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Immigration Daily May 2, 2007
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Happy Birthday

We are pleased to announce that with this issue, we commence our 8th year in continuous daily publication. We thank our 17,000+ subscribers for your support, participation, and loyalty. Looking back, we have expanded our products and services to better assist the immigration bar. Two years ago, we launched our books product line. This year, we have taken our workshops on the road to Houston, Los Angeles, and coming soon to Orlando. We look forward to many many more years of service to, and innnovation in, the immigration law community.

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LC Substition Rule Imminent - The PERM Workshop, Los Angeles: Act Now

  • MCLE credits for California have been applied for.
  • Save: $100 of the regular $999 price if you register now
  • As announced on OMB's website, the DOL's substition rule was approved for publication as a final rule on April 27, 2007. This matter now goes to the DOL's regulatory office for their internal paperwork which includes a signature by the Assistant Secretary of the ETA. It will then be sent to the GPO and will become effective upon publication in the Federal Register. Historically, this process has taken between 3-10 business days. The latest information on this rule and its impact on labor certification practice will be discussed at this event.
  • Where and When: Los Angeles, California: Friday, May 4th - 8:30am-5pm at Millennium Biltmore Hotel, 506 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA
  • Who: The speakers will be Joel Stewart, Richard Tasoff, Robert DuPont, and others to be announced
  • What: The price of the workshop includes a sit-down lunch, continental breakfast and coffee breaks. Also included as materials are THE PERM BOOK, and the June 2006 and September 2006 editions of PQ:The PERM Quarterly. (The materials alone are a $600 value!)
  • Benefits: This workshop is designed for a small limited audience and is interactive, and involves a full-day immersion into PERM matters. This workshop has received great testimonials from previous attendees.

For more info, including detailed outline, details on location, and speaker bios, testimonials, and to register visit: http://www.ilw.com/workshops/may2007perm.shtm (Fax form: http://www.ilw.com/workshops/may2007perm.pdf). Act now!


Article

Books And Films About Detention
Andrea Black et al. of the Detention Watch Network provide a select list of detention-related books and film.

Bloggings: May 2, 2007
Joel Stewart shares his latest blog entries.


News

DHS Issues Guidance On Material Support
DHS issued a memo providing guidance on material support.


