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  1. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    A case of a too long headline:

    The Hill is running a July 11 article with the headline:

    Trump: 'I am the law and order candidate'

    A more accurate headline would have been simply:

    Trump: 'I am the law'

    See:

    http://www.thehill.com/blogs/ballot-...rder-candidate


    Roger Algase
    Attorney at law.
  2. Nolan Rappaport's Avatar
    PEW Report: Europeans Fear Wave of Refugees Will Mean More Terrorism, Fewer Jobs

    Sharp ideological divides across EU on views about minorities, diversity and national identity

    The recent surge of refugees into Europe has featured prominently in the anti-immigrant rhetoric of right-wing parties across the Continent and in the heated debate over the UK?s decision to exit the European Union. At the same time, attacks in Paris and Brussels have fueled public fears about terrorism. As a new Pew Research Center survey illustrates, the refugee crisis and the threat of terrorism are very much related to one another in the minds of many Europeans. In eight of the 10 European nations surveyed, half or more believe incoming refugees increase the likelihood of terrorism in their country.

    But terrorism is not the only concern people have about refugees. Many are also worried that they will be an economic burden. Half or more in five nations say refugees will take away jobs and social benefits. Hungarians, Poles, Greeks, Italians and French identify this as their greatest concern. Sweden and Germany are the only countries where at least half say refugees make their nation stronger because of their work and talents. Fears linking refugees and crime are much less pervasive, although nearly half in Italy and Sweden say refugees are more to blame for crime than other groups.

    To read the report, go to http://www.pewglobal.org/2016/07/11/europeans-fear-wave-of-refugees-will-mean-more-terrorism-fewer-jobs/lede-chart-1/
  3. Nolan Rappaport's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by ImmigrationLawBlogs
    A case of a too long headline:

    The Hill is running a July 11 article with the headline:

    Trump: 'I am the law and order candidate'

    A more accurate headline would have been simply: .......

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at law.
    Roger is still believing campaign talking points. Trump's "I am the law and order candidate" position is just another attempt to attract voters. And political experts think it could be effective. "Donald Trump's embrace of ?law and order? on the campaign trail is a risk that could pay big dividends, political experts say."* For details, see http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/287635-trumps-law-and-order-gamble.

    Who knows whether he cares about law and order? If you want to know what Trump really would do as president, look at his personal interests such as his businesses. What would make his businesses prosper?
  4. Nolan Rappaport's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by ImmigrationLawBlogs
    A case of a too long headline:

    The Hill is running a July 11 article with the headline:

    Trump: 'I am the law and order candidate'

    A more accurate headline would have been simply: .......

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at law.
    Roger is still believing campaign talking points. Trump's "I am the law and order candidate" position is just another attempt to attract voters. And political experts think it could be effective. "Donald Trump's embrace of ?law and order? on the campaign trail is a risk that could pay big dividends, political experts say."* For details, see http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/287635-trumps-law-and-order-gamble.

    Who knows whether he cares about law and order? If you want to know what Trump really would do as president, look at his personal interests such as his businesses. What would make his businesses prosper?
  5. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    Nolan is just trying to spin away Trump's cmapaign statements and actions, rather than actually dealing with them.

    If Nolan wants to know what is good for Trump's businesses, the pleadings in the Trump University Lawsuit, the 3,500 other lawsuits in which he has been involved, and his business bankruptcy procedings would no doubt be instructive.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
  6. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    It is true that Trump has also sponsored over 1,000 people for legal visas and green cards. He has now said that he would abolish most, if not all of those visa and green card categories, if he were president, because his sponsorship was purportedly not good for American workers.

    So much for any assumption that Trump might be good for legal immigration, or that he is only interested in enforcing the laws dealing with illegal immigration.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
  7. Nolan Rappaport's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by ImmigrationLawBlogs
    Nolan is just trying to spin away Trump's cmapaign statements and actions, rather than actually dealing with them. If Nolan wants to know what is good for Trump's businesses, the pleadings in the Trump University Lawsuit, the 3,500 other lawsuits in which he has been involved, and his business bankruptcy procedings would no doubt be instructive. Roger Algase Attorney at Law
    First, I apologize for posting the same comment twice. See above.

