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Immigration Daily October 7, 2008
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Detainee Death Inspires Video Game

The New York Times reports "The death last year of Boubacar Bah, a Guinean tailor held in a New Jersey jail for overstaying his visa, showed immigration detention to be one of the most secretive corners of American life. But now Mr. Bah’s story is being retold in an unusually public way: in an online video game." For the full story, see here.

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


Focus

Crimes And Immigration: A Definitive Manual For Winning Cases

The following is the table of contents for this book which is now being shipped:

  • Chapter 1: Evaluating A Criminal Case For Immigration Purposes
  • Chapter 2: Criminal Grounds Of Inadmissibility And Waivers
  • Chapter 3: Criminal Grounds Of Deportability
  • Chapter 4: Good Moral Character
  • Chapter 5: Detention And Removal Of Noncitizens Charged With Criminal Grounds Of Inadmissibility Or Deportability
  • Chapter 6: Applications For Relief From Removal For Criminal Aliens In Removal Proceedings
  • Chapter 7: Working With Criminal Defense Counsel And The Criminal Courts On The Structure And Amelioration Of Convictions
  • Chapter 8: Judicial Review
  • CD-ROM: Over 700 Critical Documents - Significant statutory provisions of 8 USC, 18 USC, and other public laws, Relevant regulatory sections and forms from USCIS and EOIR, Key BIA and Federal Court cases, Links to informative internet resources, etc.
For more info, and to order, please see here. For the fax order form, see here.


Article

Options For The Wealthy Client
H. Ronald Klasko, et al. share the citations for this recently concluded seminar series.

Bloggings on PERM Labor Certification
Joel Stewart shares the latest entries as of October 6, 2008 on his PERM Labor Certification blog.

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


News

Congress Passes Child Soldiers Accountability Act Of 2008
We carry the text of S.2135 which prohibits the recruitment or use of child soldiers, to designate persons who recruit or use child soldiers as inadmissible aliens, to allow the deportation of persons who recruit or use child soldiers, and for other purposes.


Classifieds

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Lincoln, NE- USCIS Office of Chief Counsel (OCC) seeks experienced attorney as Service Center Counsel at Nebraska Service Center. This is a full-time position. Provide legal advice to NSC personnel on issues involving immigration related adjudications, inadmissibility and deportability grounds, and national security. Applicants must possess a JD degree, be an active member of the bar by entry on duty date. For more info, key in Job Announcement Number: COU-CIS-2008-0011 at USAJobs.com. Submit a resume, cover letter + writing sample to: W. Douglas Craig, Chief of the Service Center Counsel Division at William.Craig@dhs.gov. Must be received by close of business Friday, October 10, 2008. Position is at the GS-13-GS-15 levels, open until filled. No relocation reimbursement available.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Washington, DC - USCIS Office of Chief Counsel (OCC) seeks experienced attorney for its Refugee and Asylum Law Division. This is a full-time position. Provide legal advice on domestic asylum law and practice, overseas refugee resettlement programs, temporary protected status, and CAT. Strong legal research and writing skills, and ability to complete assignments with short deadlines essential. For more info, key in Job Announcement Number: COU-CIS-2008-0010 at USAJobs.com. Submit a resume (or Optional Application for Federal Employment, OF-612) + cover letter discussing related work experience to: Ron Whitney, Refugee and Asylum Law Division Chief at Ronald.Whitney@dhs.gov. Must be received by close of business Friday, October 3, 2008. Position is at the GS-13-GS-15 levels, open until filled. No relocation reimbursement available.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Metropolitan Washington, D.C. law firm seeks associate with 3+ years of experience in employment and family-based immigration law. Excellent salary/benefits. This is a blind ad posting. Qualified candidates, send resume to: metrodclaw@gmail.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Downtown Washington, D.C. - Boutique immigration firm seeks senior business immigration paralegal. Small, friendly environment with no billable hours requirements. Bachelor's degree required and 5 + years of business immigration experience preferred. Must be proficient in preparation of PERM cases, H-1B, L-1, O-1 and E-1/E-2 visas, I-140 EB-1, EB-2 and EB-3 petitions, adjustment applications and consular processing. Bilingual English/Spanish preferred, but must have excellent English writing skills. Must be comfortable with extensive client contact and have the ability to multitask effectively. Compensation commensurate with experience and skill level. Please send resume with cover letter and salary requirements to: pschwartz@paulhaarlaw.com. No calls please.

