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Immigration Daily March 09, 2009
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ICE Endangers America

ICE is sending terrorists a clear message – its open season on America. ICE’s raids focus on gardeners and busboys, letting terrorists off the hook. While ICE loves to parade press releases jeering at the destruction of the families of US Citizen children, we are yet to see ICE announce arrests of those conspiring to terrorism on US soil. A recent NY Times report said “Federal immigration officials had repeatedly told Congress that among more than half a million immigrants with outstanding deportation orders, they would concentrate on rounding up the most threatening — criminals and terrorism suspects. Instead, newly available documents show, the agency changed the rules, and the program increasingly went after easier targets. A vast majority of those arrested had no criminal record, and many had no deportation orders against them, either.” All this while there are clear dangers on American soil that ICE is turning a blind eye to. The Minneapolis Star-Tribune recently quoted FBI director Mueller saying “Shirwa Ahmed, the first known suicide bomber with U.S. citizenship, apparently was indoctrinated in Minnesota.” US taxpayers’ hard earned money is given to ICE to protect our homeland, not to chase dishwashers and carpenters. We believe the exact same thing is happening with the 287(g) program – local law enforcement, especially in communities in the South with long histories of racism, uses every excuse (like broken tail lights) to harrass those with the wrong skin color – all under the guise of “protecting America”. Law enforcement resources which should be used in the fight against Al Qaeda are instead being used to promote racist ends. Other DHS components are not much better. CBP roving teams in the Olympic peninsula in Washington state and in Syracuse, NY have succeeded in making the lives of many documented and undocumented Americans miserable, without advancing one whit the security of these United States. Worse, there could well be a terrorist loose in Washington state and upstate New York preparing for the next 9/11 who is the beneficiary of these misguided efforts at CBP (not to be outdone, TSA does not accept the matricula consular as identification). It is time that these dangerous antics at DHS, and especially ICE, were put to an end. We urge Secretary Napolitano to heed President Obama's reminder that we are a welcoming nation, and stop the shennanigans in her department.

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


Focus

Family-Based Immigration: Nuts And Bolts

Our new book, Family-Based Immigration: Nuts & Bolts; Editor: Charles Wheeler of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) features:

++ Chapters: Immediate Relatives And The Preference System, Overview Of The Application Process For Permanent Residence, Adjustment Of Status, Consular Processing, Immigrating Through Marriage, Grounds Of Inadmissibility, Waivers Of Inadmissibility, Affidavit Of Support, Self-Petitions For Abused Spouses And Children, & Ethics

++ 35 Appendices include: Sample Request For Criminal History, Documenting I-130 Petitions, Sample Motion To Reinstate I-130, Consular Processing Instruction Package, Consular Processing Appointment Package, Suggested Evidence Of Bona Fide Marriage, I-601 Waiver Packet Based On INA § 212(h) (Criminal Convictions), I-601 Waiver Packet Based On INA § 212(i) (Fraud Or Misrepresentation), I-601 Waiver Packet Based On INA § 212(a)(9) (B)(v) (Unlawful Presence), & I-212, Request For Permission To Reapply For Admission After Deportation

++ CD-ROM includes: relevant regulatory sections from 8 CFR, 22 CFR, etc., many forms from USCIS, DOS, SSA & IRS, significant statutory provisions, key BIA & Federal cases, selected USCIS memos, public health service documents, etc.

For more info on Family-Based Immigration: Nuts & Bolts, and to order, http://www.ilw.com/books/familybasedimmigration.shtm. For the fax order form, see here.


Articles

The Visa Process As An Alternative Solution To The American Mortgage Crisis
Sheila Danzig writes "As the American mortgage crisis continues to grow with each passing month, a new proposal from the educational sector has the potential to significantly relieve America’s current housing problem while encouraging billions of dollars in economic growth."

Immigrants Of The Day: David Nunez of Mexico, Helene Cooper of Liberia, and Gov. John Peter Altgeld of Germany
Kevin R. Johnson celebrates the achievements of these immigrants.

Bloggings on Dysfunctional Government
Angelo A. Paparelli offers a "few changes that do not require a filibuster-proof vote in the Senate."

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


News

Congress Extends EVerify And EB5 Until Next Week
Congress passed H J Res 38 which extends federal funding by means of a Continuing Resolution to March 11, 2009 for those programs which were due to expire on March 6, 2009, including the EB-5 program and E-Verify.

