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Immigration Daily August 25, 2005
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Undocumented Victims Awarded Vigilante Ranch

According to a New York Times article, two undocumented aliens were awarded a 70-acre ranch to satisfy judgments in a lawsuit against a vigilante group that promised to use force to keep undocumented immigrants from sneaking across the U.S.-Mexico border. "Certainly it's poetic justice that these undocumented workers own this land," said Morris S. Dees Jr., co-founder and chief trial counsel of the Southern Poverty Law Center, which represented the immigrants in their lawsuit. The immigrants said the ordeal, in which they feared that they would be killed by the men they thought were soldiers, had left them with post-traumatic stress. Mr. Dees said the loss of the ranch would "send a pretty important message to those who come to the border to use violence."

As this lawsuit illustrates, allowing armed civilian vigilantes to take enforcement of immigration laws into their own hands is a throwback to the wild wild west and a surefire recipe for violence and mayhem. This incident is just one of many symptoms (e.g. the Minuteman vigilante coalition, Arizona and New Mexico state of emergencies) of our nation's woefully inadequate immigration system. It is up to Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform so that our immigration laws reflect the reality that large-scale immigration is a part of modern America's landscape.

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PQ: The PERM Quarterly - Pre-Publication Discount To End

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Software Logic In Form 9089
Jake Lipman et al. write "With any new process, there are bound to be discrepancies between the electronic procedure and the regulation itself.


Aggravated Felon Alien With 5+ Years In Prison Is Ineligible For 212c Relief
In Pereira v. Gonzales, No. 04-1473 (1st Cir. Jul. 21, 2005), the court said that an alien aggravated felon who spends at least five years in prison on an aggravated felony offense was ineligible to seek 212(c) relief.


Help Wanted: Immigration Professional
AIESEC is the world's premier international youth organization dedicated to increasing cultural understanding and cooperation through running an international work exchange program. AIESEC has an immediate opening for a visa program manager position based in New York City. The visa program manager is in charge of all aspects of Aiesec's Exchange Visitor Program (EVP+). The EVP+ program rapidly provides immigration attorneys and corporations with a fast, high quality J-1 sponsorship alternative, and is a key strategy helping to fuel the growth of our organization. He/she works with more than one hundred immigration attorneys and company HR representatives to sponsor individuals on the J-1 training visa. The manager reviews and sponsors hundreds of individual applications on J-1 training programs. start date: ASAP. Skills and Experience: customer relationship management skills and experience; must be a motivated self-starter, with excellent follow-through skills, who can work independently; exceptional communication, organization, and analytical abilities; legal or immigration industry background, experience and knowledge a plus. If interested, please send a resume and cover letter to Jim Kelly: No phone calls, please.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Growing central New Jersey Law firm seeks aggressive, motivated, take-charge attorney for its immigration group. Successful candidate should have experience with deportation/removal cases and be familiar with business immigration, including H-1's and PERM. Must be able to work independently. Some clientele of your own is a plus but not required. Competitive salary and benefit package to right person. Apply in confidence by email to:

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy (FDBL) seeks to hire an experienced paralegal for its Washington D.C. office. FDBL offers a career position requiring a wide range of skills in a fast-paced setting for the right candidate. Our ideal candidate has 3-5 years experience with all aspects of business immigration and will have the benefit of attorney supervision and guidance. Responsibilities include: preparation of all types of immigrant visa petitions, labor certifications, adjustment of status and consular processing applications, and preparation of all types of nonimmigrant visa petitions (particularly Hs, Ls, TNs, and Os). Paralegal will manage caseload with large degree of independence, communicate with clients regarding procedural and case processing issues, update and maintain client status reports, prepare bills, and serve as a team resource. FDBL offers a comprehensive compensation package. Fax your resume and cover letter to Allison Bettridge, Human Resources/Office Manager, at 202-371-2898. For more information, please contact Ms. Bettridge at 202-223-5515. EOE.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Established immigration and real-estate boutique firm in Aventura, FL is looking for an immigration attorney. Must have minimum 2 yrs. business immigration experience including H, L, E visas, I-140's, labor certifications (PERM), RFEs. Bilingual (English-Spanish) is a must. Compensation commensurate with experience. Generous benefit package. EOE. Please send resume to Mark Katsman: No calls please.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
The Law Offices of Jessica Dominguez, a rapidly growing firm based in Sherman Oaks, CA, has immediate opportunity for an immigration attorney to join its team of two attorneys and staff. Position offers the opportunity to work on a wide range of cases. Attorney will represent clients before immigration officers and in immigration courts. Excellent legal research/writing and outstanding communication skills needed. Ideal candidate has 2 years of experience-exceptional, motivated candidates with less experience are also encouraged to apply. Candidate shows initiative and works independently. Must speak Spanish. Send cover letter, and resume to Roxana Muro: All replies will be treated in the strictest confidence and references will not be contacted without prior approval.

