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Immigration Daily February 28, 2007
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Wall Or Wallet

Ruben Navarrette, Jr.'s latest centrist commentary discusses "the built-in tension between the need to control our borders and the profits we reap from keeping it open, between the wall and wallet." For the full editorial, see here.

We welcome readers to share their opinion and ideas with us by writing to


Robert C. Divine And R. Blake Chisam 2006-2007 Edition

Immigration Practice by Robert C. Divine & R. Blake Chisam 2006-2007 Edition is an invaluable supplement to Kurzban's with a different approach. It is also useful to newer practitioners and paralegals in view of its easy to understand and practical style. This new up-to-date reference work is shipping now! For more info, see here.


An Immigration Reform Agenda For The 110th Congress
Dan Stein of Federation for American Immigration Reform writes "The following legislative agenda for the 110th Congress lays out the critical reforms to federal immigration laws and enforcement capabilities needed to redirect US immigration policy and get it back on track."


EOIR Issues Latest Disciplinary Actions
The Executive Office of Immigration Review issued the latest disciplinary actions: (4) attorneys were immediately suspended; (5) received final orders; (1) was reinstated.

2nd Circuit Promulgates Scheduling Immigration Cases On Non-Argument Calendar
The Second Circuit published notice of an interim rule, effective, immediately with invitation for comments to adopt to a permanent rule the automatic scheduling of immigration cases to a non-argument calendar.


Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
San Francisco, CA - USCIS Office of Chief Counsel (OCC) seeks experienced attorney for the position of Associate Regional Counsel, Western Region. Responsibilities include, but not limited to, serving as attorney providing on-site legal advice to local District Office USCIS personnel on issues involving immigration related adjudications, inadmissibility and deportability grounds, and national security. Applicants must possess JD degree, be active bar member, and have at least two (2) years of post JD experience. Applicants must submit resume + writing sample not to exceed 10 pages. Send cover letter, resume, + writing sample to All submissions must be received by close of business Tuesday, March, 6, 2007. GS14-GS15 levels and is open until filled. No relocation reimbursement available. For more info, key in Job Announcement Number: CIS-COU-2007-0002 at

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Chicago, IL - Laner Muchin, one of the nation's oldest labor law firms, seeks experienced immigration attorney with significant employment-based immigration experience, including PERM labor certifications. Laner Muchin successfully recruits quality candidates on a national basis. We provide opportunities to handle challenging responsibilities and exciting projects; have highly competitive salaries and benefits; informal, unpretentious office atmosphere; and demonstrate an excellent record of elevating associates to partnership. Position requires excellent academic credentials, 3+ years substantial experience in all aspects of employment-based immigration and strong case management, communication and writing skills. Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, Korean and/or other foreign language fluency a plus. Ideal candidate must be client-service focused and thrive in a challenging and fast-paced environment of congeniality and respect. Only qualified candidates will be considered. E-mail cover letter + resume to We are an affirmative action/equal employment opportunity employer. Women and minorities encouraged to apply.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegals
Chicago, IL - Laner Muchin, one of the nation's oldest labor law firms, has openings for full-time U.S. immigration paralegals. As part of our philosophy of providing cost effective counsel, whenever legal tasks can be done by a paralegal, the client benefits. Our paralegals have the opportunity to contribute to a growing immigration practice and do challenging work. Ideal candidates must have 1+ years of substantial experience in employment-based immigration, including substantial PERM labor certification experience. Successful candidates must be highly motivated, detailed-oriented and have outstanding communication, case management, computer and people skills. College degree required. Chinese, Korean, Japanese and/or other foreign language fluency a plus. Competitive compensation package + excellent benefits offered. E-mail cover letter and resume to We are an affirmative action/equal employment opportunity employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorneys
Iselin, NJ - Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP, the leading global immigration law firm, seeks associates, with 3+ years of business immigration experience and an interest in Global and International Immigration and Case Management, to work in its International Operations. Candidates must have experience representing multinational corporations (US and foreign), specialized workers and individuals. Must be ambitious and capable of demonstrating excellence in a congenial team environment. Outstanding academic credentials, superlative communication and writing skills are a prerequisite. Multilingual preferred. Fragomen offers a competitive salary and an excellent benefits package. Please send cover letter, resume, law school transcript, + writing sample to EOE.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Arlington, VA - Small, collegial immigration law firm seeks qualified attorney with 2 years+ of solid immigration experience in all phases of immigration practice emphasizing business needs such as H's, L's and labor certifications. Excellent compensation package and competitive benefits offered. Opportunity for partnership within two years of serving as an associate. Candidate must be enthusiastic and possess excellent communication skills (verbal and written). Individual must be a go-getter with the ability to bring in business. Ideal candidate is an individual imbued with professionalism and tempered with compassion. Interested candidates, send resume to Samuel Levine:

Help Wanted: Immigration Professional
Natick, MA - The MathWorks is the leading developer and supplier of software for technical computing and Model-Based Design. Employing more than 1,400 people, The MathWorks was founded in 1984. The company has been profitable every year since its inception and is privately held. We are currently recruiting for an Immigration Specialist. The Immigration Specialisht will oversee our immigration programs and will have the oppportunity to participate in recruiting related programs. Successful candidate will have: proficiency in Microsoft Windows products, 3 yrs. of relevant work experience in immigration or human resources, strong knowledge of immigration law and overall immigration practices, experience managing immigration practices including H-1Bs, F-1s, green cards, etc. For job details (#4736-DC), see here. Interested applicants, send your resume to

