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Immigration Daily April 16, 2004
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Editor's Comments

Taxes And Immigration

How are taxes and immigration related? The tax deadline is an appropriate time to ask this question. The largest chunk of federal expenses is for Social Security and Medicare. These programs will likely run out of funds between 2015 and 2035. To prevent these programs from becoming bankrupt, we have a number of options. We can increase the tax rates or reduce benefits and services (neither of which are likely to be popular). Expanding our tax base appears to be the least painful way of solving our tax conundrum. Legalization would expand our tax base in a significant and meaningful way. Millions of undocumented currently live and work in the US who would gladly contribute to Uncle Sam's coffers. We have but to welcome these hardworking immigrants into our polity and tax base just as their American neighbors, friends, and employers have already made them part of our society.


ILW.COM Focus

Roundtable With Department Of State Officials On Consular Processing Issues

The seminar series "Overcoming Hurdles In Consular Processing: Visa Procedures, Security Checks & The TAL" features the following speakers:

  • Department of State: Robyn Bishop (Mexico), Steve Fischel (Washington, DC), Leslie Gerson (Canada), Gary Sheaffer (Canada)
  • Attorneys: Avi Friedman, Sylvia Graves, Tien-Li Loke Walsh (Discussion Leader), Sharon Mehlman, Roszel C. Thomsen (Export Control Attorney)
The discussion includes:
  • Applying for Visas - Are the Procedures Still the Same?
  • Navigating Through the Maze of Security Checks and Special Issues that Warrant Attention
  • Visas Mantis Hits and the Technology Alert List – Why Scientists, Academics, Researchers, Engineers and Hi-Tech Professionals Should Be Concerned
The deadline to register is Tuesday, April 20th. For more info, including detailed curriculum, speaker bios, and registration information, see: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/march2004.shtm. (Fax version: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/march2004.pdf.)


Featured Article

LegalEase: How To Market Your Law Firm Online (Indepth)
Peter Boyd, Esq. writes "Having a web site will not drive clients to your firm. Odd that a web designer would write something that bold, but it is true."


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Immigration Law News

Fundamental Issue Concerning Naturalization Raised And Remanded
In Apokarina v. Ashcroft, No. 02-4265 (3rd Cir. Apr. 7, 2004), the court said that "it was an open question whether a district court had jurisdiction under 1421(c) to review the Attorney General's denial of a naturalization petition based on 1429." Based upon a long-standing practice at the DOJ apparently contrary to the plain language of the statute, the circuit court directed that five specific questions be addressed on remand.

DOJ Immigration Litigation Bulletin: February 2003
The Department of Justice released the February 2003 issue of its publication, Immigration Litigation Bulletin.

Immigration Benefits Fees Increase
The USCIS published a final rule in the Federal Register adjusting immigration application fees by approximately $55 per application, and increasing the biometric fee by $20, effective April 30, 2004. For the Federal Register item, see here. For the new USCIS application fee schedule, see here.

DHS Brings Pay Parity To Legacy INS Agents
Government Executive Magazine reports "The Homeland Security Department announced Tuesday that some criminal investigators from the former Immigration and Naturalization Service will be promoted next month and will no longer be eligible for union representation."


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Classifieds

Help Wanted: Experienced Immigration Paralegal
Goel & Associates, P.C. (G&A) , a leading business immigration law firm, seeks an experienced immigration paralegal to join its fast-paced corporate immigration practice located in Greenbelt, MD. Candidates must have at least one year of business immigration experience, ideally with H-1B, L-1, Labor Certification, and I-140/Adjustment of Status cases for clients in the high tech sector. A college degree, excellent communication and organizational skills, knowledge of PC applications, and the ability to work independently are required. We offer an outstanding work environment and an excellent compensation and benefits package, including a business-casual dress policy, health and dental insurance, 401(K), free parking, and more. To apply, please send resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to careers@goellaw.com, or fax to 301-313-0445.

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.

Help Wanted: Experienced Legal Assistants
Legal Assistants needed for Pederson & Freedman LLP, a small established employee-friendly immigration law firm in downtown Washington, D.C., with a broad based international practice, including J-1 physicians, allied health care workers, consular processing, business and general immigration practice. Large volume of O-1 and EB I cases. Opportunities for travel. The firm seeks experienced individuals with 2+ years experience in the field of immigration. Qualified candidates 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 + benefits package and a chance to enhance your already developed immigration skills. Opportunities for advancement are excellent. Please email resume to Roberta Freedman at: rfreedman@usvisainfo.com. All replies will be held in complete confidence.

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:
In response to Bill Glenn's letter to the Editor, sir, there is nothing more rewarding on this earth than engaging in an honest battle over the rights of an alien client. I have no desire to pack up the laws, to pack up my briefcase or to pack up my clients, certainly none to seek “more rewarding pursuits.” What I desire is a fair and honest struggle with those government officials who enforce the laws; me happily on one side, them on the other, each doing their level best to bring good and substantial justice to those we elect to serve. In that way, the real “America” will again flow over this land.

Stephen B. Horton, Esq.
New Milford, CT

Dear Editor:
Mr. Ewing's article correctly points out that a few can pollute a lot, or a lot can pollute little. What he omits to mention, however, is the very point that environmentalists make: that a lot can and do pollute a lot. Does Mr. Ewing believe that immigrants to the US will not adopt our high polluting ways? Or that growing the highly polluting US population to half a billion by the next century, as could easily happen with current immigration and fertility levels, will not dramatically increase pollution? He persists in the mantra that illegal immigrants are needed by employers, when the continued high levels of immigration despite a recession and high unemployment in the US show that levels of immigration are not related to the availability of jobs in the US. Rather, they are related to poorer economic conditions elsewhere and the fact that US jobs pay relatively well, especially for workers who are willing to accept less than US workers and for companies which are willing to ignore not only immigration laws, but labor and health and safety laws as well. The latter is quite possibly the reason why Latino workers have suffered the largest numbers of injuries and deaths on the job in recent history. The former accounts for the increases in employment among Hispanics, particularly in areas such as construction, while other groups continue to suffer unemployment.

Ali Alexander

Dear Editor:
Twice now you've described the latest OIL bulletin as a product of EOIR. It is not. It is from the DOJ, but a unit that represents the government in federal litigation.

William Lore
Department of Homeland Security

Editor's Note: We inadvertently labelled the OIL bulletins as a product of the EOIR, whereas they are in fact published by DOJ's Civil Division. We have corrected our archives.

Dear Editor:
This is the second day you've posted OIL bulletins (thanks), but called them EOIR bulletins. The descriptive OIL stands for Office of Immigration Litigation. Although it may often seem as though IJs are already working for OIL, they're theoretically different entities.

Jonathan Scop
Attorney at Law

Editor's Note: We inadvertently labelled the OIL bulletins as a product of the EOIR, whereas they are in fact published by DOJ's Civil Division. We have corrected our archives.

Dear Editor:
Just FYI, The Immigration Litigation Bulletin does not belong to EOIR, it belongs to OIL which is the Office of Immigration Litigation.

Susan Eastwood
Department of Justice

Editor's Note: We inadvertently labelled the OIL bulletins as a product of the EOIR, whereas they are in fact published by DOJ's Civil Division. We have corrected our archives.


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