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Immigration Daily February 14, 2007
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Invisible Mexicans

"The Invisible Mexicans of Deer Canyon" (now available on DVD) is a 73-minute documentary focusing on the lives of 2,000 undocumented workers living in migrant camps in San Diego, CA. The migrants live within several yards of some of the most expensive real estate in America and work in the local landscape, construction, agriculture and tourism industries. For more information, including photos, upcoming screenings, and where to purchase, see here.

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


Focus

ICE, I-9s, States' Employer Sanctions - What Every Immigration Lawyer Needs To Know

FIRST Phone Session on Feb 22: States pass independent versions of Employer Sanctions - What every immigration lawyer needs to know

  • Which states have passed Employer Sanctions legislation?
  • What requirements are states imposing on employers?
  • How can an employer comply with Colorado HR 1017 and 1034?
  • Is there subcontractor liability?
  • Are employees outside the state subject to the rules?
  • What role does Federal preemption play?
  • What is the Basic Pilot and how does an employer participate?
  • Does Basic Pilot subject employers to any potential increased liability?

SECOND Phone Session on Mar 8: What's new with I-9 verification: Advising clients in a tumultuous times

  • Best practices in completing and maintaining the I-9 form
  • What voluntary government programs can employers use and what are their pros and cons: Basic Pilot, IMAGE program,SSNVS?
  • How should a company deal with a SS mismatch letters in light of the proposed regulation?
  • How are employers using electronic signature and storage?
  • What Employer Sanctions legislation is on the horizon?

THIRD Phone Session on Apr 5: How to prepare for ICE raids and possible criminal prosecution

  • What rights do employers and employees have?
  • When is the right time to involve employment and criminal counsel?
  • Cooperating with government - how far to go?
  • How to handle workers you think are unauthorized
  • What are the company's potential penalties?
  • Lesson learned from the Swift & Company raid

The deadline to sign up is Tuesday, February 20th. For more info, including speaker bios, detailed curriculum, and registration information, please see: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/february2007.shtm. (Fax version: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/february2007.pdf.


Article

The 110th Congress And Immigration Reform (a/k/a Animal House 2007)
Tony Weigel writes "At this point, no one seems to know how this party will end."


News

CRS Report On US Border Patrol
The Congressional Research Service issued a report on border security and the role of the US Border Patrol.


Classifieds

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Lead business immigration paralegal wanted for Stamford, CT law firm. Salary commensurate with abilities. Full benefits offered, collegial environment. Must be fully versed in PERM and employment-based visa petitions. Send resume and cover letter to immjobs@yahoo.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
13-person midtown NYC immigration law firm seeks paralegal with 2+ years of experience with business applications: nonimmigrant and immigrant. Experience with family based, naturalization and other applications a plus. Ideal candidate has BA degree, is detail oriented, organized, conscientious. Candidate must also possess excellent writing, communication & case management skills. Competitive compensation package offered. Email resume + cover letter in MS Word format to Marcia Needleman: mneedleman@levittandneedleman.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Chevy Chase Pavilion at Friendship Heights Metro (Washington, DC) - Polished and meticulous senior business immigration attorney needed to join nationally recognized, fast-paced immigration team in friendly 10-attorney firm. You will work independently on diverse immigrant and nonimmigrant cases, manage paralegals, and coordinate directly with clients. Requires 4+ yrs experience, excellent PC, communication, interpersonal & organizational skills. Contact Denise C. Hammond, Tobin O.Connor Ewing & Richard, 5335 Wisconsin Ave., NW, Ste. 700, Washington, D.C. 20015, dchammond@tobinoconnor.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegals
NY, NY - The Law Offices Of Jan Allen Reiner, a law firm with impeccable reputation, seeks an immigration paralegal with 1+ years of experience in any and all areas of immigration. Candidate will work with some degree of independence, have extensive client contact, will have excellent written and verbal communication skills both in English and the Mandarin dialect of Chinese, the ability to multi-task in a fast paced environment, the desire to provide a high level of customer satisfaction, and word-processing skills. While a candidate with some experience is preferred, we will also train the right candidate. Please submit resume to allen.reiner@verizon.net.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Established downtown NYC immigration practice seeks paralegal with 2+ years of business immigration experience, including hands-on preparation of PERM applications. Must have Bachelor's degree as well as excellent writing, communication and case management skills. Opportunity to work closely with sole practitioner. Competitive salary/benefits. Submit resume and cover letter to Lynne R. Newkofsky, Esq.: lnewkofsky@newkofsky.com. All inquiries will be kept confidential.

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

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New Offices - Orlando, FL
Scot A. Silzer is pleased to announce that SilzerLaw Chartered has moved into its newly renovated suite with a new address and telephone numbers. SilzerLaw Chartered, 1277 North Semoran Blvd, #Suite 106, Orlando, Florida 32807. Fax: 407-206-3655. Tel: 407-206-1973. www.silzerlaw.com.


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:
Just a little suggestion to contributors of letters to the Editor. How about a spell check before you send out your letter? And a reality check might be good sometimes, too.

Lisa M. Jacobs, Esq.

