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Immigration Daily May 19, 2004
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Google Toolbar

Following-up on yesterday's comments on the Alexa toolbar, today we offer the most popular alternative to the Alexa toolbar - the Google toolbar. This toolbar is produced by Google, the leading search engine on the Internet. The main advantage of the Google toolbar is that you can perform a Google search from within the toolbar. It offers myriad other features, including:

  • Block popup ads (you can also choose to allow the pop-up)
  • Limit your search results (just Government sites, dictionary, etc)
  • Info option (one-click access to similar pages, links pointing to the page, translation into English, cached page)
For Google search enthusiasts, the Google toolbar does not disappoint. To download the Google toolbar, see here. In the last part of this series on toolbars, we will offer a comparison and commentary on all toolbars including Alexa and Google.


Frustration At USCIS Service Centers

Many of today's frustrations in immigration law practice are with issues connected with USCIS Service Center benefits processing. ILW.COM's new seminar series "Grant Me This Much: Obtaining Immigration Benefits From The USCIS Regional Service Centers" will provide immigration attorneys with the tools necessary to alleviate at least some of these frustrations. The speakers are a mix of government officials and distinguished immigration practioners.

The deadline to register is Tuesday, May 25th. For more info, including detailed curriculum, speaker bios, and registration information, see: (Fax version:

Featured Article

Immigration And Poverty: How Are They Linked?
Jeff Chapman and Jared Bernstein of the Economic Policy Institute write "The growing immigrant share of the US population was neither the sole, nor even the most important, factor in the relatively flat poverty rate from 1989 to 1999; in fact, poverty rates fell faster for immigrants than for natives."

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Immigration Law News

8th Circuit Says AWO Opinion Is Committed To Agency Discretion By Law
In Ngure v. Ashcroft, No. 02-3879 (8th Cir. May 17, 2004), the court said that the determination whether the BIA properly employed its streamlined "affirmance without opinion" procedure with respect to Petitioner's asylum claims was committed to agency discretion and not subject to judicial review. This opinion disagreed in part with earlier opinions on AWO from the 6th Circuit, the 10th Circuit, and the 1st Circuit.

California Governor Schwarzenegger And Immigration
The Los Angeles Times reports "Schwarzenegger has said publicly that he would like as much as $1 billion from Washington to compensate costs related to illegal immigration ... Schwarzenegger has sent a blunt message to the president: If you want the support of Californians in November, then pay up."

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Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Are you looking to join a fast-paced, dynamic and friendly team that provides first-rate immigration legal services to global businesses and individuals? Paparelli & Partners LLP, a leading immigration law firm with an established national practice, located in Irvine, California, has an immediate opening for an experienced Immigration Paralegal fluent in Japanese to work at our office in Irvine, California. If you have what it takes, you will work under the supervision of attorneys to serve multinational companies and high-achiever individuals in both employment-based and family-based immigration-related matters. You will use computer software extensively (research databases, Internet, MS Word, MS Outlook, Excel, ProLaw, Immigration Tracker, Power Point, etc.), and become immersed in cutting-edge immigration projects. Please contact us if you have six months or more of U.S. immigration experience, are a multi-talented, multi-tasker, detail oriented, express yourself well in person and on paper, work well on a team, love challenges, are willing to work hard, have a spotless ethical record and character, have a paralegal certificate or are otherwise qualified as a paralegal under California law. To pursue this exciting opportunity, email your resume to Chris McCoy at For background, see our web site:

Case Management Technology
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Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
We're looking for our next immigration lawyer. We only want someone who is willing to be an entrepreneur and make a bet on their career. Does this interest you? If so, please email Hammond Law Group, LLC with nine attorneys and 25 staff members is one of the ten largest full-scale business immigration law firms in the US. The firm is headquartered in Cincinnati with satellite offices in San Francisco and Seattle. Our client base is wide ranging from Fortune 100 companies to progressive start-ups. Our clients represent a cross range of industries and include those from: information technology, hospitals and other healthcare institutions, financial services, private and public universities, pharmaceutical and scientific research institutions, manufacturing, engineering, telecommunications, restaurants, and re-location.

