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Immigration Daily September 21, 2006
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Employers Of Undocumented

A Law.com news story report, "Some South Florida labor and employment lawyers warn that [ICE] federal raids signal that companies here must take serious steps to ensure that they are not employing undocumented workers - either directly or through subcontractors. That could have a major impact on Florida's economy, which quietly has depended on illegal workers." For the full story, see here.

We welcome readers to share their opinion and ideas with us by writing to editor@ilw.com.


Focus

The Indispensable All-In-One CSPA Handbook - Shipping Now!

ILW.COM is pleased to present the Child Status Protection Act Handbook by Charles Wheeler of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC):

  • Chapter 1: Overview Of Age Out
  • Chapter 2: Overview Of The CSPA And Implementation
  • Chapter 3: The CSPA And Family-based Visas
  • Chapter 4: The CSPA And Employment-based Visas
  • Chapter 5: The CSPA And Diversity Visa Lottery
  • Chapter 6: The CSPA And Asylee/Refugee Processing
  • Chapter 7: The CSPA And VAWA
  • Twenty-four Appendices
  • Numerous CD-ROM Resource Materials
For more info on the Child Status Protection Act Handbook, and to order, see here.


Article

New Case Law Expands Interpretation Of CSPA
Charles Wheeler writes " These latest decisions are welcome news to practitioners who have been struggling with certain sections of the CSPA."


News

DHS Announces Information On DV 2008 Registration
The DHS announced that applications for the 2008 Diversity Visa (DV) Lottery will be accepted between noon Eastern Daylight Time, Wednesday, October 4, 2006 and noon Eastern Standard Time Sunday, December 3, 2006.


Classifieds

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. 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 mneedleman@levittandneedleman.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Consultants
Las Vegas, NV or Phoenix, AZ - Immigration and Citizenship Services, Inc. has immediate openings for immigration consultants. Have plans to expand quickly across America. Immigration consultant will act as liasion between USCIS, the client and the attorney. Experience, including but not limited to E's, L's H's, TN's, OPTS necessary. Experienced only. Typing skills, computer savvy, great verbal and written communication skills required. Fluency in another language not required but desirable. Competitive compensation offered, including paid medical, dental, and vision. Relocation package may be available for right candidate. Contact Fred D. Winchar, business manager at fred@ics.gs. This is a full-time position.

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 LawyersNYC555@Hotmail.com.This 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 Evan.Franke@dhs.gov to apply. For detailed information, including duties, qualifications, benefits, see here or enter vacancy announcement #CIS-COU-2006-0011 in http://jobsearch.usajobs.opm.gov/.

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: mdowney@hodgsonruss.com.

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: aboas@optonline.net.

Credential Evaluation And Translation
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comingsNgoings

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Immigration Event
The Heritage Foundation is pleased to introduce, 'A New Strategy for Controlling Illegal Immigration'. Thursday, September 21, 2006, 12:00 noon. Lehrman Auditorium, The Heritage Foundation. 214 Massachusetts Avenue, N.E., Washington, D.C. http://www.heritage.org/Press/Events/ev092106a.cfm. Contact: (202) 675-1752 or lectures.seminars@heritage.org. Use link to RSVP.


Letters

Readers are welcome to share their comments, email: editor@ilw.com (300-words or fewer preferred). Many letters to the Editor refer to past correspondence, available in our archives.

Dear Editor:
I do not understand the point of Nouk Bassomb letter's sarcastic criticism (09/20/06) of Paul Oreffice's Article (09/18/06 ID) and his analogy about "the last person on a crowded bus". I did not interpret Mr. Oreffice's Article to infer any such thing. In fact, Mr. Oreffice's Article was written in plain English, which all Americans can understand. Since I only speak English, I tried to translate Mr. Bassomb's French quotation, but have given up. Mr. Oreffice's comment about installing a tough businessman to head the CIS may be wishful thinking, but brings to light the fact that, in the past, the political appointees and bureaucrats have miserably failed to streamline application and adjudication process. But this has dramatically changed under the recent leadership of Eduardo Aguirre and continues under the subsequent leadership of Dr. Emilio Gonzalez, both of whom, along with the many devoted CIS management employees, are to be commended for their efforts and monumental strides in streamlining the broken adjudication process. CIS cannot be faulted for the failure of the legislature to pass realistic legislation ... It must be remembered that CIS does not make the laws, it merely adjudicates petitions and applications that are authorized by the law. When the old INS was split into three distinct and separate bureaus, separating the enforcement and the adjudication functions of the previously broken immigration system, the congress and the Bush administration failed change their mindset and recognize that the drafting of immigration laws and regulations, which also should be split into enforcement and adjudication. Lumping immigration law reform with border security only hurts immigration reform. America needs to strengthen its borders, but strengthening borders does not necessarily mean restricting legal immigration, or tolerating the previous adjudication delays, it means screening applicants and punishing lawbreakers, not rewarding them.

