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Deadline For The Crimes Seminar Is Tuesday, Dec. 5th

The intersection of immigration law and criminal law is an area with constant state and federal developments from the judiciary and other branches. This seminar will cover all recent matters in the this interdiscipline.

Phone Session on Dec 7, 2006: Immigration Consequences of Criminal Convictions

  • Record of Conviction After Shepard
  • Drug Offenses - as Controlled Substance Offenses and Aggravated Felonies
  • Theft Offenses
  • Domestic Violence Offenses
  • Burden of Proof in cases involving Post-Conviction Relief
The deadline to sign up is Tuesday, December 5th. For more info, including speaker bios, detailed curriculum, and registration information, please see: (Fax version:


New Deportation Ground: Federal Conviction Of Failure To Register As A Sex Offender
Norton Tooby and Joseph Justin Rollin write "The federal criminal offense conviction of which constitutes this new ground of deportation was recently enacted and codified in 18 U.S.C. 2250."


USCIS Announces Centralized Repository For Background Checks
USCIS published notice in the Federal Register that a centralized repository containing the consolidated data on all background check requests and results will be effective January 3, 2007, unless comments are received that result in a contrary determination.


Immigration Law Certificate
Master the complex and ever changing maze of immigration policies and regulations with the Immigration Law Studies Certificate Program offered by CUNY's School of Professional Studies. This graduate-level certificate program, consisting of (3) three-credit classes, offers students who complete it a comprehensive understanding of the laws, regulations, and processes surrounding the status of immigrants in the US, including family and employment-based immigration and deportation defense. It is designed for individuals working in law firms, companies, government agencies and nonprofit organizations where they interact with immigrants and immigrant legal concerns on a regular basis and would therefore benefit from greater knowledge of the laws and regulations surrounding immigration. Beginning this spring, the program is also being offered online. For more information on class schedules, tuition and fees, course applications and to register, see here.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Owings Mills, MD - Murthy Law Firm ( welcomes resumes from attorneys with over 3 years of experience in business immigration law.Our practice is dynamic and fast-paced. We have high standards with regard to integrity, work ethic, and quality. Successful candidates will have the ability to work both as a team member and as a team leader. They will have in-depth understanding and knowledge of the various immigration procedures and are expected to supervise paralegals and support staff. Good writing and analytical skills are required. Resume + cover letter should be forwarded to All communication will be treated in confidence. Salary and benefits are commensurate with experience and abilities. We are an equal opportunity employer. Final interviews of candidates are at our office in Owings Mills, MD, a few minutes from downtown Baltimore, Maryland.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
NYC - Hodgson Russ LLP seeks an associate attorney for our New York City Immigration Group. 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 + law school transcript to Mariely Downey, Attorney Employment Manager:

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Chicago, IL - Laner Muchin, one of the nation's oldest labor law firms, has an opening for an experienced immigration attorney. Laner Muchin successfully recruits quality candidates on a national basis. Laner Muchin provides opportunities to handle challenging responsibilities and exciting projects; we have highly competitive salaries and benefits; we have an informal, unpretentious office atmosphere; and we can demonstrate an excellent record of elevating associates to partnership. This position requires excellent academic credentials, minimum three years' substantial experience in all aspects of employment-based immigration and strong case management, communication and writing skills. Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, Korean and/or other foreign language fluency a plus. The ideal candidate must be client-service focused and able to thrive in a challenging and fast-paced environment of congeniality and respect. E-mail cover letter and resume to We are an affirmative action/equal employment opportunity employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegals
Chicago, IL - Laner Muchin, one of the nation's oldest labor law firms, has openings for full-time U.S. immigration paralegals. As part of our philosophy of providing cost effective counsel, whenever legal tasks can be done by a paralegal, the client benefits. Our paralegals have the opportunity to contribute to a growing immigration practice and do challenging work. Ideal candidates must have 1+ years of substantial experience in employment-based immigration, including substantial PERM labor certification experience. Entry-level opportunities available for global immigration specialists to manage non-U.S. visa case matters. Successful candidates must be highly motivated, detailed-oriented and have outstanding communication, case management, computer and people skills. College degree required. Japanese, Chinese, Korean and/or other foreign language fluency a plus. Competitive compensation package + excellent benefits offered. E-mail cover letter and resume to We are an affirmative action/equal employment opportunity employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

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. 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 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, or email us at Contact us today to find out why we are the ad agency of choice for immigration attorneys since 1992.


