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Immigration Daily May 12, 2008
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Comment

Detention Nation

The Washington Post is set to roll out a major investigative series by prizewinning reporters Dana Priest and Amy Goldstein, centering on the issue of exploring the government's detention of undocumented immigrants. CBS's 60 Minutes is also scheduled to carry the results of the investigation this weekend.

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


Focus

Options For The Wealthy Client

ILW.COM is pleased to announce a 3-part telephone seminar series "Options For The Wealthy Client", the curriculum is as follows:

FIRST Phone Session on May 22: Options for the Entrepreneur

  • Advantages/disadvantages of E-2
  • Advantages/disadvantages of H-1B
  • Advantages/disadvantages of L-1
  • Advantages/disadvantages of EB-5 individual investment
  • Advantages/disadvantages of EB-5 regional center investment
  • EB-5 Ethical/malpractice issues
SECOND Phone Session on June 12: EB-5 and E-2 Issues
  • Comparing EB-5 and E-2
    • Amount of investment
    • Type of investment
    • Employment creation
    • Source of funds
    • Involvement of investor
    • Risk
    • Timing
  • Comparing regional center and individual EB-5 investment
  • EB-5 litigation issues
THIRD Phone Session on July 10: EB-5 Regional Centers
  • Clients for whom regional center is best option
  • Choosing between regional centers
  • Legislative issues
    • Renewal of regional center pilot program
    • Pipeline cases
  • Government perspective
The deadline to sign up is Tuesday, May 20th. For more info, including speaker bios, detailed curriculum, and registration information, please see: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/may2008.shtm. (Fax version: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/may2008.pdf).


Article

Overview Of State Legislation Related To Immigrants And Immigration - January - March 2008
Dirk Hegen and Ann Morse of National Conference of State Legislatures write "States are still tackling immigration related issues in a variety of policy arenas – More than 1,100 bills have been considered in the first quarter of 2008."

Immigrants Of The Week: Arno Motulsky, Carl Derassi and Ajay Royyuro
Greg Siskind celebrates contributions of these outstanding immigrants to America.

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


News

DOJ Says Federal Employers Do Not Have To Pay Back Wages To H-1Bs
DOJ's Office of Legal Counsel released a memo on the payment of back wages to doctors hired on H-1B visa by the Department of Veterans Affairs, stating "An administrative award of back wages to alien physicians hired by the Department of Veterans Affairs under the program is barred by sovereign immunity."

CIS Ombudsman Recommends USCIS Clarify Refund Of Fees Procedures
The CIS Ombudsman recommended that USCIS clarify its refund of fees procedures and revise the Adjudicator’s Field Manual.

USCIS Settles Kaplan Class Action
USCIS has entered into a settlement agreement in a national class action lawsuit brought by non-U.S. citizens who had lost or who were about to lose their eligibility for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) based on a statutory seven-year limit, and who were unable to become naturalized U.S. citizens before the loss of SSI benefits.


Classifieds

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Cincinnati, OH - Hammond Law Group seeks experienced immigration attorney. Preference given to attorneys with experience in healthcare and corporate matters. Experience should include a wide range of employment based immigrant and nonimmigrant categories. Attorney should be used to working on large caseloads and supervising Legal Assistants. HLG has a fast-paced and entrepreneurial culture. Please email resume and writing sample to rita@hammondlawfirm.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegals
Washington, DC - Immigration Law Group PC, fast-paced 5 lawyer boutique immigration law firm in downtown DC (K Street area) seeks 2 legal assistants. 1 year prior immigration experience required. Interesting clientele, friendly, casual work atmosphere, no timesheets, competitive salary and benefits (401k w/ employer match, health insurance, etc.) Successful applicants will be detail-oriented, highly organized and good communicators. Please email your resume, cover letter and salary reqs. to: glen@immigrationgroup.com. No calls please. EOE.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Clearwater, FL - Law ofice of Joan Mathieu seeks experienced immigration attorney with 3+ year's experience practicing US immigration law, including employment, family and removal. Joan Mathieu, a solo practitioner and the owner of the firm, who has been a member of AILA and past chapter chair, has been practicing immigration exclusively at the profitable downtown Clearwater location for 12 years. She is opening a second office where she will work full time. The new attorney will handle all the firm's current and future clients at the Clearwater location. The position will be ideal for someone who has or had an immigration law firm and seeks to relocate to Florida to start again without all the work of establishing a new practice and the hassle of paying the bills. May also be ideal for associate in big firm who deals well with responsibility and who wants same. Please email resume to immigrator@earthlink.net. Phone number: (727)-462-8181

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Philadelphia, PA - Established immigration firm seeks attorney with minimum 3-5 years of corporate business immigration experience. Experience should include full range of employment based immigrant and nonimmigrant categories. Experience supervising paralegal staff and managing corporate immigration accounts strongly preferred. Excellent legal writing, organizational and case management skills required. Please submit resume, cover letter and relevant, substantive legal writing samples (i.e.: RFE responses, explanatory letters to clients, analytical case planning memos, etc.) to Lawrence Rudnick: Lrudnick@srrlaw.us.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Detroit, MI - Clark Hill PLC seeks experienced immigration associate. Qualified candidate will have 2+ two years business immigration law experience with filings for H Visas, L Visas, E Visas, PERM cases and green cards. Working knowledge of immigration case management system is preferred. Excellent written communication and strong interpersonal skills required. Email resume, cover letter, writing sample, + law school transcript to Martha Mackinnon: mmackinnon@clarkhill.com. EOE.