David D. Murray, Esq.
Newport Beach, CA

Dear Editor:
I agree with Mr. Algase's letter of New York City on policy, and his comments about the inevitable corruption in any large government program in his 9/14/06 letter to the Editor were hilarious and effective in advancing his point that abuse in the HB visa system is not necessarily a good argument for scrapping it, but his 09/12/06 ID letter is different. Saying that Pat Buchanan's (no, I'm not a fan of his either) defense of a Nazi concentration camp guard proves anti-Semitism is a bit overstated and will repel more people than it will convince. Several "human rights" groups also defended the man in question. Extreme cases do find company in extremist politics of all stripes, but calling someone extremist to his face is more likely to make him bow up than back down. It's bad ideas we should combat, and name-calling doesn't advance our cause (comprehensive immigration reform that doesn't deport all of those illegals already here who are otherwise law-abiding) terribly well. My favorite arguments are that mass deportations would be a law enforcement, economic and human disaster and that passing tough sounding laws that no sane person would really enforce undermines our rule of law (look at what's happened with employer sanctions) and increases public cynicism towards government, but in making those arguments, I'll try to restrain myself from labeling my opponents "extreme-right wing" or "loony left" and urge others to as well.

Honza Prchal, Esq.
Birmingham, AL

Dear Editor:
As jhf's 09/19/06 ID letter points out, many (though not all) immigration violations are crimes. In many cases, this makes obvious sense, especially when the offenses involve serious matters such as fraud, smuggling or terrorism. But imposing criminal penalties for technical violations makes no sense at all. What on earth is the point, for example, of 8 U.S.C. Section 1304(e), which makes it a crime for lawful permanent residents to fail to carry their green cards with them at all times? If a green card is lost or stolen, or if the holder is the victim of a robbery, it can take up to two years to replace the lost card. Many LPR's therefore, sensibly leave their green cards at home for safety when they go out. Currently, the maximum penalty for this "crime" is 30 days in jail. However, as I understand HR 4437, it would, by making every immigration violation into a felony, increase the penalty for this offense, as well as many other minor violations which are not crimes at all now, to five years in prison followed by mandatory deportation. There is a line between using the criminal law to combat serious immigration offenses and using it as an instrument of oppression and harassment against legal immigrants, merely because one supports lower legal immigration levels for ideological reasons. Chairman Sensenbrenner and the other sponsors of HR 4437 have crossed way over to the wrong side of this line, in my opinion.

Roger Algase, Esq.
New York NY

Dear Editor:
I would like to ask all anti immigrants nativists here, how much would they like to pay more for all "proudly made in USA by true patriotic Americans" if we choose to deport 12 millions illegal immigants and also ask the Congress to make it illegal for US businesses to outsource their businesses? Are these nativists here happy to pay $15 for McD combo meals instead of $5 now? and paying $20,000 for a plasma TV made in USA by Americans instead of $3,000 plasma TV made in China. I am so disgusted seing the hypocricy of those who call themselves truly patriotic "conservative" anti immigration and job outsourcing Americans but they are not shy to shop good deals on laptops, all other products and services made in China or elsewhere for less. The pilgrims were once illegal immigrants and refugees too by today laws, so were many white European immigrants coming to the new worlds without the approval and blessing of the natives who had been there first. I would like to remind these folks, that having a blue US passport, doesn't mean they're automatically entitled to specific jobs with specific level of compensation. Being Americans can't be used to justify anything for granted.

Robert Yang


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