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Made In Mexico

All 10,000+ members of the US Border Patrol charged with securing our borders are required to wear a uniform ... made in Mexico. The potential for theft of the uniforms by individuals attempting to cross the US-Mexican border has become a concern. "If we're manufacturing uniforms in Mexico, what's to stop someone from walking across the border in a Border Patrol uniform?" Carter, a Republican from Round Rock in Central Texas, said in a telephone interview last week from his district office. "How do you know who are our guys and who are their guys?" For the full Fort Worth Star-Telegram story, see here.

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Visa Waiver Adjustment Applicants Must Depend On The Kindness Of Strangers
Jonathan D. Montag writes "In a decision, the only positive aspect of which is that it is unpublished, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decided that ICE has the unbridled authority to remove a visa waiver entrant to the United States, even when the entrant has a pending immediate relative adjustment of status application pending with USCIS when he accountered ICE."


News

OMB Proposed Bulletin For Good Guidance Practices
The Office of Management and Budget requested comments on its proposed policies and procedures for agencies to develop, issue, and use guidance documents intended to increase transparency of agency guidance practices.


Classifieds

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorneys
Berry, Appleman & Leiden LLP, a global corporate immigration law firm, is seeking experienced attorneys with a minimum of three years practicing business immigration law, for our San Francisco office. Our attorneys work in a fast-paced, high volume practice and utilize carefully developed procedures, advanced practice tools, and a state-of-the-art case management system. Experience in a range of business immigration matters, the ability to provide exceptional client service, experience managing teams of legal assistants, and superb analytical, organizational and case management skills required. We strive for excellence in legal practice in a collegial environment, promoting cooperation and learning from each other. We offer competitive salary and benefits. Please submit your resume via email to careers@usabal.com or by fax to 415.217.4426.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Small Wall Street (downtown NYC) immigration practice seeks paralegal/legal assistant with 2+ years of employment-based immigration experience. Candidates should also have working knowledge of family-based applications and naturalization petitions. Must have BA degree as well as excellent research, writing, communication and case management skills. Competitive salary/benefits. Individual will have opportunity to work closely with sole practitioner. Excellent learning opportunity for person with hands-on and can-do attitude. Submit resume + cover letter to Lynne R. Newkofsky, Esq.: immigparalegal05@yahoo.com. All inquiries will be kept confidential.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Experienced immigration attorney to work in Manhattan-based 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 and writing sample to salewislegal@aol.com

Help Wanted: Immigration Professional
Washington State University, International Programs seeks Immigration Compliance Specialist. Administrative professional, permanent, 12 month, full time position to provide relevant support services to foreign faculty and scholars in achieving legal status in the United States; promote intercultural understanding and knowledge about Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of State, and Department of Labor; assist University departments in hiring qualified foreign faculty and staff. Required: Bachelor's degree in a relevant field and 4 years professional experience hiring foreign faculty/staff. Master's or JD degree may be substituted for up to 1 year of required experience. Preferred: Knowledge of U.S. government regulations affecting international faculty/scholars (DHS, USCIS, DOL, CBP, DOS). Demonstrated experience working with culturally diverse clientele. Five years professional experience hiring foreign faculty/staff. Experience with PR sponsorship, H-1B1, J-1, TN, B-1, and 0-1 status. Overseas experience and/or fluency in a second language. Demonstrated computer skills/experience with databases and electronic reporting systems (ACCESS, FSAtlas, i1440) and with development/production of electronic publications and websites. Salary is competitive with full benefits package. Screening of applications will begin on January 3, 2006. Submit a letter of application, resume, and three letters of recommendation which include reference name, address, phone, and e-mail to: Mary Weitz, Clerical Manager Immigration Compliance Specialist Search PO Box 645121 / Bryan Hall 206 Pullman, WA 99164-5121. WSU employs only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized non-U.S. citizens and is an EEO/AA Employer and Educator. Members of protected groups are encouraged to apply.

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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:
This letter is in response to MB's letter (12/07/05 ID) who complains that a lawyer supposedly filed a labor certification application on his behalf, but the lawyer refuses to talk to him. The lawyer says that only the employer is the client, since the employer paid the bills. The lawyer is committing a common error. MB most certainly is his client, to whom he owes the full range of lawyer-client duties. In particular, the lawyer has a duty to communicate with his client, and he certainly has a duty to give MB a copy of the labor certification application. MB should consider reporting this lawyer to the ethics counsel for the lawyer's state bar association. In saying this, I speak as an expert on the topic of dual representation in immigration practice.

Bruce A. Hake, Attorney at Law
Damascus, MD

Dear Editor:
To answer MB's question (see 12/07/05 ID), why you should stay legal and why you don't see any advantage to doing so, how about, in the spirit of Christmas "be good for goodness' sake"?

Alice Moran

Dear Editor:
In response to Mr. Griswold's letter (12/07/05 ID), my letter (12/05/05 ID) never referenced Mr. Alexander as a strict immigration "officer." My letter was in response to another letter to the Editor, RL Ranger's (12/02/05 ID), and I do not know where the idea of "officer" came from. According to the concept of justice in this country, enforcement of the laws should be fair and reasonable rather than "strict." And evenly applied. That's why I want to see support of a functional legal immigration system as well. The agencies are violating their congressional mandate, the law, by not rendering timely and just decisions on benefits. Because regardless of the numbers, the system has demonstrated to be full of inefficiency and plagued with arbitrary decisions. Having incompetent and lazy people working on the benefits side is a greater danger to security than illegal entries. People able to go through the system are more likely to have the skills and intellectual capacity to organize a significant attack.

Sebastian
Washington, DC


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