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Immigration Daily September 2, 2005
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New Orleans Courts

Following is the latest information available on the Immigration Court and the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. Immigration Daily has learned that the Immigration Court in New Orleans is closed until further notice. The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals released emergency information to attorneys and litigants. See here for the 5th Circuit release.

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The Immigration Conundrum
Christine Flowers writes "What really captured the public's attention was [Terry] McMillan's claim that her soon-to-be-ex had married her for the sole purpose of obtaining his US citizenship".


5th Circuit Issues Emergency Announcement
The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals issued emergency instructions to attorneys and litigants.

EOIR Releases Latest Disciplinary Actions
The Executive Office for Immigration Review released its latest disciplinary actions: (4) attorneys were immediately suspended; (2) received final orders.


Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegals
Berry, Appleman & Leiden LLP, a global corporate immigration law firm, has openings for experienced legal assistants in our San Francisco office. We are seeking individuals with 1-3 years law firm experience. Must be able to manage cases, work within strict timelines, have excellent customer service skills, and possess attention to detail. Email resume and cover letter to or fax to 415.217.4426.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Kapoor & Associates seeks paralegal/legal assistant for busy family- and employment-based immigration law firm located in Midtown Atlanta, GA; Duties include a little of everything, including preparation of immigration documents, case mgmt, and client liaison; Excellent opportunity to learn, grow and advance with expanding practice; Must have a college degree, and prefer someone with immigration experience; Must have excellent computer skills; Multi-linguals preferred. Competitive salary/benefits. Send resume with salary history to Romy Kapoor by e-mail:

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:

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New Offices
Zhang & Associates, PC is pleased to announce its latest branch office located in New York City, at 225 Broadway, Suite 1910, New York, NY 10007, in downtown Manhattan, right across from City Hall. Tel: (800) 920-0880. Zhang & Associates, PC has 12 attorneys and a supporting team of 10+ professionals. The firm operates offices in Houston, TX, Chicago, IL, and New York, NY.


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 wonder if it is possible to achieve a consensus on a revised or a changed naturalization test (see 8/30/05 ID comment). At a local high school a couple of years ago a class conducted a test to determine how many of the questions the average resident could answer. The results were recorded on videotape and played back to a community meeting to demonstrate the level of ignorance of the average resident as proof the current test questions were too difficult. After showing a community gathering the videotape a panel of students asked for reactions from the audience. They could not achieve any consensus. Some from the community would prefer that the applicants for citizenship be able to explain how laws were enacted and to describe how democracy worked; others wanted the test simplified because they had friends or relatives who had failed the test or were too intimidated to take the test. My conclusion was that the current test has been simplified over the years to meet the minimum level of knowledge of civics tolerated by those advocating greater knowledge and yet difficult enough to discourage those who haven't invested any effort in memorizing the civics facts or can't master the English language. Most frequently those complaining for simpler tests were from students whose elderly parents or grandparents couldn't learn English sufficiently well to pass the test. When the 50/20, 55/15 or 65/20 year provisions were mentioned the students felt that relief from English proficiency required too great a wait. This is a noble cause, but will it be worth the effort to improve on a process that has evolved over time to a finely developed set of compromises from many competing interests.

Curtis J. Aljets

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