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Immigration Daily October 5, 2006
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Supreme Court Oral Arguments

The Supreme Court makes available (through Alderson Reporting Company) a transcript of each case argued before the Supreme Court. To read the oral arguments of Lopez v. Gonzales, No. 05-547 and Toledo-Flores, US, No.05-7664 (Sup. Ct. Oct. 3, 2006) discussing the issue of "whether state drug convictions considered a misdemeanor under federal law qualify as an "aggravated felony" for purposes of immigration laws, see here.


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.


The Child Status Protection Act, Section 3 - INA 203(h)- An Update Regarding Retention Of Priority Date Provision
Pravinchandra J. Patel writes "It is important because despite the fact FSIA was passed on August 6, 2002, so far there is no guidance or direction from either the USCIS or the DOS on the coverage or reach of 203(h), Paragraph (3), which creates a very useful substantive right in the form of retention of an earlier priority date for many beneficiaries or derivative beneficiaries."


USCIS Releases Aytes Memo On Pending EAD applications
USCIS Associate Director, Domestic Operations Aytes issued a memo dated September 29, 2006, regarding the processing of EAD applications pending at local offices before September 1, 2006.


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Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Valley Stream, NY - New York business law firm representing individuals, families and businesses across the US and abroad in immigration matters (NIV: H, L, E, TN, etc; Labor Certs; IV: EB 1/2/3, etc; family) seeks entry level associate. Must have strong research and writing skills. New York State bar license required. Competitive compensation package offered. Please send resume + writing sample to Olga Petrova, Office Manager, Guttikonda Law Firm, PLLC, 195 Rockaway Avenue, 2nd Floor, Valley Stream, NY 11580 or mail to:

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Busy immigration law firm located outside Philadelphia, PA is looking for an experienced immigration paralegal to join its team. Able to multi-task with great attention to detail and strong work ethic. A minimum of 1-2 years experience in immigration law required, including preparation and filing of business visas petitions and permanent residency applications. The ideal candidate will have strong writing skills, communication skills, and computer skills. Email cover letter, resume, and writing sample to:

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Immigration Event - NJ
Immigration & Criminal Law: Navigating The Minefield. Wed., Oct. 18, 2006, 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM. Ramada Inn, East Hanover. Sat., Oct. 28, 2006, 9:00 AM to12:30 PM, Clarion Hotel, Cherry Hill. Robert Frank, Esq. leads panel to discuss the immigration consequences that can result from a criminal conviction, including what can be done proactively to assist clients, and how to navigate the immigration minefield in order to achieve favorable results for clients involved in criminal matters. Presented by the NJ Institute for Continuing Legal Education. 732-214-8500. ILW.COM is 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:
ID's 10/04/06 Comment stated, "Kudos to pro bono Attorney Sufen Hilf for her efforts." What about kudos to the government officials who processed her case? ID really should be more fair, there are a lot of dedicated civil servants at USCIS who are just doing their jobs the best they know how. All I read from Immigration Daily is criticism. ID never recognizes the outstanding people who go the extra mile. Your readers might recognize my name. I helped out a lot of them.

Arthur Reyes

Dear Editor:
While this may be picky, Immigration Daily's October 4, 2006 issue's item regarding the Secure Fence Act of 2006 should say "we reproduce the bill here" not conference report. A conference report is a version of legislation that has been worked out in a conference between the House and the Senate. In this case, the Senate just passed the misguided piece of legislation that the House had passed.

Eric D. Buehlmann, Esq.

Editor's note: It is our policy to reproduce either conference reports and/or Acts for all major immigration legislation. You are correct, this was only the House bill. News reports indicate and the Congressional Record confirms that the Senate did pass the House bill. However, we obtain the documents from the original source and as of this writing, the Library of Congress does not have the actual copy of the Senate's action of H.R. 6061 online. In most cases, this is only academic. However, there are times when a comma or typographical error made by the Clerk's office in the House or Senate can make a big difference in interpretation. That is why our policy remains to get the final document for all major immigration statutes and we will carry that in a future Immigration Daily issue.

Dear Editor:
As the premier immigration web site, Immigration Daily should be careful to proofread your stories. There is no such thing as a I-610 waiver - it is an I-601 waiver.

Robert Hollander Esq.

Editor's note: Thanks to our eagle-eyed reader for catching this typo. The transposition error has been corrected.

Dear Editor:
May I ask what does ILW.COM stands for?

Linda Lau, Esq.

Editor's note: In 1995, ILW.COM was created by the Hake family as a web hosting and design company which hosted websites for immigration attorneys. At the time, ILW.COM used to stand for immigration lawyers on the web. ILW.COM has evolved and is a law publishing company. ILW.COM does not stand for anything in particular now. However, many readers believe that Immigration Law on the Web is an appropriate description for "ILW" in ILW.COM.

Dear Editor:
I've been an activist working for immigration reform, for about 5 years. I would like to receive articles and updates concerning immigration. How can I get on the list of recipients?

Lenore Isleib

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Publisher:  Sam Udani    Legal Editor:  Michele Kim                        ISSN:   1930-062X