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Immigration Daily March 18, 2008
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Comment

Win For Workers

The Los Angeles Times reports "Civil rights groups said Thursday that they had reached a settlement with federal officials guaranteeing that workers nabbed in an immigration raid last month in Van Nuys can be accompanied by an attorney to all meetings and interrogations." For the full story, see here.

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


Focus

Deadline Is Tuesday, March 18th For Overview Of The EB-5 Category

Tuesday, March 18th is the deadline for the March 20th phone session of "Investors And Entrepreneurs: Immigration Options", the curriculum is as follows:

  • Basic Requirements: Minimum Capital, "Invest", "Commercial Enterprise", Source of Capital and Job Creation
  • Practice Tips: Review of the Petition Forms, Service Center adjudication (I-526 and I-485), National Visa Center and Consular Processing
  • Regional Centers: Why are they relevant?, What does it mean to be "Approved" as a Regional Center and Recommended Due Diligence
  • Petition for Removal of Conditions: Required Procedure, Basic Eligibility and Practice Tips
The deadline to sign up is Tuesday, March 20th. For more info, including speaker bios, detailed curriculum, and registration information, please see: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/february2008.shtm. (Fax version: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/february2008.pdf).


Article

Immigration Attorney Harassed By ICE At Home
Bill O. Hing writes "A private attorney friend, Kevin Crabtree, had an encounter with ICE agents at his private residence that has led to his filing a complaint with DHS."

Book Review: The Case For Free Trade And Open Immigration Edited By Richard M. Ebeling And Jacob G. Hornberger
Robert Batemarco for the Foundation for Economic Education asks "Should a free country's freedom stop at its borders? Libertarians have long answered this question with a resounding "No!" To submit an Article for consideration, write to editor@ilw.com.


News

DHS Secretary Chertoff On USCIS Director Gonzalez's Resignation
DHS Secretary Chertoff issued a press release on the resignation of USCIS Director Gonzalez effective April 18th.


Classifieds

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Madison, WI - Quarles & Brady LLP seeks attorney with 2-4 years experience practicing business immigration law. Quarles & Brady, a national law firm with offices in Wisconsin, Arizona, Florida and Illinois, has been providing immigration services for over 30 years. Experience in range of business immigration matters, ability to provide exceptional client service, and superb analytical, organizational and case management skills required. We offer collegial environment and competitive salary and benefits. Submit resume, cover letter, transcripts and at least two writing samples of a substantive support letter or a significant memos to: Michelle Bigler, Manager of Legal Recruiting, Quarles & Brady LLP, mbigler@quarles.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Charlotte, NC - USCIS Office of the Chief Counsel (OCC) seeks experienced attorney for the position of Associate Regional Counsel, USCIS OCC, Southeast Region. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, providing legal advice to the Charlotte, NC field office and other field offices on immigration benefits related matters including adjudications involving issues of national security. Applicants must possess JD degree from ABA accredited law school, be an active bar member, and have 1+ year post JD experience practicing law. Preference will be given to applicants with immigration experience, experience in federal court litigation and strong writing skills. For full details, enter COU-CIS-2008-0003 here. Applicants must submit (1) resume, (2) writing sample (10 pps. max), (3) references (4) cover letter. Send to: SER-COU@dhs.gov. All submissions must be received by close of business Monday, March 24, 2008. GS-13-15, position open until filled. No reimbursement expenses offered.

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 preparation and filing of business and employment-related immigration documentation and communications with government agencies and clients. Qualified candidates must have excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, accuracy, consistency and job ownership. Ideal candidate must have excellent written and oral communication skills. Bachelor's degree and a minimum of three years experience required. Qualified candidates please send cover letter + resume to mlhr@mintz.com. EOE.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
St. Louis, MO - Stinson Morrison Hecker, LLP's busy corporate/medical/academic immigration law practice seeks experienced paralegal for non-immigrant, immigrant, labor certification and 212(e) waiver cases; intensive client interaction; good writing skills and people skills a must. Send resume to Ms. Maria Harvey, Office Manager: mharvey@stinson.com. No telephone inquiries.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Chicago, IL - VISANOW seeks business immigration attorney to help deliver legal advice and counsel to our clients who include companies, individuals, colleges and universities. JD required with 2+ years of solid experience working as attorney in immigration law, with strong knowledge in the area of employment-based non-immigrant and immigrant petitions. Candidate must be enthusiastic and possess excellent communication skills (verbal + written). For full job details, see here. If you desire a unique employment opportunity and have a forward-thinking approach to resolving client concerns and issues, this is the place for you. Competitive compensation plan + excellent benefits, including medical, dental, life, disability and 401K match. We offer a relatively relaxed environment which makes the production of work product easier. If you're a team player interested in taking the next step of your career with an industry leader, e-mail resume to careers@visanow.com with "Attorney" in subject line. All replies confidential.

