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Immigration Daily July 10, 2007
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Comment

To Catch Terrorists

Immigration Daily commends the recent success of the FBI - NY Police Department Joint Terrorism Task Force in thwarting the JFK airport terrorist plot (for full story, see here). The record of intelligence gathering in uncovering terrorist plots is not good, however, traditional police tactics, particularly informants, have been spectacularly successful against terrorism. To date, not one immigration-related agency can claim credit for catching a terrorist. Immigration agencies who regard catching terrorists as their primary mission are misguided. Immigrants do not equal terrorists. Benefits agencies like USCIS should realize that issuing green cards is their job, not catching terrorists. Let the CIA and FBI be the terrorist catchers, while other agencies do their jobs.

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


Focus

Deadline Is Tuesday, July 10th For Attorney Fees Rule And Other PERM Matters

The rule on attorney fees and substitution instituted by the DOL will be among the PERM topics discussed in this week's seminar with Joel Stewart. The curriculum is as follows:

  • Discussion of the New Substitution Rule
  • Alternative Prevailing Wage Determinations
  • Rebutting, Tweaking & Appealing PWD's
  • How to Respond to an Audit
  • Motions to Reconsider & Harmless Error
  • Remands from the CO
  • Final Determinations
  • How to Write and Effective Appeal
  • Review of BALCA Decisions
  • Federal Court Litigation
The deadline to sign up is Tuesday, July 10th. For more info, including speaker bios, detailed curriculum, and registration information, please see: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/may2007.shtm. (Fax version: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/may2007.pdf.


Article

Is Money Behind USCIS Move To Have Department Of State Take Unprecedented Action To "Update" July Visa Chart?
Alan Lee, Esq. writes "We believe the answer unfortunately is "yes" and reflects USCIS's desperate desire to grab its huge future fee increase from individuals that it saw slipping through its fingers."


News

USCIS Issues Service Center Receipting Update
USCIS provided the following projections concerning fee receipting and data entry processing of cases currently at USCIS Service Centers as well as the anticipated in time-compliance dates at each site.

VB Gate Lawsuit Is Filed
The following complaint, Ptasinska v. US Department of State et. al, No. 07 C 3795 (USDC Northen District IL. Eastern Division. July. 6, 2007), challenges the USCIS/Department of State actions taken with respect to the July Visa Bulletin and employment-based immigrant visa availability. The relief requested includes a request for a TRO and a declaratory judgment (courtesy of Azulay, Horn, & Seiden LLC).


Classifieds

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Kent, WA, a Seattle suburb - Hanis Greaney Prothero, PLLC seeks to hire a full-time immigration paralegal. Paralegal will support attorneys with the processing and management of a high volume caseload of all types of immigration petitions. The position requires substantial direct client interaction. Successful candidate must be organized, detail-oriented, with strong interpersonal and communication skills. Applicants should have minimum 2+ years experience as an immigration paralegal and must speak, read, and write Spanish fluently. We provide a collegial atmosphere with high professional standards and offer a competitive salary and benefits package. Please e-mail a cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to cirvine@hgzlaw.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegals
The Washington, DC and San Francisco offices of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, LLP are currently looking for paralegals to work directly with the Immigration Practice Group. Qualified candidates must be able to work under minimal supervision. The firm offers an excellent compensation and benefits package, outstanding work environment, and comprehensive support to enable our immigration paralegals to assume significant responsibility, including contact with clients. Qualified candidates must have at least two years of business immigration experience in employment-based immigrant and non-immigrant categories. Candidates must possess strong organizational, research and writing skills. Knowledge of PC applications and flexibility to work overtime are required. An undergraduate degree from accredited university is required. EOE. M/F/D/V. Please apply online via the career link of the Morgan Lewis website, www.morganlewis.com/careers.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Seattle, WA - USCIS Office of Chief Counsel (OCC) seeks experienced attorney for the position of Associate Regional Counsel, Western Region. Responsibilities include, but not limited to, serving as attorney providing on-site legal advice to local District Office USCIS personnel on issues involving immigration related adjudications, inadmissibility and deportability grounds, and national security. Applicants must possess JD degree, be active bar member, and have at least two (2) years of post JD experience. Applicants must submit resume + writing sample not to exceed 10 pages. Send cover letter, resume, + writing sample to Kelli.Duehning@dhs.gov. All submissions must be received by close of business July 16, 2007. GS14-GS15 levels and is open until filled. No relocation reimbursement available. For more info, key in Job Announcement Number: COU-CIS-2007-0007 at USAJobs.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Charlotte, NC - Moore & Van Allen PLLC, a large business immigration practice seeks experienced immigration paralegal. Four-year degree is required. Candidate must be well-organized; have strong writing, communication and computer skills with strong attention to detail; and have the ability to work independently on multiple tasks. Prior employment-based immigration experience in a practice is preferred. Candidate should also have experience working with Fortune 500 clientele and international executives. Salary is negotiable and commensurate with experience with an attractive benefits package. Relocation assistance may be offered to the right candidate. Interested candidates, send resume to stevehader@mvalaw.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Professional
Charlotte, NC - Moore & Van Allen PLLC, a large southeastern law firm seeks legal assistant. This full-time position requires an organized self-starter who is able to prioritize assignments while supporting several attorneys and paralegals. Prior experience as a legal secretary and an interest in internationally related immigration activities as well as a 4-year degree preferred. Must have excellent MS Office and typing skills. Send resume for consideration to: stevehader@mvalaw.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
NYC mid-town law firm seeks paralegal with immigration experience preparing I-485 applications. This is a temp position. Send resume to: Melanie Smith, Employment Manager, msmith@hodgsonruss.com, fax 716-819-4669.

