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Immigration Daily September 9, 2005
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Eyewitness To Katrina: An Immigration Attorney's Story

Today's Article is the firsthand experience of our New Orleans colleague Marc Ellis with Hurricane Katrina. Mr. Ellis recounts the days up to and following Katrina and his adventure returning to his New Orleans office in order to retrieve his clients' immigration files. It is an incredible story, replete with snakes, alligators, and a near-death experience, all told with Mr. Ellis' sense of humor and fighting spirit. For the Article, see below.

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The Effects of Criminal Conduct and Contact with the Criminal Justice System on Immigration Status

The third phone session of the REAL ID seminar will deal with interdisciplinary issues in immigration law and criminal law. The curriculum is as follows:

What with the REAL ID Act expanding the grounds of removability and weakening the ability to obtain relief, ever more sophisticated and sensitive databases coming on line, and increases in fraud detection and prevention fees, we can expect that the need to understand the effects of contact with the criminal justice system, as well as the means by which we can try to mitigate the effects of those contacts, will only grow. This session will address the implications of criminal conduct on immigration status. It will focus on the following:

  • The definition of the term "conviction" under the immigration laws
  • Avoiding convictions
  • Structuring plea agreements
  • Consulting with criminal attorneys
  • What to do when a conviction is unavoidable
  • Detention issues
  • Understanding criminal databases
  • Will the REAL ID Act's driver license provisions increase the number of "criminal aliens" placed in removal proceedings
  • Addressing criminal issues in USCIS petitions and applications
  • Handling inspections at ports of entry
  • Finding relief from the consequences of criminal conduct
  • Jurisdictional obstacles to challenging removal orders based on criminal convictions or conduct
  • Post-order issues
The deadline to sign up is Tuesday, September 13th. For more info, including speaker bios, detailed curriculum, and registration information, please see: (Fax version:


Live From New Orleans: Riding My Bicycle To The Office
Marc Ellis provides a day-to-day firsthand account, beginning on the day that Hurricane Katrina struck.


USCIS Provides Update And Assistance Post-Katrina
The USCIS provided an update of USCIS Operations after Hurricane Katrina FAQs and a press release on assistance offered by USCIS to Katrina affected immigrants. For the FAQs, see here. For the press release, see here.


Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
13-person midtown NYC immigration law firm seeks paralegal with 2+ years of experience with business applications: nonimmigrant and immigrant. Ideal candidate has BA degree, is detail-oriented, organized, conscientious. Candidate must also possess excellent writing, communication & case management skills. We offer a competitive compensation package and congenial office atmosphere. Email resume and cover letter in MS Word format to Marcia Needleman: No calls please.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Midtown NYC - 13 person fast-paced leading immigration law firm seeks lawyer with 2+ years of business immigration experience handling full range of nonimmigrant and immigrant matters. Must have excellent writing, communication, and organizational skills. Competitive compensation package offered. Email resume and cover letter in MS Word format to Marcia Needleman: No calls please.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Paralegal sought for small, full-service Philadelphia immigration firm with family-friendly atmosphere. Competency in Spanish required. Experience preferred but not necessary. We will train. Competitive salary + full benefits package, including: 100% employer-paid health insurance and 401K plan. Send resume to Thomas Griffin:

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Leading New York City law firm, requires intelligent and creative associate to focus on business immigration matters, as well as handle family immigration, consular and citizenship matters. The ideal candidate would have up to two years of relevant immigration experience, be admitted to the NY bar, function as a team player in a fast-paced environment and be willing to take charge of complex and diverse cases. The qualified individual must also be self-motivated, possess excellent writing skills and have a passion for immigration law. Outstanding opportunity for an attorney to grow in an expanding and interesting practice. The salary is commensurate with experience and we also offer an excellent benefits package. Apply in confidence to:

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:

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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:
I was disgraced to hear that some pro-immigration supporters are trying to use the devastation from Hurricane Katrina for their own economic and political gain (see 9/08/05 ID comment). They are apparently pushing for an amnesty for illegal aliens based on the immediate need for cheap labor to help rebuild New Orleans and other affected cities. It is hard to comprehend how anyone can seek to capitalize on the worst natural disaster in U.S. history. I hope everyone will be as outraged as I am to see what some pro-immigration groups are planning and let their voices be heard.

O. Sanchez

Dear Editor:
In response to the 9/08/05 ID comment concerning the facilitating of 'un-documented aliens' who were directly affected, and need Federal/FEEMA'S assistance to survive. I wonder how long will FEEMA allow these people to get financial-food-clothing & shelter from FEMA, as non-citizens. Secondly, do these people have to submit identity papers to validate their claims for such assistance? If these papers were lost in the tragedy, would they still qualify to make a claim for help? And will they be eligible to gain employment in the future, even if they were not eligible for it before the tragedy?

Derryck S. Griffith

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