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Immigration Daily September 21, 2005
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Questions For Rep. Smith

A confidential fax memo on immigration politics addressed to White House strategist Karl Rove written by Rep. Lamar Smith was inadvertently sent to a Democratic congressman who has shared it with the press (for a copy of the faxed memo, see here). According to the memo,

"Enforcement of immigration laws, current and new, should come first to satisfy the increasing public demand for border security. It will not be enough to pass enforcement bills this fall that will take a year or two to produce results. Current laws need to be better enforced so the American people see results immediately. (Liberals can easily and accurately be painted as opposing enforcement). Only then as enforcement begins to gain traction, should the twin subjects of guestworkers and long-time illegal residents be addressed."
Rep. Smith's anti-immigration stance is in contradiction with his prior ringing words endorsing immigration and decrying immigration policy (see 9/30/04 ID comment). Mr. Smith's actions certainly don't add up either. How else to explain his support of EB-4 religious workers? Why does he not support requiring labor certification for EB-4 eligibility, thereby protecting US religious workers? Perhaps Mr. Rove should ask Mr. Smith these questions.

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Whacking Power!

Attorney Michael Piston is as entertaining as he is scholarly. He recently made this endorsement of THE PERM BOOK: "As a proud contributor to THE PERM BOOK, I can attest it has one important feature its competitors lack: Whacking Power. If you hit an unreasonable DOL official, recalcitrant client or uncooperative employer over the head with a competitor's book, it will bounce right off. But if you cap them with THE PERM BOOK from ILW.COM (920 pages + CD-ROM), they are down for the count! Something to bear in mind in situations where the other side "just doesn't get it"". For more info on this book, please see:


The Day Of The Bandaid Is Over: Visa Retrogression And Our Moment Of Truth
Gary Endelman writes "Why is it hard to stay in the United States, but easy to come, and should it not be precisely the opposite?"


CRS Report On Immigration Related Katrina Issues
The Congressional Research Service released a report on Hurricane Katrina-related immigration issues addressing the key question, whether Congress should relax any immigration laws pertaining to foreign nationals who are victims of Hurricane Katrina.


Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Exceptional and challenging career opportunities available for you at this prominent global immigration law firm in Iselin, New Jersey. The ideal candidate must have 2 + years of exp. in business immigration, possess excellent verbal and written communication skills, and the ability to perform multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment. College degree, MS Word and Windows 2000 required. The Firm offers highly competitive salaries and excellent growth opportunities. We are conveniently located minutes from the train station and are approximately a 40 minute train ride from Manhattan on NJ Transit. Submit resume, writing sample, + salary requirement to Alaina Shneiderovsky:

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 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: 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 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 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: 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:

Labor Certification Advertising/Recruiting
Adnet Advertising Agency Inc. has provided labor certification advertising services to immigration attorneys since 1992. Adnet helps attorneys find appropriate places to run labor cert ads, places the ads, obtains the tearsheets, and offers a variety of billing options. Attorneys can manage the entire ad process through Adnet's secure web-based Ad-managment system. Most of Adnet's services are free since we receive a commission from the newspapers and journals where the ad is placed. Adnet services large international law firms as well as solo practice attorneys. Call us at 212-587-3164, visit, or email us at Contact us today to find out why we are the ad agency of choice for immigration attorneys since 1992.


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Dear Editor:
In the wake of permanent immigrant preference retrogression causing backlogs for years and temporary H-1B unavailability for more than a year, our country needs to understand the tremendous faults of our immigration system. While the immigration system is widely known to be "broken," what is not widely known is that at this rate, our inability to immigrate talented, educated alien workers across the board will help "break" the U.S. economy too. Without the benefit of an educated labor pool, it will be more difficult for the U.S. to compete in the worldwide market. Do people not realize that a significant percentage of science, mathematics, and engineering students in the U.S. are from overseas? Who will do the jobs they're now being trained for? American students are not studying in numbers significant to make up for the shortfall. Is it not enough that China is already expected to be the world's largest economy in short order? Do we have to lose more computer talent to cheap outsourcing which benefits corporations who receive tax benefits from government rather than pay into it as a result? What about scholarly and U.S. government predictions that an insufficient number of workers will be able in the U.S. due to small population growth and earlier death as a result of obese youth? If we don't make our legislators and the public aware in a big way about the drain of nearly all talented personnel from overseas, we'll contribute to this critical problem instead of doing something to solve it. It is time to do something new. Dissemination of information is the first step. I recommend that the various bar associations around the country band together and begin making large advertisements in major newspapers, like groups of concerned scientists do when faced with scientific crises.

Alice Yardum-Hunter, Esq.
Encino, CA

Dear Editor:
I would like to know where can I report illegal immigrants. I have lots of names, addresses and phone numbers to give. I would appreciate it very much. I went through the system, waited, paid my dues. Now, I am paying taxes but do not want to have it drained by illegals through their medical bills, education, and housing.

Lourdes Bitanga

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