Immigration Newsletter

Friday, July 30, 2010

New CNN poll is as contradictary as the opinions of the American people

I suppose the headline should be "81 Percent of people surveyed approved of Comprehensive Immigration Reform" or as some like to mistakenly call it "Amnesty" (that's what the tag line was on Bender's Imm. Bulletin) .

When the question isn't loaded down with buzzwords and racist/paranoid jargon people apparently support what amounts to "Amnesty" in overwhelming numbers (and have consistently for a number of years).

What this polling data really shows is that even if Americans' opinions aren't all that consistent (or frankly, coherent) on many issues - race still matters in America - more than most people would like to admit. Read the numbers in this poll and then try to argue that it is just correlation and not causation with race - go ahead and try.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Federal judge blocks part of Arizona immigration law -

Federal judge blocks part of Arizona immigration law - "Phoenix, Arizona (CNN) -- A federal judge has blocked one of the most controversial sections of a tough Arizona immigration law, granting a preliminary injunction Wednesday that prevents police from questioning people about their immigration status.

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Friday, July 23, 2010

Where are they now?

Since moving to my new office last month I have gained a new appreciation for how many people I have met and worked with over the years. Part of that appreciation came from lugging so many boxes of files up the stairs! It occurs to me though, that there are many people that I haven't heard from in many years. Many of those people needed political asylum from the persecution they faced in their home country, or were people who feared they would be deported from the United States and be separated from their family, they were people who wanted to petition for their family members or their fiancee to come to live in the US and of course those immigrants who wanted so much to become Naturalized citizens.

I still have regular contact with many of these folks who have been a big part of my life for more than a decade now. But many more have gone on to bigger and better things or moved away or maybe just have no desire to talk with a lawyer if they don't need to (insert lawyer joke here). So I wonder sometimes, Where are they now?

If you were ever a client of mine at Law Offices of Mona T. Movafaghi, PC in Nashua or Merrimack or at Wiggin & Nourie in Manchester, NH - I hope you will send me a note about where you are now, what you are doing and how life is going. I would recommend that you use the "Contact Us" form on my business website (here's the link)

You can feel free to post a comment here on the blog if you wish - but keep in mind that your status as a client or former client is confidential and anything you post here is open to the public. I hope many of you will let me hear your success stories and maybe even your struggles since we last wrangled with US Immigration together and I look forward to reconnecting.

Randall Drew

Friday, July 9, 2010

Sides square off in immigration case | Concord Monitor

Sides square off in immigration case | Concord Monitor

RAD ~ This is an old story (2005) that I happened to find an article about while I was looking for something else. I thought I would repost a link to it though because the new Arizona sensation that is SB 1070 really isn't anything new. The ditto heads here in New Hampshire attempted the same type of thing on the back of the criminal trespass law five years ago. Wow where did those five years go - it seems like just yesterday?

Here's an excerpt from the story:

JAFFREY - L. Phillip Runyon III, a local lawyer and part-time district court judge here, seemed reluctant to assume the additional role of border agent.
"Am I supposed to determine this person's immigration status?"Runyon asked incredulously. "Isn't that what the federal immigration process is all about?" ...
Police Chief Garrett Chamberlain          charged Ramirez with trespassing after federal immigration officials said they were too busy to take custody of Ramirez. ...
"I have to wonder whether old white ladies like me would be asked to prove their status, while people with dark skin would get pulled over," said Claire Ebel, executive director of the New Hampshire chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union. "This is profiling, aimed at people who don't look like overwhelmingly white New Hampshire." ...
Ramirez's lawyers asked Runyon to dismiss the trespassing charge yesterday, since immigration is already handled by federal courts.
"The decision of who's allowed to stay in the United States is a decision made by the United States, not by individual states, towns or local police chiefs," said attorney Randall Drew....

RAD ~ I know how it turned out in NH - we haven't had any more of these cases since 2005. We will have to see if President Obama and Attorney General Holder can get the same result out of Arizona.