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Immigration Daily February 16, 2006
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Latest ICE Brutality

According to The New York Times, ICE officials in the process of deporting an undocumented pregnant woman ignored her cries of pain for 8 hours, refused to provide her food, leading to the eventual miscarriage of her twins (for the full story, see here). Apparently, this latest example of ICE's use of the homeland security fig leaf to mete out brutal treatment to the undocumented was prompted by a concern that had the woman delivered her children in the US, they would be US citizens. For many in the Republican party who claim to be pro-life, this is an opportunity to test whether their concern for the unborn extends to the undocumented.

We welcome readers to share their opinion and ideas with us by writing to editor@ilw.com.


Focus

Curriculum For PERM Seminar

The curriculum for our forthcoming PERM seminar is as follows:

FIRST Phone Session on Feb 23, 2006:

  • Mechanics of Filing
  • Important PERM Definitions in Regulations
  • Preparation of 9089 - Inconsistencies and Contradictions
  • Filing Checklists -- Employer, Alien, Job Duties
  • O*Net and Prevailing Wage
  • Applications to Qualify for 2nd Preference

SECOND Phone Session on March 16, 2006:

  • Details in Ads and Recruitment
  • Recruitment Strategy
  • Notice, Posting & SWA's
  • Regular and Professional Ads & Options
  • Special Handling & Schedule A
  • Review of Resumes
  • Legal Rejection of US Workers
  • Employer Recruitment Reports

THIRD Phone Session on April 13, 2006:

  • Audit Proofing & Audits
  • Recently Emerging Issues
  • Restrictive Requirements
  • Good Faith Requirements
  • Impact of BALCA on PERM
  • Reconsideration and Appeals

The deadline to sign up is Tuesday, February 21st. For more info, including speaker bios, detailed curriculum, and registration information, please see: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/february2006.shtm. (Fax version: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/february2006.pdf.)


Article

PERM Denials: When "No" Doesn't Necessarily Mean "No"
Carl Shusterman writes "When the Department of Labor introduced the new PERM system last year, everyone expected growing pains. Nobody anticipated, however, such a troubled, idiosyncratic system."


News

Updated CRS Report On State And Local Enforcement Of Immigration Laws
The Congressional Research Service issued an updated report on the role of state and local enforcement in enforcing immigration law.


Classifieds

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Wildes & Weinberg, P.C., a premier Manhattan immigration law firm seeks immigration lawyer with 3+ years experience in corporate immigration law to handle a full range of immigrant and nonimmigrant matters. We require a person of recognized organizational, communication and technical skills to augment a high standard of client representation. E-mail resume with salary requirements and writing samples in confidence to Steven Weinberg at sweinberg@wildesweinberg.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Senior immigration attorney (NYC) 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. Partnership track potential for the right person. Competitive compensation package offered. Submit cover letter, resume in MS Word format to Marcia Needleman: Mneedleman@levittandneedleman.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Fast-paced nationally recognized, Washington D.C.-based (DuPont Circle) immigration law firm seeks highly motivated, detail-oriented individual for business immigration paralegal position. Strong organizational, writing, and interpersonal skills required. Prior business immigration experience a plus, but not required. Great oppty. For individuals interested in challenging, exciting work dealing with international clientele with excellent career advancement possibilities. Excellent work environment, competitive salary and benefits. Visit www.maggio-kattar.com. Email resume, salary requirements, & references to: jobs@maggio-kattar.com or fax (202) 483-6801, Attn: Aaron McCommons. No calls please.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Exceptional and challenging career opportunities available for you at Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP, a prominent global immigration law firm. The ideal candidate will work on site at a client in McLean, Virginia and must have 3-6 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. Fragomen offers highly competitive salaries and great benefits. Please submit resume, writing sample and salary requirements to Alaina Shneiderovsky: Ashneiderovsky@Fragomen.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Microsoft has immediate opportunity for an experienced immigration paralegal to join the Legal and Corporate Affairs Department in Redmond, WA. Duties: prepare and file nonimmigrant/immigrant petitions including extension of stay applications, amended petitions, change of status applications, port of entry applications, adjustment applications, family-based petitions, etc..; respond to client inquiries; prepare visa packets and employment verification letters; manage caseload and monitor expiration dates. Update I-9s. Maintain and update internal immigration database on client specific matters. Minimum of 2-3 years immigration paralegal experience; excellent oral and written communication skills; exceptional organizational skills; effective teaming and partnering skills; and proficiency in Microsoft Desktop applications. Bachelor's degree preferred. Competitive salary, excellent benefits including relocation, if applicable, and casual yet dynamic workplace. If you want to work on a team of world class immigration professionals and take your career to the next level, come join us. Submit resume in Word format to Kristen at LCAres@microsoft.com. Indicate job code N145-152847 in subject line. Microsoft is an EOE and strongly supports workplace diversity.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
13-person fast paced, leading immigration law firm seeks immigration lawyer with 3+ years of business immigration experience. Handling full range of diverse nonimmigrant & immigrant matters. Must have excellent writing, communication and organizational skills. Very competitive compensation package offered. Law firm located in midtown Manhattan. Please submit cover letter + resume to Marcia Needleman: mneedleman@levittandneedleman.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Walt Disney World Company seeks a full-time immigration representative to support a high volume immigration department based in Lake Buena Vista, FL - Orlando area. Extensive interaction with all levels of employees, management and gov't agencies. Position offers tremendous learning opportunity with multiple challenges. Required skills/experience: immigration paralegal certification or Bachelor's degree or equivalent in business; demonstrated strong case management experience; computer proficiency within Windows environment; strong written + verbal communication skills; effective presentation skills; strong partnering and problem solving skills; excellent organizational skills with attention to detail; ability to handle confidential information; willingness and ability to learn and adapt to new software applications. Desired skills/experience: minimum 2 yrs+ experience with employment-based non-immigrant visas; proven familiarity with H/J/L/O/P visas; knowledge of Exchange Visitor Program, SEVIS, I-9 requirements; multi-lingual abilities. To apply for this position (Immigration Representative, X102674), visit disneycareers.com and submit your resume. Disney is an EOE.

