Today's Immigration Daily has various items of interest, including the latest EOIR disciplinary release, an article on the immigration debate within the Sierra Club by Walter A. Ewing at the Immigration Policy Center of AILF, 5 classified advertisements, and 3 letters to the Editor. Please scroll down to find the item(s) of interest to you.
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Missing The Forest For The Trees: The Environmental Arguments Of Immigration Restrictionists Miss The Point
Walter A. Ewing at the Immigration Policy Center writes "In the latest battle for control of the Sierra Club, immigration restrictionists are again using an “over-population” argument that is based on flawed environmental assumptions and offers no useful guide for fixing the broken U.S. immigration system."
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Immigration Law News
EOIR Announces Latest Disciplinary Actions
The Executive Office For Immigration Review announced its latest disciplinary actions: three attorneys were immediately suspended, three received final orders of discipline, and one attorney was reinstated.
DOJ Immigration Litigation Bulletin
The Department of Justice released the December 2003 issue of its publication, Immigration Litigation Bulletin. [Ed. corrected 4/15/04]
Maine Governor Baldacci Signs Executive Order Prohibiting Immigration Status Inquiry By State Employees
Maine Governor Baldacci signed an Executive Order affirming that access to state services is available without regard to personal immigration status.
What Is The Status Of President Bush's Immigration Reform Initiative?
Fox News reports "Pro- and anti- immigration groups are deeply skeptical of the administration's commitment to immigration reform, and say the president would have been wiser to stay silent if he didn't plan to act."
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Help Wanted: Experienced Immigration Paralegal
The University of Southern California (USC) seeks to hire a FT experienced immigration paralegal to assist academic, research and service units with the hiring of nonimmigrants for both temporary and career appointments. Minimum Qualifications: Candidates should possess 2+ years experience in a private immigration practice or in an academic setting with immigration related experience. Applicants should have experience in: labor certification applications, immigrant visa petitions including adjustment of status applications and consular processing, and nonimmigrant visa processing (O-1, H-1B, TN). Will manage large caseloads with high degree of independence, interact with USC departments and personnel on a regular basis, and serve as a resource for university faculty and staff. Candidates should also possess excellent writing and communication skills. Working knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and Immigrant Pro or related immigration software is required. Bachelor's degree preferred. Apply online at www.usc.edu/jobs (submit reference Req. #15453 under Search/Apply). AA/EOE.
Immigration Law Conference
The Center for Migration Studies, in association with the Fordham School of Law will present the 27th Annual National Legal Conference on Immigration and Refugee Policy – "Navigating Through the Immigration Labyrinth in Post-9/11 America" on May 25-26, 2004 in New York City. The conference will consist of presentations + Q&A sessions on a wide-range of immigration topics. Immigration professionals, government officials, HR professionals, and non-profit reps should not miss the chance to hear noted experts in the field speak. Participants will have the rare opportunity to interact with key policymakers at this unique international event. Topics will include the transition to the DHS, including the impact of both policy and process, as well as an overview of business, family, and asylum issues facing the immigration law and policy community. For more info, including detailed curriculum, speaker line-up, and registration information, visit: http://www.cmsny.org/27th-annual.htm.
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Letters to the Editor
I am preparing my entry for The CIS's most absurd RFE/decision contest sponsored by AILA. Did you know that there are more than 3000 appeals at AAO regarding the issue of ability to pay in the context of an I-140/485 petition with a preceding labor certification? Something absolutely stinks in the system. My clients have gone so far as to having RFE and Decision Parties, to celebrate or commiserate after the arrival of a particular communication from our "expert" adjudicators at CIS. Sadly, it has become difficut to explain to them why adjudicators in their cases aren't the serious, law-abiding judges televisions offers in other people's nonimmigration matters. Certainly a system that warrants T-shirt contests for the worst decisions is not representative of America at its best. At first, I felt constrained to "play the game" and let the nonsense roll off my back and off my clent's roof. Answer the question and get it over with. But the sheer temerity of playing this particular game with my particular people has shaken me to my roots. Politically incorrect as it may be, a laugh at somebody else's mental gymnastics is not so grossly improper. But I owe my clients more than to play silly games behind their backs with their cases. I owe them my best and jest is not my best, not nearly my best. But, when the single, most powerful association of professional lawyers in the field of immigration is driven to demonstrate reality through such tomfoolery, we note that it is not they that are wrong, but the system that engenders it. Immigration is simply not funny, my dear associates. It is time we started to act, together, to bring propriety, due process and justice into the field of immigration adjudications.
Stephen B. Horton, Esq.
New Milford, CT
Here's the latest developments on our class action suit on massive USCIS processing backlogs. Attached is the government's answer to our complaint. I cannot believe they took 90 plus days to prepare this response. It is a whole lot of nothing. For the original complaint, see here.
Rajiv S. Khanna, Esq.
I have been trying to send one message to you and I can't figure out your system well enough to reply to particular articles.
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