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Lead business immigration paralegal wanted for Stamford, CT law firm. Salary commensurate with abilities. Full benefits offered, collegial environment. Must be fully versed in PERM and employment-based visa petitions. Send resume and cover letter to

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Immigration Associate - Buffalo, NY
Danielle Rizzo has joined the Law Offices of James D. Eiss as an associate. She has worked with Mr. Eiss as a paralegal and legal assistant for 6 years and was recently admitted to the NY State Bar. Ms. Rizzo received her BA, summa cum laude, from Houghton College in 2001 and received her JD from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 2006. She has co-authored a number of articles on ILW.COM and for AILA publications. Ms. Rizzo will limit her practice to immigration matters concentrating in business immigration cases. Law Offices of James D. Eiss,


Readers are welcome to share their comments, email: (300-words or fewer preferred). Many letters to the Editor refer to past correspondence, available in our archives.

Dear Editor:
As a former trial attorney, I appeared before Judge Chase on numerous occasions (see 02/27/07 ID comment). His demeanor was always one of professionalism and sympathy for the individual seeking asylum. As a former ADA, it was somewhat humbling to appear in Immigration Court as a Government attorney without a stenographer, court officer or any true codified laws of evidence available. The joke was that hearsay wasn't only allowed, but encouraged. However, Judge Chase and most of the NY IJs conducted themselves in a courtly manner. Dealing with case volume these Judges hear and listening to many lies of asylum seekers, along with much truth is an incredibly hard job. Coupled with dismal court security and no features of a criminal or civil courtroom, IJ's absolutely do the best they can under the circumstances. Judge Chase was always considered more sympathetic to the people seeking asylum and his decency as a human being was certainly evident from the bench. What the Appellate Court should be addressing is the amount of cases IJs hear, the way in which they are heard and move to fix the Immigration Courts. Only allowing hearings if the parties seek them already seems to be a long road to an appeals process by a disenfranchised asylum seeker who speaks little English and got poor legal advice. I already see the headlines and the case backlog when Congress decides that all those who did not have the opportunity for oral argument can retroactively seek one. Think of the Nicaraguan LULAC, I-212, and the Chinese sterilization cases. Judge Chase should not be vilified based on a review of one case of the many of thousands that he has heard. Let the Appellate Judges sit one day in Immigration Court and then let them vilify a decent and hardworking judge.

Lisa Fried Greenberg, Esq.

Dear Editor:
Kim Bilyou's letter (02/27/07 ID) raises a perfectly good point, despite any shortcomings that there may be in her letter's style. Spelling and grammar are not nearly as important as truth and common sense, both of which her letter reflects in abundance. The horrendous waste of money in Iraq and on our other imperial ventures (Afghanistan excepted) is just one more sign that a plutocracy, which President Eisenhower accurately called the military-industrial complex almost 50 years ago, really runs this country. How do they keep the rest of us in line? Easy. Just keep on scapegoating some of the weakest and most vulnerable people in this country. Who might they be? Immigrants with olive skins who speak Spanish will do just fine.

Roger Algase, Esq.
New York, NY

Dear Editor:
I understand the frustration expressed in Kim Bilyou's letter (ID 02/27/07). But what Ms. Bilyou's letter does not seem to understand about our immigration problem is that America is a nation of laws, and illegal aliens break our nation's laws, no matter how well meaning they may be, and only add to the problem of obtaining comprehensive immigration reform. Now, after breaking the law, these illegal aliens want to be rewarded by yet another amnesty, and believe they have a moral right to protest in favor of their cause. The 1986 amnesty, when approximately 3M illegal aliens were made legal, was touted as the beginning of the end to illegal immigration, with employer sanctions implemented as being the stop-all. It made sense - then. But employers largely ignored and disrespected the law, and illegal aliens totally disregarded the law, since it was relatively easy for them to find employment, despite the law. Twenty years later, America finds it has about twelve-million illegal aliens in the US, who are crying for amnesty and compassion, while the Mexican government laughs all the way to the bank. Obviously, this creates huge problems and a backlash from conservatives. There is no doubt America needs immigrant workers, but America does not need, nor can it tolerate illegal workers. There is a difference, and the difference is monumental. Who is to blame that illegal immigration is out of control? Who is to blame that American employers are unable to easily obtain much-needed foreign workers? Congress. The same Congress who, as Ms. Bilyou's letter rightly points out, allocates huge sums of money on "multi-million dollar space shuttles" and to fund the war in Iraq, while at the same time "punishing" not only the "bottom of the barrel", but all Americans.

David D. Murray, Esq.
Newport Beach, CA

Dear Editor:
I wish Immigration Daily would stop publishing letters from illegals. I'm referring to all the bigoted US citizens who write in referring to undocumented immigrants as "illegals." Their hypocrisy knows no bounds. Not a single one of them has not broken the law, by speeding in their SUVs or shaving on their taxes or commiting some other crime in the darkness. They are the real illegals. And their bigotry is a "sin that cries out to Heaven," because protection of the widow, the orphan, and the foreigner is a prime duty laid on everybody by God in hundreds of places in the Bible.

Bruce A. Hake, Esq.
Damascus, MD

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