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Immigration Daily October 26, 2005
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Hurricane Victims Hunted

According to an op-ed by National Council of La Raza President Janet Murguia, sixty people at a Red Cross shelter for Hurricane Katrina refugees were rounded up by police and federal agents. The only people in the shelter subjected to this treatment were those that looked Hispanic, including those born in the US who were there to help; a former Marine and Vietnam veteran who happened to be Hispanic, was also temporarily detained and screened. This is yet another botched attempt to take a hard-line approach to round-up the undocumented, this time against victims of Hurricane Katrina. At a time where Congress is scrambling to find federal aid for Katrina relief efforts, precious resources are being spent on going after innocent undocumented hurricane victims. Needless to say, these efforts are woefully misguided. At a time of grave threat to the nation from Islamist terrorists, the federal government should use strong arm enforcement tactics against our country's real enemies.

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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 (more info will be posted on that page in the coming weeks).


The Case Of Rodi Alvarado
Karen Musalo and Stephen Knight of the Center for Gender And Refugee Studies write "Rodi Alvarado Pena is a Guatemalan woman who suffered ten years of brutal violence at the hands of her husband, a former soldier."


CRS Report On State And Local Enforcement Of Immigration Law
According to a Congressional Research Service report on the role of state and local enforcement in enforcing immigration law, " ... as a matter of practice, it is permissible for state and local law enforcement officers to inquire into the status of an immigrant during the course of their normal duties in enforcing state and local law."

USCIS Issues Fee Increase Reminder
USCIS issued a reminder notice to its customers that beginning October 26, 2005, a revised fee structure takes effect for immigration benefits. The new fee structure adds an average of $10 to each application and petition in order to account for inflation.


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.

Labor Certification Advertising/Recruitment
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New Offices - Los Angeles
The Law Offices of Carl Shusterman has moved to larger quarters. Our new address is 600 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 1550, Los Angeles, CA 90017. Our phone number (213) 623-4592, e-mail addresses and all other contact information remains the same.


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:
Mr. Heid's letter (10/25/05 ID) that illegal aliens are paid the same as citizens is largely the point - it's not that illegal aliens get the higher wages that citizens do, but that they drag the wages of citizens who compete with them for jobs down. Even what might seem to be fairly high wages for illegal aliens may well be less than citizens would get. For example, during the current reconstruction of New Orleans, citizen workers were under contract for $22 an hour for one year, but say they were let go after training illegal alien workers who worked for less than that. Meantime, entire industries where illegal aliens have replaced large numbers of citizens have seen their average wages decrease (meat packing, dry walling).

Ali Alexander

Dear Editor:
Amnesty is not only a humane and rational response, but the right thing to do (see 10/21/05 ID). However, this Congress, and Administration, seem to have lost sight of what the right thing is.

Aetna Thompson

Dear Editor:
Fixing the illegal immigration problem should also require restoring the Fourteenth amendment to its base. This must include reversing some bad decisions allowing any and all persons merely born on US territory to full citizenship. Can anyone identify a country that permits this?

Peter Griswold

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