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Immigration Daily March 7, 2006
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Hot Air On The Border

Federal officials have concluded that the Mexican army was not involved in a recent Texas incident where men in military uniforms carrying military weapons appeared to assist drug smugglers on the border. At a Jan. 16 budget hearing, DHS Secretary Chertoff said that "the Border Patrol has reviewed an enhanced video that the Humvee appears to be an older style of Humvee that is not used by the Mexican military and ... this is consistent with the fact that drug cartels do use military-style clothing and equipment." Congress recently held a hearing reaching the same conclusion. Rather than blame drug cartels operating along the US-Mexico border who use tactics including donning military uniforms and carrying military weapons to thwart the efforts of law enforcement officials on both sides of the border, anti-immigrationists allege that the Mexican army is trying to invade the US border unbeknownst to the Pentagon. This anti-immigrationist assertion is ridiculous on its face and it is regrettable that precious federal resources have been spent refuting an anti-immigrationist chimera.

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


Focus

Deadline For Consular Processing - Nurse Issues Is Tuesday, March 7th

The final session of "Latest in Nurse Immigration (In Cooperation With CGFNS)" will cover consular processing issues. The curriculum is as follows:

THIRD Phone Session on Mar 9, 2006: Consular Issues

  • UPDATES ABOUT CHENNAI AND MANILA CONSULATES
  • PREPARING FOR THE INTERVIEW: What documentation is required? Does the foreign national need a current letter from the employer? What to do when the consulate is asking for the wage the foreign national will be paid during the time the foreign national enters the U.S. but before licensed?
  • CHANGES DURING THE APPLICATION PROCESS: How to add new family members (a recent spouse or new baby) to the process after the interview has been scheduled? How to change consulates in the case of relocation to another country?
  • EXPEDITING THE INTERVIEW: Is there any way to get an earlier interview date? What happens if a child is turning 21 years old before the interview date?

The deadline to sign up is Tuesday, March 7th. For more info, including speaker bios, detailed curriculum, and registration information, please see: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/january2006.shtm. (Fax version: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/january2006.pdf .)


Article

Rapid Movement In Employment Visa Number
Cyrus D. Mehta writes "The reason for this advancement is because the DOL has not processed labor certifications to completion, especially those filed before the Section 245(i) deadline."


News

CBO Paper On Immigration Policy In US
The Congressional Budget Office issued a paper on the evolution of US immigration policy and presents statistics on the various categories of lawful admission and enforcement of the nation's immigration laws.


