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Immigration Daily March 27, 2006
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Events Welcome

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Focus

Announcing THE PERM WORKSHOP - San Antonio, June 21st

ILW.COM is pleased to announce THE PERM WORKSHOP - a full day hands-on discussion on PERM matters to be held in San Antonio, Texas on Wednesday, June 21st. For more info, please see: http://www.ilw.com/workshops/june2006PERM.shtm


Article

As American As Apple Pie (Produced Abroad)
Bob Stallman writes "And if our lawmakers don’t act quickly, billions of dollars worth of agricultural production could soon slip through our fingers and across our borders."

Thank God For The Mexicans
Thomas W. Roach writes "Thank God for the Mexicans. While many in America continue to wring their hands and shout their concern about illegal aliens in America, I say, "You don't know how lucky you are"."


News

President Bush Discusses Immigration Reform
During a meeting on immigration reform, President Bush said, "But part of enforcing our borders is to have a guest worker program that encourages people to register their presence so that we know who they are, and says to them, if you're doing a job an American won't do, you're welcome here for a period of time to do that job."


Classifieds

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Prestigious Immigration Law Firm, with LA, SF, and NY branches, seeks associate attorney for its Los Angeles office. At least 2 yrs experience in all areas of immigration law, including family and employment based cases, court appearances for removal/deportation, and consular processing. Occasional travel outside LA area. Fax or e-mail resume, salary requirements, + writing sample to Office Manager at (818) 543-5802 or attorney@gurfinkel.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Farmington Hills, MI - Established immigration law practice seeks associate with 1-2 years of experience in H-1B, L-1, O-1, O-2, P-3, TN. Attend AOS interviews. Must have good writing skills. Benefits include health insurance. Salary commensurate with experience. Send your resume + writing sample to: Jeffrey A. Weisberg at jeff@gowda.com or fax to (248) 932-1909. EOE.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
San Francisco, CA - Morgan, Lewis & Bockius seeks two immigration paralegals to assist with a wide variety of immigration matters, including: H-1B, TN, L-1, E-1/E-2, labor certs, and AOS/consular processing applications; outbound visa processing to support outbound visa programs; excellent written/oral communication skills; fluency in either Japanese or Chinese required. Ideal candidate is results-oriented individual who works well under pressure, and can prioritize and balance competing demands. Minimum of 2, no more than 5 years business immigration experience required. Bachelor's degree preferred; paralegal certificate or appropriate signed declaration from an active member of CA bar required. EOE. Apply at www.morganlewis.com.

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 at hr@murthy.com or fax 410-356-4140. All communication will be treated in confidence.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Chicago, IL - Small, collegial Loop law firm seeks immigration lawyer with 2+ years experience in employment-based immigration: H-1B, L-1, E-1/2, labor certs, experience in PERM. Pension benefits; competitive salary. Please fax response to 312-357-0328 or email lawfirm@thorelli.com. No calls please.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Exceptional and challenging career opportunities available for you at Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP. 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. The Firm offers highly competitive salaries and excellent growth opportunities. Send resume, writing sample and salary requirements (indicate Maclean, VA when applying) to Alaina Shneiderovsky: Ashneiderovsky@Fragomen.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. Fragomen 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 (indicate Iselin, NJ position when applying) to Alaina Shneiderovsky: Ashneiderovsky@Fragomen.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegals
Siskind Susser, one of America's largest and best known immigration firms, is seeking experienced business and employment immigration paralegals in its Memphis headquarters office. Booming Memphis, Tennessee is one of America's most affordable and liveable cities. Candidates should have 3+ years experience and be strong writers. Siskind Susser was recently rated by Chambers and Partners as one of the top 15 immigration practices in the US based on our cutting edge use of technology and our strong reputations in the healthcare and entertainment immigration sectors. Evenings and weekends are rarely required, but we have a productivity bonus program that rewards people who voluntarily seek extra work. Benefits include health, cafeteria, retirement. Salary negotiable. Send resume to Greg Siskind at gsiskind@visalaw.com.

