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Immigration Daily September 27, 2006
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Documentary On An Immigrant

El Inmigrante is a documentary film that examines the Mexican and American border crisis by telling the story of a young Mexican migrant who was shot and killed during one of his journeys north. The film presents a distinct humanitarian focus in which story and character take precedent over policy and empiricism. For more information, including upcoming screening dates, visit the website.

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Family-Based Immigration: Nuts And Bolts

Our new book, Family-Based Immigration: Nuts & Bolts; Editor: Charles Wheeler of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) features:

++ Chapters: Immediate Relatives And The Preference System, Overview Of The Application Process For Permanent Residence, Adjustment Of Status, Consular Processing, Immigrating Through Marriage, Grounds Of Inadmissibility, Waivers Of Inadmissibility, Affidavit Of Support, Self-Petitions For Abused Spouses And Children, & Ethics

++ 35 Appendices include: Sample Request For Criminal History, Documenting I-130 Petitions, Sample Motion To Reinstate I-130, Consular Processing Instruction Package, Consular Processing Appointment Package, Suggested Evidence Of Bona Fide Marriage, I-601 Waiver Packet Based On INA § 212(h) (Criminal Convictions), I-601 Waiver Packet Based On INA § 212(i) (Fraud Or Misrepresentation), I-601 Waiver Packet Based On INA § 212(a)(9) (B)(v) (Unlawful Presence), & I-212, Request For Permission To Reapply For Admission After Deportation

++ CD-ROM includes: relevant regulatory sections from 8 CFR, 22 CFR, etc., many forms from USCIS, DOS, SSA & IRS, significant statutory provisions, key BIA & Federal cases, selected USCIS memos, public health service documents, etc.

For more info on Family-Based Immigration: Nuts & Bolts, and to order,


A Guide To Immigration Policy & Practice: An Illegal Alien Is Not An Immigrant
R. Blake Chisam writes "While I agree that many who’ve raised their voices in the immigration debate have wrongly conflated the concepts of legal and illegal immigration, I cannot agree that anyone using the term "illegal immigrants" is using that term incorrectly."


DOL On Backlog Case Status System
The Office of Foreign Labor Certification released information on its new check backlog case system, or public disclosure system (PDS). For the release, see here. For the FAQs, see here.


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

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 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 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:

Case Management Technology
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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:
I share Roger Algase letter's opposition to the immigration papers law his letter discusses on September 25. It is incompatible with American traditions and culture, but passing it would hardly make us a police state. Most European police can ask "papers please" and expect to get them. That's one reason my family didn't settle in Europe when we fled a real police state, but calling France and Italy nasty names is a bit much. On another topic, given John Lennon's significant financial support for the IRA, funds given to support its bombing campaigns against his homeland, not for its political wing Sinn Fein, is this really the best time to celebrate Leon Wildes and his successful efforts to keep Lennon from being deported? (see 09/25/06 ID). Do we attorneys really buy the whole "one man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter" line? I hope not. If so, we're intellectuals, and our avocation may in fact be to justify the indefensible as so many critics claim and it may be bleeding over into our judgment.

Honza Prchal, Esq.
Birmingham, AL

Dear Editor:
Congratulations to David B. Pakula, Esq. (09/26/06 ID) on his win before the BIA. This case brings to light more than just the fact that a traffic jam "of biblical proportions" can serve as an excuse for an alien in proceedings arriving late to an immigration hearing. It shows that there is such a thing as justice, and further brings to light a not-all-too-uncommon problem in immigration court, and that is obstinate and mean-spirited judges, dictating from the bench. This case should never have had to go to the BIA - it should have been fairly decided by an understanding and compassionate immigration judge. Has this unnamed judge no sense of common decency? No sense of fair play, motherhood, apple pie, truth, justice and the American way? We often read letters to the ID Editor, where, in frustration, contributors irreverently lash out against immigration lawyers, as though lawyers were the problem with the broken immigration system. Mr. Pakula's win before the BIA demonstrates that, without immigration lawyers the government would have nobody to check to see that the system is functioning fairly under the law. As William Shakespeare penned, "The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers" (Henry VI). Of course, this line was uttered by the dastardly Cade, who was plotting to overthrow the king. In this instance, without the immigration lawyer, the government could have done pretty much what it wanted to do - and in fact did. Thanks to Mr. Pakula's competent representation, the BIA told this heartless immigration judge he or she was wrong, oh so wrong. Justice has been served, once again reminding us of the wisdom of John Donne, "No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main ..." (Meditation XVII).

David D. Murray, Esq.
Newport Beach, CA

Dear Editor:
Finally, an area of agreement with Roger Algase's letters (9/26/06 ID), that the lack of letters of Ali Alexander are missed. If Mr. Algase is in disagreement with my own letters, considering his positions, I must be on the right track. As his letters favor lack of enforcement (9/25/06 ID, and others), concerning some of the "punitive" effects of lax policies mentioned in my letter of 9/25/06 ID. This position also explains why the City of New York spends over 5 billion dollars on illegals according to a new FAIR website study which considered only three areas of costs --- education, publicly funded health care, and incarceration of aliens who have committed other crimes. "The typical household in New York pays an estimated $874 a year in taxes to cover the costs of just these three programs", concludes the report, causing a drop in the middle class as they move elsewhere. While this sorry situation may benefit those profiting, most Americans prefer enforcement of entry law and selective limits. There is a story that has circulated for years about a testy exchange between radio operators, one on a ship at sea, each demanding that the other change course to avoid a collision and ends with the second radio operator informing the ship, "This is a lighthouse. Your call." The analogy of this to the immigration debate would be that the enforcement position is the "lighthouse" while the open border, lax entry policy positions would be the lost ship, arrogantly making unsafe, unrealistic and catastrophic demands.

R.L. Ranger

Dear Editor:
President Bush has spoken about comprehensive immigration reform at different places in different times, and in all his speeches he says that the illegal aliens presently staying in the US are very hard workers. He has been saying this repeatedly, and now we are compelled to think that USCs and LPRs are not hard workers, but lazy. It seems that he wants that all illegal aliens are adjusted to guest worker program now, and that later will be allowed to be US citizens. It appears that he has never thought of those people who have been patiently waiting abroad for many years to come to the US legally under family-based immigration. It is a matter of great unjust and unfair.

S. Salike

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