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Immigration Daily January 15, 2008
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Deport Them

A 30-second TV commerical, "Drive Them Out" tells the story of a suburban community that passed a law penalizing any business that hired undocumented workers and any tenant that provided housing to these immigrants and the devastating effect on the community that resulted from the effort. According to the Riverside Landlords and Business Owners Coalition, 75% of the immigrants abandoned the city. As a result, 45% of businesses in the town had to close. To see the video ad, see here. To learn more, see here.

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


Focus

Deadline Is Tuesday, Jan. 15th For J Waivers In-Depth

ILW.COM is pleased to announce "J Waivers In-Depth", with Suzanne Seltzer, Robert Aronson, Ingrid Brey, Jacqueline Bucar, Jennifer Minear, Elizabeth Quinn and Barry Walker.

The curriculum for the 3-part phone seminar series is as follows:

FIRST Phone Session on January 17th: What is 212(e)?

  • What is 212(e) & When does it Attach
  • Who is Subject
  • Am I Really Subject
  • How Do I Tell
  • What Does it Mean to be Subject
SECOND Phone Session on February 21st: Clinician Specific Waivers
  • Overview of Procedures
  • HHS clinical, ARC, DRA, VA
  • Conrad 30
  • 3 Year Obligation & Timing for LPR
  • Options if No Waiver?
THIRD Phone Session on March 6th: Waiver Options for Everyone
  • Overview of Waiver Procedures
  • "No Objection" Statement Waivers
  • Hardship/Persecution Waivers
  • Interested Government Agency Waivers
  • Options if No Waiver?
The deadline to sign up is Tuesday, January 15th. For more info, including speaker bios, detailed curriculum, and registration information, please see: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/januaryA2008.shtm. (Fax version: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/januaryA2008.pdf).


Article

Supreme Court Rules For Thousands Deported: State Felony Drug Possession Offense That Would Be Classified As A Misdemeanor Under Federal Law Is Not An "Aggravated Felony"
Thomas K. Ragland writes "On December 5, 2006, the Supreme Court in Lopez v. Gonzales ruled that a simple drug possession offense that is classified as a felony under state law but a misdemeanor under federal law cannot be a felony punishable under the Controlled Substances Act and thus is not an aggravated felony under the immigration laws."

Bloggings: January 14, 2008
Christopher T. Musillo of the Hammond Law Group shares the latest entries to his firm's blog.

To submit an Article for consideration, write to editor@ilw.com.


News

DHS On REAL ID Final Rule
The DHS Privacy Office released its privacy impact report on how the final REAL ID rule addresses the privacy issues outlined in the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking. For the Privacy Impact Assessment, see here. For the REAL ID Final Rule: Questions and Answers, see here. The REAL ID final rule is expected to be published in the Federal Register.


Classifieds

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Newark, NJ - Garces & Grabler, P.C. with seven offices seeks attorney with 5-10+ years immigration law experience, with an emphasis on removal proceedings, appeals, family cases, aos interviews, and consular processing. Excellent writing, technical, communication and organizational skills are essential. Demonstrated ability to be team player. Candidates with bilingual spanish language skills desired. E-mail resume, with your specific experience, salary requirements and writing sample to aaraujo1@verizon.net or fax: (732) 745-1249. All submissions will remain in confidence.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Chicago, IL - Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP seeks senior level immigration paralegal. Ideal candidate will have 5+ years of experience in senior level capacity with an immigration law firm, law department or corporate immigration function. Manages caseload with a large degree of independence. May manage a team of one or more legal support staff. Serves as team resource for client and office procedures. Communicates regularly with clients regarding procedural and case processing issues. Candidates will have experience counseling US and foreign employers on a range of immigration issues, including nonimmigrant and immigrant visa matters, preparing PERM applications, and O-1, H-1B, TN, and L-1 petitions. Must be able to work in a fast-paced, high-volume case-processing environment. Must be people- and service-oriented. College degree (B.S. or B.A.) and excellent writing skills required. Competitive salary + excellent benefits package. Send cover letter, resume + writing sample to mmolina@fragomen.com. EOE.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Dallas, TX - Epstein Becker seeks paralegal with minimum 5 years business immigration experience, including PERM and all NIV and employment-based IV cases. Must be self-starter with ability to communicate with employers and foreign nationals; bachelor's or equivalent required. Salary commensurate with experience; excellent benefits. Submit cover letter + resume to nward@ebglaw.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Downtown NYC- Prominent Immigration law firm seeks experienced associate attorney to: interview, prepare, and represent clients/detainees before the US Immigration Courts; Adjustment of Status/Stokes/Naturalization interviews. Research and gather supporting evidence. Prepare affidavits, asylum, waiver, applications. Draft memoranda of law, motions to reopen/remand/reconsider, immigration and federal court briefs. Must have strong work ethic; excellent research, analytical, writing and computer skills. Must be organized, able to work under pressure, and independently, under supervision of experienced attorney. 2 or more years immigration litigation experience desired. Knowledge of Spanish preferred. Salary based on experience. Submit resume, writing sample, + cover letter to: immres714@aol.com. All submissions will remain confidential.

