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Immigration Daily May 22, 2006
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Many Notable Speakers

Steven A Clark, Joseph P. Curran, Linda Rose, Gregory Siskind and Douglas Weigle will be among the distinguished panelists for "Mid-Year Update In Immigration Law Practice". Sherry L. Neal will lead the discussion (other highly regarded speakers will be announced). The deadline to sign up is Tuesday, May 23rd. For more info, including speaker bios, detailed curriculum, and registration information, please see: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/may2006.shtm.(Fax version: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/may2006.pdf

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


Focus

Mid-Year Update In Immigration Law Practice

The curriculum for ILW.COM's latest 3-part telephone seminar series is as follows:

FIRST Phone Session on May 25, 2006: Business Immigration Issues - Part 1

  • Bi-specialization: where to file new cases? Where to file concurrent I-140/I-485 cases? What's the impact of bi-specialization?
  • Employment Verification and Enforcement: how to prepare clients for an audit? How to advise clients on contractor issues? How to advise employers on "no-match" letters from the social security administration? What civil and criminal penalties are possible from an ICE investigation?
  • PERM and Backlog Update: What issues are leading to Notice of Intent to Deny from the backlog centers? What are the common issues in denial of PERM cases? How to reopen a case at the backlog center that has been erroneously closed? What to do if a "45-day letter" has not been received?
  • Anticipating the H-1b Cap: which employers are exempt from the cap? Which foreign nationals are exempt from the cap? Can foreign students remain in the U.S. while waiting for an October 1st H-1b? Can foreign nationals "volunteer" while waiting for an H-1b? Must employers terminate foreign student employees caught in the H-1b cap or is leave of absence acceptable?
  • Legislative Update: what impact may legislation have on business immigration?

SECOND Phone Session on June 8, 2006: Family Immigration And Removal Issues

  • Non-immigrant visa options for family members: what visa options are available? What are the criteria?
  • Immigrant visas: What's the impact of overstay and/or unauthorized employment? What criminal issues lead to denial? What waivers are available? When is adjustment possible during a removal process?
  • Removal Issues: Is cancellation of removal a good solution? What are the issues connected to Mandatory Detention? Is voluntary removal a good solution?
  • Inadmissibility vs. Removability: What's the significance of inadmissibility and removability? What are the remedies for inadmissibility and removability?
  • Legislative Update: what impact may legislation have on family immigration?

THIRD Phone Session on July 13, 2006: Business Immigration Issues - Part 2

  • Reports from some of the busiest Consulates in East Asia
  • Consular Processing: Inadmissibility- what are the grounds of inadmissibility for non-immigrant visas? What are the grounds of inadmissibility for immigrant visas?, Waivers- what are the criteria for waivers of inadmissibility for non-immigrant visas and immigrant visas? How to apply for a waiver of inadmissibility, Dealing with Delays- Is it possible to expedite an appointment? Is it possible to speed up the security clearance processing? How to handle age-out cases? What impact may legislation have on business immigration?
  • Schedule A cases: Is it possible to expedite processing to avoid retrogression? What if the healthcare worker doesn't have a healthcare certificate at the time of the interview? What if the work location has changed since the approval of the I-140 petition?
  • H-2B and Other Essential Workers: which occupations qualify? How to prove "temporary" need? How to deal with the quota?
  • Late Breaking Hot Topics including H-1B Cap Update
  • Legislative Update: what impact may legislation have on consular procedures and processing times and other business immigration issues?
The deadline to sign up is Tuesday, May 23rd. For more info, including speaker bios, detailed curriculum, and registration information, please see: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/may2006.shtm.(Fax version: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/may2006.pdf


Article

The Senate Bill And The Undocumented - Estimates Of How Many People Might Qualify
Maurice Belanger for the National Immigration Forum writes "As the debate proceeds on the Senate debate, questions have been raised as to how many undocumented immigrants would eventually be legalized by the Senate bill (the "Hagel-Martinez" compromise)."

