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Immigration Daily November 13, 2007
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Fighting Words

Recently, CNN's Lou Dobbs apologized to NY Gov. Spitzer for using inappropriate language when referring to him. "I'm the idiot ... Governor, I apologize for calling you one. Your policies are idiotic. But I have to apologize for calling you an idiot" (for the full story, see here). While Mr. Dobbs has apologized for his use of one inappropriate term, he and other anti-immigrationists continue to use inordinately strong language when referring to their opponents. It is clear that the anti-immigrationists' emotions are running strong but too much emotion in a debate can cloud it. In public discourse, especially over something which is very controversial, cool-headedness and the use of calm language is necessary to find a middle ground. It is naive for either side on immigration to believe that the other will somehow just vanish, a middle ground will be crucial for both sides to reach for and find. Two sides can play the verbal assault game, and if left unchecked, a war of words can escalate into blows. A start towards civil discourse would be when CNN stops Mr. Dobbs's pollution of the airwaves.

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

Homeland Security Not Deterred By Fears Of Deportee Death
John Wheat Gibson writes "Rrustem Neza fled to the US, but was prevented by his previous attorney from presenting the facts of his case when he appeared before an immigration judge to ask for asylum."


News

USCIS Centralizes H2A Filings
USCIS announced that effective December 10, 2007, USCIS will only accept H-2A filings mailed or delivered to its California Service Center.


Classifieds

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Washington, DC or Burlington, VT - USCIS Office of Chief Counsel (OCC) seeks attorney who wants to transfer at his or her own expense to work as an Associate Counsel with the Commercial & Administrative Law Division working primarily with issues from the USCIS Office of Security & Integrity (OSI). Applicants must possess JD degree, be an active member of the bar and have 3+ years of post JD experience. For more info, key in Job Announcement Number: COU-CIS-2007-0035 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: Lakisha Richardson, Commercial & Administrative Law Division: Lakisha.Richardson1@dhs.gov. Must be received by close of business Friday, November 23, 2007. Please indicate desired location(s). Position is at the GS-13-GS-15 levels. No relocation reimbursement expenses available.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Los Angeles, 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 November 23, 2007. GS13-GS15 levels and is open until filled. No relocation reimbursement available. For more info, key in Job Announcement Number: COU-CIS-2007-0034 at USAJobs.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Raleigh, NC - USCIS Office of Chief Counsel (OCC) seeks experienced attorney for the position of Associate Regional Counsel, USCIS OCC, Southeast Region. Responsibilities include, but not limited to, serving as providing on-site legal advice to Raleigh, NC and other field offices within the District on immigration, including adjudications involving issues of 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 November 23, 2007. GS13-GS15 levels and is open until filled. No relocation reimbursement available. For more info, key in Job Announcement Number: COU-CIS-2007-0033 at USAJobs.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Reina & Bates Immigration Law Group invites resumes for the position of associate attorney. 1+ years experience in immigration law, particularly employment-based immigration, preferred. Interested applicants, please indicate desired job location when sending resume + cover letter to jobs@reinalaw.com. All replies will be held in confidence.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Sherman Oaks, CA - The Law Offices of Jessica Dominguez has an immediate opportunity for an immigration attorney to work on a wide range of cases in a diverse, full-service immigration law practice. Attorney must be bilingual in English and Spanish. Attorney will represent clients before immigration officers and in immigration courts including employment-based IV, NIV, family-based IV, and naturalization. Excellent legal research/writing and outstanding communication skills needed. Ideal candidate has 2-4 years of experience - exceptional, motivated candidates with less experience also encouraged to apply. Right candidate shows initiative and works independently. Great office environment and wonderful clients. We are pleased to offer an alternative work-plan schedule that allows its employees to take one Friday off every 8 weeks. Send cover letter + resume to Jessica Dominguez: abogadalatina@aol.com. Replies will be treated in strictest confidence and references will not be contacted without prior approval.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorneys
The Murthy Law Firm is pleased to announce that we are entering a phase of planned expansion. Seeking attorneys for increasing client volume and growth into new areas of practice, including: (1) junior attorneys with 2+ years business immigration law experience (should have intense business-immigration work with excellent academic credentials); (2) senior-level attorneys with 5+ years business immigration law experience. Senior-level applicants should have real-world experience, be up to date on recent changes in immigration laws and regulations, and should have ability and interest needed to supervise legal staff; (3) immigration attorney with litigation experience. Dynamic and fast-paced, with high standards regarding integrity, work ethic, and quality. Our attorneys work both as team members and team leaders. Successful candidates will join a dozen high-caliber colleagues, all supported by cutting-edge technology and top-notch legal and administrative staff in congenial atmosphere. Good writing and analytical skills required. Candidates with law firm or government experience considered. Forward resume + cover letter to hr@murthy.com with "Attorney for expansion plan 2007/08" in subject line. All communication treated in confidence. Salary + benefits commensurate with experience and abilities. EEO.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Reeves & Associates (R&A) seeks associate with immigration and federal litigation experience for its Pasadena office. R&A has been practicing immigration law exclusively for more than a quarter of a century and has 60+ employees including 16 attorneys in 4 offices. Ideal candidate should have 5+ years in immigration with federal immigration litigation experience. The job requires the ability to handle immigration appeals including mandamus, and declaratory relief in the US District Courts. The position also requires exceptional writing ability, case management skills and ability to supervise support staff. Excellent career opportunity for qualified candidate licensed to practice law in California. Competitive salary & excellent benefits package including fully paid medical, dental and vision plan, 401(k) with matching dollars, long term disability, CLE expenses, commissions, plus a yearly bonus offered, all in a friendly environment. All applications confidential. Please submit resume with cover letter + salary history to hr@rreeves.com or fax to (626) 795-4999.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Rockville, MD - Seeking proactive, result-oriented immigration associate with 3+ years of attorney experience in immigration law including employment-based IV (including EB-1, EB-2, EB-3), and NIV (including 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. 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. We offer an excellent salary/benefits package. Submit resume to: Ms. Maura Bowen at: mbowen@srgpe.com or fax: (301) 230-2891. www.srgpe.com.

