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Immigration Daily October 7, 2004
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Makin' Out Like Bandits?

There is a persistent myth that immigration lawyers must be experiencing a booming business since immigration law has been turned upside down post 9/11. Immigration Daily would like to set the record straight. Immigration attorneys are not enjoying increased business despite the government's enforcement-driven mentality. Fear has driven immigrants underground where they have joined the ranks of the undocumented, without adding to the coffers of immigration law firms. How much has business gone down for immigration lawyers? A notable anecdote may help shed light on the real situation. Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen and Loewy PC, the nation's largest immigration law firm had approximately 175 attorneys at the height of the tech boom, whereas that figure is now down to approximately 125. The belief that immigration attorneys are enjoying increased business is a myth.


Focus

Immigration Law Books - Latest Editions Shipping 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. 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. For more information see here.


Article

Immigration In Cyberspace – InfoPass At All 33 Districts
Peggy Gleason, Esq. writes "This computer scheduling system is now at all 33 district offices, and it schedules appointments for almost every function of district offices via a link on the USCIS website."


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News

EOIR Releases 5-Year Strategic Plan
The Executive Office For Immigration Review of the US Department of Justice released its strategic plan for fiscal years 2005-2010.

EOIR Issues Guidance On Unaccompanied Alien Child Cases
The Executive Office for Immigration Review Office of the Chief Immigration Judge issued a memo to all immigration judges, court administrators, judicial law clerks, immigration court staff providing guidelines for immigration court cases involving unaccompanied alien children.


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Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Bernard P. Wolfsdorf, a Prof Law Corp. seeks experienced paralegal for its South Bay, Southern CA (Torrance) office. Ideal candidate should have bachelor's degree, experience with all aspects of business immigration, including all types of immigrant visa petitions, labor certifications, adjustment of status and consular processing, and nonimmigrant visa petitions (particularly Hs, Ls, TNs, and Os). Will manage caseload with large degree of independence, communicate with clients regarding procedural and case processing issues, update and maintain client status reports, prepare bills, and serve as a team resource. Submit resume, cover letter, writing samples, and salary requirements to: Ms. Michele A. Buchanan, Esq. at MBuchanan@wolfsdorf.com. Bernard P. Wolfsdorf, P.L.C. is an equal opportunity employer.

Position Sought
Recent law graduate, who recently completed New York and New Jersey Bar Exams, seeks FT associate immigration law position in New York City metropolitan area. Possess experience in business immigration and asylum law, but open to all areas of immigration law. Energetic and motivated. Willing to learn and excel as an immigration attorney. References available upon request. For more information, including resume, contact Lucy Magardichian at lmagardichian@yahoo.com or (646) 641-0293.

Immigration Website For Sale
RapidImmigration.com, a multilingual website (English, Chinese, Spanish) is available for sale. RapidImmigration.com is one of the top five US immigration web sites and receives considerable traffic. Excellent opportunity for an immigration law firm interested in establishing/expanding major internet presence. Sale includes 900+ pages of copyrighted immigration content; may also include ongoing site maintenance. Contact Oliver Oziel at 212-228-8097 or oliveroz123@usa.com. All inquiries will be kept confidential.

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Readers are welcome to share their comments, email: editor@ilw.com (300-words or fewer preferred).

Dear Editor:
Just a short comment that relates to recognition of transsexual marriages by the BIA. On or about 1984, I adjudicated a transsexual marriage case and granted the benefit sought. Sometimes common sense is all it takes and since the sex of the person was 'female' there was no question that a marriage had taken place. Before joining the Benefits Unit I was an investigator, and maybe because of this background I gave many an attorney a hard time, I think, and I'm sure they will readily admit it. But you learn to be a balanced adjudicator by basing decision on law, regulation, policy and precedent decisions. Discretion is widely used in decision making, unfortunately what I have seen in some Officers is that their decisions are many times capricious and arbitrary. Many taxpayer dollars, heartaches, and family separations could be avoided if adjudicators made a well balanced and justified decision.

Victor W. Johnston
Retired INS OIC

Dear Editor:
Employers are and will ship jobs overseas no matter what happens with H1-B, just have they have done and are doing with manufacturing jobs that are not H1-B related. All H1-B programs do is make it easier--bring H1-Bs here, have U.S. workers train them in the processes they need to know, then ship the job overseas, where it will be done more cheaply. The truly brilliant and innovative immigrant workers have no need of H1-Bs. They can sponsor themselves, or find companies or institutions willing to sponsor them for a green card from the start. Where are the employers who are lobbying to speed up green card processing for these workers?

Ali Alexander

Dear Editor:
How about these suggestions: Cautiously increasing the legal quotas for "qualified applicants"?, Decreasing the quotas in proportion to those countries providing illegals?, Huge fines and jail for breaking the "employer sanctions" in the 1986 law, Class action suit against the feds for not enforcing the laws? Humane law for temp-workers who cannot become citizens, including their offspring. The law permitting any person born on United States soil to be a "natural born citizen" is based on civil war era conditions and the 14th amendment. They are contorted and antiquated and should not apply. The world is a different place and those who say laws must change with the times are those who should acknowledge it. This law should be repealed. It is not fair that a non-citizen can give birth to a "natural born citizen". And what is this we hear about a bill to provide medical benefits to illegal aliens. If it had a deportation amendment, maybe the people could support it.

Name Withheld

Dear Editor:
The following is a statement issued by the National Immigration Forum. Recent developments indicate that the House and Senate have different goals when it comes to passing bills to implement the recommendations of the bipartisan 9-11 Commission. The Senate is proceeding in a more serious bipartisan manner, consistent with the bipartisan 9-11 Commission’s recommendations to enact intelligence reform legislation. In contrast, the House Leadership bill, H.R. 10, has gotten worse, not better – more partisan, not less, more stridently anti-immigrant, and therefore less consistent with the 9-11 Commission and its recommendations. Despite public and private pleas from the leaders of the 9-11 Commission, and even the White House, House Republican Leadership is so interested in appeasing its anti-immigrant colleagues that they are willing to risk delaying or derailing the bill altogether Both the House and the Senate have been flirting with controversial measures, including measures to streamline deportations, gut due process and judicial review for non-citizens, limit the ability of people to obtain political asylum, and federalize driver’s license and identification standards to exclude immigrants. While the Senate has by-and-large rejected these measures in order to pass expeditiously a bill that addresses security and intelligence reform, the House Leadership has embraced these and other measurers with open arms. Once again, a small contingent of anti-immigrant activists has turned the war on terror into a war on immigrants. The restrictionist wing of the Republican Party has proven to be the biggest liability the President has in both reforming immigration and thwarting efforts to successfully reach out to immigrant, Latino, and Asian voters. While he has tried to rope the restrictionist wing in, including efforts in the last few days, the President has been unable or unwilling to stifle these less-than-compassionate conservatives. It’s a safe bet that restrictionists’ desire for immediate deportations without a judge or lawyer, driving immigrants to the black market for driver’s licenses and identification documents, and ensuring the political persecution of freedom-seeking refugees and asylum-seekers will likely come back to haunt the President and his party.

Angela Kelley, Deputy Director
National Immigration Forum


comingsNgoings

Readers can share their professional announcements (100-words or less at no charge), email: editor@ilw.com.

comingsNgoings To Date
Our new feature, Immigration Daily, comingsNgoings was launched in August. So far, we have received announcements for the following: New Position, Honors And Awards, Mergers & Acquisitions, New Office Address, New Appointment, New Associate, New Attorney, New Partner. If you have a professional announcement (not limited to the above), that you wish to share with the Immigration Daily community, send your professional announcement to: editor@ilw.com.


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