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Immigration Daily August 10, 2005
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PERM: Easy And Hard

PERM is both easy and hard. DOL has made PERM easy for those with no employer discrepancies (mismatched address or contact information) and those who can craft a case where alternative experience is not required. If you are fortunate enough to have a PERM case without issues that DOL's decision matrix appears to dislike, you can rest assured that your PERM approval will be in the mail. However, if there is bad karma between the way in which your case is presented on the 9089 form and DOL's decision matrix genie, then you can expect to have many problems of which delay and uncertainty are just the beginning. PERM is both easy and hard depending on the specifics of your PERM case.

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Hot Topics in Removal Cases: Effects of the REAL ID Act and More

The second phone session of the REAL ID seminar on August 18th will cover Hot Topics in Removal Cases: Effects of the REAL ID Act and More. The curriculum is as follows:

The REAL ID Act makes winning asylum and other forms of relief harder than ever. It also expands the grounds of removal based on terrorism grounds. But the news isn't all bad. This session will look at developments in removal cases, emphasizing the effects of the REAL ID Act's provisions. We will address the following issues:

  • Increased exposure to removal on terrorism grounds
  • Expanded definition of "terrorist organization"
  • Good news: New waiver for certain terrorist organizations and individuals who've endorsed, represented, or supported a terrorist organization
  • A more particular burden of proof
  • The need to corroborate facts and statements
  • Statutory standards for evaluating credibility
  • Tips and strategies for preparing asylum cases and other applications for relief
  • Tips for avoiding adverse credibility findings
  • When and how to corroborate facts and statements of clients and witnesses
  • What to do when you can't get corroborating evidence
  • Sowing seeds in the record for review on appeal
  • Effect of judicial review changes on removal defense
  • Dealing with the expanded limits on review of discretionary decisions and actions
  • Good news: Removal of annual limit on asylee adjustments and coercive population control asylum and refugee grants

The deadline to sign up is Tuesday, August 16th. For more info, including speaker bios, detailed curriculum, and registration information, please see: (Fax version:


Births To Immigrants In America 1970 To 2002
Steven A. Camarota writes "Analysis of birth records shows that in 2002 almost one in four births in the US was to an immigrant mother, legal and illegal, the highest level in American history."


CRS Report On Border Security
The Congressional Research Service issued an updated report on border security.


Help Wanted: Immigration Professional
The American Council on International Personnel (ACIP) is a professional organization dedicated to facilitating international movement of personnel and is headquartered in Washington, D.C. ACIP seeks a full-time program assistant to assist in the administration of our two J-1 exchange visitor programs and our legislative advocacy program. The program assistant will assist with administration of ACIP's two Exchange Visitor Programs in its Washington, D.C. office and assist the organization's Legislative Advocacy Program with immigration news releases in its weekly Alerts and Bulletins publications. Exchange Visitor Programs responsibilities include: responding to program inquiries; timely processing of program applications; document preparation; communication with program participants and US host employers; SEVIS compliance assurance; file maintenance; and miscellaneous administrative duties. Legislative Advocacy Program responsibilities include: reading immigration related news releases daily; pinpointing key issues in daily immigration news; ability to clearly and concisely convey those issues to our employer members in writing; and ability and willingness to work closely with an editor. Salary based on experience. Ideal candidate has: experience administering J visa exchange program; SEVIS knowledge; excellent communication skills; demonstrated commitment to customer service; ability to prioritize tasks, problem-solve and work independently. Strong writer desired, capable of reading numerous policy and law related news releases on a weekly basis, with ability to deduce key issues and produce quick turnaround. Familiarity with U.S. immigration law and policy is a plus. Any federal government, U.S. House or Senate background also a plus. Must be a USC or legal permanent resident to act as ARO (alternate responsible officer) for SEVIS program. Email resume in MS Word format, cover letter + salary req. to Darra Klein: by August 26, 2005. No phone calls please.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Morley Surin & Griffin, an immigration law firm based in Philadelphia, PA seeks intelligent, hard-working experienced immigration paralegal for full-time position. At least 1-2 years experience required in all aspects of immigration law (business, family, court removal proceedings). Bilingual ability preferred but not required. Benefits (100% employee health insurance, employer-matching 401(k), etc.), vacation, personal days, etc. Salary commensurate with experience. Family-friendly and collegial atmosphere. Send resume to Elizabeth

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
13-person midtown NYC immigration law firm seeks paralegal with 2+ years of experience with business applications: nonimmigrant and immigrant. Experience with family based, naturalization and other applications a plus. Bi-lingual Spanish/English also a plus. Ideal candidate has BA degree, is detail oriented, organized, conscientious. Candidate must also possess excellent writing, communication & case management skills. Competitive compensation package offered. Email resume & cover letter in MS Word format to :

Offshore Services For Law Firms
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New Associate
Judith Pendergast, former Director of Planning, Marketing, and Communications, has joined Hammond Law Group, LLC as an attorney. Ms. Pendergast will practice in the area of healthcare immigration where she will focus on assisting clients with nursing and allied healthcare immigration issues.


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

Dear Editor:
In response to Mr. Bennett's letter, (8/9/05 ID), illegal immigration provides business with an essentially unlimited supply of unskilled and uneducated exploitable labor, which means that even were they to be legalized, illegal aliens would not be able to bargain for higher wages and benefits, something Cesar Chavez himself knew. Illegal immigration similarly has a detrimental effect on the opportunities of low-skilled and poorly educated Americans and legal immigrants, as well as burdening tax-paying Americans with providing medical care and education to illegal aliens and their children. Illegal immigration also contributes to a climate, especially in immigrant communities, that the law doesn't matter, and not just in respect to immigration matters. I don't assume that everyone who enters without inspection is Mexican (8/8/05 ID). There are substantial numbers of Polish, Chinese, Indian, East European and other ethnic/racial groups among illegal aliens, but you wouldn't know it from the comments of Mr. Bennett and the Mexican government, or their cries of racism. I used the example of Jessica Santillan because it is a prominent illustration of precisely the problem we face with illegal immigration from whence ever it comes. As for being on the "front lines" of immigration, well, I worked with Arab-Muslim immigrants in the metro NYC area, and have lived and worked with would-be immigrants overseas in countries poorer than Mexico, and which have as much political corruption and as many social inequities. The people in these countries are every bit as deserving, and more so, than illegal aliens who don't respect our laws. Have you lived in a country where the rule of law wasn't respected? Where corruption was the norm? If so, you wouldn't want to see it repeated here.

Ali Alexander

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