Help Wanted: Immigration Professional
London, UK - Have you always wanted to work in England? Hodkinson Law Group, a U.S. immigration law firm based in London, is looking for an experienced business immigration legal assistant to provide professional services to our clients. Become a part of our friendly team and enjoy a great working environment. We are looking for a university graduate with 2-4 years of business immigration paralegal/legal assistant experience who has excellent communication and organizational skills as well as the ability to work autonomously. Please email resume, cover letter, + salary requirements to khodkinson@usvisalg.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegals
Reston, VA - Feeling undervalued? Goel & Anderson, LLC, seeks experienced business immigration paralegals to provide professional services to its clientele, composed of Fortune 1000 corporations and leading multinational firms. Our compensation and benefits package is commensurate with top-tier law firms, with no billable hour requirement. We offer family-friendly work hours (with little/no OT required), attorneys who are easy to work with, business-casual dress policy, fully paid health/dental/vision insurance premiums, 401(K) plan with generous match, free parking, and occasional additional perks (this year, our entire staff, along with spouses/significant others, was treated to a paid vacation at the Atlantis resort in the Bahamas). Ideal candidates will have 4-6 years of experience as a business immigration paralegal with a top tier law firm or in-house corporate immigration team, coupled with undergraduate degree, excellent organizational and communication skills (both written and oral), and ability to work independently. Please apply with resume, cover letter, + salary req. to careers@goellaw.com or fax to (703) 796-9232. All submissions kept confidential. No phone calls please.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
New York, NY- Klasko, Rulon, Stock & Seltzer, LLP, a nationally-known immigration law firm, has an opening for an experienced immigration attorney in our New York City office. We are a full-service practice, and you will work predominantly on employment-based 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, please fax your resume to (215)-825-8699 or E-mail: hrpa@klaskolaw.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
New York, NY- Klasko, Rulon, Stock & Seltzer, LLP, a nationally-known immigration law firm, has an opening for an experienced immigration paralegal in our New York City office. This position will handle employment-based immigration matters for universities, hospitals, research organizations and corporations. Our firm provides paralegals with a collegial atmosphere with high professional standards. Excellent academic credentials at a minimum of a Bachelor's degree level; strong verbal, written and organizational skills; and computer literacy required for this position. Successful paralegal candidates should have at least 3 years of employment-based immigration experience. Fax resume + salary history/requirements to (215)-825-8699 or E-mail: hrpa@klaskolaw.com.

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Credential Evaluation And Translation
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comingsNgoings

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Immigration Event - Chicago, IL
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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:
Roger Algase's letters always cut to the chase and I applaud his 01/14/08 ID letter that calls a spade a spade. The debate over immigration has degenerated into a knee-jerk skin-head mentatlity of "keep them 'ferners' out". US Immigration policies should not be about ethnic cleansing. Ethnic diversity is what makes America great. In fact, it is what makes America America. The problem lies not with the illegals. The problem lies with the ineffectiveness of the US government's military-industrial complex, which has under the Bush Administration has once again reared its ugly head, after being silent since the Vietnam era. It has surfaced in the form of an uncaring and preoccupied presidential administration, an ineffectual ICE (a spin-off of the former useless INS) and an impotent Congress, which for more than twenty years ignored immigration issues and allowed illegals to enter the US with a "wink-and-a-nod," to work for greedy US employers who eagerly exploited their services at reduced payment. For more than twenty years, it was the old "carrot and stick" approach - you hang the carrot over the border (the carrot being jobs, of course) and they will come - kind of like the Kevin Costner movie, "Field of Dreams," only in this case, the dream was employment and prosperity through honest work. So, do we "Americans" who have benefited from the efforts of illegals who bit the carrot now want to deport them? Shame on all who would suggest such a thing and shame on Congress for not passing legislation years ago that addressed legal immigration methods to meet the needs of US employers, and shame on US employers for getting rich off the sweat and toil of illegal workers from south of the border. Get real.

