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Immigration Daily April 19, 2004
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DOS Roundtable

Steve Fischel and Gary Sheaffer will join noted practitioners Avi Friedman and Tien-Li Loke-Walsh for the second session of "Overcoming Hurdles In Consular Processing: Visa Procedures, Security Checks & The TAL". The topic for this session is "Navigating Through the Maze of Security Checks and Special Issues that Warrant Attention". The deadline to register is Tuesday, April 20th. For more info, including detailed curriculum, speaker bios, and registration information, see: (Fax version: (Note: Mr. Fischel's participation in this session had not earlier been confirmed. He has now indicated that he will join the panel for this session.)


Roundtable With Department Of State Officials On Consular Processing Issues

The seminar series "Overcoming Hurdles In Consular Processing: Visa Procedures, Security Checks & The TAL" features the following speakers:

  • Department of State: Robyn Bishop (Mexico), Steve Fischel (Washington, DC), Leslie Gerson (Canada), Gary Sheaffer (Canada)
  • Attorneys: Avi Friedman, Sylvia Graves, Tien-Li Loke Walsh (Discussion Leader), Sharon Mehlman, Roszel C. Thomsen (Export Control Attorney)
The discussion includes:
  • Applying for Visas - Are the Procedures Still the Same?
  • Navigating Through the Maze of Security Checks and Special Issues that Warrant Attention
  • Visas Mantis Hits and the Technology Alert List Why Scientists, Academics, Researchers, Engineers and Hi-Tech Professionals Should Be Concerned
The deadline to register is Tuesday, April 20th. For more info, including detailed curriculum, speaker bios, and registration information, see: (Fax version:

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Immigration Law News

What Is The Proper Penalty For Failure To Voluntary Depart?
In Velezmoro v. Ashcroft, No. 02-73244 (9th Cir. Apr. 1, 2004), in a case described by the court as presenting a procedural posture which made for a difficult situation was remanded to the BIA under Ventura. In this case, the court said that it recognized that the Plaintiff did not comply with the terms of the grant of voluntary departure and the question before the court was not whether he was to be penalized but how.

DOJ Immigration Litigation Bulletin: March/April 2003
The Department of Justice released the March/April 2003 issue of its publication, Immigration Litigation Bulletin.

Blue Cross Insurance Allows Immigrants To Use Matricular Consular ID To Apply For Health Insurance
The Modesto Bee of Modesto, CA reports "Local Latino leaders are hailing a decision by Blue Cross to allow immigrants to use their Mexican identification cards to apply for health insurance."

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Help Wanted: Experienced Immigration Paralegal
Goel & Associates, P.C. (G&A) , a leading business immigration law firm, seeks an experienced immigration paralegal to join its fast-paced corporate immigration practice located in Greenbelt, MD. Candidates must have at least one year of business immigration experience, ideally with H-1B, L-1, Labor Certification, and I-140/Adjustment of Status cases for clients in the high tech sector. A college degree, excellent communication and organizational skills, knowledge of PC applications, and the ability to work independently are required. We offer an outstanding work environment and an excellent compensation and benefits package, including a business-casual dress policy, health and dental insurance, 401(K), free parking, and more. To apply, please send resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to, or fax to 301-313-0445.

Help Wanted: Experienced Immigration Paralegal
The University of Southern California (USC) seeks to hire a FT experienced immigration paralegal to assist academic, research and service units with the hiring of nonimmigrants for both temporary and career appointments. Minimum Qualifications: Candidates should possess 2+ years experience in a private immigration practice or in an academic setting with immigration related experience. Applicants should have experience in: labor certification applications, immigrant visa petitions including adjustment of status applications and consular processing, and nonimmigrant visa processing (O-1, H-1B, TN). Will manage large caseloads with high degree of independence, interact with USC departments and personnel on a regular basis, and serve as a resource for university faculty and staff. Candidates should also possess excellent writing and communication skills. Working knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and Immigrant Pro or related immigration software is required. Bachelor's degree preferred. Apply online at (submit reference Req. #15453 under Search/Apply). AA/EOE.

Immigration Law Conference
The Center for Migration Studies, in association with the Fordham School of Law will present the 27th Annual National Legal Conference on Immigration and Refugee Policy "Navigating Through the Immigration Labyrinth in Post-9/11 America" on May 25-26, 2004 in New York City. The conference will consist of presentations + Q&A sessions on a wide-range of immigration topics. Immigration professionals, government officials, HR professionals, and non-profit reps should not miss the chance to hear noted experts in the field speak. Participants will have the rare opportunity to interact with key policymakers at this unique international event. Topics will include the transition to the DHS, including the impact of both policy and process, as well as an overview of business, family, and asylum issues facing the immigration law and policy community. For more info, including detailed curriculum, speaker line-up, and registration information, visit:

Help Wanted: Experienced Legal Assistants
Legal Assistants needed for Pederson & Freedman LLP, a small established employee-friendly immigration law firm in downtown Washington, D.C., with a broad based international practice, including J-1 physicians, allied health care workers, consular processing, business and general immigration practice. Large volume of O-1 and EB I cases. Opportunities for travel. The firm seeks experienced individuals with 2+ years experience in the field of immigration. Qualified candidates must have well developed web/computer skills, ability to consistently multitask and the flexibility needed for providing excellence in client service. Excellent oral and written communication skills are required. We offer a competitive salary + benefits package and a chance to enhance your already developed immigration skills. Opportunities for advancement are excellent. Please email resume to Roberta Freedman at: All replies will be held in complete confidence.

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor:
In your editorial comments on 4/12/04 you wrote about the Executive Order sign by Governor Baldacci of Maine and of Florida Governor, Jeb Bush's, support for drivers' licenses for illegal aliens. Yes, our governor has given us the dubious distinction of being the first "sanctuary" state in the country. In doing so he has aroused more interest in the issue than we've been able to do. It also appears that he may have violated at least two, and possible three, sections of Title 8. Sections 1373 and 1644 of Title 8 provide, in brief, that the federal government can't force state and local governments to share information, but those state and local governments and their officers can't legally forbid their employees from sharing information with INS (now DHS). Also, Section 1621 of Title 8 says, in brief, that no public benefits can be provided to illegal aliens by state or local governments, unless the state or local government actually passes a law saying that they want to provide such benefits to illegal aliens. If the Governor's order permits illegal aliens to receive public benefits, it may leave the state and its employees open to legal action. And, by the way, it appears that the effort to provide drivers' licenses to illegal aliens in Florida is dead. Seems there was a lot of opposition to the idea.

John H. Frecker
Baileyville, ME

Dear Editor:
You might be interested in the attached minutes from the February 27, 2004, meeting of the State Bar of Texas Committee on Laws Relating to Immigration & Nationality.

Paul Parsons
Chairman, State Bar of Texas Committee on Laws Relating to Immigration & Nationality

Dear Editor:
My client has been refused bond under Joseph subsequent to ICE's appeal of the IJ's holding in favor of my client. My guy has been in jail for over two years, the last 3 months as a federal detainee. It really scares me that you can win, but potentially stay in jail for many more months while ICE does its thing.

William O. Smith

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