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Immigration Daily April 26, 2006
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Yale Visas

Sayed Rahmatullah Hashemi, former ambassador-at-large for the Taliban, and now a student in Yale's Special Student Program currently on a US student visa, is the center of recent media attention. Many question Yale's admission process for allowing a former Taliban official to attend, and criticize Yale for its reticence on the issue. For more on this live controversy, see this recent Town Hall op-ed and a recent Wall Street Journal op-ed.

It is appalling that Yale University's moral relativism has triumped over any semblance of standards there. We understand that there may be a Congressional hearing about Mr. Hashemi's visa issuance and that the consular officer who issued the visa may be asked to testify. Ivy League schools have traditionally received deference by consular officers adjudicating student visas. Perhaps it is time for a reversal of that policy because Ivy League schools appear to be more likely than other academic institutions to admit Taliban officials and others of that ilk.

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


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:


'Guest Workers' Won't Work
Tamar Jacoby writes "But among those who recognize the necessity of a continued flow of immigrants to do dirty, unskilled jobs that educated Americans increasingly no longer want to do, the mantra goes unquestioned: What's needed is a guest worker program to deliver this labor in a timely, efficient way."


President Bush On Comprehensive Immigration Reform Vision
The White House issued a fact sheet on comprehensive immigration reform.

CIS Ombudsman Recommends Changes To Asylum Process
A letter from CIS Ombudsman to the USCIS Director sets forth his recommendation to USCIS to limit its adjudication of I-589 applications for asylum and withholding of removal to those submitted from individuals who are in valid non-immigrant status in the US.

DOJ Immigration Litigation Bulletin: September 2005
The Department of Justice Office of Immigration Litigation released the September issue of its publication, Immigration Litigation Bulletin.


Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
The Law Office of Richard M. Costa, a Boston immigration law firm with predominantly professional/academic clientele, seeks candidate with 2-5 years of immigration experience to rapidly assume significant responsibility for employment and family based I-485 caseload. Ideal candidate will be detail-oriented and capable of juggling multiple priorities simultaneously. Competitive salary and benefits include full health insurance and normal work hours of 9am-5pm M-F. Apply in confidence with resume + cover letter to Richard M. Costa: using subject line: Immigration Paralegal.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
San Francisco, Financial District - Weaver, Schlenger & Mazel seeks an immigration paralegal. We are a small, fast-paced, friendly immigration law firm with an emphasis on employment and family-based petitions. Qualifications: Experience with employment-based petitions (at least one year); strong writing skills a must; bachelor's degree or equivalent experience. Required: computer savvy; strong attention to detail and accuracy; ability to multi-task and prioritize tasks; excellent oral communication and organizational skills; self-motivated. Responsibilities: assist with preparation and filing of immigration petitions; generate correspondence to clients and government agencies; schedule attorney/client consultations; communicate with clients via e-mail and telephone; some administrative duties. To apply, send cover letter + resume to:

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Prestigious Glendale law office 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. Must be authorized to work in the U.S. For qualified applicants, send resume to:

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Great opportunity for mid-level immigration attorney for New York office of major global consulting firm. Job responsiblities include handling US immigration law issues involving non-immigrant visas for US firm members, managing relationships with external legal counsel and individual foreign nationals within the firm. The ideal candidate will possess excellent written and oral communication skills and a demonstratad ability to be a team player. Compensation is competitive and benefits are excellent. Please send resume and writing sample to

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegals
Exceptional and challenging career opportunities available for you at this prominent global immigration law firm. The ideal candidate will work on site at a client in McLean, VA 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:

Credential Evaluation And Translation
As the nation's leader in foreign credential evaluations and translations, American Evaluation and Translation Service, Inc. (AETS) provides the most competitive rates in the industry $50 educational evaluations, as well as $200 'expert opinion' work experience and position evaluations completed by PhD university professors who have the "authority to grant college level credit for work experience and/or training." AETS offers a variety of turn-around times, including same-day service for educational, work experience, and position evaluations. For list of rates and times, see: AETS also provides certified translations in 100+ languages, with translators that are specialists in 80+ fields. For a copy of the Application for Credential Evaluation and Translation Services, please contact AETS at (786) 276-8190, visit, or email:


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New Associate - Phoenix, AZ
Donna B. Dideles has joined the prestigious international immigration law firm of Littler Mendelson Bacon & Dear, PLLC (Littler Global) as an associate attorney. She is originally from the Philippines where she practiced corporate law in a large corporate law firm. In 2004, she obtained her LLM from New York University School of Law. Donna can be contacted at Littler Global, 3003 N. Central Avenue, Ste 700, Phoenix, AZ 85012, Tel (602) 256-6700.


