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Immigration Daily June 10, 2004
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Today's Immigration Daily issue offers a medley of items, including: a USCIS announcement on its observance of National Mourning Day for President Reagan, a White House press briefing and Q&A session on immigration-related international travel issues, 4 classifieds, and 2 letters to the Editor. See below to find the item(s) of interest to you.


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USCIS Announces Closing Of USCIS HQ And Field Offices On June 11th
The USCIS announced that USCIS HQ and field offices will be closed on Friday, June 11, 2004 in observance of National Day of Mourning for President Reagan.

Senior White House Officials Respond To Queries On Visa Screening Procedures
During a press briefing on international travel, senior administration officials responded to the question, "Is there a protocol in place right now specifically barring the use of political affiliation and/or race and ethnicity as identifying characteristics in their screening?"

DHS Pilot Program Offers Undocumented Mexicans Option To Repatriate Back To Their Hometowns, Not Just At Border
The Los Angeles Times reports US and Mexican officials said, "The Bush administration and Mexico have worked out a plan to return migrants caught illegally crossing the Arizona border back to their hometowns in the country's interior."

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Help Wanted: Experienced Paralegal
INSZoom, a pioneer in immigration software solutions, seeks an experienced Paralegal as Customer Care Executive for our office in San Ramon, CA. You should be well versed with preparation of different types of employment and family based petitions using an automated tool. A natural presenter, you will take ownership of product training and customer support functions. Responsibilities include: onsite and telephonic training of INSZoom applications, configuring knowledgebase; and resolution of difficulties faced by clients in using the software. Gaining customer feedback to enable improvement in the product will be an important aspect of this job. Preference will be given to candidates with INSZoom experience. If you meet the above qualifications and are excited with the prospect of working with INSZoom, please send your detailed profile + salary expectations to

Help Wanted: Experienced Attorney
INSZoom, an immigration software solutions provider that grew 300% last year, seeks an experienced Attorney as Product Specialist for its US Immigration Edition. Innovation has made us a leader today, and you will help maintain INSZoom in the frontrunner position with your deep understanding of legal regulations, processes, workflow and bottlenecks in the U.S. immigration law practice. A natural leader, you will take ownership of strategic product planning & continuously strive to enrich INSZoom's user experience. Responsibilities include: keeping pace with ever-changing immigration regulations, envisaging and planning tomorrows product needs, participating in industry events to promote INSZoom and gain customer feedback. If you are a responsible and committed self-starter who loves to work with technology/systems, you are the Attorney we are looking for. This position will be based in San Ramon, CA. Preference will be given to candidates with INSZoom experience. To be part of our growing family, please send your detailed profile + salary expectations to

Help Wanted: Experienced Immigration Paralegal/Legal Assistant
Small Wall Street immigration practice seeks paralegal/legal assistant with 2+ years of experience with employment-based immigration. Candidates should also have working knowledge of family-based applications and naturalization petitions. Must have BA degree as well as excellent research, writing, communication and case management skills. Salary based on experience. Submit resume + cover letter to Lynne R. Newkofsky, Esq.:

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegals
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Letters to the Editor

Readers are welcome to share their comments, email:

Dear Editor:
Your editorial equating Reagan's shining hill speech to "famous words on immigration" as if the former President intended these idealistic words from his 1989 farewell speech to be every day entry policy, is misleading. He was obviously waxing eloquent on this occasion, using poetic license, particularly with "the doors are open to anyone" comment. Emma Lazarus did the same thing in her heart touching sonnet, The New Colossus, with: "Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free," Neither of these were intended or can be the realistic basis for immigration policy. Similar comments can and have been made about our US highway systems as being the best in the world where citizens can freely drive. This does not mean that both highways and immigration policies should not be subject to practical limitations and regulations including the removal of those there unlawfully and those not abiding reasonable restrictions for the public safely. Our borders are our collective property rights defining the sovereignty of our nation. Those who violate our borders and/or immigration policies have violated our laws and the various amnesty proposals some are trying to pass violate the rule of law. It is a poor precedent (pun intended) as is allowing Mexican trucks here. You could have used Reagan's more practical comment: "This country has lost control of its borders. And no country can sustain that kind of position." Regarding your June 4th editorial comment on Gary Endelman's collection of essays, he is to be commended for his belief that policy "should be based on whether immigration is good for America, not on whether immigration is good for immigrants." Unlimited and/or excessive immigration is not good for America, only reasonable, limited, controlled and allocated entry policies will protect and benefit US.

R. L. Ranger

Dear Editor:
This is in response to Attorney Murray's letter to the Editor. Esquire Murray's advice is right on the money, except "getting what you pay for" just doesn't cut the mustard. True, you guys do have the secret handshake which opens doors to the black sucking hole known as the immigration system, akin to galaxies far, far away. To many of us highly educated, system-seasoned folks, it seems obvious that the endless forms & fees are intentionally flawed so you can't pass "go." Even the average "Joe" doesn't stand a chance. It's social Darwinism. Yep, it's true that a seasoned lawyer can muddle through the endless comedy of errors in "the system." But, there's a heck of a lot of lawyers who aren't abreast of the laws and end up costing their clients big bucks; try 30K plus. In our 8 year process, we've had 3 attorneys, ranging from your local boy to the high-end beauty. Each one dropped the ball one way or another. We're the ones who paid big bucks to fix their mistakes, not them. And as a result of bad legal advice, we've lost good paying job opportunities, had unnecessary stress added to our lives and marriages, been treated like insects from the Congressional folks, and often felt like throwing in the towel. We're at the mercy of you legal folks and of course, those well-meaning "authorities" at USCIS. We've spent our entire savings on flawed legal advice. Is there a lemon-law for lawyers? Calling the Bar Association gets us pretty much nowhere except to the back of the bus. In retrospect, I just wish we lived in California and had the benefit of such good and accurate legal advice. Good for your clients! Do us all a favor and open up shop in the rest of the U.S. so us poor trusting believers don't get the shaft anymore (respectfully speaking, of course).


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