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Immigration Daily March 2, 2004
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Editor's Comments

PR Tips For Immigration Lawyers

David Gumpert will offer public relations tips to immigration lawyers in our next telephonic workshop. The agenda for the talk is as follows:

  1. How does PR differ from marketing?
  2. What do you want to accomplish using PR?
  3. How do you get the media to pay attention to you?
  4. What constitutes PR success for lawyers?
  5. How can your clients help you obtain publicity?

About Mr. Gumpert:

  • Author of Do-It-Yourself Public Relations, published by the American Bar Association
  • Former senior editor of Inc. Magazine, former associate editor of The Harvard Business Review and former staff reporter with The Wall Street Journal
  • Author and coauthor of seven business books and editor of four anthologies on entrepreneurship and marketing.
  • Writer of "Growing Concerns" column for small business section of BusinessWeek.com (for examples, go to www.businessweek.com and search under "Gumpert")
  • Speaker to entrepreneurship and trade organizations as well as business students about business planning issues.
  • President of Gumpert Communications Inc. (www.gumpertcom.com)
This 45-minute long free workshop for immigration lawyers will be on Thursday, March 4th (1.15pm to 2pm ET). This telephonic workshop is only offered to members in good standing of ILW.COM's directory of immigration lawyers, and is free of charge. Requests for registration should be sent to webmaster@ilw.com.


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Public Relations: Tips On Doing It Yourself - Free Workshop For Immigration Lawyers

David Gumpert will offer public relations tips to immigration lawyers in our next telephonic workshop. The agenda for the talk is as follows:

  1. How does PR differ from marketing?
  2. What do you want to accomplish using PR?
  3. How do you get the media to pay attention to you?
  4. What constitutes PR success for lawyers?
  5. How can your clients help you obtain publicity?

About Mr. Gumpert:

  • Author of Do-It-Yourself Public Relations, published by the American Bar Association
  • Former senior editor of Inc. Magazine, former associate editor of The Harvard Business Review and former staff reporter with The Wall Street Journal
  • Author and coauthor of seven business books and editor of four anthologies on entrepreneurship and marketing.
  • Writer of "Growing Concerns" column for small business section of BusinessWeek.com (for examples, go to www.businessweek.com and search under "Gumpert")
  • Speaker to entrepreneurship and trade organizations as well as business students about business planning issues.
  • President of Gumpert Communications Inc. (www.gumpertcom.com)
This 45-minute long free workshop for immigration lawyers will be on Thursday, March 4th (1.15pm to 2pm ET). This telephonic workshop is only offered to members in good standing of ILW.COM's directory of immigration lawyers, and is free of charge. Requests for registration should be sent to webmaster@ilw.com.


Featured Article

An Immigration Roundup
Jose Latour provides a roundup of recent immigration events.


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Immigration Law News

USCIS Guide To Naturalization
The USCIS released the latest version of its guide to naturalization, including FAQs, table of eligibility requirements, and glossary of terms.

DHS Begins Repatriation Of Haitian Boat People
The DHS announced the repatriation of approximately 530 Haitians directly back to Haiti.

USCIS Announces Final CSS And LULAC Settlements
The US Citizenship and Immigration Services announced the final settlements in the CSS and LULAC legalization cases for which the notices had been announced earlier.

DOS Says No Change To Haitian Migrant Policy
During a Department of State press briefing, DOS spokesman McClellan responded to the query, "Would the President favor something that would give the Haitian boat people the same kind of status as the Cuban boat people?".

Final Determination In CSPA Is Not Same As Agency's Final Determination
In Padash v. INS, No. 02-70439 (9th Cir. Feb. 19, 2004), the court said that the term "final determination" as used in the Child Status Protection Act, referred not to the final decision by the agency but to the final determination of the matter.

Disbarred Attorney And His Wife Fined $1.85 Million For Defrauding Immigrants
The Los Angeles Times reports "A Monterey Park couple posing as immigration lawyers specializing in asylum cases were ordered to pay a $1.85-million fine after a judge ruled they had defrauded hundreds of Chinese immigrants, the state attorney general's office said."

US Policy On Haiti Is Criticized
The Newsday of Long Island reports "Haitian-Americans and immigrant advocates criticized the Bush administration Friday for sending more than 500 Haitian migrants back to face a violent uprising in their homeland."


