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Immigration Daily May 6, 2009
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Comment

Top Links April 2009

We feature the most accessed links by our readers in April 2009 below:

Top five April Immigration Daily Articles

Top five April Immigration Daily Items

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


Focus

Today Is Deadline For PERM For Experts - Predictions For The Future

Today is the deadline for the May 6th phone session of "PERM For Experts", the curriculum is as follows:

  1. Using the new form
    1. Advanced form changes and implementation
    2. Incorporating "magic" language
  2. Auditing compliance files
  3. Close of businesses
  4. Filing PERM in a bad economy
    1. Potential for more supervised recruitment
    2. Second audits requesting resumes
    3. Potential delays in DOL processing times
    4. Change/s in circumstances
      1. Company merger/s
      2. Position/s open at time of filing but closed at time of audit / decision
      3. Unanticipated work location/s v. client-site/s
      4. Change of work location/s
    5. When to expect things to begin moving again

Don't wait to register, Tuesday, May 5th is the deadline. For more info, including speaker bios, detailed curriculum, and registration information, please see: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/200907.shtm.


Articles

When The Mexican Drug Trade Hits The Border
Fred Burton and Ben West write "We turn our attention now to the border to see the dynamics at work there and how U.S. gangs are involved in the action."

Canada To Maintain Immigration Levels For 2009, Though Requirements May Change
David Cohen writes "Though Canada has not been immune to rising unemployment numbers in the current economic downturn, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has decided that immigration numbers will not be reduced for 2009, maintaining a target of approximately 250,000 new Permanent Residents."

Immigrants Of The Week: Richard Webby, Ahmed Zewail, and Barbara Schaal
Greg Siskind celebrates the achievements of these select immigrants.

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


News

ETA Releases TEGL 18-08 On FY 2009 Foreign Labor Certification Planning Guidance
The purpose of this Training and Employment Guidance Letter is to provide State Workforce Agencies with final planning figures for funding that will be allocated to support FLC activities, and the necessary actions to request the funds.


Classifieds

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Reston, VA - Goel & Anderson, LLC has an immediate opening for an experienced business immigration paralegal. Ideal candidates will have 5+ years experience as an immigration paralegal handling employment-based NIV and IV cases. Prior experience should include demonstrated ability to manage large caseload, while effectively/accurately preparing wide range of employment-based immigrant and nonimmigrant petitions, with strong emphasis on H-1B and L-1B matters. Experience with PERM, I-140, adjustment of status, and complex RFE responses essential. Successful applicants will possess thorough knowledge of immigration law and procedure, excellent writing, communication, organizational, and computer skills, and ability to conduct legal research, analyze issues, and effectively interact with corporate petitioners, beneficiaries, and law firm staff. Five years of prior experience, a four-year college degree, and solid references required. Goel & Anderson is a nationally recognized business immigration firm that offers an outstanding compensation and benefits package. Apply with resume, cover letter, + salary req. to careers@goellaw.com. Principals only. No phone calls.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Long time NYC practitioner seeks young lawyer as associate (or not so young) with or without own practice to work with a view towards parnership and sucession. I wish to work less now and much less later but not retire completely. Harry DeMell (212) 732-2767.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Small Northern Virginia immigration law firm seeks associate with 2+ years experience in Immigration Court/BIA litigation. Good writing skills. Spanish speaking preferred. Salary commensurate with experience. Good benefits. Send resume to mlfernandez@mslaw.pro.

J-1 Visa Program
Discover the ease and flexibility of the J-1 Visa with Global Current, a service of AIESEC U.S., a leader in international exchange and professional training for over 50 years. Unlike other visas, the J-1 does not require a lengthy petitioning process, has few restrictions and can be processed at any time of year to facilitate the quick and simple implementation of an Exchange Visitor Program. Global Current has developed a streamlined sponsorship process supported by J-1 experts that allows us to maintain an unrivaled 48 hour turnaround time on complete applications. Global Current provides J-1 Trainee and Intern programs in a variety of occupational categories including law, engineering, finance, architecture, graphic design, marketing and fashion. For more information on eligibility requirements and a complete list of occupational categories, visit www.globalcurrentexchanges.org or email Melany Hamner at melanyh@globalcurrentexchanges.org.