    As for trying to spin Trump's campaign statements, everything I said about his campaign statements applies also to all of the other politicians running for office.

    I agree with Roger, however, about looking into Trump's law suits and bankruptcy proceedings, and any other information about what he has done that is available to the public. But please, Roger, remember that the pleadings in a law suit are not objective or reliable sources of information. You have to wait to see how the suits turn out before you can rely on allegations that the parties made in the pleadings.
  8. Nolan Rappaport's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by ImmigrationLawBlogs
    It is true that Trump has also sponsored over 1,000 people for legal visas and green cards. He has now said that he would abolish most, if not all of those visa and green card categories, if he were president, because his sponsorship was purportedly not good for American workers. So much for any assumption that Trump might be good for legal immigration, or that he is only interested in enforcing the laws dealing with illegal immigration. Roger Algase Attorney at Law
    Roger, hasn't it occurred to you that Trump isn't telling the truth when he says he would abolish most of the employment-based visas? He needs those visas to run his businesses and I strongly suspect that he needs a large supply of undocumented workers too. He is not going to cut off his supply of such workers, no matter what he says to get elected. Remember when George Bush the father said, "Read my lips; no tax increases!" And what happened when he was elected?

    Zoe Lofgren is the Chair of the House immigration subcommittee. Her constituency is Silicon Valley. When she makes campaign promises to help the business in Silicon Valley, you can believe her, but you should be skeptical if she promises to support a large scale campaign to secure the border.
  9. Nolan Rappaport's Avatar
    I don't see any place for comments on Alex's article, "Most Immigrants Are Better Vaccinated than Americans,"so I will comment here.

    The concern is with aliens who come here without inspection, which would include mainly illegal entries along the border and aliens from Visa Waiver Program. Aliens who come here as immigrants or nonimmigrants with visas are inspected and checked for any necessary vaccines before they are admitted into the United States. In fact, that is one of the main advantages of lawful immigration. The aliens are checked before they are admitted.

    Alex, no one knows how many undocumented aliens there are in the United States who were never inspected or where they are from. The 11 million figure is little more than an educated guess, and although we can assume that a large number of them are from Mexico and the Central American countries, that is just a guess too. I would expect large numbers from China, India, and Europe too, but that is just a guess too.

    So, Alex, if we don't know how many undocumented aliens are here or where they are from, what sense does it make to speculate on how many of them have vaccinations?
  10. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    With regard to Nolan's comment that Trump might not be serious about his proposal to abolish certain legal visas (such as H-1B and labor certification green cards), Nolan is far more experienced and sophisticated about politics and politicians than I am, and I cannot argue with the insights that he has gained in the course of a distinguished career working on Capitol Hill as a Congressional staff member.

    Nor can I argue with Nolan's suggestion that Trump needs low wage immigrants, and plenty of them, perhaps even including undocumented ones, to maintain his businesses.

    Trump himself said at one of the Republican debates that he had no choice except to use foreign workers because his competitors were doing the same.

    But he also said that he believes that this was bad for American workers and that he will end using legal foreign labor, not just for his own businesses, but for all American businesses if he becomes president.

    While one may not agree with this viewpoint, and I certainly do not, Trump expressed his proposal in a coherent and rational manner (not something he does all the time) and there is no basis for refusing to take his proposal seriously.

    One could also, by the same token, argue that Trump was lying when he said that he will build a Wall, because building a Wall is too expensive and Mexico will never pay for it.

    One could also say that his proposal to deport an estimated 11 million unauthorized immigrants is not serious either, because it would be difficult or impossible logistically.

    In other words, Nolan's reasoning could lead to the the conclusion that any of Trump's proposals that Nolan or anyone else might think is unreasonable should be regarded as if Trump had either never said it or never meant what he was saying about that proposal. This goes beyond just spin. We are now into George Orwell territory.

    There is also a strong political motive for Trump to stick to harsh or arguably unreasonable or unrealistic immigration proposals even if they would run counter to his own business interests.

