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Immigration Daily January 11, 2006
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Detention Watch Network

The Detention Watch Network (DWN) recently revamped its website. Formed in 1997 in response to the rapid growth of the immigration detention system in the US, DWN is a network of individuals and organizations working in support of, and in service to, immigrants in detention. For the DWN website, see here.

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Immigration Books

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


Birth Rates Among Immigrants In America: Comparing Fertility In The US And Home Countries
Steven A. Camarota writes "The fact that immigrants tend to have more children once they come to the US than do their counterparts in their home countries is an important finding."


USCIS Requests Comments On Streamlined Processing
USCIS published several Federal Register notices requesting comment on its planned efforts to streamline benefits processing and eliminate the capture and processing of redundant data by moving from an exclusively transaction based focus to customer accounts.


Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Downtown Miami, FL. Boutique immigration law firm seeks paralegal with 2+ years of experience in business immigration. Must have experience with H's, L's E's and permanent residency processing. Must be fluent in English and Spanish, both spoken and written. Competitive salary and benefits package offered. Fax resumes to 305-577-0095 or email Andra Olivos-Kah: No phone calls please.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Microsoft Corporation has an immediate opportunity in our dynamic team in the Law and Corporate Affairs department in Redmond, WA. The position requires excellent academic credentials, 4-6 years experience in all nonimmigrant business visas, labor certifications, and other business-related immigration matters. Strong case management, communication and writing skills are required. Must be customer-service focused and able to thrive in a challenging and fast-paced environment. Prior experience managing legal staff and proficiency with Microsoft technology a plus. We offer a competitive salary, excellent benefits and casual workplace environment. Submit resume in Word format to Kristen at Indicate job code N145-149557 in subject line. Microsoft is an equal opportunity employer and strongly supports diversity in the workplace.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Senior Immigration Attorney (Manhattan) for 10+ person, fast-paced, leading business immigration firm. Must have 7+ years experience with full range of complex business immigration cases in NIV and IV matters as well as family-based & naturalization. Must have in-depth knowledge of laws & procedures, excellent writing, communication and organizational skills. Must be detail-oriented, able to manage a large case load, work independently and supervise & train associates and staff. Seeking dedicated professional willing to make a commitment who can work well under the pressures of a busy immigration law firm. Partnership track potential for right person. Competitive compensation package offered. Submit cover letter, resume, undergraduate and law school transcripts and employment references to:

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Immigration and real estate boutique firm in Aventura, FL with diverse international clientele seeks immigration attorney. Must have 3-5 yrs exp. in business immigration including L / H / E / O / P / TN visas / I-140's and PERM labor certs. We offer excellent benefits, a collegiate atmosphere and unlimited growth potential. Bilingual and Florida licensed attorney preferred. Please send resume and salary reqs. to Mark Katsman at

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
13-person midtown NYC immigration law firm seeks paralegal with 2+ years of experience with business applications: nonimmigrant and immigrant. Experience with family based, naturalization and other applications a plus. Bilingual Spanish/English also a plus (not required). Ideal candidate has BA degree, is detail oriented, organized, conscientious. Candidate must also possess excellent writing, communication & case management skills. Comprehensive compensation package offered. Email resume & cover letter to Marcia Needleman:

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Exceptional and challenging career opportunities available for you at Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP's offices in Iselin, New Jersey. Ideal candidate must have 2 + years of exp. in business immigration, possess excellent verbal and written communication skills, and the ability to perform multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment. College degree, MS Word and Windows 2000 required. The Firm offers highly competitive salaries and excellent growth opportunities. We are conveniently located minutes from the train station and are approximately a 40 minute train ride from Manhattan on NJ Transit. Send resume, writing sample + salary requirements to Alaina Shneiderovsky:

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Full-time position for bilingual immigration attorney to join a growing firm of two attorneys and staff based in Sherman Oaks, CA. Minimum one year experience. Must speak Spanish and English fluently. Must be able to work in a fast-paced environment. The candidate must possess excellent research and writing skills and will be handling complex immigration litigation defense at the Immigration Court, Board of Immigration Appeals and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Please send resume and writing sample to

