The "Mismatch Letter" Is in the Mail: The Social Security Administration Ramps Up Its Warnings to Employers we continue the "Paparelli on Business Immigration" column. J. Ira Burkemper of Paparelli and Partners, LLP, examines the procedure the Social Security Administration Follows when information provided by employers does not match the information in the agency's database. Recent changes in the agency's policy may cause employers to reexamine their I-9 compliance procedures. We encourage the submission of articles on ALL aspects of immigration law. Please send articles to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The "Mismatch Letter" Is in the Mail: The Social Security Administration Ramps Up Its Warnings to Employers (Part I)
In the first of a two-part series J. Ira Burkemper of Paparelli and Partners, LLP writes about the Social Security Administration's procedures when the information from employers does not match the agency's records.
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Follow-up Report on Border Security
In light of the event of September 11, the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) has issued a "Follow-up Report on the Border Patrol's Efforts to Improve Northern Border Security."
Immigration Benefit Fraud: Focused Approach Needed to Address Problems
A report from the General Accounting Office (GAO) finds that the problem of immigration benefit fraud is pervasive and significant, but INS does not know the extent of the problem.
Help for Immigrant Families
In the aftermath of September 11, Rep. Etheridge hopes that, "the Congress will not forget the plight of America's immigrant families, who still need our help."
Accused Nazi Blocked in Canada
The DOJ announced that immigration inspectors at Dorval International Airport in Montreal, Canada, prevented accused Nazi criminal Joseph (Juozas) Kisielaitis from boarding a Florida-bound commercial airline flight.
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Immigration in the Press
Grass Roots, Politicians Differ on Immigration
According to the Arizona Republic while groups which oppose immigration report an increase in grass-roots strength, they can't match the Capitol Hill muscle of a remarkably diverse pro-immigration coalition that says large immigration flows are necessary for economic health and cultural vitality.
Letters to the Editor
I don't know if this is a record but, yesterday evening I faxed an LCA to the Department of Labor for certification. I have just got it back, certified! 24 hours max!
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Malathi Benjamin, Esq.
Well, since I started this firestorm of a debate in your February 12 issue, perhaps I could have the last word!
First, if newsmax.com is a "right-winger" website, as Mr. Bruce Hake calls it in his rebuttal letter (in your Feb. 15 issue), then he must be a left-winger himself.
Second, I'm gratified that my view was vindicated by many other letter-writers in your February 14 and February 15 issues.
It's so typical of the mindset of the illegal immigration supporters that if they disagree with your opinion, they accuse you of being "racist." No wonder we conservatives don't want to be attacked ad hominem by revealing our true names. I want to assure Mr. Hake that I'm not a shill for FAIR or any other organization, but am in fact a real immigration practitioner. For his enlightenment, I happen to be a LEGAL immigrant myself. It seems Mr. Hake would be stunned to learn there are workers in the immigration field who like me are opposed to illegal immigration. See the article by Yeh Ling-Ling, an immigration worker, in the Nov. 29, 2001 issue of WorldnetDaily: http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=25487
I often feel pity for my clients who have to endure years of waiting because they have the decency and courage to play by the rules of legal immigration. Sometimes I also feel that my work really doesn't mean that much in the end, and I should just advise these people to not bother with it and just sneak across the border. Why bother doing things legally when the illegal way is currently so handsomely rewarded?
Michael D., Esq.
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TRAINING ON REPRESENTING IMMIGRANT CHILDREN AND CHALLENGING UNLAWFUL ARRESTS
Representing Immigrant Children and Challenging Unlawful Arrests, El Paso, Texas-Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, February 20-22, 2002. Sponsored by the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law of Texas, and the University of Texas, El Paso, Center for Law and Border Studies. Register early and save money. $200 for full three day conference if registration is received by January 30, 2002.
To register by phone or for more information, contact the University of Texas, El Paso, Center for Law and Border Studies: Phone(915)747-8866 Fax: (915) 747-5538. The full conference agenda and registration information available on-line at: www.utep.edu/law/pages/immigrant.html. Texas and New Mexico CLE for attorneys available 0.6 CEU credits for social workers and counselors. Limited scholarship money available. For more information on scholarships, contact Sofia Munoz at the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights: email@example.com, (915) 532-3370. Of particular importance post 9/11, this conference will address the issues related to immigration stops, arrests, suppression and detention, with the focus on children. For additional information: In El Paso, UTEP: 915-747-8866 Sofia Munoz, Lawyers Committee, firstname.lastname@example.org (915) 532-3370. In Dallas: Natalia Walter email@example.com, (214)559-4130.
2002 NORTHWEST REGIONAL IMMIGRATION CONFERENCE
Immigration...The Times They Are A Changin' February 28, March 1 2002, SeaTac DoubleTree Hotel, 18740 Pacific Hwy. So., Seattle. This year's expanded seminar has been revamped to maximize information sharing with government speakers and experienced practitioners. More government speakers, larger facilities, and exciting new roundtable discussions will educate and challenge attendees of all experience levels. Attendees new to immigration will receive a comprehensive, practical and clear overview in virtually all areas of immigration law. Advanced attendees will learn how to incorporate the new laws and procedures into their daily practice. In addition, all attendees will learn to resolve complex matters so unique that they cannot be researched in traditional periodicals. To Register or view the full program brochure click here. For questions or more information call Denise at: (206) 340-2578.
CONFERENCE ON IMMIGRATION LAW
The second annual New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education (ICLE) Seminar that will be run in conjunction with AILA on Wednesday March 20, 2002, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Gateway Hilton in Newark, New Jersey. Speakers include:
Dolores DeHaan, Betty Manfredonia, Paul Novak, Andrea Quarantillo, Susan Rauffer and William Yates. For details click here.
LEGAL TRAINING SEMINAR
The Midwest Legal Immigration Project is continuing its endeavor to provide basic immigration legal training to attorneys and paralegals practicing immigration law, or who wish to begin the practice of immigration law. Our next intensive week long basic legal immigration training seminar is scheduled for May 13-17, 2002, at the Marriott Hotel in downtown Des Moines. The seminar is co-sponsored by the Immigration Legal Resource Center of San Francisco. Successful graduates will receive assistance in applying for BIA accreditation if they wish. The seminar is accredited for 30 hours of CLE and 2 hours ethics for attorneys. The Marriott Hotel is offering sharply discounted rooms for $49/night plus tax. Call 1-800-228-9290 for room reservations and mention the immigration legal training seminar. For more information, call Jim Benzoni at 515-271-5730; fax 515-271-5757; or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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