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Immigration Daily January 13, 2004
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Lawsuit On USCIS Delays

Today's Featured Article details the class action lawsuit filed by founder and immigration attorney Rajiv S. Khanna on behalf of the immigration community. The class action lawsuit challenges the delays in processing of some applications for employment based immigrants. The article provides links to the original complaint, related discussions, and other information about the lawsuit. For the entire item, see below.


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Featured Article

Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against The USCIS Challenging Delays Contrary To Congressional Mandate
Rajiv S. Khanna writes "On December 22, 2003, ImmigrationPortal.Com, an online community and others have filed a lawsuit against USCIS (earlier known as INS) challenging the delays in processing of some applications for employment based immigrants."

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Immigration Law News

USCIS Memo On Tax Exempt Status For Religious Organizations
William Yates, Associate Director for Operations of the USCIS issued a memorandum clarifying tax exempt status requirements for religious organizations.

President Bush Says His Immigration Proposal Recognizes Contributions Of Undocumented Workers
During a radio address, President Bush remarking on his immigration reform proposal said, "It is a program that recognizes the contributions that many undocumented workers are now making to our economy."

National Security Advisor Rice's Briefing On President Bush's Trip To Mexico
National Security Advisor Rice during her briefing on President Bush's trip to Mexico said, "[The] President's immigration proposals for a temporary worker program, ... fulfills many of the principles that they first enunciated when they first met here in Washington a couple of years ago."

USCIS Director Aguirre Defends President Bush's Immigration Reform Initiative As Bold
The Arizona Daily Star reports "As the election-year debate over immigration was launched, [USCIS Director] Aguirre defended the White House plan as a "bold" solution to "a very old and pervasive problem." He addressed some of the major objections raised by critics and sidestepped others, saying Congress will resolve those when it takes up the proposal."

Tamar Jacoby On President Bush's Immigration Reform Initiative
A Wall Street Journal op-ed by Tamar Jacoby says "What, after all, could be more conservative than encouraging the American Dream, rewarding work, restoring the rule of law and enhancing our security?"

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Help Wanted: Attorneys and Paralegals
The Law Offices of Bernard P. Wolfsdorf seek to hire experienced paralegals for its South Bay, CA (Torrance) office and New York, NY offices. Bachelor's degree required for paralegal positions. The firm also seeks to hire associate attorneys with 1-2 years experience in immigration for its Pacific Palisades office. 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). 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 e-mail; New York applicants: fax Frieda Wong at (212) 899-5041 or e-mail Attorney applicants: fax T.L. Loke Walsh at (310) 573-5093 or email

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor:
So President Bush's immigration proposal is not an amnesty? If you are here illegally you can apply for a temporary work permit valid for 3 years with a 3 year extension. During the 6 years you are rewarded for breaking the law you can also apply for your green card. Shouldn't these be people be given deportation orders instead of a two-pronged amnesty? Oh I forgot, it is not an amnesty.


Dear Editor:
With regards to the new immigration reform proposal by President Bush, I would like to bring your attention towards the employer/guest worker link. I think, by binding workers with employers will give encouragement to employer to offer less wages as well as forcing them to work as bonded labor. Everyone knows that it was a common practice in ancient times. Same is going to happen in this great nation where everyone talks about human rights and liberty.

Rajeev Gupta

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