Credential Evaluation
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EB-5 Business For Sale
US EB-5 opportunity - Lumber manufacturing, Barnes Manufacturing Co., Kenbridge, VA, Lunenburg County. $2.7 million USD. No debt or inventory included. To view pictures and an appraisal report, see here. To discuss further, contact Thomas Barnes at: barnestb@earthlink.net or call 434-955-0595 (after 10 am EST). All inquiries will be kept confidential.


Headlines

Election Jitters Put House Dems At Odds On Immigration

Feeling All Too Foreign


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 - Washington, DC
Monday May 12 - Migration Policy Institute is pleased to present a lecture "Changing Dreams: A Generation of Oaxaca's Woodcarvers" by Shepard Barbash and Kathleen Newland. For more info see: http://contact.migrationpolicy.org/site/Calendar?view=Detail&id=3721


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 trying to locate an Immigration Daily issue sent early this year (Jan. or Feb.) regarding the possibility to 245(i) being reinstated. I have been location this article in the 'search archive' section of your website. Do you have a suggestion as to how I may be able to locate that article. Unfortunately, I erased it from my email a couple of months ago.

Genaro Salazar, Esq.
Houston, Texas

Editor's Note: In addition to our archives section, readers can also use our advanced search page to conduct a search.

Dear Editor:
I have been a subscriber to Immigration Daily since my retirement because the firm I now work for does consulting on "worksite compliance". Although I do not agree with all that I read on ILW.COM, I find the majority of the content to be informative. However, I take great exception to the representations made in Comment - ICE Vigilantes (05/08/08 ID). As the former Special Agent in Charge for the ICE Office of Investigations in NYC, I had the honor to manage over 500 of the most dedicated personnel in federal service. The use of the term "vigilante" is quite inappropriate, particularly in the context of "worksite enforcement". Although resources are limited, no one has forgotten the "core mission" that national security is ICE's and the Department's number one priority. All programs, initiatives, and operations are evaluated in that context, with resources allocated to those areas first and foremeost. National security resources are not being "squandered" away....."on harassing the undocumented". The statement...."ICE appears ready to accept full responsibilty for the next terrorist attack on U.S. soil"....is reckless, ill-informed and an insult to all ICE employees. Worksite enforcement, which is the topic of the editorial, is only one of a multitude of important ICE enforcement initiatives. The statement...."Al-Qaeda is our enemy.....something apparently not clear to those at ICE" is outrageous. I can assure you that all ICE employees, particularly in NYC, know al-Qaeda is our enemy. Immigration enforcement is and will continue to be one of the most important and controversial issues this election year and beyond. To question the dedication and motives of ICE employees in the post-911 period while enforcing an important employer verification program is unwarranted and unfortunate.

Martin D. Ficke

Dear Editor:
If SC farmers (5/9/08 ID Comment) can't operate without using illegal invaders and foisting the economic and social costs upon the rest of US, then it should adjust or quit as taxpayers shouldn't be forced to subsidize farmers profits or others. The D. Murray letter's (5/9/08 ID) disagreement with my previous days letter misleads as my comments have always been about restricting entry numbers and illegals, and not: "on the basis of race", which precludes his charges of "small-minded bigotry" and "anti immigrant". But, the DM letter becomes a restrictionist member in good standing with: "The focus of the discussion should be on economics and what is good for America" and "Flinging open America's golden doors is not the solution". Whether "ad infinitum" or "ad nauseam" it is the R. Algase letter (5/9/08 ID) and others that shows: "little or no regard for the history of the immigration laws" or present ones by consistently characterizing them, or enforcement thereof including CIR, as: "America's shameful history of racial prejudice". There are other valid reasons other than racism that would allow entry of others to be restricted, including free choice, illegality, excessive numbers, difficulty of assimilation, criminality, disease, over population, and others. Those who would ignore and deny US these choices on entry policies truly have an agenda not in America's interest. The Rule of Law is more than a "fig leaf" to most true Americans.

Jim Roberts

Dear Editor:
Mr. Utterback's letter (05/09/08 ID) is baseless and ridiculous by assuming we're "generously" taking care the worldwide rich people interests. It's not that case. We're bankrupt because we spend more than we earn, that's why. Prices of all commodities went up because they're valued in USD our currency as the global reserve and our USD is losing value because we print too much of it creating global inflation to finance our cult of consumerism and our war and imperialism machines. It's non sense if our wars are defending "freedom". If Iraq has no oil, I doubt we would invade it and care if Saddam is an evil or not. These wars are all about global hegemony, corporations' interests and greed none about us and ours. Too many Americans are lack of understanding, education and so ignorant but unbelievable arrogant about many global issues and conveniently just blame "illegal" immigrants for their misfortune, ignorance and stupidity. Re: Mr. Murray's letter (05/09/08 ID), protectionism is always bad for the economy. Taiwan economy was bad under pro independence party leadership, but now the people elected Nationalist Party which is friendlier and more pragmatic in repairing their relationship with the Mainland China, more direct flights and shipping, freer trade, more tourism and investments on both sides. I reject welfare state, and I reject protectionist one. Let's trade freely without hindrance from special interests losers who hate the reality that they must compete with others and win it by their own merits.

Robert Yang

Dear Editor:
Janet Fitzgerald's letter (05/09/08ID) criticises the u.s. government in practices. How many illegals fought world war 2, against Germany and Japan? How much help did any country do anything for the united states citizens? None. When our money is gone, you're gone. All you're here for is our money, our heritage, to rob and to steal. To date historically, the u.s. citizen has done more for more people than any other people thru history on this earth. So, condemn us.

David Utterback

Dear Editor:
This is just not right. We should help them get legal status and work. This is so wrong.

Joyce Allison


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