New Poll: Americans Prefer House Approach on Immigration
Mark Krikorian for the Center for Immigration Studies writes "A new Zogby poll of likely voters, using neutral language (see wording on following pages), finds that Americans prefer the House of Representatives' enforcement-only bill by 2-1 over Senate proposals to legalize illegal immigrants and greatly increase legal immigration."


News

USCIS Releases Latest H-1B Cap Count
USCIS released the latest H-1B cap count dated May 16, 2006. This is an updated version from the May 12th update appearing in Immigration Daily's 5/19/06 issue.


Classifieds

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Greenebaum Doll & McDonald PLLC, a regional law firm with 180 attorneys in 8 offices located in the South Central region seeks a immigration paralegal for its corporate and commercial practice group resident in the Cincinnati, Ohio office. Candidates should have excellent credentials, bachelor's degree or other suitable education experience, at least 2-4 years of experience with immigration and/or corporate law matters, strong written and oral Japanese language fluency and work experience with Japanese companies in either Japan or the US. The Firm offers competitive compensation based on individual performance and bonus opportunities available immediately. Ideal candidates will want the opportunity to work independently as part of a cohesive practice group and to handle client work for top-tier private, public and Fortune 500 companies. Email cover letter, resume + references to: Kim Spurlock, HR and Recruiting Manager at kas@gdm.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Alhambra, CA - The Law Office of Daniel Huang, specializing in immigration and nationality law seeks immigration paralegal for growing practice. 2+ years of experience required in the following areas: Labor certification, PERM/RIR, H-1B and E1/E2 visas, K-1 and K-3 visas, adjustment applications and consular processing. Experience with family based petitions required. Ability to speak Mandarin or Spanish a plus. The paralegal will work independently and be able to manage/complete a case from start to finish. We offer (1) friendly work environment, (2) reasonable work hours, (3) competitive pay and benefits. Email resume + cover letter in MS Word format to: abbyxu@pacbell.net or fax to (626) 289-0005.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Newark NJ, Gateway One - Immediate opening in 12 attorney prestigious law firm. Ideal candidate possesses college degree, foreign language fluency and 2+ yrs. employment-related immigration experience. Excellent writing and communication skills required. Able to work independently and as a team player. Interact with firm corporate clients. Great working environment, competitive salary and generous benefits. Send resume and cover letter to Anthony F. Siliato, Esq. at asiliato@meyner.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Hogan & Hartson, LLP, a prominent Washington, D.C. law firm seeks top-notch business immigration legal assistant. Bachelor's degree and minimum 2 years business immigration experience required. Candidate should have solid background in preparation of all business immigration flings: H-1s, L-1s and TNs and labor certifications. Successful candidate should also have superior organizational and interpersonal skills; excellent oral + written communication and attention to detail, plus the ability to work independently as well as part of team. Outstanding benefits and work environment, convenient Metro Center location, 401(k), back-up childcare center, competitive salary and structured bonus program. EOE M/F - please email resume + cover letter to Dayna Lusby, Legal Assistant Manager: LAResumes@hhlaw.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Midtown NYC - 13 person immigration law firm seeks paralegal with 2+ years of experience with business applications: nonimmigrant and immigrant. Experience with family based, naturalization and other application a plus. Ideal candidate has BA degree, is detail oriented, organized, conscientious. Candidate must also possess excellent writing, communication & case management skills. Competitive compensation package offered. Email resume + cover letter in MS Word format to mneedleman@levittandneedleman.com.

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.

Offshore Services For Law Firms
We offer a wide range of back-office & clerical support services to immigration attorneys in NIV and IVs, including managing checklists, form completion, drafting cover/employer letters, consular processing assistance, follow-up/correspondence with clients and other related services. Our services cover document generation, data entry, accounts, scheduling/calendering, clerical & archival. Quantum Technologies, Inc. is a sister company to Adnet Advertising Agency, the worldwide leader in immigration advertising services for over a decade. Headquartered in New York City, Quantum provides the highest quality services to law firms enabling them to cost effectively and securely outsource law firm back office processes, and focus on increasing earning, growth and servicing their clients. We work as your partner offering tailored services that accelerate product delivery. With state-of-the-art communication facilities and infrastructure, our offsite center functions as a virtual extension of your office providing 24 x 7 support and significant cost savings. Convenient billing options are available. For more info. contact Johaina Mumtaz at Johaina@quantum-usa.com or call 212 406-3503 ext 224.


