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Immigration Daily May 4, 2006
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Oral Arguments Before Supremes

The Supreme Court makes available (courtesy of Alden Reporting Company) a transcript of each case argued before the Supreme Court. To read the oral arguments of Fernandez-Vargas v. Gonzales, No. 04-1376 (Sup. Ct. Mar. 22, 2006) discussing the issue of "whether and under what circumstances INA 241(a)(5) applies to an alien who reentered the US illegally before the effective date of IIRIRA, April 1, 1997, see here.

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PERM Publications

ILW.COM is pleased to feature the following PERM publications:

  • THE PERM BOOK, Editor Joel Stewart - the definitive resource on PERM (this book features about 300 pages of analysis and about 600 pages of essential reference material + additional material on CD-ROM)
  • PQ: The PERM Quarterly - the most convenient to stay on top of PERM issues 4 times a year covered in depth. First issue coming very soon.
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What Is A Leading Question
David L. Cleveland write "In Immigration Court, a question may be objected to because it is "leading."


Nebraska Supreme Court Says Foreign Lawyer's Legal Education Satisfies ABA Educational Equivalent
In Re Application Of David Matthew Zaritzky Brown For Admission To The Nebraska State Bar, No. S-34-050002 (N.W.2d. Jan. 13, 2006), the Nebraska Supreme Court said that "following the denial of an application and a hearing before the Nebraska State Bar Commission, the Nebraska Supreme Court will consider a waiver of Neb. Ct. R. for Adm. of Attys. 5C (rev. 2005) to allow a graduate of a foreign law school based on the English common law to take the Nebraska bar examination upon proof that the education he or she received was equivalent to that for a juris doctor."


Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
The Law Offices of Lichtman, Trister & Ross, an eight attorney firm, seeks an associate with 2+ years immigration law experience to join its immigration group comprised of two attorneys and two legal assistants. Located in Washington D.C.'s Dupont Circle in a collegial environment, the practice consists primarily of business immigration with some family cases and adjustment of status interviews. Excellent writing skills and attention to detail are essential. Competitive salary and benefits are offered. Send cover letter, resume, + writing sample to Elliott Lichtman,

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Sidley Austin LLP, a global law firm, seeks a staff attorney for its downtown Chicago office. The ideal candidate has 2-3 years or more experience in business immigration, with excellent writing, communication and organizational skills. Competitive salary and benefits. Please send cover letter, resume, + writing sample to Timothy Payne at Expressions of interest will be held in strict confidence.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
The Law Offices of Manulkin, Glaser, and Bennett, a full-service Southern California immigration law firm seeks a full-time immigration attorney for its Orange County, CA offices. Experience in removal proceedings and business applications, including L, H, R, and E visas required. Salary commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits. We seek effective communications skills and an ability to learn quickly. Send cover letter and resume to No phone inquiries please.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Midtown NYC - 13 person fast paced, leading immigration law firm seeks lawyer with 5+ years of business immigration experience. Handling full range of diverse nonimmigrant and immigrant matters. Must have excellent writing, communication and organizational skills. Competitive compensation package offered. Please submit cover letter and resume in MS Word format to Marcia N. Needleman at

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:

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Event - San Diego, CA
The Center For Comparative Immigration Studies is pleased to announce "Fortress Russia: An Overview of the 2005 Russian Federation Survey on Immigration Attitudes and Ethnic Relations" held Tuesday, May 16, 2006, 3-5 p.m., Institute of the Americas, Conference Room 115, Eleanor Roosevelt College Administration Building University of California - San Diego,


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:
Responding to Salike's letter (05/03/06 ID), Malaysia did have a "problem" with undocumented workers and being smaller and more similar to a police state than the US, they were able to round up and deport almost all of those undocumented workers. Within a month, the Malaysia found their economy had been tremendously and adversely affected by the deportation of these workers. They quickly reversed themselves and invited the workers back but not before suffering serious economic consequences. It's simply an economic reality. Consider the costs of finding, rounding-up, detaining and deporting 11-12 million people, if it could even be done in a country the size of the US without Americans giving up our own liberties and freedoms. Would you like it if the police could just stop you, or anyone and ask for identity papers, because that is what it would take to enforce such an action? As for sending back the workers that are already here and trading them in for new workers from Asia, I have to ask "why"? Do Asian workers have superior skills? Do they speak better English upon arrival than others? To work for even lower wages such as you describe is a violation of US labor laws and amounts to de facto slavery or it could be called a trafficking of people. Since only about 50% of the 11-12 million undocumented people in the US are estimated to be of Latino origin, who are the others? Does the US not already have some undocumented people from Asian countries? I personally know that they exist because I have met some of them. Which leads me to believe that Asians are no more likely to return home after a few years of work than anyone else. I question the logic of your argument.

N. Albright

Dear Editor:
Responding to Salike's letter (05/03/06 ID), this is not the first "guestworker" program for alien workers in the US. Every guestworker program this country has had devolved into a program that abused and took advantage of the alien "guestworkers". One merely has to look at one program, the cane workers, to see that the companies bringing in the workers quickly abused the workers, gave them horrible working conditions and often stole their wages. Salike's letter is an indication of the trend that such a program will follow which advocates getting rid of the illegals because they appear to be necessary to our economy and replace them with contract workers willing to work for much lower wages than our current illegals. We had such a program until about 140 years ago. Workers' labor was owned by the employers, as were their bodies. It took a costly upheaval in society to undo the system, and to a large extent the upheaval continues. The President may dress up the pig, put on lipstick and other makeup, even put in place a method of citizenship for the aliens (slaves were able to buy their freedom) but this changes nothing. It is still slavery. Besides the immorality of the system, there is one overriding economic fact: the system will freeze the positions the "guestworkers" are to fill as "guestworker" positions and they will no longer be open to American workers. This will ensure that there will be ever growing numbers of alien slaves to fill them. No longer will the corporations have to send all of their work to foreign countries to be done by foreign workers at slave labor costs. They can bring the foreign workers here as slaves resulting in America receiving the worst aspects from both sides of the argument.


Dear Editor:
Mr. Salike's letter (05/03/06 ID) neglected to mention that last month an agreement was signed between the United Farm Workers and a private recruiting firm to bring over on the H2 program temporary agricultural workers from Thailand and Vietnam. As his letter indicated, these workers are likely to work for less and to go home afterwards.

Ali Alexander

Dear Editor:
Happy Birthday to ILW.COM (05/02/06 ID comment).

Romulo E. Guevara, Esq.
Littler Mendelson Bacon & Dear PLLC

Dear Editor:
Please accept my congratulations on ILW.COM's sixth year anniversary (05/02/06 ID comment). Immigration Daily is the best source of immigration information in the US. More grease to your elbow.

M. Malami

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