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Immigration Daily February 18, 2004
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Legislative Process For Immigration Reform Begins

The long road to making immigration reform legislation a reality began with the hearing before the Senate Subcommittee on Immigration in response to President Bush's temporary guest worker initiative. It is the first Congressional hearing on broad-based immigration reform. The Cornyn bill, the McCain-Kolbe bill, and the Hagel-Daschle bill, have not received any hearings in Congress yet. The AgJobs bill, still pending before the Senate, is not broad-based immigration reform since it affects only a fraction of the people who would be impacted under President Bush's immigration reform initiative. The Senate's hearing has begun the process to convert President Bush's immigration reform vision into reality. Immigration Daily will keep you on top of this matter as it develops over the course of 2004. To read testimony and statements from the "Evaluating a Temporary Guest Worker Proposal" hearing, see below.


Meet The SWA Chiefs - Outstanding Event In Labor Certs

For the first time ever, the four SWAs where the largest number of labor certifications are filed - California, Texas, New York and Florida - will speak before a national audience. These four SWAs put together receive almost half the labor certification applications filed in the US, and this notable occasion will bring them together in a telephonic seminar broadcast nationwide to labor cert practitioners. In addition to the SWA chiefs, two prevailing wage experts are on the speaker roster which also includes several labor certification luminaries. Here is the speaker round-up for this memorable happening.

  • SWA Chiefs: Deborah Cusimano (CA), David J. Mance (NY), Richard Souder (TX), Sandra Stafford (FL)
  • Prevailing Wage Analysts: Jeneace O'Brien (CA), Danny Romans (FL)
  • Distinguished Practitioners: Angelo A. Paparelli, Jonathan C. Adams, Lawrence D. Bastone, Rebecca P. Burdette, Josie Gonzalez, Catherine L. Haight, Joel Stewart
Even the proposed PERM rule contemplates that the SWA role in prevailing wages will continue. And as the PERM interim final rule remains "always coming but never really arriving", the SWAs' central role in the labor certification process is likely to be with us for some time to come. Everyone involved in labor certs will benefit by being part of this unique seminar series. 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 SWA representatives and distinguished practitioners on the panel. The deadline to register is Monday, February 23rd. For more info, including detailed curriculum, speaker bios, and registration information, see: (Fax version:

Featured Article

Undocumented Immigrants: Facts And Figures
Jeffrey S. Passel, Randy Capps, and Michael Fix et al. of the Urban Institute Immigration Studies Program provide basic descriptive data on the undocumented population in the US.

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Immigration Law News

Senate Judiciary Testimony On Temporary Guest Worker Program
The Senate Subcommittee on Immigration conducted a hearing "Evaluating a Temporary Guest Worker Proposal". The hearing included testimony received from the following: Asa Hutchinson Undersecretary for Border and Transportation Security Directorate, DHS; Eduardo Aguirre, Director USCIS; Steven J. Law, Deputy Secretary, DOL; Richard R. Birkman, President Texas Roofing Company; Demetrios Papademetriou, Co-director Migration Policy Institute; Charles Cervantes, General Counsel U.S. - Mexico Chamber of Commerce; Vernon Briggs, Professor of Industrial and Labor Relations Cornell University. Statements were made at the hearing by the following Senators: Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), and Patrick Leahy (D-VT).

Lack Of Credibility Cannot Be Sole Basis For Denial Of CAT Claim
In Ramsameachire v. Ashcroft, No. 01-4071 (2nd Cir. Feb. 3, 2004), the court said that the BIA may not deny an alien's CAT claim solely on the basis of its determination that the applicant's testimony was not credible" in a case involving a petition for asylum based on Petitioner's status as a member of the Tamil ethnic minority in Sri Lanka.

Lawmakers Says Immigration Legislation May Not Pass
The Sacramento Bee reports "The Senate on Thursday kicked off an immigration reform debate that features as many obstacles as possibilities. Politically, influential lawmakers concede, that may translate into stagnation in this presidential election year."

Two Notario Organizations Busted For Defrauding Immigrants
The Wilson County News of Texas reports "[Texas] Attorney General Greg Abbott dealt a blow to two large operations in the Rio Grande Valley that scammed immigrants throughout the region by engaging in the unauthorized practice of law."

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Immigration Law Books
Reserve your 2004 copies now. No immigration attorney should be without a complete, up-to-date reference library for all his/her primary resource needs. The 2004 edition of The Whole Act – INA, provides annotations, footnotes, editorial notes, updated Topical Index with a separate Index of Appendices, and 49 Appendices, to help both novice and experienced practitioners alike efficiently navigate the complex labryinth of immigration statutes. The 2004 edition of regulations in 2 volumes (both immigration regulations – 8 CFR – and all immigration-related regulations of the DOL, DOS, and DOJ) includes the latest changes in the regulations + handy and most detailed Topical Indices for each. The 2004 edition of Patel's Citations, covering the history and treatment of all reported administrative precedent decisions under immigration and nationality law, keeps you abreast of the status and standing of all such immigration citations (e.g., reversed, affirmed, modified, followed or not followed, criticized, distinguished, etc.). This entire reference library consisting of the Act, Regulations, and Citations, is an indispensable reference tool that you will reach for day after day. Reserve your 2004 editions now. We offer a 30-day money-back guarantee. If you're not satisfied with your purchase within 30 days of receipt, you can request a full refund - no questions asked. The 2004 editions will arrive hot off the presses (target publication March 2004). For more information or to reserve your pre-publication advance copies see here.

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor:
As you might have heard, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott recently shut down two large "notario" scams in South Texas: Uresti Immigration and Trámites Migratorios. The businesses are believed to have defrauded hundreds of immigrants. The Office of the Texas Attorney General worked in cooperation with Hidalgo County and Cameron County District Attorneys, who are pursuing criminal charges against the principals. The Texas Attorney General also filed independent civil lawsuits pursuant to the State Deceptive Trade Practices Act, and courts in the two counties granted the Texas Attorney General's request for a temporary injunction against the businesses. This is the first time that I know of that the "notario" criminal statute is being applied, as amended in the Government Code in 2001.

Paul Parsons, Chair
State Bar of Texas Committee on Laws Relating to Immigration & Nationality

Dear Editor:
I have seen readers request in the letters to the Editor, links to news items in Immigration Daily that no longer work. For example, I have been able, since ILW.COM first published it, to access the report on the Taiwanese student deported. Typing the phrase "taiwan student deported" would result in enough information about it. I find difficult to believe that people interested a particular article do not know how to access the links ILW.COM publishes, when the title of the subject is enough to find the report online, even if you post a wrong link by mistake, by simply using such title in a search engine.

M. Schwartz

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