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Immigration Daily May 7, 2007
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The Next Congress

The fate of Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CIR) is tied up on the Hill, and everything on the Hill naturally revolves around political calculations. Expectations of what might happen in the 2008 elections are thus material factors in decisions made now on CIR. With this in mind, we offer our review of the most likely scenario in the elections 18 months out.

As far as the Senate goes, the Democrats are well-positioned to hold and build their majority. Even reaching for a filibuster-proof majority may be possible for the Democrats in the Senate. As far as the Presidential race is concerned, it is difficult to say without specific nominees for the parties, however the Iowa Electronic Markets, which have a good prediction record, suggest that the Democratic party is favored to win. The situation for the House is quite different. Waves like 1994 and 2006 do not happen frequently. Many of the seats won by the Democrats last year are in fundamentally Republican territory, and its a good bet that some of those will flip back. In fact, despite the wave against them, the Republicans came close to picking up two Democratic seats in Georgia last year - again its a good bet that they succeed there in 2008. Our view is that the House in 2008 is a toss-up, and by no means certain to remain Democratic. Considering that the Republican opposition to CIR has emanated mostly from the House in recent Congresses, this has to be a worrisome situation. If deals need to be cut which are unfriendly to the immigrant community in order to enact CIR in the next 90 days, expectations about the House in 18 months will be part of the reason why. Immigration Daily will continue to keep you on top of the Hill.

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


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New 2007-2008 Editions - Essential Immigration Reference Books

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Article

From Newcomers To Americans: An Integration Policy For A Nation Of Immigrants
Tomas R. Jimenez for the Immigration Policy Center writes "The United States long has been a nation of immigrants, but its policies are out of step with this reality. Public policies with regard to the foreign-born must go beyond regulating who is admitted and under what circumstances. The nation needs an immigrant-integration policy that effectively addresses the challenges and harnesses the opportunities created by today’s large immigrant population."

A Very Modest Proposal
Eugene Goldstein writes "Perhaps it's time to rethink our approach to enforcement."


News

President Bush Says CIR Has A Good Chance
President Bush, in a meeting today with clergy said "I'm looking forward to working with both Democrats and Republicans to get a comprehensive immigration bill done this year. We have a good chance to get it done."