Classifieds

Help Wanted: Immigration Professional
AIESEC has an immediate NYC opening for a visa program manager position. Responsible for all aspects of Exchange Visitor Program (EVP+). The EVP+ program rapidly provides immigration attorneys and corporations with a fast, high quality J-1 sponsorship alternative. Work with 100+ immigration attys and company HR reps to sponsor individuals on J-1 training visa. The manager reviews and sponsors hundreds of individual applications on J-1 training programs. Must have customer relationship management skills and experience; motivated self-starter, with excellent follow-through skills, who can work independently; exceptional communication, organization, and analytical abilities; legal or immigration background, experience and knowledge a plus. Business hours are 10-6pm, some wkends on as needed basis. Medical, dental offered, salary negotiable, DOE. Send resume + cover letter to Christopher White: chrisw@aiesecus.org.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Well established Midtown New York City firm has an opening for an attorney with experience in immigration related litigation, including handling defense of aliens before Immigration Court, the BIA and the US Courts of Appeals. The firm represents corporate and individual clients in all aspects of the immigration process. Individual will concentrate on litigation side of practice but will also be involved in non-immigrant appeal work and brief writing. Candidates should have 3 to 5 years experience. Salary commensurate with experience. Submit resume + cover letter stating salary requirements and a circuit court writing sample in confidence to Steven Weinberg: sweinberg@wildesweinberg.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Midtown NYC- 13 person fast paced, leading immigration law firm seeks lawyer with 3+ years of business immigration experience handling full range of diverse nonimmigration & immigration matters. Must have excellent writing, communication and organizational skills. Competitive compensation package offered. Please submit cover letter & resume to Marcia Needleman: mneedleman@levittandneedleman.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorneys
Berry, Appleman & Leiden LLP, a global corporate immigration law firm, is seeking experienced attorneys with a minimum of three years practicing business immigration law, for our San Francisco Office. Our attorneys work in a fast-paced, high volume practice and utilize carefully developed procedures, advanced practice tools, and a state-of-the-art case management system. Experience in a range of business immigration matters, the ability to provide exceptional client service, experience managing teams of legal assistants, and superb analytical, organizational and case management skills required. We strive for excellence in legal practice in a collegial environment, promoting cooperation and learning from each other. We offer competitive salary and benefits. Please submit your resume via email to careers@usabal.com or by fax to 415-217-4426.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegals
Greenberg Traurig has openings in its Tysons Corner, VA location for entry-level business immigration paralegals. Qualified candidates must have a minimum of 6 months-1 year of experience preparing nonimmigrant work-related visas (e.g., H-1B visas). Associates Degree or equivalent is required. Must be very organized, detail oriented and able to work independently. Must possess excellent computer skills as well as strong written and verbal communication skills. Competitive benefits and compensation package offered. Send resume and cover letter with salary requirements to tcohire@gtlaw.com. Greenberg Traurig is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Tindall & Foster, P.C., an established immigration-only practice in Austin, Texas is seeking an experienced immigration attorney. The successful candidate is expected to possess 2-5 years experience in employment based immigration law. Exposure to comparative international law or non-US immigration law is a preferred qualification. Tindall & Foster, P.C. has been practicing immigration law since 1973. The Firm has offices in Austin and Houston and continues to expand. Please visit www.tindallfoster.com and www.Austin360.com for more information. 401(K), medical and dental offered. Salary commensurate with experience. Experienced candidates may submit resumes and salary histories to hr@tindallfoster.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Exceptional and challenging career opportunities available for you at this prominent global immigration law firm in Iselin, NJ. The 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. Submit resume, writing sample, + salary requirements to Alaina Shneiderovsky: Ashneiderovsky@Fragomen.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Tucson, AZ - Wolf & Sultan P.C., an AV-rated firm seeks business immigration paralegal with experience preparing TN, H, L and PERM cases. Friendly, relaxed small firm environment. Excellent drafting/communication skills required. Competitive salary and benefits package. Please send resume to Tarik Sultan: sultan@azimm.com or fax to (520) 882-2929.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
AmLaw 200 law firm based in Chicago, IL requires the temporary services of a senior paralegal for a six month period. The candidate must have at least five years of business immigration experience, including extensive experience with the new PERM system (PERM experience and knowledge is a requirement); EB-1, 2 and 3 matters; and experience with H, L, E and O visas. Minimum requirements include at least a bachelor's degree, and excellent English writing, research and communication skills. Send cover letter and resume to: Gina L. Grunloh, Vedder, Price, Kaufman, & Kammholz, P.C. at ggrunloh@vedderprice.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Laner Muchin in Chicago, IL, one of the nation's oldest labor law firms, seeks an experienced immigration attorney with excellent academic credentials, 3-5 years substantial experience in all aspects of employment-based immigration and strong case management, and communication and writing skills. Ideal candidate must be client-service focused and able to thrive in challenging and fast-paced environment of congeniality and respect. Laner Muchin successfully recruits quality candidates on a national basis. We provide opportunities to handle challenging responsibilities and exciting projects; offer highly competitive salaries and benefits; informal unpretentious office atmosphere; and demonstrate an excellent record of elevating associates to partnership. E-mail cover letter + resume to immigration@lanermuchin.com. Affirmative action/equal employment opportunity employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegals
Laner Muchin in Chicago, IL, one of the nation's oldest labor law firms, has openings for full-time immigration paralegals. Our paralegals have the opportunity to contribute to a growing immigration practice and do challenging work. The ideal candidates must have at least one year of substantial experience in employment-based immigration, be highly motivated, detailed-oriented and have outstanding communication, case management, computer and people skills. College degree preferred, foreign language fluency a plus. Competitive compensation package and excellent benefits offered. E-mail cover letter + resume to immigration@lanermuchin.com. Affirmative action/equal employment opportunity employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Madison, WI - Quarles & Brady, a large, multi-office, national law firm is looking for an experienced paralegal to join its team to handle business immigration matters for fast-paced, expanding practice. Ideal candidate will have Bachelor's and experience with H, L, TN and PERM (NIW, or, and O-1 a big plus). Good benefits, stability, and pay in a supportive, relaxed, and professional environment, not to mention one of the most livable cities in America. Send resume, references, and writing sample to Donna Hurd, Office Administrator at dhurd@quarles.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
The Chicago office of Sidley Austin, a global law firm, seeks a legal assistant/paralegal for the Immigration practice. A Bachelors degree and 4+ years experience with US business immigration is required for this position. A legal assistant certificate from an ABA-accredited institution is desirable. The candidate must also have superior analytical, writing and communication skills. Competitive compensation package offered. Submit letter of interest and resume to: hrch@sidley.com or fax to (312) 456-4175.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Prestigious Glendale, CA law firm seeks immigration paralegal with at least 3 years solid experience in family and employment based petitions, and deportation/removal defense. Excellent English writing skills and attention to detail required. Must be computer literate. Knowledge of Filipino language a plus. Must be authorized to work in the US. Friendly, collegial office environment. Send resume to Michael J. Gurfinkel: paralegal@gurfinkel.com or fax to: (818) 543-5802.