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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:
Tom Berry's article, "Immigration Debate: Politics, Ideologies Of Anti-Immigration Forces" (8/25/05 ID article) is sanctimonious, sniveling "smugwumpery". Because I may favor immigration restrictions I must be, according to Berry's article, a "reactionary nationalist" with "a belief in the superiority of U.S. culture and values" (sic.). Berry's article even has a neat system for both pigeon-holing the roots of thought and finding guilt by thought-association with any number of citizen militias, white supremacists, reactionary nationalists, right-wingers, paleo and neo conservatives, hold the line environmentalists and border vigilantes.


Dear Editor:
Paul Donnelly has requested an apology for my letter (8/22/05 ID). After speaking with him and reading the biographical information that Immigration Daily published (8/23/05 ID), I hereby apologize to him. He has much to be proud about in his work on immigration. I regret that a quick Yahoo search gave me the wrong impression. In particular, it was unfair to state that he appeared to be an "associate" of Norman Matloff. To the contrary, the two have been opponents in debate. Mr. Donnelly is not a xenophobe. I do respectfully suggest that some such misunderstandings might be avoided if Immigration Daily would routinely request a biographical sketch from every writer.

Bruce A. Hake, Esq.
Damascus, MD

Dear Editor:
It is very sad that we the, American public, must endure the, well I guess it needs to be said, stupidity, of our elected officials. We have made the mistake of choosing, for the most part, doctors and Lawyers as our representatives in government, bad idea. They are self serving, not as we had hoped our servants. The legislation seldom veers into the realms of professional immigration, why would we want to import professionals to take our citizens jobs? Well if you do not have enough trained or enough beings trained to provide the services necessary, what would you suggest? Most of our doctors are 50+ in age (AMA states that over 50%) who takes over when they retire in the very near future? Our population is aging and within the next 10 years the vast majority of our professional leaders will be retired or at least in the age group that requires more intensive medical care, who will be there to provide that? This applies not only to doctors but also to many in the healthcare profession, legal profession, engineers, high teck and information technology, have I left anyone out? We need to open the doors to highly trained professionals worldwide-come to America the land of the Free- or we will be free and soon descending the food chain in prosperity as our producers will be in retirement homes, care facilities, on the beeches, or even worse in other countries chasing the American Dream. The most important part of a plan is not the plan it is the action of the plan. Let us stop developing a plan and put into action a resolution, and a solution to a problem we are sitting back and "discussing" instead of preventing.


Dear Editor:
Fortune magazine's article "Is America the World's 97-lb. Weakling?", discusses America's need for increased immigration to stay competitive. It notes that because of the mess the system is today, many valuable researchers and H1-b workers are returning home after obtaining an American education. Ironically, it was exploitation in their home countries that brought the brightest minds to the US in the first place, and now it's exploitation in the US that is driving them out. I came to the US twelve years ago as a graduate student, obtained three Masters' degrees, and for the last five years have been working at relatively much lower salaries than other USCs with similiar qualifications. My employer is dragging my immigration process, so that today, I still haven't obtained residency, and am unable to change jobs. I haven't traveled out of the US for fear I cannot return easily. The stress of not knowing when my GC will be processed, reminding my employer to file papers in time, staying current with new immigration developments to make sure my paperwork doesn't, is proving to be almost too much for me to handle, especially when I can return to India and live very comfortably with an American education. I love America, and when people ask me if I go home often, I reply "I go home every night". Going back to India would now be a culture shock. However, the system is proving too much for me and many others like me. A colleague with identical credentials, tired of waiting for her residency to change jobs, returned to work for India's Tata Consultancy, and is now processing outsourced work for GE, IBM, among others. America must depend on substantial contribution from foreign labor, either from outsourcing, or from immigrants. Which should America choose? No surprises.

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