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Congress To Employers - Drop Dead

Like it or not, Congress has to address the untenable situation of having 10 million undocumented in the US. The Senate has begun the difficult job of fixing the problem, and there is an excellent chance that the INA will be totally rewritten in the coming weeks. In the new INA, where will employment-based immigration stand, particularly for tech employers? In a 180-degree change from today, employers will become the lowman on the totem pole. Furthermore, the employer visa of choice, the H-1B, will be eviscerated and will no longer serve as the golden road to a green card since S.1348 removes dual intent (US consuls in India will surely be invoking 214(b) liberally). To top it all off, immigration enforcement provisions with real teeth are coming, disproportionately affecting larger employers. The coming enforcement will be unlike anything even seen or even contemplated before. From an employer's perspective, all hell is breaking loose on the immigration front.

Can anything be done to stop this anti-employer tsunami? In the coming days, it is critical for tech employers to lobby for an amendment to S. 1348 on the Senate floor to incorporate SKIL into the final bill. Looking at the larger picture, it is fair to ask, "How did employment-based immigration end up in this unfortunate predicament? The answer is that it has been 12 years in the making. Corporate America has for too long taken a myopic view, concerning itself only with legal and skilled workers. This narrow view manifested itself with "split the bill" in IIRAIRA, and continued with ACWIA, and AC21, and left to Congress the difficult task of how to deal with undocumented and unskilled immigration. Tech employers can avoid being left in the cold in CIR - now is the time to lobby for enlightened immigration reform as part of a broad pro-immigration coalition.

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


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Nurse Immigration Workshop, Orlando: Deadline Is June 1st

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Article

New Life For The Immigrant Investor Program
Lincoln Stone writes "In the past 12 months, USCIS has reorganized the administration of the investor program; approved five new regional centers; expanded and/or clarified the authority of three existing regional center entities; significantly overhauled and re-charged two long-dormant regional centers; and has reaffirmed yet another regional center's operating authority by way of extensive adjudication in individual cases."

Bloggings: May 31, 2007
Greg Siskind shares his latest blog entries.


News

TPS FAQS For Nicaraguan And Honduran Nationals
USCIS released a press release and FAQs for TPS eligible Nicaraguan nationals and TPS eligible Honduran nationals.


Classifieds

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Washington DC - Georgetown law firm has current opening for an experienced immigration paralegal. Duties include but are not limited to: drafting and preparing petitions and H1B visa applications for submission and approval to USCIS; labor certification applications and related filings. Candidates must have a minimum of 3 years experience as an immigration paralegal or similar role; strong proficiency with MS Office; excellent written and communication skills and attention to detail. Firm offers excellent salary and benefits. For immediate consideration, send resume and cover letter to: Garvey Schubert Barer, Attn: Renee Alston by mail: 1000 Potomac Street, N.W. Washington, DC 20007, fax:(202) 965-1729, or email: ralston@gsblaw.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorneys
Washington, DC - Cutting-edge nationally-recognized law firm seeks experienced business immigration and immigration litigation attorneys. Warm collegial atmosphere. No billable hours. Fascinating clients. Challenging work. Competitive salary and benefits (including in-office massage). J.D. plus minimum of two years experience in business immigtration and/or immigration litigation. Excellent writing and interpersonal skills required. Excellent opportunities for advancement. Resumes to Paul S. Haar, 1150 Connecticut Ave., N.W., Suite 900, Washington, D.C. 20036 or e-mail to paulhaar@aol.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
St. Louis, MO - Busy full service law firm law practice needs experienced paralegal for non-immigrant, immigrant, labor certification and 212(e) waiver cases; intensive client interaction; good writing skills and people skills a must. Immigration work involves corporate/medical/academic institutional clients. Resume to Ms. Maria Harvey, Office Manager, Blumenfeld, Kaplan & Sandweiss, P.C., 168 N. Meramec, Clayton, MO 63105 or mth@bks-law.com. No telephone inquiries, qualified applicants will be contacted.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorneys
Chicago, IL - A 30 attorney law firm seeks licensed attorneys to join its immigration practice group. Our practice serves a diverse clientele with business, family, and removal immigration services. Associate: Min. 1-3 years of immigration experience; and Senior Associate: Min. 4 years of immigration experience. Fluency in Spanish is highly preferred for both positions. Please email your resume + cover letter (please indicate position sought in subject header) explaining interest in the position to: recruitment@chgoimmlaw.com. This is a blind listing.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Washington, DC - USCIS seeks experienced attorney for its Refugee and Asylum Law Division. Provide legal advice on domestic asylum law and practice, overseas refugee resettlement programs, temporary protected status, T and U visas, special immigrant juvenile petitions and the Convention Against Torture. A background in public international refugee and asylum law, and an understanding of US immigration law and practice, are helpful. Strong legal research and writing skills, and the ability to complete assignments with short deadlines, are essential. Applicants must possess a J.D. degree from an ABA-accredited law school, be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction), and have at least one year of post-JD experience. For detailed information, including how to apply by mail, type CIS-COU-2007-0004 in the keyword search here. Applications can be sent by e-mail (all attachments must be in MS Word or Adobe PDF format) to Ronald.Whitney@dhs.gov. Deadline is close of business on Friday, June 8, 2007. The position is at the GS-13-GS-15 level and is open until filled. No relocation expenses.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegals
South San Francisco, CA - Younossi Law has openings for full-time paralegals with 1-3 years and 2-5 years of business immigration law experience. We value team work, exceptional client service and foster an environment which allows for maximum professional growth through education, recognition, and innovation. The successful candidate must have substantial experience in a wide variety of employment-based immigration processes, have excellent people skills, be highly motivated, creative, process focused, detail oriented, and computer savvy. We offer excellent benefits and a salary commensurate with experience. Interested candidates, send your resume to: Younossi-law@younossi-law.com.

