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Immigration Daily May 9, 2006
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Comment

TPS Deadline Is June 1st

According to USCIS, only 7,500 TPS Hondurans and Nicaraguans have re-registered out of 79,000 eligible for the 1-year TPS extension benefit (75,000 Hondurans and 4,000 Nicaraguans). We would like to remind everyone that the deadline to re-register for the 1-year extension is June 1, 2006. For details, see here.

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


Focus

Deadline Is Tuesday, May 9th For Adjustment In Removal Proceedings And Refugee/Asylee Adjustments

The curriculum for the Removal/Refugee/Asylee session of "Adjustment Of Status In Immigration Practice Today" is as follows:

  • Latest on Arriving Aliens - Succar v. Ashcroft - Discussion on the Federal Circuit Case Law & Splits
  • Latest in refugee & asylee adjustments practice - changes and guidance from USCIS
  • REAL ID - Lifting of the asylee adjustments cap & continuing validity of the Ngwanyia settlement
  • Update on Multiple-year EADs
  • Post-Adjustment issues for Refugees/Asylees - use of refugee travel documents and question of travel back home to country of persecution
The deadline to sign up is Tuesday, May 9th. For more info, including speaker bios, detailed curriculum, and registration information, please see: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/march2006.shtm. (Fax version: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/march2006.pdf


Article

Immigration Reform On The Minds Of Lawmakers, The Public And Now The High Court: How Will The Court Rule With Alito And Roberts On The Bench
Christopher W. Helt, Esq. writes "For much of this nation’s history, the Supreme Court did not deal with the regulation of immigration."


News

Updated CRS On Criminalizing Unlawful Presence
The Congressional Research Service issued an updated version of its March 29, 2006 report on unlawful presence.


Classifieds

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy (FDBL) seeks to hire an experienced paralegal for its Washington D.C. office. FDBL offers a career position requiring a wide range of skills in a fast-paced setting for the right candidate. Our ideal candidate has 2+ years experience with all aspects of business immigration and will have the benefit of attorney supervision and guidance. Responsibilities include: preparation of all types of immigrant visa petitions, labor certifications (PERM), adjustment of status and consular processing applications, and preparation of all types of nonimmigrant visa petitions (particularly Hs, Ls, and TNs). Paralegal will manage caseload with large degree of independence, communicate with clients regarding procedural and case processing issues, update and maintain client status reports, prepare bills, and serve as team resource. Comprehensive compensation pkg. Fax resume + cover letter to Allison Bettridge, HR/Office Manager, at 202-371-2898. For addtl info, please contact Ms. Bettridge at 202-223-5515. FDBL is an equal opportunity employer.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorneys
New York, NY - Full-time and part-time positions available at a boutique business immigration law firm in Midtown. We enjoy a diverse practice with a lot of client contact. Candidates must be detail-oriented, organized, self-starters, with excellent writing and interpersonal skills. Positions available for those with 1-2 years experience, and 2-5 years experience. Salary DOE. Fax resume + cover letter in confidence to: M. Bailey at (212) 818-0625 or email: mbailey@cohenlawfirm.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Professional
Washington DC - Amnesty Intl (AI) seeks a Director for its Refugee Program. Duties: develop dynamic strategies to promote int'l human rights law and standards pertaining to refugees/asylum-seekers/other forcibly displaced persons; develops responses & actions on important policy questions, promotes AI's positions with Congress and federal agencies, and analyzes emerging areas of law; produces reports & activities for AIUSA's members concerning US asylum/refugee policy and works with AIUSA's membership structures to promote needed changes in US policy; maintain AI's standing among coalition partners. The AIUSA Refugee Program works in coordination with other AI national sections. Bachelor's degree required (advanced degree preferred) and 7+ years of professionally related work experience on refugee/asylum issues. Excellent knowledge of int'l legal standards related to asylum/refugee status. Excellent writing and analytical skills. Knowledge of int'l refugee issues and experience working with int'l refugee protection agencies highly desirable. For more info, see here. Send resume + cover letter to humanresources@aiusa.org or fax 202-546-7142. No calls please. EOE. Position open until filled.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
NYC based Immigration Law Firm, Keshab Raj Seadie, P.C., needs experienced paralegal. Immigration paralegal responsible for about 100 open files (50% PERM labor certs, 50% other non-immigrant visa applications). Job duties include preparing: non-immigrant visa applications, family sponsored adjustment of status, employment-based immigration applications; processing consulate processing; and assisting attorneys in removal/deportation proceedings. Must have at least 2 years of solid experience with positive references. Other requisites include: computer literacy, excellent oral/written communication skills, great organizational skills; attention to detail; self-motivated and professional in attire, demeanor and workmanship; Excellent people skills. Fluency in Japanese or Chinese helpful. Please include salary requirements when submitting your resume to immjobsnow@hotmail.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
The Law Offices of Lichtman, Trister & Ross, an eight attorney firm, seeks an associate with 2+ years immigration law experience to join its immigration group comprised of two attorneys and two legal assistants. Located in Washington D.C.'s Dupont Circle in a collegial environment, the practice consists primarily of business immigration with some family cases and adjustment of status interviews. Excellent writing skills and attention to detail are essential. Competitive salary and benefits are offered. Send cover letter, resume, + writing sample to Elliott Lichtman, elichtman@ltsrlaw.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Sidley Austin LLP, a global law firm, seeks a staff attorney for its downtown Chicago office. The ideal candidate has 2-3 years or more experience in business immigration, with excellent writing, communication and organizational skills. Competitive salary and benefits. Please send cover letter, resume, + writing sample to Timothy Payne at tpayne@sidley.com. Expressions of interest will be held in strict confidence.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
The Law Offices of Manulkin, Glaser, and Bennett, a full-service Southern California immigration law firm seeks a full-time immigration attorney for its Orange County, CA offices. Experience in removal proceedings and business applications, including L, H, R, and E visas required. Salary commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits. We seek effective communications skills and an ability to learn quickly. Send cover letter and resume to mgblaw@mgblaw.com. No phone inquiries please.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Midtown NYC - 13 person fast paced, leading immigration law firm seeks lawyer with 5+ years of business immigration experience. Handling full range of diverse nonimmigrant and immigrant matters. Must have excellent writing, communication and organizational skills. Competitive compensation package offered. Please submit cover letter and resume in MS Word format to Marcia N. Needleman at mneedleman@levittandneedleman.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
The Law Office of Richard M. Costa, a Boston immigration law firm with predominantly professional/academic clientele, seeks candidate with 2-5 years of immigration experience to rapidly assume significant responsibility for employment and family based I-485 caseload. Ideal candidate will be detail-oriented and capable of juggling multiple priorities simultaneously. Competitive salary and benefits include full health insurance and normal work hours of 9am-5pm M-F. Apply in confidence with resume + cover letter to Richard M. Costa: Richard@rcosta.com using subject line: Immigration Paralegal.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
San Francisco, Financial District - Weaver, Schlenger & Mazel seeks an immigration paralegal. We are a small, fast-paced, friendly immigration law firm with an emphasis on employment and family-based petitions. Qualifications: Experience with employment-based petitions (at least one year); strong writing skills a must; bachelor's degree or equivalent experience. Required: computer savvy; strong attention to detail and accuracy; ability to multi-task and prioritize tasks; excellent oral communication and organizational skills; self-motivated. Responsibilities: assist with preparation and filing of immigration petitions; generate correspondence to clients and government agencies; schedule attorney/client consultations; communicate with clients via e-mail and telephone; some administrative duties. To apply, send cover letter + resume to: reception@weaver-schlenger.com.