Classifieds

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorneys
Memphis, TN - National immigration law firm Siskind Susser Bland, P.C., a cutting edge, entrepreneurial practice representing many of the world’s best known companies and individuals, is seeking motivated, experienced employment immigration lawyers in its headquarters office. We are hiring mid-level associates (two to five years experience) as well as senior attorneys (five+ years experience). Candidates should possess outstanding academic credentials and writing skills. Excellent benefits and salary commensurate with experience. Interested candidates should send resumes to gsiskind@visalaw.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegals
Chicago, IL - Laner Muchin, one of the nation's oldest labor law firms, has two full time paralegal openings: (1) experienced US immigration paralegal and (1) entry-level global immigration paralegal. Our paralegals have the opportunity to contribute to a growing immigration practice and do challenging work. The ideal experienced US paralegal candidate must have 1+ years of substantial experience in a wide variety of US employment-based immigration processes. Also, an entry-level opportunity is available for global immigration paralegal to manage non-US visa case matters. Mandarin fluency required for this position. For both positions, successful candidates must be highly motivated, detailed-oriented and have outstanding communication, case management, computer and people skills. College degree required. Competitive compensation package + excellent benefits offered. E-mail cover letter + resume to immigration@lanermuchin.com, specifying either the experienced paralegal or entry global paralegal position. We are an affirmative action/equal employment opportunity employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Dupont Circle, Washington D.C. - Maggio & Kattar, a nationally recognized, full-service immigration law firm seeks an experienced and exceptionally capable business immigration attorney to join our dynamic and fun-to work at firm. All inquiries will be kept confidential. Send resumes to the attention of Jim Alexander at: jobs@maggio-kattar.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Laguna Niguel, CA - USCIS Office of the Chief Counsel seeks experienced attorney for the position of Western Regional Counsel. Directly oversee and supervise the performance of the eight (8) associate regional counsel located throughout the Western Region along with the deputy western regional counsel. Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction), and have at least five (5) years of post J.D. experience. They must submit a cover letter that demonstrates the specific skills, experience, and interests that qualify them for the position. Preference is given to applicants with immigration experience, management experience, excellent academic record, and strong writing skills. For detailed information, type CIS-COU-2007-0003 in the keyword search here. The applicant should list references, which may be verified, but letters of recommendation are not necessary. Applicants must also submit a resume and a writing sample not to exceed 10 pages. Submissions can be either e-mailed (all attached documents must be in MS Word or Adobe PDF format) to Stephen.Bell@dhs.gov. All submissions must be received by close of business on Friday, May 11, 2007. The position is at the GS-15 level and is open until filled. No relocation expenses.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
NYC mid-town office of upstate NYS firm seeks experienced immigration paralegal with 2 years experience in immigration law required, including preparation and filing of business visas (H-1B, L, E), petitions and permanent residency applications. Strong computer, communication and writing skills are required, including proficiency with Windows, Word, Excel and Outlook software and the ability to perform Internet research and use Lexis or Westlaw. Qualified applicants, submit resume to: Melanie Smith: msmith@hodgsonruss.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Boston, MA - Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. has an immediate opening for an experienced immigration paralegal for a very busy Immigration practice. Candidates must have experience in business immigration law, including preparation of H-1B and L-1 visa petitions and PERM labor certification cases. Experience with family-based immigration cases is also helpful. Responsibilities include the preparation and filing of business and employment-related immigration documentation and communications with government agencies and clients. Qualified candidates must have excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, accuracy, consistency and job ownership. In addition, the ideal candidate must have excellent written and oral communication skills. Bachelor's Degree and a minimum of three year's experience are required. Qualified candidates please send cover letter and resume to mlhr@mintz.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Exceptional career advancement opportunities available for you in the Chicago office of this prominent global immigration law firm. Candidate will work as part of a team of attorneys and professional support staff assisting multinational companies primarily with their U.S. immigration requirements. The job involves extensive client contact and utilization of state-of-the-art case preparation and management systems to prepare, track, and manage cases in process. Congenial and dynamic environment. Only candidates with Immigration experience should apply via email to Maribelle Molina: mmolina@fragomen.com. Job Requirements: - 2+ years business immigration experience, including experience with PERM, - BA/BS degree required - MS Word and Windows 2000 required, - Excellent verbal and written communication skills, - Ability to perform multiple tasks in a dynamic work environment. The firm offers highly competitive salaries and excellent growth. opportunities. Only candidates with Immigration experience should apply.

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.


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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:
Why it's legal to buy imported products made by foreigners, off shore production and customer service processes to take advantage of lower foreign labor costs, but not legal for foreigners to come here to perform the jobs on the spot? Immigrants come to the USA, or jobs being outsource outside USA are the same things, businesses and consumers are looking for lower costs and prices for same or better quality and expectation. It's the true nature of the economic law of supply and demand. Protectionism will only hurt consumers who are forced to pay more for the same products and services just for special interests. Airlines can offer lower fare because of self check in kiosks, online bookings and check ins, automated voice recognition with smart artificial intelligent technology for assisting customers looking many kinds of information and even perform more complicated tasks, eliminating expensive labor costs. Shall we these costs saving attempts illegal as well ? This is computers and machines stealing our jobs not Mexicans, Indians nor Chinese.

Robert Yang

Dear Editor:
I watched the GOP Presidential Candidates Debate and was not surprised to see that Tom Tancredo sounded incompetent and almost incoherent in his answers to questions posed. He is a one-trick pony and it's not a very impressive trick.

BM


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