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Immigration Daily January 27, 2004
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Editor's Comments

Family Immigration And The Rule Of Law

We believe there is no moral justification for any law which deliberately causes the wanton destruction of the basic biological unit of the human species - the family. This fundamental biological unit includes parents and young children (under 18 or similar age), but does not include grandparents, adult siblings, or other members of the extended family. We believe that immigration policy should be set by family, not individual - either admit the entire basic family unit (parents and little children) or don't admit the family unit at all. A law which breaks up the family unit is a violation of this fundamental moral precept. Unfortunately our current immigration laws through the concepts of the FB2A quota, the V visa, etc, institutionalize a cruel disintegration of the basic family unit.

There are those who defend the heartless destruction of the family unit. With regard to such people, in our issue dated June 2, 2003, we said:

"Anti-immigrationists are united in insisting on the sacredness of the rule of the law in the field of immigration. They insist that those who break immigration laws are, by that very fact, not worthy of becoming Americans. Insofar as this applies to those callously separated by the barbarism of the FB-2A quota, we say - Phooey. It would be more than understandable if the spouse and young children of a green-card holder overstayed their visas and became "illegal", or even entered illegally - it would be an entirely moral thing to do. Those who believe that spouses should live apart, or that young children should spend years away from their father or mother, just because a wicked Congress made an arbitrary law, have a warped view of human nature. If they truly believed that the majesty of the law should be upheld, they should support the abolishing of the FB-2A quota, since this inhuman quota undermines any respect for immigration law. As to the point about the worthiness of law-breakers to become Americans, the anti-immigrationists would be on sounder ground arguing that those who choose to *follow* the law and agree to live apart from their spouse and young children, are not worthy of being Americans."

In this context, we are delighted to note that Section 102 of Senators Hagel and Daschle's legalization bill (full text appears in item below) appears to remove this inhuman provision from our immigration laws. Paul Donnelly (formerly Communications Director for the Jordan Commission on Immigration Reform) writes about this welcome development in our Featured Article today (see below).

While we commend Senators Hagel and Daschle for their leadership on this critical issue, we would like to look ahead to what it would take to translate this provision of their bill into law. We believe that a fundamental restructuring of our immigration system is essential to make possible the twin goals of increasing employment-based immigration and preservation of the family unit in our immigration laws. Something is going to have to give - it cannot be one-way all along the give-and-take that characterizes our legislative process. We believe that that something should be the complete abolition of all the other family immigration categories. Only such a radical restructing will bring our immigration laws into harmony with economic reality and biological reality. The debate on this issue is now joined - in the country and in Congress. We look forward with hope to a brighter tomorrow for America and American immigration.


ILW.COM Focus

H-1Bs - Deadline Is Tuesday, January 27th

H-1Bs are the bread-and-butter of most immigration practices across the country. Staying abreast of developments connected to H-1Bs involves more than just H-1B cap-related issues - also important are current adjudication trends, current LCA enforcement trends, developments in portability, and uptodate strategies for H-1B alternatives. The uptick in the US economy means that more and more employers will want H-1Bs and being fully informed on the latest developments is a precondition to serving employers' needs. Our upcoming telephonic seminar "ILW.COM-Fragomen Briefing On H-1B Issues And Current Developments" will discuss hot issues in H-1Bs and will provide practice pointers to guide clients through the year ahead. The speakers include many distinguished practitioners from the law firm of Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen and Loewy, the largest immigration law firm in the country with over 130 lawyers - Austin Fragomen, Howard Gordon, Jonathan Adams, Andrew Greenfield, Ethan Kaufman, Cynthia Lange, Michael Patrick, Cheri Peterson-Ross, Michael Turansick and Freddi Weintraub (DHS and DOL representatives have been invited). The seminar is offered by phone, so law offices around the country can participate. It is also a great training tool for the entire law firm staff (one registration covers everyone sharing a speakerphone). The seminar includes an in-depth Q&A period where you can pose questions regarding your cases to the distinguished practitioners on the panel. The deadline to register is Tuesday, January 27th. For more info, including detailed curriculum, speaker bios, and registration information, see: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/january2004.shtm. (Fax version: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/january2004.pdf.)


Featured Article

Bipartisan Senate Bill Would Grant More Than One Million Visas Immediately
Paul Donnelly writes "... the Daschle-Hagel legislation can be reasonably expected to provide for at least one million new immigration visas immediately, perhaps even twice that."


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Immigration Law News

Text Of Hagel-Daschle Immigration Bill
We bring the full text of S.2010, "Immigration Reform Act of 2004: Strengthening America’s National Security, Economy, and Families" a.k.a. the "Immigration Reform Act of 2004".

White House Response To Query On Hagel-Daschle Legislation
During a White House press briefing, White House Spokesman responded to the question, "Has the White House reviewed the immigration proposal by Senators Daschle and Hagel"?

Immigration Plan Needs Political Support To Work
A National Review op-ed by Mark Krikorian says "What's unique about the immigration bureaucracy is that no one in the political elite wants it to work properly, so it remains underfunded and unappreciated, regardless of the party in power."

Immigration Attorney Sentenced To Prison For Helping Obtain Illegal EAD Documents
The Morning News of Arkansas reports "A local immigration lawyer was sentenced to federal prison and fined Tuesday for his part in helping a person illegally obtain a work-authorization card."


