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Immigration Daily April 6, 2006
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Pro Slavery Minute Men

In the 1860 election, supporters of the pro-slavery Democratic party candidate John Breckinridge who swept almost every Southern state organized military organizations called Minute Men who used brute force to suppress any sign of sympathy for the Republican party (source: Liberty And Freedom by David Hackett Fischer, Oxford University Press, 2005 at pg. 303). Today, border vigilantes also seek the all-American epithet "Minute Men" to describe their despicable organizations. Our country and our institutions survived the Breckinridge Minute Men and we will doubtless survive the current miscreants too. The honor of the original Minute Men will not be stained by imposters.

It is sad to note that the American media do not object to the misuse of honored American icons. On the other hand, it is also sad to note that many pro-immigrant organizations do not feel comfortable in using American icons and images from American history in their efforts to support immigration reform. As far as ILW.COM is concerned, we believe that immigration is as American as apple pie and we have no hesitation in wrapping ourselves in the American flag (every page of our site has the American colors at the top).

We welcome readers to share their opinion and ideas with us by writing to


Premier Issue Of PQ: The PERM Quarterly

The premier issue of PQ: The PERM Quarterly is now in press. The provisional table of contents is as follows:

  • Filing Duplicate Applications By Joel Stewart
  • Labor Certification through PERM: An Up-to-date Overview of the PERM Rule By Joel Stewart
  • What You Do After The Ads Have Been Run? Resumes, Interviews, and Results By Edward R. Litwin
  • Tips for Filing Schedule-A Applications Under PERM By Sherry Neal
  • BALCA Summaries By Joel Stewart
  • How to File Prevailing Wage Requests and 30 Day Job Orders By Jane Goldblum
  • Civil & Criminal Federal Case Update By R. Blake Chisam
  • Potpourri By Joel Stewart
  • Ethics: What do you do when a qualified U.S. worker applies? By R. Blake Chisam
  • Recently Emerging Issues By Joel Stewart
For more information on PQ:The PERM Quarterly, or to subscribe, please see:


VAWA 2005
Gail Pendleton et al. of Asista provides an analysis of the provisions of the Violence Against Women Act and related practice pointers.


White House Statement Of Administration Policy On Immigration Reform
The White House issued a statement of administration policy on comprehensive immigration reform.

President Bush Urges Senate To Pass Comprehensive Immigration Reform
The Office of the Press Secretary of the White House released President Bush's remarks on immigration reform.


Help Wanted: Immigration Attorneys
Houston, TX - The Law Office of Judith G. Cooper, P.C. seeks senior level associates with 5+ years' experience in business immigration law. Applicants must have prior work experience in H1B and nonimmigrant options as well as an in-depth understanding of immigrant processing procedures. Our attorneys work in a fast-paced practice with advanced practice tools and a state-of-the-art proactive case management system developed in house. We expect the attorney to supervise legal assistants and support staff and work with our IT development staff to continue improving our systems. Good writing and analytical skills required. Our location is adjacent to the famous Galleria shopping center in Houston. Family friendly and collegial atmosphere. Send resume + cover letter to Chuck Cooper at or fax (713) 622-8078. All communication will be treated in confidence.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorneys
Berry, Appleman & Leiden LLP, a global corporate immigration law firm seeks experienced attorneys with 3+ years practicing business immigration law for our San Francisco, CA and McLean, VA 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, 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 resume or fax 415-217-4426.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Reeves & Associates, one of the largest and oldest immigration firms in California, with offices in Pasadena, San Francisco, Manila and Las Vegas, seeks an immigration attorney for its Pasadena office. Ideal candidate should have one or more years experience in business immigration, exceptional writing ability, case management skills and ability to supervise support staff. R&A offers a highly competitive salary and benefits package including health, dental, vision, long term disability, Bar and CLE reimbursements, 401K retirement plan with matching dollars, commissions plus a yearly bonus. We have an experienced support staff, state of the art technology and extensive immigration library and resources. Excellent opportunity for career advancement. Send cover letter, resume, + salary history to or fax (626) 795-4999.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegals
Prestigious Glendale law firm seeks immigration paralegal with at least 1 year 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. Qualified applicants send resume to:

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

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: 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

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 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

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, or email us at Contact us today to find out why we are the ad agency of choice for immigration attorneys since 1992.


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Managing Attorney
The Law firm of Wilner & OReilly is pleased to announce Robert DuPont has joined their firm as managing attorney for their Beverly Hills Office. Mr. DuPont leaves his position at Reeves & Associates where he was head of the federal litigation department. His duties at Wilner & OReilly will include federal district court matters, as well as employment and talent based visa petitions. (310) 247-0341. 9100 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 615E Beverly Hills, CA 90212.


Readers are welcome to share their comments, email: (300-words or fewer preferred). Many letters to the Editor refer to past correspondence, available in our archives.

Dear Editor:
The object lesson to be learned from Mr. Rivlin's Article (04/05/06 ID) is not to take the numbers presented at face values. For example, the much quoted Time poll showing Americans "favor" guest worker programs is based on the following question: "two different approaches have been suggested to deal with illegal immigrants. Please tell me which comes closest to your views ... make illegal immigration a crime and not allow anyone who entered the country illegally to work or stay in the US under any circumstances [25%]. Allow illegal immigrants to get temporary work visas so the government can track them while they earn permanent residence after six years if they learn english, pay a fine, pay any back taxes, and have no criminal record [72%]". This kind of question which forces a response between two alternatives (and in this case, ignores other alternatives) is good for producing a desired response, in this case, purported public support for guest worker programs. The wording of the question, specifically the use of absolutes such as "not allow anyone" and "under any circumstances" also discourages people from choosing the first. In other words, whoever put the Time poll together did a good job of writing it to produce a desired outcome.

Ali Alexander

Dear Editor:
Douglas Rivlin of the National Immigration Forum's attempt (4/5/06 ID) to provide evidence that most Americans don't want a strong, if not exclusive, enforcement approach to entry law is not compelling with his short list of polls. A much longer list of contrary polls with higher percentiles could easily be provided. But why rely on polls? The only thing we need to know about the illegal invasion is that it is illegal subject to enforcement and is invasive with counter measures required. Nothing more "comprehensive", "intelligent and realistic" or "a more careful reading" is needed. Why does his Article use "legalization" when the correct word is amnesty? Why does his Article refer to "undocumented immigrants" when the correct term is illegal aliens as true immigrants are lawful entrants, not lawbreakers. Why does NIF's Board of Directors consist mostly of those who profit from excessive entry? A more persuasive and objective statement is made by Mark Krikorian in his Human Events 3/27/06 article: "Guest Worker Programs Are a Dead End": "In short, guest worker programs are both immoral and unworkable. But their appeal is enduring, because they can satisfy the immediate economic demands of an important constituency while pretending not to have any adverse consequences on the rest of society. Our country has too often succumbed to this temptation for policymakers to be able to claim ignorance of the guaranteed outcome of another experiment in servile foreign labor."

R.L. Ranger

Dear Editor:
Responding to CRS's report on principle components of permanent admissions (04/05/06 ID), "Prior to FY2001,employment-based preference immigrants were also held to per-country ceilings. The "American Competitiveness in the Twenty-First Century Act of 2000" (P.L. 106-313) enabled the per-country ceilings for employment-based immigrants to be surpassed for individual countries that are oversubscribed so long as visas are available within the worldwide limit for employment-based preferences." The report does not seem to recognize that Section 502(2) of the Judiciary Committee bill strikes this provision --per-country limits will once again be strict.


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