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Immigration Daily January 21, 2010
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Angel Is 100

The San Francisco Chronicle paints a portrait of an immigration landmark. "Today is the 100th anniversary of the U.S. immigration station on Angel Island - a place of hope and despair, and a landmark symbolizing the rich history of immigration in this country."

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US Tax Compliance For Immigrants And Employers: The Lawyer's Complete Guide

Our new book on tax compliance for immigrants and employers authored by noted authority Paula Singer is shipping now. The outline is as follows:

  • International Aspects of Individual U.S. Tax Returns
  • A Guide for Filing IRS Forms 1042 and 1042-S
  • U.S. Taxation of H-1B Specialty Workers
  • U.S. Taxation of B-1 Business Visitors
  • U.S. Taxation of Foreign Students
  • L-1 Intracompany Transferees on U.S. Assignment
  • What You Need to Know About Exchange Visitors
  • J-1 Nonstudent Exchange Visitors Performing U.S. Services
  • Tax Treaty Benefits for Foreign Nationals Performing U.S. Services
  • Appendix includes Treaties/Agreements and Sample Letters
  • CD-ROM includes 50+ IRS Forms, 16 IRS Publications, useful web links
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Bloggings On Updates In Immigration Law
Carl Shusterman writes "I recommend that we consider piecemeal reforms in 2010, and reassess the situation in 2011."

Immigrant Of The Day: Rich Little of Canada
Kevin R. Johnson celebrates the achievement of an impressive impressionist. To submit an Article for consideration, write to


DHS Publishes Haiti TPS Notice
DHS published a notice in the Federal Register announcing designation of Haiti for temporary protected status (TPS) for a period of 18 months.


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 -

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Credential Evaluation And Translation
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Massachusetts Election: Death Knell For Immigration Reform?
Tuesday's historic election in Massachusetts could spell trouble for Democrats, but advocates of immigration reform say it's not over yet.

Vows To Move Fast For Haitian Immigrants In US
Clutching their passports and well-thumbed documents, hundreds of illegal Haitian immigrants crowded into a Roman Catholic church here on Wednesday to seek help in applying for a program that would allow them to stay and work legally in the United States for 18 months.

Angel Island's History Offers Lessons On Immigration Policy
The immigrant station's past underscores America's contradictory approach to immigration: The U.S. welcomes the 'huddled masses yearning to be free' even as it unfairly detains and deports newcomers.

Lost In America
A writer recalls a Las Vegas family ripped apart by the immigration system - and, ultimately, violence


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New Appointment
Nikki Mehrpoo Jacobson has been appointed Chair of the Beverly Hills Bar Association's Immigration Law Committee. Ms. Mehrpoo Jacobson is a founding partner of the Los Angeles, California law firm Jacobson and Han LLP


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Dear Editor:
Regarding Leo Van Randall Jr.'s letter (01/20/10 ID) asking how the immigration system is broken and why not just enforce the laws we have, the immigration system is broken because the system no longer provides reasonable results, so merely enforcing the laws more strenuously does nothing but make the problem worse. Our current system fails because the numbers of visas significantly trail the demand, preventing people that we want to have in this country from being able to legally come and stay here. Is there any reason a physician from India or an engineer from China should wait 8 -10 years to become a legal permanent resident, with another 5+ years to become a citizen? Those who entered via fraud or deceit, or have committed serious crimes while here, should be removed. However, many otherwise law-abiding people fall out of legal status because of mistake, confusion, or bad advice. Unfortunately, the current law treats everyone the same, with the only "remedy" of "leave the country." Finally, the immigration system is broken because the laws are so complex that even the government does not know the rules. For example, is someone in the US with a pending I-485 but an expired I-94 allowed to be here? USCIS says the person is here legally, but CBP and ICE say the person is removable from the country. In these kinds of situations, there is no way to follow the law since no one can even agree to what the law is. Additional piecemeal fixes to the immigration system are doomed to failure. We must have an approach that makes it easier for beneficial people to come and stay in the country, while at the same time making the system more straightforward so that everyone can understand and follow the rules.

Scott T. Decker, Esq.
Albany, NY

Dear Editor:
As usual, the American government can never seem to find a middle way in the current immigration debate. We can of course use all the educated, entrepreneurial, English-speaking immigrants we can get. What we do not need are hordes of illiterate 3d World "bottom feeders" who, especially in the case of the Mexicans, make no attempt to learn English or become Americans, and indeed come here with the intent of "Mexicanizing" as much of the country as possible. No other immigrant group has done that nor does any other immigrant group today intend that. The logical solution? Do everything to encourage the educated and potential contributors to immigrate and ease their entrance as much as possible. Halt all immigration from Mexico and Latin America except for those persons with the former qualifications and ban completely all immigration of Muslims from whichever country on grounds of national security. Simple. Of course the pro-immigration crowd, who somehow have the belief that foreigners have a "right" to come into the US and the PC "nazis", who are obsessed with never offending anyone, would resist any such logic.

Donald Miller

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