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Immigration Daily January 6, 2010
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Today Is Deadline For Proactive Lawyering

Wednesday, January 6th is the deadline for the Thursday, January 7th phone session of "Consular Processing For Beginners" with speakers Brian Bolton (discussion leader), Shanni Alexandrovitz, Maria Lianides Celebi, Magdale Labbe Henke, Farshad Owji, Joan Squires-Lind, Liam Schwartz, Nita Upadhye And Other Speakers To Be Announced. The curriculum is as follows:

  • How to avoid surprise delays/denials
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  • How to overcome issues of inadmissibility
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Canadian Government Creates Faster Credential Recognition Process For Immigrants
David Cohen writes "Under this new program, internationally-trained workers in professions such as nursing, engineering and architecture will find out within one year whether their credentials will be recognized in Canada."

Immigrants And The Economy
David Dyssegaard Kallick, et al. for the Fiscal Policy Institute write "This report examines the economic role of immigrants in the 25 largest metropolitan areas in the United States. The results are clear: immigrants contribute to the economy in direct relation to their share of the population."

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CRS Report On Cuban Migration
The Congressional Research Service released its report on "Cuban Migration to the United States: Policy and Trends".


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Help Wanted - Immigration Attorneys
Washington, DC - USCIS Office of the Chief Counsel (OCC) seeks experienced attorneys with 3+ years demonstrated experience in immigration law for the Transformation Division. Serve as advisor to the Special Counsel for Transformation, Chief of the Adjudications Law Division, the Chief Counsel, and to Transformation Integrated Product Teams on issues relating to U.S. immigration laws. J.D. degree, active bar membership, 3+ years of post-J.D. experience required. This job is being filled by an alternative hiring process and is not in the competitive civil service. For full details enter COU-CIS-2009-0011 here. Applicants must submit (1) writing sample (10 pps. max) (2) resume (3) cover letter, to All submissions must be received by 5pm EST January 8, 2010. GS-13/14/15. Position open until filled. No relocation allowance offered.

Help Wanted - Immigration Attorney
Los Angeles, CA - USCIS Office of the Chief Counsel (OCC) seeks experienced attorney for the position of Associate Regional Counsel, USCIS OCC, 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. J.D. degree, active bar membership, 2+ years of post-J.D. experience required. For full details enter COU-CIS-2009-0010 here. Applicants must submit (1) writing sample (10 pps. max) (2) resume (3) cover letter, to All submissions must be received by close of business on January 8, 2010. GS-13/14/15. Position open until filled. No relocation allowance offered.

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Immigration's New Year
The quest for overhauling immigration received two very welcome lifts on New Year's Day.

Illinois Senate Candidates Say Little On Immigration
Illinois politicians and activists have helped shape the national Immigration debate, but those vying for President Barack Obama's former U.S. Senate seat had little of substance to say when asked about the issue recently by The Associated Press.

Too Many Dying Along The Border
The Border Patrol's Tucson Sector reports that the bodies of 208 border crossers were found in fiscal 2009. That was up from 171 in fiscal 2008.

Trying To Build Bonds With Immigrant Stories
"Whenever we see our brothers and sisters being treated wrongly," Mr. Johnson said in an interview, "it's incumbent on us to raise our voices. For those of us who've been involved in the struggle and have gained benefits from that struggle, we feel it's right to pass the benefits along."


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Immigration Event - Washinton, DC
January 12 - The USCIS Office of Public Engagement has issued an invitation to a collaboration session to discuss issues related to the unauthorized practice of law and ineffective assistance of counsel. Venue: Tomich Conference Center, 111 Massachusetts Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC at 2:00 4:00 pm.


Readers can share comments, email: (up to 300-words). Past correspondence is available in our archives

Dear Editor:
The letters of Linda Cogill, Bob and C. McGinnis (01/05/10 ID) all show from various angles how strong the bias of American officialdom is against legal immigrants. Not only our horrendous detention centers, but our entire immigration system is a national disgrace. This is especially true now, when all immigrants, not just illegals, are being made scapegoats for home grown American economic problems. This is destructive and self-defeating. If the Department of Homeland Security were not so obsessed with going after employers who might have accidentally checked the wrong box on an I-9 form, it might have been able to find at least one staff member to assign to checking out the background of the Christmas day terrorist before he was allowed on a US- bound plane. And if the State Department were not wasting its time denying a visa because a fiance could not remember a detail about her intended spouse from 15 years before, it might also be more effective in locating terrorists. People who have never done this country any harm languish in unspeakably awful immigration jails, while the real dangers to this country remain at large. The mistake is in thinking that all we need to do is kick out 12 million Hispanics and then the "good" immigrants will all get their visas. That will never happen, because the same kind of prejudice that is calling for mass expulsion of illegal Latinos is also trying to slam the gates against the more "desirable", "qualified" or "assimilable" would-be legal immigrants from many parts of the world. Hatred and xenophobia do not distinguish between legal and illegal, educated and unskilled, rich and poor, immigrants.

Roger Algase, Esq.
New York, NY

Dear Editor:
Regarding the Letters of (01/04/10 ID) and (01/05/10 ID), the narrow and slanted focus of entry enthusiasts is painfully obvious which ignores that migration to the US is an enormous subject and affects nearly every aspect of our national life and that citizens and US interests need to be considered over those of migrants. Bob's letter complains that entry is, "difficult, expensive, complex, and often impossible to get a Visa" as if entrants have a right that entry is easy, free, simple and available on demand. The fact is that entry has been too easy with lax enforcement and much fraud which has resulted in more entry than most nations. Isreal has never had an airline bombing because of effective controls but we just avoided this by allowing a visa to a terrorist who out of shear luck, couldn't pull it off. All potential entrants are not gifted geniuses but most will work for less pay. Letters of RA and HP covet the numbers of the Mexican invasion while S. Sheplov, despite the true accounts of D. Murray, minimizes the need for assimilation and ignores the numbers and in the past has endorsed "Occupied America". This radical, racist book is used in "Raza Studies" in SW schools, urges ReConquista and portrays US as evil. Page 167 bans all "gringos" and on page 323 to kill them. Better reading is: Robert Locke's "Close The Borders", Roger McGrath's "Mexico Comes to California", Jared Taylor's "The Myth of Diversity", Larry Auster's "The Path To National Suicide", Peter Brimelow's "Alien Nation". Roy Beck's"The Case Against Immigration", Victor Davis Hanson's "Mexifornia: A State of Becoming", Mark Krikorian's "The New Case Against Immigration: Both Legal and Illegal" or Otis Graham's "Immigration Reform And America's Unchosen Future". America is not the refugee, job or migrant center for the world.

Jim Roberts

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