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Midtown Manhattan, NY - ILW.COM seeks immediate full-time administrative associate. We offer a unique opportunity to work in a fast growing small law publishing company which operates one of the most important immigration law websites in the world. ILW.COM team-members enjoy an informal small-company environment with a casual dress code policy. Competitive salary offered.

What the job involves: The job involves providing excellent professional customer service (by phone, email and mail) to our customers who are immigration attorneys, performing basic web design and internet communications (will train on both), and handling general office work. Hours are 9-6pm (includes 1 hour lunch).

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Focus

CSPA Seminar

There have been several recent developments connected with CSPA including interpretations from the executive branch, administrative appeals, and federal courts. This seminar will cover all recent matters in the CSPA context: 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
The deadline to sign up is Tuesday, November 7th. For more info, including speaker bios, detailed curriculum, and registration information, please see: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/october2006.sh tm. (Fax version: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/october2006.pdf .


Article

Beware The Brown Peril: The Truth Behind The Job-Stealing, Disease-Carrying Terrorist Invasion From The South
Peter Bagge writes "Getting to and from Mexico (or Canada, for that matter) should be easy and simple as crossing a state line. Boundaries should soley be about where your taxes go to be squandered. Other than that, the only good thing about borders is that they make for colorful maps. So let's get rid of 'em!"


News

EOIR Releases Memo On Procedures For Automatic Stay Cases
The Executive Office for Immigration Review released a memo on the changes made by the final automatic stay rule published in the Federal Register and effective November 1, 2006.


Classifieds

Help Wanted: Immigration Professional
Natick, MA - The MathWorks, the leading developer and supplier of software for technical computing and model-based design, seeks immigration specialist to oversee immigration programs. Primary responsibilities include: working closely with petitioners, management and outside counsel, manage all immigration applications and visas within Company policies/practices and INS regulations. Advise management on immigration/visa issues. Work with outside law firms to manage preparation and timely filing of all immigration cases. Develop training programs for foreign nationals, managers and HR staff. Maintain and develop internal systems and Company policies and practices. Set strategy and solutions for complex business immigration related issues. Participate in variety of recruiting related programs (relocation, college recruiting, and temps/contractors). Successful candidate will have: proficiency in Microsoft Windows products, 3 years of relevant work experience, strong knowledge of immigration law and overall immigration practices, experience managing immigration practices including H-1Bs, F-1s, green cards, etc. Send resume to Doug Cohen: Doug.Cohen@mathworks.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Downtown Los Angeles, CA - immigration law firm seeks an immigration legal assistant/paralegal. Individual will assist in preparation of visa packages, non-immigrant and immigrant petition applications and general office administration. Candidate should have Bachelor's degree and (2) two years experience in business immigration and PERM. Candidate must also possess excellent writing, communication, and case management skills. Submit resume to: ARoxas@LindaLau.net or fax to 213-830-9930. Website: www.LindaLau.net.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Lincoln area, NE - USCIS Office of Chief Counsel (OCC) seeks experienced attorney for the position of Service Center Counsel at the Nebraska Service Center. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, providing legal advice to Nebraska Service Center personnel on issues involving immigration related adjudications, inadmissibility and deportability grounds, and national security. Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction), have at least one year of post J.D. experience. Applicants must submit cover letter, resume, + writing sample. Send to: Reid Tilson at Reid.Tilson@dhs.gov. All submissions must be received by close of business Friday, November 37, 2006. GS13-GS15 levels and is open until filled. No relocation reimbursement available. For more info, key in Job Announcement Number: CIS-COU-2006-0015 at USAJobs.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
West Los Angeles-15 person leading immigration law firm seeks legal assistant/paralegal. Candidate should have 1+ years of immigration experience. Will be trained to prepare primarily L & E visas. Must have excellent writing, typing, case management and communication skills. BA Degree preferred. Also, must be detailed oriented, organized, conscientious and care about clients. If you are interested in working in a very congenial atmosphere and meet the stated requirements, please e-mail your resume and salary requirements to Mark Ivener at mark@usworkvisa.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Maggio & Kattar, a nationally recognized Washington, D.C. immigration law firm, seeks exceptional Business Immigration Paralegal with minimum two years business immigration experience. Must have excellent writing, communication, and organizational skills. Excellent work environment, salary and benefits. Visit www.maggio-kattar.com. Please email resume, statement of interest and salary requirements to jobs@maggio-kattar.com or fax (202) 483-6801. No calls please.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorneys
Toronto, Canada - Greenburg Turner, a global corporate immigration law firm, is seeking 2 experienced attorneys with a minimum of two years practicing business immigration law handling a high volume caseload. Candidates must be experienced handling a range of nonimmigrant (H-1B, TN, L,) and immigrant (PERM, permanent residency) matters. Candidate must have the ability to provide exceptional client service and case management skills. Please submit your resume to: lwellman@gt-hrlaw.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
New York, 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 NYC immigration group. We represent 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
Boutique immigration law firm located in beautiful downtown San Diego seeks immigration paralegal to handle employment-based immigration matters, including immigrant and nonimmigrant visa processing. Excellent academic credentials with a minimum Bachelors degree; strong verbal, written and organizational skills; computer literacy; and 2-3 years of employment-based immigration experience required. Ideal candidate has ability to produce high volume of accurate work product in a fast-paced environment. Candidates must also be self-motivated and detail-oriented. We offer a competitive salary + benefits package. Email resume with salary history/requirements to Odette at: admin@malitzlaw.com. No phone calls, please.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegals
Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen, & Loewy, LLP, a global corporate immigration law firm is seeking experienced immigration paralegals for both the New Jersey and New York Offices. The ideal candidate will have 2+ years of corporate based 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. Collge degree, MS Word, and Windows 2000 required. The Firm offers higly competitive salaries and excellent growth opportunities. All qualified candidates interested in working in either our NJ or NY locations please send resume + salary history to kiulo@fragomen.com. EOE.

