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Immigration Daily January 11, 2007
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Immigration Map

The map above reflects the number of donations received by possibly the largest anti-immigration organization in its 2006 year-end fundraising campaign (source: NumbersUSA). We observe two points from this map (the map represents House Districts, hence it is controlled for population). Firstly, the map shows that anti-immigration sentiment is not prevalent across the country but is regionalized, with the West and Southwest more anti-immigrant (red, orange, and yellow shaded areas) and the East, Midwest, and most of the South more pro-immigrant (gray, purple, green, and blue shaded areas). Perhaps because of the fact that the Southwest is a hotbed of the anti-immigrationists, prominent politicians of that area (Gov. Schwarzennegger, Sen. McCain, and Rep. Flake) support legalization. They grasp that the problem is not immigrants but their legal status. Secondly, the red parts in the map correlate well with areas of recent Mexican immigration. To the extent that these immigrants assimilate, we should expect this map to cool in the future. On the other hand, if tensions between recent migrants and natives remain, we should expect the cooler areas to heat up as immigration to these areas increases in the future.

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Article

Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction
Karen Pennington, Esq. writes "One of the Machiavellian innovations added by the DHS was the requirement that all applications for relief in immigration court be fee'd in to the Texas Service Center rather than locally and the collection of biometrics triggered in that manner."


News

Supremes Vacate 8th Circuit Case
The Supreme Court vacated the judgment in Tostado-Tostado, Tomas V. Carlson, Ken (06-6766) and remanded to the 8th Circuit for further consideration in light of Lopez v. Gonzales, 549 US _ (2006).


Classifieds

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Small established downtown NYC immigration practice seeks associate with 2+ years of employment-based immigration experience, including PERM. Candidates should also have knowledge of family-based and naturalization matters. Must have excellent research, writing, communication and case management skills and be able to work with minimal supervision. Competitive salary/benefits. Submit resume and cover letter to Lynne R. Newkofsky, Esq.: lnewkofsky@newkofsky.com. All inquiries will be kept confidential.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Sydney, Australia - Fragomen Consular Practice seeks experienced associate attorney to manage expanding US immigration consular practice. Primary responsibilities include: (1) oversee preparation of non-immigrant and immigrant consular submissions, (2) consult with clients regarding general US immigration law and procedure, appropriate visa category, potential inadmissibility to the US or eligibility for waiver of inadmissibility, and (3) liaise with US consular staff and Fragomen colleagues. Position involves extensive client contact and use of internal case management and billing system to prepare, track, and manage cases in process. Ideal candidates have 3-5+ years business immigration legal experience managing high volume caseload. Superior academic credentials, excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal skills required. EOE. Please submit cover letter, resume, law school transcript + writing sample to: Jacqueline V. Guynn, Esq. Recruiting Manager: recruitment@fragomen.com. EOE.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Chicago, IL - Laner Muchin, one of the nation's oldest labor law firms, seeks experienced immigration attorney with significant employment-based immigration experience. Laner Muchin successfully recruits quality candidates on a national basis. We provide opportunities to handle challenging responsibilities and exciting projects; have highly competitive salaries and benefits; informal, unpretentious office atmosphere; and demonstrate an excellent record of elevating associates to partnership. Position requires excellent academic credentials, 3+ years' substantial experience in all aspects of employment-based immigration and strong case management, communication and writing skills. Only qualified candidates will be considered. Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, Korean and/or other foreign language fluency a plus. Ideal candidate must be client-service focused and thrive in a challenging and fast-paced environment of congeniality and respect. E-mail cover letter + resume to immigration@lanermuchin.com. We are an affirmative action/equal employment opportunity employer. Women and minorities encouraged to apply.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegals
Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz needs immigration paralegals (for Chattanooga, Memphis, Nashville, & Washington, D.C. offices) to assist lawyers, work with diverse clientele and use sophisticated computer systems to prepare, track and manage immigration applications. Requires detail oriented, highly organized individual having bachelor's degree, experience with complex process management in automated environment, commitment to customer service, and clear verbal and written English skills. Experience as paralegal, experience with immigration procedures, and other language fluency preferred. Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/H/D/V. Send resume to Lynn Schuster lschuster@bakerdonelson.com specifying desired location. No calls please.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorneys
Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP seeks three mid-level associates to join its research and policy group in its New York and Washington, DC offices. The NY position requires 3-5+ years of business immigration experience, a proven track record as writer on immigration issues, and the ability to work under pressure. The DC positions require 3-5+ years of business immigration experience, policy analysis background, excellent writing skills, and knowledge of legislative and regulatory process. Experience on Capitol Hill, in an immigration agency, or with an advocacy/policy organization a strong plus. Superior academic credentials, excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal skills required. EOE. Please submit cover letter, resume, law school transcript, and writing sample to: Jacqueline V. Guynn, Esq. Recruiting Manager, Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP, 99 Wood Avenue South, 10th Floor, Iselin, NJ 08830. recruitment@fragomen.com.

