Accusations Fly

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Michelle Bachmann has accused Hillary Clinton of having ties to the Muslim Brotherhood because one of her long time aid, Huma Abedin is a Muslim. Others in the far right also “accuse” President Obama of being a Muslim, simply because his father happened to be Muslim.

Hard to believe that this country was founded on the principle of religious freedom. The Tea party and the far right build their campaign on hatred.  Huma Abedin, the Hillary Clinton aid was born of Muslim parents.  her father was from India, and her mother was from Pakistan, before the two countries were separated.  They both have their PhDs from U Penn, an Institution which Ms. Bachmann will never get into.

Meanwhile Sheriff Joe Arpaio has been accused of racial profiling in Arizona. And Scalia has stated slavery as a precedent for having individual states control federal immigration law.

I guess there has always been a segment of society, who has hated other people. And most often they are fueled by religion. Every religion, in order to propagate their views has to state that they are the only religion.  And then they base their platform on hatred, whether its for gays, or Muslims or whoever is weak, in order to gain support for their cause.  And thus the religious people, in the guise of being pious, continue their culture of hatred, shaking the very foundation of America.

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Houston Immigration Lawyer Winning the Paperwork Battle

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Regardless of the practice’s specialty, compiling mounds and mounds of paperwork is a fact of life for lawyers all over the planet.  And if the focus is dealing with government in Immigration Law, the piles seem to grow higher than in other venues. Houston immigration lawyer Annie Banerjee knows all about this.

“The files keep piling up,” said Banerjee.”We do all that we can to make sure the files are stored in an orderly manner.”

The State Bar Association of Texas does not have any set rules when it comes to the maintenance and retention of files, meaning that it is up to the individual firm or lawyer to figure out their own means of getting this done and establishing an efficient system.

“Here are our policies,” Banerjee said.  “We always keep duplicate documents instead of the originals; after a client gains his or her permanent residency, we let them know in writing that they must pick up their files with a 30-day period, or they will be shredded by us.”

“Also, our files are always kept past expiration dates for non-immigrant cases. For example, if an H-1B visa is good until June 22, 2012, we will make sure to keep it in our possession until at least a month later. Within that span, the client more than likely would have gone back to his or her home country, found a job through a different employer and no longer require our services or extended the status with their employer with the assistance of another lawyer.”

“We do keep duplicate forms and petitions in a secure server on line, for your protection and privacy.  However, keep in mind that they are not signed and considered only our work product.”

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Houston Immigration Lawyer on Illegal Immigrants and Voting

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Illegal immigration has been the proverbial hot-button topic from the time the 2012 Presidential race began in earnest earlier this year. Whether it was former Massachusetts Governor and presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney saying that “self-deportation” is the way to go — if they cannot get jobs here, they’ll go back to wherever they came from — to Florida purging the voter rolls to make sure those alleged illegals do not add to the ballot boxes, it’s a subject that just will not, and is not going away.

“The anti-immigrant types are outraged, claiming illegal immigrants are casting ballots in unprecedented numbers,” said Houston immigration lawyer Annie Banerjee. “They cite numbers from 2005, which say 5% of 30,000 people called to jury duty were not citizens.

“In many states — including Texas — juries are chosen based on driver’s licenses, not voter registration status. Many permanent residents and not immigrants have earned the privilege to drive, so it is not surprising some members of this group would be called in for potential jury duty.”

Besides, an illegal immigrant’s main mission is to stay under the radar as much as possible and not be detected by the authorities and subsequently deported. An illegal would rather work than vote, because the former brings in money. Illegals come here to make a living. Why would they risk getting caught by trying to vote? Since there’s nothing for them in their home country, they come here to work, make a few dollars and for survival.

Under the Real ID Act, many illegal immigrants will be denied the right to drive, lessening their ability to work and make ends meet. Even though that means they cannot get insurance, they just might decide to take their chances and drive, anyway. Accidents can and do happen, and society as a whole pays for them.  This is also true of health insurance — the public pays for the cost, instead of immigrants footing their bills.

If the anti-immigration folks were made to pay for this for one day, they would change their tune and look at the facts.

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How to Choose an Immigration Attorney

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This is an age of specialization.  Of course, if you have an immigration issue, it makes sense to go to an immigration attorney. But there is super specialization even within the field of immigration. There is business immigration (where employer sponsors). There is family immigration where a blood relative sponsors. Then there is Asylum deportation, etc where courts handle the problems. All these fields are varied, with vast knowledge required for each. Although there are lawyers who does every type of immigration, it is usually difficult to keep abreast of all types of immigration law. Thus if you have a simple problem, sure, a general immigration lawyer will do.  Just like if you have a cold or a hang nail, a GP will be fine.  But if you have a complicated problem, and go to a lawyer who does not specialize in that type of immigration law, the lawyer may not be able to competently handle your case.