PERM Services
Adnet Advertising Agency Inc. has provided labor certification advertising services to immigration attorneys since 1992. Adnet helps attorneys find appropriate places to run labor cert ads, places the ads, obtains the tearsheets, and offers a variety of billing options. Attorneys can manage the entire ad process through Adnet's secure web-based Ad-managment system. Most of Adnet's services are free since we receive a commission from the newspapers and journals where the ad is placed. Adnet services large international law firms as well as solo practice attorneys. Call us at 212-587-3164, visit www.adnet-nyc.com, or email us at information@adnet-nyc.com. Contact us today to find out why we are the ad agency of choice for immigration attorneys since 1992.


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 - Chicago, IL
Chicago, IL - Workplace Enforcement & Immigration, November 14, 2007, Northwestern University School of Law. The Federal Bar Association and the Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education are pleased to sponsor this event which will provide practical guidance on issues arising from DHS enforcement measures. Keep abreast of the most pressing issues and initiatives undertaken by the government and the best practices associated with them. For details, including how to register, see here. Additional questions can be directed to program chair Peggy McCormick: mmccormick@mmhpc.com or (tel) 312-267-4610. ILW.COM is pleased to be an event media sponsor.


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:
Recently, 19 prominent Senators wrote to Mr. Chertoff requesting USCIS should grant OPT for 29-months (instead of 1-year). This is an excellent initiative. While citing H1B cap as a major reason for this request, no reason or justification was given why "29"? In my opinion, a more reasonable timeframe would be from OPT approval date to the next fiscal year when H1 employment starts. For e.g., if OPT was approved on May 1, 2007, then OPT should be valid from 5/1/2007 to 10/1/2008. This serves dual purpose: (a) extended time to get trained (b) avoid cap-gap issues in H1 filings.

Jagan Tamirisa


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