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Immigration Daily September 26, 2005
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Immigration Reform Ahoy

The first signs of major immigration reform becomng law were found behind closed doors at a recent White House meeting attended mostly by House Republicans. The meeting was held to address the viability of the Republican party whose efforts to reach Hispanics are being thwarted by a minority of anti-immigration Republicans. During the meeting, Mr. Karl Rove unveiled a comprehensive presentation of the Administration's immigration reform plans, a departure from the usual hands-off White House approach. Details of the proposed immigration reform echoed legislation proposed by the Cornyn-Kyl bill: increased enforcement (both along the border and against employers), guest worker eligibility for the undocumented for a maximum of 6 years with a 1-year minimum return to the home country, and no path to citizenship. This meeting is the first sign that a large battle centered on immigration is brewing and when Congress returns this fall, expect major bills to be voted on in both the House and Senate tackling immigration reform. Stay tuned.

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USCIS Service Centers: Current Benefits Issues

We are pleased to announce "USCIS Service Centers: Current Benefits Issues" a 3-part telephone seminar on the current state of affairs in USCIS benefits processing. The curriculum is as follows:

FIRST Phone Session on Sep 29: Current issues at Texas Service Center, Current issues at Nebraska Service Center

SECOND Phone Session on Oct 20: Current issues at California Service Center, Current issues at Vermont Service Center

THIRD Phone Session on Nov 3: Current issues at National Benefits Center, Current issues at Administrative Appeals Office, Current issues at Office of CIS Ombudsman

The deadline to sign up is Wednesday, September 28th. For more info, including speaker bios, detailed curriculum, and registration information, please see: (Fax version:


Immigration Stories- A Book Excerpt
David A. Martin and Peter H. Schuck et. al write "It is no easy task to select a baker's dozen of the most important, representative, or revealing immigration cases [of the past century] to include in such a volume."


CRS Report On US Citizenship Of Persons Born In US To Alien Parents
The Congressional Research Service issued a report on the history of principle of the 14th Amendment under U.S. law and discussed some of the legislation in recent Congresses intended to alter it.


Help Wanted: Immigration Professional
Largest suburban Maryland law firm seeks detailed, organized legal secretary. 2+ years of immigration legal experience is required with knowledge of immigration procedures. Skills required: attention to detail, organizational, strong client relations, administrative, interpersonal, proofreading, computer proficiency, 70 words per minute typing, and dictaphone. Excellent benefits package. Send resume + salary requirements to: Ms. Maura Bowen, Shulman, Rogers, Gandal, Pordy & Ecker, P.A., Rockville, MD. Fax (301) 230-2891 or email:

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
The Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law is a Los Angeles non-profit that focuses its work on the civil and human rights of insular minorities. For more info, see: and The Center is accepting resumes for its EAF Attorney position. The salary is 36k, 45k (when medical/dental insurance coverage included). Applicants must possess the following: CA State Bar admittance, bilingual in Spanish and English, strong research and writing skills, Lexis training and experience, ability to multi-task. Applicants with immigration experience preferred and should have a strong demonstrated commitment to social justice. Duties relate to program's Equal Access Fund grant's scope of work with the rights of unaccompanied minors, trafficking victims, and legalization and LIFE Act applicants, and include: assistance in development and implementation of training programs, providing technical support to legal services groups, community-based organizations, and eligible clients; reviewing and responding to correspondence; assistance in the research and writing of policy analysis, articles, outreach materials, etc.; providing consultations and referrals to eligible clients seeking legal assistance; representing the Center at governmental and community-based meetings and conferences; coordinating with legal services groups and community-based organizations the preparation of special immigrant juvenile status visa applications. Email cover letter, resume, + list of (3) references to both Peter Schey, Executive Director and Carlos Holguin, General Counsel.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Successful downtown New York City-based immigration law firm seeks a talented immigration paralegal. The ideal candidate should possess 3+ years of corporate immigration experience. A 4-year college degree is preferred. Excellent organizational and computer skills are a must. Submit your resume and respond to this blind ad posting at:

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Downtown Washington, DC firm seeking a mature and responsible paralegal with a minimum of 2 years experience in both family and business immigration cases. Bachelor's degree and excellent writing skills are a must. We are a boutique immigration firm with a fast-paced yet collegial atmosphere and no billable hours requirements. We offer a competitive salary and benefits - both traditional (health insurance) and non-traditional (in-office professional massage). Please send resume and writing sample to Paul S. Haar, Esq., 1150 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 900, Washington, DC 20036 or email to

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Small, energetic, progressive law firm in Columbus, Ohio seeks attorney with 0-5 years experience to work immigration litigation practice area. Individual must be highly motivated and well-organized, as this is a dynamic and complex practice area. Position involves extensive client contact and regional travel, with excellent opportunities for growth. French, Spanish or other foreign language preferred. Competitive salary and fringe benefits. Please submit resume and salary requirements in confidence to This is a blind ad posting.

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.

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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 agree with Mr. Hartley's article (09/23/05 ID) that a blog needs to fit into a firm's business plan. I would just like to point out that, in my experience, a blog can be a good fit. I maintain a blog that provides immigration news with an emphasis on recent Ninth Circuit opinions. The subjects and case names in the blog have resulted in a substantial number of visitors to my website (I know because I track the keywords used to find it). Many of these visitors then schedule consultations (I know because I ask). Although less frequent articles would achieve these same results, they would not produce the type of dynamic content that the search engines favor. However, I did not start my blog to reel in clients. I started it to continually improve upon my knowledge of immigration law. ILW.COM is a great place to start, but I found I better understood the holdings in new cases and the details of new procedures when I wrote about them myself.

