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Immigration Daily August 6, 2007
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Act On A DREAM

The "Save Juan" campaign, founded by high school kids in an attempt to save their classmate Juan Gomez and his brother from removal proceedings has resulted in extensive media coverage, including the recent Time news story headline which asks, "Can Two Kids Alter Immigration Law?". Juan Gomez puts a human face on the plight of nearly a million similarly situated high school students undocumented through the actions of their parents. Perhaps, come fall, the bi-partisan DREAM Act legislation sponsored by Sen. Durbin will be enacted, allowing these individuals to fully realize their potential and contribute to the US economy.

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


Focus

Family-Based Immigration: Nuts And Bolts

Our new book, Family-Based Immigration: Nuts & Bolts; Editor: Charles Wheeler of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) features:

++ Chapters: Immediate Relatives And The Preference System, Overview Of The Application Process For Permanent Residence, Adjustment Of Status, Consular Processing, Immigrating Through Marriage, Grounds Of Inadmissibility, Waivers Of Inadmissibility, Affidavit Of Support, Self-Petitions For Abused Spouses And Children, & Ethics

++ 35 Appendices include: Sample Request For Criminal History, Documenting I-130 Petitions, Sample Motion To Reinstate I-130, Consular Processing Instruction Package, Consular Processing Appointment Package, Suggested Evidence Of Bona Fide Marriage, I-601 Waiver Packet Based On INA § 212(h) (Criminal Convictions), I-601 Waiver Packet Based On INA § 212(i) (Fraud Or Misrepresentation), I-601 Waiver Packet Based On INA § 212(a)(9) (B)(v) (Unlawful Presence), & I-212, Request For Permission To Reapply For Admission After Deportation

++ CD-ROM includes: relevant regulatory sections from 8 CFR, 22 CFR, etc., many forms from USCIS, DOS, SSA & IRS, significant statutory provisions, key BIA & Federal cases, selected USCIS memos, public health service documents, etc.

For more info on Family-Based Immigration: Nuts & Bolts, and to order, http://www.ilw.com/books/familybasedimmigration.shtm. For the fax order form, see here.


Article

Immigrants: Your Country Needs Them: An Excerpt
Philippe Legrain in an excerpt from his recently released book, "Immigrants: Your Country Needs Them" asks "Do the new arrivals pose a threat to everything we cherish – jobs, the welfare state, our national identity and way of life, even our freedom and security – or does their diversity in fact enrich and invigorate the economy, culture and society of their adopted homes?"

An Immigrant's Tale: Loving Your Job, America Style
Chris Colin writes ""I wanted to talk to Erwin because his experience as an immigrant is inseparable from his experience looking for work, which became necessary as soon as he arrived.


News

USCIS Urges H2-B Employers To Continue To Identify "Returning Workers" on FY 2008 Start Date Petitions
USCIS is urging prospective H2-B employers to continue to identify and certify those workers who qualify as "returning workers" when filing petitions for employment start dates in FY 2008.