Case Management Technology
With INSZoom, you can rest assured that you have the most secure, simple and strategic software and support services available on the market. Our state-of-the art product helps US immigration law firms build efficiency, accuracy and transparency through a single, comprehensive software. We offer 600+ Forms and many advanced features to provide you with an all-in-one case management system solution. Let your clients update their profile information, check their case status, maintain compliance, and generate numerous reports, all via a secure online system. INSZoom's leading edge technology is backed by a friendly, responsive and multi-lingual customer support team. We will configure INSZoom to your workflow for maximium results. INSZoom's technical team works diligently to ensure that the technology works for you - every time! INSZoom is available in 2 versions: Install in your own office or host on INSZoom secure servers. Contact us for a free guided tour today at 925-244-0600 or info@inszoom.com.

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.


comingsNgoings

Readers can share their professional announcements (100-words or fewer at no charge), email: editor@ilw.com.

New Executive Director - San Francisco, CA
The Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC) is pleased to announce the hiring of new Executive Director, Judith Golub, formerly of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Given Judy's professional experience with nearly 20 years of policy advocacy in DC, her leadership, presence, and skills promise to usher in important developments for the ILRC, as well as for immigrants throughout California and the US. Working together, we look forward to expanding our effectiveness in helping build the strength and raising the collective voice of the immigrant community. Immigrant Legal Resource Center, 1663 Mission Street, Suite 602, San Francisco, CA 94103. 415.255.9499.


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:
ID's comment (02/14/06 ID) should be Exhibit A in the case for immediate passage of HR 4437 (without guest worker amnesty) and other strong enforcement measures limiting entry. The absurdity of these 11 foreign ministers demanding that we not enact needed measures including a barrier, is beyond arrogance. Their meeting was held in Colombia in Cartagena's Convention Center, ironically, just a few yards away from thick walls that encircle the old town which "were built in the 16th century to protect this Caribbean port city from marauding pirates and other foreign intruders". They note that their economies are dependent upon the "billions of dollars" sent back home by migrants working in the U.S. Meanwhile, according to Paul Craig Roberts, quoting the January 19th issue of Manufacturing & Technology News, "During Bush's presidency the U.S. has experienced the slowest job creation on record (going back to 1939). During the last five years, private business has added only 958,000 net new jobs to the economy, while the government has added 1.1 million jobs." Roberts quotes McMillionresearch.com as reporting that "during the past five years of Bush's presidency, the US has lost 16.5% of it's manufacturing jobs." Outsourcing is so bad that, "the US has run up nearly $3 trillion in trade deficits during the Bush years". Roberts summarized by saying, "Globalization is wiping out the American middle class and terminating jobs for university graduates, who now serve as temps, waitresses and bartenders." It is long past time that U.S. elected officials promote and defend our interests and sovereignty.net and not those of foreign countries.

RL Ranger

Dear Editor:
I can't help but see an attempt in the discussion of H1-B under Mode 4 to mislead the public (and perhaps more than a few Congresspeople). The article (02/14/06 ID) repeatedly refers to the H1-B program as being for "temporary" workers (quotes mine), as in the claim, "To address concerns in Congress about trade negotiators usurping power over migration, the CSI has insisted that increasing the number of H-1B visas would not constitute a change in immigration policy because H-1Bs are only for temporary entry and not permanent immigration." As long as the provisions of the visa allow for dual intent, the visas enable permanent immigration. You have only to look at the current effort to increase the number of green cards for H1-Bs already here and who are caught in the green card process to realize that making a distinction between "temporary" and "permanent" workers is largely meaningless when it comes to H1-B. Perhaps Congress should reconsider the provisions of the visa to make it truly temporary again, just in case the USTR decides to include it as a bargaining chip? The article cites research claiming that expansion of quotas would produce gains of $150 billion. As my letters have stated before, perspective is important. In our $12 trillion economy, an increase in the quota equal to 3 percent of our workforce (as the University of Sussex professor suggests) would only product a gain of a little over 1 percent in GDP. And that's not even a net gain, because it doesn't allow for the displaced workers, lower wages, and social services to support them.

Ali Alexander


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