Classifieds

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Laguna Niguel, CA - USCIS Office of the Chief Counsel seeks experienced attorney for the position of Western Regional Counsel. Directly oversee and supervise the performance of the eight (8) associate regional counsel located throughout the Western Region along with the deputy western regional counsel. Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction), and have at least five (5) years of post J.D. experience. They must submit a cover letter that demonstrates the specific skills, experience, and interests that qualify them for the position. Preference is given to applicants with immigration experience, management experience, excellent academic record, and strong writing skills. For detailed information, type CIS-COU-2007-0003 in the keyword search here. The applicant should list references, which may be verified, but letters of recommendation are not necessary. Applicants must also submit a resume and a writing sample not to exceed 10 pages. Submissions can be either e-mailed (all attached documents must be in MS Word or Adobe PDF format) to Stephen.Bell@dhs.gov. All submissions must be received by close of business on Friday, May 11, 2007. The position is at the GS-15 level and is open until filled. No relocation expenses.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
NYC mid-town office of upstate NYS firm seeks experienced immigration paralegal with 2 years experience in immigration law required, including preparation and filing of business visas (H-1B, L, E), petitions and permanent residency applications. Strong computer, communication and writing skills are required, including proficiency with Windows, Word, Excel and Outlook software and the ability to perform Internet research and use Lexis or Westlaw. Qualified applicants, submit resume to: Melanie Smith: msmith@hodgsonruss.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Boston, MA - Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. has an immediate opening for an experienced immigration paralegal for a very busy Immigration practice. Candidates must have experience in business immigration law, including preparation of H-1B and L-1 visa petitions and PERM labor certification cases. Experience with family-based immigration cases is also helpful. Responsibilities include the preparation and filing of business and employment-related immigration documentation and communications with government agencies and clients. Qualified candidates must have excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, accuracy, consistency and job ownership. In addition, the ideal candidate must have excellent written and oral communication skills. Bachelor's Degree and a minimum of three year's experience are required. Qualified candidates please send cover letter and resume to mlhr@mintz.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Exceptional career advancement opportunities available for you in the Chicago office of this prominent global immigration law firm. Candidate will work as part of a team of attorneys and professional support staff assisting multinational companies primarily with their U.S. immigration requirements. The job involves extensive client contact and utilization of state-of-the-art case preparation and management systems to prepare, track, and manage cases in process. Congenial and dynamic environment. Only candidates with Immigration experience should apply via email to Maribelle Molina: mmolina@fragomen.com. Job Requirements: - 2+ years business immigration experience, including experience with PERM, - BA/BS degree required - MS Word and Windows 2000 required, - Excellent verbal and written communication skills, - Ability to perform multiple tasks in a dynamic work environment. The firm offers highly competitive salaries and excellent growth. opportunities. Only candidates with Immigration experience should apply.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Washington, DC - Highly motivated, detail-oriented individual sought for business immigration paralegal position. Strong organizational, writing, and interpersonal skills required. Prior business immigration experience desired. Great opportunity for individual interested in challenging, exciting work with international clientele; excellent career advancement possibilities and work environment. Competitive salary and benefits. Visit www.maggio-kattar.com. Please email resume, salary requirements, and references to: jobs@maggio-kattar.com or fax (202) 483-6801, Attn: Jim Alexander. No calls please.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Dallas, TX - Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP, the leading global immigration law firm, seeks an immigration paralegal. Qualified candidates will have at least two years experience counseling a variety of large and small employers on immigration matters, including non-immigrant and immigrant visa matters, preparing PERM applications, I-140s and 485s, and E-1, E-2, H-1B, TN, and L-1 petitions. Must be computer literate, demonstrate good accuracy, have excellent written and oral communication skills, and provide superior client service in a fast-paced, high-volume, case-processing environment. Bachelors degree required. Professional, service-oriented, team players are encouraged to apply by e-mailing a cover letter + resume to Amber James: ajames@fragomen.com. EOE.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorneys
Larrabee | Mehlman | Albi | Coker LLP, a leading business immigration law firm in San Diego, CA, has openings for senior associate attorneys and associate attorneys. Both positions require experience in labor certs, NIV categories (senior position requires experience in all NIV categories), AOS and consular processing as well as NIW, extraordinary ability, multi-national and researcher petitions in high volume, fast-paced immigration firm. Sr. Associate Attorney - must have 5+ yrs of business immigration experience with direct management of corporate clients' immigration legal needs. Experience should include managing support staff. Associate Attorney - must have 2 yrs. business immigration experience. Strong writing and verbal communication skills required for both positions. Excellent benefits. Salary commensurate with experience. Great place to work and enjoy your chosen career. CA bar membership a plus. Send resume with salary expectations to: hr@larrabee.com. Include "Immigration Attorney" in subject header.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegals
Larrabee | Mehlman | Albi | Coker LLP, a leading business immigration law firm in San Diego, CA, has openings for experienced paralegals. Must have 2 yrs experience in business immigration law. Strong writing and verbal communication skills required. Excellent benefits. Salary commensurate with experience. Great place to work and enjoy your chosen career. Send resume to: hr@larrabee.com. Include "Immigration Paralegal" in subject header.

Credential Evaluation
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Case Management Technology
Judge an immigration management system (IMS) by: (1) what it empowers you to do (2) what its customers say (3) its track record. 1. What you can do - manage client relationships - optimize your operations - assemble documents automatically from a database - share calendars, notes, alerts, and reminders - work anytime, anywhere with Microsoft Office alongside your IMS and more. More, like tailoring an IMS to your needs. Others claim their packages are customizable, but you may need their technician plus hundreds of hours from your staff to get what Tracker gives you out-of-the-box. Mature yet flexible, Tracker lets you easily configure your ideal system. 2. What customers say - "Choosing ImmigrationTracker was a no brainer." -Steve Clark, Flynn & Clark "ImmigrationTracker is head and shoulders above the rest." - Bruce Larson, Mayo Clinic. 3. Track record - top law firms who license immigration management software, choose Tracker: 90% of practicing Past AILA Presidents, 86% of the 25 largest immigration firms (IndUS Business Journal, 2006), 75% percent of the AMLAW 200 (American Lawyer Media, 2006). Did others promise you the moon and deliver dusty cheese? Make up for lost time. Reserve your private Tracker demo. Call 1-888-466-8757 ext. 278 or email sales@immigrationtracker.com.