Classifieds

Help Wanted: Immigration Professional
San Francisco, CA - The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC), a nonprofit legal services organization, has an immediate opening for a Project Director for a newly-created Immigration Advocates Network (IAN). IAN is a collaboration of immigrants’ rights organizations whose goal is to create an integrated national legal and advocacy support network to increase access to justice for low income immigrants. The Project Director is responsible for overall management of the project, including strategic direction and project planning and sustainability. This position will also oversee project staff (initially a Project Coordinator position located in NYC) and report to senior CLINIC staff and the IAN Working Group. For more details, see here. Interested applicants should submit resume, references, + writing sample by August 30, 2007 to Juakeita Norman at jnorman@cliniclegal.org. No telephone calls. EOE. www.cliniclegal.org.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Rockville, MD - Largest suburban MD law firm seeks proactive, result-oriented immigration associate with 3+ years of attorney immigration law experience, including Emp.-Based IV (EB-1, EB-2, EB-3), and NIV (E-1, E-2, H-1B, L-1A, L-1B, O-1, TN), Family-Based IV, naturalization, adjustment of status, consular processing, I-9 compliance/employer sanctions, and litigation. If you have excellent academic credentials and strong drafting skills, you will find an exciting, diverse practice with opportunity for further career development. Work with a team of experienced immigration attorneys and professionals who are passionate about the practice of immigration law in a fast paced, collegial setting with all the resources of a large law firm. Excellent salary/benefits package. Submit resume to: Ms. Maura Bowen, Shulman, Rogers, Gandal, Pordy & Ecker, P.A., 11921 Rockville Pike, 3rd Fl., Rockville, MD 20852-2743. Fax (301) 230-2891. mbowen@srgpe.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Professional
Buffalo, NY - The University at Buffalo, State University of New York seeks applicants for the position of Director, Immigration Services. The person hired will manage the preparation and submission of H-1B, TN, O, Outstanding Professor/Researcher petitions, PERM (regular and special handling) certifications, and Adjustment of Status applications on behalf of the University. He/she will also advise the university community on relevant immigration regulations, and serve as the Responsible Officer for its J-1 program. A JD degree and 3 or more years of directly related experience required. SEVIS experience preferred. Salary range: $70,000 - 95,000 per yr. For more details, see here. All applications must be submitted via https://ubjobs.buffalo.edu by August 22, 2007. The State University of New York at Buffalo is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer/Recruiter.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Arlington, VA - Small, collegial immigration law firm seeks qualified attorney for our business immigration law division. Must have 2+ years of solid experience Opportunity for partnership within two years of service as an associate. Canidate must be enthusiastic and possess excellent communication skills (verbal and written). Individual must be a "go-getter" with the ability to bring in business. We are a boutique law firm established in 1973 having completed 16,000+ cases. Internally we offer a relatively relaxed environment which makes the production of work product easier. Team players are encouraged to send an email to levine@visa-usa.com which should include resume, a personal statement about your legal abilities in business immigration law, plus financial compensation requirements. All replies are confidential. We offer a base salary and bonuses dependant upon production.

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 visa petitions and labor certification cases. Responsibilities include the preparation and filing of business and employment-related immigration documentation and communications with government agencies and clients. 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 3+ years experience required. Qualified candidates, please send cover letter + resume to mlhr@mintz.com. EOE.

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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 Book
Deportation Nation: Outsiders in American History By Daniel Kanstroom. Harvard University Press, 352 pp. Hardcover, ISBN: 0674024729, $45.00. http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0674024729/.


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:
If the philosophy stated in Linda Cogill's letter (08/03/07 ID) were taken to its extreme it follows that there would be a total breakdown of law and order. In its place, anarchy and there is no justice in anarchy. The grand old lady balancing the scales of justice is blindfolded for a reason and in formulating her position Ms. Cogill, like President Bush in his commutation of Scooter Libby's sentence, has obviously overlooked that reason. While far from perfect, America was created as a nation of laws, "with liberty and justice for all," and each person subject to the jurisdiction of America's laws has the duty and the obligation to obey them. President Bush's commutation of Scooter Libby's sentence sends a message to the "good old boys" of the establishment that their back it being covered at the highest levels, and on the flip side of that dirty coin, that the high level backs expect reciprocity. It always will be an obvious fact of politics and it seems the cycle of corruption and tolerance of corruption never ends, one politician covering the back of the next. But that does not excuse the violation of law by individuals, and certainly does not excuse the violation of law by those entrusted to uphold the law. Pardon the Border Patrol agents? What kind of message would that send to the country, the world, and most importantly to those public servants who are sworn to uphold the law? Quite simply, it will make a mockery of America's justice system and we all may as well go back to wearing six-guns on our belt, because "the Law West of the Pecos" will be the only law in town. America cannot allow that to happen. Integrity should not be bartered or abandoned, as Ms. Cogill's letter suggests.