Expert Witness Services
Muslim World Expert Dr. Shaul M. Gabbay is pleased to offer expert testimony on immigrants from Muslim countries/societies, including the former Soviet Union (USSR). I have testified in 150+ Immigration Court cases nationwide (asylum, cancellation of removal) and to USCIS (asylum interviews, hardship waivers) with very high success rates. For more info, including detailed biography + testimonials from lawyers who have worked with me in the past, see: www.muslimworldexpert.com. Please contact me with any additional questions: Dr. Shaul M. Gabbay, Muslim World Expert, Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver, Denver, Colorado, sgabbay@du.edu, (303) 871-2560. For countries outside of my expertise, I may be able to recommend an expert in that area.


Headlines

Iowa Town Provides Case Study Of Our Immigration System's Ills
At last, Washington seems to be getting serious about immigration reform.

College Board Takes A Stance On Undocumented Students
The College Board of trustees has voted unanimously to support legislation known as the federal Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act (the Dream Act).

American Brain Drain: Why We Need H1B Visa Immigration Reform
While most focus on illegal immigration or changing ethnicities of legal immigration, what concerns me is that we are losing our historic ability to attract and retain the word's brightest and most entrepreneurial workers.

Army Extends Immigrant Recruiting
But starting today, 10 Los Angeles-area Army recruiting offices will begin taking applications from some foreigners who are here on temporary visas or who have been granted asylum.


comingsNgoings

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Immigration Event - Arlington, VA
2009 ACIP Annual Symposium: June 15-18, 2009, Arlington, VA - For thirty-five years, the American Council on International Personnel's Symposium has been the most highly respected annual meeting devoted exclusively to employment-based immigration. We bring in-house immigration professionals from universities and research institutions, non-profits, and multinational corporations together with U.S. government representatives and legal experts. This year's Symposium "Changing Times, Changing Strategies" will help you: strategize and network in an uncertain economy, meet new leaders of Federal Agencies & Congress, develop airtight compliance measures, and refine your global mobility management models. http://www.acip.com/symposium. ILW.COM is pleased to be an event media sponsor.


Letters

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

Dear Editor:
I would like to join in David D. Murray's letter's tribute to ID (05/05/09 ID comment) on its 10th anniversary. ID is unique not only as a provider of timely and important information, but as a vehicle for expression of opinion across the full spectrum, including not only from immigration advocates, but from those who are fundamentally opposed to immigration. It could even be said that one of the greatest things about America's diversity is that some of the people who want to slam the doors shut hardest against our newest immigrants come from immigrant backgrounds themselves. It is remarkable how easy it is for some successful immigrants, or their descendants, to lose any sense of compassion for those who are less fortunate. Ms. Sung's letter strikes a particularly discordant and offensive note in the light of the tragic case reported in the New York Times on May 4 ("Mentally Ill and in Immigration Limbo") of a woman from Mainland China who came to the US to escape that country's forced abortion policy only to be caught in the ever widening I.C.E. immigration net and locked up. This woman, Xiu Ping Jang, has now become mentally ill and suicidal, has lost her child to foster care and can no longer communicate with either her family or her attorney. Yet, as she languishes in jail, she is treated like a common criminal in court by unsympathetic, if not openly sadistic, immigration judges. I suggest that anyone tempted to make jokes at the expense of immigrants trying to escape persecution or poverty in their own countries should read this article first.