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. Send your resume and cover letter to Mary Kelkenberg at mkelkenb@hodgsonruss.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Jenkens & Gilchrist, a large national law firm, currently has an opening in the Dallas office for a paralegal with 4-5 years of experience in immigration law. The ideal candidate will have an undergraduate degree, a paralegal certificate and experience in all facets of business immigration, including H and L nonimmigrant visa petitions, standard and PERM labor certification filings, I-140 visa petitions in all preference categories, consular processing and adjustment of status. Able to multi-task and work in a fast-paced environment. Non-exempt position, hours: 8:30am-5:30pm. Must be flexible for overtime. Will not relocate/local residents only. Send resume to Steve Ladik at sladik@jenkens.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 and Virginia Offices. 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.

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comingsNgoings

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

Events - Washington D.C. Briefing
Please join the Rights Working Group on a briefing on civil liberties and human rights concerns post 9/11: focus on the current immigration debate. Tuesday, March 28, 2006. 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM. 2167 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, D.C. RSVP at kbhavsar@rightsworkinggroup.org.


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:
B. Heid's letter (03/24/06 ID) is chock full of misdirected information. The letter's statements in no way describe reality.

David D. Murray, Esq.
Newport Beach, CA

Dear Editor:
I generally like David D. Murray of Long Beach's comments, but his most recent letter (03/23/06 ID) appears to conflate his problems with the President's empty immigration rhetoric (a criticism I share since I do not think Congress is presently capable of moving the ball forward without a specific and detailed proposal from the executive branch) with Mr. Murray's assessment of the situation on the ground in Iraq. To wit, "the President's personal naivety and remoteness from even a modicum of understanding" etc. Oddly enough, the UN supports the President in his contention that there is no civil war going on in Iraq. Seriously. It all depends on what exactly we are talking about when we say civil war, as opposed to a rebellion. As lawyers, we should not be shocked that military and government specialists are all over the map on definitional issues like this, because lawyers tend to be as well in our own field. Maybe we'd all get further if we'd stick to the measured and reasoned tone I generally see in most of Mr. Murray's missives to the editor. I doubt he or I will influence the White House, but a Congressman or two might not be so bad. One can call a spade a spade and stay on point and avoid rhetorical firebombs (my personal favorites are Nazi, Communist, fascist, racist and insane) except when they actually apply.

Honza J. F. Prchal, Esq.
Birmingham, AL

Dear Editor:
Responding to Ms. Farris's letter (03/24/06 ID), manual labor done by illegal aliens is costly, but the costs are borne by the taxpayers, not by the employers or the consumers who purchase the goods. An article in the NY Times (March 23) points out that many businesses have refused to use the current H2-A guest worker program because they object to its requirements that they pay at least minimum wage and meet standards for the well-being of the workers. These same employers prefer to use illegal aliens to keep costs down, and would continue to do so, guest worker program or no, as long as there are no sanctions for doing so. Furthermore, even if illegal aliens were to be legalized, the presence of millions of low-skilled and easily substitutable laborers, and a guest worker program which places control over workers in the hands of the employer, will ensure that workers are not able to negotiate substantial wage increases. Unions opposing guest worker programs know this, and realize that the only way for laborers to gain clout is to limit the supply of labor available to employers. This was a tactic Cesar Chavez used to improve the lot of farm workers, by the way. Taxpayers who object to these programs also realize that is they, not employers, who would continue to bear the economic and social costs of importing unskilled workers. Finally, I find it interesting and hypocritical that some advocates for illegal aliens justify their presence on the basis that they are cheaper than natives for the employer, but then want them legalized so that they can enjoy the same wages and benefits the natives had before illegal aliens drove wages down to levels that Americans couldn't afford to live on.

