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Immigration Daily August 1, 2005
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Rep. Lamar Smith Helps Alien In Need

According to The Houston Chronicle, Rep. Lamar Smith's office came to the aid of a Honduran kidney transplant receipient experiencing immigration troubles, unable to return to Texas to receive the anti-rejection medication he needs to live. The anti-rejection medication is not readily available in Honduras, and the Honduran's supply will run out in days. It usually takes months for Honduran citizens to get an appointment with the U.S. Consulate to apply for a visa, but Rep. Smith's office was able to get an interview for him for Thursday. "Congressman Smith has made every effort to make sure [Honduran kidney transplant receipient] will have all of the documentation he will need," said O'Lene Stone, district director for Smith's San Antonio office.

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Writing And The REAL ID
R. Blake Chisam writes "I'd like to chat a bit about the REAL ID Act and some of its likely effects on the practice of immigration law."


News

DHS Extends TPS For Nationals Of Somalia
The DHS extended the designation of Somalia for Temporary Protected Status for 12 months, effective September 17, 2005 through September 17, 2006. For the press release, see here. For the FAQs, see here.

EOIR Factsheet On Representation Of Aliens In Immigration Proceedings
The Executive Office for Immigration Review issued a revised fact sheet on representation of aliens in immigration proceedings.


Classifieds

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
The Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law is a Los Angeles non-profit that focuses its work on the civil and human rights of insular minorities. The Center initiates and conducts major class action litigation, often involving constitutional law issues. The program also operates community-based and international human rights projects. The Center seeks a Supervising Attorney (SA) for its Voces Unidas Project which provides essential social and legal services to abused Mexican national survivors of domestic violence. The SA will oversee development and implementation of a national training program on rights of immigrant survivors of domestic violence living in the US, as well as provide technical support and assistance to pro bono attorneys. The SA will also represent abused women, men, and children with Special Immigrant Juvenile, VAWA, and U-Visa petitions. Salary: Negotiable. Availability: Immediate. No calls please. Send your resume + cover letter in Word format (no WP documents) to both Peter Schey, Executive Director, at pschey@centerforhumanrights.org and Carlos Holguin, General Counsel, at crholguin@centerforhumanrights.org. Applicants must: be admitted to the CA Bar, have 3+ years experience preparing one of the following:(SIJ petitions, VAWA self-petitions, or U-Visas), bilingual in Spanish and English, have strong research & writing skills, have Lexis training and experience. Applicants should have demonstrated commitment to social justice issues.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Phoenix-based general practice law firm, Ryley, Carlock & Applewhite, seeks associate with 3-5 years of experience handling full range of business-related nonimmigrant and immigrant matters. Must have excellent writing, communication and organizational skills. Please send resume, transcript and writing sample to mausdemore@rcalaw.com in Word format. No phone calls please.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
The Columbus office of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP, a 365-attorney law firm, is seeking a junior to mid-level staff attorney with experience in the area of business and employment-related immigration. The position requires excellent academic credentials, strong research, writing, case management, and communication skills, and 2 or more years experience with employment-related nonimmigrant visas, labor certifications, and other business-related immigration matters. Qualified candidates may respond in confidence (preferably by e-mail) to: Bobbi Shoemaker, Recruiting Coordinator, Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP, 52 E. Gay Street, Columbus, OH 43216, (614) 464-6285, fax (614) 719-4960, bjshoemaker@vssp.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Leading New York City immigration law firm with interesting and diverse practice seeks paralegal to handle business and family immigration matters. The ideal candidate must have excellent communication, writing, computer and organizational skills, as well as a bachelor's degree and at least 1 year prior business/family immigration law experience. Please send your cover letter and resume to: resumes@cyrusmehta.com.

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Letters

Readers are welcome to share their comments, email: editor@ilw.com (300-words or fewer preferred). Many letters to the Editor refer to past correspondence, available in our archives.

Dear Editor:
I disagree whole-heartedly with the Immigration Daily comment (7/28/05 ID). Are you practicing with any kind of journalistic integrity? Perhaps the context of the question and answer should be considered before ripping Mr. Tancredo for political gain or for his stances on any issue, including immigration.

RAH, Esq.