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Classifieds

Help Wanted: Immigration Case Manager
The law firm of Paul Hastings and its growing immigration practice seeks an immigration case manager for its Atlanta-based office. Interested candidates with immigration experience or business related working experience, strong organizational skills and communication skills, a high degree of professionalism and the ability to work with a team are part of the criteria for these positions. This position works with the senior attorneys and Office Management to develop and enhance all levels of management and operation in the practice group which will include: client and case management, management of all administrative functions including the billing, facilities, case staffing, client development and development of client services. Responsibilities include: management and supervision for all non-attorney personnel, training and development of all personnel, development of best practices and efficiency means of operations, further development of communication between all levels of personnel, firm management, clients and department are critical for this position. A working understanding of a law firm practice and its operations is critical for this position. Qualifications include: Bachelors degree, prior immigration or business related experience, solid work history and excellent professional references. Paul Hastings offers competitive salary and an excellent benefits package for qualified and selected candidates. Please indicate the job postion sought when submitting your cover letter, resume, salary history and references to paulalauhoff@paulhastings.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Software Analyst
The law firm of Paul Hastings and its growing immigration practice seeks an immigration software analyst for its Atlanta-based office. Interested candidates with immigration experience or business related working experience, strong organizational skills and communication skills, a hire degree of professionalism and the ability to work with a team are part of the criteria for this positions. This technical position requires tremendous communication/training and user support skills which is then supported by clients and office personnel. The current technical tools include: technical support for Aria, including training and working with the web reporting module and advanced client technical support with intranet and website design, crystal report writing, and packaged software tools that require on a daily basis, support, training, understanding and development. The current web base design and portal will also require day to day development by both clients and firm personnel. A clear understanding of the immigration practice is critical in this position. Technical skills should include: proficient use of various report writing software applications and technical skills, ability to provide on-going training and troubleshooting. Three to five years of technical writing and administering of reporting software. Strong project management sills and the ability to manage multiple projects is required. Paul Hastings offers competitive salary and an excellent benefits package for qualified and selected candidates. Please indicate the job postion sought when submitting your cover letter, resume, salary history and references to paulalauhoff@paulhastings.com.

Help Wanted: Paralegal
The law firm of Paul Hastings and its growing immigration practice seeks an immigration paralegal for its Atlanta-based office. Interested candidates with immigration experience or business related working experience, strong organizational skills and communication skills, a hire degree of professionalism and the ability to work with a team are part of the criteria for these positions. This position works directly with the attorneys within the practice group and is a highly responsible administrative and paralegal position. Interested candidates must have a proven track record of attention to detail, dependability, ability to work independently and to meet critical deadlines. Communication with clients and office personnel are a major part of this position. Responsibilities include: sensitivity to the efficiency needs of a practice group while being supportive of the clients billing and collections. Approximately 25% of this position is working with the administrative functions of billing, case management, reporting to clients and the ability to compile, provide and discuss billing information. Prior immigration and/or practice support experience is a requirement for this position. Qualifications include: Bachelors degree, prior immigration or business related experience, solid work history and excellent professional resources. Paul Hastings offers competitive salary and an excellent benefits package for qualified and selected candidates. Please indicate the job postion sought when submitting your cover letter, resume, salary history and references to paulalauhoff@paulhastings.com.

Help Wanted: Paralegals
Are you looking to join a fast-paced, dynamic and friendly team that provides first-rate immigration legal services to global businesses and individuals? Paparelli & Partners LLP, a leading immigration law firm with an established national practice, located in Irvine, California, has immediate openings for two experienced Immigration Paralegals to work at our office in Irvine, California. If you have what it takes, you will work under the supervision of attorneys to serve multinational companies and high-achiever individuals in both employment-based and family-based immigration-related matters. You will use computer software extensively (research databases, Internet, MS Word, MS Outlook, Excel, ProLaw, Immigration Tracker, Power Point, etc.), and become immersed in cutting-edge immigration projects. Please contact us if you have six months or more of US immigration experience, are a multi-talented, multi-tasker, detail oriented, express yourself well in person and on paper, work well on a team, love challenges, are willing to work hard, have a spotless ethical record and character, have a paralegal certificate or are otherwise qualified as a paralegal under California law. To pursue this exciting opportunity, email your resume to Chris McCoy at cim@entertheusa.com. For background, see our web site: http://www.entertheusa.com.

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor:
I think an announcements section would be nice with people changing or opening firms, marriages, births.

Christina Givaudan
Carrollton, Texas

Dear Editor:
Immigration Daily has become an invaluable tool in getting up-dates and the latest news of happenings in immigration. Why would you take a professional newsletter and turn it into a "gossip" column with baby/marital announcements? I can understand announcements relating to events in law firms - establishment of new ones, new partners, etc. But definitely not baby/marital announcements.

Wilma Zeldin

Dear Editor:
My opinion is that the proposed announcements section would only serve to clutter up Immigration Daily. Personally, I always head straight to the Letters section. They're worth the price of admission alone. I also enjoy your editorial comments, which are consistently well thought out and reasonably toned. Keep up the good work.

Marc W. Mellin
Naranjo, Costa Rica

Dear Editor:
Concerning the announcements proposal, if it ain't broken, don't fix it. Stick to the news. Let People Magazine and The Enquirer report the gossip. I really don't care who joined which firm or who had a kid. Good, solid news, educational opportunities, the classified and the occasional editorial is as much as most practitioners can digest in a day.

David D. Murray, Esq.
Newport Beach, CA


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