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Immigration Daily October 19, 2007
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Comment

Poll Results Are In

Immigration Daily is pleased to announce the results from our poll, "What is the most important employee benefit to you?" Readers voted:

  • vacation time 15% (9 votes)
  • health insurance 31% (19 votes)
  • 401K 0% (0 votes)
  • flextime 8% (5 votes)
  • all are equally important to me 46% (28 votes)
Didn't vote in this poll? Make your vote count and participate in our next upcoming poll - stay tuned.

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


Focus

PERM From A To Z

ILW.COM is pleased to announce a new telephone seminar series on PERM. The curriculum is as follows:

FIRST Phone Session on October 25th: First Things First - What Needs to be Done Before Preparing the Labor Certification to File

  • Do you have a case?
  • Who is going to pay for it?
  • Who are you representing?
  • What are the issues that need to be resolved?
  • How do you use the O*Net to your advantage?
  • Where do you recruit?
SECOND Phone Session on November 8th: Preparing to File the Form 9089 - Avoiding Potential Problem Areas
  • What do you need to know about the revised form?
  • What is the impact of HealthAmerica and other BALCA cases?
  • The Master's/Bachelor's conundrum when is a Bachelor's not a Bachelor's?
  • How do I draft the Form 9089 to avoid an audit?
  • How do I correctly fill out Parts H, J, and K?
THIRD Phone Session on December 6th: Preparing for After Filing the Form 9089
  • Business necessity documentation When do I need it and what do I need?
  • What other documentation should be assembled and ready?
  • How do the new regulations affect the approved PERM?
  • Why would I want to appeal?
  • What must I do, in advance, to make the I-140 approvable?
  • Is it that true that more audits are being issued and what are they about?
The deadline to sign up is Tuesday, October 23rd. For more info, including speaker bios, detailed curriculum, and registration information, please see: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/october2007.shtm. (Fax version: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/october2007.pdf).


Article

Rules Of The Road For Selling Or Buying An Immigration Practice
Ed Poll writes "Selling a law practice to another qualified lawyer (or lawyers, for portions of the practice) no longer violates the code of professional ethics in most states."


News

Presidential Determination On FY 2008 Refugee Numbers
The Federal Register published notice of the Presidential determination on FY 2008 refugee admissions numbers.


