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Immigration Daily September 16, 2004
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ImmTalk, ImmLog, InfoNet Message Center

The Internet has made available a unique tool to immigration lawyers - a community of immigration lawyers where queries on the law can be posed to fellow professionals. There are two basic versions of this tool - a discussion board and/or a listserv. Think of this tool as something which allows junior attorneys to be mentored by senior attorneys and which allows all attorneys to share practice tips. There are three major attorney-to-attorney groups on the Internet.

  • Immlog: comprised of a group of U.S. immigration attorneys, was created to mentor attorneys, learn from others, and keep the content legal, with the hope of generating more interest and a better understanding of the law.
  • ImmTalk!: an informal forum for immigration lawyers where information, news and views can be exchanged (discusses a broader range of topics than Immlog, including Middle Eastern politics).
  • The Message Center on AILA's InfoNet: communicate with other AILA members on a variety of practice-related issues.
All immigration attorneys should avail themselves of these three critical practice tools.


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:


News From CLINIC's Case Files
The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc.'s Division of Public Education and Advocacy provides examples of vulnerable immigrants and developments that negatively impact the population served by its affiliate agencies.

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Yates Issues Additional Guidance On CSPA
William R. Yates, Associate Director for Operations, USCIS issued additional guidance on the Child Status Protection Act Children of Asylees and Refugees.

EOIR Adopts New Photo Standard
The Executive Office For Immigraiton Review announced that the format requirement for photographs filed with the Immigration Court in conjunction with forms EOIR-40, EOIR-42B, I-485, and I-881 will change effective Monday, October 4, 2004.

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Readers are welcome to share their comments, email: (300-words or fewer preferred).

Dear Editor:
I'm a retired Border Patrol Agent, a union representative for Border Patrol employees, and - yes - one of your "anti-immigrationists", I guess, since I'm opposed to illegal immigration and the present high rates of legal immigration. I agree that some of Asa Hutchinson's statements were "extraordinary". But in spite of what Hutchinson says, we have laws regarding immigration and most Americans want them enforced. The fact that they're not enforced can be traced to big money and politics, not a lack of national "will". We're not going to remove all illegals, but that's where the national debate should focus - who stays and who goes - because some will stay and some must go. I'm "pilloring" (sic) Hutchinson not because of his anti-enforcement views but because of his position. He's supposed to supervise the enforcement of the immigration laws, not dismantle them. If he doesn't wish to perform the duties of his position, he should find employment more in keeping with his views. But, finally, I was stunned by your comment that we "anti-immigrationists" propose "a Gestapo state where the undocumented would be shot on sight". I have often differed with the views of ILW.COM, but they at least seemed rational. That wasn't. Other Patrol Agents and I apprehended thousands of illegal aliens. Some were set up for deportation, some allowed to return voluntarily to Mexico, some released on their own recognizance, etc., but none were "shot on sight". We tried our best to enforce the immigration laws in spite of the obstacles. Your use of the terms "Gestapo state" and "shot on sight" is every bit as inflammatory as the rhetoric used by the extreme "right". Any claim by you to the "moral high-ground" is questionable.

John H. Frecker
Baileyville, ME

Dear Editor:
What Mr. Hutchinson is claiming is that he himself is not willing to enforce immigration laws because of his own beliefs and interests. If I told my boss that, well, I'd be out of a job in an instant. In this case, Mr. Hutchinson's immediate boss is the President who presumably is using his comments as a trial balloon. However, ultimately it is still the American people who have the strongest say in the debate, and they continue to want enforcement of immigration laws, and reject amnesty, no matter how Mr. Hutchinson and his ilk try to persuade them. The "values" Mr. Hutchinson says the American people have include "fair play", and illegal immigration is not "fair play". Mr. Hutchinson knows full well that enforcement works, particularly interior enforcement and actions against employers, which is precisely why he and those who benefit from illegal immigration do not want it. Will it eliminate all illegal aliens? No. But it will induce many to leave if they are not deported. More importantly, it will not act as a spur to future illegal immigration in the way that legalization would. Mr. Bush's guestworker plan is predicated on the ability to enforce its rules and our immigration laws. Mr. Hutchinson is effectively saying is that even were such a plan to be enacted, its provisions couldn't and wouldn't be enforced.

Ali Alexander

Dear Editor:
". . . they have no proposals short of turning America into a Gestapo state where the undocumented would be shot on sight." You don't think that's a little over the top? The debate about immigration is a serious debate, and one in which reasonable people can and should be able to have differing opinions without being personally attacked, and characterized as Nazis shooting whomever they like. The reason statements like that above are so harmful is that 1) they do not address the issue, but assault the person who disagrees with you; 2) they show disrespect to the reader by implying that the reader is not smart enough to know the difference between a valid argument an invalid argument 3) they show distain for the very issue that is being argued about in that you care so little for the topic that you can't even be bothered to make a legitimate argument supporting your position. We are attorneys working in an historic and important field of law, one that has a noble legacy in the United States, it is important that we live up to the high standards that we ourselves have set.

Timothy Redmond, Esq.
Springfield, VA

Dear Editor:
The New Jersey DOL informs that my clients 750 A application was too early, about a month ago. Last year, the clients were left out. We are following through again. Some even had been approved already by the DOL. NJ DOL said to wait till until 4 months prior, which would effectively rule my clients out of their H1B application timeliness. The DOL says too early and the CIS says a cap, it is a trap. Any suggestions?

David Alcantara, Esq.
Atlantic City, NJ


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