Dear Editor:
S. Salike's letter makes a good point (02/13/07 ID), "illegals living in the US should go back to their countries." All illegals should be aware that it is against US immigration law to be employed in the US without lawful employment authorization. That, coupled with employer sanctions, was supposed to be the "teeth" in the 1986 Amnesty Program, that legalized over three million illegal aliens, and allowed massive family immigration, overburdening the immigration system for almost twenty years. America cannot allow another amnesty of any sort to repeat the boondoggle we saw in 1986. Ms. Salike's letter questions the type of "guest worker" program President Bush is talking about. If, as Ms. Salike's letter queries, it is the type of program as in Japan, Malaysia, South Korea, Gulf and Arabian countries, where guestworkers are required to leave the country after their temporary employment is finished, with no chance for adjustment of status to permanent residence, then it will be a true guest worker program. And there can be no doubt that such a program is needed to "fill the jobs Americans will not do". But such a program must be bureaucratically swift and expeditious for employers who need a quick source of fairly paid workers. Regarding the concept of "earned citizenship" for illegals and overstays suggested by President Bush, that idea will never work. So, what do we do, deport them all? No, that cannot be done. Let them simply return to their home countries voluntarily through attrition, when they cannot find jobs because of strict enforcement of revised and stronger employer sanctions. The solution: On the one hand, ICE should vigorously enforce enhanced employer sanctions and, on the other hand, CIS must offer employers a workable alternative through a guest worker program of the type described above. It's really that simple.

David D. Murray, Esq.
Newport Beach, CA

Dear Editor:
Repulsive though it is, the overt white racism in David Utterback's letter (02/13/07 ID) is a better statement at what is really at stake in the immigration issue than all the hypocritical cant about "securing the border", "protecting US jobs" and "fighting terror". This is not to deny that these are worthy goals which people of good will should and do support. But these goals are being used as smoke screens by many (though not all) anti-immigrant advocates to hide their real motives. These motives have more in common with the white supremacist agenda of Mr. Utterback's letter than they do with the goal of establishing a fair immigration system based on the rule of law and respect for the basic human rights of US citizens and immigrants alike, without regard to race or color.

Roger Algase, Esq.
New York, NY

Dear Editor:
It is very satisfying to learn that Colorado employers are to comply with two new bills HB 06-1343 and HB 06S-1017 while hiring new employees as of January 1, 2007 (see Adams Article 2/13/07 ID) . It requires that "all Colorado employers examine the legal work status of every newly hired employee, and affirm in writing, within 20 days of the hire, the legal work status of the employee. It further specifies that employers must keep copies of all documents provided by an employee used to prove work eligibility". This will surely help eliminate hiring of illegal aliens, and thus to make them go back to their countries. It is very important now that all the other remaining states also make similar laws that Colorado made so that it will totally discourage the hiring of illegal workers.

S. Salike

Dear Editor:
Why we legal inmigrants, as they call us, need to wait until all the parties agree with the issues on illegal immigrants and the comprehensive reform? Comprehensive for whom? What about our kids turning 21 and having to leave the country or stop studying after having graduating here from HS and going to College for a couple years also, because they are no longer included in our Work Visas? What about having to wait for a Green Card number and/or change of status for years/months even though our PERMS have been approved more than one year ago? We came here to work, we were lucky to have this opportunity and stay within the laws and regulations of this wonderful country .... but we are now trapped and don't see any near solution to our situation. Needless to mention the thousands of dollars we have paid to immigration lawyers. I can almost see what is going to happen here, illegal immigrants will be granted status, work permits and probably green cards. We, legal immigrants will be forced to leave the country because we will keep going by the rules. Is this fair?

C. Prego

Dear Editor:
Mr. Utterback's letter to the Editor (02/13/07 ID) wrote about the past "white" immigrants' legacies, what kind of legacies were they? Genocide, land grabbing, racism, forced slave labor, color based prejudice and discrimination? Native American Indians would have kicked back all "white" illegals back to Europe if they had the power and willingness to it just like we are doing now to all "illegal" immigrants. What makes a specific people or race rights to survive, seeking refugee and opportunities including immigrating to other places if they have to while denying others doing the same? I noticed his poor spelling and grammar, if Americans don't write better English grammar and spelling, I am afraid we'll lose competition to foreigners who can do better. I oppose welfare state because it's wrong. We should never give freehandouts whether they're US citizens or illegals, whatever their colors are. Asian and Middle East nations have their own guest workers program on specific low skilled jobs. If these "guests" have more talents to do more, such as opening businesses, pursuing higher education to get better jobs and contribute more into US economy why should we kick them back home? What I do mind, if these guests are having babies or getting sick or go to public school and I have to pay for their expenses in the name of welfare state.

Robert Yang

Dear Editor:
Responding to S. Salike's letter (02/13/07 ID), I understand the modern defination of equality. "You have it, you earned it, you built it, now I steal it and now we're all equal." Thats your defination of equality. The U.S. constitution is not about jobs, its about the legal right to be a citizen and enjoy the privileges of being a citizen. The world over is flooding with billions of people, caused by the lack of ingenuity of your forefathers not providing the puclic institutions for you. We Americans, did provide these entities and now you're come to make hambburger which the price at the store is $3.00 a pound, but your total cost is smore like $3000 a pound. So when someone steals your vehicle, steals you household good, be happy, cause what you've stolen from the white caucasion American whose forefathers had the initiate and build has been stolen by you. If you take for granted the public highway, the interstates, all the aforementioned public and private services, then you're overlooking the most valued physical assets in America. These things are not yours, were not built for you or your packing companies. Illigals have no rights on our highway, using our public facilities. Illigals have no right in the US.

David Utterback


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