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Immigration Daily May 8, 2006
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Arnold Schwarzenegger

Immigration Daily is pleased to feature a letter to the Editor by Governor Schwarzenegger. While there are many elected public officials who lay claim to their immigrant roots, two or three generations ago, Governor Schwarzenegger has experienced immigration firsthand. He has risen to one of the highest levels of public office presiding over the affairs of the State of California. As such, his views on immigration are particularly noteworthy. For his comments on immigration, scroll below to our letters to the Editor section.

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

Analysis Of The Legalization Provisions Of The Senate "Compromise" On Immigration Reform: A Flawed, Inadequate, Anti-Worker Proposal
Peter Schey for Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law "considers whether the legalization provisions of the Hagel-Martinez Senate "compromise" bill offer a viable means to address the presence of several million undocumented persons who, as a practical matter, are in the US to stay."

Toward A Comprehensive Immigration Policy
Tom Barry writes "While there is broad consensus on the need for more effective border security and for a national worker identification system, there is a narrower range of bipartisan consensus on the issues of "earned legalization" and guest-worker programs."


News

3rd Circuit Chatises IJ
In Saleh v. Gonzales, No. 04-2258 (3rd Cir. Mar. 31, 2006), the court noted the unprofessional and inappropriate conduct of IJ Garcy in this case and said that "we counsel Judge Garcy specifically, and immigration judges generally, ... to conduct themselves in a manner befitting a neutral and detached federal judge."


Classifieds

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorneys
New York, NY - Full-time and part-time positions available at a boutique business immigration law firm in Midtown. We enjoy a diverse practice with a lot of client contact. Candidates must be detail-oriented, organized, self-starters, with excellent writing and interpersonal skills. Positions available for those with 1-2 years experience, and 2-5 years experience. Salary DOE. Fax resume + cover letter in confidence to: M. Bailey at (212) 818-0625 or email: mbailey@cohenlawfirm.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Professional
Washington DC - Amnesty Intl (AI) seeks a Director for its Refugee Program. Duties: develop dynamic strategies to promote int'l human rights law and standards pertaining to refugees/asylum-seekers/other forcibly displaced persons; develops responses & actions on important policy questions, promotes AI's positions with Congress and federal agencies, and analyzes emerging areas of law; produces reports & activities for AIUSA's members concerning US asylum/refugee policy and works with AIUSA's membership structures to promote needed changes in US policy; maintain AI's standing among coalition partners. The AIUSA Refugee Program works in coordination with other AI national sections. Bachelor's degree required (advanced degree preferred) and 7+ years of professionally related work experience on refugee/asylum issues. Excellent knowledge of int'l legal standards related to asylum/refugee status. Excellent writing and analytical skills. Knowledge of int'l refugee issues and experience working with int'l refugee protection agencies highly desirable. For more info, see here. Send resume + cover letter to humanresources@aiusa.org or fax 202-546-7142. No calls please. EOE. Position open until filled.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
NYC based Immigration Law Firm, Keshab Raj Seadie, P.C., 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 immjobsnow@hotmail.com.

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, elichtman@ltsrlaw.com.

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 tpayne@sidley.com. 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 mgblaw@mgblaw.com. 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 mneedleman@levittandneedleman.com.

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: Richard@rcosta.com 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: reception@weaver-schlenger.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. Readers interested in learning about featuring your event or conference in Immigration Daily, see here.

Immigration Training - NY, NY
https://www.nycbar.org/CLE/show_course.php?cnameid=1213. 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.


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:
Responding to ID's 05/05/06 comment, I'm really quite tired of hearing the left-wing, socialist MSM and their ilk trying to brainwash the American people into believing this insane rhetoric that because Americans don't want illegal, amnesty seekers in this country that this means that we are anti-immigration. Americans are not against immigration. We are against people who come into this country illegally or enter legally and then overstay, thereby becoming illegal, and then demand that this country provide them with full rights of an American because they work hard. These people have no rights to demand anything. They're illegal. I work hard, just as 50 million "legal" Americans work hard and the government doesn't provide us with squat because we work hard so why should these people, who have no rights in this country, get any special treatment? American citizenship is a prized possession, not a human right. If you want to come to this country, then do it legally. Legal immigration is not the same as illegal immigration. Do not confuse the two. We are either a nation of laws or we are not. The socialist left cannot continue to bend the laws of this country to suit their agendas. Americans who demand secure borders are not anti-immigrationist. We're patriots and we, Americans, demand sovereignty and we demand our elected officials to do what we the people voted them into office to do. It is the far left in this country that are destroying our values and what it means to be American, and they are the socialists and racists, my friend. I never thought I would see the day in this great country where patriotism and nationalism was considered harmful to the continuing existence of a nation.

J. Michaud
Largo, FL

Dear Editor:
If by "millions of, mostly, young people", Mr. Garica's letter (05/05/06 ID) means illegal aliens and their children, then one should think again about viewing them as the salvation of Social Security. Illegal aliens, and even many legal family-based immigrants, typically have less than a high school education and few or no skills, so would not have the necessary skills to replace retiring U.S. workers, or to command high wages. In fact, as working poor, these workers, if made eligible for Social Security, would receive disproportionately more at their retirement in relation to what they pay in than higher wage workers. Furthermore, the larger families of these workers would compete for dollars with our elderly, through their need for education and healthcare themselves. As we already know, the children of the poor require much more in the way of resources to make them competitive academically and career wise than others - the basis for many of our social programs such as WIC and Head Start. One might also remember that by exporting youthful workers, countries such as Mexico are actually aging more rapidly than we are, and hollowing out their own populations. It is not Social Security but Medicare which may go bankrupt in 12 years, the very program to which our President and Congress added a very expensive and dysfunctional prescription drug benefit this year. The timeline for SS is still roughly 2040, and even then, it would mean paying out less in benefits if changes such as a later retirement age are not instituted.

Ali Alexander

Dear Editor:
As an immigrant, I can identify with the desire to come to this country. While growing up, I had a dream to come to America. And since then, I have seen firsthand that the US - a nation of immigrants and a nation of laws - is the most generous nation in the world. But our generosity toward people who want to immigrate to America and work hard cannot come at the expense of securing our international borders. The first order of business for the federal government is to safeguard our borders. Last year, I asked officials in Washington, D.C., to better fund these security requirements. As a result of my efforts, the federal government has made substantial progress in increasing the number of Border Patrol agents and expanding the technology used in border security. The cost of incarcerating illegal aliens who commit crimes is estimated at $750 million each year, an expense California taxpayers continue to bear. I have urged, and will continue to seek, more federal funding from President Bush and the United States Congress to reimburse our State for the cost of incarcerating criminal aliens. My efforts last year led to a $100 million dollar increase for the federal State Criminal Alien Assistance Program. I also called on our nation's officials to attack the problem, not the people, in crafting a comprehensive immigration policy. I support efforts to ensure that our businesses have the employees they need but have been unable to find in our existing workforce and that immigrants are treated with the respect they deserve. While I oppose amnesty, I support a common-sense temporary worker program so that every person in our nation is documented. Immigration is an important issue that deeply affects California.

Arnold Schwarzenegger


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