notorious hypocrite (IMO), Roger Algase, who seems to think that "brown-skinned Spanish-speakers" are the alpha and omega of human value, is a descendent of European immigrants who had every opportunity to go to Mexico or Cuba or the DR where brown skinned Spanish speakers are plentiful, but instead chose (mistakenly?) to come to the US which at the time was apx. 85% white and 10% black and all American and English-speaking. Even today Mr. Algase could enjoy his retirement among his preferred people, but he chooses instead to inflict them on the rest of us, who mostly want none of that social, cultural, and financial burden, thank you.

    In all your arguments re. immigration, there is never one iota of thought given to the future of the American nation. If, as you seem to advocate, every single person who is undernourished, possibly diseased, uneducated, unassimilable, has some relative in this country, is "afraid" of something or other, involved in criminal activity...anywhere in the world, is to be allowed in and become the responsibility of the American taxpayer (the 53% of us who do pay taxes), how long do you foresee this country lasting in its present form? Is it not conceivable to you that if a sufficient number of 3d World bottom-feeders are allowed residency the "tipping point" will surely arrive and the US itself will become, by sheer force of numbers, itself a 3d World country?

    [Immigration lawyers are] composed of ostensibly intelligent and educated individuals, but I have heard others in other legal fields refer to immigration lawyers as the bottom of the profession. After my dealings with you professionally and observing your efforts in this site, I have to agree! I am convinced that as a segment of the otherwise generally honorable legal profession, you, the immigration bar, are completely unscrupulous: you have no concern for your country and your fellow citizens and you have dedicated yourselves personally and professionally, for money, to the eventual destruction of that very country and social structure which has enabled you to prosper and enjoy the good life! You should be ashamed!
  7. Nolan Rappaport's Avatar
    This White House pilot program sounds a lot like my proposal. If you have forgotten my proposal, see ?Is There A Better Way? - Meeting the Challenge of Unaccompanied Alien Children at the Southwest Border?

    http://www.lexisnexis.com/legalnewsroom/immigration/b/insidenews/archive/2014/07/10/nolan-rappaport-is-there-a-better-way.aspx


    U.S. Considering Refugee Status for Hondurans
    By FRANCES ROBLES and MICHAEL D. SHEARJ
    ULY 24, 2014

    Hoping to stem the recent surge of migrants at the Southwest border, the Obama administration is considering whether to allow hundreds of minors and young adults from Honduras into the United States without making the dangerous trek through Mexico, according to a draft of the proposal.

    If approved, the plan would direct the government to screen thousands of children and youths in Honduras to see if they can enter the United States as refugees or on emergency humanitarian grounds. It would be the first American refugee effort in a nation reachable by land to the United States, the White House said, putting the violence in Honduras on the level of humanitarian emergencies in Haiti and Vietnam, where such programs have been conducted in the past amid war and major crises.

    Critics of the plan were quick to pounce, saying it appeared to redefine the legal definition of a refugee and would only increase the flow of migration to the United States. Administration officials said they believed the plan could be enacted through executive action, without congressional approval, as long as it did not increase the total number of refugees coming into the country.

    By moving decisions on refugee claims to Honduras, the plan aims to slow the rush of minors crossing into the United States illegally from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala, which has overwhelmed the border this year. More than 45,000 unaccompanied minors from those three nations have arrived since Oct. 1, straining federal resources to the point that some agencies will exhaust their budgets by next month, the secretary of Homeland Security has said.

    Many of the children, particularly in Honduras, are believed to be fleeing dangerous street gangs, which forcibly recruit members and extort home and business owners. The United Nations estimates that 70,000 gang members operate in the three nations.

    Administration officials stressed that no decision had been made to move forward, saying the idea was one of many being discussed by officials at the White House and the Departments of State, Homeland Security, Justice, and Health and Human Services.

    Among the factors surrounding the decision are how many people in Honduras would be eligible to apply for the program, and how many would probably be approved.

    The proposal, prepared by several federal agencies, says the pilot program under consideration would cost up to $47 million over two years, assuming 5,000 applied and about 1,750 people were accepted. If successful, it would be adopted in Guatemala and El Salvador as well.

    It is unclear how the administration determined those estimates, given that since Oct. 1 more than 16,500 unaccompanied children traveled to the United States from Honduras alone.
    Children would be interviewed by American immigration employees trained to deal with minors, and a resettlement center would be set up in the Honduran capital, Tegucigalpa, with assistance from international organizations like the International Organization for Migration.
    Continue reading the main story

    The plan would be similar to a recent bill introduced by Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake of Arizona, who proposed increasing the number of refugee visas to the three Central American countries by 5,000 each.

    According to the draft, the administration is considering opening the program to people under 21. It also suggested offering entry on emergency humanitarian grounds ? known as humanitarian parole ? to some of the applicants who did not qualify for refugee status.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/25/world/americas/administration-weighs-plan-to-move-processing-of-youths-seeking-entry-to-honduras-.html?_r=0
  8. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    This refugee program would take a long time to implement and would benefit a very small number of people, Nolan. It seems to be just a drop in the bucket.

    Moreover, I am sure that the Republicans will manage to frustrate even this token kind of program. They just don't want Central American immigrants of any age or status.

    Roger Algase
  9. Nolan Rappaport's Avatar
    The White House is just announcing a pilot program, it's still in the policy formulation stages. It's too early to say what the final product will be. But I agree that what is being discussed now isn't very significant. And they have left out the UNHCR. The UNHCR almost certainly would want the program open to a lot more people, and they are the proper party to be handling such a program, not the US officials. In any case, it's a start.
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