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 Briefing - Washington, D.C.
What Makes An American? Historical Perspectives on Immigration. Monday, May 22, 2006. 8:30 to 10 a.m. Hudson-Pew Briefing Series on Preserving & Strengthening Democracy, Betsy and Walter Stern Conference Center, Hudson Institute, 1015 15th Street, N.W., 6th Floor. The first in a series of Hudson-Pew briefings will discuss America's new immigrants, in light of the founding fathers' intent and in comparison to the last great wave of immigrants at the turn of the 20th century. To RSVP or to request information, contact Phil Ross at Hudson Institute 202.974.2400 or e-mail rsvp@hudson.org.


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:
The use of the term Nazi to describe a differing viewpoint is both insensitive and ignorant (see 05/19/06 ID comment). The Nazis employed methods of torture and mass murder in addition to deportation. Those who were deported were fortunate.

David B. Gardner, Esq.
Los Angeles, CA

Dear Editor:
Dropping terms like "Nazi" and "Gestapo" into discussions about anti-immigration policy supporters is like throwing terms like "narco-terrorist" and "MS-13 gang recruits" at people who speak Spanish (see 05/19/06 ID comment). This is a bad idea for a number of obvious reasons. One reason that leaps to mind is that deporting people and murdering people through labor camps and systemized executions are two rather different things, last time I checked. I understand that you wish to provoke discussion, but running into the middle of a room and screaming "Nazi" is not the way to do it. Unless and until the anti-immigration platform includes a functional replica of Auschwitz in the Arizona desert, perhaps ID should keep the Third Reich references out of your missives.

Todd MacGregor, Esq.

Dear Editor:
While I vehemently disagree with the views and actions of the anti-immigration groups, I object to ID's use of the terms "Gestapo techniques" and "Nazi tactics." (see 05/19/06 ID comment). The proposals to date are not comparable to the horrors of the Holocaust. ID's cavalier use of these terms is disrespectful to the memory of those who perished at the hands of the Nazis and their collaborators.

Leslie Dellon, Esq.

Dear Editor:
Seems like Immigration Daily is getting a little shrill in the "Comments" section; lot of talk about Nazis and Gestapo tactics (see 05/19/06 ID comment). The "Gestapo tactics" necessary to cause attrition would be enforcement of the employer sanctions laws; those already on the books would be fine; we don't really need new ones. The "Nazis" who would carry out these Gestapo tactics would be the ICE agents who are being paid by the American tax-payers to do that very thing. We already know "the word gets around" in the illegal alien community, as evidenced by the stampede for the border every time someone says amnesty. Once the word got around in the illegal alien community that it was becoming difficult to find illegal employment, attrition might be a very likely result. Illegal aliens could then devote that wonderful work ethic to improving their own countries. 'Course without them we'd have to take on the job of criticizing ourselves, since we wouldn't have the illegal aliens to do it for us. But that's a job that plenty of Americans are willing to do.

jhf
Baileyville, ME

Dear Editor:
Responding to the 05/19/06 ID comment, in no way would illegal alien enforcement involve "Nazi" tactics. Stop the hysteria. Systematic enforcement with a high publicity profile will start a south-bound human tsunami. What we will be left with will be a manageable number of deportations to round up. For ID's non-objectivity, let me suggest that "illegal" is not an honorable or positive term.