Classifieds

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Downtown Miami, FL - Immigration boutique law firm seeks paralegal with 2+ years of experience in business immigration. Must have experience with PERM, but also H, L, and E visas, and residency processing. Must be fluent in English and Spanish. Competitive salary, benefits. Fax resume to 305-577-0095 or email Armando Mosquera, Office Manager: amosquera@immigrateusa.com. No phone calls please.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorneys
Washington, D.C. - USCIS Office of the Chief Counsel (OCC) seeks (3) experienced attorneys for the position of Associate Counsel position with the Litigation Coordination Division for its Headquarters Office. This position is primarily responsible for assisting in the provision of litigation support in immigration cases involving USCIS operational components. The role of the Litigation Coordination Counsel is to assist in the oversight and tracking of federal court litigation facing USCIS through coordination with OCC counsel located throughout the country and at HQ. Deadline is October 19, 2007. E-mail Evan.Franke@dhs.gov to apply. For detailed information, including duties, qualifications, benefits, enter vacancy announcement #CIS-COU-2007-0022 at USAJobs.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Washington, DC - USCIS seeks experienced attorney for its Adjudications Law Division. The attorney will serve as an advisor to the Chief of the ALD, the Chief Counsel, and to USCIS and other Departmental components on issues relating to US immigration laws. Applicants must possess JD degree, be an active member of the bar and have 3+ years of post JD experience. For detailed information, including how to apply by mail, type COU-CIS-2007-0031 at USAJobs.com. Applications can be sent by e-mail (all attachments must be in MS Word or Adobe PDF format) to John Miles: John.Miles@dhs.gov. Applicants must possess a JD degree from an accredited law school, be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction), and have at least three (3) years of post-J.D. experience. The position is at the GS-13-GS-15 level. No relocation expenses. Applications must be received by the closing date/time of 5:00 pm Eastern Time on October 19, 2007.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Downtown Cleveland, OH - The Law Offices of Margaret Wong & Associates, LPA seeks an experienced employment based immigration paralegal with 3-5+ years of experience to join its thriving boutique immigration law practice. Founded over 30 years ago, the firm now consists of 36 staff members and 9 attorneys. Interested candidates submit resume and cover letter to hill@imwong.com or fax to 216-566-1125. No phone calls please.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Laguna Niguel, CA - USCIS seeks experienced attorney for Service Center Counsel position at the California Service Center. Responsibilities include, but not limited to, providing legal advice to CSC personnel on issues involving immigration related adjudications, inadmissibility and deportability grounds, and national security. Applicants must possess JD degree, be an active member of the bar and have 1+ years of post JD experience. For more info, key in Job Announcement Number: COU-CIS-2007-0028 at USAJobs.com. Submit cover letter demonstrating specific skills, experience, and interests qualifying candidate for position. Applicant should list references but recommendation letters not necessary. Applicants must also submit a resume + writing sample (max. 10 pps) to: Reid Tilson, Deputy Chief Service Center Counsel Division: TSC.litigation@dhs.gov. Must be received by close of business Friday, 10/19/07. Position is at the GS-13-GS-15 levels. No relocation reimbursement expenses available.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegals
Exceptional career advancement opportunities available for you in the New York and New Jersey offices of this prominent global immigration law firm. Candidates will work as part of a team of attorneys and professional support staff assisting multinational companies primarily with their US immigration requirements. 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: recruitment@fragomen.com. Job Requirements: - 3+ years business immigration experience, including experience with PERM, - BA/BS degree srequired - 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. EOE.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Dallas, TX - USCIS Office of Chief Counsel (OCC) seeks experienced attorney for Service Center Counsel position at the Texas Service Center. Responsibilities include, but not limited to, providing legal advice to TSC personnel on issues involving immigration related adjudications, inadmissibility and deportability grounds, and national security. Applicants must possess JD degree, be an active member of the bar and have 1+ years of post JD experience. For more info, key in Job Announcement Number: COU-CIS-2007-0027 at USAJobs.com. Submit cover letter demonstrating specific skills, experience, and interests qualifying candidate for position. Applicant should list references but recommendation letters not necessary. Applicants must also submit a resume + writing sample (max. 10 pps) to: Reid Tilson, Deputy Chief Service Center Counsel Division: TSC.litigation@dhs.gov. Must be received by close of business Friday, 10/19/07. Position is at the GS-13-GS-15 levels. No relocation reimbursement expenses available.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Lincoln, NE - USCIS Office of Chief Counsel (OCC) seeks experienced attorney for Service Center Counsel position at the Nebraska Service Center. Responsibilities include, but not limited to, providing legal advice to NSC personnel on issues involving immigration related adjudications, inadmissibility and deportability grounds, and national security. Applicants must possess JD degree, be an active member of the bar and have 1+ years of post JD experience.For more info, key in Job Announcement Number: COU-CIS-2007-0029 at USAJobs.com. Submit cover letter demonstrating specific skills, experience, and interests qualifying candidate for position. Applicant should list references but recommendation letters not necessary. Applicants must also submit a resume + writing sample (max. 10 pps) to: Reid Tilson, Deputy Chief Service Center Counsel Division: TSC.litigation@dhs.gov. Must be received by close of business Friday, 10/19/07. Position is at the GS-13-GS-15 levels. No relocation reimbursement expenses available.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
