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Immigration Daily May 5, 2006
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Fig Leaf Exposed

It is fashionable among the anti-immigrationists to use the excuse of national security to hide their racist or socialist agenda. A Washington Post op-ed which studies this matter at length says "On national security grounds, then, if America wants to build a wall along one of our borders, it should be our border to the north." In other words, if national security was the true motivation for the anti-immigrationists, they should be hollering for a wall on the Canadian border, not the Mexican one. To see how that conclusion is reached, see here.

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


Adjustment In Removal Proceedings And Refugee/Asylee Adjustments

The curriculum for the Removal/Refugee/Asylee session of "Adjustment Of Status In Immigration Practice Today" is as follows:

  • Latest on Arriving Aliens - Succar v. Ashcroft - Discussion on the Federal Circuit Case Law & Splits
  • Latest in refugee & asylee adjustments practice - changes and guidance from USCIS
  • REAL ID - Lifting of the asylee adjustments cap & continuing validity of the Ngwanyia settlement
  • Update on Multiple-year EADs
  • Post-Adjustment issues for Refugees/Asylees - use of refugee travel documents and question of travel back home to country of persecution
The deadline to sign up is Tuesday, May 9th. For more info, including speaker bios, detailed curriculum, and registration information, please see: (Fax version:


Immigration Monthly: April 2006
The April issue of Immigration Monthly features an article by Susan Gzesh, "Central Americans And Asylum Policy In The Reagan Era".


CRS On Guest Workers
The Congressional Research Service issued a report on policy considerations related to guest worker programs.


Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
NYC based Immigration Law Firm needs experienced paralegal. Immigration paralegal responsible for about 100 open files (50% PERM labor certs, 50% other non-immigrant visa applications). Job duties include preparing: non-immigrant visa applications, family sponsored adjustment of status, employment-based immigration applications; processing consulate processing; and assisting attorneys in removal/deportation proceedings. Must have at least 2 years of solid experience with positive references. Other requisites include: computer literacy, excellent oral/written communication skills, great organizational skills; attention to detail; self-motivated and professional in attire, demeanor and workmanship; Excellent people skills. Fluency in Japanese or Chinese helpful. Please include salary requirements when submitting your resume to

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:

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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Immigration Training - NY, NY The NYC Bar is pleased to announce "Labor Certification: Fundamentals & Best Practice Under The New PERM System To Benefit Your Client & Your Immigration Practice". 5/10-5/11 6-9 pm at NYC Bar Association, 42 West 44th Street. PERM is the most comprehensive change in the DOL's labor certification procedures in 30 years. This two-day seminar features faculty from the Academy of Business Immigration Lawyers and is intended for both seasoned practitioners and less experienced attorneys. CLE offered. To register, call (212) 382-6663/6662. For details and to register, see here. ILW.COM is a media event sponsor.


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:
Having been present at counsel table for Vargas v. Gonzales (see 05/04/06 ID coment), when I re-read the transcript, it made me both more positive on our chances seeing remarks from Breyer and Chief Justice Roberts and also a little disturbed by Scalia's rantings. I used to admire Scalia but when I saw his demeanor at the court, I was surprised. I had my secretary tally the number of words each justice and each attorney spoke, and I've included them below FYI. I appealed the case to the 10th Circuit, and worked with other attorneys, including David from Mayer Brown who did an excellent job at oral. I found it interesting that Scalia monopolized the speaking, with nearly three times as many words spoken as the next highest justice. Mr. Gosset: 2,671 words VS Mr. Srinivasan: 2,867 words. Chief Justice Roberts: =461 words. Justice Scalia: =1,189. Justice Ginsburg: =283. Justice Breyer: =851. Justice Kennedy:=168. Justice Souter:=112. Justice Alito:=71. Justice Stevens: =137. At the podium: Mr. Gosset: 2,425 words compared to Justice: 1,944 words. At the podium: Mr. Srinivasan: 2,867 words compared to Justice: 1,288 words. Rebuttal Argument of Mr. Gosset: 246 words compared to Justice: 40 words. I am satisfied that we presented the best argument that we could to the court, and it is now in the courts hands. I have no idea how they will find, but hopes are high.

