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Immigration Daily January 8, 2010
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Championing CIR

Reuters reports that, at the inauguration of his third term, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg pledged to promote CIR. "We're committing what I call national suicide, somehow or other, after 9/11 we went from reaching out and trying to get the best and the brightest to come here, to trying to keep them out. In fact, we do the stupidest thing, we give them educations and then don't give them green cards."

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The Nurse Immigration Book

The table of contents of this definitive work edited by Joseph Curran and Daniel Berger is as follows:

I. FOREWORD: Why A Nurse Immigration Book? By William Stock


  • H-1 Visas For Nurses By Greg Siskind and Esther Fridman
  • TN Status For Nurses By Christopher Wendt
  • Practice Pointers for Presenting TN Applications By Leslie Holman
  • An Outline Of A Typical Nurse Case, Including Consular Processing By Joseph Curran
  • Adjustment Of Status For Professional Nurses By Sylvia Boecker
  • Building International Bridges By Commission On Graduates Of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS International)
  • Tips For Staffing Companies In Planning Their Posting Strategies By Ronald Nair
  • Licensure: US State Licenses For International Nurses By Patrick Curran
  • Immigration Basics For Allied Professional Healthcare Workers By Christopher Musillo
  • Managing Or Achieving Expectations: The Key To Success By Michael Hammond
  • Global Issues In Nurse Recruitment By Joseph Curran
  • The Nurse Shortage: Why It Matters By Carl Shusterman
  • Deadly Consequences: The Hidden Impact Of Americas Nursing Shortage By Stuart Anderson
  • Aiding And Abetting - Nursing Crises At Home And Abroad By Sreekanth Chagaturu and Snigdha Vallabhaneni
  • US Visa Policy Competition For International Scholars, Scientists And Skilled Workers By Phyllis Farrell Norman
  • Better Late Than Never: Workforce Supply Implications Of Later Entry Into Nursing By David Auerbach, Peter Buerhaus and Douglas Staiger
  • The Business Of Nurse Immigration By Mireille Kingma
  • Recruitment Of Workers In The Philippines: Playing Ball With The POEA By Ronald Nair
  • Successful International Nurse Recruiting By C. Philip Slaton
  • Nurse Assimilation By Yvette Mooney
  • Hospitals' Responses To Nurse Staffing Shortages By Jessica May, Gloria Bazzoli and Anneliese Gerland
  • Nurse Perspectives Of The Migration Experience By Mariah Rutherford-Olds
V. AFTERWORD: Musings After 2 Decades In Nurse Immigration By James David Acoba

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Bloggings On Updates In Immigration Law
Carl Shusterman writes "I hope this will inspire the CBP to better train its officers, to treat immigrants with respect and to open the lines of communication with immigration attorneys."

Immigrant Of The Day: Jorge Sactic-Espana (Don Jorge) of Guatemala
Kevin R. Johnson celebrates the achievement of an unusual baker.

Bloggings On Nurse And Allied Health Immigration
Christopher T. Musillo writes "Rep. Gutierrez, who introduced CIR ASAP in December, heads the CHC. His CIR ASAP contains many measures that are friendly to the immigration of healthcare professionals."

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CRS Report On Farm Labor Shortages And Immigration Policy
The Congressional Research Service released its report on "Farm Labor Shortages And Immigration Policy".


Help Wanted - Immigration Paralegals
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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 15, 2010. GS-13/14/15. Position open until filled. No relocation allowance offered.

Translation Services
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I-9 E-Verify Compliance
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Immigration Reform Would Boost US Economy
Conducted by a U.C.L.A. economist and released by the Immigration Policy Center and the Center for American Progress, a nonpartisan research institute based in Washington, the study argues that if comprehensive immigration reform were passed it would result in higher wages, which would lead to a rise in consumption that, in turn, would create more jobs and generate more tax revenue.

An American Dream Gone To Pot
Should legal immigrants be deported for drug possession? The Supreme Court will decide.

General Dynamics Adds New DHS Data Center
General Dynamics has opened a new data center in Colorado to support its work for the Department of Homeland Security.

Bloomberg Vows To Fight For Immigration Reform
Mayor Michael Bloomberg took his oath of office for his third term Friday, and pledged to focus on immigration policy with the same tenacity he had when he took on the campaign against illegal guns during his second term.


