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Immigration Daily November 14, 2005
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Wilson Four

In June 2002, four undocumented high school students drew the attention of immigration officials while attending an academic competition near Buffalo, N.Y. Three years later, "the Wilson 4" (named after the high school they attended), remain in limbo. The students were scheduled for deportation to Mexico. However, Immigration Judge Richardson threw out the case ruling that border agents engaged in unlawful racial profiling. The Justice Department has appealed the decision. The "Wilson 4" became undocumented aliens when their parents brought them to the US as toddlers, a fate shared by approximately 65,000 other high-school students each year. The pending DREAM Act legislation provides a glimmer of hope giving undocumented students who have grown up in the US and graduated from high school here a chance to apply for legalization.

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Focus

Deadline Is Wednesday, November 16th For 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: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/november2005.shtm. (Fax version: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/november2005.pdf.)


Article

The Hidden Dangers of McKennedy: Why the Kennedy-McCain Amnesty Bill Will Destroy America
Michael Hethmon writes "The primary reason amnesty programs always fail is that they fuel, rather than choke off, both illegal and legal immigration."


News

Orphan Can Petition For Special Immigrant Juvenile Status
In F.L.M. v. Dept. of Children and Families, State of Florida, No. 4D04-3163 (Dist. Ct. of Appeal of State of Fl., Nov. 2, 2005), the court said that if a child qualified for a declaration of dependency under Florida state statutes, the child's motivation to obtain legal residency status from the US Attorney General was irrelevant.


Classifieds

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: denise@hammondlegal.com.

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: campbellcr@gtlaw.com 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 paulhaar@aol.com.

Case Management Technology
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comingsNgoings

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Submit Your Announcement
If you have a professional announcement such as: New Position, Honors And Awards, Mergers & Acquisitions, New Office Address, New Hire, that you wish to share with the Immigration Daily community, send your professional announcement to: editor@ilw.com. comingsNgoings announcements is a free service.


Letters

Readers are welcome to share their comments, email: editor@ilw.com (300-words or fewer preferred). Many letters to the Editor refer to past correspondence, available in our archives.

Dear Editor:
Rep. Kilgore lost in Virginia because his opponent was the Lt. Governor to a popular incumbent Democrat (see 11/11/05 ID comment). Addtionally, his Democratic opponent successfully moved to the right and co-opted traditionally Republican issues as religlion and cultural. I doubt immigration issues even made a freckle of a difference.

Adam L. Barnett, Esq.

Dear Editor:
It is extremely attractive to try to pin Rep. Kilgore's defeat on a single issue, but it is a mistake to do so (see 11/11/05 ID comment). Mr. Kilgore was too extreme on so many issues that it caused me to vote for Tim Kaine (and I voted for Ollie North a few years ago for US Senate.) As a life long Virginian, Rep. Kilgore was too much for me to take, but it wasn't the immigration stand that propelled my vote to Kaine. It was the fact that Rep. Kilgore's campaign denigrated Tim Kaine for his work as court-appointed counsel, especially on death penalty cases. Also, Rep. Kilgore's tenure as Attorney General was full of irrational and unsupportable positions, like the position that an attorney was violating Virginia Law when he showed a client the client's own pre-sentence report. Don't make the same mistake as so many people in media are: Tim Kaine victory was much more broadly based than hatred of President Bush, or anti-immigrant stance, or even his death penalty ads. It was a combination of all of that and more.

Alfred L. "Rob" Robertson, Jr., Esq.
Annandale, VA

Dear Editor:
Does anyone remember Pete Wilson? (see 11/11/05 ID comment). Maybe some candidates believe that the electorate has neither memory nor intellect. Let's hope that they are wrong.

Bill Bennett
Newport Beach, CA


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