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Immigration Daily March 30, 2006
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Immigration Reform Bill Update

The Senate Judiciary Committee's immigration reform bill (300 pps.) is due for consideration on the Senate floor where the debate is about to begin at press time. This bill contains a number of amendments to the original Specter bill:

  • AgJobs has been included
  • DREAM has been included
  • there is a provision to limit guest workers to occupations with less than 11% unemployment in a MSA (Metropolitan Statistical Area).
  • there is a provision to delay implementation of all sections of the bill for at least 90 days to determine if errors need to be corrected
  • there is a provision to exempt nurses and physical therapists from green card caps for 7 years
Apart from the above, most of the new provisions of the reported bill are taken straight from McCain Kennedy. For a helpful summary by Gregory Siskind, see here. We note that although Senate Majority Leader Frist withdrew his cloture motion yesterday, and press reports suggest that Rep. Hastert and Rep. Boehner are open to compromise, we stand by our opinion that comprehensive immigration reform will die in conference in 2006.

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


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

DOL Proposal To Eliminate Substitutions On Labor Certifications Throws Baby Out With Bath Water
Cyrus D. Mehta and Cristina Velez write "While the DOL does have a legitimate interest to maintain the integrity of the program, some of its proposals will hurt legitimate employers and foreign national beneficiaries of labor certifications."


News

Defendant Has Right To Present Evidence That Interpreter Mistranslated Testimony
In the People of the State of Illinois v. Carmona-Olvara No. 1-04-0693 (6th Div. Dec. 30, 2005), the court said that a Defendant in a criminal trial has the right to present evidence that a interpretor mistranslated a foreign language.


Classifieds

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegals
Cella & Associates, LLC, a prominent immigration law firm, seeks experienced immigration paralegals for its Clifton and Cliffside Park, New Jersey offices. Ideal candidate must have experience working in an immigration law firm; possess excellent verbal and written communication skills, and the ability to perform multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment. E-mail your resume to JaysonDiMaria@cella-associates.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegals
The Law Offices of Darren B. Silver, a medium sized, well established law firm in Los Angeles, CA seeks full time, long term paralegals. Experience must be in business/employment petitions, such as H's, L's, p's and E's. Forward detailed resume regarding your specific experience. Ideal candidate will have at least two years of experience, is hard working, self-motivating, organized and enjoys a pleasant team work environment. Ability to speak Korean is a plus. E-mail resumes to Hiring Partner at: info@darrensilver.com or fax to: 213-384-8285.

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 at least 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.

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.


comingsNgoings

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

Event - Washington, D.C. Hearing
House Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security, and Claims has scheduled a hearing entitled, "'Should Congress Raise the H-1B Cap?", Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, D.C. Thursday, March 30, 2006, 9:00 a.m. http://judiciary.house.gov/oversight.aspx?ID=229.

Editor's Note: During our experimental period, we invite you to send in free event notices open to the public. We continue to accept professional announcements (office moves, career changes) submissions. Send CnG announcements to: editor@ilw.com.


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:
Okay, once again they have passed another kind of "amnesty" program, "worker" program, whatever you wish to call it (see 03/29/06 ID comment). And once again - what about all the employers and employees that have followed the law, and all the legal Immigrants who too wish to be able to obtain Citizenship. What about the employers and employees that yearly file all the paperwork, go through the months of processing, pay all the fees, return to their Home-Country as required, have paid their taxes each year. Why does the Immigration Service and the Government seem to "reward" those who break the law, and give no consideration for those who do as they legally should? I'm not an attorney, I'm not that clever, but I do deal with an industry that hires many legal aliens on a yearly, seasonal basis. I just don't get it.

A.G. Jones

Dear Editor:
When will the whole Senate vote to approve the comprehensive bill or not (see 03/29/06 ID comment)?

Juan C. Villanueva
Madison, WI


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