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Dear Editor:
My heart goes out to Mexicans, who have been victims of their own country's corrupt government since the time Mexico became a democracy. However, the trailer to the documentary film "The Other Side of Immigration," does little, if anything to further the cause of immigration for anyone. It does draw attention to the reasons poor Mexicans come to the US. The end of the movie trailer a woman says, "... nobody wants to be far away from their family. but the necessity, the circumstances . . ." And a man says, "It is a necessary evil, without this evil we can't survive. Coming to the US an "evil"? Interesting slant. I think this sums up several things, the most outstanding being, (1) Mexicans come north for jobs, not for love of the US; (2) Many illegal Mexican men have no intention of assimilating, intending to return to Mexico one day to be with their families; (3) If US employers would not hire undocumented aliens, they would stop coming; (4) Any immigration reform needs heavy employer sanctions, an employment authorization verification system, and criminal penalties for both undocumented workers and employers. As it is today, the system of illegal immigration is treated with a wink and a nod. Employers know that there is little likelihood of getting caught, and they are correct, unless they are a large employer. Small businesses and households can get away, with impunity - even landscape firms and janitorial services, who routinely hire illegal Mexicans in Southern California - take the ones who work cleaning my office for instance... and the office of every other lawyer, doctor, corporate president, Indian and chief. I will venture to guess even the janitors who clean the Federal Buildings have illegals working for them.

David D. Murray, Esq.
Newport Beach, CA

Dear Editor:
I could not agree more with Roberts' letter's (01/06/10 ID) statement "that citizens and US interests need to be considered over those of migrants." This is what I have been saying all along when I speak of Mixed Status Families that contain US Citizens AND Foreign nationals who are currently separated by draconian provisions of US Immigration Law. There can be no benefit to having a US Citizen Spouse and children forced to live in emotional turmoil and economic deprivation. Reforming our US Immigration Laws to reflect the principals established by often quoted forefathers such as Jefferson who said,"If [God] has made it a law in the nature of man to pursue his own happiness, He has left him free in the choice of place as well as mode, and we may safely call on the whole body of English jurists to produce the map on which nature has traced for each individual the geographical line which she forbids him to cross in pursuit of happiness." The laws which cause extended and unconscionable separation for countless families who are natives of the US are wrong headed and immoral. Jefferson also said ""Questions of natural right are triable by their conformity with the moral sense and reason of man." Everyone knows that it is natural and right for a nuclear family to live in the same country. This neither makes me an "open borders enthusiast nor an advocate of lawlessness, but simply a compassionate pragmatist. I see no benefit to our society in excerbating the misery of families in such situations nor a moral basis for the draconian provisions I continue to advocate against.

Sergi Sheplov

Dear Editor:
Regarding ID comment Trillion Dollar Stimulus (01/07/2010 ID): I am not sure this works. For California is in money trouble, about to go broke and California probably had more immigrates legalized than most states at that time.


Dear Editor:
Responding to (01/07/10 ID) Comment and Letters, the "study" is more of a wish list of mass entry enthusiasts than objective. What would you expect from one named Ral Hinojosa-Ojeda, an associate professor with the radical UCLA Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies? FAIR's Ira Mehlman was correct in saying: "that even with legal status, many immigrants would continue to work in low-wage jobs, meaning their tax revenue wouldn't make much of a difference to the economy. Also, legalization would flood the labor market and drive down wages rather than increase them. They are trying to portray this as an economic shot in the arm but I am not sure the American public is going to buy it." The San Antonio News article on this "study" quoted Rep. Lamar Smith, ranking Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, which has jurisdiction over immigration laws, as saying: "illegal immigrants take jobs from American workers, particularly poor and disadvantaged citizens and legal immigrants. With 15 million Americans out of work, it's hard to believe that anyone would give amnesty to 12 million illegal immigrants and the research actually bolstered the argument by conservatives who oppose legalization for unauthorized immigrant as the jobs illegal immigrants occupy belong to citizens and legal immigrants and even the study admits that the best outcome for American low-skilled workers is the removal of the illegal population." The letter of L. Cogill (01/05/10 ID) describes the kind of family that normally would be quickly welcomed with limited entry policies but becomes lost in the chaos that results from present mass entry and it's apologists. The Algase letter deceptively diverts this deserved blame to anti-immigrant hate, bigots, prejudice, xenophobes and hypocrisy.

Jim Roberts

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