St. Albans, VT - USCIS Office of Chief Counsel (OCC) seeks experienced attorney for Service Center Counsel position at the Vermont Service Center. Responsibilities include, but not limited to, providing legal advice to VSC personnel on issues involving immigration related adjudications, inadmissibility and deportability grounds, and national security. Applicants must possess JD degree, be an active member of the bar and have 1+ years of post JD experience.For more info, key in Job Announcement Number: COU-CIS-2007-0030 at USAJobs.com. Submit cover letter demonstrating specific skills, experience, and interests qualifying candidate for position. Applicant should list references but recommendation letters not necessary. Applicants must also submit a resume + writing sample (max. 10 pps) to: Reid Tilson, Deputy Chief Service Center Counsel Division: TSC.litigation@dhs.gov. Must be received by close of business Friday, 10/19/07. Position is at the GS-13-GS-15 levels. No relocation reimbursement expenses available.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
NY, NY - Lehman Brothers seeks immigration paralegal with 2-4 years experience. Responsibilities include: interacting with HR and employees/prospective employees on immigration matters, advising foreign national employees and HR reps on immigration policy and the preparation of employment-based visas petitions and green card applications. Requirements include: Bachelor's degree in liberal arts or equivalent experience; strong technical knowledge of non-immigrant and immigrant visas; organized and detail-oriented candidate with excellent writing skills; ability to juggle multiple tasks under time constraints; strong interpersonal skills. Visit www.lehman.com/careers for detailed information and to apply (select Experienced Hires, search for jobs in Americas, key word: paralegal). Please indicate in cover letter that position was seen in Immigration Daily. EOE.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Garden City, NY - USCIS Office of Chief Counsel (OCC) seeks experienced attorney for the position of Associate Regional Counsel, Northeast Region. Responsibilities include, but not limited to, serving as one of five attorneys providing on-site legal advice to District Office #3 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 one (1) year of post JD experience. Applicants must submit resume + writing sample not to exceed 10 pages. Send cover letter, resume, + writing sample to Luke.Mayville@dhs.gov. All submissions must be received by close of business October 19, 2007. GS13-GS15 levels and is open until filled. No relocation reimbursement available. For more info, key in Job Announcement Number: COU-CIS-2007-0032 at USAJobs.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Newark, NJ - USCIS Office of Chief Counsel (OCC) seeks experienced attorney for the position of Associate Regional Counsel, Northeast Region. Responsibilities include, but not limited to, serving as one of two attorneys providing on-site legal advice to District Office #4 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 one (1) year of post JD experience. Applicants must submit resume + writing sample not to exceed 10 pages. Send cover letter, resume, + writing sample to Luke.Mayville@dhs.gov. All submissions must be received by close of business October 19, 2007. GS13-GS15 levels and is open until filled. No relocation reimbursement available. For more info, key in Job Announcement Number: COU-CIS-2007-0011 at USAJobs.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Hartford, CT - USCIS Office of Chief Counsel (OCC) seeks experienced attorney for the position of Associate Regional Counsel, Northeast Region. Responsibilities include, but not limited to, serving as the primary attorney providing on-site legal advice to District Office #2 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 one (1) year of post JD experience. Applicants must submit resume + writing sample not to exceed 10 pages. Send cover letter, resume, + writing sample to Luke.Mayville@dhs.gov. All submissions must be received by close of business October 19, 2007. GS13-GS15 levels and is open until filled. No relocation reimbursement available. For more info, key in Job Announcement Number: COU-CIS-2007-001-0010 at USAJobs.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
New York, NY - USCIS Office of Chief Counsel (OCC) seeks experienced attorney for the position of Associate Regional Counsel, Northeast Region. Responsibilities include, but not limited to, serving as one of five attorneys providing on-site legal advice to District Office #3 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 one (1) year of post JD experience. Applicants must submit resume + writing sample not to exceed 10 pages. Send cover letter, resume, + writing sample to Luke.Mayville@dhs.gov. All submissions must be received by close of business October 19, 2007. GS13-GS15 levels and is open until filled. No relocation reimbursement available. For more info, key in Job Announcement Number: COU-CIS-2007-0012 at USAJobs.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorneys
Miami, FL and San Jose, CA - Littler Mendelson's Global Corporate Migration Group ("Littler Global") provides US and international business migration solutions for global companies around the world. Littler Global is the immigration practice for Littler Mendelson, the nation's premier employment and labor law firm. Littler Global is recruiting for candidates with a JD, plus 5+ years of business immigration law experience in high-volume practice. Candidates should possess excellent academic credentials, excellent written and communications skills. Applicants should be a quick learner, detailed, and organized. Fast-paced practice requiring good business judgment and an ability to respond quickly and effectively to change. Submit your resume online at www.littler.com/careers. Please reference Littler Global in your application. We offer a generous compensation package to full-time employees and are proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Sacramento, 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 Kelly.Duehning@dhs.gov. All submissions must be received by close of business October 19, 2007. GS13-GS15 levels and is open until filled. No relocation reimbursement available. For more info, key in Job Announcement Number: COU-CIS-2007-0013 at USAJobs.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Honolulu, HI - 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 Kelly.Duehning@dhs.gov. All submissions must be received by close of business October 19, 2007. GS13-GS15 levels and is open until filled. No relocation reimbursement available. For more info, key in Job Announcement Number: COU-CIS-2007-0016 at USAJobs.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
