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Immigration Daily May 19, 2008
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Comment

Abuse Of Detainees

Washington Post carried an in-depth, four-part series of invetigative reports this week called "Careless Detention: Medical Care in Immigrant Prisons", which says "The full dimensions of the massive crisis in detainee medical care are revealed in thousands of pages of government documents obtained by The Post. They include autopsy and medical records, investigative reports, notes, internal e-mails, and memorandums. These documents, along with interviews with current and former immigration medical officials and staff members, illuminate the underside of the hasty governmental reorganization that took place in response to the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001."

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 speakers are H. Ronald Klasko, Maurice Berez (invited), Elise Fialkowski, Tammy Fox-Isicoff, Carolyn Lee, Angelo Paparelli, William A. Stock, And Other Speakers To Be Announced. 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

Living In Denial: The Unspoken Obstacle Preventing Amnesty
Robert Gittelson writes "In this article, I'm going to explore the emotional ties that bind us to our beliefs about... the sticky issue of what to do with our undocumented immigrants, or, as the detractors have labeled the term, amnesty."

Immigrants Of The Week: John Roberts, Andrea Baccarelli and Duffy
Greg Siskind celebrates contributions of these outstanding immigrants to America.

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


News

EOIR Releases Legal Orientation Program Report
EOIR released a report by The Vera Institute of Justice on its Legal Orientation Program.


Classifieds

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Miami, FL - Feldenkrais Law, P.A. seeks immigration attorney with minimum 3-5 years of corporate business immigration experience with filings for H Visas, L visas, E visas, O visas, PERM cases and green cards. 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 (RFE responses, explanatory letters to clients, analytical case planning memos, etc.) to Michael Feldenkrais: mf@feldenkraislaw.net.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegals
Miami, FL - Feldenkrais Law, P.A. seeks senior level immigration paralegals. 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 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 communicating with US and foreign employers on 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 fast-paced, high-volume case-processing environment. Must be people- and service-oriented. College degree and excellent writing skills preffered. Competitive salary. Send cover letter, resume, and writing sample to Michael Feldenkrais: mf@feldenkraislaw.net.

Help Wanted: Immigration Professionals
Multiple Locations - USCIS seeks over 500 entry level Immigration Services Officers. Positions are available in duty locations around the nation at the GS-5/7/9 grade levels. Starting salaries range from $26,264 to $39,795. Promotion potential and regular salary increases may also be available. USCIS will accept applications starting Monday, May 12, through Monday, May 26, 2008. New recruits will attend a 8-week training program and practicum, during which new recruits will be provided with the skills needed to adjudicate applications and petitions. Applicants can qualify for the GS-5/7/9 grade levels based on education, experience, or a combination of both education and experience. All academic majors are acceptable for these positions. For more info, see here: https://cbpmhc.hr-services.org/ISO/. Please be sure to reference vacancy announcement number: FCIP-187891. To review the official vacancy announcement, key in vacancy announcement number: FCIP-187891 at OPM USA Jobs website.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegals
Chicago, IL - Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP seeks senior level immigration paralegals. 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 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 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 fast-paced, high-volume case-processing environment. Must be people- and service-oriented . College degree and excellent writing skills required. Competitive salary + excellent benefits package. Send cover letter, resume, + writing sample to mmolina@fragomen.com. EOE.

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
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.

J-1 Visa Program
Discover the ease and flexibility of the J-1 Trainee visa with AIESEC United States. For 50 years, AIESEC U.S. has offered foreign nationals the opportunity to grow both personally and professionally by sponsoring exchange visitor traineeships. Enjoy unparalleled customer service, including in-depth guidance on J-1 Trainee visa regulations and the changes effective July 2007. We also offer logistical and cultural reception services in locations nationwide. Expect a 24-48 hr. application processing time. The J-1 Trainee visa can be used for individuals to participate in training programs in the following fields: information media and communications, education, social sciences, library science, counseling and social services, management, business, commerce and finance, the sciences, engineering, architecture, mathematics and industrial occupations, public administration, and law. Attorneys interested in learning more about AIESEC United States and the J-1 Trainee visa, please email Melany Hamner: MelanyH@aiesecus.org.