Immigration Consulting Services
Angelo Paparelli, a nationally-renowned expert with an outstanding breadth of immigration law knowledge and expertise, is available to provide immigration- related consulting services to corporate executives, general counsel, HR departments, foundations, attorneys and law firms in private practice. He consults on employment-based immigration, job portability, remedies for status violations, mergers and acquisitions, immigration-related corporate policies, crisis communication, government investigations, employer sanctions, legislative advocacy, waivers of ineligibility and litigation. Offices in CA & NY. Services: worldwide. To discuss how he can consult on your case, contact Angelo Paparelli at 949-955-5555 or aap@entertheusa.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 - Tacoma, WA
The Labor Center at The Evergreen State College and El Comite Pro Reforma Migratoria y Justicia Social is pleased to announce the Workers' Assembly On Immigration. Fri & Sat, April 11th and 12th, 2008, (4:30-8pm Friday, 9:30 am to 5pm Saturday) Location: the Evergreen State College Tacoma Campus, 1210 Sixth Avenue, Tacoma, Washington. Childcare and Transportation will be available. The Assembly is for workers to talk to one another about immigration, how it affects working families in all of our communities, and what we can do to stop exploitation on the job and in the streets. For more information, contact: Juan Jose Bocanegra 360.918.2726; bocanegj@evergreen.edu.


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:
ID's comment (03/13/08) to the American Legion Report is an insult to all of the legal immigrants who have come to this country. Those who have chosen to come to this country legally to become Americans have to be extremely angered at being compared to those who come here illegally. One may as well compare a phamacist to a heroin dealer. Or, maybe one can put a houseguest with a burgular who breaks into a home. The Legion is correct in that we are a nation of laws and are the better for it. Our current laws bring 2 million legal immigrants into the country yearly. ID should be supporting each of those who went through the legal process not putting them in the same category as a criminal. ID is correct regarding someone coming accross the border illegally is only guilty of a misdemeanor crime. However, getting a job with false documentation, being paid under the table without paying taxes, stealing someone's identiy, and all the other illegal acts committed by someone here illegally are felonies. I question, why does ID not stand up for the legal immigrants who are the first to lose their jobs to the illegals who drive wages down? We have laws that provide worker safety, protect minors, worker's compensation, and many others. All of these laws are negated when an illegal is willing to take that job away from a legal worker. ID should be extemely thankful for the American Legion and the other Veteran's who fought for one's rights to voice one's opinion, no matter how irroneous it may be, instead of chastising them for simply wanting to uphold our laws and to protect the legal residents of this country.

Dan Karis

Dear Editor:
As a University of Florida Law Student and member of the American Legion, I believe that in the debate regarding immigration one of the most important elements of immigration is being ignored: the individual immigrant. I am in my last semester of law school. I will be graduating at the top of my class and have accepted a job with the Department of Justice Executive Office of Immigration Review (DOJ Honors Program). I am also a Soldier. I commissioned as an officer; I am a Paratrooper; I served in a Special Operations unit for two years and am now in the process of being promoted to the rank of Captain in the Army Jag Corps (Reserve). However, in addition to my "successes" I am also something else. I, like many other patriots, am an immigrant. Not just any immigrant, but one that came here illegally. My mother brought me to the US illegally when I was a child. I had no choice in the matter but I can look anyone straight in the eye and tell them that I'm glad she brought me, and in light of my service, America should be glad to have me. The immigration debate is irrational in many ways. But the way it seems the most ridiculous is in grouping immigrants into these two oversimplified categories of legal and illegal. I challenge any member of the American legion or anyone else to question my patriotism or loyalty to the U.S. I am certain that if I left my resume out of the conversation and just told the Legion I immigrated illegally, they would likely label me a criminal and give me the "we are a nation of laws" speech. We are also a nation of immigrants.

Pedro Pavon

Dear Editor:
Bill Glenn's letter (3/14/08 ID) said a lot, but could have added to his "namecalling" list of negative terms used by open entry advocates: nativists, homophobes, racial haters, vigilantes, hate groups and hate speech. There's an old farm saying that when you throw a rock into a group of hogs (no comparison intended, but not entirely inappropriate), the one that squeals must be the one that got hit. Everytime I hear or read one of these misused, tired and meaningless squeals, I just figure that another liberal got hit by a true fact, opinion or argument that he/she had no better way to refute. My letter of 3/3/08 ID referred to this phenomenon and disorder and Dr. Lyle Rossiter's book where he discusses, "When the modern liberal mind whines about imaginary victims, (and) rages against imaginary villains..." It truly is a shame that there is just little or no profit in compassion for citizens and non-minority folks.

Jim Roberts

Dear Editor:
The saddest thing about this country is the fact no-one seems to be capable of debate. With every issue, you have to pick a side, and you are then expected to support that side and thier opinions, even when what is being said makes no sense. There is no crossing over even when the other side has a valid opinion. The government has this with the Democrats vs Republicans, and when it comes to immigration, you are either branded pro, or anti-immigration. Why can we not just see each individual issue for what it is. So I might sometimes agree with the pro, and sometimes with the anti. Yes, I agree, the USA needs a certain amount of immigrants to fill certain needs, so help the immigrants who fit your criteria to come here. On the other side, I say absolutely "No", to illegal immigrants. They are crimials, simply by sneaking and hiding to get across the border. Send them home. So I have two different opinions, on two issues related to one topic - immigration. So does that make me pro or anti-immigration? Your publication would do well to sometimes see the other side of things, and the same goes for most of your contributors. Oh yeah, I am an immigrant, legal from the minute we put foot on US soil, and playing by your rules ever since. I would not do anything else, this is your country. And it is because of all the problems and delays to get a greencard (8 years) that I agree 100% with the illegal alien bashing. Why did I have to get in line. How is that fair?

Linda Cogill


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