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Immigration Daily December 22, 2006
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Model Citizen

A Washington Post op-ed describes the story of "Marina Alvarez [who] did everything Americans want immigrants to do - except arrive legally." For the full editorial, see here.

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Family-Based Immigration: Nuts And Bolts

Our new book, Family-Based Immigration: Nuts & Bolts; Editor: Charles Wheeler of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) features:

++ Chapters: Immediate Relatives And The Preference System, Overview Of The Application Process For Permanent Residence, Adjustment Of Status, Consular Processing, Immigrating Through Marriage, Grounds Of Inadmissibility, Waivers Of Inadmissibility, Affidavit Of Support, Self-Petitions For Abused Spouses And Children, & Ethics

++ 35 Appendices include: Sample Request For Criminal History, Documenting I-130 Petitions, Sample Motion To Reinstate I-130, Consular Processing Instruction Package, Consular Processing Appointment Package, Suggested Evidence Of Bona Fide Marriage, I-601 Waiver Packet Based On INA 212(h) (Criminal Convictions), I-601 Waiver Packet Based On INA 212(i) (Fraud Or Misrepresentation), I-601 Waiver Packet Based On INA 212(a)(9) (B)(v) (Unlawful Presence), & I-212, Request For Permission To Reapply For Admission After Deportation

++ CD-ROM includes: relevant regulatory sections from 8 CFR, 22 CFR, etc., many forms from USCIS, DOS, SSA & IRS, significant statutory provisions, key BIA & Federal cases, selected USCIS memos, public health service documents, etc.

For more info on Family-Based Immigration: Nuts & Bolts, and to order,


What Does It Profit The Firm?: How Associates Fit In The Profitability Mix
Edward Poll writes "Educate your associates in the business of law. Challenge them to think like businesspeople - not just lawyers."


Aytes Memo On H-1B And H-4 Decoupling
USCIS Associate Director, Domestic Operations Aytes issued a memo providing guidance on determining periods of admission for aliens previously in H-4 or L-2 status; aliens applying for additional periods of admission beyond the H-1b six year maximum; and aliens who have not exhausted the six-year maximum but who have been absent from the US for over one year.

USCIS Announces Processing Changes For 212e Waivers
Effective November 1, 2006, USCIS Nebraska, Texas and Vermont Service Centers began forwarding to the California Service Center any new filings of Form I-612 as amended, that are based on claims of exceptional hardship or persecution.


Help Wanted: Immigration Attorneys
Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP seeks three mid-level associates to join its research and policy group in its New York and Washington, DC offices. The NY position requires 3-5+ years of business immigration experience, a proven track record as writer on immigration issues, and the ability to work under pressure. The DC positions require 3-5+ years of business immigration experience, policy analysis background, excellent writing skills, and knowledge of legislative and regulatory process. Experience on Capitol Hill, in an immigration agency, or with an advocacy/policy organization a strong plus. Superior academic credentials, excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal skills required. EOE. Please submit cover letter, resume, law school transcript, and writing sample to: Jacqueline V. Guynn, Esq. Recruiting Manager, Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP, 99 Wood Avenue South, 10th Floor, Iselin, NJ 08830.

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

EB-5 Investor Program
An investor green card with no quota backlog for your clients. A generous finders fee from American Life Inc. for you, if allowed in your state. One of the best-kept immigration secrets... a real estate limited partnership investment of $525,000 in the American Life EB-5 Investor Green Card program in the Seattle Regional Center gives your accredited investor clients speed and freedom. Speedy conditional green card approval, typically in about 1 year. Freedom to live anywhere in the U.S. without being tied to a job or business. No need for day-to-day management of an active business. Limited Partners have a policy making role. American Life Inc. manages over 25 properties - over 1,350,000 sq. ft. The oldest active Regional Center, projects range from $3 million to more than $20 million. Want to know more about the immigration benefits of American Life's EB-5 program? Call Mark Ivener at 1-866-767-1800 to answer your EB-5 immigration questions. With more than 30 years immigration law experience and five immigration law books to his credit, Mark Ivener is American Life's Immigration Consultant. For more information visit American Life's website,

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Dear Editor:
Margaret D. Stock's Article appears to be the result of either slip-shod research or sensationalism in order to make an immigration point. (12/21/06 ID) In her featured ID article, Ms. Stock says, "Immigrants who have served in the U.S. military and by so doing earned their citizenship include Alfred Rascon, an undocumented immigrant from Mexico who won the Medal of Honor during the Vietnam War and later became a U.S. citizen and eventually the Director of the Selective Service System." According to his profile on the US Army website, Alfred Rascon does not appear to be undocumented at the time he enlisted, but merely not a US citizen. Also, because of Army paperwork snafu, he was awarded the medal thirty years after he earned it. Based on the positions he held within the military, and the security clearances he must have needed, he most likely became a US citizen many years before that, so the conferring of citizenship in his case does not appear to be a reward for exemplary service. Although technically, any male not in nonimmigrant status (I know, the double negatives are a confusion), who is present in the US and between ages 18 and 26 must, by law, register with Selective Service, I do not understand how any undocumented alien would be allowed to remain in the US after his status was discovered by the military, for he would have no legal basis to be here - in the military, or otherwise. Does Ms. Stock take the position that an illegal alien can come to the US, enlist in the military, and by so doing gain permanent residence and then citizenship, merely by enlisting? I don't think so, or we would have a flood gate from all over the world. Someone please correct me if I am wrong.

David D. Murray, Esq.
Newport Beach, CA

Dear Editor:
The only thing leading to "resentment & further mistrust of government" is people like Governor Vilsack who think importing poverty, crime & disease from the third world is somehow a good thing for America (see 12/21/06 ID comment). Of course, the Governor has an income that spares him the effects of his misguided policies so why should he care? Im sure he knows that the peasant class he seems so determined to create will always be kept at arms length. It would be nice if our political leaders cared more about Americans than Mexicans ... for a change.


Dear Editor:
As terrible as the policy is of detaining families along with their children, one must consider what may be worse (see 12/20/06 ID comment). It is my understanding that in South Texas families are separated, with parents being held in one detention facility and their children, including infants, held in foster home facilities elsewhere. This separation takes place for as long as it takes to deport the adult parent or parents. This involves primarily Other-than-Mexican detainees and, according to ICE/DRO personnel, as a result of the court settlement in the American Baptist Churches v Thornburgh. This is most definitely an outrage, particularly for a "family values" country which we profess to be.

Ninfa Ochoa-Krueger

Dear Editor:
According to a report recently issued by CRS on foreign students in the US, it reveals that a greater percentage of financial support for doctoral students goes to non-US citizens than to US citizens (see 12/21/06 ID). It is very unfortunate to learn that tax payers' money are being spent on foreign students' benefit rather than US citizens. It is not understood why they are being financially supported by the concerned universities/colleges since they show their personal source of income at the time of taking interview at the US Consulate for issuance of student visa. They even show to the US Consulate a certificate issued by bank showing a good balance enough for studying in the US, on the other hand they start receiving financial aid after studying of a few semesters. Isn't it ridiculous?

S. Salike

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