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.

Back Office Services
We offer a wide range of back-office & clerical support services to immigration attorneys in NIV and IVs, including managing checklists, form completion, drafting cover/employer letters, consular processing assistance, follow-up/correspondence with clients and other related services. Our services cover document generation, data entry, accounts, scheduling/calendaring, clerical & archival. Adnet Services, Inc. http://www.adnetservices-nyc.com. Headquartered in New York City, Adnet Services provides the highest quality services to law firms enabling them to cost effectively and securely outsource law firm back office processes, and focus on increasing earning, growth and servicing their clients. We work as your partner offering tailored services that accelerate product delivery. With state-of-the-art communication facilities and infrastructure, our offsite center functions as a virtual extension of your office providing 24 x 7 support and significant cost savings. Convenient billing options are available. For more info. Contact Johaina Mumtaz at johaina.mumtaz@adnetservices-nyc.com or call 212 406-3503 ext 224.

PERM Services
Adnet Advertising Agency Inc. has provided labor certification advertising services to immigration attorneys since 1992. Adnet helps attorneys find appropriate places to run labor cert ads, places the ads, obtains the tearsheets, and offers a variety of billing options. Attorneys can manage the entire ad process through Adnet's secure web-based Ad-managment system. Most of Adnet's services are free since we receive a commission from the newspapers and journals where the ad is placed. Adnet services large international law firms as well as solo practice attorneys. Call us at 212-587-3164, visit www.adnet-nyc.com, or email us at information@adnet-nyc.com. Contact us today to find out why we are the ad agency of choice for immigration attorneys since 1992.


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 - Saint Paul, MN
Sasha Mackin is pleased to announce SashaMackinLaw, a new immigration law practice devoted to researching and writing appellate briefs for immigration attorneys nationwide. We research and write persuasive and passionate briefs before the BIA, Circuit Courts, District Courts, and issue briefs before IJs. You dictate legal strategy, retain editing control of the final product, and file the brief. I handle asylum appeals, frivolous findings, withholding of removal, Convention Against Torture, Cancellation of Removal, Denial of I-130s, Adjustment of Status, & Motions to Reopen. www.sashamackinlaw.com, sasha.mackin@gmail.com. (Ph) 651-208-1745.


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:
Recently Immigration Daily included a "Comings & Goings" announcement for me for my new firm, Sashamackinlaw, which is a research and writing firm for immigration briefs (see 10/31/06 ID). However, your announcement contained a typo that I did not write. Immigration Daily replaced "Sashamackinlaw" with "We," but did not change the verb agreement. Thus, your poor rendition of my announcement reads as follows: New Offices - Saint Paul, MN "We research and writes persuasive and passionate briefs before the BIA, Circuit Courts, District Courts, and issue briefs before IJs." Because my firm is predicated on my ability to write, the announcement is unacceptable.

Sasha Mackin, Esq.

Editor's note: Thanks for alerting us to the typo. Immigration Daily's tight deadlines unfortunately results in an occasional typo. We regret the error. The typo has been corrected. We reproduce the corrected version above in our ComingsNGoings section.

