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Immigration Daily May 17, 2005
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Ron Klasko

Ron Klasko is one of the finest minds in the field of immigration law (this is particularly remarkable because the immigration law field is blessed with many fine minds). Today's Immigration Daily carries a letter from Mr. Klasko in support of Tammy Fox-Isicoff's candidacy for AILA Secretary. For the letter, scroll below. Mr. Klasko will lead the discussion for "Solving Today's PERM Puzzle". The deadline to sign up is Tuesday, May 17th. For more info, including speaker bios, detailed curriculum, and registration information, please see: (Fax version:

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Deadline Is Tuesday, May 17th

Ron Klasko (who needs no introduction) will present a 3-part telephonic seminar on PERM. The curriculum is as follows:

In addition to the specific items below, each session will discuss: Panelists' experience with PERM (successes, problems, timing, conversions, logistical/technological issues, what's being audited, audit experiences, differences between Atlanta and Chicago); Panelists' experiences with Backlog Processing Centers (timing, substantive issues, differences between Texas and Pennsylvania); New guidance from ETA; Experience with SWAs re: prevailing wages.

FIRST Phone Session on May 19:

  • Refiling Issues - "Identical" conversions; Issues to consider: quotas, new prevailing wage, new SVP, impact on seventh year extensions of H-1Bs, age out children, other personal issues.
  • Developing the Case Strategy - Chronology of case steps; Timing issues from beginning to filing.
  • Completing the forms - Registration issues; How to avoid rejection; Answering Specific Questions
SECOND Phone Session on June 16:
  • Prevailing wages - Strategies for getting lower level wage; Use of private surveys; Role of advocacy; Appeals
  • Job Requirements - Avoiding alternative occupations; Avoiding special requirements; O*Net/SVP advanced issues; What is "normal"?
  • Audit Proofing the Application - What cases get audited?; Strategies for avoiding audits.
THIRD Phone Session on July 14:
  • Recruitment Issues - Deciding if "professional" recruitment is necessary; Choosing the best recruitment plan; Issues in each of the optional recruitment categories; Technical compliance sufficient?
  • Recruitment Reports - Issues in disqualifying applicants; Applying combination of education, training and experience standard; Format and timing of the report.
  • Issues for small and closely-held businesses - Special requirements; Strategies for presenting case.
The deadline to sign up Tuesday, May 17th. For more info, including speaker bios, detailed curriculum, and registration information, please see: (Fax version:


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Dear Editor:
Most of us are fully aware of the fact that there has been a great shortage of nurses in the US for more than one and a half decades (5/13/05 comment). To meet the shortage, thousands of nurses from different countries were called upon to come to the US to work by creating different kinds of visa categories. The Appropriations Bill was signed into law on May 11, 2005 by President Bush allows 50,000 nurses from foreign countries to come to the US to work. There has been a growing shortage of nurses in the US for years. But, the US government does not seem to be trying to meet the shortage from its own internal sources. A great number of US citizens and green card holder students who have been trying to get admission to city community colleges for Registered Nursing (RN) programs, have been waiting for more than two years for their number to come to register doe the required classes. Concerned US authorities have not paid any attention to increase the number of seats for Nursing programs. It is certain that if the number of seats for this RN program are increased at all US city community colleges, we will not have to import nurses from foreign countries. This will also help reduce unemployment in the US also. It is high time that concerned US authorities take immediate necessary action to increase the number of seats for RN programs at all city community colleges.

S. Salike

Dear Editor:
I want to respond to comments on my previous letter (5/2/05 ID). First, to David Murray's letter (5/3/05 ID), I freely admit to being wrong on the math in Liz's case and therefore her ability to file for the 1986 amnesty. However, when any mention is made of the harm being done to US citizens by illegal aliens using someone's SS# and stealing their identity, the immediate response is couched in terms of "hate, bias, narrow-mindedness". Emotion does come into play when people's lives are destroyed by those who think they have a right to steal from others with no concern as to what happens to the innocent parties. Those are facts so they should be figured into the equation when discussing immigration law. Obviously illegals are not the only ones stealing identities, however, as the news program I mentioned clearly proved, this is a tremendous problem. I guess one should only get emotional about it if it actually happens to you. In Liz's follow-up (5/04/05 ID) she explained her particular situation and I fully agree, there is no excuse for the delay in processing timely filed applications by those who enter the US legally. While I might not know her, I know many like her. While one may not like, or agree with what I said, it was not mean, it was factual and accurate. I have spent over 25 years working to bring people into the US in an appropriate, lawful status to undertake a variety of employment, so in no way am I biased or narrow-minded about aliens. Laws should be enforced, regardless of what it takes to get the job done. We are supposed to be a nation governed by laws, in the area of illegal immigration "it just ain't so".


Dear Editor:
I urge you to vote for Tammy Fox-Isicoff for AILA Secretary -- not just because she is the most qualified candidate this year, but because she will be one of the strongest leaders ever in AILA. Working with her in national AILA leadership for the past 10 years, I have witnessed her tireless and passionate advocacy for so many causes about which we all care so deeply. Quite simply, she has been the most proactive member of the Board of Governors during these 10 years.

