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Immigration Daily July 21, 2006
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State Immigrant Legislation

According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, in 2006, over 500 pieces of legislation concerning immigrants have been introduced in state legislatures around the country. While legislation covered a wide variety of topics, many states focused on employment, trafficking, public benefits, education, identification, voting rights and procedures, trafficking, law enforcement, and legal services. Thus far, at least 57 bills have been enacted in 2006, a pace that exceeds that of 2005. A handful of bills have been vetoed, and several more are awaiting gubernatorial action. To view (by issue) what state legislatures have been enacted, see here.

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


Lorna Rogers Burgess, Robert Loughran, Michael E. Piston, Careen B. Shannon And Nathan Waxman

Lorna Rogers Burgess, Robert Loughran, Michael E. Piston, Careen B. Shannon and Nathan Waxman will be speakers for "PERM Practice Here And Now" (more speakers to be added, Joel Stewart will lead the discussion). The deadline to sign up is Tuesday, July 25th. For more info, including speaker bios, detailed curriculum, and registration information, please see: (Fax version:


Honorarium Payments
Paula Singer, Esq. writes "Academic institutions have been paying honorarium payments to foreign guest speakers, including foreign heads of state and other foreign dignitaries, for decades."


USCIS Issues Latest Advanced H-1B Cap Count
USCIS issued the latest advanced H-1B cap count, as of July 18, 2006.


Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Arlington, VA - Immigration law firm, established 1972, seeks attorney with 2+ years experience. Levine&Associates, located four miles from Washington, DC, on the Virginia side does all aspects of immigration law. Partnership potential for attorney who is self reliant, does not watch the clock (within reason) and who is able or easily trainable to have client consultations without supervision. If you're hard-working, detail oriented, willing to learn, self-confident, and enjoy immigration law, then you might be the right person for this position. Additional skills needed: able to write well, enjoy helping people, able to delve into a situation and create a favorable situation creating excellent result. Bonus and other incentives available for bringing in clients. Smoke-free work environment. Contact Samuel Levine at (703) 524-8500 office or (703) 965-2878 cell. Resume is required before interview is scheduled, please fax to (703) 527-4473.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegals
Santa Monica, CA - Wolfsdorf Immigration Law firm, an AV rated 50+ employee law firm, has several paralegal positions available. There is enormous growth potential in our pleasant working environment. The positions require 2 to 5 years of business immigration experience, including a full range of diverse nonimmigrant and immigrant matters. Qualified candidates must have excellent writing, communication, organizational & case management skills. We offer competitive salaries and benefits and we encourage and promote our employee's professional growth and development. Please send your resume with a cover letter and salary requirements to: Join us and help contribute to one of the most dynamic immigration practices in Southern California.

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 email cover letter and resume in MS Word format to Marcia Needleman at

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
13 person midtown NYC immigration law firm seeks paralegal with 2+ years of experience with business applications: nonimmigrant and immigrant. Experience with Family based, naturalization and other applications a plus. Bi-lingual Spanish/English also a plus although not required. 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 and cover letter in MS Word format to

Help Wanted: Immigration Professional
Corporate/immigration Legal Assistant - Moore & Van Allen PLLC has an exciting opportunity in business immigration law with a large, full service law firm in Charlotte, NC. Prior immigration experience not required. However, candidate must have interest in working with large business immigration practice with multinational clientele. Candidate must be well-organized and have strong attention to detail. Candidates fluent in Standard Mandarin and/or Standard Cantonese preferred. Preference also given for candidates with experience working with clients in China, Singapore, or Japan. Salary is negotiable and commensurate with experience. Attractive benefits package offered. Relocation assistance may be provided to the right candidate. Please submit letter, resume and salary requirements to Stephen Hader Esq.:

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Charlotte, NC - Large business immigration practice seeks experienced immigration paralegal. Undergraduate degree required. Candidate must be well-organized; have strong writing, communication, and computer skills; have strong attention to detail; and have ability to work independently on multiple tasks. Prior employment-based immigration experience preferred. Candidate should also have experience working with Fortune 500 clientele and international executives. Salary negotiable and commensurate with experience with an attractive benefits pkg. Relocation assistance may be offered to right candidate. Submit cover letter, resume + salary requirements to Steve Hader Esq.:

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Phoenix, AZ area - Join a team that works hard in a relaxing, collegial atmosphere. Employment-based firm with Fortune 500 clients seeks a full-time paralegal. Must have at least two years employment immigration experience including H-1B, L-1, TN and labor certification. Physician J-1 waiver and NIW experience a plus. Must be highly motivated, detailed-oriented and have outstanding communication, technology and people skills. College degree preferred. Excellent salary and benefits including health, dental, vision, long and short term disability and retirement benefits. Arizona offers year-round hiking, camping, boating, professional sports and the Grand Canyon. Email cover letter with resume + salary requirements to Theresa Talbert:

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Immigration Training - Mt. Laurel, NJ
Immigration Law 2006: Overview & Update. Wed., Aug. 2, 2006 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, DoubleTree Suites, Mt. Laurel. David H. Nachman, Esq. leads panel of attorneys and paralegals to discuss immigration practice and procedure, including how to obtain Visas, family-based immigration, seeking asylum, recent changes in immigration practice, ethical issues, and more. Presented by the NJ Institute for Continuing Legal Education. 732-214-8500. ILW.COM is pleased to be a media sponsor for this event.


