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Immigration Daily October 6, 2005
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Comment

Harriet Miers

President Bush nominated former White House counsel Harriet Miers as a Supreme Court nominee. Immigration Daily is pleased to note that while Ms. Miers served as President of the State Bar of Texas, Ms. Miers logged 125 pro bono hours handling an immigration and naturalization case for Catholic Charities of Dallas. We trust that if confirmed as Supreme Court justice, her exposure to immigration law issues lends a unique perspective to the Supreme Courts' understanding of the complexities of immigration law.

We welcome readers to share their opinion and ideas with us by writing to editor@ilw.com.


Focus

PQ: The PERM Quarterly

To stay on the top of the latest in PERM throughout the year, subscribe to PQ: The PERM Quarterly. For $199, you will receive 4 issues per year devoted exclusively to current issues in labor certification. Expect to receive your first issue this fall 2005. For more info, please see: http://www.ilw.com/books/PQ.shtm


Article

FOIA Requests Filed With DHS In FY2004
Sheela Murthy writes "During FY 2004, over 152,000 FOIA and Privacy Act requests were processed.


News

CRS Report On Border Security And The Southwest Border
The Congressional Research Service released a report addressing the background, legislation, and issues faced by the southwest border.


Classifieds

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Well established Midtown New York City firm has opening for attorney with experience in immigration related litigation. Firm has a large nonimmigrant practice and represents corporate and individual clients in all aspects of the immigration process. Individual will concentrate on litigation side of practice but will also be involved in nonimmigrant appeal work and I-9 review. Candidate should have 2 to 5 years experience. Salary commensurate with experience. Submit resume + cover letter in confidence to: Steven Weinberg: sweinberg@wwgw.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Experienced immigration attorney to work in legal department of global consulting firm. Ideal candidate will have substantial experience dealing with all issues relating to foreign nationals working in US, including regulatory filings and HR counseling. Attorney will report to Senior Immigration counsel and must be a team player with excellent written and oral communication skills. Compensation is competitive, excellent benefits. Submit resume to Sharon Lewis at: salewislegal@aol.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Professional
Yum! Brands, Inc., the world's largest restaurant company comprised of A&W, KFC, Long John Silver's, Pizza Hut, and Taco Bell - seeks an I-9 Specialist. Primarily responsible for supervising the proper completion of I-9 Forms in the restaurants, inputting I-9 information into database and tracking expiration dates of work authorizations and visas. This position is based in Irvine, CA. Reviews all I-9 forms for compliance with federal law; inputs I-9 information into PeopleSoft and escalates any concerns to Legal Compliance Specialist. Acts as consultant to field managers regarding immigration related issues. Requirements: High school graduate, AA or Bachelor's Degree preferred; Must have Immigration experience; ability to manage multiple tasks effectively with minimal supervision; Proven customer service skills along with excellent communication skills; telephone skills must include the ability to understand and determine a resolution in a fast-paced environment; must be able to maintain confidentiality; team-oriented; ability to understand, interpret, and apply extensive laws and governmental regulations relating to immigration and employment; experience with Outlook, Microsoft Word, Excel and Internet navigation; Experience with PeopleSoft HR applications and HelpDesk tools; Bilingual is a plus. To learn more, including how to apply, see here: http://www.yumcareers.com/. (Job ID: I-9 Specialist, HR).