Credential Evaluation And Translation
As the nation's leader in foreign credential evaluations and translations, American Evaluation and Translation Service, Inc. (AETS) provides the most competitive rates in the industry – $50 educational evaluations, as well as $200 'expert opinion' work experience and position evaluations completed by PhD university professors who have the "authority to grant college level credit for work experience and/or training." AETS offers a variety of turn-around times, including same-day service for educational, work experience, and position evaluations. For list of rates and times, see: http://aetsinternational.com/applicationforevaluationservices.pdf. AETS also provides certified translations in 100+ languages, with translators that are specialists in 80+ fields. For a copy of the Application for Credential Evaluation and Translation Services, please contact AETS at (786) 276-8190, visit http://www.aetsinternational.com, or email: info@aetsinternational.com.


comingsNgoings

Readers can share their professional announcements (100-words or fewer at no charge), email: editor@ilw.com. Readers interested in learning about featuring your event or conference in Immigration Daily, see here.

Immigration Training - Mt. Prospect, IL
The University of Illinois Extension is offering a free Naturalization Workshop for Citizenship Teachers on Thursday, May 11, 2006 at 9:30 a.m. in the Mt. Prospect Office located at 1699 Wall Street, Mt. Prospect, IL 60056. The workshop will cover eligibility requirements and completing the N-400. Immigration attorney Julie Emerick will be available to answer legal questions. To register send an email with your name, phone number, and organization to avitale@uiuc.edu.


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:
Arnold Schwarzenegger's letter (05/08/06 ID) hits the nail right on its head and demonstrates why "Arnold" is a great leader and is destined to be a greater leader, if the people of California elect him to the next term as our governor, and if the legislature and ultra liberal Democrats will get off his back. Although at first an improbable candidate to replace the ineffective Gray Davis as governor, Arnold has revealed himself to be courageous and outspoken, a champion of the people. Arnold's statement in ID's Letters to the Editor was a truthful and insightful look into the realities of illegal immigration and the financial impact it has on the State of California and the US - straight from someone who is in a position of superior knowledge, no with anti-immigrant agenda or ax to grind. Arnold seems to understand that the immigration issues with which our nation is presently confronted are ripping apart and dividing California, and the nation. Giving credibility to illegals will serve no good, but neither will mass deportation. A middle ground must be achieved, and neither the Right Wing or the Left Wing will be happy about it. Let's face it, everyone cannot be appeased on the immigration issues, and compromise immigration laws that do not fully address the issues will serve no benefit to anyone. It is a fact: Illegal immigration must be stopped. In its place there must be positioned a well-reasoned set of laws that are effectively enforced and which meet the needs of the US. But while this political hot potato is in the hands of politicians, we can only hope the legislators will not botch it too badly.