David D. Murray, Esq.
Newport Beach, CA

Dear Editor:
Tamar Jacoby's 1/14 ID Article optimistically looks to the more than 60% of Democrats and Republicans who, purportedly, favor rational immigration policies instead of more fences, prisons, ethnic cleansing and attempts to use the legal system to terrorize and destroy immigrant communities, including legal immigrants and US citizens. Is her optimism that the rational "silent majority", to borrow a Nixon-era term, will prevail, justified? I do not think it is, unless the racist foundations of the anti-immigrant movement are openly acknowledged and opposed head-on. The only public figure who has even hinted at that is John McCain, who, in one of the early presidential debates, rightly compared today's restrictionists to the anti-Irish Know-Nothings of the 19th century. Even though McCain himself has since backed down and gone over to the "border security first" side in order to keep his candidacy from going up in flames of anti-Latino hatred, everyone knows that his heart is (we hope) still in the right place. But as long as we continue to pretend that the immigration debate is any more rational now than were the debates over racial segregation in the 1950's and 1960's, over internment of Japanese-Americans in the 1940's, over refusal to accept Jewish refugees in the 1930's, or over the Chinese exclusion laws around the turn of the last century, there will be no solution to the immigration issue, only more repression, demagoguery and paranoia.

Semakweli

Dear Editor:
I find the typical, one-dimensional critique of Roger Algase's 01/14/08 ID letter presumptuous. While "color" change may be one aspect of "admitting '100 million' legal immigrants from Latin America in the future, who would change the 'character' of America", Robert Samuelson's use of the word "character" would include many other aspects other than the single issue of color. How is it a "visceral hatred of Latino immigrants", anti-immigrant or implied racism to suggest that a lower rate of immigration would be more prudent than the high numbers that lax policies, endless amnesties and open border advocates allow? Is Mr. Algase's letter then in favor of admitting 100 million Hispanics and others, thus changing the color and character of America? Which of these positions is concerned about America's best interests and which gains financially by narrow interests? Restrictionists, by definition, do favor reduced entry levels and tired charges of racism only display a depleted lack of any rebuttal more substantive and/or other agenda. I agree with the well reasoned letter of Bob Webber (01/11/08 ID) that it would be premature to plan a McCain victory speech or to celebrate CIR's rise from the dead. There are many more citizens concerned about excessive immigration, legal and illegal, every day.

Jim Roberts

Dear Editor:
I'm sorry if my english is not very well, but anyways my idea about inmigration has to be taken about one perspective,(background) no more, because as a retired police officer I know very well how many people left my country Peru not only because they did not have oportunity to study, work or develop their abilities no, no, also it is because they are very bad people, drug adicts, drug dealers, people from jail that they believe America is the land where they can do ilicit activities, many of this guys stablish in some cities in america to make robbery, fake documentation, shoplifting, etc, after done their ilicit activities the whole weekend they celebrate drinking alcohol, smoking and snoring drugs, they start again monday, I know a lot of people who do that and never was caught by the police. How do Americans still support this kind of people,for this kind of bad guys nobody likes the latino community this is not racism is about culture,for this reason in my opinion the authorities have to check very well the applications for residence or citizenship,because many people showed fake documentation believen americans are stupids,open your eyes my friends ,bad people is walking freely in america but some very good people and professionals too are in the shadow hidden because they have no documentation but they are honest ,again my dear americans keep your eyes open because my country is one of the best where the people can do a Leonardo daVinci picture better than him and you can not notice the difference.

Pepe Francia


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