Scott Mossman, Esq.
Oakland, CA

Dear Editor:
It appears that there was a national "call your Congressmen day" staged by a pro-immigration lobby on the 21st of this week to support open borders and amnesty giveaways. I urge everyone who is against cheap foreign labor taking away American jobs and depressing their wages to use the other 364 days of the year to call their Congressmen as well.


Dear Editor:
Thanks for maintaing the ILW.COM website. This is the first positive news I have seen since the nasty October 2005 Visa Bullet (see 09/23/05 ID comment). Can you tell me when in FY 2006 it is estimated the incrase by 7,000 and the one-time 101,000 will be recaptured? I just hope that is in the early stages of FY 2006.

Ronaldo Nascimento

Dear Editor:
I cannot thank Immigration Daily enough for keeping me up to date with day-to-day happenings with regard to immigrations issues. My main interest is actually in the McCain-Kennedy Bill. When do you think Congess will have this bill on the table? I know there are other similar bills and some opposing to this bill. I have been waiting for this kind of immigration reform for years now. I firmly believe that the McCain-Kennedy Bill will help me and my family to get a better life.


Dear Editor:
I am conducting research for a project that I am developing on political asylum in the U.S. due to gang-related persecution, and/or violence. Can you point me out to any sources that you might have in or outside of ILW.COM?

Guillermo Hernandez, Catlett & Stodola, PLC
Little Rock, AR

Editor's Note: You can try using our advanced search engine as a starting point to other resources available on ILW.COM.

Dear Editor:
Could you please tell me the source of Immigration Daily's comment (09/23/05 ID).


Editor's Note: The 7,000 overflow from the family-based categories is mandated by statute and we are assured by an expert in this matter that 7,000 numbers will flow through in FY 2006. The 101,000 number represents unused recaptured numbers from 1999-2004 pursuant to AC 21. The abolition of the DV lottery is something before the current House Judiciary Committee and it is our projection that if this issue is joined in conference with the Senate the likely compromise is a moving of the DV numbers to EB numbers. As to the additional visas that could be recaptured, that is an issue of proper counting at the Department of State (DOS) and is an issue that some members of the bar are working with the DOS on at this time. Making EAD and advance parole and spousal benefits available at the I-140 stage is a proposal currently being floated by pro-immigration advocates in Washington DC, no bill has been introduced on this at this time. The McCain-Kennedy bill, which is a major immigration bill pending action at the Senate mandates a permanent doubling of the employment-based numbers.

Dear Editor:
In reference to Immigration Daily's comment (09/23/05 ID), what is the source of your information? Do you have this from Department of State Visa Office or are these ideas being proposed in Immigration Daily to provide relief to people impacted by retrogression?


Editor's Note: For the various sources of our information please see Editor's Notes above. Please be aware that some of the issues that we discussed as possible relief for retrogression come within the purview of the Department of State and some do not.

Dear Editor:
Regarding Immigration Daily's comment (09/23/05) on FY 2006 visa numbers, is this based on current regulation or it is just a projection based on pending bill(s) in the Congress. In the coming difficult time of visa number retrogression, your comment, if proved to be true, would definitely be a promising light at the end of the dark tunnel.

Cheng Jia

Editor's Note: For the various sources of our information please see Editor's Notes above. Please be aware that visa numbers are not controlled by regulation but by statute. Please also be aware that even if everything we say is true, the employment-based quota based situation will not come out of a dark tunnel until permanent employment-based numbers are increased permanently.

Dear Editor:
With respect to Immigration Daily's recent comment (09/23/05 ID comment), who is considering these solutions? Congress? USCIS? Lawyers? Please clarify.


Editor's Note: Some of these solutions are being considered and some of these are being implemented. Please see comments above.

Dear Editor:
Regarding your comment (09/23/05 ID), are the 7,000 and 101,000 visa numbers true or is it just a pending bill?


Editor's Note: Both those numbers are mandated by statutes which were passed long ago. See comment above.

Dear Editor:
The information that Immigration Daily highlighted in your recent comment (09/23/05 ID) seems like a positive move to solve this problem. Can you please furnish me with the official website where you obtained this information. Is this posted in USCIS website?


Editor's Note: Reliable information on immigration law can be obtained from a number of sources of which the USCIS website is just one. Absent a permanent increase of permanent employment-based numbers, we believe that the situation will continue to remain bleak, regardless of how many bandaids are used. Please see the comments above.

Dear Editor:
Is the recapture of 108,000 visa numbers confirmed or is it just a proposal? (see 09/23/05 ID comment). Could Immigration Daily please post the source of your information and confirm the same. This could potentially be a life saver to a lot of people in the I-485 queue. Thanks for the heads-up.


Editor's Note: The recapture of 108,000 numbers is mandated by current statutes. Please see comments above. We doubt if the limited quantity of numbers will affect all the people currently in the I-485 queue.

Dear Editor:
Is the increase of FY 2006 employment-based visa numbers final or just a proposal? (see 09/23/05 ID comment)

Zongli Sun

Editor's Note: The 107,000 augmentation of the FY 2006 employment-based quotas is mandated by statute.

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