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Immigration Event - Minneapolis, MN
CLE Seminar. In the Shadows: Non-citizens and U.S. Violations of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. December 8, 2006, 12:30-4:30 p.m. University of Minnesota Law School. The CLE will highlight the situation of refugees and immigrants in the U.S., in particular regarding the violation of their human rights guaranteed by the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), which the U.S. has signed. The cost for the CLE seminar is $50/$25. Registration deadline is Dec. 5, 2006. For more details, see here. ILW.COM is pleased to be an event media sponsor.


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:
Dave Anderson's letter (12/04/06 ID) makes an excellent point about the political gravy train that would result from building the "Wall" along the Mexican border. But that is small potatoes compared with the slush and sleaze which would be involved in building the new immigration jails and/or prison camps that would be needed for all the illegal entrant "felons", as well as the USC's or LPR's arrested for giving them "advice" or "support" under the "enforcement only" proposals advocated by the restrictionista lobby. I saw a rumor on the Internet a few months ago (which I have no way whatsoever of verifying) to the effect that Halliburton is already being given a contract for building a prison network to deal with an immigration "emergency" (which, I suppose, refers to people being here as PWL - present while Latino). If there is any truth to this rumor, the timing looks good for Halliburton, because its gravy train in Iraq may soon have to be "redeployed".

Roger Algase, Esq.
New York, NY

Dear Editor:
The NYT (12/3/06) reported on proposed agricultural subsidies for US fruit farmers, the only farmers in the US who are not presently receiving government subsidies. According to the Times, "Fresno County, CA - For decades, the fiercely independent fruit and vegetable growers of California, Florida and other states have been the only farmers in America who shunned federal subsidies ... But now, in the face of tough new competition primarily from China, even these proud groups are buckling. Produce farmers ... have joined forces for the first time, forming a lobby group intended to pressure politicians over the farm bill to be debated in Congress in January." Why, I wonder, can other countries grow and import perishable farm products by airplane or by ship, across oceans, and wholesale them at less than US produce? Well, there can only be one reason, and even immigration restrictionists cannot deny it ... cheaper labor costs outside the US. But, you ask ... how can that be, we already have "cheap labor" in the US, because of the millions of illegal aliens in the US. Ask yourself - if a Mexican fruit picker can make anywhere near as much money picking fruit in Mexico, where he can happily live with his family, why in the world would he risk the perils of illegally entering to US, live twelve to a house in a backwater California town, just to pick fruit in the Central Valley? The reason is obvious - substantially higher wages. We can choose either to legally import workers and have reasonable tariffs on foreign goods, or import practically duty-free cheap produce. Apply the first idea, American farmers will survive. Apply the second, American farmers, along with their crops, will perish, while the rest of us gorge on cheap grapes, broccoli and fresh lettuce on our Big Macs.

David D. Murray, Esq.
Newport Beach, CA

Dear Editor:
I am a white American, born and raised in Tennessee. I went to Mexico on vacation and got sick and couldn't travel back so I had my daughter in Mexico. I've tried 10 years to get her duel citizenship and get her legalised but I cant, they keep turning me down. But they let these illegals become citizens, and not my daughter. This is crazy. I feel as an American citizen my daughter should come first instead of illegals. What in the world is going on?

Donna Bruno

Dear Editor:
No wall will ever keep unwanted people out, and never has in any other part of the world. The only solution to the problem is to look for the law breakers, fine them and send them straight back where they came from. Law enforcement will ultimately be cheaper than a very expensive wall. And from what I see, illegals are not too shy to appear in public since they are aware that there are no consequences. So round them up when they seek health care, education, choose to march for a cause or any other way that presents itself, and deport them immediately. Also charge employers with a crime for employing illegals, and impose huge fines. This country will sorely regret it later if they don't stop being soft on this issue now. Decide how many and what type of immigrants are truly needed for the well being of the country, and get the system in order to get these people here legally without all the current delays (caused by all the effort put into dealing with illegal immigrants), and keep the rest out. On the "bright" side, if this country keeps allowing illegal immigrants and their extended families into the country, it will eventually stem legal immigration since there will no longer be "A land of opportunity" to come to. It will be ruined.

Linda Cogill

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