J. Christopher Keen, Esq., Keen Law Offices, LLC
Orem, UT

Dear Editor:
Responding to Albright's letter (05/04/06 ID), my liberties are already compromised by the actions of illegal aliens. I am told that my right as an American to have a say in who enters my country is irrelevant - that what matters is "we are here". On a more mundane level, I am now subjected to more intrusive searches at airports. Not to mention, the taxes I pay to support illegal alien children and provide medical care would have better gone to exercise some of my "freedoms". Albright's letter makes the false claim, as so many do, that enforcement of our laws requires the rounding up and deportation of millions of illegal aliens. No such thing. Employers hire illegal workers because they can pay them less, and they can get away with it. If all employers truly wanted was unskilled labor, then they would have expanded the H2 programs we already have instead of hiring and even procuring illegal workers. Instead, they have preferred to hire illegal aliens who are cheaper than "guest workers". Recently, they have been pushing for amnesty for illegal aliens, which would not only provide amnesty for the employer, but continue to push the social costs of the workers onto the US taxpayer. Mechanisms should be put in place such as a mandatory employer verification program for several years to reduce the illegal alien population. Border control, including an entry/exit program to monitor visa overstays, would also be necessary. After that, perhaps then we could discuss a program similar to 245i, in which US citizens or employers would be allowed to sponsor illegal aliens for amnesty. Furthermore, we should abandon guest worker programs for both skilled and unskilled labor, and require that employers who need agree to sponsor them for green cards from the start.

Ali Alexander

Dear Editor:
In response to N. Albright's letter (05/04/06 ID), to overstay visa and to enter the US without visa is a violation of the US law, and thus it is a crime. Therefore, those who violate the law become illegals. Legalization of these illegals will be a great reward to the law breakers, and will surely encourage the other people further to break the US law. Therefore, illegals presently living in the US should be deported. Because of having good skills Asians are working in different countries of the world whereas people of Latino origin are concentrated only in the US. They will be more happy if they are given wages according to the US labor law. Asian workers definitely speak better English than Latinos. Many Latinos are seen taking English course after they arrived in the US, but Asians are hardly seen taking this course. If to work for lower wages is a violation of the US labor laws, to overstay visa and to enter the US without visa is also a violation of the US immigration laws. Our constitution has no provision that the law breakers should be rewarded. It is sure that in ten years' time the illegal aliens will have doubled what they are now, because legalization will surely encourage the foreign people to be illegal further in the US.

Anthony BC

Dear Editor:
According to yesterday's news (FOX) stated that they have suddenly discovered that Social Security will go bankrupt in about 12 years. Then, on the other side of the spectrum, there are millions of, mostly, young people who are dying to work in the US but some of us are strenuously trying to kick them out. Anybody besides me see the irony?

Ben Garcia

Dear Editor:
PQ: The PERM Quarterly is very overdue. When will PQ: The PERM Quarterly be released? It is frustrating that we have been charged for something that has not been received and no date for when it will be sent. Id like a discount. This is out of control. It was, as you know, supposed to be released last month and you continue to advertise for something that, as far as I can tell, does not exist.

Name Withheld Upon Request [Ed. changed 5/16/07]
Novi, MI

Editor's Note: ILW.COM entered the print publishing business approximately 15 months ago. We have had some teething pains with the printing function. Our first book, "THE PERM BOOK" was delayed by many months. The first issue of PQ: The PERM Quarterly will be sent free to all purchasers of "THE PERM BOOK". As far as those who have had only subscribed to PQ: The PERM Quarterly are concerned, we will certainly do something special to make up for the delay in the first issue. Please also be assured that the content of the first issue will be updated as of the date of printing so that nothing in it will be stale when it is in your hands. The issue should be with every subscriber in a short time.

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