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Immigration Daily October 24, 2006
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Comment

Border Laptop Search

According to a Law.com news story, "Government officials must have reasonable suspicion under the Fourth Amendment to search someone's laptop at U.S. borders, according to a recent ruling in Los Angeles." For the full story, see here.

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


Focus

CLINIC Explains: I864, CSPA, Crimes

The upcoming telephonic seminar with CLINIC will cover the latest developments with Affidavits of Support, the CSPA and Crimes. The detailed curriculum is as follows:

FIRST Phone Session on Oct 26, 2006: New Affidavit of Support Rules and their Effect on Your Practice

  • Counting household size
  • Measuring household income
  • Proving income with tax returns and other documents
  • Change in asset requirements
  • Joint sponsors
  • Exemptions from the affidavit of support due to social security earnings or CCA
  • Common pitfalls in completing the new forms
SECOND Phone Session on Nov 9, 2006: Understanding the Child Status Protection Act
  • Preserving child status for immediate relatives
  • Preserving child status for sons and daughters of LPRs
  • Preserving child status for derivatives in family and employment-based cases
  • Retention of priority date for derivatives who age out
  • Effective date and possible retroactive effect
  • Effect of naturalization
THIRD Phone Session on Dec 7, 2006: Immigration Consequences of Criminal Convictions

  • Bullets to be Announced

The deadline to sign up is Wednesday, October 25th. For more info, including speaker bios, detailed curriculum, and registration information, please see: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/october2006.shtm. (Fax version: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/october2006.pdf.


Article

Barring Axis Persecutors From The US: OSI's "Watch List" Program
Elizabeth B. White writes "In addition to denaturalizing and removing Nazi persecutors from the US, the Office of Special Investigations (OSI) is responsible for enforcing the Holtzman Amendment's provisions barring aliens who assisted in Axis crimes from entering this country."


News

DOS Says Material Support Inapplicable To Chin Refugees
The Secretary of State exercised her discretionary exemption authority under the INA, so that Chin refugees from Burma living in Malaysia, Thailand, and India can resettle in the US even if they have provided "material support" to the Chin National Front or Chin National Army.


Classifieds

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
North Yonkers, NY - Avoid the commute to NYC. Growing solo practitioner, with offices located near mass transportation, seeks bi-lingual (Spanish) paralegal with 1+ years experience. Experience with family based, naturalization, labor certifications, and professional visas. Ideal candidate is detail oriented and organized with excellent typing, writing and communication skills. Salary negotiable based on experience. Congenial office environment. E-mail resume with cover letter to Donald London: Londonlaw@verizon.net.