David D. Murray, Esq.
Newport Beach, CA

Dear Editor:
Talk radio is hateful and ugly and needs to be shut down (see 08/0307 ID comment). My suggestion is that we tell the advertisers that we intend to boycott their products. No ads, no radio. Real simple and real effective.

Joyce Antila Phipps, Esq.
Bound Brook, NJ

Dear Editor:
ID mentioned justice was served in the cases of Ramos and Compean (08/02/07 ID comment). Ramos and Compean received no justice. They were railroaded by Mexico, Bush and Sutton. Who was on the scene that night? Who saw what happened? There is no evidence. There is an answer for every one of your questions. There is a lot that was hidden at the trials. That information that was hidden will get our border guards released. Let me guess. Your for open borders? Are you Latino or far left fringe?

WLGEB

Dear Editor:
First of all I would like to thank ID for the valuable information on various immigration issues. However, with all due respect, I resent ID calling me and many friends and relatives "anti-immigration" (see 08/03/07 ID comment). I was against the bill defeated in congress because it had many bad provisions in it. Both my parents were immigrants and I am bringing my fiancee here on a K1 visa. I am going by the book and doing it legally as my parents did. I object to the foreign nationals that come here illegally, because they are breaking the law. I also object to people "line jumping" ahead of the ones following the rules, coming here and expecting to live off of the tax money of U.S. Citizens. I have no problem with legal immigration from any country, I am not racist by any means, I have close friends from many different races and nationalities. This is also a huge national security problem. I object to giving anyone breaking the law a free pass and then handing them all kinds of benefits and special privileges at my and other taxpayers expense. I work hard for my money and I want to use it to provide for my family. I give money to my church and a few charities that assist those in need, but I do it willingly. Talk radio was only alerting people to the many bad parts of that legislation. This is a country of rules and laws, they must be followed and respected. If someone will break the law to come here, what will stop them from breaking more laws once they get here, there will be no respect.

A reader

Dear Editor:
Responding to ID's comment(08/03/07 ID), I would suggest broadening it to include CNN. I have been aghast at the venom spewed from that supposedly "mainstream" channel.

Lisa Brodyaga

Dear Editor:
When will ID get it right?. Talk radio is nothing more than views of a majority of Americans - millions of them (see 08/03/07 ID comment). These are not biggoted rednecks in pickup trucks - but mainstream America - who do not like being told by the elites how they should think. Why do you think "liberal" radio is a total failure? Why would ID encourage anyone to participate in this Hispanic network boycott? That is anti-American as it discourages free speech and forces a mandated politically correct view of the world. Not a good thing for our future. The majority of Americans will be receptive to positive changes for immigrants as soon as they see real border and interior enforcement by the Federal Government.

George Hayduk

Dear Editor:
Responding to ID's comment (08/03/07 ID), boycott is a good way to show displeasure on certain businesses. Gays, Hispanics, minorities, foreigners use the same weapon as well if those businesses don't appreciate these groups' spending powers. We all know about a famous cheese steak owner in Philadelphia who arrogantly put a sign on his store windows, this is America, speak English when ordering. This sign is offensive and ignorant due to the facts that many foreigners also shop there, while they know they must speak English of course to order but this sign is a sign of unwelcoming and xenophobia. A smart competitor will put sign we thank you and appreciate your business and we will try to say at least "thank you" in your languages, please come back often. Some restrictionists have gone too far by asking landlords must verify the immigration of the tenants, prohibiting US commercial banks to cater those customers who can't show immigration papers. Businesses are established to make profits not to be immigration agents. Why pizzerias, Chinese restaurants, banks, airlines and landlords must worry about their customers' immigration status while they're good paying customers who bring them repeat profitable businesses? If I own a business, I don't care less about my customers personal issues, what I care they shop at mine and bring profit, repeat businesses and off course more referrals. Period.

Robert Yang


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