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Immigration Daily September 20, 2010
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Comment: Call For DREAM - Democratic activists across the country are banding together for the largest phone call campaign in pro-immigration history. DailyKos, one of the most important progressive websites has joined forces with the Service Employees International Union, the most pro-immigration among the major unions, to phone bank the Senate switchboard into a jammed state. We believe this will be the first time ever that the pro-immigration calls will out-number the anti-immigrationists. We congratulate both DailyKos and SEIU on this outstanding initiative and we urge our readers to participate, see here for how.

Our reasoning for supporting DREAM is clear. We are for immigration benefits, and DREAM will deliver (absent crippling amendments) about 10% of the total benefits of CIR. So, think of DREAM as a tenth of a CIR bill. Surely, with near-super-majorities of Democrats in Congress, this is the least that the immigrant community can reasonably expect. Now, onto the outlook for passage. In the past, those Senators who wanted to weasel out of supporting immigration benefits legislation have pointed to the lop-sided numbers in phone calls for and against. The numbers often cited by such nervous Senators were 1-to-40, 1-to-70, and even 1-to-100 against the pro-side. For the first time, these nervous nellies will have the kind of numbers they have demanded from pro-immigration advocates; the better phone ratios will provide political cover for YES votes on DREAM.

With grassroots pro-immigration supporters lighting up the phone-lines across the country, the spotlight is now on the Democratic leadership, especially President Obama and Majority Leader Reid to ensure that there are no Democratic defections on DREAM. We once again call on the Democratic leadership to ensure the following Democrats vote YES on DREAM: Pryor, Landrieu, McCaskill, Baucus, Tester, Hagan, Conrad, Johnson, Warner, Goodwin, Nelson of Nebraska, Begich, Dorgan and Lincoln. Senator Lugar, the only Republican co-sponsor of DREAM, will likely provide the critical 60th vote for cloture. This weeks expected passage of DREAM (unless sabotaged by recalcitrant Democrats) will not be the end of the story (since no statute is possible until the legislative process in both chambers is completed), but DREAM would be off to a great start if the Democratic leadership can keep all the Democrats in line.

This weeks Senate votes on DREAM are critical for pro-immigrationists. We urge all our readers to join this large and historic pro-immigration phone effort.

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Article: Why Attaching The DREAM Act To The Defense Budget Bill Is Appropriate by Greg Siskind

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Article: Formerly abducted Mexican journalist to seek U.S. asylum by Matthew Kolken

Article: "One Central Reason" and Withholding of Removal by Jason Dzubow

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Focus: Developing Corporate Immigration Policies While Not Running Afoul of Employment Laws
Tuesday, September 21 is the deadline for the Thursday, September 23 phone session of "Employment Law For Immigration Attorneys" with Colleen Caden (discussion leader), Richard Betheil, Maria Mejia-Opaciuch, and Joshua Zuckerberg. The curriculum is as follows:

  • Employment law counsel's role in providing assistance to the immigration attorney in establishing and enforcing immigration policies
  • Brushing up on the relevant employment laws
  • Balancing employment law and immigration law
  • Establishing the employment relationship and hiring policies
  • Establishing policies for sponsorship of foreign nationals on visas
  • Employment benefits
Tuesday, September 21 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.

Headline: New SEIU Secretary-Treasurer Eliseo Medina Sets Plans for Organizing, Immigration Reform
Headline: Deseret News, Mormon Paper, Draws Fire For Its Stance On Immigrants
Headline: Colin Powell: GOP 'can't be anti-immigration'
Headline: LATimes: The DREAM Act deserves a yes vote - Politics aside, this dream should not be deferred
Headline: Dream Time: Congress may soon have a chance to repair, in a powerful way, the shambles it has made of immigration
Headline: TheHill: Key Dem senators not ruling out yes votes on DREAM Act
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Help Wanted: Immigration Professional
Secaucus, NJ - Ernst & Young seeks Visa and Immigration Coordinator, who is responsible for assisting Ernst & Young employees with US visa matters and works closely with our immigration counsel on a daily basis. This individual is responsible for counseling employees on various types of US visas such as H-1B, L-1, TN, F-1, J-1, PERM and green card stages and advises when and the types of various work visas are required. The V&I Coordinator is responsible to ensure that all employees are in compliance with firm's policy as well as US immigration laws. This professional will assist with internal consultation on immigration matters and assist in the coordination with the law firm to process the appropriate immigration application. This is a junior level position. Bachelor's degree in a related discipline or equivalent work experience required. Approximately 2 years experience in US Business Immigration, international exposure and cultural awareness a plus. Must have ability to work with government agencies, foreign embassies and outside counsel. To apply, visit and enter job number SEC0006A.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
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Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Downtown Washington, D.C. firm seeks a well-rounded, mature and responsible Senior Immigration Paralegal with a minimum of 4 years experience in both family and business immigration cases, including consular processing, all non-immigrant visas and PERM. Preference given to those with demonstrated EB-5 experience. Bilingual Spanish/English speaker preferred. Must have a Bachelor's degree and excellent native-level English writing skills. We are a boutique immigration firm with a fast-paced yet collegial atmosphere and no billable hours requirements. Please email resume, references, writing sample and cover letter with salary expectations to No calls please.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Memphis, TN - Siskind Susser's Memphis office seeks an experienced attorney to join the employment-based immigration team. Experience in physician immigration, I-9/E-Verify/employer compliance, entertainment/sports and/or general business immigration are all a plus. Please email resume to Greg Siskind at No calls please and no candidates from recruiters at this time.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Memphis, TN - Siskind Susser's Memphis office seeks an experienced paralegal to join the employment-based immigration team. Experience in physician immigration, I-9/E-Verify/employer compliance, entertainment/sports and/or general business immigration are all a plus. Please email resume to Greg Siskind at No calls please and no candidates from recruiters at this time.

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ComingsNGoings: Immigration Event
Boston, MA, September 30 - The Massachusetts Historical Society is pleased to present "Boston Immigration and Urban History Seminar." Speakers are Erika Lee and Mary Lui. For more info, see

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Publisher:  Sam Udani    Legal Editor:  Michele Kim                        ISSN:   1930-062X