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Immigration Daily September 13, 2004
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Deadline For Removal Seminar Is Tuesday, September 14th

Lory Rosenberg will lead the discussion for "The Three Rs: Removal, Relief and Review" a 3-part telephonic seminar series. Removal is unique in immigration law practice for the following reasons:

  • Intellectually challenging area of immigration law
  • The only major area of immigration law where immigration law firm business increased in the last two years
  • Opportunity to make a significant difference in a human life and a family's future
The deadline to register is Tuesday, September 14th. For more info, detailed curriculum, speaker bios, and registration information, see: (Fax version:


Preparing For PERM With Joel Stewart

The curriculum for "Preparing For PERM With Joel Stewart" is as follows:

FIRST Phone Session on September 30th: Current issues including Backlog Reduction Centers
  • National and Regional Backlogs
  • Doctrine of Backlog Reduction: Myth or Reality?
  • Analysis of the Backlog Reduction Rule
  • Telephonic Tour of Philadelphia and Dallas Centers
  • Major Current Issues in Labor Cert Processing
  • Practice Pointers: Recruitment and Documentary Requirements
SECOND Phone Session on October 21st: Appellate issues
  • General Characteristics of Notice of Findings and Final Determinations
  • Reconsideration of Final Determinations
  • Appeal of Final Determinations to BALCA
  • Federal Court litigation: formulating a Strategy that works for clients
  • Jurisdictional issues
  • Challenging The Regs
THIRD Phone Session on November 4th: PERM issues
  • Implementation of PERM
  • Simultaneous Processing, Withdrawals, Priority Dates, & Substitutions
  • Advantages and Disadvantages of PERM
  • Practical Tips on Processing PERM
  • DOL Audits - what can Employers expect
  • Role of SWA in PERM, Backlog Reduction, and other Pipeline Cases
The deadline to register is Tuesday, September 28th. For more info, detailed curriculum, speaker bios, and registration information, see: (Fax version:


Asylum Resource Series: Guatemala
USCIS Asylum Resource Information Center offers asylum information on Guatemala.

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Habeas Jurisdiction Exists For Collateral Attack On Underlying Removal Order
In Arreola-Arreola v. Ashcroft, No. 01-71596 (9th Cir. Sept. 8, 2004), the court said that habeas jurisdiction existed for the district court to review Petitioner's collateral attack on his removal order.

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Readers are welcome to share their comments, email: (275-words or fewer preferred).

Dear Editor:
Recently, I applied for an I-90, Replacement card on CIS web site through E-filing. After going through the application, at the end after giving the CIS my visa card number, the site instructs applicants to press finish, and then is suppoosed to generate a receipt, and application forms in order to secure an appointment at a ASC office. Well we did that, but after pressing finish no receipt or application were generated, so, we hit the finish botton again, and again. to our demise we found out the our visa card is being chraged a fee of $185.00 by each press of the finish botton. We then called the CIS customer line, but we are told that even though the system did not generate a receipt or application, at their end multiple filings were completed and thus they will not refund the multiple fees. Why don't they have a mechanism for cancelling an application when the forms are not generated, or for a refund of the multiple fees when that is brought to their atention? Isn't this unfair to immigrants?, and isn't this a clear case information superhighway rubbery of the applicants? when the problem is with the CIS web site?

Multiply charged paralegal

Dear Editor:
Assuming the slogan follows or is written under "Immigration Daily", how about any of these: (1) "Policy and Practice Informing the Immigration Law Community" (2)"Informing the Immigration Law Community" (3)"Policy and Practice Today" (4)"Updating the Immigration Law Community" (5)"Policy and Practice for the Immigration Law Community" (6)"Keeping immigration law professionals on top of the world" (7)"On top of the world" (8)"'Then they came for me'" - why we are all in this together" (*Reverend Martin Niemoller, anti-Nazi minister during WW II) (9)"A global universe - we are all in this together". Or any combination of the above.

Name Withheld Upon Request

Dear Editor:
In response to your request for a is mine. "Remember, remember always, that all of us... are descended from immigrants and revolutionists." Franklin D. Roosevelt. Thank you for providing such a great link into the immigration world. Keep up the good work.

Consuegra, Norelys (Reed)

Dear Editor:
I don't have any suggestions for the Immigration Daily slogan/quote. However, a quote of the day/week might be a nice addition to Immigration Daily. You could quote jaw dropping statements from the right and inspiring statements from the left, e.g., David Cole: "...What we permit the government to do to foreign nationals in the name of security is virtually inevitably a precursor for what will be done to citizens later."

Name Withheld Upon Request

Dear Editor:
Where are these paralegals located and where were they when I was looking (with great difficulty) to hire.


Dear Editor:
I would like to respond to the two very experienced paralegals who are unable to find work. First of all, I would like to know where you are located - that could be a factor. Secondly, I would like to tell you to take heart. I know someone with over 15 years of experience who was recently well received by a large firm. Your assumption that most small firms fear they couldn't afford you may be correct. Also, some firms want a paralegal that they can mold to their way of doing things. Other attorneys may feel threatened by paralegals with more experience than they have. I think you should look at large, full-service law firms with immigration departments where they actually need people who can work autonomously. I know you said you didn't want big money, but why not - you've paid your dues. The other advice I have for you is that you need to be willing to take risks and make leaps. You may be able to work in a corporation as an in-house preparer, or as a consultant of some sort. Maybe you have to market yourself differently, call yourself a specialist instead of a paralegal. You may also need to address the "overqualified" issue in your cover letter so that you can at least get an interview to prove yourself. Lastly, look at who you've worked for. You will often be judged based on the caliber of the attorneys for whom you have worked, for better or worse. If they are well-positioned they should be able to help you by talking to their colleagues.


Dear Editor:
Who would you consider an "anti-immigrationist"? Someone who proposed a "temporary worker" program requiring "guest workers" to return to their country after 3 years? Bush does. Someone who knows that the current backlog for green cards numbers several million and that adding yet another legalization program will further delay by years processing for those already in the queue? Bush does. Someone who knows that without enforcement of our immigration laws, we will continue to have massive illegal immigration, which harms not only citizens but LPRs, who must compete for fewer jobs with ever increasing numbers of immigrants, and see wages remain stagnant. That our August employment number of 144,000 new jobs, a recent high, is below the 150,000 needed just to keep up with population growth, much less to put the unemployed millions back to work. Bush does. Someone who denies that the fundamental immigration system needs overhauling rather than patchwork quick fixes which only make matters worse? Bush does. Or, someone who believes that immigrants should be welcomed, as long as U.S. citizens do not need to subsidize their presence. That immigration should be legal and orderly, and that the responsibility for the immigrant's well-being should lie with himself and his sponsor, be it his family or employer. I do.

Ali Alexander

Dear Editor:
Since there are an inordinate number of Jewish attorneys who practice immigration law and deportation defense, how can you have the final "Three R's of Removal" seminar on a Jewish holiday? Would you have scheduled it on a non-Jewish holiday, like Christmas?

Mike Mehr

Editor's Note: ILW.COM observes all federal holidays. We do not intend any offense to followers of any faith in choosing seminar dates. For a variety of reasons (most often client commitments and court dates) attorneys frequently find that a specific seminar date is inconvenient. In those cases, we make available audio tapes to seminar registrants and forward questions, if any, to the panelists.


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