Dear Editor:
I believe political hopeful James Webb (ID 11/02/06 ID comment), along with most politicians, misses the mark by making border security an immigration matter. As quoted in ID, James Webb states, "The primary concern of our government in terms of immigration is to secure our border. Until that is accomplished, and the status of the 12 million illegal immigrants already in America is resolved, guest worker programs are counterproductive." This statement only shows Mr. Webb's naivety and inability to think outside the box. One of the main complaints against the former INS was that adjudication and enforcement should not lumped under one budget allotment, with adjudication/"comprehensive immigration reform" competing with enforcement/border security issues for budget dollars. The solution was not sufficiently achieved when the DHS replaced the DOJ as the administering agency for immigration matters. No immigration bill should include border enforcement, and immigration reform should not be about securing the nation's borders. USCIS, for purposes of budget, law and regulation, should be a separate agency, and it should be charged with the adjudication of petitions and applications for legal US immigration as their sole and unitary function. In support of my argument for an autonomous USCIS, I do not believe most people understand just how big the USCIS is, and what a tremendous workload they are under. Given that they have an antique computer system and are severely under-staffed and under-funded, it is a miracle that in the past few years USCIS has implemented sweeping adjudication reform and have gone a long way toward reducing what heretofore was an unacceptable backlog. For this, I applaud the efforts of the USCIS and only hope "comprehensive immigration reform", as the traditionalists view it, will not once again throw us into the chaotic backlog we experienced in the late 1980's through the 1990's.

David D. Murray, Esq.
Newport Beach, CA

Dear Editor:
Mr. Alexander's response (11/02/06 ID) to labor shortages - wages - is simplistic. If our economy were isolated from the rest of the world, perhaps employers could raise wages until they found enough workers. Our economy is not isolated from the rest of the world. Farmers in our Southwest and West cannot raise wages above the level they can afford to pay, given the competition from growers outside the U.S. Moving our agricultural production to where the affordable labor lives will keep our markets stocked but it is likely to erase much of our farming economy. I would remind everyone of the destruction of New England manufacturing when producers moved to the South where labor was cheaper. I remember being amazed decades ago to learn in my first Embassy assignment in Southeast Asia that bronze tableware was being made by workers paid the equivalent of 50 cents a day. A set for 12 people I could afford. The same set made in the U.S. I could not. The same situation exists today with China. Unless we seal our borders from imports we have to acknowledge the effects of globalization. "Wages" are directly affected by realities beyond our borders.

Paul Good, Esq.

Dear Editor:
Americans won't work at Walmart, if they got skills and higher education. The key is how Americans get better quality and affordable education to compete in global market. With global expertise, skills, and multi lingual capability, ones can work anywhere yet be compensated very nicely globally whether here or living as expatriates overseas. Our biggest concern is the fact that India, China and Russia graduate many more scientists than we do, foreigners are getting smarter and better educated and willing to work harder for less than us. Either they will come here as legal immigrants or if we whine to our lawmakers to close the border totally, US businesses who appreciate their talents and skill can and will easily outsource the jobs there, it doesn't matter anymore. We can complain as much as we can, but being whiny won't help us at all. Those who are still in entitlement culture and mindset just because they're Americans need to wake up from their world of illusion and go back to the world of reality. We face stiff competition from anywhere, domestically, internationally even with smart machines, computers, artificial intelegence. Want to ban vending machines, ATMs, automated check in kiosks at the airport too, because they take American jobs?

Robert Yang

Dear Editor:
Mr. Courage's Article (11/01/06 ID) misses a major point in regard to "enforcement only". The reason these days for emphasizing enforcement only is not because it is necessarily the only way to deal with the current problem, but because there has been such a lack of enforcement that government has created the current problem and forfeited the people's trust that it will enforce the laws. We've seen too many shell games, such as the 1986 amnesty, where we were promised enforcement and got only amnesty. We have seen legislation increase the number of positions for border patrol agents, only to find that there is no funding for the positions, or far less funding than necessary. We have seen the US VISIT program begun, only to see it beset with incompetencies, to the point that Congress is now attaching conditions to the release of $200 million, half the program's budget. There is the belief that the 700-mile fence on the Southern Border will never get built because of loopholes in the bill. The present administration didn't even bother to make a pretense of enforcing the law until this year, when the National Guard was moved to the vicinity of the border in the cynical belief that this feeble effort would make up for 5 years of neglect and get "comprehensive immigration reform" passed. Mr. Courage and any other member of Congress can promise until the cows come home, but until we the public see real commitment to enforcement of our immigration laws, any discussion of "legalization" and "guest worker" programs will simply have to wait.

Ali Alexander


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