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Immigration Daily July 31, 2006
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Deportation Documentary Hits Sundance

This year, Sundance will feature a documentary concerning the deportation of Myrna Dick, a Mexican-born woman who came to the US with her family as a child (one of only 80 films accepted by the Sundance Institute). Her case drew national attention because she is married to a U.S. citizen, and she discovered she was pregnant with her son, shortly after she was charged for allegedly making a false claim of citizenship. For the full story, including a preview video clip, see here.

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PQ: The PERM Quarterly

The first issue of PQ: The PERM Quarterly features the following:

  • Major Fluke In Perm Regulation: Validity Period Of PWD In Error By Joel Stewart
  • What You Do After The Ads Have Been Run? Resumes, Interviews, And Results By Edward R. Litwin
  • Filing Duplicate Applications By Joel Stewart
  • Tips For Filing Schedule-A Applications Under PERM By Sherry Neal
  • Labor Certification Through PERM: An Up-to-date Overview Of The PERM Rule By Joel Stewart
  • How To File Prevailing Wage Requests By Jane Goldblum
  • Recently Emerging Issues By Joel Stewart
  • Ethics: What Do You Do When A Qualified U.S. Worker Applies? By R. Blake Chisam
  • Joel Stewart's BALCA Review By Joel Stewart
  • Note On Online Job Fairs By David H. Nachman
  • Ask The Editor By Joel Stewart
  • Professional Recruitment Occupations From Appendix A arranged by the O*NET SOC Code
  • PERM Resources
  • Errata
CD-ROM Table of Contents:

  • PERM FAQs #s 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
  • PERM Backlog Processing FAQs May 2, 2005
  • Revised Prevailing Wage Determination Guidance Memos (May 9, 2005, August 1, 2005)
  • Hurricane Memos (October 13, 2005, November 16, 2005)
  • BALCA Cases: (Sanchez Elvina, Inc. d/b/a Ely-Lyn House of Beauty; IBM Corporation; Cottonwood Home; Professional Staffing Services of America; Madni, Inc., t/a Silver and Watch Palace; Siemens Energy and Automation, Inc.;
  • Federal Court Case (Liberty Fund v. Chao, DOL Mandamus By Sam Udani)
  • Professional Recruitment Occupations From Appendix A Arranged By The O*NET SOC Code
  • Occupational Outlook Handbook
For more info on PQ: The PERM Quarterly, and to subscribe, please see here.


CNN's Immigration Problem: Is Dobbs The Exception Or The Rule?
Julie Hollar writes "CNN anchor Lou Dobbs has been a high-profile voice in the immigration debate, using his show to rail against the country's "broken borders" virtually every evening on Lou Dobbs Tonight."

2006 Trafficking In Persons Report
The US Department of State writes "Viewing trafficking in persons as a global market, victims constitute the supply, and abusive employers or sexual exploiters (also known as sex buyers) represent demand."


USCIS Issues Latest Advanced Degree Cap Count
USCIS issued the latest advanced H-1B cap count, as of July 26, 2006.


Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Prestigious immigration law firm, with LA, SF, & NY branches, seeks associate attorney for its Los Angeles, CA branch. At least 2 yrs experience in all areas of immigration law, including family and employment based cases, court appearances for removal/deportation, and consular processing. Job requires occasional travel outside LA and CA. Send resume, salary requirements, and writing sample to Office Manager by fax: (818) 543-5802 or email:

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.:

EB-5 Investor Program
An investor green card with no quota backlog for your clients. A generous finders fee from American Life Inc. for you, if allowed in your state. One of the best-kept immigration secrets... a real estate limited partnership investment of $525,000 in the American Life EB-5 Investor Green Card program in the Seattle Regional Center gives your accredited investor clients speed and freedom. Speedy conditional green card approval, typically in about 1 year. Freedom to live anywhere in the U.S. without being tied to a job or business. No need for day-to-day management of an active business. American Life Inc. manages over 20 properties - over 1,000,000 sq. ft. The oldest active Regional Center, projects range from $5 million to more than $20 million. Want to know more about the immigration benefits of American Life's EB-5 program? Call Mark Ivener at 1-866-767-1800 to answer your EB-5 immigration questions. With more than 30 years immigration law experience and five immigration law books to his credit, Mark Ivener is American Life's Immigration Consultant. For more information visit American Life's website,