    I am referring to Trump's well publicized connection with Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions (R), arguably the strongest opponent of both legal and illegal immigration in either House of Congress. There are numerous reports that Trump is getting his immigration policy advice from Sessions. There have even been rumors that Sessions was on Trump's short list for Vice President.

    There is also a very strong case that Trump also owes his position as presumptive Republican presidential nominee to white working class voters who are strongly opposed to the "browning" of America through legal and illegal immigration.

    What makes Nolan so sure that Trump might, in effect, be playing an enormous hoax on these millions of voters, who are crucial to his chances of becoming president?

    That would be an even bigger fraud than Trump University is alleged to have been in the pending lawsuit before a federal judge whom Trump has been attacking because of the judge's Mexican "heritage" - an insult entirely consistent with many other statements that Trump has made indicating that he himself shares white supremacist views (though not necessarily anti-Semitic ones - I do not see any hard evidence for that - just a lot of speculation) and that this has a great deal to do with his immigration policies.

    Having said the above, Trump has made one statement which it is now quite safe and reasonable to disregard. In 2008, he said that Hillary Clinton would make a good president.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law

    Updated 07-15-2016 at 09:49 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  11. Nolan Rappaport's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by ImmigrationLawBlogs
    With regard to Nolan's comment that Trump might not be serious about his proposal to abolish certain legal visas (such as H-1B and labor certification green cards), ...

    One could also, by the same token, argue that Trump was lying when he said that he will build a Wall, because building a Wall is too expensive and Mexico will never pay for it.

    One could also say that his proposal to deport an estimated 11 million unauthorized immigrants is not serious either, because it would be difficult or impossible logistically.

    In other words, Nolan's reasoning could lead to the the conclusion that any of Trump's proposals that Nolan or anyone else might think is unreasonable should be regarded as if Trump had either never said it or never meant what he was saying about that proposal. This goes beyond just spin. We are now into George Orwell territory.

    There is also a strong political motive for Trump to stick to harsh or arguably unreasonable or unrealistic immigration proposals even if they would run counter to his own business interests.

    I am referring to Trump's well publicized connection with Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions (R),

    There is also a very strong case that Trump also owes his position as presumptive Republican presidential nominee to white working class voters who are strongly opposed to the "browning" of America through legal and illegal immigration.

    What makes Nolan so sure that Trump might, in effect, be playing an enormous hoax on these millions of voters, who are crucial to his chances of becoming president?

    That would be an even bigger fraud than Trump University is alleged to have been in the pending lawsuit before a federal judge whom Trump has been attacking because of the judge's Mexican "heritage" - an insult entirely consistent with many other statements that Trump has made indicating that he himself shares white supremacist views (though not necessarily anti-Semitic ones - I do not see any hard evidence for that - just a lot of speculation) and that this has a great deal to do with his immigration policies.

    Having said the above, Trump has made one statement which it is now quite safe and reasonable to disregard. In 2008, he said that Hillary Clinton would make a good president.

    Roger Algase
    First, the president can't abolish visa categories. Only congress can do that. Although President Obama has stretched the limits of executive authority, it has been in the enforcement area, which is quite different.

    Second, I have a question about the infamous wall. It is illegal to cross the border between official Ports of entry, which is where the wall would be constructed. A first time is a misdemeanor; two or more times is a felony. And despite other enforcement weaknesses, the Administration is prosecuting thousands of aliens who have violated that law. So, Roger, what is your objection to a wall that would just make such illegal entries more difficult? Is it just that you don't want any steps to be taken to secure the border against illegal entries without inspection?

    Third, do you really think is is Orwellian to say that Politicians make false campaign promises? Again, I have not said anything about Trump's promises that I would not apply to every other politician in every other election.

    Fourth, I think that Trump would try to enforce the law, and he would apply it more broadly than Obama. Are you saying that it is wrong for the president to enforce our immigration laws? If so, please explain why.

    Fifth, the law suits against Trump have not been litigated yet. The fact that you assume that he will lose is just one of many indications that you are biased against him.

    Sixth, many of the people who said in 2008 Hillary would be a good president have changed their minds since then.

    Finally, I am not a Trump supporter. I am just offended by the way the things he says and does are distorted.
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