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Immigration Daily January 13, 2010
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Haiti Immigration Relief Seminar

The Haitian earthquake is probably the worst catastrophe that any of our neighbors have suffered since the founding of our Republic. We Americans should do everything in our power to assist Haiti at this time of need. On the immigration law front, we must grant TPS (Temporary Protected Status) on an expedited basis to all Haitians in the US for a period of five years. Senator Gillibrand of New York,joined by Congressional Representatives from Florida have already called for TPS for Haitians.

ILW.COM will be holding a not-for-profit three-session seminar "Haiti Immigration Relief" with Greg Siskind, Ira Kurzban and other speakers to be announced. The first session will be on Wednesday, January 27th. All the net proceeds from this not-for-profit seminar will be donated to the Institute of Justice and Democracy in Haiti. See here for more info and to sign up.

We urge you to look up this Wikipedia link listing all the natural disasters in recorded history by death toll, to grasp the magnitude of the disaster that has befallen our neighbor to the Southeast. It appears that more than 1% of the population of that country has been killed, and our long relationship with Haiti compels us to respond to this disaster. Immigration relief will likely be one of the most important long-term modes of help that we can offer, and in that sense, the immigration bar will be front-and-center here unlike other recent misfortunes such as the Tsunami, etc. We urge members of the immigration bar, especially those serving the Haitian community in the US, to rise to this occasion.

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Today Is Deadline For PERM Compliance

Wednesday, January 13th is the deadline for the Thursday January 14th phone session of "Employer Compliance For Beginners" with speakers Maggie Murphy (discussion leader), Robert Nadalin, Donald E. Smith, William Stock, Steve Thal, Roger Tsai, Robert White and Other Speakers To Be Announced. The curriculum is as follows:

  • How to proactively plan for a PERM audit - maintaining required documentation and ensuring compliance with recruitment requirements
  • Don't miss the deadline! Key timing considerations for PERM cases
  • Dealing with a PERM audit - Audit triggers, employer responsibilities, and the risk of supervised recruitment
Wednesday, January 13th is the deadline to sign up. For more info, including speaker bios, detailed curriculum, and registration information, please see: Online: Fax form: Don't delay, sign up today.


Law Library Of Congress Global Legal Monitor: Immigration And Nationality Law: July 2008 Issue 7 G.L.M. 2008
Rubens Medina, Law Librarian of Congress Rubens Medina, Law Librarian of Congress tracks immigration-related legal developments around the world.

Deciphering The Mohammed Trial
George Friedman writes "International law must therefore either reaffirm the doctrine that combatants who do not distinguish themselves from noncombatants are not due the protections of international law, or it must clearly define what those protections are. Otherwise, international law discredits itself."

Immigrant Of The Week: Ting Xu
Greg Siskind writes "Popular Science recently ran its 8th Annual Brilliant 10 list of the nation's most promising young scientists. And once again, several of them are immigrants helping to keep America in the forefront of innovation."

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DHS Halts Removals To Haiti
Deputy Press Secretary Matt Chandler announced that "Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Assistant Secretary John Morton today halted all removals to Haiti for the time being in response to the devastation caused by yesterday's earthquake."

Neufeld Memo On Employer-Employee Relationship For H-1B Petitions
Donald Neufeld, USCIS Associate Director of Service Center Operations, published a memo providing guidance, in the context of H-1B-petitions, on the requirement that a petitioner establish that an employer-employee relationship exists and will continue to exist with the beneficiary throughout the duration of the requested H-1B validity period.

CIS Ombudsman Releases Adoptions QAs
CIS Ombudsman released the questions and corresponding answers discussed during the November 17, 2009 teleconference on adoptions.


Help Wanted - Immigration Paralegals
Reston, VA - Goel & Anderson, LLC, a prominent business immigration law firm, has challenging, rewarding, and stable career opportunities for immigration professionals. Due to the sustained growth of our practice, we currently have multiple openings for experienced corporate immigration paralegals. 3+ years of business immigration experience (NIV and IV) with top-tier immigration practice or in-house corporate immigration department desired. Experience with corporate immigration compliance and/or global immigration matters is a plus. Extensive client contact involved. Undergraduate degree, excellent organizational and communication skills (both written and oral), and the ability to work independently in fast paced environment required. Goel & Anderson offers highly competitive salaries + outstanding benefits. Qualified candidates invited to apply with resume + cover letter to All submissions kept strictly confidential. No phone calls please.

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.

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E-3 Treaty Visa
Job Expo Australia - Sydney in March 2010 - Melbourne in October 2010. Hire Australians using the E-3 Treaty Visa. It is good business to hire Australia's robust, educated and English-speaking job seekers. Employers happily find that Australians do not have the cultural assimilation or English language challenges of many workers from other countries. Can't make the Expo - utilize our Rsum Service. The Icon Group of Poulsbo, Washington USA produces Job Expo Australia. Icon has been producing world class international job expos for 12-years. Excellent, high profile, Sponsorship opportunities are available that will bring you to the attention of job seekers before and during the Expo! Outstanding hotel and airline discounts welcome you. Visit our website at Contact us at Australia(at) with your questions and requirements. Now is the time to plan and reserve your 2010 job fair participation. A portion of the Expo proceeds will benefit The Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve - Australia Zoo. Review the National Press Release -


Corzine Forms Immigrant Commission
Governor Corzine announced Tuesday the creation of a commission to integrate immigrants - legal and illegal - into "the economic, social and civic fabric" of New Jersey.

Detroit Hearing Pushes US Immigration Law Overhaul
Backers of the Obama administration's promise to overhaul U.S. immigration laws are holding a town hall meeting at a Detroit church.

The Catholic Case For Immigration Reform
A case in point is the response to an initiative by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops calling for a "humane and comprehensive solution to the problems which beset our immigration system."

Georgia Activists Kick Off Push For Immigration Reform
Immigration activists in Georgia have kicked off a week of activities to signal the start of a concentrated push for immigration reform.


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Immigration Event
January 27 - This month's CIS Ombudsman teleconference, entitled "USCIS' Website - How Is It Working for You?" will be held at 2:00 -3:00 p.m. EDT. For more info and to rsvp email


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

Dear Editor:
Regarding ID Comment (01/12/10 ID), "Train to Nowhere: Inside an Immigrant Death Investigation" highlights the law and order issue that most plagues our country because of our large population of illegal aliens and causes us to ignore our far more important (and beneficial) population of legal immigrants. When so many illegal immigrants are here with an only quasi rights bearing status, their communities become incubators for crime because they feel they have no recourse to protection from it. Were they either legalized or replaced by an overwhelmingly legal population of immigrants, the effect of cultural distrust of police so visible in Mexico and other illegal immigration feeders would be mitigated as immigrants more rapidly integrated into the dominant American culture. Their helot like status causes problems beyond the already low social status. I reiterate that our incentives for immigrants are all wrong and that our comparatively large population of low skilled illegal immigrants undermines support for immigration generally. Our immigration dysfunction is twofold. With present enforcement methods, it is very difficult to further chase out illegals and with present immigration law it is more difficult to enter legally than illegally, even if one marries an American. Both prongs of our problem need attention, but neither aspect of our immigration problem gets it in Washington. Points based immigration systems, biometric identification, using all arms of law enforcement and the regulatory state to enforce immigration laws, streamlining immigration applications, subsidizing the exit of illegal immigrants in return for incentives, making illegals pay a penalty to remain and come out of the shadows, proposals to better assimilate those already here and almost any serious effort to remedy the imbalance in incentives is gone from the discussion of almost any bill in D.C. right now.

Honza Prchal, Esq.
Birmingham, AL

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