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Immigration Daily September 8, 2003
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We welcome our readers' contributions via letters to the Editor, Featured Articles. Sharing your thoughts with other Immigration Daily readers helps to raise important issues, allows for the exchange of ideas, and creates a rich forum of viewpoints and opinions. Our classifieds section is another component of our community. In today's Immigration Daily, we feature a letter to the Editor from Bruce Hake providing thoughtful comments on the Sobig.F virus outbreak, two Featured Articles, and three classfied ads. We encourage our readers to continue to submit their letters to the Editor and articles to editor@ilw.com.


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Featured Article

Hurtling (and Hurting) Down the H-1B Road: Part 2 of 4
Angelo A. Paparelli provides an H-1B overview by addressing current Department of Labor enforcement activities and reviewing a selection of key Administrative Law Judge decisions.

The Hidden History Of Immigration: Part 2 of 3
Martin Ford examines the assimilation of the three largest European immigrant groups, Germans, Irish, and Italians, and argues that, in terms of language, religion, and group identity, today's immigrants may be adapting faster than their predecessors.


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Immigration Law News

BALCA Says Experience Gained With Employer Overseas Cannot Be Used To Qualify The Alien
In the Matter of Facunla Family Home, No. 2003-INA-5 (BALCA, Aug. 15, 2003), the Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals said that since the Aliens obtained experience in the Employer's own facilities in the Phillipines, the Employer could not require US workers to have equivalent experience.

BCIS Issues Burundi TPS FAQs
The Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services released a press release and FAQs on the extension of TPS for Nationals of Burundi.

BCIS Issues Sierra Leone TPS FAQs
The Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services released a press release and FAQs on the extension of TPS for Nationals of Sierra Leone.

BCIS Reminds El Salvadorans To Re-register For TPS
The Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services reminded eligible Salvadorans to immediately re-register for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to maintain TPS and employment authorization for the 18-month period beginning on September 9, 2003 and ending on March 9, 2005.

Continued Detention Authorized Where Alien Fails To Cooperate In Securing Travel Documents
In Lema v. INS, No. 02-35901 (9th Cir. Sept. 2, 2003), the court said that "consistent with Zadvydas and Pelich, when an alien refuses to cooperate fully and honestly with officials to secure travel documents from a foreign government, the alien cannot meet his or her burden to show there is no significant likelihood of removal in the reasonably foreseeable future."

No Evidence Offered To Support Forced Abortion After 15 Months Of Pregnancy
In Shi v. Ashcroft, No. 02-4206 (2nd Cir. Sept. 4, 2003), the court said that Petitioner, a national of the People's Republic of China, offered no medical or other evidence to support the claim that his wife was forcibly coerced to undergo an abortion after 15 months after conception.

Sen. Kerry Supports Legalizaton Of Undocumented
The Albuquerque Tribune reports that Sen. Kerry (D-MA) said, "Anyone who has been in this country for five or six years, who's paid their taxes, who has stayed out of trouble, ought to be able to translate into an American citizen immediately."

Is Schwarzenegger Anti-Immigrant?
A Wall Street Journal op-ed writes "California's Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante is now a desperate candidate making audacious claims. Mr. Bustamante, the only major Democrat running to replace Gray Davis as governor, is accusing Arnold Schwarzenegger of being anti-immigrant."


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Classifieds

Help Wanted: Experienced Immigration Paralegal
Goel & Associates, P.C. (G&A) , a leading business immigration law firm, seeks an experienced immigration paralegal to join its fast-paced corporate immigration practice located in Greenbelt, MD. Candidates must have at least one year of business immigration experience, ideally with H-1B, L-1, Labor Certification, and I-140/Adjustment of Status cases for clients in the high tech sector. A college degree, excellent communication and organizational skills, knowledge of PC applications, and the ability to work independently are required. We offer an outstanding work environment and an excellent compensation and benefits package, including a business-casual dress policy, health and dental insurance, 401(K), free parking, and more. To apply, please send resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to careers@goellaw.com, or fax to 301-313-0445.