Credential Evaluation And Translation
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comingsNgoings

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Immigration Event - Palo Alto, CA
Stanford Law School is pleased to announce the Immigrants' Rights & Critical Perspectives on Immigration Reform Symposium. February 10, 2007 from 8:00 am - 5:15 pm. Registration is free and can be accessed online. For more information, please e-mail public.interest@law.stanford.edu or call Anna Wang at 650.723.2519. For more info: http://www.law.stanford.edu/calendar/details/267/.


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 argument made in Mr. Sameer Dossani's article ("Walls, Amnesty and False Choices") (01/10/07 ID) is the missing piece, the unasked "why", in the US immigration debate. His article captures the core of a very complex, uncomfortable topic: How filthy and destructive U.S economic and military hegemony abroad has been, and continues to be, and its effect on the people and economies of many nations. When it comes to immigration, it is easier for Americans to wallow in the simplistic, more comforting fantasy that "those people" just want to come here and take jobs. That may be so in some cases. The truth is that US foreign policy has over time decimated many economies, creating a huge immigration "push" factor for poor people in Mexico, Guatemala, the Philippines and other nations Mr. Dossani's article mentions. If lawmakers are truly interested in securing the borders against undocumented migrants, they should take a peek over that wall of theirs at US corporate and government interests steamrolling their way across the global landscape.

Jordana A. Hart, Esq.
Cambridge, MA

Dear Editor:
In response to the statement of Senator Harry Reid (D. Nevada) (01/10/07 ID), "S. 9 will secure America by undertaking comprehensive immigration reform." Here they go again, with the buzz-words - "comprehensive approach" - "repairing this broken system" - "earned legalization", all the while claiming "There is no amnesty". Hog wash. Dress it up any way it can be dressed, it is still an amnesty, so long as the law offers the right of US residence to lawbreakers. Just like the Amnesty of 1986, earned legalization will clog America's immigration system for decades, but this time on a much larger scale - remember, in 1986 there were 3 to 4 million undocumented, now 12 to 14 million - a staggering number. America needs foreign workers, but it should get them through a well-conceived H-2 temporary worker program (I dislike the term "guest worker"), coupled with a workable permanent residence program for those who do not violate immigration status. But instead, we can expect Congress to pass an "earned residence" provision in virtually any immigration bill that comes before it, once again providing an unearned reward for lawbreakers. Why will any sort of amnesty fail the country? Because history will repeat itself and Congress will once again fail to provide adequate funding, will not pass stringent enough employer sanctions and the enforcement of those sanctions. It will not adequately provide for the verification of employment status, and it will not give proper thought to the procedural nightmare that will be the sole responsibility of CIS, ICE and CBE to administer. Example: Was that kind of thought effectively written into the now failed legislation of 2006? Why not? Because, as well be being controversial and beyond the comprehension of Congress, it is expensive.

David D. Murray, Esq.
Newport Beach, CA

Dear Editor:
I am not attorney but behavior like this cannot be part of the fabric that makes you steal others ideas (see 01/10/07 ID comment). What would it have cost that firm to give credit where the information came from. If I had immigration needs I would not use this bad firm and I would tell at least 10 people and thereby causing what we call in our community "Chicanos" political assassination.

Corinne Digilio


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