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Classifieds

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Reeves & Associates (R&A) , a full-service immigration law firm, seeks an immigration attorney with 1+ years experience in business immigration for its Pasadena office. R&A offers an opportunity to manage a challenging and varied workload in a fast-paced environment. Candidates must have experience with immigrant visa petitions, labor certifications (RIR & traditional), Hs and Ls. The ideal candidate should be detail-oriented, highly organized, possess excellent interpersonal and communication skills (written and oral), and effectively multi-task. R&A has an experienced support staff, state of the art technology and offers unsurpassed growth and learning potential. We offer an excellent salary & benefits package. If you have what it takes to take R&A to the next level, please email: cover letter, detailed resume + salary history to immigration@rreeves.com or fax to (626) 795-4999. Incomplete submissions will not be considered.

Help Wanted: Experienced Immigration Attorney
The Law Office of Lee & Kent seeks an immigration attorney with 5+ years of business immigration experience for its immigration law practice. Qualified candidate must thrive in a busy office setting, work efficiently and effectively, and possess excellent writing and analytical skills. The firm has a well-established immigration practice in the Los Angeles, CA area, and handles a full spectrum of immigration issues. Lee and Kent is a general practice law firm, with practices in business litigation, bankruptcy, and criminal law. We offer an excellent benefits and compensation package. Fax resume and cover letter along with salary requirements to 213-380-2826 or email Justin M. Lee, Esq., hiring partner at info@us-lawoffice.com (no phone calls please).

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor:
I am attaching a copy of the letter which was sent on State Bar of Texas letterhead to the Texas Housing Association. We are objecting to their new supplemental rental application which asks questions about U.S. immigration status on applications to rent an apartment in Texas and requires prospective applicants to show documentation of immigration status. This form is being distributed to TAA's members who own and manage apartments. Their rationale is that it might help protect our country from terrorists. Of course this form will not detect terrorists but will only serve to discriminate against foreign nationals who reside in our communities and who are often the parents of U.S. citizens.

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

Dear Editor:
In Immigration Daily's February 9 issue you refer to a federal court case wherein it was held that a petitionerís credibility remains intact where he has no knowledge of the falsity of a proffered document. However, when the case is pulled up what appears is the decision in a previously cited case dealing with an Iranian who qualified for asylum. I am very much interested in the decision re the false or forged document and am wondering how I can get it. I enjoy Immigration Daily very much and find it very useful. Keep up the good work!

Herbert A. Weiss, Esq.
Garganigo, Goldsmith & Weiss

Editor's Note: Thanks for bringing this to our attention. The link has been corrected. For Kourski v. Ashcroft, No. 03-1742 (7th Cir. Jan. 20, 2004), see here.

Dear Editor:
If the government really wants to increase homeland security, reduce the Federal deficit and assure there will be some Social Security funds left for the baby boomers retiring after 2008, it will take immediate steps to identify all of the undocumented now in this country and collect income taxes and Social Security payments from the monies these workers earn. Also, when will something be done to stop the hemmorhaging caused by the exportation of over 2,500,000 jobs overseas over the past two years and the loss of the billions of dollars from this tax base?

Richard E. Baer

Dear Editor:
This is in response to the two letters to the Editor (Mr. Ginsburg and Mr. Frecker) commenting on the problems we are facing in US Embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. This is not an isolated case. As far as I know, there are hundreds of candidates waiting to receive Immigrant Visas from Riyadh Embassy. They've completed all paperwork, personal interviews and submitted all requested certificates. The office says "Your case is under Administrative Process, once we received your visa, we will let you know". As Mr. John Frecker says, it is true that most of the 9/11 hijackers came from Saudi Arabia; but these Immigrant Visa candidates are not Saudis, they are either Indians or Filipinos. If this is a security matter or 9/11-related, the Riyadh Embassy should not call candidates for Personal Interviews and should stop granting Immigrant Visas at the Riyadh Embassy. All these people paid their visa fees and as per procedure, these papers are valid only for one year after the personal interview. If they failed to issue Visas within this time, candiates lose their paid visa fee. Any assistance to solve this delay for issuing visa. I don't think that the Ambassador of US Embassy is aware of this case. For personal reasons, we are unable to provide our case number as requested. This problem began August 2003 when the current Cosular Officer took over her charge in this office.

Joeson M P


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