Immigration Law Certificate
Master the complex and ever changing maze of immigration policies and regulations with the Immigration Law Studies Certificate Program offered by CUNY's School of Professional Studies. This graduate-level certificate program, consisting of (3) three-credit classes, offers students who complete it a comprehensive understanding of the laws, regulations, and processes surrounding the status of immigrants in the US, including family and employment-based immigration and deportation defense. It is designed for individuals working in law firms, companies, government agencies and nonprofit organizations where they interact with immigrants and immigrant legal concerns on a regular basis and would therefore benefit from greater knowledge of the laws and regulations surrounding immigration. Beginning this spring, the program is also being offered online. For more information on class schedules, tuition and fees, course applications and to register, see here.


Headlines

Senate panel adds immigration measure to Iraq supplemental

Federal class-action lawsuit filed in immigration raid


comingsNgoings

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Immigration Book
"Christians at the Border: Immigration, the Church, and the Bible" M. Daniel Carroll R., Baker Academic, 160 pp. Paperback, ISBN: 080103566X, $16.99 http://www.amazon.com/Christians-Border-Immigration-Church-Bible/dp/080103566X/


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:
Since when is "Latino" a race? The term comes from linguistic use showing that the language is derived from Latin as opposed to German: Hence Latin America, which encompasses both geographically speaking Central and South America. The Latin Americans whose grandparents were Irish, German, and Italian, are not racially distinguishable from me- who family's roots are Scots, Irish, English and Welsh, unless we count Celt as a separate race. (Which I usually do on race based questionnaires). There are Central and South Americans whose ancestry is predominately Native American don't qualify as Latinos because neither their Language nor their race qualifies them as such. Then of course you have the many Asian or Middle Eastern descent "Latin" Americans who don't fit into any of this racial profiling at all. So, my point? "Latinos" and "Hispanics" are not uniform racially nor even linguistically uniform groups. Some are white, black, brown and yellow- just like many US citizens. Some are well educatedsome, aren't. some have a great work ethic, others don't. But usually the person who has the gumption to leave family and friends in search of better opportunity has more get up and go than the guy left back at home wondering what to do. just as many immigrants do better with less than many Americans, it is because many of "us" are lazy and feel entitled to our blessings. The glass is half empty or half full; Barack Obama is one half Black and one half white White, so he is Black; a White Irish Argentinian is Brown; the Chinese-Japanese Peruvian is Hispanic; these distinctions evidently don't make much sense in today's world. Bring me your productive, your energetic,and your hard working, and those who want to create a better future for themselves, and we have a better America.

R. Black, Esq.
Jacksonville, FL

Dear Editor:
The U.S. today would be better off, to isolate itself from the world to some degree and to concentrate on its own people. World democracy is not the burden of the American taxpayer. From VietNam forwards our wars have been futile, based upon greed in manufacturing, the the quality of life, the standard of living for Americans is being wasted, giving the advantages of our hard fought heritage to others. This must stop. We owe no one anything. The American family sacrificies its young mens lives not for freedom today. God never commanded any nations men to fight for bondage as the American does today. I challenge any people to condemn Americans, for we have done more for more people than any other people on earth in history. We are tired of wolf cries about prejudice, as we are the ones who fought for their freedom and yet we are continaully threatened falsely. We are tired of being threatened by our lack of Christianity, as we've out performed any other people on earth. We have succeeded by suffering, faith, giving to the extent that we violate the command of not caring for our own. Giving to others has its limits when others no longer apprecaite our labors. Giving too much only results in internal strife and God never intended people to give away their very land, their values, the fabric of their society that God blessed. We paid the price for liberty, for freedom, but when we have, the rich come to take it away. Our citizenship is our citizenship, and our sacrifices in blood for our beliefs do not belong to others. They belong to us. God is a God of justice and all the attempts to take our heritage away, will fail by the hand of God.

David Utterback


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