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Immigration Daily October 24, 2005
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Driver License Act Cannot Work

A recent Reuters report discusses the REAL ID Act's 2008 deadline for a standardized digital driver's license system. With approximately 227 million people holding id cards issued by state DMV offices and states issuing or renewing approximately about 70 million each year, the burden of compliance on states is tremendous. States will have to verify all documents presented to support license applications, such as birth certificates, Social Security cards and utility bills, with the issuing agency, and will be required to link their license databases so they can all be accessed as a single network. A person's license and Social Security card must bear the same name, which must be the real name -- not a nickname or shortened version. States will also be required to verify that a person applying for a license is in the country legally. Estimates in other recent reports indicate that the dollar cost to states to comply with REAL ID will be in the neighborhood of $25 Billion. If this cost estimate is correct, REAL ID is not going to be implemented because the US gov't does not have this kind of money. The real cost will not be in dollars but will be in the inconvenience, harrassment, and worse suffered by ordinary US citizens whose only misfortune is that their SS card bears an abbreviated version of the name on their driver's license (e.g. James for Jim). Immigration is much too interwoven with our national fabric for measures like REAL ID to work.

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Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. On Immigration Law

ILW.COM is pleased to announce a new seminar moderated by experts from CLINIC, focusing on family immigration, removal, and criminal matters. The detailed curriculum is as follows:

FIRST Phone Session on Oct 27, 2005: Family Immigration Issues

  • Automatic conversion and retention of priority dates
  • Application of the Child Status Protection Act
  • Terminating conditional residency
  • Stepchildren and adoption
  • Common grounds of inadmissibility and eligibility for waivers

SECOND Phone Session on Nov 10, 2005: Issues Concerning Immigration Consequences of Criminal Convictions

  • The Basics of How to Analyze the Immigration Consequences of a Criminal Conviction
  • Divisible Statutes and the Record of Conviction
  • Domestic Violence Offenses
  • Crimes of Violence and DUIs
  • Theft and Fraud Offenses
  • Addressing Criminal Issues at Deferred Inspections, in USCIS Applications, and in Removal Proceedings

THIRD Phone Session on Dec 1, 2005: Removal Issues

  • Tips for Representing Immigrants in Removal Proceedings
  • Burden of Proof Issues
  • Recent Developments in 212(c) caselaw
  • Adjustment of Status
  • Reinstatement of Removal
The deadline to sign up for "Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. On Immigration Law " is Tuesday, October 25th. For more info, including speaker bios, detailed curriculum, and registration information, please see: (Fax version:


Immigration Monthly: October 2005
This month's issue features two editorials written by Angelo A. Paparelli and Fred Tsao, respectively.


Full Text Of FY 2006 DHS Appropriations Act
We reproduce H.R. 2360, the 2006 Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, in its entirety.


Help Wanted: Immigration Professional
The Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC), a national support center for education and advocacy, seeks to improve immigration law and policy and to make affordable legal services available to all immigrants. ILRC is in search for a new Executive Director. Responsibilities: provide leadership to staff, help execute fundraising efforts, develop agency budget, help develop programmatic and legal work, initiate and maintain relationships with organizations that serve immigrant communities. Requirements: Demonstrated passion for and commitment to immigrant or other marginalized populations, or related social justice, public policy or legal services work; minimum 7 years experience in non-profit mgmt as exec. director or equivalent. For complete details, see: To apply: Submit your credentials and a cover letter (that articulates your experience as it relates to our needs) by November 1, 2005 to Shari Kurita:

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorneys
Senior Associate, San Diego, CA. Larrabee & Zimmerman LLP, a leading business immigration firm, seeks seasoned immigration attorneys to join our expanding practice. Requirements: 5 years of business immigration experience in a high volume, fast-paced immigration firm; California Bar membership; strong writing and verbal communication skills. Excellent benefits. Salary commensurate with experience. A great place to work and enjoy your chosen career. Send your resume to

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 a BA degree, is detail oriented, organized and conscientious. Candidate must also possess excellent writing, communication & case management skills. Competitive compensation package offered. Email resume & cover letter in MS Word to:

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
A Chicago law firm with a large immigration practice, including business, family-based and removal defense, seeks attorney with 2+ years experience practicing immigration law. Fluency in Spanish or another foreign language preferred. Send resume to:

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorneys
Hop on the Express Train to career growth in immigration law. Paparelli & Partners LLP - a nationally renowned immigration firm with a focus on sophisticated business immigration clients and matters - seeks experienced immigration lawyers in the firm's New York City and Irvine, California offices. The ideal candidates are detail-oriented, team players who excel in oral and written communication. Good moral character and bar license (any state) are required. The open positions involve work on a full range of employment-based and family-based cases and the opportunity to work on cutting-edge immigration law issues. The candidates must show a track record of embracing new technology since computer software is used extensively (research databases, Internet, MS Word, MS Outlook, Excel, ProLaw, PowerPoint, VOIP, etc.) Send resume + cover letter to Chris McCoy at (fax) 949-955-5599 or e-mail her at No phone calls please.

