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Immigration Daily March 7, 2005
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REAL ID Is Really National ID

The Wall Street Journal in a recent editorial pointed out fundamental problems with the REAL ID bill:

"Even if the Real ID Act had been in place prior to 9/11, it's unlikely that the license provisions would have prevented the attacks. That's because all of the hijackers entered the U.S. legally, which means they qualified for drivers' licenses. The Real ID Act wouldn't change that. Moreover, you don't need a driver's license to fly. Other forms of identification -- such as a passport -- are acceptable and also were available to the hijackers. Nothing in the Sensenbrenner bill would change that, either."
However, the proponents of the REAL ID bill (the anti-immigrationists) are probably not too concerned with national security, they just want to make life as difficult as possible for the undocumented workers who are essential to the American economy. The anti-immigrationists' view on immigration policy is to simply call for more and more enforcement. They turn a blind eye to the burning problem with immigration policy which is inadequate and minuscule avenues for legal immigration (both temporary and permanent). Ignorance of reality is ultimately a sure way to fail. All that the anti-immigrationists will achieve if REAL ID becomes law is driving the undocumented deeper underground and moving America closer to a Gestapo state with a national ID card.

We have confidence in the strength of our legislative process and believe that REAL ID will likely lead to a larger bill with both enforcement and generous benefits provisions. We look forward to that larger bill becoming law.

We welcome readers to share their opinion and ideas with us by writing to


Filing PERM Cases For Advanced Practitioners

ILW.COM is pleased to announce our new seminar "Filing PERM Cases For Advanced Practitioners". The detailed curriculum is as follows:

FIRST Phone Session on March 23rd:

Late-breaking developments

Substantive Issues

  • A matter of definition - "employer" and "employment"
  • Chintakuntla conflicts
  • The 10 additional recruitment steps considered
  • Actual minimum requirments at 656.17(i)(2)
  • Kellogg vs. Delitizer
  • Layoffs!
  • Good news on Proof of Publication
  • Non-clinical care nurses
  • 2 bites to the apple?
Comments by guest expert

Form 9089 - Box by Box - A thru G

SECOND Phone Session on April 14th:

Late-breaking developments

Audit Issues

  • 3 paths but approval
  • Watch out for "special circumstances"
  • Database/statistical profiles
  • Incomplete applications will be denied! What does this mean? Hint: Much more than you think!
  • Documents - yours vs. theirs (Bonus: can an audit live-in?)
  • "Able, willing, qualified and available"
Comments by guest expert

Form 9089 - Box by Box - H thru J

THIRD Phone Session on May 5th:

Late-breaking developments

BALCA & Your Day In Court

  • "Killing tanks is fun and easy" - United States Marines!
  • Prevailing Wage and 4 skill levels
  • Evidentiary issues in the PERM rule
  • Plain language vs. statutory intent a.k.a. individualized vs. statistical
  • Burden of Proof vs. Burden of Production - section 291
  • Litigation considerations
Comments by guest expert

Form 9089 - Box by Box - K thru Q

The deadline to register is Monday, March 21st. For more info, including speaker bios, detailed curriculum, and registration information, please see: (Fax version:


Keeping the Promise: Immigration Proposals From The Heartland
Deborah Waller Meyers et al. for the Chicago Council On Foreign Relations writes "Temporary and permanent immigration are necessary for the future strength of the Midwest and the country at large."

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USCIS Advises Employers Not to File Until New H-1B Guidance Is Issued
USCIS announced that it is currently preparing guidance for implementation of the FY 2005 Omnibus Appropriations Act which created a new annual H-1B congressionally mandated cap of 65,000 visas exemption. USCIS advises employers not to file H-1B petitions seeking to employ an H-1B worker who may benefit from these provisions until USCIS publishes guidance in the Federal Register.

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Immigration Law Conference
Save The Dates - April 25-26, 2005. The CMS-Fordham 28th National Legal Conference on Immigration and Refugee Policy. Sponsored by the Center for Migration Studies (CMS) and the Fordham Law School, in Collaboration with the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) Program. Location: The Fordham Law School, New York, New York. Topics will include: Is Big Brother watching: using technology to improve both security and service, the impact that security checks and delays are having on artists, entertainers, schools and businesses, civil liberties and rights for nonimmigrants in the brave new post 9-11 world, international human rights developments related to migration, emerging issues in business immigration, workplace enforcement issues in the twenty-first century, prospects for immigration reform in the 109th Congress, plus 2 special programs: getting ready for legalization and getting ready for PERM: a nuts and bolts overview. Representatives from the government, nongovernmental organizations and private practice have been invited. For additional information, please go to

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

Dear Editor:
Gary Endelman's "Can't We All Just Learn To Get Along? PERM and The Threat to AC21 Portability?" (3/3/05 ID) raises well the potential risk posed by the Department of Labor to our clients using AC21 post-PERM. But he failed to note that AC21 also amended Section 212(a)(5)(A) by adding subpart (iv) stating that the Labor Certification of an I-485 Applicant who ports to a new job or employer "shall remain valid." While there is no memorandum or General Administrative Letter from DOL specifically addressing what will happen to that I485 Applicant with an approved Labor Certification and approved I140 and I485 pending at least 180 days, I do not believe the March 28, 2005 effective date for PERM will throw the foreign national community in to the horrible morass that he seems to fear.

Adam Rosen

Dear Editor:
ESIG was asked to be a part of the I-9 Coalition, a group of employers and associations with a vested interest in the new I-9 e-storage and e-signature law. Based in Washington, DC, the I-9 Coalition works on employment eligibility verification documentation issues on a regular basis. Recognizing that ESIG brought valuable perspective to this issue, the Coalition sought us out to be a part of the group. The Coalition was asked to make recommendations to the DHS for implementing new I-9 Electronic Signature and Storage rules. ESIG participated in reviewing and editing the final draft of the proposal, which included the following recommendations and were delivered to DHS on January 14, 2005: The DHS implementing regulation should provide a broad framework that takes into account the wide-ranging needs of the affected employers when it comes to efficiency, flexibility, and cost-effectiveness. The standards should also accommodate the rapid changes in technology that might be used to comply with the regulations. The DHS should consider other laws that utilize technology-neutral standards as references for this rule. Rather than dictate the format that an electronic signature should take, the rule should clearly define what constitutes a legal electronic signature. The DHS should ensure that electronic documents are as enforceable as paper ones, while at the same time maintaining enough flexibility to meet the implementation needs of individual employers. The recommendations were incorporated into the proposed regulation, which was cleared by ICE and BTS last week, and is now at the CIS division. After review there, it needs to be approved by the DHS Counsel's office and then get final clearance by the OMB. It will then be published in the Federal Register. There has been a DHS reorganization, which affects some of our contacts there. Our main contact, Tracey Renaud, has moved from Modernization Services to US-VISIT, where she is now in charge of the program. Her old job has been split into two positions: one in charge of the eFiling initiative, and another heading up eAdjudications. We are in the process of being referred to the proper contacts for each program.

Bob Meltzer
On behalf of Esig


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