US Immigration Gestapo continues pattern of human rights abuse

Ivan Pavlenko came to the US from Ukraine in 2004. His mother had married an American and gained permanent resident status. Being under 21, Ivan applied for similar status under a special provision applicable to minor children of permanent residents. After years of failing to process that application, the Immigration Gestapo now says he is subject to being deported. Because – can you believe this? – he turned 21 before his application was approved. (See details at this link.)

What kind of [expletive deleted] Kafkaesque country do these Immigration pricks think this is?

Pavlenko’s is not an isolated case. In fact, for quite a few years, the U.S. Immigration Gestapo has pervasively treated immigrants in this absolutely abominable manner. Many upstanding and contributing members of our society have been thrown out of the country for stupidly indefensible reasons, causing great trauma to themselves and their (often American) families. This is one of our greatest national disgraces.

I had hoped that the new Obama administration might bring a more enlightened approach. It has not. The Homeland Security Gauleiter, Janet (“the system worked”) Napolitano, seems intent on continuing every misguided, misconceived and misbegotten policy in place when she took office, including all these immigration horrors.

One aspect is how hard we make it now for highly skilled people to come here to work in, say, science and engineering jobs; though we desperately need them; and while we do let people come here to study, when they’re done, do we try to keep them here with their skills? No, we throw them out! Suicidally insane.

And just yesterday, the local weekly Metroland featured a story (click here) about how the Immigration Gestapo recruits, as informers, immigrants with problematic status, promising in return to help them get proper green cards. Some have been a great help to the government, in catching criminals, often at great personal risk. And when the Gestapo is done with them, guess what? Deportation! The pair featured in Metroland, Emilio and Analia Maya, spent four years helping the Gestapo to bust a prostitution ring, human traffickers, and even worked in a factory hiring undocumented aliens to gather evidence. They have meanwhile been working very hard building a restaurant business in Saugerties, they are the kind of people we should very much want here, and the local community has been terrific in rallying to their support.

I am pleased, at least, to note that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit has recently ruled against the Immigration Gestapo in a case similar to Ivan Pavlenko’s, holding that the government’s position “violates basic principles of common sense and fairness.” And the Mayas’ case got enough attention that Congress has passed a “private bill” applicable to them only, helping them.

God bless America.

6 Responses to “US Immigration Gestapo continues pattern of human rights abuse”

  1. John Says:

    “One aspect is how hard we make it now for highly skilled people to come here to work in, say, science and engineering jobs; though we desperately need them”

    Immigration issues are far more complex than the various left / right wing slogans imply.

    It is relatively easy for highly educated (and even moderatly) engineers to immigrate to the United States. Tens of thousands have immigrated and now software engineers are in danger of the same falling wage problem that has devestated the construction industry. Remember when construction work was a paying profession?

    There is a degree of need for construction workers and engineers. Companies and consumers, however, have demanded inexpensive, and then dirt cheap construction workers to build millions of MC Mansions. Now, they have demanded increasingly cheaper computer talent. Rumor has it that nurses are next in line for artificial wage reduction.

    Though access to increasingly cheaper labor may seem like a benefit, there is a long term social and economic danger to this.

    FSR COMMENT: “Relatively easy”? Used to be true; before 9/11 madness struck. It’s NOT a question of importing cheap labor. These guys don’t work cheap, and shouldn’t. No, it’s a question of getting the talent we need. Previously, Chinese & Indian engineers & computer whizzes didn’t have many opportunities in their home countries; now they do. We have to compete to get these people (because our own young people are not going into these professions nearly enough). We have unquestionably made it more difficult for them to get here. High tech companies are screaming about the difficulties in getting talent from overseas due to idiotically restrictive US immigration policies.

  2. rationaloptimist Says:

    John, I’ve responded. FSR

  3. John Says:

    The current Employment visa allotment is 140,000. Of this number, 58% is given to mainly high technology postions. 140,000 is the total number and includes family members of the postion holder.

    Lets assume the following:
    -Average family size of 3. This yields about 47,000 positions.
    -That of the potential 58% for technology, 80% actually went to high technology positions.
    -That yields about 20,000 technology based immigrants a year.
    -That is has been the average for five years. This yields 100,000 technology based immigrants in the last five years.

    The $20,000 question is are my estimates accurate and if the need for 100,000 is legitimate or has been artificially highered.

    As for wage depression, it has started. Current technology immigrants employed by main line companies (Citibank, Noica, etc) are payed by western standards.

    But…. More and more cheaper “body broker” temporary servces are being started. I suspect that more than a few staffers have made private arrangements with company owners to be immigrated and this results in even lower wages. The probable trend is that companies where software is a tool and not a proprietary development will move to these services.

    FSR COMMENT: What makes anyone think we can somehow seal America off from the rest of the world, pay our techies more than Indian techies — and have our tech companies still remain competitive against Indian ones?!

  4. John Says:

    “What makes anyone think we can somehow seal America off from the rest of the world, pay our techies more than Indian techies — and have our tech companies still remain competitive against Indian ones?!”

    This valid point regarding protectionism illustrates that there are no easy solutions. We can neither seal off the USA, nor can allow U.S. technological wages to collapse to the same level as current Indian ones.

    Over the last 40 years, the U.S. has outsourced heavy manufacturing, then precision manufacturing and now is on the verge of outsourcing hi tech and information services. We maintained our living standards by moving to the next “economic frontier” Only now, there are no more economic frontiers in the near future (Obama’s Green technology frontier is bunk).

    Then factor in global over production capacity in technology with Malaysia, Israel, South Korea, Japan, India, Europe, USA, China etc all capable of supplying products. As this macro trend continues, I think international relations are going to get real nasty on a global level.

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