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Immigration Daily September 16, 2005
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ICE Sting

On July 6, 2005, ICE agents misrepresented themselves as OSHA officials as part of a sting operation in an investigation targeting unauthorized contract workers at the Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in North Carolina, resulting in the arrest of 48 undocumented aliens. According to a DOL spokesperson, "This is not something [OSHA] was involved in and we do not condone the use of OSHA's name in this type of activity." ICE offered no apology and defended its actions in a press statement stating "When individuals use false documents to hide their identity, the security and safety of our country is at risk. ICE and its law enforcement partners will continue to identify, arrest, and deport those who break our laws and hide among us." All this comes back to the issue of busboys vs. terrorists. If it is ICE's intention to find terrorists, surely at a time of war, ICE is entitled to some deference. On the other hand, if ICE is using the state of war to hound busboys then ICE is overstepping its mandate and someone at ICE will eventually pay the price.

We welcome readers to share their opinion and ideas with us by writing to editor@ilw.com.


Focus

PERM: An Up To The Minute Course

The September 22nd phone session of "PERM: An Up To The Minute Course" will cover the following topics:

  • DOT/SOC Issues
  • Prevailing Wage
  • Minimum/Special/Restrictive Requirements
  • Specificity in Ads, Notice, Posting, Job Orders
  • Form 9089: Special Problems/Inconsistencies
  • Drafting PERM for 1st, 2nd & 3rd Preference Categories

The deadline to sign up is Tuesday, September 20th. For more info, including speaker bios, detailed curriculum, and registration information, please see: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/august2005.shtm. (Fax version: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/august2005.pdf.)


Article

The October 2005 Visa Bulletin Warrants An Amendment to INA 245(a)(3)
Dinesh Shenoy writes "The October 2005 Visa Bulletin recently released comes as a shock to every employment-based immigrant."


News

DHS Expands Removal Authority Along Southern Border
The DHS announced its plans to expand expedited removal authority policy to across the entire southwest border.


Classifieds

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegals
Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, P.C. seeks immigration paralegals for its Washington, DC (1) and its Nashville, Tennessee (1) offices. Both positions require a BA and 1-2 years of business immigration experience, including preparation of nonimmigrant petitions, labor certifications and immigrant petitions. Must have strong writing skills. Foreign language a plus, but not required. Qualified applicants should send cover letter, resume + writing sample to Betsy Taylor, Office Administrator by fax (202) 220-2235 or email to btaylor@bakerdonelson.com. Please specify desired employment location. No phones calls please. EOE/M/F/H/D/V.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Berry, Appleman & Leiden LLP, a global corporate immigration law firm, is seeking experienced attorneys with a minimum of three years practicing business immigration law, for its Virginia and San Francisco Offices. Our attorneys work in a fast-paced, high volume environment, and utilize carefully developed procedures, advanced practice tools, and a state-of-the-art case management system. Experience in a range of business immigration matters, the ability to provide exceptional client service, experience managing teams of legal assistants, and superb analytical, and organizational skills required. We strive for excellence in legal practice in a collegial environment, promoting cooperation and learning from each other. We offer competitive salary and benefits. Please submit your resume via email to: careers@usabal.com or by fax to 415-217-4426.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
In-house immigration attorney sought for Pittsburgh, PA based technology company as Director of Immigration Services. This individual will manage day-to-day work of paralegal staff, develop relationships with managers and liaison with subsidiaries and consulates, and participate in developing proactive immigration policy and procedure. Must have a minimum of three years of business immigration experience including H, L, B, PERM, I-9 compliance, and other related issues and be licensed to practice in PA. Interested candidates should email resume and references to permres@rapidigm.com or fax resumes to 412.494.0575.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
The Law Office of Robert B. Jobe is a nationally-recognized immigration law firm that focuses on asylum and deportation defense. We represent refugees from all over the world seeking safe-haven in the US. Our eight attorneys are supported by a staff of 12 who work in a pleasant and fast-paced environment in downtown San Francisco. The ideal candidate: is a member, in good standing, of the Bar of any state; has some immigration law experience; has a passionate commitment to immigrants' rights and social justice; has excellent research and writing skills, strong academic credentials, and an interest in public speaking; ability to meet deadlines and juggle multiple tasks; ideally is fluent or proficient in a second language. We offer competitive salaries, medical benefits, a 401(k) plan, and free soda and coffee. To apply, follow these instructions: E-mail cover letter, resume, + writing sample to HR@jobelaw.com. Your writing sample can be any recent work that demonstrates your writing ability. All attachments should be in Text, PDF, WordPerfect or MS Word format. Please be prepared to provide references. Thank you for not calling our office. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted to attend a job interview.