David D. Murray, Esq.
Newport Beach, CA

Dear Editor:
I find Schwarzenegger what I would expect for him and I find that some how Immigration Daily feels this is worth printing (see 05/08/06 ID comment). The border that he is so proud to be supportive of has last year clamed at least 465 lives of men women and children. Many driven to the Border as a direct out come of NAFTA. He is turning his back on farmers in his state how for the last two years have had to plow crops into the ground do to the shortage of people to harvest the crops. He is nothing more then a copy of Pete Wilson and will not be around much longer. It should be noted that not one person has been held crossing the Rio Grand for being a terrorist or being connected to such a group. They along with 30,000,000 people a year fly into the US on airlines, the others were hone grown. Is this the same man that said he could remember the Nazis marching down the street when he was a kid, do the math, he was not telling the truth then ether. If this is the kind of thing ID is now supporting I am not sure I want to be on your e-mail list. I fully support running the letter but I fail to see his immigration status has much to do with it. He did not cross the border, did he?

John Connors

Dear Editor:
Barry's work (05/08/06 ID Article) is flawed by his Articles' failure to recognize the importance of cross border imports of narcotics and the threats of terrorism and organized crime. For these reasons most observers believe that the border must be sealed. In the face of any "invading army" only a well protected wall will do.

Dale Sutthoff
The Villages, FL

Dear Editor:
Thank You. We need this kind of service to help us help others. Keep up the good work (05/02/06 ID comment). I will pass it on as I got it for others and will blog Arnold's letter afterwards (05/08/06 ID comment).

Peter S. Lopez
Sacramento, CA

Dear Editor:
It is fashionable among pro-illegal-immigrationists to claim that amnesty (or guest worker programs or legalization) is needed for national security reasons, to "bring workers out of the shadows" (see 05/05/06 ID comment). In fact, I was at a meeting a couple of weeks ago where Congressman Kolbe used that very reasoning. No such thing. We already know that the government knows where a good number of the illegal alien population is working, through Social Security number mismatches, ITINs, and even the companies/industries that were supporting illegal alien amnesties during the recent boycott. Furthermore, using scarce resources to process amnesty for maybe 20 million illegal aliens is actually a danger to security.

Ali Alexander

Dear Editor:
Anthony BC's letter (05/05/06 ID) claims incorrectly that "to enter the US without visa is a violation of the US law". Millions of people enter the US legally every month without a visa. To quote the Dept of State: "The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) enables nationals of certain countries to travel to the United States for tourism or business for stays of 90 days or less without obtaining a visa."

A reader

Dear Editor:
Please accept my heartiest congratulation on Immigration Daily's sixth birthday (05/02/06 ID comment). You are doing good job in the wonderful world of immigration. Great luck to all for many more years of highly informative and educative service.

Syed Ali Kazim
Hyderabad, India

Dear Editor:
Happy Birthday, and many happy returns of the day (05/02/06 ID comment).

Arif Kadwani

Dear Editor:
As a daughter of WWII Filipino Veterans, on behalf of the sons and daughters of WWII Filipino American Veterans, I would like to address this letter to President George W. Bush and Lawmakers of the U.S. Immigration. Many of the estimated 3,200 Filipino Veterans who became a U.S. Citizen in 1990 are living alone in America, some of them died without their family besides them. Just recently Representative Ed Case of Hawaii endorsed the Bill to Unite Families of Filipino War Veterans. We are appealing to the Congressional leaders and Senators to please support Rep. Ed Case of this Bill. As he urged this Bill to be included in any comprehensive immigration reform measure or to give his Bill expedited consideration. Many of the sponsored Sons and Daughters are waiting for more than 10 years now, waiting for the issuance of the Immigrant Visa. Like the illegal alien waiting for the possible temporary Worker Program, We hope that the U.S. Immigration has something to do with the family of the Filipino Veterans. May God give the President of America, and the Lawmakers wisdom and a loving heart to this immigration problem.

Marissa Ballena

Dear Editor:
If we let the Mexicans here, we might as well let every other country here. We need more people in the US. That's why we have no social security when I retire.

MizTwinzy

Dear Editor:
I am disgusted with the mexicans that wants to be above everyone. The other people from other country also wants to be immigrants but their papers will be pushed back due to illegal mexicans wanting to be legalized here sooner than anybody. I will then tell everyone from another country to go mexico and then swim to the american border and will be legalized.

Lourdes Bitanga


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