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:
I think Brian James has no morals, no compassion for human beings, his actions should be penalized (04/25/06 ID comment). I will never listen to that talk show. His comments are foul and disgusting.

Amy Martinez

Dear Editor:
I am utterly shocked that anyone would allow this type of behavior on air (04/25/06 ID comment). James Brian sounds as if he's all for killing innocent people. As far as I see it, they cross the border because they are starving and seeking the US for a better life for themselves and their families. We as citizens of the US need to open our minds and place ourselves in their positons, what would you do if your family was starving if your only option would to risk your life to cross the border in hopes of a better future? These people are decendents from the American Indians and have more rights in this country than the people who came into the united states illegally and massacred many innocent tribes. Brian James you were born in the wrong century, you sound more like a mass murderer.

Jose Mayoral

Dear Editor:
Responding to ID's 4/25/06 comment, obviously very distasteful and un-American. People are getting very frustrated with two decades of our government doing nothing to secure the border, endemic lawlessness, crime and narcortics. It would clearly take a quantum increase in resources to secure the border which everyone agrees, but our government?

Dale Sutthoff

Dear Editor:
At the end of his discourse, Mr. Alexander's letter (04/25/06 ID) states illegal aliens have violated "the conditions we have set up for joining." What are the conditions available for the average Mexican to join?

Dave Anderson
Gainesville, GA

Dear Editor:
CRS's report, "US Immigration Policy on Permanent Admissions," RL32235, Apr 17, 2006 (ID's 04/25/06) points out that there is of exceptions to the per-country ceilings: "Two important exceptions to the per-country ceilings have been enacted in the past decade.......Prior to FY2001, employment-based preference immigrants were also held to percountry 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 as long as visas are available within the worldwide limit for employment-based preferences. The impact of these revisions to the per-country ceilings is discussed later in this report." However, when the author starts to discuss the bills now before the Senate (CRS-17), the report fails to note that this "important exemption" is has been removed in every version of the current set of bills. Reading the CRS report makes it seem as though the bills preserve this "important exemption". When I called the CRS to find out if this was merely due to oversight, though a supervisor was surprised by the omission on Friday, by Monday the staffer who wrote the report claimed that she had made a conscious decision to leave out any discussion about the removal of this "important exemption" from the current set of bills. Contrary to the promise on page CRS-5 of the bill ("The impact of these revisions to the per-country ceilings is discussed later in this report"). I urge Immigration Daily readers to read reports issued by the CRS with a critical eye. If you are in touch with a Congressional office, please urge them to contact CRS to issue a correction.


Dear Editor:
Is there any possibility that a guest workers program is going to be passed by the Senate and become law? President Bush is trying his best to implement this program, but there is opposition among the senators.

Cyril Charles

Dear Editor:
This mexicans have no respect to the immigration laws of the americans. They want to come here and get free health care, demands that the people speaks spanish, social services, and free food stamps, housing if has plenty of kids ( that is why a lot of them just makes baby ). This people but few wants to contribute to the welfare of the people of the united states. It is sad that the americans are divided in this issue- just put a wall on the border and have them go throught the legal way of immigration.


Dear Editor:
With reference to 304,374 non-immigrant visas (ID's comment 04/24/06) issued to Chinese nationals, it is satisfying to note that the visit of such large number of Chinese nationals would have definitely economically benefited to the US. But, proper investigation also should be made as to whether or not the Chines nationals that were issued NIVs, had actually departed from the US before their visas expired. To check if they have overstayed their visas, the USCIS should make them report to the immigration office every six months. This will surely reduce to become illegal aliens.

S. Salike

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