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Bloggings: June 12, 2008

by Greg Siskind

Editor's note: Here are the latest entries from Greg Siskind's blog.

June 04, 2008

IN DEFENSE OF FRAGOMEN

While some overly competitive immigration lawyers might derive some pleasure from the recent news that Fragomen, the nation's largest immigration law firm, is having all of its PERM green card cases audited by the Department of Labor, wiser folks realize that the Department of Labor is launching phase two of a broad attack on the right to representation by legal counsel and they've chosen the nation's biggest law firm in order to send a message of intimidation to the immigration bar. Others have done a good job laying out the issues. ILW.COM has a special commentary today on the case. And the American Immigration Lawyers Association has written a scathing letter taking DOL for making new rules by press release and for acting recklessly in issuing a news release with potentially disastrous repercusions before it has concluded an investigation of the law firm. A copy of the letter can be found here (especially when the theory under which the investigation is being launched seems so dubious). Download aila_fragomen_letter.pdf

Finally, the National Law Journal covers the Fragomen story.

I suppose if there is a silver lining in the news it is that the DOL was dumb enough to take on a firm that has the resources to fight back.