I do mainly business immigration, and see a lot of cases where deportation lawyers screw up business immigration cases. For instance, I’ve seen lawyers doing PERM, instead of H-1B, thereby putting beneficiary out of status, and unable to adjust.  I have seen L-1A visa holders for whom lawyers did PERM on EB-3. I’ve seen H-1B extended with B and then the lawyer files perm. Of course the B gets rejected due to the dual intent. I am sure, that deportation lawyers might have seen similar horrible situations when business immigration lawyers do hearings.

It is hard of course for the common person to figure out what type of case they have, and what attorney to go to. Thus clients should ask their lawyers:

1. How many cases of exactly the same type have you handled previously.
2. How many denials, how many approvals.

Although no client has ever done this, and I know it probably impacts the lawyer client relationship, it may not be a bad idea to have this in writing from the lawyer. After all, the lawyer gives you a retainer agreement, I dont see why you cannot have things in writing from the lawyer.

Also, please check the educational certificates of the lawyer. In general,the higher the college they graduated from, the higher their ranking in their college, the better the lawyer will be. Check to see if they were in Law Review. Also, in general, lawyers graduating from a foreign college, (unless its a high profile college you’ve heard of, like Oxford or Cambridge) its usually a good idea to avoid them. Foreign lawyers just have to pass a minimal standard bar exam, which they study for very hard and pass. And even then, they have exams from the 50 states to choose from, and generally choose the easy states.

In the end, clients have to follow buyer beware rules. Contact Houston Immigration Lawyer, Houston Immigration Attorney Annie Banerjee, for more information.

Red State, Blue State

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Increasingly, United States is divided into the Red State and Blue State.  One is liberal, asking for social rights, the other is conservative, asking for less governmental interference. Yet immigration was an issue that transcended party lines.  And for the most part it still does.  The doing away with per country quota for Green card passed the house and senate with support from both sides.  Business Immigration for the most part is supported by both sides. Yet the difference is becoming increasingly evident in the illegal immigrant field.

While Arizona, Alabama, and Georgia, the red states passed anti immigration local laws, California for instance has a bill termed “Anti Arizona.”  California feels that if local law enforcement has the right to check immigration documents of people they stop for probable cause, it will lead to impermissible targeting of minorities.

Yet in the final analysis, the decision to restrict illegal immigration is a financial one. If immigrants feel threatened in one state, they will just go into another.  Arizona businesses are already feeling the sting of the Immigration Act, and even Governor Brewer  was backing down on some of the principles of the bill. And Georgia had half its crops going bad, with no one to pick the crops.  And Republicans love businesses.

If the Republican party can concede to their financial segment rather than their extreme right wing militia, they can come to terms with illegal immigration. Then the Congress can pass a comprehensive immigration reform.  If so, at the least, the American public will not hate Congress, at the best, everyone, from Mexican immigrants to big business will be happy with both parties.

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Freedom from Hatred

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Every year around the July 4th holiday we hear a lot of patriotic rhetoric, and many profess love for our country.  Yet can love be prefaced with hatred? To some individual, love for the United States translates to hatred for individuals, who they perceive to be here illegally. They go back to the birth of America but forget that at that time their forefathers were “illegal” in this land.
As Charles Garcia wrote in a piece by CNN, the term “illegal Immigrant” is a slur. This term was omitted in the majority opinion in  US v. Arizona, which recognized the contribution of immigrants in the modern US society.  Mr. Garcia notes that unauthorized stay in the US is a civil offense, while the term “illegal” is generally reserved for criminal offense.
The term aside, there is a prevailing attitude in our country that the face of a Us Citizen is white.  The term “All American” generally stands for blond white people. And even with a black President, we still think of the face of immigrants as colored.  Its so ingrained that the former president of American Immigration Lawyer’s Association wrote an immigration blog with Jeremy Lin. But not with say Steve Nash, (from South Africa/ Canada) or Dirk Nowitzki (from Germany).
Its sad, but for us, colored people, even if we are born in this country, people ask where are you from? And if you answer a city in the United States, they ask where is your parent from. No one ever asked Scalia that question, even though his father was from Sicily.
We are all Americans if we live and work to better this country.  And for those of us who chose this country as home, maybe we love this country even more.  We werent simply born here, we consciously chose it.
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