Credential Evaluation And Translation
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New Offices - Newport Beach, CA
The Law Offices of David D. Murray announces the relocation of our offices, effective June 1, 2007. Our new location is 1300 Bristol Street North, Suite 100, Newport Beach, California 92660-2989. Telephone, Fax, Email and Web remain the same: Tel: (949) 833-8021 - Fax: (949) 833-8051 - Email: davidmurraylaw@sbcglobal.net - Web: www.inteconlaw.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:
I find it sadly ironic that, in attempting to refute my argument (05/29/07 ID) that the immigration reform proposal is exploitative in nature, Honza Prchal's letter (05/30/07 ID) resorts to citing an example of how undocumented immigrants living in our society are already currently being exploited by their employers by being forced to work for less than minimum wage. If the concern is the suppression of American working wages, protection against that is best attained through giving all persons (current undocumented immigrants and all future immigrants) the full protection of US labor laws. When immigrants are given permission to stay in the US permanently, they are less vulnerable to employers who will threaten them with removal in order to take advantage of them. Exploitation occurs when certain persons are unfairly used for the benefit of others. The exploitation under the proposed bill comes from the fact that intending immigrants who have had the privilege of attaining a higher education will be offered a chance at permanent residence while those who have not will be allowed to stay only temporarily. This creates an underclass that will be at the mercy of their employers. If the US needs workers (in whatever sector), the fair response is to allow those who wish to come here to work the right to stay permanently and become part of our society. Current economic data shows that immigrants are a positive force in our economy, not a drain. There is no reason why we cannot allow more skilled workers into the country and also allow unskilled workers to come and stay (all the while allowing the currently existing family petitions to continue). Contrary to Honza Prchal's letter's assertion, it is American greed, not generosity that is driving this bargain.

Drew Sieminski, Esq.
Oakland, CA

Dear Editor:
I read the recent ID editorial (05/29/07 ID) stating that everything was going to be just wonderful by the time the House was finished. What exactly is the basis for such optimism? I would love for it to be correct, but it seems completely out of synch with everything else percolating about this legislation. Furthermore, even if the House becomes Santa Claus and the Conference Committee is stacked for the Dems, there is no way on this planet that the Reps. will just roll over in the Senate and approve such massive changes for the better. It was a 48-49 vote that nearly killed a major component of the 'Grand Bargain" for goodness sakes. That is nowhere near the 60 votes they need to get past filibuster. And 66 votes were extremely protectionistic on the Sanders amendment. Come on, that is an overwhelming majority against generous CIR. The bottom line is the Dems do not have the votes to straight arm this thing through. And I do not see enough Repubs thinking that they have to vote for something generous or face mutiny at the polls. If anything, the Repub. base is nearly mutinous about the Senate bill. Once again, what exactly is the basis for this optimism?

Scott Hicks, Esq.

Dear Editor:
Senator Kyl is living to regret his about face on the amnesty bill with his name attached as his constituents are calling his staff at 100-1 against. Not only is his legacy tainted forever but many have said when Senator Kyl runs for reelection in 2012 he should run now as a Democrat since he betrayed his conservative based who elected him.

KO


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