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Why did Congress kill a measure to keep felons out of U.S. ports?

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U.S. harbors are filled with workers convicted of serious crimes. Just last year the Justice Department filed a RICO suit charging that the 65,000-member East Coast-based International Longshoremen's Association is a "vehicle for organized crime."

But the House-Senate conference drastically watered down a Senate-passed requirement that aligned the standards for hiring dock workers with those used at airports and nuclear plants. The statute still bans workers who have been convicted of treason, espionage and terror-related offenses--a mere handful at most. But a seven-year time-out period on hiring those who've committed crimes such as murder, bribery, identity fraud and the illegal use of firearms was dropped in the dead of night at the behest of unions fearful that too many of their members could lose their jobs.

http://www.opinionjournal.com/diary/?id=110009027


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the larger question is why arent we doing anything to protect our ports,and why did the administration support port ownership by an arab country!this is just one area of weakness that the 9/11 commission suggested that we strengthen but has been ignored by the white house.


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june 26 NOA 1

july 6 touched

july 11 touched

august 4 back to brazil

august 12 home again

august 28 wondering if this will ever end

sep. 12 touch

sep.13 touched again (RFE Coming IMBRA)

sep. 14 touch

sep. 19 got rfe

sep.25 CSC recieves rfe

sep 28 touch

oct 2 touched again come on baby give it to me!!!!!

oct 3 NOA 2 MAILED 10/2

oct.6 recieved noa 2 by mail

oct.16 nvc recieved

nov.15 nvc mails to rio

dec.5 rio finally gets our papers

dec.5 sent package sedex

dec.6 consulate signs for package

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the larger question is why arent we doing anything to protect our ports,and why did the administration support port ownership by an arab country!this is just one area of weakness that the 9/11 commission suggested that we strengthen but has been ignored by the white house.
So this is George Bush's fault? Since when did he control Congress? The GOP in both the House and Senate have bucked him on several issues (including the port sale). Bush has been on my sh!t list for quite a while on many issues, but I don't blame him for everything including the weather.

The GOP scared of unions? That isn't their political base. Never has been. They are no friend of the working class. The Dems claim to be, but...

I'm stumped too and can't venture a guess. I can't think of why the American People would want convicted felons, known gangsters, and/or illegal aliens working in security sensitive areas of our ports.

My guess is...Like most things in USA Inc it comes down to $$$. Can you say "lobbyist"?

The House-Senate conference committee is the botom line answer. Who is on the committee and who stripped it out?

Now I'm curious. Most Americans should be.


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Easy enough to find out who is on the comitee.; Another thing to find out which yocals laughed at it when they looked at it and tossed it into the dust bin.


IR1

April 14, 2004 I-130 NOA1

April 25, 2005 IR1 Received

April 26, 2005 POE Dorval Airport

May 13, 2005 Welcome to America Letters Received

May 21, 2005 PR Card in Mail

May 26, 2005 Applied for SSN at local office

June 06, 2005 SSN Received

June 11, 2005 Driver Licence Issued!

June 20, 2005 Deb gets a Check Card! Just like Donald Trump's!

Citizenship

Jan 30, 2008 N400 Mailed off to the VSC!

Feb 2, 2008 N400 Received at VSC

Feb 6, 2008 Check Cashed!

Feb 13, 2008 NOA1 Received

Feb 15, 2008 Fingerprint letter received. (Feb 26th scheduled)

Feb 18, 2008 Mailed out the old Please Reschedule us for Biometics <sigh>...

Feb 27, 2008 Received the new scheduled biometrics.

Mar 15, 2008 Biometrics Rescheduled.

Sep 18, 2008 Interview Letter Recieved.

Nov 11, 2008 Interview Passed :-).

Nov 14, 2008 Oath Cerimony.

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Easy enough to find out who is on the comitee.; Another thing to find out which yocals laughed at it when they looked at it and tossed it into the dust bin.

:yes:

Daniel

:energetic:


Ana (Mexico) ------ Daniel (California)(me)

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Sept. 11, 2004: Got married (civil), in Mexico :D

July 23, 2005: Church wedding

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K3(I-129F):

Oct. 28, 2004: Mailed I-129F.

~USPS, First-Class, Certified Mail, Rtn Recpt ($5.80)

Nov. 3, 2004: NOA1!!!!

Nov. 5, 2004: Check Cashed!!

zzzz deep hibernationn zzzz

May 12, 2005 NOA2!!!! #######!!! huh???

off to NVC.

May 26, 2005: NVC approves I129F.

CR1(I-130):

Oct. 6, 2004: Mailed I-130.

~USPS, First-Class, Certified Mail, Rtn Recpt ($5.80)

Oct. 8, 2004: I-130 Delivered to CSC in Laguna Niguel.

~Per USPS website's tracking tool.

Oct. 12, 2004 BCIS-CSC Signs for I-130 packet.

Oct. 21, 2004 Check cashed!

Oct. 25, 2004 NOA1 (I-130) Go CSC!!

Jan. 05, 2005 Approved!!!! Off to NVC!!!!

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NVC:

Jan. 05, 2005 ---> in route from CSC

Jan. 12, 2005 Case entered system

Jan. 29, 2005 Received I-864 Bill

Jan. 31, 2005 Sent Payment to St. Louis(I864)

Feb. 01, 2005 Wife received DS3032(Choice of Agent)

Feb. 05, 2005 Payment Received in St. Louis(I864)

Feb. 08, 2005 Sent DS3032 to Portsmouth NH

Feb. 12, 2005 DS3032 Received by NVC

Mar. 04, 2005 Received IV Bill

Mar. 04, 2005 Sent IV Bill Payment

Mar. 08, 2005 Received I864

Mar. 19, 2005 Sent I864

Mar. 21, 2005 I864 Received my NVC

Apr. 18, 2005 Received DS230

Apr. 19, 2005 Sent DS230

Apr. 20, 2005 DS230 received by NVC (signed by S Merfeld)

Apr. 22, 2005 DS230 entered NVC system

Apr. 27, 2005 CASE COMPLETE

May 10, 2005 CASE SENT TO JUAREZ

Off to Cd. Juarez! :D

calls to NVC: 6

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CIUDAD JUAREZ, American Consulate:

Apr. 27, 2005 case completed at NVC.

May 10, 2005 in route to Juarez.

May 25, 2005 Case at consulate.

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Easy enough to find out who is on the comitee.; Another thing to find out which yocals laughed at it when they looked at it and tossed it into the dust bin.

:yes:

Daniel

:energetic:

And November is just around the corner :yes:


James & Sara - Aug 12, 05

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the larger question is why arent we doing anything to protect our ports,and why did the administration support port ownership by an arab country!this is just one area of weakness that the 9/11 commission suggested that we strengthen but has been ignored by the white house.

So this is George Bush's fault? Since when did he control Congress? The GOP in both the House and Senate have bucked him on several issues (including the port sale). Bush has been on my sh!t list for quite a while on many issues, but I don't blame him for everything including the weather.

The GOP scared of unions? That isn't their political base. Never has been. They are no friend of the working class. The Dems claim to be, but...

I'm stumped too and can't venture a guess. I can't think of why the American People would want convicted felons, known gangsters, and/or illegal aliens working in security sensitive areas of our ports.

My guess is...Like most things in USA Inc it comes down to $$$. Can you say "lobbyist"?

The House-Senate conference committee is the botom line answer. Who is on the committee and who stripped it out?

Now I'm curious. Most Americans should be.

:thumbs: good post!


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