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Individual migrants from abroad working in the U.S. have invented one-fourth of the patent applications in the U.S. in the past years. A recent respected Foundation Report shows immigrants in this period creating 25% of all technology companies in the U.S. These companies now employ over 450,000 workers here.A leading academic from Harvard University has found that high skilled immigrants have increased the overall income of Americans. An eminent Yale professor has recommended a better “skilled sensitive” system for permanent migrants and that the current restrictive limitations on H-1B visas for skilled temporary workers makes no sense for our economy. These foreign workers significantly contribute to efficient production and growth. Careful analytic research has demonstrated that the U.S. can productively employ many moreH-1B’s than are currently admitted. Doubling or even tripling the number of skilled foreign workers will not impair the job future of Americans as has been demonstrated by numerous public policy institutional surveys and university studies.Objections have been made questioning why Americans cannot fill these job slots. Another objection has been raised that this brain drain in favor of the U.S. hurts the economy of foreign nations. The last objection is that immigrants may be a national security threat.In answer to the first objection, the creative advantage of immigration is that the immigrants have different perspectives from ourselves. Since immigrants come froma different world, they make different observations and connections than we can. Ideas are expanded by these aliens’ presence here; not that they are superior to Americans, but that their differences add to the marketplace of ideas. Immigrant foreigners have had access to different backgrounds from us and their differences create an interchange with us that works for a creative mix. In other words, we are basically importing valuable exotic insights. In short we cannot duplicate this creative force by merely educating more Americans. Educating Americans more is of course valuable. But the immigrants who see things differently from us, advances our culture and economy in inimitable ways.As for the brain drain in favor of the U.S., recent research has shown that the migration of skilled workers from foreign countries actually helps these countries. Economic globalization based on advanced communication technology allows migrants to the U.S. to more easily communicate with their former colleagues back home, sending ideas, trends, and advance new opportunities and allows two ways of communication with more depth and immediacy. The Internet has thus created a global message center and migrants are able freely and inexpensively with their friends from home to talk to each other, thereby immensely aiding the interchange of information with their homelands.Regarding national security, foreign immigrant workers bring the benefit to us of their languages and culture that benefit our security. These foreign workers have a more positive view of America to convey to their countrymen. A threat to our security often arises from impoverished nations who know little about us. When skilled nationals of these countries come to the U.S., they can by communicating with their peers abroad by suggesting ways to improve their development in their countries and so win us friends all over the world.


Citizenship fees were raised by 80% in July, 2007 on the promise that the application process would be expedited. The Immigration Service can’t seem to handle all the applications filed. The Immigration expected 3.2 million applications in two years; instead it got more than 3.2 million in two months! Due to this ineptitude in handling these 3.2 million applicants, few will be naturalized in time to vote in the national election in November 2008! If you need help or advise, call us at 212-944-9420


A federal court action may be brought to compel the Immigration Service to expedite naturalization applications delayed by background checks. Federal Courts have recently held that once the Immigration Service has scheduled a naturalization hearing, within 120 days of the naturalization interview, the Immigration service must decide the case. The Court reasoned that the Immigration would have no excuse to defer a decision for more than 120 days after the exam. A recent class action brought by the National Immigration Law Center and The American Civil Liberties Union in California against the Immigration Service has been filed for four naturalization applicants who have had to wait more than one year because the F.B.I. had not completed their background checks. This case is different from those cases where petitioners have already had their naturalization exam. This case applies to petitioners who have not yet had their exam. .If you need help or advise, call us at 212-944-9420.


One fourth of the gross national product is contributed by immigrants in New York City. Outside New York City, immigrants make vital contributions in the professions according to a recent independent research survey. About 4 of every 10 doctors and of college professors are immigrants in the greater New York area. In upper New York State, where only 5% of the population are foreign born, more than our third of the doctors are immigrants.This contribution of skills is at variance with the conception usually held by the public that immigrants are only low skilled, and under educated people. This study indicates that there are 4.1 million immigrants in New York State of whom 3 million live in New York City.The anti-immigration zealots have declared that illegal immigration is a drain on our economy. Actually this independent research study shows that immigration has had a positive economic benefit. Aside from taxi drivers, housekeepers, landscapers and cooks, immigrants made up one fourth of the city’s executives..If you need help or advise, call us at 212-944-9420.


An immigration officer has the power to arrest if he believes there is probable cause or reasonable suspicion to believe that a person is in violation of the law and is likely to escape before a judicial warrant can be obtained. If a person is arrested he/she should insist on speaking to a lawyer. A person arrested without a warrant on expressing a wish to consult with an attorney must be given a minimum two hour period to communicate with counsel and the Immigration must desist from questioning the person during this period. The Patriot Act of 2001 allows the Department of Homeland Security to hold a person for seven days provided the Attorney General certifies that the person is a terrorist. An immigration officer may not approach an individual who is merely walking on the street and demand an ID, according to our constitution. If a person is arrested, it is prudent to refuse to answer until the person speaks to his attorney. If such an event occurs and you do not have access to a lawyer, call us, we are available. If you need help or advise, call us at 212-944-9420.
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