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Immigration Daily April 1, 2004
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Editor's Comments

DREAM Act May Be Dead

The National People's Action (a pro-immigrant rights coalition group) protested outside White House senior advisor Karl Rove's residence last Sunday. The protestors wanted to obtain Mr. Rove's support for the DREAM Act, which would permit undocumented immigrant students to attend state universities at an in-state tuition rate. The protestors entered Mr. Rove's lawn and pounded on his windows frightening Mr. Rove's son and a neighbor's child who was in the house at the time, enraging Mr. Rove who demanded that the protestors leave. According to a Wall Street Journal op-ed, the neighbor's child was in fact the son of an immigration attorney. Far from achieving their aims, the protestors' efforts will likely backfire. Without Mr. Rove's support and by extension the President's support, the DREAM Act is likely dead for 2004.


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Featured Article

I-485 Filing Pilot Program
Gregory Siskind reports "The first hint that the USCIS is really serious about delivering on this promise was delivered this week with the announcement of a new program to complete processing of adjustment applications at the Dallas USCIS District Office within 90 days."


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Immigration Law News

INS Foiled By Own Byzantine Rules
In Singh v. INS, No. 02-71594 (9th Cir. Aug. 15, 2003), the court, noting that the INS was foiled by its own byzantine rules, said that the BIA erred in dismissing an appeal when the Petitioner followed all regualations pertaining to his notice of appeal, but the BIA itself deprived him of the opportunity to timely file his brief by sending the briefing schedule and transcript of proceedings to the wrong address.

Employer Statement Without Supporting Documentation Is Unpersuasive
In the Matter of The Corporate Housing Group, Inc., No. 2004-INA-16 (BALCA, Mar. 3, 2004), the Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals said that Employer's vague and self-serving statement regarding market trends failed to document business necessity for a Japanese language requirement. The BALCA noted that the Employer provided no documentation regarding the trend, did not demonstrate that it had a definite expansion plan, and did not document why an administrative assistant who spoke Japanese would be necessary.

Wall Street Journal Op-Ed On Immigration Activist's Storm Of Karl Rove's Home
A Wall Street Journal op-ed says "..maybe it's not that surprising that President Bush's immigration plan should engender such a violent reaction from a collection of left-wing community "activists." In many ways, these are precisely the people who have the most to lose from a Bush immigration reform founded on responsibility and the American Dream rather than subsidy and entitlement."

President Bush Deserves Praise For His Continued Immigration Reform Initiative Push
A Seattle Times op-ed by Ruben Navarrette Jr. says "At a time when many politicians will say anything to be popular, President Bush deserves a ton of credit for continuing to push a wildly unpopular plan to reform US immigration policy."


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Help Wanted: Experienced Immigration Paralegal
Immigration Paralegals needed for a small, downtown, very collegial/lifestyle-oriented Boston general business law firm with an employment immigration practice, including financial services, technology and biotech and medical clients. Looney & Grossman LLP seeks experienced and very detail-oriented individuals with 2+ years experience working at a leading immigration firm or for a leading attorney. Qualified candidate must have well developed web/computer skills, ability to consistently multitask and the flexibility needed for providing excellence in client service. Excellent oral and written communication skills are required. We offer a competitive salary and benefits package and a chance to enhance your already developed immigration skills. Please submit resume to Carolyn J. Fuchs at cfuchs@lgllp.com or fax to: 617-951-2819. EOE.

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Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
The Law Offices of Bernard P. Wolfsdorf seek to hire an associate attorney with 1-2 years experience in immigration for its Pacific Palisades, CA office. Ideal candidates should have experience with all aspects of business immigration. Responsibilities include: preparation of all types of immigrant visa petitions, labor certifications (RIR and traditional), adjustment of status and consular processing applications, and preparation of all types of nonimmigrant visa petitions (particularly Hs, Ls, TNs, and Os). Will manage caseloads with large degree of independence, communicate with and maintain client status reports, prepare bills, and serve as a team resource. Applicants should submit resume + cover letter to T.L. Loke Walsh: fax (310) 573-5093; or email tloke@wolfsdorf.com.