Especially in these unusually difficult times, AILA needs a true leader -- a leader with the guts to take unpopular positions and the passion and power of persuasion to convince others to follow her lead. This ability is rare -- Ira Kurzban had it; Charles Foster had it; Peter Williamson had it. It's no surprise that they are all supporting Tammy, because she, too, has those same rare leadership skills. And believe me friends, what AILA needs now is not just another team player; AILA needs a strong team leader like Tammy Fox-Isicoff.

Tammy has an almost unique background. She is a well-respected litigator, previously as an INS trial attorney and special assistant U.S. attorney and now in a small immigration firm. She is equally well-respected as a business immigration attorney, being one of the most prolific authors and speakers on cutting-edge business immigration issues. She has worked tirelessly not only on the AILA Board of Governors, but also on the Board of Catholic Charities Legal Services and on the ABA Immigration Coordinating Committee.

But none of that really defines what makes Tammy such a unique leader. Perhaps Ira Kurzban said it best: "Tammy is energetic and fearless; passionate and charismatic. She brings unbridled enthusiasm to all of her endeavors and has the ability to activate our membership."

There are so many examples of Tammy's ideas that were ahead of their time and that met with resistance when she first proposed them. But Tammy's passion, advocacy and leadership skills enabled her to win over the doubters and get others to follow her lead on each of these occasions:

-- Ten years ago, Tammy was the first to realize the danger of state efforts to pass anti-immigrant legislation and drivers license restrictions. She was the first member of the Board to advocate AILA's national action on this critical issue.
-- Tammy was the first Board member to realize the importance of developing pro-immigration programs in schools; she initiated the school essay contest in Florida that became the model for the program used today by AILF.
-- An immigration resource for all 3 major TV networks and several newspapers, Tammy was the first Board member to advocate the importance of a regular pro-immigrant media campaign; and thus was the logical choice to be appointed the Chair of AILA's first Media Committee.
-- Tammy was the first to recommend that AILA/AILF have an in-house impact litigation capacity. Although she met strong opposition, she was able to get the Board to adopt her recommendation, which resulted in the AILF Litigation Project.
-- Tammy took the lead on briefing and advocating at liaison meetings many of the key successes that we achieved when I was AILA General Counsel, including extension of 245(i) grandfathering and limiting the impact of the 3 and 10-year bars, especially to aliens with adjustment pending, asylum, voluntary departure, TPS and aliens in proceedings. Tammy's key role in these successful liaison efforts was acknowledged by former INS General Counsel Paul Virtue in his endorsement of Tammy for Secretary.
-- Over the opposition of the Executive Committee, Tammy recently won Board and then membership approval of a by-law amendment to accept public defenders as members of AILA.
-- Tammy led the successful effort to get the ABA leadership to adopt a position to develop standards limiting INS' ability to transfer immigration detainees to areas removed from availability of counsel.

Tammy Fox-Isicoff is one of the most accomplished and qualified people ever to seek a national officer position in AILA. If anyone will be able to take proactive positions and by sheer force of will enable AILA to better address the concerns of all of us practicing immigration lawyers, it will be Tammy Fox-Isicoff. We can't afford to lose her.

Thank you for taking my views into consideration as you cast your ballot for AILA Secretary.

Ron Klasko

Dear Editor:
I would like to tell you why I am casting one of my votes for Marcine Seid who is running for the AILA Board of Governors and why I think you may want to, as well.

Marcine has been quite active in AILA and when she was Santa Clara Valley Chapter Chair, she attended the Board Meetings on a regular basis. Even after her term of office expired, she has continued to attend and be an active participant in Board Meetings. Her leadership has been recognized by many and she was encouraged to approach the nominating committee and seek nomination for one of the Board of Governors positions. AILA politics, being what it is, she was not nominated. AILA members throughout the United States encouraged her to run by petition.

She has a bunch of good ideas which include:

1. Expanding membership services but keeping dues and cost (including hotel costs at conferences) at a minimum. If, for no other reason, she gets my vote for this reason. The vast majority of AILA members come from very small law firms who have to be careful about the bottom line. While airfare to conferences used to be a troubling matter, I find that the hotel bills are double or triple what airline costs are nowaday.

2. Developing grassroots advocacy including collaborative partnerships with local community groups. Marcine not only proposes this but she has demonstrated that it works. If AILA is going to get the kind of legislation which our clients need and thwart the agenda of the restrictionists, we are going to need all the help we can get from other groups who share common perspectives and goals with AILA.

3. Maintaining dialog through liaison with government agencies and, if that does not produce results, then not being afraid to litigate. Marcine has been an effective liaison with the Department of Labor in Region VI. As a member of the Administrative Appeals Office Liaison Committee and a two-term member of the California Service Center Liaison Committee. She believes that liaison works. However, when it does not, we should not be afraid to litigate.

Marcine has held numerous appointed and elected positions locally, regionally, and nationally in AILA. Her record of service can be checked on the AILA website. Your vote is important. Last year.s election, being elected as a Board Member or losing was only a difference of a few votes. If statistics are correct, only one in seven of the people who read this letter will vote. AILA members need to make their vote count. Marcine has made it clear that she is not running against anyone. She is only asking for one of your seven votes. In my opinion, she is the most deserving of all candidates due to her effectiveness, ideas, and long-time AILA service. One of my votes has Marcine Seid's name on it.

Edward R. Litwin, Litwin & Associates, A Law Corporation
South San Francisco, CA

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