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Immigration Daily September 2, 2003
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Editor's Comments

Immigrant Labor Day

On the occasion of Labor Day, these comments from "The History of Labor Day" from the DOL website will be of interest to our readers:

"Labor Day, the first Monday in September ... is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country ... The vital force of labor added materially to the highest standard of living and the greatest production the world has ever known and has brought us closer to the realization of our traditional ideals of economic and political democracy. It is appropriate, therefore, that the nation pay tribute on Labor Day to the creator of so much of the nation's strength, freedom, and leadership the American worker."
Historically, and even today, labor in America includes a significant immigrant component. Many of today's immigrant workers toil without documentation, contributing to our nation's strength, prosperity and well-being without the dignity of participation in our society as equals. We believe that this heaping of indignity (courtesy of our Congress) on these immigrant workers does not take away from the value of their labor. We urge those in the immigration field to observe Labor Day for all workers in America - whether they were born in America or not.


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Featured Article

Hurtling (and Hurting) Down the H-1B Road: Part 1 of 4
Angelo A. Paparelli provides an H-1B overview by addressing current Department of Labor enforcement activities and reviewing a selection of key Administrative Law Judge decisions.

The Hidden History Of Immigration: Part 1 of 3
Martin Ford examines the assimilation of the three largest European immigrant groups, Germans, Irish, and Italians, and argues that, in terms of language, religion, and group identity, today's immigrants may be adapting faster than their predecessors.

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Immigration Law News

BCIS Seeks Comments
The Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services sought comments on the application for asylum and for withholding of removal, Form I-589.

BALCA Says Preparing List Of Meals Per Menu Plans Is Not A Nurse Assistant's Duty
In the Matter of Maile Aloha, No. 2002-INA-246 (BALCA, Aug. 13, 2003), the Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals said that continuing to include the job requirement of preparing a list of meals per menu plans in its newly submitted advertisement for a health aide was not a nurse assistant's duty and therefore, was a combination of job duties. The Employer had argued that it was not financially feasible to segregate the duties and employ two individuals.

Visa Fraud Investigation Mushrooms To 3,500 Under Suspicion
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports "An investigation into 100 suspicious visa applications has ballooned into one of the nation's largest immigration fraud inquiries, covering as many as 3,500 people cleared to enter the country as religious ministers or multinational executives."

Two Attorneys Arrested For Alleged Immigration Scheme Similiar To Kooritsky
The Washington Post reports "Two Fairfax City lawyers and an Annandale restaurateur were arrested yesterday on federal immigration fraud charges for allegedly filing phony documents to get green cards for illegal immigrants."

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Books - 8 CFR, Includes 2003 BCIS Changes
We are pleased to announce that the latest edition of the Immigration & Nationality Act (INA) is now available. This reference tool is invaluable while writing to the INS about a RFE or preparing a petition. Attorneys have been using the exhaustive topic indices in the 8 CFR Plus and The Whole ACT - INA (Annotated) to do just that for years. Whether you are a seasoned practitioner or a less experienced attorney entering the immigration law field, these books are a must-have. For information on our various publications, see here. (A Supplement is provided Free of cost updating the 8 CFR Plus as of June 1, 2003. All BCIS related changes have been included in this Supplement as well as a complete index to ALL 8 CFR Sections updated as of June 1, 2003.)

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor:
The following press release was submitted by the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service.

"There is a saying: Every job is a good job," says former refugee Tran, a clerk at a 7-Eleven store who, using his corporate profit-sharing account, partially financed the college educations of his children, who also worked part-time while attending school. Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) and its affiliated agencies across the country invite the media to "visit a refugee at work" on September 8, 2003 to hear first-hand the stories of refugee workers and their employers as a special way to celebrate Labor Day. "This is our second annual National Refugee Labor Day celebration," says LIRS President Ralston H. Deffenbaugh, Jr. "It's a time to celebrate the contributions of refugees to America's workforce and to thank the employers who hire them." "Our goal is for refugees to become self-sufficient within the first six months of resettlement," Deffenbaugh explains. "LIRS and our affiliated agencies have a great track record. On average, about 90 percent of our employable refugees have jobs within six months of arrival in the United States. Employers tell us that refugees have a strong work ethic. Refugees say they are grateful to their employers for the opportunity to work. Some employers provide English training in the workplace and other work-related support. This is the win-win situation we will celebrate on September 8." LIRS is a national agency whose mission is to welcome the stranger, bringing new hope and new life through ministries of service and justice. Based in Baltimore, LIRS resettles refugees through a network of 27 affiliated agencies throughout the United States, provides immigration and children's services, and advocates on behalf of asylum seekers and those in immigration detention.

Meg Arenberg
Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service

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