Help Wanted: Experienced Immigration Attorney
Anthony Olson, P.A., http://www.immigrationvisausa.com, an immigration law firm in Sarasota, FL, specializing in employment and family immigration law seeks an experienced immigration attorney. Applicants should have 2+ years employment-based immigration experience (particularly with labor certs, EB-1's, Hs, L's, O/P's) and foreign language skills (particularly Spanish or German). We offer friendly and flexible working conditions + competitive benefits package. Applicants must be conscientious, self-reliant, detail-oriented, and well-organized. Salary is commensurate with experience. Submit resume to Tony Olson by fax: 941-362-7107 or email: tony@immigrationvisausa.com.

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor:
I recently heard CIS Director Ed Aguirre speak in California. His talk convinced me that President Bush picked the right man to lead CIS. He is marshalling the talent that already exists at CIS and he has a detailed plan to take the organization to a world class level. The Immigration Bar can take comfort in the fact that there is a Captain of the Ship who is taking the best practices from private industry and bringing it to government.

Greg Berk, Esq.
Irvine, CA

Dear Editor:
I wish to note for the record that I did not approve the quotes attributed to me in Paul Donnelly's 3/31 article on morality and immigration and that these quotes only very partially represent my thought on this subject.

Jack Miles

Dear Editor:
Michael Piston seems to believe that Israel is the root of the Muslim problem facing our world today and that somehow if the US discontinued all military, economic and political support to Israel and withdrew from Iraq (after overseeing real elections - if that is possible) that the radical Muslim extremists would just back off, and all would be well in the world. He further seems to link the influx of foreigners into the United States directly with acts of terror, and seems to see an emphasis on immigration "as a means of combating anti-American assaults." He further seems to directly link the loss of American jobs to immigration and seems to believe that "liberal immigration policies" will result in Americans risking their lives. Oh, if life were only so simple . . . . we could just throw up an Iron Curtain around the USA, and deport all "suspicious characters". Now, I understand that Mr. Piston does not advocate this, because although he appears a little wishy-washy in his analysis, he certainly recognizes that isolationism will not work in the global society which is the world in the 21st century. But to link solutions to the terror wrought by Muslim extremists such as Al Queda to the political situation in Israel, and the tightening of immigration in the USA, misses the mark. The problem is not political, it is religious zealously. Until hate-mongering splinter groups of any religion, Muslim, or otherwise around the world, are stopped, terror will continue . . . with or without a withdrawal of US support for Israel, and with or without tightened immigration controls in the USA. It is difficult to change the hearts and minds of people bent on a hateful mission, but focusing on the money sources and arms suppliers, who supply terrorists worldwide with the means to execute their hatred, would be a better solution to ending terrorism than focusing on isolationism and immigration controls. Today, the world, both Muslim and non-Muslim alike, needs to work together to achieve peace, free of petty bickering and ethnic rivalries, but until the money and arms sources are curtailed, we cannot expect the terror to stop. We cannot expect to see the announcement of success in that arena on the 6 o'clock news, so long as military arms and weapons of human destruction continues to constitute the largest single expenditure in any country's budget, to be one of the largest sources of corporate revenue in the world, and so long as arms and munitions are readily available around the world to anyone who can pay for them. Arms dealers and the governments of countries who allow arms dealers to freely peddle their products of doom anywhere they like, have no ethics - perhaps we should identify them and then tighten our immigration laws so as to exclude them from the USA, not the thousands of innocents the immigration restrictionists are picking on. Don't blame immigration or friendship and alliance with any country for the terrorism in the world today. Root out the hatred and the organizations that support it. Follow the money sources and the military arms. At the end of the trail, we may just find the true terrorists.

David D. Murray, Esq.
Newport Beach, CA


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