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.

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

Sticking It To California
The presence of immigrants in California who lack the legal status to use many public services represents a dual failure on the part of the federal government:

ICE Slow to Deport Detained
Illegal immigrants detained as part of the stepped-up enforcement effort in Virginia stay in the country far longer than they should because of a detention and deportation system beset by waste and dysfunction, according to lawyers, detainee accounts and observations of courtroom proceedings.

Dems Want DHS To Target Criminal Illegal Immigrants
Congress gave Immigration and Customs Enforcement about $5 billion in the department's fiscal 2009 appropriations bill, which was signed into law Tuesday by President Bush as part of the continuing resolution to keep the federal government functioning in the new fiscal year.

Haiti Says It Can't Accept US Deportees
Haitian President Rene Preval on Friday said his storm-ravaged country will no longer be able to accept U.S. deportees and - for the first time - publicly called on the Bush administration to allow undocumented Haitians living in the US to remain until their homeland recovers.


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 Offices - Waco, TX
Chad Van Cleave, Attorney at Law, is pleased to announce the move of his office to Waco, Texas. The practice handles appeals of BIA decisions to federal Circuit Courts, as well as federal criminal appeals nation-wide. Mr. Van Cleave considers referrals from other attorneys on a reduced-fee basis, especially for clients who have exhausted their resources in the fight for justice. The new address is: Chad Van Cleave, Attorney at Law, 3201 Franklin Ave., Suite 6, Waco, Texas 76710; Phone (254) 755-6800; Fax (254) 755-6801; Email: theonomist@gmail.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:
With regard to Jim Roberts' letter of October 6, I am proud and honored that my "inane" letters are considered to be worthy of being mentioned in the same company along with the thoughtful and incisive letters of a respected authority on immigration such as David D. Murray. On the other hand, any letter that relies on the vicious ranting (which Mr. Roberts' letter tries to dignify with the word "statistics") of a notorious purveyor of anti-immigrant hate such as Michelle Malkin is automatically disqualified from serious consideration.

Roger Algase, Esq.
New York, NY

Dear Editor:
I applaud ILW.COM for running the Minuteman Media story on how the insanity of our legal immigration process feeds illegal immigration (10/06/08 ID). There can be common ground on immigration, even with folks who wish to restrict it. We should scrap most of the code and start over, or at least cut the paperwork insanity and series of delays that even the Minutemen decry.

Honza Prchal, Esq.

Dear Editor:
David D. Murray's recent letter asked that Mexicans stop referring to Americans using the term "gringo" (10/06/08 ID). The term gringo hasn't been used by Mexicans, well not real Mexicans, since our last invasion of Mexico. The continued use of the word appeared in old western movies where an American actor played the part of a Mexican. The currently terminology used by Mexicans for Americans is "hueros" or "gabachos" or less frequently "bolillos".

A huera

Dear Editor:
I believed that the new 100 test questions is much better than the last revised one. What I liked from the last issue and this one is the multiple correct answers of choice. Hopefully I know the test is geared at people who has a few years of school and have not finished High School. That is most of the immigrants coming from Central and South America.

Gladys C. Farris

Dear Editor:
The USCIS is one of the premier immigration government agencies in the world. But time and again its decisions and adjudications have left a lot to be desired. An applicant was in B-2 status and filed the I-539 for an extension of his status. After a few months he received a decision from the USCIS Service Center that he was in F-1 status and should consult the DSO (Designated School Official) to extend his status. The USCIS certainly needs to tidy up in many areas especially the adjudication process.

Gurrattanpal Singh


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