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Immigration Daily March 6, 2007
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Comment

Non Citizen Voting

According to a Findlaw news story, "Now non-citizen voting is so rare that it surprises even some US immigration officials when they encounter it. The city clerk in Takoma Park, Maryland, where non-citizens can vote in local elections, keeps a form letter handy to explain the situation." For the full story, see here.

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


Focus

Deadline Is Tues, Mar 6th For What's New With I-9 Verification: Advising Clients In Tumultuous Times

The curriculum for the March 8th phone seminar on I-9s is as follows:

  • Best practices in completing and maintaining the I-9 form
  • What voluntary government programs can employers use and what are their pros and cons: Basic Pilot, IMAGE program,SSNVS?
  • How should a company deal with a SS mismatch letters in light of the proposed regulation?
  • How are employers using electronic signature and storage?
  • What Employer Sanctions legislation is on the horizon?
  • What role does Federal preemption play?
The deadline to sign up is Tuesday, March 6th. For more info, including speaker bios, detailed curriculum, and registration information, please see: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/february2007.shtm. (Fax version: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/february2007.pdf.


Article

Mentally Ill Gay Guyanese Victim Of Torture Is Freed From A Complex Odyssey Of Over Six Years In Immigration Custody
Chris Nugent and Leon Fresco of the Holland & Knight Community Services Team write "The procedural history of Peter's case is complex but merits detailed explanation as it is illustrative of the current challenges in immigration practice."


News

CRS On Foreign Investor Visas
The Congressional Research Service issued a report on policies and issues related to foreign investor visas.


Classifieds

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Houston, TX (Galleria area) - Law office of Judith G. Cooper, P.C. seeks legal assistant with experience in all aspects of employment-based immigrant and non-immigrant law. Candidate should have excellent computer, writing, case management and interpersonal skills. Send resume to Administrator by fax: (713)-622-8078 or e-mail CCooper@immigration-visas.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
13-person midtown NYC immigration law firm seeks paralegal with 2+ years of experience with business applications: nonimmigrant and immigrant. Experience with family based, naturalization and other applications 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. Please email resume + cover letter in MS Word format to Marcia N. Needleman, Esq. at mneedleman@levittandneedleman.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
San Francisco, CA - USCIS Office of Chief Counsel (OCC) seeks experienced attorney for the position of Associate Regional Counsel, Western Region. Responsibilities include, but not limited to, serving as attorney providing on-site legal advice to local District Office USCIS personnel on issues involving immigration related adjudications, inadmissibility and deportability grounds, and national security. Applicants must possess JD degree, be active bar member, and have at least two (2) years of post JD experience. Applicants must submit resume + writing sample not to exceed 10 pages. Send cover letter, resume, + writing sample to James.Butcher@dhs.gov. All submissions must be received by close of business Tuesday, March, 6, 2007. GS14-GS15 levels and is open until filled. No relocation reimbursement available. For more info, key in Job Announcement Number: CIS-COU-2007-0002 at USAJobs.com.

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, including PERM labor certifications. 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. 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. Only qualified candidates will be considered. 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
Chicago, IL - Laner Muchin, one of the nation's oldest labor law firms, has openings for full-time U.S. immigration paralegals. As part of our philosophy of providing cost effective counsel, whenever legal tasks can be done by a paralegal, the client benefits. Our paralegals have the opportunity to contribute to a growing immigration practice and do challenging work. Ideal candidates must have 1+ years of substantial experience in employment-based immigration, including substantial PERM labor certification experience. Successful candidates must be highly motivated, detailed-oriented and have outstanding communication, case management, computer and people skills. College degree required. Chinese, Korean, Japanese and/or other foreign language fluency a plus. Competitive compensation package + excellent benefits offered. E-mail cover letter and resume to immigration@lanermuchin.com. We are an affirmative action/equal employment opportunity employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorneys
Iselin, NJ - Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP, the leading global immigration law firm, seeks associates, with 3+ years of business immigration experience and an interest in Global and International Immigration and Case Management, to work in its International Operations. Candidates must have experience representing multinational corporations (US and foreign), specialized workers and individuals. Must be ambitious and capable of demonstrating excellence in a congenial team environment. Outstanding academic credentials, superlative communication and writing skills are a prerequisite. Multilingual preferred. Fragomen offers a competitive salary and an excellent benefits package. Please send cover letter, resume, law school transcript, + writing sample to recruitment@fragomen.com. EOE.

EB-5 Investor Program
An investor green card with no quota backlog for your clients. A generous finders fee from American Life Inc. for you, if allowed in your state. One of the best-kept immigration secrets... a real estate limited partnership investment of $525,000 in the American Life EB-5 Investor Green Card program in the Seattle Regional Center gives your accredited investor clients speed and freedom. Speedy conditional green card approval, typically in about 1 year. Freedom to live anywhere in the U.S. without being tied to a job or business. No need for day-to-day management of an active business. Limited Partners have a policy making role. American Life Inc. manages over 25 properties - over 1,350,000 sq. ft. The oldest active Regional Center, projects range from $3 million to more than $20 million. Want to know more about the immigration benefits of American Life's EB-5 program? Call Mark Ivener at 1-866-767-1800 to answer your EB-5 immigration questions. With more than 30 years immigration law experience and five immigration law books to his credit, Mark Ivener is American Life's Immigration Consultant. For more information visit American Life's website, http://www.amlife.us.

