2005-02-10 - 2:33 p.m.
I think I really have the Middleburg law office experience well understood now: The elite clientel are OK when their immigrant help walk into the same church as them. The landowners then figure these are good hard working God fearing people who will respect authority- (THEIR AUTHORITY....) and will be happy and content in their shitty low paying jobs, because there will be rewards in heaven for them later. Church reinforces the social strata and makes them all feel good.
However, if those same elite landowners walk into THEIR attorney's office, and come accross those same farm or domestic workers... the ones who are SUPPOSSED to work QUIETLY behind the scenes and not appear in society EXCEPT for church on Sunday... well then LOOK OUT! THE whole social strata is being rocked!! What would happen if those workers were to actually become Citizens?? OH NO!! They'd eventually hear of things like health care, and minimum wage, and paid time off..... AHHHH THE DEMISE OF THE FAMILY FARM As we know it!! They'll be taking jobs at Giant (as one former domestic worker I assisted from the strongly possible fate of deportation who is now instead a cashier with health insurance)
OH NO.... the family might be forced to REALLY farm...or clean their own hair out of the bathroom drain, or worst yet, since most of the families are aged and couldn't hoe or shovel shit well even if they wanted to, the FARCE of the farm would be blown away... without the farmworkers who will work for that shit, how COULD there be a farm????
Anyway, I feel a little better now after a chat with the ONE Immigration attorney west of Fairfax. She's located in Reston and not only is happy to meet my quote in helping my former client's spouse with her N400, but is SO HAPPY that she might be able to refer work to me! After having difficulty finding someone willing to supervise me out west here, I am sure for fear of disturbing the social strata.... I called her to negotiate the cost of the VISA hoping she'd grant the deal. She is not only happy to do so, and will take this job on that I was so happy to POTENTIALLY have a few months back, but she will also be glad to supervise me in doing work for her office! The H2B Quota is already filled for this year but she asked me if I would be interested in processing them whence they come around again... she said this year she had an influx of inqiries.
So out of a negative experience may be a more positive one! Instead of feeling like a renegade underground lawyer it would be SO NICE to be actually "supervised" by someone whose specialty is REALLY immigration! I surmise I won't have to pull out the OED to correct frivolous feedback on grammer and spelling with her, and perhaps I can LEARN some things from her!
I was feeling guilty after talking to the lawyer who reluctently said he WOULD still supervise, but who clearly preferred to sever the relationship. I do understand, and can't blame him too much. (IT really WAS his office "girls" as he calls them who clearly projected the attitude)
WEll someday I'll eventually have time to study for the BAR exam.I'll get to hire my own office help that can be as gracious with the farmworkers as they are with the rich old elite. Money to me is money- and I'll work for whoever is a hard worker and earns the money to hire me for legal help- WITHOUT discrimination. I joked with a friend that I would just have to schedule the old bittys one day, and the farm and domestic workers ANOTHER day... and that's SAD, but truthfully a logistically good idea for a lawyer who wants to serve BOTH clientel in this area! If years ago someone told me the U.S, was rift with class issues I wouldn't have believed it! I am really astounded that in this day and age these issues STILL exist!
So THE ONLY difference between the assessment of the NY Psycologist and the one here is that I have to pay for the assessment from NY. And of course that is the court referral... and the court refers to those they have prior good working relationships with (AKA but not always mentioned their FRIENDS!)
The little cynical part of me creeps up sometimes and thinks "Now I understand all this... its one of the few ways of helping the otherwise flailing, long dying Buffalo economy...Get well off people from OUT OF STATE to travel and pay for as many services as possible"
hmm... school for kids. That will be next I'm sure....
Or some such routine... that was my general advice GET IN TO A HABIT AND MAKE IT ROUTINE.
Ahhh... maybe I can call her and give her help until she gets into a new routine. All the opportunity in the world means nothing if one FORGETS about it! ... CAN you say " ADD"....
Anyway, the little ones are doing well. Getting over colds. The baby is that last with the boogy nose. So this week we will venture out to Bible school tommorrow morning which the children enjoy.
We did enjoy a nice visit with my parents who stayed with the girls while I traveled to NY.
A question to think about:
What is the cut off?
Dad brought a 2 liter of red table wine. 12.5% alcohol ... Hmmm... So I'm thinking about that more now. The bottle was almost empty by the end of the weekend.
I asked my MSW Social worker friend I stay with "IT is REALLY possible to be THRITY SIX YEARS old before realizing you have an alcoholic parent???"
She responded "Yes- Its actually not uncommon"