DOS Speaks On Resettlement Of Iraqi Refugees
The Department of State during a press briefing responded to a question on Iraqi refugees and resettlement benefits.


Classifieds

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Washington, DC - USCIS Office of Chief Counsel (OCC) seeks experienced attorney with 2+ years demonstrated experience in immigration law or related experience for the Legislative Counsel Division. Function primarily involves proposed changes to the immigration laws, it also includes legislation on the subject of appropriations, public benefit programs, Federal personnel law, and any other matter affecting the operations of USCIS as a Federal agency. Applicants must possess JD degree, be active bar member (any jurisdiction), and have 2+ years of post-JD experience in immigration law. For more info, key in Job Announcement Number: COU-CIS-2009-0003 at USAJobs.com. Submit a resume, cover letter + writing sample (max. 10 pps.) to: Philip B. Busch, Legislative Counsel, USCIS Office of the Chief Counsel at Philip.Busch@dhs.gov. Must be sent by 5pm, EST, Friday, March 13, 2009. Position is at the GS-13/15 levels. No relocation reimbursement available.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Roseland, NJ - Fox Rothschild LLP has an opening for an immigration paralegal. The ideal candidate will have 5+ years of employment based immigration paralegal experience. Experience must include preparing and filing full range of employment-based applications, independently conducting research, analyzing legal resources, maintaining document files and case docketing. Must be team player, detail oriented and possess excellent communication, writing, organizational and computer skills. Will consider Bachelor's degree, Associate's degree, or paralegal certificate and 5 years of experience or 10 years of comparable work experience. Please apply online at http://www.foxrothschild.com/careers/paralegal/default.aspx?id=9164. EOE.

Position Sought
JD, with 10 years experience in business immigration, available to draft and consult on complex RFE responses, MTR's, EB-1 (all subcategories), EB-5, E-1, E-2, H-1B, L-1, O-1, NIW, PERM and TN matters on a project basis. Additional specialization in inadmissibility waivers, paralegal training programs, and legal research. Competitive hourly or flat fees. References available upon request. Please contact immigrationinsight@gmail.com for additional details.

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.

Credential Evaluation And Translation
As the nation's leader in foreign credential evaluations and translations, American Evaluation and Translation Service, Inc. (AETS) provides the most competitive rates in the industry – $50 educational evaluations, as well as $200 'expert opinion' work experience and position evaluations completed by PhD university professors who have the "authority to grant college level credit for work experience and/or training." AETS offers a variety of turn-around times, including same-day service for educational, work experience, and position evaluations. For list of rates and times, see: http://aetsinternational.com/applicationforevaluationservices.pdf. AETS also provides certified translations in 100+ languages, with translators that are specialists in 80+ fields. For a copy of the Application for Credential Evaluation and Translation Services, please contact AETS at (786) 276-8190, visit http://www.aetsinternational.com, or email: info@aetsinternational.com.


Headlines

Immigration Riles Up Statehouse
Americans can't even agree on the language of the debate - are people who live here but don't have the right papers "illegal" or "undocumented?"

Groups Object To Immigration Detention In VA. Town
Nearly 60 years after young black students took historic steps toward desegregation by walking out of their Farmville school to protest its deplorable conditions, the small town is once again at the center of a social movement.

Hispanic Caucus Calls For Immigration Reform, Local Testimony
In a movement to press for immigration reform, political and religious leaders will hear testimony Saturday about the need to keep families together.

Commentary: Obama Driving Down Middle Of The Road
President Obama has clearly drifted to the center, even if neither the right nor the left wants to acknowledge it.


comingsNgoings

Readers can share professional announcements (up to 100-words at no charge), email: editor@ilw.com. To announce your event, see here

Immigration Event - Trussville, AL
March 10, 2009, 8:30-3:30pm - The International Civitan Club of Metro Birmingham and USCIS cordially invite you to attend its first citizen training seminar. Learn about the variety of study resources available from the Office of Citizenship available to teachers, volunteers, and the immigrant community. Seats are limited. Send a RSVP to jhernan@charter.net or call 205-266-4979. This is a free event, $5.00 contribution required for lunch. Courtyard Marriott Trussville, 3665 Roosevelt Blvd., Trussville, AL 35235. 205-661-2280.


Letters

Readers can share comments, email: editor@ilw.com (up to 300-words). Past correspondence is available in our archives

Dear Editor:
Regarding John Shorkey's letter on 3/4/09 ID, his letter stated that the cop in Chula Vista may be doing people a favor because they are eligible to apply for cancellation of removal. Given that the current approval rates for cancellation cases is currently around 5% I can hardly say that anyone is being done a favor by being put in removal proceedings.

