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Immigration Daily May 11, 2006
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Renewed Form I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification Enforcement: How Employers and HR Reps Should Protect Themselves
Robert F. Loughran and Jennifer Walker Gates write " ... A combination of recent government announcements and renewed large-scale enforcement efforts highlight the importance of lawyers revisiting existing requirements now to minimize their clients' liability."


Divine Memo On Matter Of Chawathe
USCIS Acting Deputy Director Divine issued a memo dated January 11, 2006 adopting the AAO decision Matter of Chawathe.


Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Hogan & Hartson, LLP, a prominent Washington, D.C. law firm seeks top-notch business immigration legal assistant. Bachelor's degree and minimum 2 years business immigration experience required. Candidate should have solid background in preparation of all business immigration flings: H-1s, L-1s and TNs and labor certifications. Successful candidate should also have superior organizational and interpersonal skills; excellent oral + written communication and attention to detail, plus the ability to work independently as well as part of team. Outstanding benefits and work environment, convenient Metro Center location, 401(k), back-up childcare center, competitive salary and structured bonus program. EOE M/F - please email resume + cover letter to Dayna Lusby, Legal Assistant Manager:

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Midtown NYC - 13 person immigration law firm seeks paralegal with 2+ years of experience with business applications: nonimmigrant and immigrant. Experience with family based, naturalization and other application a plus. Ideal candidate has BA degree, is detail oriented, organized, conscientious. Candidate must also possess excellent writing, communication & case management skills. Competitive compensation package offered. Email resume + cover letter in MS Word format to

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy (FDBL) seeks to hire an experienced paralegal for its Washington D.C. office. FDBL offers a career position requiring a wide range of skills in a fast-paced setting for the right candidate. Our ideal candidate has 2+ years experience with all aspects of business immigration and will have the benefit of attorney supervision and guidance. Responsibilities include: preparation of all types of immigrant visa petitions, labor certifications (PERM), adjustment of status and consular processing applications, and preparation of all types of nonimmigrant visa petitions (particularly Hs, Ls, and TNs). Paralegal will manage caseload with large degree of independence, communicate with clients regarding procedural and case processing issues, update and maintain client status reports, prepare bills, and serve as team resource. Comprehensive compensation pkg. Fax resume + cover letter to Allison Bettridge, HR/Office Manager, at 202-371-2898. For addtl info, please contact Ms. Bettridge at 202-223-5515. FDBL is an equal opportunity employer.

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:

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 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

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

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Immigration Book
At the Crossroads: U.S./Mexican border counties in transition. University of Texas-El Paso, April 2006


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 Mr. Lee's column (05/10/06 ID Article), while "conservatives" might be in a hard place now on the issue of immigration, so are Democrats. The recent marches have had an effect on American perceptions of illegal aliens even among Democrats, and not for the better, according to a recent Zogby poll. Democrats are at least paying lip service to tighter border enforcement because failure to do so will alienate their base. Though Hispanics may be the fastest growing "ethnic minority", Hispanics were only about 6 percent of the electorate in the last election, Hispanic voters are still concentrated in only a few states, Hispanics are not monolithic in their voting, and that the Party still needs its base to win elections. Mr. Lee's article mentions the 30+ million retiring baby boomers for whom there are no replacements in present-day America. As a Baby Boomer, I won't be retiring anytime soon - I can't afford to - and certainly won't be able to if I have to keep footing the bill for providing services to working-poor illegal aliens. Mr. Lee's article ignores that fact that legalization would mean not only 12-20 million more working-poor workers with more access to social programs, but the addition of several times that in the family members they would be eligible to sponsor. Nor would an illegal alien, even if legalized, be able to do my job, because (s)he simply lacks the education and skills to do so. Mr. Lee's article overlooks the fact that illegal immigration has contributed to rising levels of poverty in this country, as well as to greater income inequality. Given the current trend to replacing manufacturing jobs with poorer paying service jobs, those jobs illegal alien advocates claim Americans won't do will be the only ones available in the future.

Ali Alexander

Dear Editor:
Could I get enlighten on this issue? Undocumented Aliens Are Eligible For Labor Law Claims In NY (05/10/06 ID).


Dear Editor:
We have been conducting an internet simulation of international negotiations on immigration issues here in Illinois. Students from three community colleges (College of DuPage, Moraine Valley Community College, and College of Lake County) are role-playing the USA, Cuba, Venezuela, Mexico, the EU, and Egypt as well as acting as a psychology NGO (the fictitious Association of International Psychologists) and journalists. As a psychology professor, I am particularly proud of the AIP's position paper on "responsible immigration" and the way the U.N. Millennium Development Goals were highlighted. In the midst of the Congressional debate and marches on behalf of illegal immigrants, we were able to guide students in a reasoned and informed discussion of immigration issues.

Fran Smolucha

Dear Editor:
My question is what about the border with Canada? How many arabs that fly planes into buildings have crossed the border with Mexico to do those atrocities? They went across the other side (on the North). Most dangerous. Terorist in my opinion go through the North. I understand the fact that there are some (as in any race, culture or creed) who want to do harm, then send those back, but leave the ones that have families here, ties that should not be broken, allow them to be happy to work here, allow them the chance to become a citizen like the rest of us if they are not hurting anyone, but helping build cities, buildings, schools. We are came from somewhere. "All men are created equal", and what about America "Land of the Free". Let others have the opportunity to live in this great country.


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Publisher:  Sam Udani    Legal Editor:  Michele Kim                        ISSN:   1930-062X

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