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: mneedleman@levittandneedleman.com. 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: mneedleman@levittandneedleman.com. 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: griffin@msgimmigration.com.

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: resumes@cyrusmehta.com.

Offshore Services For Law Firms
We offer a wide range of back-office & clerical support services to immigration attorneys in NIV and IVs, including managing checklists, form completion, drafting cover/employer letters, consular processing assistance, follow-up/correspondence with clients and other related services. Our services cover document generation, data entry, accounts, scheduling/calendering, clerical & archival. Quantum Technologies, Inc. is a sister company to Adnet Advertising Agency, the worldwide leader in immigration advertising services for over a decade. Headquartered in New York City, Quantum provides the highest quality services to law firms enabling them to cost effectively and securely outsource law firm back office processes, and focus on increasing earning, growth and servicing their clients. We work as your partner offering tailored services that accelerate product delivery. With state-of-the-art communication facilities and infrastructure, our offsite center functions as a virtual extension of your office providing 24 x 7 support and significant cost savings. Convenient billing options are available. For more info. contact Johaina Mumtaz at Johaina@quantum-usa.com or call 212 406-3503 ext 224.


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Letters

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

Dear Editor:
I am very depressed over this retrogression situation (09/15/05 ID comment). What good is PERM if we have to wait 1,500 years before we can adjust. It is a joke, that's what it is. When is President George Bush going to wake up and realize that our US economy is going down the tubes? When it is too late, that's when.

Fernando M Socol, Esq.
Gerardin & Socol, P.A.

Dear Editor:
In response to ID's 09/15/05 comment, perhaps it will be possible to get legislation started which will allow 7th year and beyong extensions for H1Bs where the labor cert and or petition was filed more than 18 months ago even if both have been approved, if the change of status cannot be filed yet. This would still be a way to enhance competitiveness in the 21st century. However the H-1B backlogs might get even worse.

Michelle Skole, Esq.

Dear Editor:
In response to ID's 09/13/05 comments, I am also a paralegal with 7 years of experience and I'm also able to create a case from scratch and get certification and/or approval. I now have over 11 certified PERM cases and several others pending. I also process various applications such as B-1s, TNs, H-1Bs, L-1s, H-2Bs & I-192 waivers of excludability for nonimmigrant; All this with minimum supervision due to heavy workloads and also due to full confidence from the Attorneys because they know that I'm qualified since I read alot and research which is the key to success in this field!!! Therefore, when someone says that staffing needs to be adjusted to adapt to PERM reality, I also think that the reality is that there are very great paralegals that have extensive knowledge to support the legal duties, especially PERM. Immigration Daily's comment saying that we are unable to fulfill the tasks is insulting to paralegals. I think that if an immigration law firm is successful it is due to qualified paralegals who do the job. I'm not saying that we don't need attorney's, au contraire, I'm only saying that attorney's really need their paralegals.

Sylvia Madore
File Manager/Paralegal

Dear Editor:
In just two years, every landscape and construction company in my town has taken to employing illegals. I don't know what has happened to the working stiffs who used to do those jobs, but they are probably unemployed. Illegals are displacing Americans by the truckload. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that there is over 10 percent unemployment in the construction industry. Fewer than 30 percent of black men between the ages of 16 and 24 have a job. In low-wage jobs, immigrants have displaced young people of all races. A report by Andrew Sum, Director of Northeastern University's Center for Labor Market Studies, reveals that businesses hired 3.7 immigrant workers during the past five years, but only 50 to 60 percent arrived legally. In the same period, only 3.1 million people went on the books. The 600,000 difference reflects a loss in employment of native-born workers. Most of us do understand the difference between cooks, gardeners, and terrorists. What Mr. Ashcroft doesn't understand is that until the last decade, all the cooks and gardeners were American. He also doesn't understand that high immigration creates loose labor markets which drive down wages and drive out citizens who qualify for social security and workmen's compensation. And predictably, the nation's poverty rate goes up.

Lorrie Hall
Duxbury, MA

Dear Editor:
What is wrong with the way the legal immigrants got here? That is a more respectful and considerate way to treat 'we the people'. It is also less destructive to our core culture.

Leo

Dear Editor:
Does anyone have any vendors that you can recommend (other than Watson Wyatt and Mercer) that provide private wage surveys that are acceptable for PERM cases?

Shulamis Shapiro, Esq., Immigration Law Associates, P.C.
Skokie, IL


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