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Immigration Daily August 11, 2005
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Major Change Coming

Get ready for a major immigration reform bill in the next six months. Immigration Daily believes that the comprehensive immigration reform bill will include both enforcement and benefit provisions. It is unlikely that the House Republicans will succeed in an enforcement-only immigration reform package because of the negative consequences against employers, their primary constituents. More likely is a combination of enforcement and benefit provisions. Whether benefits will be temporary or permanent will depend ironically on how hard the small number of anti-immigration House Republicans will push for a pure enforcement-only bill. The more House Republicans push for an enforcement-only bill in exchange for their votes, the more likely that the House Democrats will be needed to pass the comprehensive immigration reform bill, resulting in more permanent benefit provisions. The long-awaited comprehensive immigration reform bill will be an event as large as IRCA and larger than IMMACT 90' and IIRIRA. It signals a new chapter in the history of US immigration.

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PERM: An Up To The Minute Course

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Ninth Circuit Decision In Martinez-Perez v. Ashcroft
Kathy Brady, Esq. writes "On August 2, 2005 the Ninth Circuit withdrew its flawed opinion in Martinez-Perez v Ashcroft, 393 F.3d 1018 (9th Cir. 2004) and issued a new opinion finding that the conviction in the case is not an aggravated felony."


USCIS Extends EADs For Nationals Of Somalia With TPS
USCIS announced an extension through February 2006 of employment authorization documents (EADs) for eligible Somalis with Temporary Protected Status (TPS). This announcement is different from the USCIS Somali TPS announcement made on August 1, 2005. For the press release, see here. For the revised FAQs, see here.


Help Wanted: Immigration Attorneys
Banta Immigration Law, one of the country's premier boutique immigration firms located in Atlanta, GA, seeks outstanding immigration attorneys for our growing practice. Position requires strong academic credentials; a minimum of two years experience in employment-based immigration; and excellent case management, communication, and writing skills. Candidates must be dedicated to providing exceptional client service, must be detail-oriented, possess superb analytical and organizational skills, and thrive in a fast-paced, high volume practice. We offer excellent pay, benefits, and growth potential, along with a great working environment. Experience with global immigration laws is a plus. Send resume and salary history to Kathy Zumbro: Please indicate position sought is for immigration attorney in subject line. No phone calls please. EOE.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegals
Banta Immigration Law, one of the country's premier boutique immigration firms located in Atlanta, GA, seeks outstanding immigration paralegals for our growing practice. Position requires minimum two years experience in employment-based immigration; and excellent case management, communication, and writing skills. Candidates must be dedicated to providing exceptional client service, must be detail-oriented, possess superb organizational skills, and thrive in a fast-paced, high volume practice. We offer excellent pay and benefits, along with a great working environment. Send resume and salary history to Kathy Zumbro: Indicate position sought is for immigration paralegal in subject line. No phone calls please. EOE.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
AV rated Hollywood, Florida firm seeking an attorney with minimum 2 yrs experience in Immigration law (family and asylum). Must be proficient in English and Spanish (Arabic a plus). Salary commensurate with experience. Immediate opening. Email resume to or fax to 954-923-1990.

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 :

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New Offices
Cheryl Mason and Anna Stepanova, both former Responsible Officers and Designated School Officials at the University of Iowa have formed Mason & Stepanova, P.L.C., a full-service immigration law firm, in Iowa City, IA. We specialize in 212(e) waivers and other services to young U.S.-educated professionals. Mason & Stepanova, P.L.C. 1222 Morningside Drive, Iowa City, IA 52245. Phone: 319-337-4477 Fax: 319-337-5358.


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:
I rarely agree with Ali Alexander's point of view, but his letter (8/10/05 ID) hits the nail square on its head. I commend Mr. Alexander's letter for his concise analysis of the issues facing the US in what is rapidly becoming an immigration crisis. It is not immigration that is bad for America - immigration is good - but illegal immigration is bad because it operates outside the system of laws upon which our nation relies to maintain order. Citizens and residents of the US alike are bound to the law, and no man/woman is above the law, including illegals. In a republic, the law is paramount, and America is a republic, "One nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all." But with liberty and justice come responsibility, and law breakers of any sort, notwithstanding they are breaking the law for personal betterment, do not contribute in a positive way to the fine fabric of society. In fact, they, and other law breakers, denigrate society by undermining the respect for the law that is paramount if the republic is to succeed. The writers of the Federalist Papers knew that men had tendencies to do wrong, and that they need laws to keep them in order. Readers, and future readers of Immigration Daily who so cavalierly spout the same old tired rhetoric about tolerating illegal immigration, and rewarding illegal immigration with amnesty and guest worker programs, should heed well the wisdom of Mr. Alexander's letter and harken back to it every time their hearts start bleeding. As the Federalist Papers point out, "We are a nation of laws, not men.". If the laws are wrong, then change them . . . but don't indiscriminately break them, even for personal gain or betterment, for that surely is not an excuse for lawlessness.

David D. Murray, Esq.
Newport Beach, CA

Dear Editor:
Mr. Camarota's study (8/1/05 ID) surprisingly manages to prove nothing. Why so much fuss about "diversity"? What is "diversity"? Is it proven that more "diverse" births are better that fewer? What’s the definition of assimilation? How do you measure it? Is the "lack of interaction with natives" measurable, proven, and harmful? Is it caused by more births or by the absence of legal immigration avenues for full social integration? Where is the causal link between less "diverse" births, lack of "assimilation," and the potential damage done to the nation? Mr. Camarota makes a lot of assumptions and draws many conclusions that are not backed by rigorous research.

Washington, DC

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