U.S. Electoral Politics: March 2008 Archives
The agency has completely failed to keep up with the
predictable (and predicted) surge in naturalization applications last year
stemming from upcoming elections and a substantial fee increase for
naturalization applications—from $400 to $675.
In addition, a new instance of bribery and malfeasance at USCIS in
Preemptive Update: After writing most of this post, I saw that Nina Bernstein at the NY Times has blown the Baichu story wide open (I initially saw a shorter version reported in the NY Daily News). I’ll definitely have more to say about this later.
Looks like I'm getting thrown into the Presidential horse race, and bringing it to this blog. I just read the speech Obama gave to address the issues of race that have come to a boil in the Presidential campaign. I have to confess the last part of it brought tears to my eyes. I don't agree with all of it, but it certainly is well argued and well written. And I don't feel like I'm being talked to through dozens of focus groups, polls, and sound bites. Most of all, I wanted to read the whole thing through.
Apparently an incarceration ratio of 1 in 100, while good enough for
Federal authorities are cracking down on immigrants who were previously deported and then reentered the country illegally -- a crime that now makes up more than one-third of all prosecutions in
Los Angelesand surrounding counties, a Times review of attorney's statistics shows. U.S.
Most of these prisoners were probably removed through an
administrative removal proceeding after coming to the
But there are serious consequences if someone previously
deported decides to come back to be with their children or spouse, or out of
economic desperation. Then the outcome
of the previous administrative proceeding is used against them in criminal
If you ever thought you might get involved on this issue or think you might want to in the future, don’t wait … NOW is the time.
Call your representative at 202-225-3121 (or find your rep's number here) and ask them not to sign the petition to discharge H.R. 4088, the Shuler-Tancredo Bill (the SAVE Act), and to vote NO on the SAVE Act if it comes to the floor. Or utilize this simple online form to make your opinion heard.
petition currently pushed by the GOP needs 218 signatures—at last count, it had
The combination of burdensome and incomprehensible rules, unjustifiably high fees (e.g., $340 for a work permit, often baselessly or mistakenly denied by USCIS, and $585 to appeal the decision--over $1,000 for a bare-bones DIY green card application), race-based decisionmaking cloaked in administrative discretion, and extraordinarily punitive enforcement measures have created a climate of hate and fear. This situation didn't arise organically, nor is it an inevitable consequence of natural social and economic forces, as restrictionists would have us believe. It is the carefully planned result of years of conservative organizing and legislative action, spearheaded since 1999 by the nativist caucus in the House.
The mainstream progressive blogosphere has been frighteningly silent lately, as a major migration battle looms over the U.S. Capitol. Grassroots migrant rights organizations across the nation are mobilizing in opposition to the Secure America through Verification and Enforcement (SAVE) Act:
Call your representative TODAY and demand that they reject the SAVE Act!
Pressure is mounting in the Democratic-led House of Representatives to act on the SAVE Act (HR 4088), an enforcement and deportation-only bill introduced and sponsored by more than 140 Democratic and Republican opponents of humane immigration reform.
[Click here] to reach your representative.
- MIRA Coalition (the link is mine)
A epic battle is being waged against anti-migrant Democrats in Congress, and it's important that the blogosphere makes sure the pro-migrant side, the side of justice, comes out in front of this.