Labor Certification Advertising/Recruiting
Adnet Advertising Agency Inc. has provided labor certification advertising services to immigration attorneys since 1992. Adnet helps attorneys find appropriate places to run labor cert ads, places the ads, obtains the tearsheets, and offers a variety of billing options. Attorneys can manage the entire ad process through Adnet's secure web-based Ad-managment system. Most of Adnet's services are free since we receive a commission from the newspapers and journals where the ad is placed. Adnet services large international law firms as well as solo practice attorneys. Call us at 212-587-3164, visit www.adnet-nyc.com, or email us at information@adnet-nyc.com. Contact us today to find out why we are the ad agency of choice for immigration attorneys since 1992.

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

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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:
Mr. Lee's article (03/01/06 ID) is apparently referring to studies of immigrants done prior to our recent influx of poorly educated, unskilled and illegal aliens. To extend the findings of these studies, which found a small net contribution by primarily educated, skilled and legal immigrants, to this very different population of illegal aliens is not justified scientifically. As for Mr. Greenspan's comments and his focus on the federal budget, I'd be interested to know if he was considering the impact of illegal aliens on state finances in the figures Mr. Lee's article quotes. Recent studies for CA and FL taxpayers have found that illegal aliens cost families of these states more than $1,000 a year in extra taxes. As for our supposedly impending "labor shortage", it's hard to see how millions of poorly educated and unskilled workers, many of whom are functionally illiterate in their own languages, much less English, would be able to "replace" our more skilled and educated retiring American workers. Low-wage workers who contribute to Social Security receive an amount disproportionately larger than their contribution to SS than do high wage workers, so importing millions of such workers would end up actually hastening the system's problems. Finally, the true "short term" fix for the US is the importation of workers to meet the purported needs of corporate America. We've been experiencing this for at least a decade, and have seen household incomes decrease in real terms for the past five years, as well as greater income inequality. At a time when US companies dispose of workers with great regularity and are doing away with safety nets such as healthcare and pensions, it is irresponsible to alter our population, and to impose on taxpayers the costs of importing a workforce just because Agribusiness and the likes of Wal-Mart want cheap, subsidized labor.

Ali Alexander


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