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Immigration Daily November 22, 2005
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Undocumented On Border Patrol Payroll

Border Patrol agents have discovered that an undocumented Mexican national was hired by the Border Patrol in 2002. The individual had pased the requisite US Office of Personnel Management background check. According to USBP spokesman Salvador Zamora, "We're not taking anyone's word on who they are or whether they are in the country legally." Consequently, the US Border Patrol now conducts its own screening process for new hires, simliar to that used to verify US citizenship. What chance do US employers have of complying with immigration employment provisions if the the Department of Homeland Security experiences difficulty keeping its own house in order? For the full story, see here.

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The US Supreme Court Grants An Emergency Stay Of Deportation, And Then Changes Its Mind, In A Challenge To The Legality Of In re Blake
Peter Reed Hill writes "My client gambled away what amounted to more than a year of his life in jail based upon my original advice, only to have his hopes dashed by the designation of In re Blake as a precedent and the extension of its holding to encompass a burglary conviction."


Certain Vietnamese Nationals Eligible For US Resettlement
The US Consulate in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam issued a press release announcing that the US will accept applications from Vietnamese citizens who might have been eligible for resettlement in the US under the former Orderly Departure Program.


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: Email resume + salary req. to Cannon Flowers:

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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.

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Dear Editor:
As an attorney who has dealt firsthand with both sides of document fraud by foreign nationals (coincidentally, by eastern Europeans, primarily Russians), I understand the government's position on Locklear's story (see 11/21/05 ID comment). Though the newspaper account is obviously a condensed version of the entire case, to the extent that it is generally accurate, Locklear's story appears to be suspect on a number of issues. I find suspect the claim that his mother never formally applied for asylum at a time when defections by Russian artists on tour was widespread, and politically popular in this country, but, instead hid within a Russian-American community in Brooklyn for 30 years. Even more unusual is the apparent lack of any official documention for either the mother/child for the time they've been in this country. Then, there's the fact that the mother cannot now be found, and apparently, after 28 years living in the same small community, there is no one who knew her who can now help find her. Even if they are born to parents who never learn to speak it well, foreign nationals born in this country usually learn very early on to speak English fluently, at least as a second language, and rarely with an accent, if any, as thick as their non-English-speaking parent(s). I might think differently about this issue if he had been born here but spent a most or all of his life living overseas, but such does not appear to be the case here. Locklear's refusal to take a blood DNA test for the Passport Agency makes absolutely no sense. His failure to appear for his asylum appointment or to the follow-up makes no sense. Finally, Andrei's convictions for crimes involving moral turpitude will undermine his credibility in any proceeding held under oath.

Robert Neeley, Esq.

Dear Editor:
I am an immigration advocate in San Diego. I have been in this field since 1978. I have seen the same story with a KGB/Artist twist here in San Diego. When I read Andrei's story it was like de ja vu again (see 11/21/05 ID comment). A search of the San Diego District's Archives will reveal the exact same story back in the late 1990s.


Dear Editor:
It is amazing that in this new age or century, there are still people whose birth records are unaccounted for (see 11/21/05 ID comment). But I presume that this person is an adult, and could have realized this problem years ago. But why did he or she not take action earlier, to get it rectified? He/she could have gone to a court of law: have a sworn statement or affidavit drafted by some lawyer/attorney or public advocate: And swear before a Judge that he/she is who they claim to be. With this new official record, he/she could have applied for a birth certificate from the deeds registry in the state in which he/she was born. then apply for a social security number, if need be, and a passport for travelling. These are the procedures that is followed when that kind of 'snafu' happens. I too had that problem back in my native land Guyana. And the same procedures outlined above, I had to follow to get it rectified.

Derryck S. Griffith
New York City

Dear Editor:
It is proper for uniformed military personal to salute civilians under the right circumstances (see 11/17/05 ID comment). I'm not an expert, but basing this upon my own training as a US Marine. Perhaps Mr. Wright is assuming salutes for the U.S. flag as salutes for his organization (I'm only guessing, but would gamble that a U.S. flag was in the area). Military personnel should salute all uncased U.S. flags. It should be remembered that the original Minutemen were human, and a close look would reveal that some had their own shortcomings. Not all were in agreement with granting people of color the same rights they thought so important, not to mention women. It's likely that some parties believed the Minutemen to be outlaws. I agree that the role of immigrants in our military is a source of pride to the US. But the U.S. military is a reflection of the society it serves. Our society encompasses many different views. I don't agree with civilians calling themselves "minutemen" and patrolling the border. A person in the military has a right to believe what they want, and it's not necessary to call them misguided or miscreants. Immigration Daily (ID) states that it is appalling that the American press has acquiesced to continue to use the honored name of Minutemen in relation to this group. I agree. However, is it any worse than ID's own actions? ID seems to take the view that if you believe, as the present day "minutemen" do that you are misguide, uninformed, ect, but would not the real Minutemen also roll in their graves if they believed that persons could not have a civil debate and "agree to disagree" without the name calling and implications that your beliefs make you less worthy?

Marvin Estes

Dear Editor:
While the issues raised in "A Question of Integration" are valid (11/18/05 ID article), they're only half the story. Assimilation is not only about acceptance on the part of the receiving society, but a willingness on the part of the immigrant to acculturate and ultimately identify with the host society. That is, to learn the language, norms, and customs of the receiving society, and to come to view one's self as an American. A major focus of my doctoral research in the 1990s was the extent to which Arab-Muslim immigrants to the US came to identify with the US. I might add that the data collection was done before terrorism hit the news and anti-Arab anti-Muslim discrimination heated up. Rather than assuming an assimilationist model which presumes that as one becomes more "American" one becomes less "Arab" or "Muslim", I allowed separate reports of each. Even after 30+ years here, and comfort with functioning in US culture, a number of these immigrants continued to identify themselves primarily as Arab. What was especially interesting to me was a noticeable group of immigrants who identified themselves primarily as Muslim, and not particularly strongly as Arab or American. Assimilation is a two-way street, and that there are many individuals who will never shed their original ethnic identity, no matter how long they live in another country. This is particularly true if they never develop "weak ties" to the host society that will enable them to get jobs, form friendships, or marry outside the community. For members of traditional cultures, with their prohibitions on activities and on women's roles, forming these ties may be a major factor in their failure to assimilate. And there are some individuals for whom national identity is always going to be secondary to their religious identity.

Ali Alexander

Dear Editor:
I really hope this legalization act passes because I also came here when I was a toddler and I grew up here. NY is basically my home and I dont have rights just because I wasnt born here. That really sucks. I know the history of the America because I went to school here and I got adjusted to this life.. I know nothing about the country where I was born so I dont see why they shouldn't pass this act. I want to attend college but it would cost me a fortune because I dont qualify for financial aid. This is just another obstacle in my life I have to overcome and keep fighting for me and my future kids.

Name Withheld

Dear Editor:
I am starting up a immigration paralegal center to provide individuals with the information they seek. I would like to know which agenc(ies) provide grants to organization like the one I am forming.


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