Ali Alexander

Dear Editor:
This is a response to Roy Lawsons' article (see 03/22/06 ID) which essentially proposes a guest worker program of unlimited visas. It doesn't mention a critical component of the unlimited visa program - the mechanism of control, the Trade Authority so to speak. That system of control is as follows: The networked state Workforce Development systems (i.e. America's Job Bank) are used to determine the number of jobs available, plus what employers are paying. DOL becomes the 'Trade Authority' and when DOL sees a 'shortage' based on job availability and/or wage offered, it can alleviate the shortage by authorizing the approval of corporate visa applications. Theoretically, this will prevent corporations from abusing the visa system and will prevent cheap labor from being dumped in our labor markets. This system is Marc Tucker's government system of 'Human Resource Management' (for more on Tucker's 'Human Resource Management System, see letter to Hillary Clinton placed in the Congressional Record on 9/17/98, pps. E1819-E1825). Employers would list their jobs with America's job bank. All jobs have a standard definition required for certification which identify qualified workers and students. Using the integrated school/workforce development system (America's Job Bank), the number of Americans certified for a given job description is known. When compared to the number of jobs available plus the number of students in the pipeline on that career pathway, DOL can determine the number of visas to authorize. This is a communist system of central planning and government control of the labor market as Tucker alludes to when he mentions 'a new system of governance'. This is not the kind reform that American tech workers support and it is highly doubtful that American corporations would support either if they understood it.

Vicky Davis, systems analyst

Dear Editor:
In reference to rmccour’s letter to the Editor (03/17/06 ID) where his letter states that things are messed up “due to the incompetency of the INS” is typical of “learned” people saying things they don’t know anything about (sorry, no offense intended). Most of the INS/DHS problems are because congressmen and most politicians make laws to make themselves look good to a segment of the population, not because they really think their legislation will work. Most of the laws passed by Congress mandating the agency to work certain projects are unfunded. Only the recent laws passed post 9/11 have a funding attached. Take a look for yourselves. When laws are enacted, how often do you see corresponding funding to hire more people to handle the additional workload? Not often. Then when they are funded But there are other ways for the agency money to go somewhere else. The agencies that help DHS do their job, such as fingerprint checks, background checks, etc. charge to the DHS account for their services. It kind of reminds one who goes to the hospital. You come out and everybody who looked at you sends you their bill. Plus, the agency priority may be skewered to other than immigration work. Take, for example, the drug trafficking issue. It is not discussed much, but a lot of agency resources are going to drug interdiction. The drug traffickers are kept and the immigrants are either disregarded or just pushed back across the border.

Ben

Dear Editor:
In many obvious ways, the US and Mexico are not, and perhaps may never be, "equals." Both countries have vastly different political, economic, and social infrastructures. Consequently, the values and mores that "American" and "Mexican" peoples are raised with and taught in their respective cultures also vastly differ. Why do we never hear about what the Mexican people in Mexico really think about illegal immigration, while we hear a lot from US media. It is predominantly their "perception," conveyed by the liberal media in the US that has become the "reality" of our economic policy with Mexico. This is what drives immigration policy on this side of the border. In Mexico, the people will most gladly accept all that an economic partnership with the US will provide them, not because the US is richer, stronger, etc. No, to the contrary. The "perception" on the other side of the border, and one readily conveyed by the highly nationalistic Mexican media, is one that is politically-driven. It has a lot to do with the character instilled in the Mexican people by it's highly-charged anti-colonialist history. Look closely at any "official" map of Mexico, and you will find that Mexico proudly refers to itself as "Los Estados Unidos de Mexico" (The US of Mexico). No matter what State in Mexico you visit, Michoacan, Jalisco, etc., each considers itself as much a state of Mexico, as CA considers itself a state in the US. How do you think most people in Mexico today view the immigration issue with the US? Most will tell you that they have as much of a right to a piece of the "American Dream" as anyone else. This is finally a "nation without borders." Truly, perception has become reality.

Oscar Ferreira
East Palo Alto, CA


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