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Immigration Daily November 18, 2005
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Post-Katrina Abuse

Post-Katrina rebuilding efforts have created a breeding ground for the exploitation of undocumented workers. Halliburton/KBR is the general contractor with overarching responsibility for the federal cleanup contracts covering Katrina-damaged naval bases. According to a Salon.com article, Halliburton and its subcontractors hired hundreds of undocumented Latino workers to clean up after Hurricane Katrina, only to mistreat them and throw them out without pay. For the full story, see here.

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Focus

Immigration Books

ILW.COM is pleased to feature the following distinguished works of scholarship:


Article

A Question Of Integration
George Friedman writes "The US, and a few other nations, are configured to manage and profit from immigration. Their definition of nationhood not only is compatible with immigration, but depends on it."


News

USCIS Memo On Self-Petitioning Battered Spouses
Michael Aytes, Acting Associate Director, Domestic Operations, USCIS issued a memorandum providing guidance to USCIS officers in the field regarding amendments made to the self-petitioning provisions of the Act by the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act.


Classifieds

Help Wanted: Immigration Professional
Human Rights Initiative (HRI) seeks a Legal Director. Based in Dallas, TX, HRI is dedicated to protecting international human rights to those who have suffered human rights abuses. HRI offers free representation to indigent asylum-seekers, unaccompanied immigrant children, and immigrant families who are victims of domestic violence or violent crimes through pro bono legal professionals. Candidate must be passionate advocate of HRI's mission who will cultivate strong ties between HRI and its stakeholders. Job Responsibilities: oversee all immigration legal activities; supervise legal staff; participate in intakes and case evaluation; approve case submissions; assist in hearings; maintain/develop pro bono program; advise pro bono attys; serve as resource on relevant law/policy; represent HRI in legal community; participate in agency development. Education/Experience: JD degree; licensed in any state; 5 yrs. immigration law exp. with emphasis in asylum, VAWA, and trafficking; court experience; management/team environment experience; excellent leadership and interpersonal skills; passion for human rights. For complete job description, visit: www.hrionline.org. Email resume + salary req. to Cannon Flowers: employment@hrionline.org.

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.

Labor Certification Advertising/Recruitment
Computerworld is the best no-hassle solution for meeting PERM requirements. Place your 2nd IT recruitment ad in print in the IT Careers section, or online at www.Computerworldcareers.com. If you choose to use both methods, you will receive 50% off the online job posting rate. In addition, our staff will tend to your needs from ad layout and design to immediately sending tear sheets once the ad is published. Call today to place your labor certification ad in print and online. Call 1-800-762-2977 or email your ad to itcproduction@itcareers.net.


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Letters

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Dear Editor:
In response to Immigration Daily's comment (11/17/05 ID comment), I spent three years in Colombia, South America, from 1994 to 1997. In that country there is a group of rightist civilian armed men, who at times receive the salute of uniformed soldiers and the quiescent complicity of the government. The guerrilla or paramilitary units. Those who sacrilegiously call themselves "minutemen" should know they are selling out the very democracy they arrogantly pretend to defend.

VLR

Dear Editor:
Once again, Immigration Daily didn't take a cool-off period before submitting the daily comment (see 11/17/05). The minutemen are not vigilantes, and there have been no verified accounts of these groups acting in an unlawful manner. These are U.S. citizens and LPR's, of all races, religions, and sexes, who are concerned about the absolute lax enforcement at both our southern and northern border. Are you really going to suggest that this is an entirely racist operation, that the minutemen (and women) are just bigots opposed to "brown folks" coming over the border? Give us a break. We see through this charade. For a a newsletter that is supposed to inform the public about immigration matters, I hope you are not so irresponsible as to not point out clearly the difference between immigrants (i.e. legal permanent residents) and illegal aliens (i.e. those who cross our border illegally or illegally overstay). Immigration has always been an important part of American life - that is true. It is also true that immigrants of the past, be they Irish, Italian, Polish, Russian or any other nationality, were so proud to become Americans that they eagerly adopted the language and customs of their new country and worked hard, not depending on welfare and not whining about lack of benefits. It is illegal aliens today that do dishonor to the American tradition of immigrants coming to America to become Americans through and through. Shame on Immigration Daily. I think Thomas Jefferson, Paul Revere and other great Americans from our past would be disgusted by your rhetoric. I do not want to cancel my subscription, but it may come to that if the Editors do not start taking a more thoughtful view.

