Archive for June, 2009

Things ICE Officers used to do

Saturday, June 27th, 2009

In past years ICE [Immigration and Customs Enforcement, formerly INS] officers had many work responsibilities San Diego that they do not have anymore. There are more and more officers. I wonder how they keep busy with so many fewer responsibilities.  Here are ten chores they used to do that they do not do anymore. Please send me others you can think of. 1. Issue EAD’s [Employment Authorization Documents] 2. Set bonds for aliens they arrest 3. Set bonds for arriving…

Take the immigration law quiz

Saturday, June 20th, 2009

Answer the following questions and post your answers.  Amaze us with your knowledge. I will discuss the hard questions in future posts after you have a chance to take the test. True or false 1. Once an alien becomes a permanent resident, her or she automatically gets to stay in the United States even if he or she commits crimes, unless the crimes are very serious in nature or endanger national security. 2. A permanent resident can bring his spouse…

Retrogression proves lie of waiting your turn

Monday, June 15th, 2009

Critics of immigration reform like to state that those in the United States without documentation have cut in line and their conduct is unfair to those who “play by the rules.”  Not unlike Iranian elections, if the rules are unfair, it is unfair to make people play by them. Here is a small example.  There are wait lists for different categories of people to become permanent residents with some variation between countries. The Department of State publishes these wait lists…

A new president matters

Sunday, June 7th, 2009

I just returned from the anual conference of the American Immigration Lawyers Association held this year in Las Vegas, Nevada. A feature of the conference is the participation of government officials from the Departments of Homeland Security, State, and Labor. I learned an astonishing thing — a new president matters. Officials who have over the past eight years have been coming to the conference and taking little interest in the humanitarian concerns raised by attorneys and seeming indifferent to the…