Experienced Immigration Attorney
Stoll, Keenon & Park, one of Kentucky's oldest and largest law firms founded in 1897, seeks an experienced business immigration attorney based either in its Lexington or Louisville, Kentucky office. Minimum 2+ years of full-time experience in preparing H-1B, L-1, E-2, TN, labor cert, I-140, and AOS applications is required. Candidate must have a stellar academic record as well as possess excellent research and writing skills. The position requires a highly organized individual who is proficient with case management software. We offer a great working environment and a competitive salary and benefits package. Email resume + cover letter to Denise Wilson, Human Resources Manager at wilson@skp.com or fax to (859) 253-1093. EOE

Help Wanted: Experienced And Entry-Level Paralegals
Greenberg Traurig, a large international law firm, has openings in its Tysons Corner office for experienced and entry-level immigration specialists/paralegals. Will train for entry-level/junior position. Both positions require a Bachelors degree; experienced position requires 3+ yrs of experience in the immigration field, with at least one year at a senior level. Strong organizational, written, computer and verbal skills are required. Excellent benefits and compensation packages offered. Send resume + cover letter, including salary requirements by either fax: 703-714-8378 or email: tcohire@gtlaw.com. Please state the position, experienced or entry-level position, that you are applying for.

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor:
Thank you for your recent editorial on "Immigration Law Firms And The Virus Attack." The Sobif.F spam/worm/virus, which is still raging and expanding, is by far the most serious threat I've ever seen to my own small law firm, which greatly relies on email. It seems obvious to me that at least one computer at an immigration law firm was compromised, because I got thousands and thousands of copies of the virus that purported to be from many prominent immigration lawyers, from ILW.COM, and from US immigration agencies. At one point I was marking for deletion hundreds of copies of the virus, including five that purported to be from the Vermont Service Center Premium Processing Unit. Only at the last moment, as I was about to hit the delete key, I noticed that one of those emails from the VSC Premium Processing Unit was a genuine approval notice. Working with a security consultant, I seem to have mainly blocked this current plague. But it was expensive. And I'm very worried about future mutations. As has been widely reported, the Sobif.F monster self-destructs on September 10. What comes on September 11? You missed one chilling detail in your editorial. Nowadays, you don't need to click on an attachment to have a worm/virus turn your computer into a frenzied spam-sending zombie. Many such malware programs (some called "adware" and "spyware") will infect your computer invisibly if you simply click on ads on web sites. I've seen estimates that more than 50 percent of the Windows computers in the world have some level of infection, even if antivirus software is running. Moreover, some viruses will be loaded if you simply open an email, without clicking on anything. I run extensive, multiple levels of security, and I'm hypersensitive about "safe computing," and in the midst of fixing up the Sobif.F damage to my mail server I discovered numerous viruses on my own network. And I run a mainly Linux network. I'll bet that at least one-third of the readers of Immigration Daily have computers that are already infected with multiple viruses. Be aware that even the best antivirus software programs are unable to detect or disable a large proportion of the malware epidemic. Be skeptical about all the claims from antivirus firms. One other thing. I'm still getting hundreds of emails from mail servers (many at major law firms) mailing me back copies of the Sobig.F virus and claiming that I sent it. This is an example of extreme stupidity by system administrators. Such "bounces" flood the net, waste expensive bandwidth at both ends, and continue to propagate the virus. The mail servers should be reconfigured to just "silently drop" any infected messages (in Linux speak, send 'em to /dev/null). I'm not a Linux expert by any means, but I was able to figure out how to do that on my own network in just a few minutes. I hate to say this. But I think the writing's on the wall. I think there is a serious risk that email as we know it is going to be dead within a year. I plan to brush up on my telephone skills.

Bruce A. Hake
Damascus, Maryland

Editor's Notes: (1) We believe that multiple computers at multiple immigration law firms have been compromised. (2) It is possible to be infected at the operating system level without using email at all, that is how the Blaster virus spread and that is why frequent patching is now necessary. (3) In some programs like Outlook Express, visual basic scripts may infect computers if the preview pane is turned on, so in addition to not opening attachments, it may be advisable to not use the preview function.


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