In today's Featured Article "Time For A Change: Why A Points System Should
Replace Family Immigration", Gary Endelman writes about the failure of the
1986 IRCA amnesty "Amnesty rewards and encourages those who violate our
immigration laws ... one amnesty program is never enough; it always leads
to another one somewhere down the road." About the root cause of the
failure of the 1986 amnesty, he says "Illegal immigration remained
unchecked because legal immigration remained out of balance. One cannot be
solved without the other. IRCA sought only to punish the employers of the
undocumented, but did nothing to rationalize the legal immigration system
in an efficient and humane manner." Speaking of family immigration, he says
" ... any limits that divide the nuclear family are inhumane and must be
immediately scrapped. There should be no reason why the families of legal
permanent residents are kept apart any longer than the families of American
citizens. They should be treated precisely the same. Not to do so, to
tolerate the present family-based immigration system is an affront to the
human dignity of those who wait and those who keep them separated ... At
the same time, once we make the nuclear family sacrosanct, America must
take the next step and abolish all other forms of family immigration as
well as the diversity visa lottery." He calls for a point system to replace
the family immigration system.
Seminar Will Focus On Achieving Consistency Between H-1B And Permanent
The January session of "Cutting-Edge Topics In H-1B Practice" will focus
consistency between H-1B and permanent residency. The curriculum for this
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- Holistically planning the case from H-1B to Permanent Residency
- Ethical issues arising out of dual representation and what to do when
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- Achieving consistency in work experience equivalencies for H-1Bs and
- Prevailing wage issues in the H-1B and Labor Certification
- 7th year H-1B extensions vs. concurrent filing of I-140 and
- Maintaining H-1B status vs. AOS portability with an EAD
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Time For A Change: Why A Points System Should Replace Family Immigration
Gary Endelman writes why a points system for essential workers is not only the best way to legalize the undocumented, but also to reform the legal immigration system.
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Immigration Law News
US/Canada FAST Commercial Driver Program
Beginning in November 2002, commercial truck drivers who transport goods across U.S./Canadian border may apply for membership in the Free and Secure Trade (FAST) Commercial Driver program. Click here for the (Form I-823F)FAST Commercial Driver Application and Accompanying Instructions (Form I-823FInstr) .
US Ambassador To India Speaks On Overall Visa Issuance Rate For India
US Ambassador to India Blackwill during remarks to the Alumni of the Indian Institute of Technology said, "Although there have been some delays in visa processing since 9/11, for the vast majority of applicants from India new security measures should have no effect on either their ability to qualify for a visa, or the time it takes to have it issued."
8th Circuit Holds That "Good Moral Character" Determination, Including That Made Under The Catchall Provisions Is Reviewable
In Ikenokwalu-White v. INS, No. 02-1264 (8th Cir. Jan. 21, 2003), the court held that the determination that an alien has failed to establish good moral character under the catchall provision of Section 1101(f) is a nondiscretionary, reviewable determination.
Immigration Attorneys Hail 9th Circuit Decision
The Arizona Daily Star reports "[San Francisco] Bay-area immigration
attorneys are hailing a recent federal appeals court ruling that would
allow immigrants to reopen their deportation cases if they argue that they
missed their own hearing because the notice was lost in the mail."
UPL In Florida
The Miami Herald reports on the unlicensed practice of law in Florida
including by a Miami Church saying "Church representatives have signed a
number of cease-and-desist affidavits in which they admit no wrongdoing,
but swear not to [practice law]."
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Letters to the Editor
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Very little has been said about the problem of the unauthorized practice of
law in the immigration context. Even before 9/11, the practice was
widespread and had obvious and severe negative repercussions on the
unknowing alien. Most people think unauthorized practitioners take business
away from true lawyers. What many do not realize is that unauthorized
practitioners refer cases to true lawyers, with the true lawyers making
court appearances with the alien, and with the true lawyers knowing full
well that they are aiding and abetting the unauthorized practice of law.
A case has recently come down from the Review Department of the State Bar
Court of California. "In re Valinoti" (2002 WL 31907316 (Cal.Bar Ct.), 2003
Daily Journal D.A.R. 167), which discusses this practice at length and the negative
repercussions this had on the multitude aliens who believed they had an
attorney they could rely on.
I hope you pass this information on so
that your readers might be able to tell the difference between diligent
attorneys and charlatans, and to put on notice those who associate with
non-attorneys that they put themselves, their clients, and their bar
license at risk.
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Mr. John Frecker, in his letter rebutting Justin said the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPL) "linked" Rep. Tom Tancredo to "neo-Nazi and other Immigrant hate groups."
In fact, Mr. Tancredo linked himself to hate groups when he allowed his web site to be linked to the American Patrol. The SPL has designated the American Patrol as a hate group and noted that Tancredo's caucus website carried "a prominent link to an outfit called American Patrol - a racist hate group run by Californian Glenn Spencer. With a tip of the hat to Tancredo and the other legislators who have helped to provide him legitimacy, Spencer recently deleted from his website the image of a cartoon figure urinating on a Latino Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient."
Perhaps Mr. Frecker, a retired member of the US Border Patrol, would like to defend Mr. Spencer and his group.
We should probably all note that the SPL Center is a civil rights law firm and if they overstep in designating "hate groups" they are always open to lawsuits.
I would like to draw everyone's attention to NAFTA and the TN Work Visa, offering a pre-primer or re-primer of sorts. Although a citizen of Canada or Mexico will not qualify for the TN where the purpose is self-employment, it was recently brought to my attention that the INS interprets self-employment to include "any" ownership interest in the employing entity, with no de minimis rule. It is my understanding that many TN holders, and even some immigration practitioners, are not aware of this interpretation guidance, and all may be in for a nasty surprise when it comes time to renew the TN.
Much has changed since the terror attacks of 2001, and continues to do so in their ongoing aftermath, with continued threats and a general climate of very heightened awareness and concern. We have already seen renewed and novel enforcements, such as the AR-11 Change of Address reporting requirements and the widespread registration requirements for various and assorted "non-US citizens". It comes, then, as no surprise, to see enhancements in other aspects of immigration law and procedure, especially with the impending amalgamation of the INS and many other entities into the Department of Homeland Security, and perhaps some concern for job security on the part of the personnel to be affected by this amalgamation.
I do not practice immigration law, and am therefore not widely knowledgeable in the area. However, we all know for a fact that there is much more vigilance, dotting of "I"s, and crossing of "T"s when it comes to crossing the US border, from anywhere. While it is quite possible that Canadians and Mexicans who might arguably fall, or appear to fall, into the self-employment category may have slipped through the system before, they would be well-advised to seek-out competent and knowledgeable immigration counsel and fully consider other types of work Visa that might be available to them as citizens of these countries.
Ekundayo George, Esq.
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