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Immigration Daily September 18, 2006
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An Inside Job

Tonite's episode of PBS investigative reporting program "AIR: America's Investigative Reports" traces a journey that began in the spring of 2004, when National Public Radio investigative reporter Daniel Zwerdling received a tip from an immigration lawyer. This began an award-winning reporting odyssey that would lead to the end of the practice of using attack dogs on prisoners at one prison, and highlight the scandal of a Jamaican man who died while being held in another." For more information, including local listings, see here.

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PERM Pointers, Pitfalls And Puzzles

The curriculum for "PERM Pointers, Pitfalls And Puzzles" is as follows:

FIRST Phone Session on Sep 28: Preparing To File A PERM Application

  • Who's PERM is it anyway?
  • How do I get the right Prevailing Wage?
  • Who holds the key to the minimum requirements?
  • What are the best recruitment sources?
  • How do I know when requirements are restrictive?
  • Is this a 2nd Preference or 3rd Preference case?

SECOND Phone Session on Oct 19, 2006: Preparing Form 9089 For Filing

  • How do I avoid a computer denial?
  • How do I fill out Part H to avoid a substantive denial?
  • How do I fill out Parts J & K to avoid a substantive denial?
  • What documentation must I have as back up to the 9089?
  • When is the "magic language" necessary?

THIRD Phone Session on Nov 2, 2006: After The 9089 Is Filed

  • Should I be concerned about audits and how do I best prepare?
  • What do I do if I get an audit?
  • Do I appeal, file a motion to reconsider, or re-file?
  • What evidence must the employee get to prove qualifications?
  • Was the 9089 properly filled out to make the I-140 process easier?
The deadline to sign up is Tuesday, September 26th. For more info, including speaker bios, detailed curriculum, and registration information, please see: (Fax version:


An Illegal Alien Is Not An Immigrant
Paul Oreffice writes "If Congress is going to make any progress, it is imperative to begin by using the proper terminology, namely, an illegal alien is not an immigrant."

National Security and Immigration Policy: Reclaiming Terms, Measuring Success, and Setting Priorities
Donald Kerwin and Margaret D. Stock write "The U.S. debate on immigration has been characterized by a simplistic "human rights versus national security" paradigm that has inhibited serious discussion of the role of the U.S. immigration system in a coordinated national security strategy."


USCIS Announces New Process For Issuing EADS To Asylees
Beginning October 1, 2006, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Asylum Division will implement a new process nationwide for issuing secure Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) to applicants who are granted asylum by a USCIS Asylum Office.


Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Manhattan boutique law firm seeks per diem lawyer to prepare and represent high-profile clients at USCIS interviews (AOS, 751, Natz) at NYC, Garden City, Newark. Approx. 40 cases per year. Must know the law and local procedures, be experienced, and have good client rapport. Please send resume, two references, with fee rates to is a blind ad posting.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Washington, D.C. - USCIS Office of the Chief Counsel (OCC) seeks an experienced attorney for the position of Litigation Coordination Counsel for its Headquarters Office. This position is primarily responsible for assisting in the provision of litigation support in immigration cases involving USCIS operational components. The role of the Litigation Coordination Counsel is to assist in the oversight and tracking of federal court litigation facing USCIS through coordination with OCC counsel located throughout the country and at HQ. Deadline is September 29, 2006. E-mail to apply. For detailed information, including duties, qualifications, benefits, see here or enter vacancy announcement #CIS-COU-2006-0011 in

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
New York City, NY - Hodgson Russ LLP, a 225-plus lawyer firm with offices in Buffalo, New York City, Albany, Boca Raton and Toronto seeks an associate attorney for our immigration group in our NYC office. Our group represents multinational corporations, entrepreneurs, athletes, entertainers, scientists and specialized workers. We seek an attorney with experience counseling U.S. and foreign employers. The ideal candidate will have 3-5 years of business immigration experience. Please send cover letter, resume and law school transcript to Mariely Downey:

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Paralegal sought for small Nassau County, Long Island, immigration firm. Minimum 2 years' experience; bachelor's degree preferred. Must be detail - oriented, have Spanish knowledge, computer skills and good oral and written communication skills. Benefits package. Convenient to LIRR, Southern Parkway, buses, free parking. Send resume with salary requirements to:

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Experienced immigration paralegal sought for Mid-town Manhattan office in NYC of large immigration practice of 230-attorney law firm founded in 1817. 2 years experience in immigration law required including preparation and filing of business visas (H-1B, L, E) petitions and permanent residency applications. The ideal candidate will have strong computer, communication and writing skills and proficiency with Windows, Word, Excel and Outlook and internet research. Lexis or Westlaw skills required. Korean speaking skills preferred. Send resume in confidence to: Employment Manager, Hodgson Russ LLP, One M&T Plaza, Buffalo, NY 14203 or by email to Melanie Smith at

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New Offices
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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:
Gordon Keller's letter (09/15/06 ID) asks why people who have entered this country illegally have not been prosecuted for their "crimes". The answer is quite simple: Under current law, with some exceptions, most types of illegal entry and other immigration violations are not crimes, but are civil offenses. This may not be to the liking of some immigration opponents who are trying to change the law to make not only illegal entry, but much more trivial or technical immigration violations, into felonies, but the fact is that the law has not been changed and no one knows when, if ever, it will be. Therefore, while it is correct to say that Mexicans and other mainly minority immigrants who have entered this country without authorization or overstayed their visas have broken the law, referring to them as "criminals" for that reason is nothing more than an example of the type of name calling for which some restrictionistas have shown more aptitude than they have for making accurate statements about the law.

Roger Algase, Esq.
New York, NY

Dear Editor:
Mr. Algase's letter (09/15/06 ID) appears to welcome anyone and everyone to come to or stay in the US, no matter what laws they have violated. Green cards and visas for everyone - as long as they all have to pony up big bucks to greedy immigration attorneys. I thought the point of our laws was to regulate and control our borders, not enrich avaricious immigration attorneys. Those 12 million illegals should be sent packing; after all, they have amply demonstrated their total disregard for the sovereignty of our nation. We should focus on employing American workers, enforcing our immigration laws, even if that means upping the ante for those who thumb their nose at our rules. I am not saying 'close the borders' - I am saying that we need to enforce the rules in place, increase and apply penalties for those who refuse to obey them, close all loopholes and indirect paths to greencards - there are lots of folks out in the world who are willing to play by the rules - they should be given priority over those who haven't got the message.


Dear Editor:
In response to Roger Algase's latest letter (9/15/06 ID), our society already requires and has "... a huge number of federal, state and local law enforcement personnel to track down, jail, ..." those who abuse our laws, and violaters of our very important entry laws should certainly be on their lists which can be done without becoming a "police state". What the Aglase letter is advocating is the preposterous position that those who abuse our entry laws should receive a "free pass" because it might result in a "police state". It's obvious that the Bush administration has already made great strides in moving US towards a police state with the expanded Patriot Act, airport shakedowns, prison detainees interrogation and other attacks on civil liberties without a serious attempt to enforce entry laws. Entry violators should be given the choice of submitting to deportation, or if they are entitled to hearings, that they or their country of origin would bear those costs, not US taxpayers. Those who violate entry law are not, "law abiding immigrants", but illegal alien invaders, and why is the RAL only concerned with the "terror" that simple enforcement like HR 4437 would cause illegals and their advocates, and not concerned with the damage entry violators cause US? In an outstanding article, "The Fallacy of Open Immigration" at the Lew Rockwell website, author Stephen Cox wisely states, "To the degree that a nation is like a house, and requires the security of a house, its inhabitants must have the ability to decide whom they wish to invite inside, whom they wish to enjoy the many investments already made in it ... If the house is designed to protect individual liberty, its maintenance requires the exclusion of people whose ill-advised decisions might endanger liberty's protective mechanisms".

R. L. Ranger

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