Dear Editor:
Thank you for your comment on the (ill)legalities of "nuking Mecca." (7/28/05 ID) As a Muslim and a lawyer, I am simply appalled at Rep. Tancredo's statements - and the moral outrage proved to smokescreen my ability to legally repudiate his statements. Thank you for helping me do this. Unlike others who feel Immigration Daily has no business getting on the soapbox here, I think that the nexus between the needs of millions of immigrant/non-immigrant Muslims in this country and a web service maintained in part by immigration lawyers provides a wholly sufficient basis for comment. I read that he is sorry he offended Muslims, but he has failed to retract his statements.

Hassan M. Ahmad, Esq.

Dear Editor:
In your customary eagerness to condemn the concept and advocates of restricted, legal immigration, you have predictably, unfairly and crassly attacked Rep. Tom Tancredo in your editorial (07/28/05 ID). His mere mention of the possibility of the nuclear option in the event of a similar attack on a US city is not only justified by common sense and self-defense, but is also a stated, affirmative position and contingency of the Bush administration. It has been reported that the Pentagon, acting under instructions from Vice President Dick Cheney's office, has tasked the US Strategic Command (STRATCOM) with drawing up a contingency plan to be employed in response to another 9/11-type terrorist attack on the US.  The plan includes a large-scale air assault on Iran employing both conventional and tactical nuclear weapons.  Within Iran there are more than 450 major strategic targets, including numerous suspected nuclear-weapons-program development sites.  Many of the targets are hardened or are deep underground and could not be taken out by conventional weapons, hence the nuclear option.  This response is not conditional on Iran actually being involved in the act of terrorism directed against the US or is it specific to nukes being used on US as was the Tancredo statement.  It is the seemingly terminal condition of xenomania exhibited by your editorials that should be gotten rid of, not Rep. Tancredo. Your myopic attempt to capitalize on this issue and pursuing your own questionable agenda by smearing one of the all too few who are willing to stand up and secure America is regrettable.

R. L. Ranger

Dear Editor:
"While we make no claim to be experts either in military law or in political procedure for expelling members of a party, the purpose of our comment is the incident's clear connection with immigration policy." (see 7/28/05 ID comment). Immigration Daily is only knowledgeable about the immigration field. Please stop making editorials into an arena where your ignorance shows. Did you rebuke Senator Durbin for his comments about Guantanamo being like the gulags? The anwer is a resounding: No, you did not. That's because Immigration Daily is nothing but a partisan publication which acts exactly like a liberal political hack, only criticizing Republicans and others with anti-immigration views. Double standard. You have little credibility. In the aftermath of his despicable remark last month, why didn't you call on Durbin to resign for his remakrs undermining the American military and bordering on the traitorous? If I have to remind you, people, even some Democrats in the Senate were calling on Durbin to apologize and resign. He finally apologized, tearfully I might add, realizing how outrageous and egregious his remark was.

Mike D.

Dear Editor:
Regarding 7/28/05 ID comment, I applaud the editor for considering this issue important enough to comment on it. The problem is not Trancedo alone, it is an element of American society, some of whom commented yesterday, who are so out of touch with reality that their ignorant attitude is proving distasteful to the international community from South America to Asia and yes the Middle East. We must remember, Mr. Bush has declared a "Crusade" Ashcroft has openly stated that their God is evil and our God is good, a top military general made similar statements, many other republican politicians have openly expressed their hatred towards Islam and used 9/11 as a cover to hide behind. If Americans are interested in learning about Islam or any other minority culture for that matter, they should stop relying on television and Hollywood for information on other cultures and religions and should go to the source to educate themselves. There are some 6-8 million Muslims in the U.S., many hundred mosques, and Quran is sold in every book store and free online. A note to those who actually were making excuses for Trancedo's comments: this is not the America of the 17th, or 18th century, learn to respect other people and their religious beliefs and refrain from making fanatical comments like "nuke Mecca."

Owais Qazi

Dear Editor:
I would like to know if only registered lawyers or migration attorneys are allowed to process and file petitions on behalf of clients or if individuals or organizations are eligible to act on their behalf as well? We are not a migration law firm, however we have been operating in the consulting business assisting individuals looking to work, visit, study, migrate and do business overseas. We are also into IT consulting and have been recruiting and relocating professionals to the US. Now we are also looking to process the H1 petitions and H1 transfers for our clients. More like back office processing. To this end, I wanted to enquire if there are any restrictions limiting us from processing and filing petitions on behalf of our clients at the USCIS center.

Caroline


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