Immigration Law Certificate
Master the complex and ever changing maze of immigration policies and regulations with the Immigration Law Studies Certificate Program offered by CUNY's School of Professional Studies. This graduate-level certificate program, consisting of (3) three-credit classes, offers students who complete it a comprehensive understanding of the laws, regulations, and processes surrounding the status of immigrants in the US, including family and employment-based immigration and deportation defense. It is designed for individuals working in law firms, companies, government agencies and nonprofit organizations where they interact with immigrants and immigrant legal concerns on a regular basis and would therefore benefit from greater knowledge of the laws and regulations surrounding immigration. Beginning this spring, the program is also being offered online. For more information on class schedules, tuition and fees, course applications and to register, see here.


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. To feature your newsletter in Immigration Daily, see here.

Immigration Event - Washington, DC
"Immigrants and the Low-Wage Economy". Sponsored by the Urban Institute. Noon-1:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 6, 2007 2100 M Street N.W., Washington, D.C. http://www.urban.org/. RSVP: paffairs@ui.urban.org or (202) 261-5709. To register online, visit http://www.urban.org/pressroom/firsttuesdays/rsvp.cfm.


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:
David Murray's letter's latest fulminations on the role of religious language in immigration debates (3/2/07 ID) erect one straw man after another and miss the point of my letter (2/27/07 ID). That protection of the widow, the orphan, and the foreigner is a prime duty laid on everybody by God is not, contrary to Murray's letter, based on the Christian Bible. It is based on a study of Jewish, Christian, and Muslim scriptures, and the point is true in many other religious traditions as well. It is a main theme that appears many, many times in the scriptures, not a side point. I'm writing as a private citizen, not a politician. I happen to be Christian. I have a perfect right to speak what I want, and it's perfectly "American" to do so. But I'm not trying to mandate religious beliefs, as Murray's letter claims. Rather, my letter's purpose is to show the hypocrisy of the restrictionists, the ones who are most vocal about cracking down on foreigners in the US. Nearly all of them are draped in flag and cross and claim to be Christian, while at the same time they are violating a fundamental tenet of their faith. In Catholic moral theology, a lack of generosity toward foreigners is so serious that it is called a "sin that cries out to Heaven." If a letter of mine causes just one person to stop to reconsider the rightness of bigotry against foreigners, that will be an unequivocal good. And I don't care what Murray's letter states on the subject. I certainly don't need a florid lecture from anyone on American roots. My family came to this continent in the 1600s.

Bruce A. Hake, Esq.
Damascus, MD

Dear Editor:
Responding to Robert Yang's question (03/05/07 ID) as to why the 1986 amnesty was considered a failure, the purpose of the 1986 amnesty was to legalize millions of undocumented workers who had assimilated into American workforce, and at the same time, through the implementation of employer sanctions, put an end to future illegal immigration. The way the amnesty program failed was a combination of the manner in which Congress worded the law and underfunded the mandate, and the manner in which the INS administered the program, specifically (1) Congress forced INS to administer the program, draining the overburdened immigration system that was still reeling from East Asian refugees, of valuable human resources; (2) Congress didn't adequately fund the program (3) qualification requirements were burdensome; (4) amnesty law contained a provision for seasonal agricultural workers and suddenly fraud was rampant; (5) some INS workers scared amnesty applicants away when they came to register, resulting in litigation that took twenty years to resolve; (6) INS held a restrictive view of what was considered a "brief and casual" absence from the US, resulting in unnecessary litigation; (7) Congress didn't adequately address unification of families, which resulted in heartache and a 20 year backlog of relative petitions; (8) employer sanctions, the only reason why many legislators voted for it, was never adequately enforced, resulting today in approximately 12M undocumented, who twenty years post facto are clamoring for another amnesty. If and when the US has another amnesty, I would hope that Congress designs a workable program, so that the 1986 fiasco won't be repeated. And to dispel the myth that immigration lawyers made big bucks. They did not. Organizations like Catholic Charities, with the help of thousands of volunteer lawyers and laymen, did the lion's share of the cases pro-bono.

David D. Murray, Esq.
Newport Beach, CA

Dear Editor:
"Taxation without representation is tyranny" was the principle that led to our American Revolution. The Patriots violated the law of the land when they staged the Boston Tea Party in protest to this unjust tenet. Were they criminals? Sometimes laws are transgressed when there is no legal way to comply.

Richard E. Baer

Dear Editor:
America should outsource some of its prison population. It would be both patriotic and beneficial for all. Mexico (for example) should construct about three modern prisons near the states of California, Arizona and Texas. They would be specially built to accommodate Mexican citizens in US prisons. The Federal or State government could assist with technical assistance, but should not subsidize development. Contracts would then pay into Mexico, at the true peso value, to incarcerate their own citizens for the term of sentence. Mexico could maybe use a separated part of the prisons for their own penal system. A very small skeleton staff of American citizens would monitor the new prison to insure all areas of contract. Consider the economy of scale for potential benefits to both countries and their citizens. Mexican employment and local communities would gain from these institutions and their revenue. More people would be able to visit their own family members. Operating costs should be a fraction of those required in the US.

Peter Griswold
Los Angeles, CA


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