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Immigration Daily November 11, 2005
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GOP Loses On Anti-Immigrant Platform

A recent Wall Street Journal op-ed pointed out the mistake that led to Republican candidate Jerry Kilgore's defeat in Virginia at the election polls. Mr. Kilgore ran not on a traditional small government GOP platform, but on a platform emphasizing a tough stance on immigration enforcement in Virginia, a Red state, and lost. The outcome of this election should be a warning to the GOP that a "getting tough on immigrants" platform may not be the ticket to winning elections.

We welcome readers to share their opinion and ideas with us by writing to


PERM Nuts & Bolts: The Latest Tips For Practitioners

We are pleased to bring a new telephonic seminar on PERM to our readers' attention, the curriculum is as follows:

FIRST Phone Session on Nov 17, 2005:

  • What is "identical" for refiling purposes?
  • Refiling and SVP/Job Zone issues
  • Refiling and BEC Interaction/How to withdraw a case
  • Multiple filings and the 8/11/05 FAQ
  • The role of retrogression

SECOND Phone Session on Dec 8, 2005:

  • PW Determination Expirations
  • SVP/Job Zones and Business Necessity
  • Drafting for BS+5 and EB-2 Preference Category Cases
  • Drafting for cases involving a combination of education and experience
  • Calculating Recruitment Dates

THIRD Phone Session on Jan 12, 2006:

  • BEC Update
  • PERM Processing Times
  • EB-2 vs. EB-3
  • Substitutions at CIS and at the BECs
  • Audits and Denials
The deadline to sign up is Wednesday, November 16th. For more info, including speaker bios, detailed curriculum, and registration information, please see: (Fax version:


Refusal To Concede Removability Blues
Charles Gillman, Esq. penned the following lyrics to Arlo Guthrie's song "Alice's Restaurant."


9th Circuit Asks If IJ Has Improper Hostility Towards Asylum Applicants
In Smolniakova v. Gonzales, No. 03-71600 (9th Cir. Sep. 7, 2005), the court noted that IJ Anna Ho had been reversed by the 9th Circuit at least three times in the last year for reasons similiar to those that compelled reversal in this case and said that "given this line of cases, we cannot help but question whether this IJ has, at least in some instances, improper hostility towards asylum applicants who appear before her." The court instructed the BIA not to remand the case to IJ Anna Ho.


Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Well-respected business immigration practice located in North Potomac, MD with 20+ years experience is now expanding. Seeks committed, energetic attorney with strong client interface skills, meticulous attention to detail, superior writing ability and uncompromising professional ethics. Outstanding professional development and growth opportunity. Small, casual, flexible and collegial office. Contact Denise Hammond at:

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegals
Greenberg Traurig, LLP a large international law firm, has openings in its Tysons Corner, VA location for business immigration paralegals. If you want to join a team of highly-trained and very motivated immigration paralegals in a demanding, fast-paced environment this is the position for you. To join our team you must be very organized with the ability to work independently, manage a large case load, juggle multiple tasks/deadlines, and possess excellent computer skills. Bachelor degree or equivalent required. In our practice we hire the best the field has to offer and make them better. In return, we ask for the very best you can offer. Excellent benefits and compensation package offered. If you are talented and up to the challenge, this job is for you. Send cover letter, resume, salary requirements + writing sample to Cristy Campbell by email: or fax: 703-714-8374.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegals
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, LLP is currently looking for two paralegals to work directly with the Immigration Practice Group in its Washington, DC office. Must be able to work under minimal supervision. The firm offers an excellent compensation and benefits package, outstanding work environment, and comprehensive support to enable our Immigration Paralegals to assume significant responsibility, including contact with clients. Candidates must have at least two years of business immigration experience in employment-based immigrant and non-immigrant categories. Candidates must possess strong organizational, research and writing skills. Knowledge of PC applications and flexibility to work overtime are required. An undergraduate degree is required. Morgan Lewis is an Equal Opportunity Employer. M/F/D/V. Please apply online via the career link of the Morgan Lewis website.

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. Must have a Bachelor's degree and be bilingual in Spanish/English. 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 + writing sample to Paul S. Haar, Esq., 1150 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 900, Washington, DC 20036 or

Foreign Credential Evaluations And Translations
As the nation's leader in foreign credential evaluations and translations, American Evaluation and Translation Service, Inc. (AETS) provides the most competitive rates in the industry - $50 Educational Evaluations, as well as $200 'expert opinion' work experience and position evaluations completed by PhD university professors who have the "authority to grant college level credit for work experience and/or training." AETS offers a variety of turn-around times, including same-day service for educational, work experience and position evaluations. See here for a complete list of prices and turn-around times. Additionally, AETS provides certified translations in over 100 languages, with translators that are specialists in over 80 fields. For a copy of the application for credential evaluation and translation services, contact AETS at (786) 276-8190, visit, or email:


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New Offices - Michigan
Antone, Casagrande & Adwers, P.C. announces its relocation to 31555 W 14 Mile Road, Suite 100, Farmington Hills, MI 48334. Phone: (248) 406-4100 Fax: (248) 406-4101.


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:
Thank you, James David Acoba, Esq. for your letter (11/09/05 ID), pinpointing out the harshness of the US immigration policy.

M. Malami

Dear Editor:
Caglaws's letter (11/08/05 ID) apparently forgets that the stated purpose of having foreign students study in this country is for them to take their education and knowledge of America back to their home countries for the development of both the economy and democracy there. This principle underlies our requirement that foreign students prove their intent to return to their home country before undertaking study here. Furthermore, foreign students are not necessarily the "best and the brightest". Very often, they are just the ones who have deep pockets to pay tuition and fees, or who game the system in order to get a visa they have no intention of honoring. Foreign students occupy places not only in the best schools, but in the many second and third tier colleges and universities, junior colleges, and assorted vocational schools. Truly exceptional foreign students should have every opportunity to remain here through visas for those of exceptional ability; however, permitting every mediocre student who manages to get a U.S. degree to remain here does us as a country a grave disservice by adding to the competition our own students face in the job market.

Ali Alexander

Dear Editor:
I agree with Immigration Daily's comment (11/08/05 ID comment). Good citizens should be rewarded, not feel unsafe and insecure. Immigration Daily got the right spirit for these wonderful people. They may have taken things in their own hands but they have made an input to their community and nation and deserved to be honored. They are contributing to a safe and enjoyable country. Give them a chance by granting amnesty.

Concerned Citizen

Dear Editor:
I couldn't disagree with Immigration Daily more (see 11/08/05 ID comment). In my town, in the last two years, all construction and landscaping jobs have been taken over by illegals. I don't know what the poor working stiffs are doing who used to do those jobs - they are probably unemployed. Now we find out that hundreds of illegal aliens are in our state-subsidized housing. This, while there is a waiting list of over 50,000 citizens who are homeless. In fact, the list is so big, the authorities closed it down. How can anyone "welcome" foreigners who take our jobs, use our public services, take spaces in our schools, and take spaces in our public housing when there are hundreds of citizens who can't find anywhere to live?

Lorrie Hall
Duxbury, MA

Dear Editor:
This is the second time this has happened. I have stopped receiving the email version of Immigration Daily. I have no idea why, but I do look forward to the up-to-the-minute information you provide. Can you please resume sending me my daily email paper. I really miss it.

Alice Moran

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