Expert Witness Services
Are you involved in litigation requiring an expert witness with a sophisticated knowledge of immigration law and agency practice? Look no further. Angelo Paparelli and Lory Rosenberg offer their services as expert witnesses. Their litigation experience includes business, tax, employment, personal injury and family disputes as well as criminal-defense. Angelo has twice been named by his peers as the world's leading authority on corporate immigration and received the AILA President's Award for his work in mergers and acquisitions. Lory is a former Judge on the Board of Immigration Appeals, adjunct professor, co-author of the treatise, "Immigration Law and Crimes", and the recipient of AILA's prestigious Edith Lowenstein award. Offices in CA, NY & MD; Services: worldwide. To discuss how we can assist you with your case, contact Angelo Paparelli at 949-955-5555 or aap@entertheusa.com.

Credential Evaluation And Translation
As the nation's leader in foreign credential evaluations and translations, American Evaluation and Translation Service, Inc. (AETS) provides the most competitive rates in the industry $50 educational evaluations, as well as $200 'expert opinion' work experience and position evaluations completed by PhD university professors who have the "authority to grant college level credit for work experience and/or training." AETS offers a variety of turn-around times, including same-day service for educational, work experience, and position evaluations. For list of rates and times, see: http://aetsinternational.com/applicationforevaluationservices.pdf. AETS also provides certified translations in 100+ languages, with translators that are specialists in 80+ fields. For a copy of the Application for Credential Evaluation and Translation Services, please contact AETS at (786) 276-8190, visit http://www.aetsinternational.com, or email: info@aetsinternational.com.


comingsNgoings

Readers can share their professional announcements (100-words or fewer at no charge), email: editor@ilw.com. Readers interested in learning about featuring your event or conference in Immigration Daily, see here. To feature your newsletter in Immigration Daily, see here.

Immigration Event
The Office of the CIS Ombudsman (CISOMB) is pleased to invite you to "The Ombudsman's 2007 Annual Report to Congress: Your Questions and Comments". Session 1: Th, July 12, 1:30 - 2:30 pm. Session 2: Th, July 12, 3:00 - 4:00 pm. Please join us to share your comments and suggestions, as well as any issues of concern. RSVP to cisombudsman.publicaffairs@dhs.gov specifying which call and session time you'd like to join. Indicate the city, state from which you are calling. Participants will receive confirmation email. Send your comments in advance to cisombudsman.publicaffairs@dhs.gov.


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:
"Four more bodies have been found in the desert increasing the toll to eight suspected illegal immigrants who died crossing the desert since Monday; a US Border Patrol spokesman said Friday. Tucson Citizen, July 8, 2007". Will a border security fence control this merciless loss of human life?

Richard E. Baer

Dear Editor:
Immigration Daily has written three excellent commentaries on the situation (see 07/03/07, 07/05/07, 07/09/07 ID comment). If a lawsuit is filed, the best bet is the allegation that multiple regulations were violated to get to the present situation. I also agree that Congress should hold hearings as quickly as possible - they are able to do so speedily, as their hearings re: the commutation of Libby's sentence shows. But I have a question: why has no one filed for an emergency injunction to force USCIS to fee in its July cases, and to prohibit the return of same? I do not practice in the federal courts, so I would be interested in knowing why this has not been done and/or cannot be done.

Donna Becker


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