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 would like to make a couple of additional comments about the 1924 immigration law, which is not just a historical curiosity, but an important part of the current immigration debate. R.L. Ranger's recent letters, and other letter writers have defended this law as a race neutral measure which protected this country from excessive immigration, and would be a good model to consider for today. No one who knows anything about immigration history could possibly accept this argument. Professor Mae M. Ngai, in her recent book, "Impossible Subjects: Illegal Aliens and the Making of Modern America", states that the 1924 Act established ..."a global racial and national hierarchy that favored some immigrants over others". She also points out that it excluded Asians, who had been declared by the Supreme Court in the early 1920's to be racially ineligible for US citizenship. During this same period, Mexican immigrants, and even native born US citizens of Mexican origin, were subject to the same segregation laws as African-Americans. On the surface, today's draconian Sensenbrenner House immigration bill is also race neutral. But no one would seriously argue that this bill, which, among other things, would make it a felony for a legal immigrant to report an address change one day late, was intended to deal with Irish or other white illegal immigration (and there is such a thing).

Roger Algase, Esq.

Dear Editor:
I am trying to find the best "how to" person(s) in immigration law. I have been doing nothing but reading, reading, reading, and while I am getting a grasp on the law in this area, how it is applied in the real world is much much different I am sure. For the record, I am a retired NYC Police Officer, former Assistant Prosecutor in NJ, and now in private practice with, as you can figure out, a firm driven largely by criminal law. In trying to expand my horizons I found Immigration an attractive field but books only go so far and seminars tend to be general overviews of the books. What I am hoping someone can provide is a recommendation on a good book or person(s) who can answer the hypos like, an illegal Mexican and his illegal Mexican spouse have been here for 6 years, been working for X company the whole time, have a child born here who is 1 yr old and now they would like to become LPR's. The source(s) that can answer those questions (and have the time to) would be golden to me. Does anyone have any recommendations?

John P. Rowland, Esq.

Dear Editor:
In response to Eatroff's letter (7/20/06 ID), I believe that a genuine concern for the human rights of foreigners is "misplaced" when it is given a priority "above our national interests" which condition was stated in the rest of the same sentence. This "genuine" concern is false when it is deviously used as a ploy to justify high entry levels and token enforcement by those with other motives and agendas. Anyone who would find this "alarming" may be in one of these categories. The "current administration" certainly is, along with other groups and the authors of S.B. 2611, who are trying to slide another one by the public as they did in 1986 with some of the same people involved. What really is "alarming" are those who ignore the dangers of excessive entry in this changed era and can flippantly excuse the "the dire predictions of an America stripped of its culture by an influx of Latinos" as merely an opportunity to learn a second language. Mr. Algase's letter (7/20/06 ID) takes exception to my reference to 1924 (7/19/06 ID) which was only mentioned as the year the law was codified, not the years upon which it was based. The "pre-1965" era mentioned covered 1890 and not for "nostalgic" purposes, but as a guide for today. Should it be surprising that some would characterize people of that era exercising their human rights as "nativist", "anti-immigrant", "racism" and "hatred" as if there were some universal right to migrate to the US with a mix and numbers more to their liking? We see the same false charges today with regards to the enforcement oriented H.B. 4737. Those who use and abuse such terms seem to believe they have added something substantive, when they have not.

R. L. Ranger

Dear Editor:
Ms. Mohanty's article (07/19/06 ID) misses the point: It doesn't matter if immigrants use fewer health care dollars than natives they aren't supposed to be using any public funds. Immigrants to this country are supposed to be either self-supporting or sponsored by an employer or family member who will guarantee their care. With a few exceptions such as refugees, it is up to the employer or the sponsor to provide insurance or pay for medical care. If they are unable or unwilling to do so, then perhaps we should re-think the entire issue of who is immigrating and the conditions under which we let them do so. Maybe the provision of health insurance should be a specific requirement for immigration, somewhat in the same way that colleges and universities require foreign students to carry it. After all, one of the ways in which large scale immigration, legal or illegal, impacts the native work force is in eroding its ability to negotiate for benefits such as health care.

Ali Alexander

Dear Editor:
Responding to Sargeant Ubau's letter (07/19/06 ID comment), this seems to be the actions of our congressmen and senators these days..they don't seem to think they have to or should. I'd work real hard to fire them Then I would write a e-mail to the cable news shows such as Lou Dobbs CNN, O'Reilly Fox News, Hannity Fox News and Hardball MSNBC and see if you can get help. Then I would go to Congress's website and post to one of the issues, write a letter and the site sends it to all your reps and President and posts it. Write to the President and tell him while he's so busy trying to get amnesty for 12-20 million people he needs to help you as an American come home from Iraq first.

S. Courter

Dear Editor:
Responding to ID's 7/18/06 comment, many people of different countries come in with the sole purpose of having a better life than what they left. And it doesn't matter what American lives they ruin to get a better life? Do you mind if they steal your children's or your identification and use it illegally? You could wind up with felonies on your name or your Social security or disability is stopped because someone's income is on your number, you get IRS notices you owe taxes for the income reported under your Social security # or your bank account is emptied? These felonies are so prevalent across the country, and many people are finding themselves in dire straights because of it. Your on your own to straighten out the mess, the Government doesn't resolve these problems for you. You may not find out till it's later than you think. Do you live at the border and witness drug wars, shootings and murder? Have you had a family member or love one murdered?Has your property been damaged, looks like a garbage dump, trails through your land by illegal crossers or Militia crossing into your land? Do you like paying your taxes and theirs too? Do you think they will come out of the dark and stand in line to be prosecuted or to pay taxes? So much for their better life.

Karmeea Brizak

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