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Immigration Daily September 19, 2005
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Comment

Yates Memo Correction

A Yates memo of the USCIS, dated June 15, 2005, states that posting notices in Schedule A cases must provide that complaints go to the USCIS office where the petition is filed. This is in contradiction to the PERM regulation which states that complaints must go to the DOL office in Atlanta or Chicago. USCIS has up to now followed the Yates memo. Immigration Daily has learned that pursuant to correspondence between Attorney Sylvia Boecker and Robert Divine of the DHS, the Yates memo will be amended shortly to correct this mistake. In the interim, DHS has suggested that attorneys should send back any erroneous RFEs with the statement that USCIS has determined that notice provision for DOL is acceptable. We thank Ms. Boecker for sharing the DHS correspondence with us.

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


Focus

The PERM Workshop, New York City

Hot on the heels of our first successful PERM workshop in Salt Lake City, ILW.COM will host The PERM Workshop in New York City on Dec 7th, 2005 (8:30am-5pm) The Moderators & Speakers will be: Joel Stewart and many others to be announced. Materials for the workshop will include THE PERM BOOK and the first issue of PQ: The PERM Quarterly.

Here are some testimonials from the PERM workshop in Salt Lake City conducted in June 2005:

  • "Thank you for a great program. I found the panels to be very informative –the practical pointers will be invaluable." - Jennifer Roeper, Fowler White Boggs Banker, Tampa, FL
  • "The seminar was excellent in materials and presentation. The speakers are obviously tops in their field with a wealth of knowledge on the subject. It was informative, valuable and interesting. Thank you!" - Margo Einsig, Barley Snyder, York, PA
  • "Fabulous. I’ve learned a lot, very informative workshop. Comprehensive, great materials. I am ready to tackle PERM cases after this workshop. Thank you!" - Loveness Schafer, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
  • "Joel Stewart is outstanding and is a walking encyclopedia. He is so clear and smart and intelligent –he makes me forget I have been studying since 9 am and it is now 4:30 pm!" - Gabriela Kreutzer, Law Offices of Gabriela Kreutzer, Los Angeles, CA
  • "Wonderful presentation. Unlike AILA conferences, this conference was well organized and well presented. The small class size allowed for discussions, which was most helpful." – Devang Shah, Shah and Kishore, Rockville, MD

Seating is LIMITED to the first 50 registrants. To register, please see http://www.ilw.com/workshops/december2005perm.shtm (more info will be posted on that page in the coming weeks).


Article

Immigration Monthly: September 2005
This month's issue features a book excerpt by Robert Lee Maril, Patrolling Chaos: The U.S. Border Patrol In Deep South Texas.


News

CRS Memo On Civilian Border Patrol Organizations
The Congressional Research Service released a memorandum providing an overview of the phenomenon of civilian border patrol organizations, including American Border Patrol, Ranch Rescue, Civil Homeland Defense, and the Minuteman Project.


Classifieds

Case Management Technology
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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.


comingsNgoings

Readers can share their professional announcements (100-words or fewer at no charge), email: editor@ilw.com.

Office Move
Marc Ellis has opened an office with Pham & Associates at the Richmond Hill Bldg. - 6164 Richmond Ave #207, Houston, TX 77057. 713-522-7270. 504-813-6724. His practice will be limited to Immigration & Nationality Law.


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:
To suggest that all illegal aliens are "busboys" is not only terribly offensive, but smacks of the racist banter Immigration Daily often highlights (see 09/16/05 ID comment). It appears as though Immigration Daily condones foreign nationals illegally present in the US to work anywhere; even on a US military Base. But, since they were all busboys, I trust that one thing they didn't serve was a threat.

Richard Wilner, Esq.

