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Letters of the Week: Apr 27 - May 01

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Updated 04-27-2015 at 02:14 PM by IDBlog

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  1. Tim Lehman's Avatar
    Republicans Deport Republican Party

    Name one Republican who is against legal immigration. Editor, do you have an open door policy at your home? Would you let anyone who wants to come into your home and reside there do so? To cloak the requirement of immigration to be done legally as racism is shameful.
  2. Roger Bloxham's Avatar
    Border security

    We are not yet where North Korea is. (Sarc) Seriously excellent observation. Thanks for such good newsletters. I always learn something new. Really helps when in debates or on radio.

    -Roger W. Bloxham & Lynn Atherton-Bloxham
  3. Anonymous(1)'s Avatar
    EB-5 article inquiry

    Hello,

    Hope this message finds you well. I read many of your articles about attorneys under investigation for EB-5 referral fees.

    Can you tell me if this type of "SEC scenario" would still apply in a different situation that involves attorneys/middle-men who do not hold an SEC license and who continue to receive % equity share in the EB-5 project in exchange for referrals? (i.e. instead of the attoney receiving a referral fee... they receive referral equity instead)
  4. Nolan Rappaport's Avatar
    Nolan Rappaport - 04-27-2015 02:25 PM
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    I wish I could accept the information in "Infographic: Setting the Record Straight on Immigration and Border Enforcement," but I can't. For instance, what is the basis for saying that net undocumented immigration is at or below zero? And does this calculation include overstays? The figure I have heard is that 40% of the undocumented aliens in the country are overstays.

    And what is the basis for saying that every single mile of the border is patrolled every day and in many places the border patrol has 100 percent eyes on the border? The Mexican border is 1,933 miles long, and crossings are made around the clock, seven days a week. How many officers does the border patrol have in the field now? But the real problem is using the arrest rate as the metric for judging success. As noted above, that doesn't include overstays; and the reality is that the crossings are made when border patrol officers are not in an area. These problems can be overcome with high tech monitoring systems, but so far, we haven't had any luck with the government contractors who have tried to install such systems.

    The Administration's figures on annual deportations include removals that previous administrations didn't count. Which count is right. I don't know. The point is that its comparing the proverbial apples to oranges.

    Nevertheless, I agree that the border is more secure now. My main concern is with the approach this article takes. We aren't going to get the republicans to work with us on comprehensive immigration reform by telling them that they are wrong or that their concerns are unjustified. On border security for instance, instead of telling them that the border is secure, which we know they won't accept, we need to sit down with them and figure out what still needs to be done. We are protected against craziness by the republican unwillingness to fund effective enforcement measures. They solve immigration problems by passing more laws that aren't going to be implemented instead of adequately funding existing enforcement measures.
  5. Nolan Rappaport's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Tim Lehman
    Republicans Deport Republican Party

    Name one Republican who is against legal immigration. Editor, do you have an open door policy at your home? Would you let anyone who wants to come into your home and reside there do so? To cloak the requirement of immigration to be done legally as racism is shameful.
    Actually, people do oppose legal immigration too. NumbersUSA is an example. Based in the Washington D.C. area and Arlington, Virginia, NumbersUSA Action is the nation's largest grassroots immigration-reduction organization with more than two million participants in all 435 congressional districts. https://www.numbersusa.com In fact, I was the counsel for the Dems at a hearing that someone from that organization testified at. Before the hearing started, I went to the NumbersUSA website immigration-reduction grades page where the organization grades each congressman according to whether he has voted for bills that would increase immigration or decrease it. I printed the report card for each member at the hearing and put it on table where he/she sat. The republicans who got A+ grades were proud of their report cards, and the democrats who got F grades were proud of theirs too. But their amusement didn't prevent the dems from going after the NumbersUSA witness when it was his turn to testify. He wasn't laughing when his turn was over.
  6. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    Tim Lehman must have accidentally left out the word "only" before "one Republican" in his opening sentence. If that word is added, then his sentence makes more sense.

    This is because there is not only one Republican who is against legal immigration. Here are three, just off the top of my head:

    1) Gov. Rick Scott (Wisconsin), who has earned national notoriety for taking away union bargaining rights in his state to make it easier to lower American wages and fire American workers, while opposing skilled legal immigration in order to "protect American wages and jobs".

    What hypocrisy!

    2) Sen. Jeff Sessions (Alabama), who would not be out of character if he were to borrow the infamous slogan of his predecessor, Gov. George Wallace about racial segregation and start shouting "deportation now! deportation tomorrow! deportation forever!"

    3) Sen Charles Grassley (Iowa), who has hated H-1B and other skilled immigration visas for almost as long as these visas have existed. The most that can be said for him is that he comes from a mainly white, rural, immigrant-hating state and is accurately reflecting the prejudices of his bigoted right wing constituents.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 04-29-2015 at 09:01 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
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