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Immigration Daily January 9, 2004
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Editor's Comments

Ports Of Entry Issues

Dealing with the entry/inspection process is an unavoidable burden of immigration law practice today. The alphabet soup of security checks is now topped by the notion of immigration security concerns within US borders vide the Technology Alert List and the deemed export rule. Other problems in this area of immigration law practice include expanded use of expedited removal, the "unsuspended" Special Registration program and the ever-changing situation at the various border crossing points. All this and more are part of an in-depth consideration of Ports of Entry issues in our seminar series "By Air, Land And Sea - When The POE Becomes A Brick Wall". The seminar is offered by phone, so law offices around the country can participate. It is also a great training tool for the entire law firm staff (one registration covers everyone sharing a speakerphone). The seminar includes an in-depth Q&A period. The deadline to register for the January phone session is Monday, January 12th. For more info, including detailed curriculum, speaker bios and registration information, see: (Fax version:


Curriculum For "By Air, Land And Sea - When The POE Becomes A Brick Wall" - Registration Deadline Is Monday, January 12th

The curriculum for the January session of "By Air, Land And Sea - When The POE Becomes A Brick Wall" is as follows:

SECOND Phone Session on January 14: "I need my TN ASAP so I don't miss my flight" A focus on Canadian and Mexican Borders Issues

1. Border Adjudications-NAFTA

  • TN's
    • The process
    • The problems - Dual intent, Self employment, Specific occupation
    • Canadians at the Mexican border
    • Appeals
  • L-1's
    • Procedure(s)
    • RFE's
    • Appeals
  • The Mexican process
2. Update on Border Crossing Points
  • Where to go
  • Who to see
  • Attorney presence
3. Border Crossing Documents
  • Who gets them
  • Who needs them
  • Passport requirements
4. TCN's in Canada

The deadline to register is Monday, January 12th. For more info, see: (Fax version:

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Immigration Law News

President Bush Says US Should Have Immigration Laws That Work
In a global message, President Bush said, "As a nation that values immigration and depends on it, we should have immigration laws that work and make us proud."

White House Press Briefing On Temporary Worker Program Proposal
The White House held a lengthy and detailed press briefing where White House Spokesman McClellan responded to queries on President Bush's immigration proposal.

Employer Agrees To Pay $297,000+ BackPay In LCA Matter
In the Matter of Administrator, Wage and Hour Division, v. Software Associate, Inc., No. 2003-LCA-27 (OALJ, Dec. 24, 2003), the Office of Administrative Law Judges issued an order approving the settlement agreement and consent findings, wherein the Employer Software Associates, agreed to pay $297,000+ in backpay in a LCA matter.

GAO Says Immigration Application Fees Are Insufficient To Fully Fund USCIS Operations, Full Extent Of Shortfall UnKnown
The General Accounting Office (GAO) of Congress released a report to the staff of the Senate and House Committees on the Judiciary concluding that immigration application fees were insufficient to fund USCIS's operations, the costs of which could not be determined until all processing costs were analyzed and completed.

USCIS Announces Proposed CSS And LULAC Settlements
The US Citizenship and Immigration Services announced the proposed settlements in the CSS and LULAC legalization cases for which the notices had been announced earlier. [Immigration Daily's 1/08/04 issue incorrectly stated that the final CSS and LULAC settlements had been announced. ]

Mexican President Fox Praises President Bush's Immigration Proposal
The Times Picayune of Louisiana reports "[Mexican] President Vicente Fox on Thursday praised the immigration reform proposed by President Bush and claimed it as an achievement for his own administration."

Some Form Of Legalization Likely To Become Law
BusinessWeek reports "..some kind of program to legitimize America's vast illegal workforce stands a good chance of becoming law."

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The Law Offices of Bernard P. Wolfsdorf seek to hire experienced paralegals for its South Bay, Southern CA office and New York, NY offices. Bachelor's degree required. Ideal candidates should have experience with all aspects of business immigration. Responsibilities include: preparation of all types of immigrant visa petitions, labor certifications (RIR and traditional), adjustment of status and consular processing applications, and preparation of all types of nonimmigrant visa petitions (particularly Hs, Ls, TNs, and Os). Paralegals will manage caseloads with large degree of independence, communicate with clients regarding procedural and case processing issues, update and maintain client status reports, prepare bills, and serve as a team resource. Applicants should submit resume + cover letter to specific desired location: South Bay applicants: fax Michele Buchanan at 310-540-3147 or email to; New York applicants: fax Frieda Wong at 212-899-5041 or email to The Law Offices of Bernard P. Wolfsdorf is an equal opportunity employer.

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Help Wanted: Legal/Media Administrative Associate
ILW.COM has an immediate, New York City based, full-time opening for a Legal/Media Administrative Associate. We offer a unique opportunity to work in an exciting, energetic environment of a small law publishing company which operates one of the most important websites on immigration law in the world. You will learn the skills necessary to launch a paralegal, or media career, and we will provide the requisite web design, computer, and software training required to do the job. ILW.COM team-members enjoy an informal and friendly small-company environment with a casual dress code policy. Our office is close to all public transportation and is located in mid-town Manhattan. The job involves providing excellent professional customer service (by phone, email and mail) to our clients who are immigration attorneys, performing basic web design and internet communications (will train on both), and handling general office work. The working hours are from 9am to 6pm (includes 1 hour lunch). The right candidate must have the following: solid communication skills, both speaking and writing (fluency in English is required); basic internet and computer skills (MS Word and Internet Explorer); ability to work independently; ability to juggle multiple tasks and priorities. Experience is highly preferred but not absolutely necessary. Interested applicants should send a resume to

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor:
Legal aliens who have been in this country anywhere from 5-13 years are struggling to get the greencard.s because of the extraordinary delays imposed by the USCIS. If the legal loses his/her job meanwhile then they have to return back to their country the next day. These folks have been the cause for the US to be a leader in the world in several fields. However illegals seem to have the trump card with the looming elections. The new proposal is very similar to having a H-1 visa (like the legals) which can be extended up to 6 years and then the person is eligible for a Greencard. So the message to the illegal folks is that come to the US illegally, find a job and you will be guaranteed a GC. What is worst is that the already overstretched USCIS will be taxed more in processing these illegals while the wait for the legals continues to increase. The legal folks have tried their best to contact congresspeople/senators throughout the country to try to ease the backlogs. Finally out of frustration they (a community of more than 70,000) folks have filed a law suit against the USCIS for the I-485 processing delays. We hope that this opens the eye of the USCIS and the Bush administrations promise to reduce the immigration backlogs to less than 6 months.

David Hammer

Dear Editor:
I am a senior at Moorhead Senior High School in Minnesota. My class was discussing citizenship and one of my fellow class mates stumped my teacher with a question. I hope you can shine a little light by providing an answer to the following question: What if a baby was on a row boat, let's say it was shipwrecked, and drifted into one our our American harbors or wherever, it came from no one knows, and it is here. There is no idea of the parents of this child whether or not they are American, no one knows. Is this baby a US citizen and is eligible to run for US President in the future? My class is really looking forward to hearing from you.

Matt Berdahl

Editor's Note: We do not provide legal analysis of the kind that your letter discusses. However, perhaps one of our readers may want to comment on your letter and if so, we will include the response in future issues of Immigration Daily.

Dear Editor:
What does "ILW" in ILW.COM stand for?

Wes Donohue

Editor's Note: "ILW" used to stand for Immigration Lawyers on the Web from 1995 to 1999. Since the website has changed dramatically in content since then, the old meaning no longer applies. We like to think that ILW.COM now means Immigration Law Website.

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