Katelyn Giovino, Paralegal
Bedford, MA

Dear Editor:
Your 11/17/05 ID comment on The Real Minutemen joins NBC's Law and Order episode Wednesday night as failed attempts to smear and demonize this fine group. The reality is that because of their efforts and popularity, along with Arizona's Prop 200, even open border politicians can no longer ignore the demand for limited entry and no illegal entry which they did for so long. The salute by the military unit was no doubt a spontaneous gesture of respect and encouragement, nothing more. Minutemen of the Revolutionary War were citizens who pledged to defend their country on short notice. The term is entirely appropriate to these modern volunteer heroes and not the "insult" that you state, nor are they "miscreants". Your label of "vigilantes" is similar to the frequently heard term, "racist", all of which seem to be used when rational thought fails. Minutemen can't be vigilantes from the historical American perspective, as they do not take the law into their own hands but only operate in a lawful manner as a neighborhood watch group cooperating with the BP. Even the ever present ACLU could find little fault. But the Spanish version of the word, to be a watchman and the Latin version, to be watchful or vigilant, are both applicable. Any immigration reform has to focus on enforcement as the article by Janice L. Kephart (11/16/05 ID) set forth and has to reduce entry substantially, not increase it and to merely legalize that which is illegal by some form of amnesty. The true Enforcement and Border Security Act of 2005 that was announced on Nov. 3rd by Congressmen Duncan Hunter (R-CA) and Virgil Goode (R-VA) looks very promising.

R. L. Ranger

Dear Editor:
Is the self-styled minutemen' part of the established Federally Funded and Instituted Institutions Of The US Military? And since when does a soldier salute a civilian, who is not credited with that regard or recognition officially? The only civilians that warrants such recognition for salutation are, The President Of The United States, as (Commander In Chief of the Armed Forces), & The Defense Secretary. Are we getting ahead of ourselves with this so-called civilian/people's militia? If what was reported here is true, I dread future arbitrary actions that may result from this recognition!

Derryck S. Griffith
New York City

Dear Editor:
Despite Immigration Daily's objections (see 11/17/05 ID comment), I will salute the brave Minutemen every chance I get for protecting our borders.

Chucky

Dear Editor:
In response to Sebastion's letter (11/17/05 ID), my letter to the Editor (11/16/05 ID) was not based on "anecdotes, prejudice and popular wisdom." The computer professional, mentioned in my letter, did not have "flawed wisdom," or "fail to articulate a rational argument." His lawyer, who handled his (AOS) adjustment of status pursuant to a family petition, watched this personable, conscientious, slender, handsome, well-dressed, articulate, highly valued IT employee, who was always employed in Europe (and worked in the U.S. on international projects for U.S. and European companies), move to the U.S., which he didn't want to do, because his fiancee' was unable to move to Europe. He did not even obtain that face-to-face interview you refer to as potential "face time" failures. A year later, he decided to abandon IT, and he found employment in a completely different field. He's been promoted several times and is a highly valued employee. The point is: let us move from anecdotes, assumptions, and worse, personal or assumptions and attacks... and together develop or encourage: fact-gathering, demographics, and public policy: Solve unemployment, create and grow businesses, increase exports and international commerce, and yes, immigration. Our collective intelligence should be able to roll up our sleeves and begin to work on data, and real solutions, for example: (1) Take a "census" of the number of unemployed LPR & USC IT workers (2) Take a "census" of the number of employed H1B & L1 workers (3) Gather a statistical estimate of jobs open in the field compared to # of workers (4) Make a database of resumes and references of available workers USC, LPR workers (5) Give a tax incentive for hiring and retention of newly employed or rehired or previously unemployed USC or LPR workers.

Smith

Dear Editor:
It is known to all that laws should be equal to all the persons. But, this did not apply to a case about issuing green card. Recently, the USCIS refused to issue a green card to a person on the grounds that he had overstayed his tourist visa, whereas the other person who had also overstayed his toursit visa was issued green card. Both from a South Asia country entered the US in 1997 on tourist visa and applied for green card having won DV lottery. Both were working in a restaurant by overstaying their visa. It shows that the USCIS does not seem to have uniformity while deciding immigration cases. Once they overstayed their visa, they became already illegals, and illegals should not issued green card. Therefore, it is earnestly requested that the USCIS look into deeply all the papers that the applicants submit to be issued green card and also should have uniformity on their decisions.

S. Salike


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