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Immigration Daily March 12, 2004
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In a BALCA decision we carry today, the Certifying Officer (CO) issued a Final Determination denying Employer's labor certification for a household manager citing combination of job duties. In issuing the denial, the CO did not address the Employer's timely rebuttal evidence and arguments. Had the Employer committed such an error, BALCA would not have hesitated to issue a final administrative denial. However, COs apparently get many bites at the apple and BALCA remanded this case so that the CO could have her bite. The imminent PERM regulation offers DOL an opportunity to improve the BALCA appeal process as part of the improvement in the efficiency of the entire labor cert program. The key weakness in the BALCA process today is that its decisions, even its en banc decisions, are not binding on COs. This stands in marked contrast to the situation with the BIA and the IJs. Making at least en banc BALCA decisions binding on COs would bring greater predictability to all parties involved in the labor certification program. Perhaps, if PERM does not already address these issues, DOL will turn to these in a future rule-making.


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The loopy challenges of modern-day labor-certification practice have caused U.S. employers and their immigration attorneys to identify with Randle Patrick McMurphy, the all-too-sane character portrayed by Jack Nicholson in the 1975 classic film One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest. In today's deranged world of alien labor certifications, rules are announced, then rules are reversed, procedures are proclaimed, and then they morph into alternate incarnations. The inmates in this virtual asylum are chanting in a frenzy, "PERM is coming, PERM is coming"; "Backlog Reduction, Backlog Reduction", but PERM never seems to arrive, and backlogs grow ever larger.

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Immigration Law News

USCIS Says H-2B Cap Is Reached
The USCIS announced that this year's 66,000 new worker H-2B cap has been reached. Effective March 9, 2004, USCIS will no longer accept any new H-2B petitions for FY 2004.

California Crime Of Stalking Is Crime Of Violence
In Matter of Malta, 23 I&N Dec. 656 (BIA 2004), the Board of Immigration Appeals said that California's crime of stalking was a crime of violence under 18 USC 16(b) and was therefore an aggravated felony under 101(10(43)(F) of the INA.

CO's Challenge Is Deemed Successfully Rebutted Where FD Does Not Address Employer's Rebuttal
In the Matter of Jean-Francois Dreyfus, No. 2004-INA-268 (BALCA, Feb. 23, 2004), the Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals said that because the Final Determination did not address Employer's timely rebuttal evidence arguing that the Household Manager position should be considered a single occupation in today's world, the CO's challenge may be deemed to be successfully rebutted (the CO had argued that there was a combination of job duties).

National Security Advisor Dr. Rice Says U.S. Can Have Welcoming Immigration Policies
During remarks at a speech in Kentucky, National Security Advisor Rice said, "We believe that we can have immigration policies that are welcoming. The US is a country that I think thrives because we have people from all over the world, and it thrives because people from all over the world want to come here. And we want people to continue to want to come here."

American Allies Express Anger Over US-VISIT
Fox News reports "Eastern Europeans who have helped out in the war in Iraq are taking particular issue with the requirement that tourists from their countries get fingerprinted and photographed at US ports of entry."

Immigration Official Who Referred To Detainees As Scumbuckets Is Appointed To High-Ranking Post
The Miami Herald reports "A federal immigration official who once referred to detained immigrants as "scumbuckets" has been appointed to oversee the Miami office charged with detaining and deporting foreign nationals."

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor:
Immigration Daily's March 10, 2004 issue reports that DHS Eliminates Mexican TN Nonimmigrant Numerical Cap and that the rule also eliminates the LCA requirement. DHS has only published guidance on a law that took place on January 1, 2004. NAFTA had sunset provisions since its enactment that provided that the elimination of the 5,500 cap and H1-B like requirements (including LCAs) for Mexicans that applied for a TN visa would take place 10 years after the entry into force of NAFTA. The sunset date was 01/01/2004. Immigration attorneys that deal with consular processing and TN-2 visas in particular have known of this for some time now. Consulates had been accepting TN2 applications similarly to TN1 (Canadians) since January 1st.

Antonio Maldonado Leyva
Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico

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