Dear Editor:
Regarding your editorial, ICE Sting (9/16/05 ID comment), how Immigration Daily can accuse ICE of "overstepping its mandate" by enforcing immigration law is beyond my comprehension. In 1986 it was the "mandate" of Congress, when it enacted the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA), that employers of undocumented aliens would be punished, and the illegal aliens deported. This was seen as the end of illegal immigration, but it was not because it was not respected by border jumpers, and was not adequately enforced by the former INS. By ICE enforcing America's immigration laws, the only "price" to be paid should be paid by unscrupulous employers and illegal aliens alike. Shame on the American government for allowing this absurdity of undocumented workers to take place on a military base in a time of national crisis. And shame on Immigration Daily for suggesting that by enforcing the law ICE is somehow "overstepping its mandate" of law enforcement. ICE's mandate is, and always will be, to enforce the laws passed by Congress. Using your editorial's hackneyed analogy, illegal busboys should be deported right along with terrorists, for by disrespecting the laws of our nation, each brings to America their own brand of terrorism, leveled directly at our system of laws and the good order of American society. Wake up - this is not a borderless world. So long as there is one American doing their duty in a foreign war, there should be no free ride by immigration lawbreakers, terrorist or busboy. So long as law breakers breach America's border security for their own personal benefit, or for the furtherance of a religious or political agenda, whether busboy or terrorist, America will never be safe.

David D. Murray, Esq.
Newport Beach, CA

Dear Editor:
While it may bring some "their just complaining like the ACLU" type criticism, more media exposure from immigration rights activists should be sought for this kind of activity (see 09/16/05 ID comment). While I do not know for certain, I have been told that in the UK authorities can’t use these types of tactics. They are not even allowed to lie to criminal defendants, which is endorsed in this country. The thinking behind those types of rules rests in trust. As professionals in the legal profession, all of us know that lying to a client is not only unethical, but severely impacts your client's trust in you. That only spells disaster for them and for your ability to continue your profession. We also know that most people will give you more information if you are respectful and trustworthy, even if they know that your position is contrary to theirs. Relationships, and the ability to create and strengthen them, are the key to everything. Use of those relationships is always in the best interests of furthering your own goals, whether you are in business, in law, or if your are a nation.

Alfred L. "Rob" Robertson, Jr., Esq.

Dear Editor:
Regarding the 09/16/05 ID comment, outrageous. What is this - a police state?

Aetna Thompson

Dear Editor:
ICE's statement is typical of all oppressive governments over the world (see 09/16/05 ID comment). Such a statement essentially disregards the rule of law and, going for the coarse gut reaction, uses the end to justify the means. Of course, nobody would disagree that violators of law need to be apprehended and punished. However, as a democratic country, we do have the rule of law to ensure that such a government power is being fairly and lawfully exercised. It's the means that needs to be "policed," so to speak.

Panravee Vongjaroenrat

Dear Editor:
I guess Immigration Daily assumed that all your readers would know what an "ICE agent" is (see 09/16/05 ID comment). It seems unlikely that they are some kind of Alaska-based secret Government hit squad, but I have never heard the acronym - help.

Sean

Editor's Note: ICE stands for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, part of the Department of Homeland Security or DHS.

Dear Editor:
It appears that the new State Dept. Visa Bulletin has caused great concern in the immigrant community (09/15/05 ID comment). It appears that it will be more difficult to obtain a green card through an employment-based case thus protecting Americans from losing their jobs to cheaper foreign labor. Sounds like good news to me.

Chucky

Dear Editor:
I am a qualified corporate immigration paralegal (see 09/13/05 ID comment). I chose this field because I am an immigrant and because it presents daily challenges that I enjoy. I believe this profession should be seen as a valuable career and not solely as a stepping stone to law school. There are certainly very highly qualified paralegals who can perform many tasks under supervision, including tasks such as PERM applications. However, I would like to offer that we, as professionals, should try to utilize proper English grammar when writing. The plural of 'attorney' is 'attorneys' and not 'attorney's as was stated in Sylvia Madore's letter. I believe that our career path would be taken much more seriously if our usage of spelling and grammar reflect our contributions to the legal profession.

Name Withheld Upon Request

Dear Editor:
Has anyone ever heard of an Anti-Terrorist Certificate having to be issued at an airport? I was in contact with a courier in Toronto airport. He was carrying monetary certificates. He was asked to post a money bond for an Anti-Terrorist Certificate before he would be allowed to travel into the US. Truth or fiction?

Jerrildine Reed, Esq.
Las Vegas, NV

Dear Editor:
I read in Indian newspapers that the US has eased Green cards procurement for Indians living there for over 6 years. Is this true?

K.N Srivastava
New Delhi, India


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