comingsNgoings

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Immigration Event - Harlingen, TX
Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) present "Immigration Skills Training". June 4-5, 2007. This two-day training will focus on improving skills in client interviewing, legal research, and legal writing. The deadline to sign-up is May 25, 2007. To learn more, including summary agenda, fees, and registration information, please see here. ILW.COM is pleased to be a media sponsor for this event.


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:
ID's (05/1/07) issue included a letter to the Editor claiming that the majority of immigration lawyers generally seem to support any kind of immigration, legal or illegal. I have been practicing immigration law for more than twenty years and have yet to meet or hear of even one immigration lawyer who fits that description. Wanting realistic, workable immigration laws that will benefit this country is one hundred and eighty degrees removed from support for unrestricted and/or illegal immigration.

Sid Lachter, Esq.

Dear Editor:
I rarely go to places like "creative commons" for my news or for, tips on rhetoric, but Tom Barry's article therein hit hard by hitting above the belt in his article "Pushing The Anti-Immigration Agenda Further Right", (see 4/30/07 ID Article). To wit: "Righteousness exudes from Tancredo, a politician who has no qualms about associating with nativist and seemingly racist anti-immigrant groups, including border vigilantes." "Seemingly racist" gets the point across without being unfair or false. The Congressman does hang out with those who are not openly racist, but seem so to many dispassionate observers of good will. Simply calling him a racist or Nazi or fascist would have been far less effective, in addition to being at some variance with the facts. By avoiding hyperbole and chicken-little hysterics with these most loaded of terms, Tom Barry serves as a rhetorical example to us all. Good ethics make good politics.

Honza Prchal, Esq.

Dear Editor:
Regarding jhf's letter (05/1/07 ID), as a requirement for membership in the bar association, it is my understanding that all attorneys in the United States are sworn to uphold the Constitution of the United States and the constitution of the state in which they practice law. Therefore, any attorney who opposes or subverts the enforcement of any existing law, be it state or federal, is in violation of the sworn oath he took before the state bar association as a requirement for the practice of law - and could thus be disbarred from the practice of law.

Steve Landess
Austin, TX

Dear Editor:
Can someone explain what President Bush means by solving our immigration problems "without animosity and without amnesty"? If we don't grant some kind of "amnesty" (whatever we want to call it) then the only alternative is arrest, imprisonment and deportation for millions of illegal immigrants (see 05/1/07 ID). Try doing that without animosity. So the President has to choose between "animosity" or "amnesty". Of course, this is not so easy for him, because he neither wants to continue to lose Latino votes for the Republicans by taking the "animosity" road nor lose the support of the "English only" crowd by backing "amnesty". So, either way, the president will have to take a stand. He has already shown a lot of "leadership" and "backbone" by standing up for the illegal invasion of Iraq and for torturing people at places like Guantanamo. How about some presidential courage and leadership in standing up, for once, for something decent and humane, even if it means "amnesty" for millions of mainly Latino and Asian men, women and children who, like so many European immigrants before them, are only seeking a better life in this country while we are trying to slam the door shut.

Semakweli

Dear Editor:
Regarding the delay in obtaining Basic Pilot verification of Rep. Zoe Lofgren's staffer Traci Hong: I do not know the specifics of Ms. Hong's case, but according to the USCIS Verification Office, a large share (40%) of the very few delays in verifying US citizens are due to the failure of those individuals to have notified the Social Security Administration of their naturalization (see 05/1/07 ID). The vast majority (98%) of eligible workers are confirmed by Basic Pilot within seconds. Legal workers with discrepancies in their record are never denied employment -- they have the chance to straighten out their records first. Basic Pilot does work, and the sooner we go mandatory, the sooner we'll clean up that Social Security database. And by the way, 95% of people who had to visit a SSA Office to fix their record reported that it was resolved in a "timely, courteous and efficient manner."

Jessica Vaughan, Senior Policy Analyst
Center for Immigration Studies


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