Robert A. Eckerson, Esq.

Dear Editor:
The issue of "traffic deportations" raises the central question whether America is willing to turn itself into a police state in order to make it easier to lock up and deport minority immigrants. The problem with this strategy is that the demographic change that immigrant-haters dread more than anything else, namely loss of white majority status, will continue to happen anyway, through legal immigration or otherwise. No matter how many King Canutes we deputize as local immigration officers, the waves are not going to turn back. The same issue is involved in the recent courageous New York Times editorial, which should be required reading for everyone who cares about a fair immigration system, condemning the government's inhuman (and ineffective) workplace raids. Jim Roberts' March 5 letter claims that my letters are losing "'credibility"', something that I am not aware that any of Mr. Roberts' letters has ever recognized in any of mine, because my letters point out that President Obama is a US citizen, something that is obvious to everyone on this planet except, apparently, Mr. Roberts. As for his letters' fantasy that a slew of documents will eventually come to light "proving" that President Obama was born outside the US, some people will probably still be writing letters making this claim in 2057, to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Dred Scott decision, which was overruled by the 14th Amendment almost 150 years ago, but whose spirit still lives on in Mr. Roberts's letters.

Roger Algase, Esq.
New York, NY

Dear Editor:
From Obama's book: "The Audacity of Hope", the Online dictionary defines "audacity" as: "fearless, daring, bold, insolent, heedlessness of restraints, as of those imposed by prudence or propriety". Certainly, one who would attempt to dupe US about his qualifications would be those things. But entry enthusiasts, in general, share these traits, particularly the aversion of "restraints" as in the Rule of Law and enforcement. They come up with endless, specious arguments to support their shaky, baseless claims and disrespect for entry laws as typified in the C. Jimenez article: "The Real Economics Of Immigration Reform" (3/6/09 ID). As even a stopped clock is right twice a day. the deficient article does admit which most of US already know, that: "As long as a cheap, compliant pool of undocumented labor is available, employers have every reason to take advantage of the situation, keeping wages as low as possible". This truism contradicts the letter of R. Gittelson (3/5/09 ID) which attempts to place a mantle of "nobility" upon the shameless, exploitation of compliant, foreign labor in the modern equivalent of the plantation system. The "parasitism" is on both sides. Business takes advantage of foreign labor while the latter does the same with government benefits at taxpayer expense. It is the RG letter that ignores the facts, fears reality and exploits race. To distort my letter by equating "private bail-bondsmen" with criminal "coyotes" is absurd. We need a new book: "The Audacity of Hype". The movie could just be titled: "Audacity". Obamatrons would get in free. These won't accept real reform when handed to them on a silver platter -- Only the Kool Aid.

Jim Roberts

Dear Editor:
David Murray's thoughtful letters often point out "inconvenient truths" and, as I recall, have challenged readers on other occasions to come up with something more substantial than complaints. I don't recall any responses offering workable plans. The solution championed by many seems to be CIR, which has become simply a euphemism for amnesty. It's neither comprehensive nor is it a reform since we have had de facto amnesty through a lack of effective enforcement since IRCA in 1986. If you recall, that disaster was passed on the promise of workplace enforcement, which was never more than a token gesture. Illegal immigration is encouraged by the availability of jobs. The only effective means of controlling illegal immigration is not at the border itself, but rather through interior enforcement. By this I do not mean massive headline-grabbing workplace raids, but simply applying the laws already existing for employers to comply with worker authorization. The main opposition to such measures are those benefitting from cheap, exploitable labor. Being in an illegal status is all that is needed to keep that workforce in peonage. Legalizing would only create openings for more unauthorized workers, of which there is an unending abundance waiting for the opportunity. Mr Murray's letters offer an interesting opportunity for rational answers, if any.

Bill Glenn

Dear Editor:
David Murray's (3/5/09 ID) letter was well said (written). Instead of spending so much time trying to convince each other of the error of our ways, let's talk about the problems with immigration and what we should do about them. Neither "side" of this debate is going to get everything it wants; the sooner we try to reach some kind of compromise the better. If we can't reach a compromise, there's no reason to think that things will improve. To date, neither "side" has been able to impose its will on the other, and it seems unlikely that will happen in the future.

John Frecker


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