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; Must have a college degree, and 1-2 years of immigration experience; Must have excellent computer skills; Multi-linguals preferred. Competitive salary/benefits. Send resume with salary history to Romy Kapoor:

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New Offices - NYC
Paparelli & Partners LLP, celebrating its eighth anniversary, announces the opening of an office in Midtown Manhattan. 60 East 42nd Street, Suite 956, NY, NY 10165-0918.


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:
Compassion within the law is the right thing to do (see 10/21/05 ID comment). Blatant disregard for the law, good, bad, or in-between, is not. People will come across the border illegally, amnesty or no amnesty, but we should at least agree that getting control of its borders is imperative for any nation that purports to be civilized. No one in their right mind would say that anyone who so desires has a right to enter our private homes uninvited even if they mean no harm and they only want a drink of water. So what is the difference when one crosses our borders if only to make a living? Yes this is a nation of immigrants and many, including myself, came for the same reasons people continue to come today. However, the difference is not in the why they came but how they came. You show people that our laws mean nothing and then expect them to be law-abiding citizens? How does that work?

Mariana Richmond, Esq.

Dear Editor:
In ID's comment on 10/20/05, Immigration Daily maintains that "Amnesty is Good". ... "Failure to fix our broken immigration system will only continue to create an environment of exploitation resulting in harm to everyone living in America." and ..."Amnesty is simply righting Congress's prior wrong." The editor also cautions us about what "history has taught us...". Well, one thing that history has taught us is that amnesty for illegal aliens doesn't work. President Reagan and Congress tried to "fix our broken immigration system" in 1986 with a general amnesty, and there have been several other smaller amnesties since then. As we all know, the system is more "broken" than ever. A huge majority of Americans disagree that amnesty is the "fix" for the immigration mess. Rather than arrogantly dismissing those Americans, one might consider the possibility that there are valid reasons for their discontent and oppostion to amnesty.

John H. Frecker

Dear Editor:
Thank you for Immigration Daily's comment on "Amnesty is Good" (10/21/05 ID), well said and true. Now if we could just get our conservative rebubs to get there heads out of there posteriors on this issue.

Steven Scaroni

Dear Editor:
This country needs the hardworking immigrants and we need an amnesty and no an environment of exploitation (see 10/21/05 ID comment).


Dear Editor:
Immigration Daily has used an anology in its argument for pro amnesty which is good (see 10/21/05 ID comment). However, to make it forceful try using statistical facts and figures, it will be more appealing.

Rajiv Walia

Dear Editor:
In response to Mr. Grutman's letter (10/20/05 ID), the reason for exploitation of workers is not their legal status per se, but that we are speaking largely of uneducated unskilled workers whose labor is fungible, and furthermore of a large and continuing supply of such workers through guest worker programs, giving them no bargaining power. One has only to look to their homelands to see that it is the sheer numbers of such workers and not their legal status that enables their exploitation. The value of an illegal worker to an employer is precisely because the employer feels he can exploit him. If forced to pay market wages, taxes, and observe labor laws, then the employer may as well hire a US worker. If illegal workers want the opportunity to join US society, then they're off to a bad start by violating our laws. While illegal immigration is a technical violation of the law and hardly on a par with murder, it does speak to the would-be immigrants' willingness to learn and abide by other rules of this society. When violation of immigration law is compounded by violation of labor laws, tax laws, and identity theft, then why should we trust that these people will "fly right" if given legal status? That when it suits their convenience, they won't choose to break other more serious laws, as indeed, many illegal immigrants do? That they will teach their children that laws don't matter if breaking them gets them what they want. That, most dangerously, given enough of them, we as a nation won't become more like them than they will become like us?

Ali Alexander

Dear Editor:
I employ H2-A agricultural employees and compete with those employing illegal aliens. As to the topic of stiff penalties for those knowingly employing illegals, I cannot disgree, but I would suggest that those who feel it neccessary to employ illegals should spend the same time and energy lobbying Congress for more liberal and appropriate immigration laws and visas to serve agriculture. Simply employing them quietly circumvents the process of communication and subsequent change that needs to take place.

Brent Heid

Dear Editor:
President Bush was proposing legislation for guest workers, what it's status? Will the Congress pass the bill and will it become law?

Cyril Charles

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