New York, NY- Klasko, Rulon, Stock & Seltzer, LLP, a nationally-known immigration law firm, has an opening for an associate with 1-3 years experience in immigration law matters. We are a full-service practice, and you will work predominantly on employment-related immigration matters, with focus on Eb-1, O-1, and J-1 waivers. If you have excellent academic credentials and are interested in working on challenging cases at the cutting edge of immigration law, fax your resume to (215) 825-8699 or email: hrpa@klaskolaw.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
St. Paul, MN - USCIS Office of Chief Counsel (OCC) seeks experienced attorney for the position of Associate Regional Counsel, Central 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 Judith.Patterson@dhs.gov. All submissions must be received by close of business October 19, 2007. GS13-GS15 levels and is open until filled. No relocation reimbursement available. For more info, key in Job Announcement Number: COU-CIS-2007-0019 at USAJobs.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
El Paso, TX - USCIS Office of Chief Counsel (OCC) seeks experienced attorney for the position of Associate Regional Counsel, Central 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 Judith.Patterson@dhs.gov. All submissions must be received by close of business October 19, 2007. GS13-GS15 levels and is open until filled. No relocation reimbursement available. For more info, key in Job Announcement Number: COU-CIS-2007-0018 at USAJobs.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
The 160-lawyer Minneapolis-based law firm of Gray Plant Mooty (GPM) seeks qualified immigration attorney to join its established and growing employment law practice. Applicants should have minimum 6 years experience in employment-based immigration law. Successful candidate will have a portable business practice as well as proven business development skills. We offer a collegial work environment, plus competitive compensation + benefits package. In 2007, GPM was selected as one of the top five corporate law firms in the Twin Cities, for the third time in four years, by Corporate Board Member magazine, and has been recognized as one of the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal's "Best Places to Work" for the past 5 years. Interested applicants should send cover letter + resume to: Martha Gentilini, Lateral Recruiting Manager at martha.gentilini@gpmlaw.com. An Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Dallas, TX - USCIS Office of Chief Counsel (OCC) seeks experienced attorney for the position of Associate Regional Counsel, Central 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 Judith.Patterson@dhs.gov. All submissions must be received by close of business October 19, 2007. GS13-GS15 levels and is open until filled. No relocation reimbursement available. For more info, key in Job Announcement Number: COU-CIS-2007-0017 at USAJobs.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Cleveland, OH - USCIS Office of Chief Counsel (OCC) seeks experienced attorney for the position of Associate Regional Counsel, Central 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 Judith.Patterson@dhs.gov. All submissions must be received by close of business October 19, 2007. GS13-GS15 levels and is open until filled. No relocation reimbursement available. For more info, key in Job Announcement Number: COU-CIS-2007-0021 at USAJobs.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Chicago, IL - USCIS Office of Chief Counsel (OCC) seeks experienced attorney for the position of Associate Regional Counsel, Central 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 Judith.Patterson@dhs.gov. All submissions must be received by close of business October 19, 2007. GS13-GS15 levels and is open until filled. No relocation reimbursement available. For more info, key in Job Announcement Number: COU-CIS-2007-0020 at USAJobs.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Prominent Beverly Hills, CA firm seeks associate with 1-2 years experience. Good writing skills. Great opportunity to learn and grow. Salary open. Email resume to: richard@richardfraade.net or fax 310.274.8591. No phone calls please. All replies will be held in confidence.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Tampa, FL - USCIS Office of Chief Counsel (OCC) seeks experienced attorney for the position of Associate Regional Counsel, Southeast Region. Responsibilities include, but not limited to, serving as providing on-site legal advice to District Office #10 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 one (1) year of post JD experience. Applicants must submit resume + writing sample not to exceed 10 pages. Send cover letter, resume, + writing sample to Luke.Mayville@dhs.gov. All submissions must be received by close of business October 19, 2007. GS13-GS15 levels and is open until filled. No relocation reimbursement available. For more info, key in Job Announcement Number: COU-CIS-2007-0026 at USAJobs.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
San Bernardino, 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 an 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 Kelly.Duehning@dhs.gov. All submissions must be received by close of business October 19, 2007. GS13-GS15 levels and is open until filled. No relocation reimbursement available. For more info, key in Job Announcement Number: COU-CIS-2007-0015 at USAJobs.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
San Jose, 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 an 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 Kelly.Duehning@dhs.gov. All submissions must be received by close of business October 19, 2007. GS13-GS14 levels and is open until filled. No relocation reimbursement available. For more info, key in Job Announcement Number: COU-CIS-2007-0014 at USAJobs.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Downtown Cleveland, OH - The Law Offices of Margaret Wong & Associates, LPA seeks an employment based immigration attorney with 1+ years of related experience to join its thriving immigration law practice. Founded over 30 years ago, the firm now consists of 9 attorneys and 36 other staff members. Licensed in Ohio preferred. We offer a challenging and exciting work environment and seek a candidate possessing a keen legal mind. Research and drafting skills are a must. Competitive benefits package offered. Interested candidates submit resume and cover letter to hill@imwong.com or fax to 216-566-1125. No phone calls please.