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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:
Responding to Ali Alexander's letter (07/28/06 ID), I want people who are willing to work coming in, and the more educated they are in general, the better. As for matching immigration to "skills we need", I'd be far more flexible and let any serious, objectively quantifiable skills in sciences, maths or even languages qualify for preferences in immigrating since I am not confident government will properly evaluate skills we need. If the Japanese MITI could not anticipate future economic trends (for example, it strongly disfavored the Japanese auto industry but favored steel and chemicals), I doubt our government would do better. That said, any policy shift that would regularize immigrant flows would be welcome.

Honza Prchal, Esq.
Birmingham, AL

Dear Editor:
Responding to Mr. Lachter's letter (07/28/06 ID) which claims that we "restrictionists" are ignoring the lessons of history, his letter seems willfully blind to history's lessons. How can one look at the lessons of the conflict of cultures between Europe and its Muslim residents, or the recent civil war in Lebanon between Christians and Muslims and realistically claim that cultural change cannot sometimes be dangerous and even destructive. Cultural change as we "restrictionists" view it goes far beyond not having things the way they were when we were younger. I myself have seen and welcomed the Civil Rights movement and the gaining of equal rights for women, major cultural changes in the 20th century. However, these changes were made possible because of the system of government which we have in place, and the culture of law and values which created and sustains that form of government. The cultural changes we are anticipating now could very well adversely affect that culture and our form of government, particularly if we refuse to adhere to our tradition of assimilation. Nor should we take the view that the direction of change is inevitable. John Fonte recently wrote in National Review, "Indeed, from the beginnings of our democratic republic, Americans have rejected the determinist thinking presented in the counter-letter. In the very first paragraph of Federalist No 1, Alexander Hamilton wrote that our experiment in self-government would test "whether societies of men are really capable or not of establishing good government from reflection and choice, or whether they are forever destined to depend . . . upon accident and force." Those who doubt the importance of assimilation, and the difficulty of achieving it in ethnic enclaves, may want to see this article from today's LA Times entitled, "6+4=1 Tenuous Existence".

Ali Alexander

Dear Editor:
DHS is proposing to enroll Permanent Residents in the USVISIT program and subject them to fingerprinting. I'm opposed to this proposed regulation in as much as it requires the enrollment of LPR's for the following reasons: (1) this program is for temporary visitors to the US and not for those who are already residents in the USA such as LPRS (2) the purpose of the VISIT program was to stop terrorists from entering the USA and reenacting 9/11. LPR's have undergone extensive background and criminal checks (as opposed to those born in the USA who might never have had a FBI check or tourists/visitors) prior to achieving LPR status and thus are less likely to be terrorists than other persons present in the USA (3) regulation attempts to justify enrolling LPR's in the VISIT program by claiming that 15,000 fraudulent green cards were seized in 2005. The way to resolve this is to re-issue the green cards in a more secure format, perhaps, altering them to look like and incorporate the security features of US Passports (4) DHS figures indicate 30-35 million (30.8M nonimmigrant visitors as recorded by NIIS in 2004 non-immigrant visitors to the US annually. In the rule, DHS states "Between 1/5/04 and 5/25/06, DHS took adverse action against more than 1160 individuals based on information obtained through the US VISIT". In other words, during the 2 years in operation after processing approximately 100M visitors US-VISIT has only been able to identify approximately 1,000 persons (a rate of only 0.001%) for non-terrorism related petty criminal and visa violation offenses, reason enough for scaling back this failed program and not expanding further (5) DHS will end up dealing with LPRs arrested for minor offenses rather than focusing on keeping out terrorists.

Name Withheld Upon Request (changed Ed. 07/31/06)

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