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Immigration Daily February 1, 2006
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DHS Welcomes Suggestions On Secure Border

According to a Government Executive news report, DHS invited solicitations from the private sector to improve the nation's border security. "This is an unusual invitation, we're asking you to come back and tell us how to do our business", DHS Deputy Secretary Michael Jackson told the packed audience. For the full story, see here.

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The New Sensenbrenner Bill's Attack On Judicial Review: The Wrong Response To Widespread Judicial Criticism Of The Department of Justice's Unfair And Incompetent Handling of Immigration Cases
Scott Mossman writes "The provisions of The Border Protection, Antiterrorism, and Illegal Immigration Control Act of 2005 that most significantly impact judicial review are summarized below, along with some of their implications."


USCIS To Decouple Naturalization Applications
The USCIS announced that in order to speed the processing of naturalization cases, USCIS will no longer group naturalization applications unless specifically requested by a family.


Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
The Columbus, Ohio law firm of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP is seeking a paralegal with 2+ yrs. experience in employment-based non-immigrant and immigrant categories, including labor certs. Opportunity to play a key role in supporting a mature and expanding practice. Bachelor's degree and ABA certificate preferred. Must be detail-oriented with excellent writing, organizational and computer skills. Good benefits. Salary commensurate with experience. Send resume by mail to Donna Prehm, Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP, P.O. Box 1008, Columbus, Ohio 43216, by fax at 614-719-4913, or by e-mail to

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Microsoft Corporation has an immediate opportunity in our dynamic team in the Legal and Corporate Affairs Department in Redmond, Washington. 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. Microsoft offers a competitive salary, excellent benefits and casual workplace environment. Please submit your resume in Word format to Kristen at Please indicate job code N145-152245 in the subject line. Microsoft is an equal opportunity employer (EOE) and strongly supports diversity in the workplace.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Mintz Levin is a large, multi-disciplinary law firm with a regional, national and international practice. Our Immigration Section is seeking an associate to join the Boston office. Ideal candidate will have at least 5 years of business immigration experience. Candidates should have a background in the following: PERM Applications, H1B, L-1, O1, J1, E and I-9's. Experience dealing with immigration consequences of merger and acquisition activity is strongly preferred. We look for candidates with stellar academic records and outstanding writing and interpersonal skills. We offer excellent benefits and we are an equal opportunity employer. Interested candidates should send resumes to: Catherine L. Murphy, Lateral Associate Recruiting Manager at or Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C., One Financial Center, Boston, MA 02111.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Boutique, two-partner NYC firm seeks associate attorney w/ 1+ years experience in family & business immigration, including processing of PERM/ labor certifications. Must be confident managing case load, making appearances and meeting w/ clients. Strong writing skills a plus. Dynamic opportunity to work on a broad range of cases in casual and collegial work environment w/ generous benefits package. Position available immediately in recently relocated Tribeca office. Please send resume & salary requirements to Sharyn Bertisch:

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorneys
The internationally reputed Murthy Law Firm seeks senior level associates with 5+ years' experience in business immigration law. Our practice is dynamic and fast paced with high volume work that lends itself to varied creative solutions within the framework of the law. Applicants must have prior work experience in H1B and nonimmigrant options as well as an in-depth understanding of immigrant processing procedures. We have created a fully customized, sophisticated case-management system and expect the attorney to supervise paralegals and support staff. Good writing and analytical skills are required. Work is in beautiful, scenic Owings Mills, Maryland, convenient to rural settings and to the culture of Baltimore city. We offer a family friendly and collegial atmosphere. Please email resume and cover letter to Kim Rutherford or fax 410-356-4140. All communication will be treated in confidence.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorneys
Hodgson Russ LLP seeks associates with five years progressively more responsible business immigration experience to join our Eastside Manhattan office (steps from Grand Central Terminal). The successful candidate will have demonstrated an ability to work independently, have worked on a wide range of business immigration matters, and have excellent communication skills. We also seek an experienced business immigration attorney on a contract or per diem basis. Please send your resume and cover letter to: Mary Kelkenberg at

Immigration Law Conference
The 29th National Legal Conference on Immigration and Refugee Policy – "Future Shock: Perspectives on Comprehensive Immigration Reform" will be held on March 13-14, 2006 in NYC. Presented by the Center for Migration Studies, in association with the Fordham School of Law (ILW.COM is the media sponsor for this event). The conference will offer an insider's look at the policy and politics in the growing debate on comprehensive immigration reform. Immigration professionals, gov't officials, HR professionals, and non-profits should not miss the chance to hear noted experts speak on topics such as border control, prospects for a guest worker program, internal worksite enforcement, and many other business, family, and asylum issues. Opportunity to interact with key policymakers at this unique international event. Participants are eligible for up to 9.5 credit hrs. Discounts are available for students, nonprofits and government employees. For more info, see here.


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Dear Editor:
I believe that Immigration Daily is far too optimistic in its assessment of the immigration changes likely to come out of Congress (see 01/31/06 ID comment). The balance between "enforcement" and a "guest worker program" is far from equal. The "guest worker" proposal is essentially phony because few, if any, undocumented workers are likely to be foolish enough to sign up for a program which offers a zero per cent chance of legalization and a 100 per cent likelihood of repatriation. The "enforcement" proposals, however, are draconian almost beyond imagination, with their criminalization of even the most minor and inadvertent visa violations, as well as any form of assistance by US citizens, such as family members, attorneys or, as I read the bill, even taxi drivers, to any immigrant who has run afoul of any of the hundreds of arcane (and often incomprehensible) immigration regulations. Added to this are items such as indefinite detention, denial of access to the courts, draconian employer sanctions and others which make the Sensenbrenner bill, a "vision" of nothing except an immigration inferno worthy of Dante. By supporting this essentially racist bill, which would destroy whatever remains of the traditional American concepts of justice and fair play for immigrants and US citizens alike, the White House has adopted a "vision" entirely consistent with its support of torture, spying and unlimited executive powers. I hope that immigration supporters in the Senate will not allow these horrendous provisions to become law, in return for being thrown a bone in the form of a meaningless "guest worker" program.

Roger Algase, Esq.
New York, NY

Dear Editor:
The Rule that gives Cubans a direct pass to refugee status and citizenship has now been belabored much too long. Since before the Marial boat lift around 1982 this special program should have been terminated. Like Haitian, they should be home immediately. Remember when the U.S. used to support any scoundrel who claims to be anti-communist? Remember when the US used to marginalize any person or group who even acted anti-capitalist? Those programs also point out some foreign policy errors.

Peter Griswold

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