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Immigration Daily November 28, 2007
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Protect Your Data

According to a Law.com news story, "With a bit of forethought, law departments and IT can come up with [laptop] policies that prevent the loss of crucial data, or at least keep it from prying eyes when it goes AWOL." For the full story, see here.

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


Focus

NYC PERM Workshop

The PERM Workshop in New York, NY will be on Friday, November 30, 2007. The curriculum is as follows:

Session 1: Mechanics of PERM: Preparation & Prevailing Wage

  • Understanding O*Net
  • Understanding Job Zones & SVP
  • How to use the DOL's Trinary System: SVP Ranges, Competency Levels, and Educational Ratings for Schedule D Professionals
Session 2: The Recruitment Process & Strategy
  • Tips for Advertising, Coordinating the Campaign in 180 Days
  • Analysis of the 10 Professional Recruitment Options
  • Review of Resumes, Contacting and Interviewing US Workers, Recruitment Reports & Categorizing Reasons for Rejection, Preparing the Record File and Supporting Documents
Session 3: Restrictive Requirements, Audit Proofing, and Electronic Filing
  • Defining Normal Requirements, Foreign Languages, Combination of Occupations, Alternative Requirements, Actual Minimum Requirements, Combinations of Education Experience, and Training
  • Layoffs, Alien Influence and Control
  • Documentation of Employer, Job Requirements v. Alien Qualifications, How to Fill in H-4 to H-10, When and Where to Put the Magic Language
  • Tips on Filing Electronically
Session 4: Reconsideration, Appeals to BALCA, & Federal Court Litigation
  • Understanding Audit Letters and Final Determinations, Retention of Documents, CO Requests for supplemental information and/or documentation, Supervised Recruitment Pros & Cons.
  • Motions to Reconsider with or without Request for Appeal, Which BALCA En Banc Cases Differ from PERM, Arguing Harmless Error after Matter of Health America
  • Legal Arguments on Appeal, When Introduction of New Facts May be Possible, Exhausting Administrative Appeals Not Required
For details on curriculum, speaker bios, and registration information, please see: http://www.ilw.com/workshops/november2007perm.shtm. For the fax form, see here. There are only a few seats left, don't delay, act today!


Article

NAFTA, Inequality, And Immigration
Laura Carlsen of the International Relations Center writes "Following NAFTA the Mexican economy went into the tailspin now known as the "tequila crisis" when its currency devalued as a result of capital flight."

Bloggings: November 28, 2007
Joel Stewart shares the latest entries to his blog.


News

EOIR To Expand And Improve Pro Bono Program
The Executive Office for Immigration Review announced recommendations that it intends implement to promote pro bono representation in the immigration courts.


Classifieds

Help Wanted: Immigration Professional
downtown San Francisco - Are you a techie trapped as an immigration paralegal? Are you great at project management and enjoy working directly with clients? Do you want a position that encourages self-management and creativity for a growing technology company that rewards performance and hard work? ImmigrationTracker is the premier provider of immigration case management software in the country. We offer an energetic team-oriented working environment and a comprehensive benefits package. As an Implementation Specialist you will provide customized project planning and implementation, training, and/or support services to Tracker clients, while always ensuring clear communications and a consistently high level of customer service. Successful candidates will have experience working in/with law firms, be strong project managers, preferably with software implementation experience, have strong customer service, training and presentation skills, technical aptitude with PCs and industry related software, and a commitment to accuracy and attention to detail. Effective written and oral communication skills, excellent documentation skills, and the ability to work both independently and as a team member are essential. A willingness and ability to travel is required. Email your resume to trackerjobs@immigrationtracker.com.

Credential Evaluation And Translation
As the nation's leader in foreign credential evaluations and translations, American Evaluation and Translation Service, Inc. (AETS) provides the most competitive rates in the industry $50 educational evaluations, as well as $200 'expert opinion' work experience and position evaluations completed by PhD university professors who have the "authority to grant college level credit for work experience and/or training." AETS offers a variety of turn-around times, including same-day service for educational, work experience, and position evaluations. For list of rates and times, see: http://aetsinternational.com/applicationforevaluationservices.pdf. AETS also provides certified translations in 100+ languages, with translators that are specialists in 80+ fields. For a copy of the Application for Credential Evaluation and Translation Services, please contact AETS at (786) 276-8190, visit http://www.aetsinternational.com, or email: info@aetsinternational.com.


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.

New Associate - Edina, Minnesota
Edina, Minnesota - The Webber Law Firm, LLC is pleased to announced that in October 2007, Matthew R. Anderson joined the firm as an associate attorney. Matt is an honors graduate of the University of St. Thomas School of Law. Prior to law school, Matt gained experience with international adoptions working at Children's Home Society and Family Services in St. Paul, MN, and at an orphanage in Peru. Matt is fluent in Spanish. www.webberlaw.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:
I am happy I can access the crs reports (see 11/27/07 ID comment). Can ID post reports about countries where lawyers need info on changed country conditions, like Iraq?

Maris Liss, Esq.

Dear Editor:
Permanent Protective Status (PPS) would solve the worries of those who don't want the undocumented to have a path to citizenship, of those who believe it un-American to deport US citizen children of undocumented foreigners, and those who understand the harm to our economy of deporting the undocumented skilled workers. This Status would be similar to the TPS (temporary protective status) already given to thousands of foreigners from Central America and West Africa. Naturally, these PPS'ers would have the same right as any foreigner to find a sponsor -- family, employer -- to develop the normal path to citizenship.

Paul Good, Esq.
Herndon, VA

Dear Editor:
When you attempt to engage the typical anti-immigration reformist about any issue relating to undocumented immigrants, they invariably trot out the, "Exactly what don't you understand about the word illegal?" card. It is a valid enough question, although it basically is an attempt to avoid having to actually address complicated issues with thoughtful answers. Be that as it may, it begs the question, "Why is the anti-illegal immigrant coalition so worked up about the Ramos and Compean case?" If the rule of law is their only criteria, and they have nothing personal against undocumented immigrants, then why are they jumping up and down and demanding the Scooter Libby - Presidential Pardon treatment for these two ex-border agents? They were convicted of several crimes, including tampering with evidence, obstructing justice, violating a wounded man's civil rights and discharging a firearm during a crime of violence. Could it be that what they are really saying is that the victom was only a Mexican drug dealer, so it's basically a victomless crime? Maybe they feel that these two convicted felons should have just received a fine for hunting without a license. Perhaps they feel that the rule of law only applies to laws that they want enforced. Their "enforcement only" approach should be ammended to the "enforcement only when it works in our favor" approach. Or, to put it into terms that they can understand, "Exactly what don't you understand about the word illegal?"

Robert Gittelson


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