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 mneedleman@levittandneedleman.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Small boutique firm in West Los Angeles seeking full time immigration assistant/paralegal. The individual will assist attorneys in the preparation of visa packages, non immigrant and immigrant petition applications and some office administration. Experience with family based, business, naturalization and other applications a plus. Ideal candidate has BA degree, is detail oriented, organized and conscientious. Candidate must also possess excellent writing, communication & case management skills. Proficiency in languages other than English a plus. Submit resume + salary requirements to rebecca@rebeccaholt.com. Please indicate in subject line: Immigration Assistant position.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Washington, DC - USCIS Office of the Chief Counsel seeks attorney to work as Associate Counsel in the National Security & Records Verification Law Division (NSRVLD) at USCIS Headquarters. Provide legal advice and consultation in discussions with heads of USCIS units, and will work with USCIS managers to improve security check and fraud detection processes. Assist in coordination of legal issues involving national security, criminal and fraud matters with other agencies and will also provide litigation support in cases before the Federal courts. Experience in immigration-related criminal and national security legal issues preferred. Submit resume, writing sample (max. 5pps.) + cover letter discussing work experience regarding immigration-related criminal and national security issues to: Julia Doig Wilcox, NSRVLD Chief, at Julia.Wilcox@dhs.gov (attachments in MS Word or Adobe PDF format). All submissions must be received by close of business Friday, November 3, 2006. Position is at the GS-13 through GS-15 ($77,353-$139,774) levels and is open until filled. No relocation reimbursement offered. For more info., see here.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorneys
Los Angeles, CA - Expanding immigration law firm seeks experienced full-time immigration attorneys. Qualifications: Knowledge and experience in employment and family immigration law, including various IVs and NIVs. Fluency in written and spoken Korean & English required. Strong organizational, writing, research, and communication skills essential. Send resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to Youngok S. Kim by fax: 213-381-5790 or email: info@kimyoungoklaw.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorneys
Chicago, IL - Hughes Socol Piers Resnick & Dym, Ltd., a 30 attorney firm, seeks licensed attorneys to join its immigration practice group. Our practice serves a diverse clientele with business, family, and removal immigration services. Associate: At least 1 to 3 years of immigration experience; and Senior Associate: At least 4 years of immigration experience, including case management. Fluency in Spanish is preferred for both positions. Please email your resume and cover letter explaining interest in the position to: rfernandez@hsplegal.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
USCIS Office of the Chief Counsel (OCC) is seeking an experienced attorney for the position of Deputy Regional Counsel, USCIS OCC, Western Region, to be located in one of 3 USCIS District Offices: Seattle, San Francisco, or Los Angeles (relocation expenses not available). Applicants must possess J.D. degree, be an active member of any state bar, and have at least 5 years of post J.D. experience. Submit a cover letter that demonstrates the specific skills, experience, and interests that qualify them for the position. Preference is given to applicants with immigration experience, management experience, excellent academic record, and strong writing skills. Applicant should list references, which may be verified, but letters of recommendation not necessary. Applicants must also submit resume + writing sample not to exceed 10 pages. Send to James.Butcher@dhs.gov (all attached documents must be in MS Word or Adobe PDF format). All submissions must be received by close of business on Friday, October 21, 2006. The position is at the GS-15 level and is open until filled. For more info., see here.

Help Wanted: Immigration Professional
New York, NY - AIESEC seeks an individual knowledgeable in J visa administration or immigration law that is interested in working with a mission-driven, entrepreneurial organization that is growing rapidly. Applications for the Responsible Officer for AIESEC US, Inc.'s J Exchange Program position are due 10/18/06. Interviews will be conducted 10/18/06-1/24/06. Start Date: ASAP. Interested applicants, please submit CV or US style resume and completed application. For more information, including the application requirements, see here. If you have any questions about the role or AIESEC US, please feel free to email at paulf@aiesecus.org or call at (212) 757-3774 x241.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
New York, NY - Exceptional and challenging career opportunities available for you at Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen, & Loewy, LLP a global immigration law firm. Ideal candidate will have 2+ years of business immigration experience and will be able to work in a high-volume case processing environment. Candidate will have extensive client contact and will utilize case management and billing systems to prepare, track, and manage cases in process. College degree, MS Word, and Windows 2000 required. The firm offers highly competitive salaries and excellent growth opportunities. All qualified candidates, please send resume and salary history to kiulo@fragomen.com. EOE.

Case Management Technology
At ImmigrationTracker our clients say it best: "Our criteria for choosing a solution were simple: I wanted an integrated system that was powerful but easy to use. The fact that many of my most respected colleagues use Tracker made the decision a no-brainer" Steve Clark, Managing Attorney, Flynn & Clark. While other vendors talk about bells and whistles, we talk about our track record: 13 Past AILA Presidents, 18 of the 25 largest immigration firms and thousands of immigration professionals who rely on ImmigrationTracker. While others talk about building and customizable systems, we partner with AILA's best attorneys and build it for you -- so you don't have to. If you have been promised the moon but have been left with cheese, give us a call and find out why more firms trust Tracker than anyone else. Call us for a free guided demo at 1-888-466-8757 ext. 278 or email sales@immigrationtracker.com or visit us at www.immigrationtracker.com.


comingsNgoings

Readers can share their professional announcements (100-words or fewer at no charge), email: editor@ilw.com. Readers interested in learning about featuring your event or conference in Immigration Daily, see here. To feature your newsletter in Immigration Daily, see here.