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.

Speaking Engagement - Maryland
Richard Moore of the Law Offices of Richard W. Moore conducted a CLE conference for the Harford County, Maryland Bar Asociation on October 3, 2007. Rick educated the members about the basics of immigration law, consequences of criminal convictions, employment-based visas and family immigration. Law Offices of Richard W. Moore, PA, 40 West Chesapeake Avenue, Suite 518, Towson, MD 21204. www.marylandimmigrationlaw.com.


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:
In response to ID's 10/16/07 ID comment, though I agree that many attorneys continue to practice to provide a vital service for the immigrant community, I cannot agree that it is for the implied altruism contained within your comment. I have witnessed many attorneys in the Atlanta area that have shied away from asylum claims, and defensive litigation, because the amount of time and energy invested in preparing the client's cases is futile in the extreme, especially given that 97% of such cases in our jurisdiction will be denied by the IJ's and will require appeals. Couple this with the tendency of the BIA to render AWO's and you can see why so many fail to desire to defend such cases. More and more, attorneys are making ends meet by entering the realm of employment based immigration: the risks are diminished and the rewards, personal and financial, are better. You can only bear being battered for so long.

Richard Goodlette, Esq.

Dear Editor:
Since Michael M. Hethmon's letter (10/18/07 ID) claims to offer a "serious" analysis of the immigration issue, it is worth asking a few questions. First, is it only the "sweatshop owners and immigration lawyers" who are predicting dire economic consequences if hundreds of thousands, or millions, of minority workers in key industries, many of whom would inevitably turn out to be US citizens or legal residents, are forced to leave their jobs or (possibly, but not very likely) go back to their home countries because of police-state style "interior enforcement"? One recent warning of severe economic disruption resulting from heavy-handed workplace "enforcement" comes from none other than DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff, whose disastrous "no-match letter" plan has now been held up by a federal court in California. Is Chertoff also "in bed" with the sweatshop owners and the immigration lawyers? Second, if predictions of serious economic problems in Latin America if remittances from immigrants in the US are cut off are really so absurd, why does a recent study, participated in by the Inter-American Development Bank, (reported in the Financial Times, October 18) warn that poorer countries are becoming increasingly dependent on money from migrants in rich countries? Third, is it the fact that so many people in America's current wave of mass immigration are illegal that makes them so obnoxious to restrictionist think tanks like the Immigration Law Reform Institute, or is it because, unlike the huddled (and even less educated, affluent or English-speaking) masses who came from Europe early in the last century, more of today's immigrants speak Latin-American Spanish, while fewer of them happen to be white?

Semakweli

Dear Editor:
Mr. Gittlelson's Article (10/17/07 ID) correctly stated that the cost of all our enforcement and protectionist trade and immigration policy. Airlines and hotels are saving costs by using ATM style self check-in machines. We book everything online and act as self service travel agents. If ones complaint that this will take "Americans' jobs" then, at how much extra are Americans willing to pay to pay Americans' labor? If we must slap extra duties on imports and erect trade barriers again to protect "Americans' jobs", US consumers will suffer of higher goods and services at the retail stores, and please remember foreign nations can also retaliate by slapping extra duties on all made in USA. Protectionism always hurts the consumers as whole but good for special interests who think they don't have to compete fairly on the level global playing field just because they think being Americans should exempt them from market and global competition. We're facing stiff global competition from anywhere, European Union, South American Union (coming) and don't forget that our level of comfort today are supported by Asians and Arabs and we are at their mercy because they're still willing to price their commodities in US dollar instead of anything elses and they're willing to finance our deficit. Once they say goodbye to USD, then we have to learn just like other nations of how we must balance our check book, work harder and earn it to prosper instead of printing fiat money at will and making all other nations as our servants.

Robert Yang


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