Roger Algase, Esq.
New York, NY

Dear Editor:
Perhaps Chia-Li Sung's letter (05/05/09 ID) is attempting to be sarcastically witty, but in fact falls flat on its face, exhibiting a lack of compassion and lack of understanding of the entire legal system, including immigration. What "lawyers out there" know, and what many elitist, privileged, whiners do not understand, is that under the law illegal aliens are not criminals and have no relation to "inmates in all the prisons". Yes, illegals have broken the law, akin to speeding or littering. In fact, I wonder if being illegal is more serious than cheating on one's income tax, not reporting cash income from the likes of giving music lessons in one's home? There are penalties for breaking immigration laws, and in some instances there are exceptions on humanitarian grounds: political assylum, hardship waiver, trafficing victims, abused spouses and the proposed "Dream Act," that seeks to remedy the harsh enforcement of law on children who have unwittingly become victims of their own circumstance. Yes, immigration lawyers know it is against the law to enter this country illegally. We are also painfully aware of the hardship wrought upon innocents, such as children who enter the US with their parents, are raised here as Americans, become educated and go on to college, only to discover later that they are not legal and cannot obtain the benefits of a legal resident, including adjustment of status through a US citizen spouse with whom they fall in love. Silly analogies of freeing all the inmates in the criminal justice system serves no purpose in the immigration debate, but only shows ignorance and arrogance, a combination regretful in a democracy based on the pursuit of freedom, liberty and justice, especially in a nation that puports to be based Christian principles.

David D. Murray, Esq.
Newport Beach, CA

Dear Editor:
Comparing heinous hardcore criminal inmates to illegal immigrants is completely unfair, absurd and misguided. In this and many other countries there are laws that are unjust, bad and ridiculous, that put certain groups of persons less equal than others just because of their races, skin colors, genders, creeds, sexual orientation etc, and breaking these unfair and inhuman laws can't and should never be compared to heinous crimes such as murder, kidnapping etc. When a black African American defied the segregation laws by sitting on the white only section on a public bus, when a Chinese immigrant questioned and challenged the reasoning and justice behind Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, when a non Muslim protests his religious freedom and equal rights in his apartheid Islamic theocracy country, and when a foreigner and a human being questions why he must have "an authorization aka legal status"outside his native country to work to a willing employer just because restrictive laws of the land that favor and protect its whining "native" citizens from open competition, then we must view it as a struggle against human rights violation and universal justice. Apartheid laws should have no place in the 21st. century. Freedom of movement and freedom to trade of all human beings should be protected and guaranteed as parts of universal human rights.

Robert Yang

Dear Editor:
Re: Krishnamurthy's comments (05/05/09 ID) to my previous letter. To clarify, my letter was written in the context of "immigration reform proposals being shopped around." The last several attempts at legalization bills have completely left out the deported/deportable spouses of USC. Immigration law is extraordinarily complicated and many of these kids who were brought here as babies don't even know their own status. In the course of normal social interaction that they meet and fall in love with US Citizens who shouldn't have to pay for some Legislators bizzare idea of "justice" effective exile for the citizen to continue the relationship. Illegal presence is a civil violation similar to a traffic ticket, so to turn the life of a US Citizen married to a person in these circumstances into a total living hell for 3, 10 years or even permanently seems draconian at best. Perhaps I do have a dim view of the ease of VISA's for cyber-relationships, and what appears to me to have become the common practice of "importing a bride/groom". As for couples who meet overseas for whatever reason its a bit different in my opinon than surfing for a mate, particularly in those countries where the foreign potential love interest needs an interpreter to negotiate the relationship. I don't think a courtship made possible by immigration violation is superior morally to posting yourself on line for a wedding proposal. I do think the former is more consequential to the circumstances of living and working in the US than the determined effort to seek only a US spouse. On my comments on "purely illegal" folks I refer to the past several Immigration bills which attempted to give benefits to folks who had no US Citizen connection but did not contain a waiver for those spouses of USC.

Sergi Sheplov

Dear Editor:
We all know, especially illegal aliens, that in order to work in the USA we need fake documents because we cannot get the appropriate legal documentation (see 05/05/09 ID comment). We know that Social Security Cards are stolen or fake. And if we do it we do it knowingly. Bad judge and awful judgement. He needs to get another job. This ruling makes us all commit wrong doings and crime more willingly. And the thieves whose business is to provide stolen identity get lots of money in this sort of black-theft market. Outrageous.

Mila Milapluk


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