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Immigration Daily January 29, 2010
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Maintaining Balance features the thoughts of a solo practitioner and his efforts to maintain balance while growing a solo practice. To read the story in full, see here.

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The I-140 Book

ILW.COM is pleased to announce the forthcoming publication of a unique first-of-its-kind book on the I-140 process. The creation of veteran practitioner (and prolific author) Herbert A. Weiss, this book will be going to press soon. Pre-publication orders will be shipped first, as soon as the book rolls of the presses. For more information on this intriguing new title, see here. For a pdf version of the info, see here.


A Problematic Memorandum On Third-Party Placements
Sherry Neal writes "There is serious concern that adjudicators will rely heavily on the memorandum and adjudicate all "third-party placement/body shop" arrangements as not acceptable for H-1b purposes."

Bloggings On Dysfunctional Government
Angelo A. Paparelli writes "Something happened this week, however, to remind me that the spirit of Sam [Williamson] still exists and shines brightly in AILA."

Bloggings On The H-1B Visa
Anthony F. Siliato and Scott R. Malyk ask "Is it Time for H-1B Protectionist Restrictions Applicable To TARP Recipients To Come To An End?"

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USCIS Releases Jan National Stakeholder Meeting Minutes
USCIS released the January 26, 2010 National Stakeholders Meeting Questions and Answers.

DHS Deploys 49 Personnel To Oversee PreDeparture ID Verification In Haiti Recovery Efforts
DHS continues to support U.S. government efforts led by the US Agency for International Development and the State Department by deploying more than 1,000 personnel to provide operational and humanitarian assistance in Haiti following the Jan. 12 earthquake.

USCIS and Los Angeles Announce Immigrant Integration Partnership
USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced a new partnership to strengthen immigrant integration efforts in Los Angeles through proactive citizenship awareness, education, and outreach activities.


Translation Services
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New Mass. Sen. Brown hires Kennedy #immigration staffer Maybe Sen. Brown is Republican 4 #CIR?

Just added myself to the twitter directory under: #newspaper #immigration #immigrationattorney #immigrationlaw #greenca

Antis fear #DREAMACT will pass late in 2010 #immigration

Antis crow about Obama rhetoric in #sotu

Schumer Hints No Republicans On Board On #CIR #immigration


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Immigration Event - Los Angeles, CA
USCIS is pleased to announce a free citizenship information session and naturalization workshop on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2010, 9-11 AM at Felicitas and Gonzalo Mendez Learning Center in Northeast Los Angeles. USCIS Los Angeles District Director Jane Arellano will be on hand to answer questions. To learn more about USCIS and its programs, email:


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

Dear Editor:
David Murray's letter (01/28/10 ID) is wrong about the protection afforded by a pending I-485. For more than 50 years a pending I-485 has afforded protection from detention and deportation. There are numerous case decisions on this, and arguably it is mandated by statute and regulation. Adjustment of status (the I-485) is the most common form of relief from deportation, and that is expressed in the statute. At times the government has said that a person in this situation is in a Period Of Stay Authorized By The Attorney General (POSABAG). It is only in the last three years or so that DHS has started taking the radical and unduly harsh position that a person with a pending I-485 must also maintain nonimmigrant (temporary) status, even while the government sometimes dawdles for many years on an I-485 case. The DHS is legally in error on this point, and I expect this will be held by a federal court in the near future.

Bruce A. Hake, Esq.
New Windsor, MD

Dear Editor:
I would like to nominate the following candidate for your Immigrant Of The Day Featured Article, Queens killer Huang Chen who allegedly ripped out victim Qian Wu's heart and lungs according a New York Daily news story.


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