leave of absence

October 12, 2007

I’ll be straightforward: I probably will not be writing here for about two months.

Sorry to be cryptic, but I need to prepare for something.

It’s sort of a pipe dream, so I don’t want to really talk about it with anyone right now.

If the unlikely plan becomes a little more likely in eight weeks, I will fill in everyone in.

For those of you who found this site looking for help with personal immigration issues, please visit the immigrate2us.net forum.

If you are looking for current information and progressive commentary on immigration please visit: Duke, Kyle, Nezua, Xicano Powr, Marisa or Man Eegee.

Thanks for reading. See you all around.

And wish me luck, I’m going to need it!

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Attorney meets YouTube

October 6, 2007

Attorney Laurel Scott, an immigration attorney who is also a frequent poster and contributor on immigrate2us.net, has been doing some videos about different processes for legalizing an unlawfully present immigrant and posting them on You Tube.

It’s a fabulous idea, and I think it’s safe to say that no other immigration attorney is out there talking in a casual and helpful way about the I-601 waiver or filing adjustment of status. You can view all her videos here. She has even translated some into Spanish.

She’s also started an Immigration Reform YouTube group, (which you should join), and is testing out a video contest with a $250 prize. The subject of the video is “The right to live with your spouse.”

“The winning video will be the one that best educates the viewer on the legal and social issues involved and makes the most convincing argument that the law should be changed in favor of relief for the unlawfully present and their American families. Your target audience is the general You Tube viewers who may or may not have an opinion on immigration reform, but has a poor understanding of the law and its impact on American families.”

I would like to encourage anyone who is a YouTube user or just has a video camera and an opinion to participate. I’m much more of a writer than an exhibitionist, but I would love to see some great videos posted!


smoke and mirrors

October 2, 2007

Yeah, it really was a ruse.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported yesterday that U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer has stated that the Bush Administration’s nationwide crackdown on Social Security number mis-matches, announced with righteous fanfare on August 10, was indeed, “not authorized by law.”

The plan has apparently been attacked not only by immigrant rights activists, but also unions, who claim many legally authorized workers would be discriminated against and possibly unfairly terminated, partly because the Social Security database is so full of errors.

Besides that, the 1986 laws, which set standards for employment authorization procedures, were never meant as a means for immigration enforcement.