J-1 Training Visa Sponsor
Discover the ease and flexibility of the J-1 training visa with Aiesec United States. At Aiesec, we provide an unparalleled commitment to customer service, offering 24 to 48 hour turnaround on approved J-1 training visa applications, free consultation on potential training programs and a wealth of information about J-1 training visa regulations. We also offer logistical and cultural reception services in several locations across the country. Our J-1 training visa can be used for individuals to participate in training programs in the following fields: Information Media and Communications, Education, Social Sciences, Library Science, Counseling and Social Services, Management, Business, Commerce and Finance, The Sciences, Engineering, Architecture, Mathematics and Industrial Occupations, Public Administration and Law. You can learn more about Aiesec and the J-1 training visa at or by calling Jim Kelly at (212) 757-3774 ext.222.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
The Law Offices of Bernard P. Wolfsdorf seek to hire an associate attorney with 1-2 years experience in immigration for its Pacific Palisades, CA 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 and maintain client status reports, prepare bills, and serve as a team resource. Applicants should submit resume + cover letter to T.L. Loke Walsh: fax (310) 573-5093; or email

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. Speakers will include Stephen Fischel, Fujie Ohata, Michael Aytes, Lynden Melmed, Harry Sheinfeld, Frank Sharry, Fran Berger, Naomi Schorr, Lory Rosenberg, Thomas Mosely, Lucas Guttentag, Cyrus Mehta, Noemi Masliah, Robert Gottfried, Deborah Anker, Michael Patrick, Don Kerwin, Gemma Solimene, Mark Von Sternberg, Jennifer Gordon, Howard Gordon, Austin Fragomen, Randel Johnson and others. 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. In accordance with the requirements of the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board, the CMS-Fordham conference will offer up to nine non-transitional credit hours which can be credited toward the professional practice requirement. Discounted rates are available for students, nonprofits and government employees. For more info, including detailed curriculum, speaker line-up, and registration information, visit:

Immigration Law Books
Reserve your 2004 copies now. No immigration attorney should be without a complete, up-to-date reference library for all his/her primary resource needs. The 2004 edition of The Whole Act INA, provides annotations, footnotes, editorial notes, updated Topical Index with a separate Index of Appendices, and 49 Appendices, to help both novice and experienced practitioners alike efficiently navigate the complex labryinth of immigration statutes. The 2004 edition of regulations in 2 volumes (both immigration regulations 8 CFR and all immigration-related regulations of the DOL, DOS, and DOJ) includes the latest changes in the regulations + handy and most detailed Topical Indices for each. The 2004 edition of Patel's Citations, covering the history and treatment of all reported administrative precedent decisions under immigration and nationality law, keeps you abreast of the status and standing of all such immigration citations (e.g., reversed, affirmed, modified, followed or not followed, criticized, distinguished, etc.). This entire reference library consisting of the Act, Regulations, and Citations, is an indispensable reference tool that you will reach for day after day. Reserve your 2004 editions now. We offer a 30-day money-back guarantee. If you're not satisfied with your purchase within 30 days of receipt, you can request a full refund - no questions asked. For more information or to reserve your pre-publication advance copies see here.

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor:
An article in The New York Times on May 15, 2004, B1, presented disturbing information about how asylum applicants who were tortured in their home countries have reacted to the Iraq prisoner abuse scandal. The images of American guards inflicting torture on their prisoners has awakened painful memories of their own experiences, and forced them to ask whether America can provide safety and protection for them. An asylee who had been tortured in Cameroon, and who now works with asylum applicants who have suffered torture, reported the anxieties of his clients to doctors at the Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture: They dont feel secure anymore. They ask. Where to go, how can they be safe in the world? Dr. Allen S. Keller, the director of the program at Bellevue Hospital Center, had this to say: There was a sense of horror and disbelief. These are individuals who came to this country seeking safety. We owe it to the torture survivors living in our country not to condone or practice it. A teacher in Minneapolis who had been tortured by Idi Amins Uganda found that the Iraq images brought me back to where I was---the bodies on the floor, the naked bodies. It is difficult to comprehend that that can be done by the United States, because it represents the values that people are looking for---human rights, safety, security. The first reaction is, it cannot be. A Tibetan artist who was horribly tortured by his Chinese captors has not given up on America. He said that he had been shocked by the pictures, and never thought prisoners if war would be treated like that. But he was enormously grateful to Bellevue, and thus to America, for having healed his wounds. His conclusion: I am making art again. And I still believe in America."

Carl R. Baldwin

Dear Editor:
I've been receiving the plain text version of Immigration Daily. I can't find anyplace on the ILW.COM website where I can specify the html version. How do I go about requesting the html version?

Brad Flecke

Editor's Note: The only email version of Immigration Daily available is the plain text version. The html version is only available on our website,

Dear Editor:
We've received many requests as to whether the Alexa toolbar is spyware or not. Well, the Alexa toolbar which is available for download contains spyware agents (it is a MS Internet Explorer key that points to a MS DLL and MS HTML file. This redirects to a page, and that page redirects to the Alexa web site), whereby information about your web surfing is gathered for statistics purposes to fuel the Alexa ranking system. Whether or not the owner ( of Alexa does other things with this information is not known. It seems though, that as long as you don't use the Related Links feature of the toolbar, there is no spying activity.

Jesse Moorman

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