Credential Evaluation And Translation
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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:
I wish to express thank for Angela's letter to the Editor (1/10/06 ID). We need to keep this fact in front of the American public. American's rights are being infringed and American's are being tortured by the current immigration policy. The proposed revisions to the immigration policy are solely for the benefit of the US Government. We constantly hear about easing up on the torturing of confirmed terrorist, but there is no relief for American families who are being tortured. We hear about the proposed worker program to legitimatize illegal immigrants that are presently in the US, but there are no viable ways for immigrant ants who were trying to "do the right thing" (for instance asylum seekers who were fleeing for their lives) and were deported because the IJ simply didn't believe their story (note: the hardship waiver is a joke and not a realistic attainable option). The bars should be removed for deportees who have not broken any laws and each case should be heard by a board (not a single person) and judged on it's own merits. This would go a long way in promoting family unity. Let's challenge the US to "put it's money where it's mouth is" and truly promote family unity and not just pay it lip service.

Kim Mensah

Dear Editor:
In response to R.L. Ranger's letter (1/10/06 ID), it's true that the USA as a sovereign nation can control its own policy regarding immigration but Americans should never rely on their politicians as if by asking to close US border, Americans' jobs will be saved. Americans should never think that their US citizenships should be the basis to take anything for granted. US taxpayers should worry and get outraged more at their corrupt politicians who waste so much money on unnecessary wars and pork barrel special interests' projects, welfare on anything including on money losing US businesses and farmers which can't survive without taxpayers' subsidies and also lazy US citizens and legal aliens who are milking welfare and contribute nothing to the system. I am so surprised to see the outrage on illegals and a silent voice on these other facts, while in fact illegals are risking their life and coming to work so hardly that even no Americans think and want to do, and pay taxes directly or not and in fact, it's impossible for them to collect welfare since they possess no documents and SSNs. Let those hardworking illegals try to earn their US citizenship based on steps and merit. Those who collect welfare and become criminals should go home, those who can buy houses, establish businesses, study hard, pay taxes and contribute positively to the USA should be able to stay legally and able to get their American dreams come true. It's good for them, it's good for the USA. Why not?

Robert Yang

Dear Editor:
In response to Dr. Massey's assertion (see 1/09/06 ID artice) it is not the illegal nature of immigration from Mexico or anywhere else per se that causes downward pressure on wages but the essentially unlimited number of such workers. Temporary worker programs or massive increases in legal immigration provide employers with ready access to workers that obviates any need to raise wages or improve working conditions, just as illegal immigration does. Furthermore, the illegal immigrant population from Mexico is largely unskilled and uneducated, which means that they would not be able to negotiate for much higher wages even if they were legalized. They would still continue to be among the working poor, receiving more in benefits than they pay in taxes. Legalization would give them access to means-tested programs that they cannot now receive. Nor is it necessarily "market" failures that are inducing Mexicans to leave. A recent study shows that Mexicans are giving up jobs in Mexico to come to the U.S. illegally. A Pew Hispanic Center study also found that 46 percent of Mexicans wanted to immigrate to the U.S. Recent theory suggests that immigration may actually increase with development, contrary to Dr. Massey's assertion that long-term growth will produce decreases in migration. The hitch is, just what does he consider long term growth? 10 years? 30 or 40? Or, when the standard of living has fallen toward that in Mexico, rather than when Mexico's rises to meet ours? At just how many millions would immigration from Mexico overwhelm U.S. culture? And just how would U.S. citizens and workers benefit from this unification of markets? The benefits to Mexico, to illegal aliens, and to employers are clear. The benefits to Americans in general are not.

Ali Alexander

Dear Editor:
The California State Bar is now apparently in the collection business. Any attorney that is a member or was a member of the California State Bar who were disciplined by the California State Bar and owes costs and/or disbursements to the Client Security Fund may be subject to an immediate money judgment in any Superior Court in California. Once a money judgment is entered the State Bar will hire collection attorneys to enforce the judgment with added attorney's fees and costs. The State Bar states that these statutes which have been codified in the Bus. & Prof. Code are retroactive, but there is no limitation on how far back these statutes may go. The State Bar has also initiated two pilot programs aimed at these collection efforts. I believe I am the first one to challenge these Codes.

Miguel Gadda

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