Saturday, February 23, 2008

Administration Adds Greater Fines And More Fence

Secretary Michael Chertoff of Homeland Security and Attorney General Michael Mukasey unveiled stiffer fines for employers who hire undocumented workers, as well as stepped-up prosecution of those employers who exploit such workers by violating labor laws. Also they expressed their satisfaction on the progress on "the fence". Already apprehensions at the border near the fence have declines significantly -- a sure sign to Secretary Chertoff that the fence is "an unbelievable deterrent". He signal out the P-28 system of land sensors and camera towers that Boeing has built near Tuscon, AZ. There are more than 300 miles of fence complete, and twice as much will be completed by mid-2009. (See LA Times article.)

Soon after 9/11 President George W. Bush issue an executive order putting non-citizens who serve in the U.S. military at the head of the line for citizenship. Thousands of veterans of Iraq have become U.S. citizens over the years, but like the rest of the naturalization process their applications are now slowing. Often the foreign sounding names of some applicants -- especially if they're Muslim-sounding -- win a prolonged check by the FBI. But most of it is due to the overall bureaucratic mess created by last August's rise in fees for processing application by Citizenship and Immigration Services. (See NY Times article.)

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