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Immigration Daily May 15, 2006
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Former Immigration Lawyer

Democratic Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren has been representing California's 16th District encompassing San Jose and Silicon Valley since 1995. It may be of note to Immigration Daily readers that previously, in her professional career she practiced immigration law as a partner in the firm of Webber & Lofgren, 1978-1980 and taught immigration law at University of Santa Clara School of Law, 1981-1994. Her voting record on immigration in Congress as rated by an anti-immigration group reflects her understanding of the need for increased immigration and comprehensive immigration reform.

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Reuniting Families
Ajit Natarajan for UniteFamilies writes "The US is a country built on immigration, but its laws are pulling immigrant families apart."

Immigrants, Skills, And Wages: Reassessing The Economic Gains From Immigration
Giovanni Peri for The Immigration Policy Center writes "Foreign-born workers do not substitute perfectly for, and therefore do not compete with, most native-born workers."


USCIS Interim Rule On Eligibility Of Arriving Aliens For AOS
USCIS and EOIR published an interim rule effective May 12, 2006, on the eligibility of arriving aliens in removal proceedings to apply for adjustment of status and jurisdiction to adjudicate applications for adjustment of status. The Federal Register notice also seeks comments on the possibility of adopting further proposals in the future to structure the exercise of discretion in adjudicating these applications for adjustment of status by June 12, 2006.

USCIS Reissues TPS Reminder, Deadline June 1st
USCIS re-issued a reminder to Hondurans and Nicaraguans eligible to file a re-registration application for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) by the closing date of June 1, 2006.


Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Newark NJ, Gateway One - Immediate opening in 12 attorney prestigious law firm. Ideal candidate possesses college degree, foreign language fluency and 2+ yrs. employment-related immigration experience. Excellent writing and communication skills required. Able to work independently and as a team player. Interact with firm corporate clients. Great working environment, competitive salary and generous benefits. Send resume and cover letter to Anthony F. Siliato, Esq. at

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,

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A Nation by Design: Immigration Policy in the Fashioning of America By Aristide R. Zolberg. Harvard University Press, 672 pp. Hardcover, ISBN: 0674022181, $39.95,


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 am surprised that Immigration Daily published the letter of Jose Monge (05/12/2006 ID), which attacked Ali Alexander's letters accusing him of "racism and hate for immigrants". I seldom agree with Ali Alexander's restrictionist point of view, but I do not believe he is either hateful or racist. While Mr. Alexander is apparently a hardliner on the subject of immigration, both legal and illegal, publishing a letter like that of Mr. Monge does nothing to promote meaningful debate on the subject of immigration.

David D. Murray, Esq.
Newport Beach, CA

Dear Editor:
The letter of Jose Monge (05/12/06 ID) displays the intellectual bankruptcy of many apologists for the illegal invasion who have no substantive argument against the logical enforcement and restriction of lawful, limited migration as other nations routinely do. To attempt to smear restrictionists with tired and false labels of "racism and hate" only reveals who the true racists are. The lawless who claim a non-existent right to violate our nation's sovereignty for their own purpose. A new study of six countries shows they treat illegal aliens more harshly than the US, and suggests that the nations with the most success in controlling illegal immigration also have the strictest enforcement. The study by the Law Library of Congress, requested by House Judiciary Committee Chairman F. James Sensenbrenner Jr., looked at Mexico, Brazil, Switzerland, Japan, Egypt and Sweden. "Japan and Switzerland are effective in enforcing immigration laws because illegal immigration is viewed as harmful," Edith Palmer, senior foreign-law specialist, wrote in the report, which looks at the penalties in place in each country for illegal presence, human trafficking, fraud and employers' use of illegal-alien workers. While Immigration Daily has certainly had their own agenda, they are to be commended for providing a forum in which all can contribute whether reasoned or not.

R. L. Ranger

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