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Immigration Daily December 21, 2006
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Swift Raids Unacceptable

According to a Des Moines Register news story, "In a blunt and stinging letter, the governor and the top officer of the Iowa National Guard on Tuesday called federal immigration officials' actions in the Swift raids "completely unacceptable," saying agents undermined the public's trust in government, potentially jeopardized the safety of law enforcement personnel in Iowa and could have compromised undercover operations." For the full story, see here.

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Immigration Reference Books

ILW.COM is pleased to offer Patel's Immigration Law Library, 2005-2006 Edition. This collection includes the essential reference resource "The WHOLE Act, The INA (Annotated), 2005-2006 Edition", used by DHS officials, federal court libraries, and many veteran immigration practitioners. Once you have used this version of the INA, you will wonder why you ever used any other! This collection also features the fully indexed 8 CFR, fully indexed 20/22/28 CFR, and Patel's Citations. Buy the library collection ($100 off). For more info, see here.


Update On Precedent Decisions Of The Board Of Immigration Appeals
Juan P. Osuna and Jean C. King write "Without the contributions of immigrants, the military could not meet its recruiting goals and could not fill the need for foreign-language translators, interpreters, and cultural experts."


CRS On Foreign Science Labor In US
The Congressional Research Service issued a report on the increased presence of foreign students in graduate science and engineering programs in US institutions and the labor force.


Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Hughes Socol Piers Resnick & Dym, Ltd., a 30 attorney Chicago firm, seeks paralegal to join its immigration practice group. Our practice serves a diverse clientele with business, family, and removal immigration services. Ideal candidate must have 1+ years of substantial experience in any of the following: employment-based or family-based immigration and/or removal/deportation defense. Successful candidate must be highly motivated, detailed-oriented and have excellent written and oral communication, case management, and computer skills. Spanish or Arabic fluency preferred. Please email resume + cover letter explaining interest to:

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Miami, FL - Leaf Koerner, a highly regarded business immigration law firm, seeks an experienced immigration paralegal. Must have minimum of 4 years of corporate based immigration experience. Must be able to work with Immigration Tracker case management software, prepare, track, and manage cases in process. College degree, MS Word, and Windows XP required. The Firm offers competitive salaries and benefits. Please send resumes to

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 EOE.

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.


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Dear Editor:
A NYT article entitled "Making a Life in the U.S., but Feeling Mexico's Tug" (12/19/06) reveals the attitudes held by many Mexican immigrants. To understand the present immigration controversy, and the bias and bigotry that accompanies it on both sides of the issue, it is important to understand the realities of human interaction and understand the difference between past immigration from around the world and present immigration, especially the phenomenal migrant flight from Mexico. For 23 years I have lived in a community in east Orange, California, that is largely Mexican, and hugely illegal. I have seen firsthand on a daily basis the metamorphous our region of the country is undergoing. Because illegal Mexicans can function here exclusively in the Spanish language, many do not bother to learn to speak English. These illegals are, for the most part, hard working, good people, but are largely uneducated, non-political, and view the US as a way to achieve financial success unavailable to them in Mexico. This disturbs many people, especially in Middle America, where they do not understand the Mexican mentality, desperate poverty, love of country and love of family. These people feel threatened. We in California have, over the past couple of decades, accepted the Mexicanization of the state. Although I have spent a lot of time in Mexico and love the Mexican culture and people, I am disturbed that when demographics shift to predominately Hispanic, it will irreparably polarize the state. Some believe my fears are unfounded because the Anglos have the wealth and therefore the power. I believe these people underestimate the power of the ballot box, and when the vote shifts political power, regardless of money thrown into traditional political campaigns, things will change and the revenge of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo just might be at hand.

David D. Murray, Esq.
Newport Beach, CA

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