George Mason

Dear Editor:
The inflammatory use of such terms as "Gestapo techniques" and "Nazi tactics" in Immigration Daily's (05/19/06) comment unfortunately places ID in the same league as the letter of Jose Monge (05/12/06 ID), whose feeble complaints of "racism and hate" were not persuasive. However, if all of your conditional and extraneous terms are eliminated, you do have the concept of Attrition partly correct, if not your conclusions. The greater emphasis of this practical strategy is in removing the various benefits now available to illegals along with serious enforcement which need not involve any Nazis. After all, who would go to Disneyland, or stay there, if the attractions were closed? Most Americans are against amnesty of any kind and for limited entry with no illegals in spite of your Rep. Tancredo analogy of "lipstick" on a pig which he originally and correctly applied to a previous amnesty proposal. Those who criticize the concept of attrition seem motivated by a fear it would succeed if persistently tried. Pro-amnesty supporters are irrationally considering a reward of "legalization" for those who have been violating the law longer, a concept not used in any other area of law. The staff of Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) has released the results of an analysis that shows that if the Senate's  immigration bill S. 2611 should become law, up to 217 million new legal immigrants will be cleared to immigrate into the US over the next 20 years, a number equal to 66% of the total current US population. Clearly, the rational solution is benefit attrition and humane enforcement, not rewarding lawlessness and promoting demographic invasion. The A-word that should be given top consideration on all entry issues is that of Americans, not that of special interests or foreigners.

R. L. Ranger

Dear Editor:
Here you go with accusations of "Nazis" (see 05/19/06 ID comment). Attrition is hardly that. It involves putting pressure on employers to dry up jobs so that illegal aliens will self-deport. It is a perfectly reasonable, humane alternative to the expense and time involved in having the government do it. Furthermore, if government does not enforce the immigration laws on the books, which is really what "attrition" is about, well, it doesn't say much that you, as a group of lawyers, believes in snubbing one's nose at the law. Nor does it bode well for any limited amnesty or guest worker program, because these would require enforcement of the laws if they were to succeed.

Ali Alexander

Dear Editor:
How does Immigration Daily know what "most Americans want." (see 05/19/06 ID comment). The statements that are being made even by the President is that 85% of the illegal immigrants are "hard-working people who are looking to support their families." Who can state that they know who the illegals are? There are quotes of 11 to 18 million illegals? Who knows? Aren't there enough to pick crops at that level? The reason is that they are not picking crops to support their families.

Nancy McCambly

Dear Editor:
I am having a difficult time understanding ID's position and goals regarding immigration (see 05/19/06 ID comment). First, do you believe a state has the right to control its immigration, or do you favor an open border? Second, do you believe that immigration laws are enforceable like any other law, or do they fall into some lesser category? ID appears to lump together those people who are anti-immigration (which would be people who seek to eliminate legal as well as illegal immigration) with those who believe in controlled immigration. I think such a lumping is unfair and inaccurate. The correct term to refer to the latter would be anti-illegal immigration groups, not anti-immigration groups. It's inflamatory and harmful to the debate to compare the efforts to control immigration (by only allowing legal entries and enforcing employment laws) to Nazi tactics. It's simply absurd to compare people deciding to return to their home country to Nazi victims. The Nazi tactics were death, torture and terror. Enforcement of employment laws and patroling the border do not involve such tactics, and by implying so you remove your argument outside the realm of reasonable, logical analysis into a realm of absurdity. I would hope that the discussion on immigration issues, particularly in a legal forum, could be based upon reason and logic rather than on name-calling and hyperbole.

Charles W. Bennion

Dear Editor:
Life as you know (or knew it) in America is gone (05/18/06 ID comment). You are dying a slow death. The slower the process, the less noticeable, until you start feeling the pain. And as "ilness" progresses the pain gets worse. Of course, by the time you realise this is happening, nothing can be done for you anymore. I am a legal immigrant, and I firmly believe that this country needs to start paying a lot more attention to closing borders. And I mean being more selective in general, not only to the Mexican side. If you don't start doing something now, we might all end up being forced to immigrate elsewhere someday when all the life has been sucked out of the USA. Humanitarian actions always seem very noble, but is very stupid when it is at your own cost.

L. Cogill

Dear Editor:
Responding to KO's letter (05/17/06 ID) which suggested using violence against immigrants on the border. I would suggest his finding enough courage to sign his name and town.

Dave Anderson
Gainesville, GA

Dear Editor:
My husband is a really good man, he has never been in any trouble. I just think people are to judgementle of somthing they really don't understand.If they just gave the good hispanics a try they would relize that they are good hard workers,like my husband.He has been here for 10 years, and all we want is a normal life together.

Name Withheld


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