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Washington, D.C. - Krupin O'Brien LLC seeks experienced paralegal to support immigration practice. We seek candidates with strong academic credentials and excellent communication skills. We are looking for an experienced immigration paralegal with the ability to prioritize, organize and communicate effectively, and has the flexibility to work overtime. Paralegal will work directly with lawyers and staff in a professional environment. Must be proficient in MS Office. Email resume and cover letter to Evie Baskin: evb@krupinobrien.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Professional
Largest suburban Maryland law firm seeks detailed, organized legal secretary. 2+ years of immigration legal experience is required with knowledge of immigration procedures. Skills required: attention to detail, organizational, strong client relations, administrative, interpersonal, proofreading, computer proficiency, 70 words per minute typing, and dictaphone. Excellent benefits package. Send resume + salary requirements to: Ms. Maura Bowen, Shulman, Rogers, Gandal, Pordy & Ecker, P.A., Rockville, MD. Fax (301) 230-2891 or email: mbowen@srgpe.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
The Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law is a Los Angeles non-profit that focuses its work on the civil and human rights of insular minorities. For more info, see: www.legalizationusa.org and www.immigrantchildren.org. The Center is accepting resumes for its EAF Attorney position. The salary is 36k, 45k (when medical/dental insurance coverage included). Applicants must possess the following: CA State Bar admittance, bilingual in Spanish and English, strong research and writing skills, Lexis training and experience, ability to multi-task. Applicants with immigration experience preferred and should have a strong demonstrated commitment to social justice. Duties relate to program's Equal Access Fund grant's scope of work with the rights of unaccompanied minors, trafficking victims, and legalization and LIFE Act applicants, and include: assistance in development and implementation of training programs, providing technical support to legal services groups, community-based organizations, and eligible clients; reviewing and responding to correspondence; assistance in the research and writing of policy analysis, articles, outreach materials, etc.; providing consultations and referrals to eligible clients seeking legal assistance; representing the Center at governmental and community-based meetings and conferences; coordinating with legal services groups and community-based organizations the preparation of special immigrant juvenile status visa applications. Email cover letter, resume, + list of (3) references to both Peter Schey, Executive Director and Carlos Holguin, General Counsel.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Successful downtown New York City-based immigration law firm seeks a talented immigration paralegal. The ideal candidate should possess 3+ years of corporate immigration experience. A 4-year college degree is preferred. Excellent organizational and computer skills are a must. Visit http://www.greencardmaker.com to learn more. Submit your resume and respond at: immjobsnow@hotmail.com.

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comingsNgoings

Readers can share their professional announcements (100-words or fewer at no charge), email: editor@ilw.com.

Award Recipient
Immigration attorney Mira Mdivani received a Pro Bono Certificate award from the Kansas Bar Association on September 7, 2005. Mira has developed the Mdivani Law Firm Pro Bono Program dedicated to helping abused immigrant women and children. Within that program, lawyers at The Mdivani Law Firm are able to assist clients petition for their immigrant status under the Violence Against Women Act. Mira also volunteers her time with various organizations that work to combat domestic violence, and teaches classes and seminars to educate the community on domestic violence and immigration issues.


Letters

Readers are welcome to share their comments, email: editor@ilw.com (300-words or fewer preferred). Many letters to the Editor refer to past correspondence, available in our archives.

Dear Editor:
In response to Mr. Murray's letter (10/05/05 ID), his letter neglects to realize that in the market for labor, price (i.e. wages) is what determines the quantity of labor offered and matches it with jobs. If employer demand existed and there was a shortage of workers, wages would have risen to attract employees into the labor market. There would be no able-bodied workers on welfare because jobs would pay more. Instead, workers come illegally from abroad because of the wage differential between their countries and ours, not because wages here are rising. Do we want to drive wages into the dirt in a race to the bottom that the American worker can't win, by importing large numbers of workers on the say so of businesses? They're willing to knowingly violate not only our immigration laws, but also labor laws and OSHA, in order to keep their profits up or to attract customers. Illegal immigration is anti-competitive. Employers who don't compete by hiring illegal labor or by catering to it are at a competitive disadvantage if they obey the law. If we do in fact need unskilled labor, then temporary programs should be abolished and the green card program should be revised to provide for employers to sponsor this labor. The worker should be able to change jobs freely the instant he sets foot in this country if the terms of employment are not acceptable to him. Guest worker programs offer the green card as partial compensation and effectively restrict the ability of the worker to move easily or ask for market wages; amnesties expand the labor force allowing employers to keep wages down, and allow them to continue to shift responsibility for benefits such as health care to the taxpayer. If we do need unskilled workers, then it should be the responsibility of companies to prove it and to provide for their support.

Ali Alexander


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