New Offices - El Paso, TX
I am pleased to announce the opening of my new office: The Law Office of Rebeca B. Robledo, 3100 E. Yandell, El Paso, Texas 79903 Tel: 915-564-5479. Fax: 915-565-8500.

Immigration Event - Cherry Hill, NJ
Immigration & Criminal Law: Navigating The Minefield. 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. http://www.njicle.com/seminar.aspx?sid=136. Presented by the NJ Institute for Continuing Legal Education. www.njicle.com. 732-214-8500. ILW.COM is a media sponsor for this event.


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:
Robert Yang and Kim Bilyou's letters (10/23/06 ID) are on the side of the angels for all the wrong reasons. Kim Bilyou's letter is right that many Americans buy Canadian pharmaceuticals, but misunderstands the drug market. Canada's government run market has about 60% of the drug formulary available here. Canadian money pours into the US for medical services and pharmaceuticals in wave that swamps the cheap generic arbitrage that goes North of the border. The drug market is like the rest of our economy. Our open, dynamic American economy cannot beat the labor costs of various low-cost competitors but outperforms them by having superior adaptability and variety. Mr. Yang's letter is incorrect in assuming that the American debt and deficits are growing in any meaningful sense. Our growth, fueled in part by immigration, swamps both the increase in our debts and deficits (in fact, the deficit is in absolute decline despite profligate government spending at federal state and local levels), and especially so lately (see George Will's Pasadena News 10/18/06 editorial "Left suffers from economic hypochondria" on the subject). We can only jinx that by accelerating government spending or closing our markets for goods, capital and human labor and ingenuity.

Honza Prchal, Esq.
Birmingham, AL

Dear Editor:
Thanks to Kim Bilyou and Robert Yang (10/23/06 ID) for responding to my letter (10/20/06 ID). Ms. Bilyou's letter asks, "What's the big deal?" All I did was report the facts, so don't kill the messenger. However, if you think of this money as lost to the US economy, lost to local merchants who depend upon the people of their community to spend their money in their stores, and think of it as another negative in the balance of trade, I believe the answer is pretty clear. I did not follow the logic of Robert Yang's letter, but in response to what I did understand is that his letter claims that the money sent to families outside the US enhances the quality of life in the countries to which it is sent, and that it is "less likely for the rest to immigrate to the USA" - this simply misses the mark. Certainly the few dollars each family gets helps these individual poor families, but it not enough to turn around the economy of a country like Mexico. My point is that the loss of this money substantially impacts the local US economies that lose this money. In response to Mr. Yang's letter's suggestion that sending this money is in any way imaginable going to help stop illegal immigration - this is simply naive. We have a problem in America, which is larger than immigration. It is a problem of lack of respect for the law and for our fellow human beings on the planet, and for the planet itself, a planet that we all share and depend upon for survival. None of this makes any sense to me, so I'll just leave it others to solve the problems of our fair land and I'll just gracefully bow out of this controvery.

David D. Murray, Esq.
Newport Beach, CA

Dear Editor:
Regarding David D. Murray's letter concerning the supposed danger to the Republic from overseas remittances by illegal (and legal) immigrants (10/20/06 ID), my letters have also spoken out against illegal immigration, especially against the idea that there is some higher principle that could justify breaking the immigration laws. However, that doesn't mean that immigrants, legal or illegal, are solely to blame for all the problems of America, ranging from balance of payments deficits to global warming. I was tempted to try to make a list of every evil that has been blamed on immigrants in the media and by politicians recently, but I had to refrain because this would have gone way over ID's suggested 300 word limit for letters. There is a saying that if someone wants to beat a dog, he can always find a stick.

Roger Algase, Esq.
New York, NY

Dear Editor:
An article "The Impact of of New Immigrants on Young Native-Born Workers, 2000-2005" by Andrew Sum, Paul Harrington and Ishwar Khatiwada (10/23/06 ID) is well worth reading. I fully agree with the writers' views that the arrival of new immigrants are displacing young native-born workers. It is high time that something should be done for the protection of our young native-born workers.

S. Salike


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