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Immigration Daily July 16, 2007
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Flower Power

Immigration Voice's follow-up to its successful flower campaign is a San Jose, CA rally on Saturday, July 14, 2007. The VB Gate flower campaign has to date delivered about 1,000 bouquets to USCIS Secretary Gonzalez. USCIS Secretary Gonzalez has sent the flowers to recovering service members in area hospitals. Immigration Voice responded:

"We welcome the fact that Dr. Gonzalez acknowledged the symbolic gesture of our protest and are overjoyed that these flowers will brighten the day of our injured service brethren. It is their sacrifice for American freedom that has made this country great and such a desirable destination for multitude of people from around the world."
Rep. Lofgren deserves to be commended for her leadership on demanding accountability from USCIS on the VB Gate debacle. Sadly, the Senate remains silent on the matter. Immigration Voice postings suggest that big news is expected shortly, Immigration Daily suspects the news will come in the form of a regulatory change. Read Immigration Daily to stay on top of the latest VB Gate developments.

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


Focus

Preparing The Asylum Case: Key Issues

ILW.COM is pleased to announce a new 3-part telephone seminar series "Preparing The Asylum Case: Key Issues", the curriculum is as follows:

FIRST Phone Session on July 26: Harm And Motive

  • Economic harm
  • Emotional harm
  • Physical harm
  • Future harm
  • Harm not considered to be persecution
  • Internal relocation
  • Race, religion, political opinion, nationality as motives
  • Proving motive of the persecutor
SECOND Phone Session on August 16: Particular Social Groups And Bars To Asylum
  • My husband punched me
  • FGM
  • Recruitment by a gang
  • Juveniles
  • Other particular social groups
  • The one-year deadline
  • Firm resettlement
THIRD Phone Session on September 13: Preparing The Application
  • Persecutor of others
  • Material support
  • How to get letters from the old country
  • Country conditions information from where?
  • How to interrupt the Asylum Officer
  • FOIA?
  • Objections to DHS documents
  • Overcoming Dandan case
  • DHS attorney and IJ relations
The deadline to sign up is Tuesday, July 24th. For more info, including speaker bios, detailed curriculum, and registration information, please see: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/july2007.shtm . (Fax version: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/july2007.pdf.


Article

Man Down At Polvo Crossing
Daniel M. Kowalski, Esq. writes "Ten years ago on the Texas - Mexico border, at Polvo Crossing, near Redford, four heavily-armed, camouflaged U.S. Marines stalked and killed an 18-year-old American citizen, Esequiel Hernández, Jr., who was herding his family's goats."

Queueless On Immigration
Shikha Dalmia writes "For two decades, immigration bashers have stymied any attempt to regularize the status of illegal aliens in this country by employing one, single trope against them: they are queue-jumpers who illegally crossed the border ahead of those patiently waiting their turn."


News

VB Gate Letter To DHS Secretary Chertoff
We carry a letter by Immigration Attorney Sheela Murthy to DHS Secretary Chertoff on USCIS's decision to reject I-485 filings (courtesy of Sheela Murthy, Esq.).


Classifieds

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegals
Houston and Austin, TX - Tindall & Foster P.C., a leading immigration law firm, seeks experienced immigration legal assistant applicants. Position requires a university degree, strong writing skills, and Word, Outlook, Excel and Access proficiency. Competitive salary and benefits. No calls please. Send resume via e-mail to hr@tindallfoster.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Premier Manhattan immigration law firm seeks immigration lawyer with 3+ years experience in corporate immigration law to handle a full range of advanced immigrant and nonimmigrant matters. We require a person of recognized organizational, communication and techncial skills to augment a high standard of client representation. E-mail resume with salary requirements and writing samples in confidence to: resume@wildesweinberg.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Midtown NYC - 13 person fast paced, leading immigration law firm seeks lawyer with 2+ years of business immigration experience. Handling full range of diverse nonimmigrant and immigrant matters. Must have excellent writing, communication and organizational skills. Competitive compensation package offered. Please email cover letter and resume in MS Word format to Marcia Needleman at mneedleman@levittandneedleman.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Philadelphia, PA - Primary responsibility will be management + oversight of the national green card sponsorship program for the Deloitte U.S. entities. Focus is on technical aspects of managing the program which requires a high level of communication, managing all program changes and their impacts, identification of trends and oversight of case workflow and resources involved in all aspects of the process from start to finish. Day-to-day responsibilities include case review, individual case strategy development, + managing overall internal compliance details including posting and recruitment requirements. Qualifications: specialized knowledge in immigration law and paralegal experience or related (4 -7 yrs. relevant experience); strong project management skills to lead special projects as required by senior mgmt; excellent customer service and communication skills; ability to manage process effectively and efficiently; excellent analytical and organizational skills with attention to detail; ability to communicate effectively with multi-national employees. Send resumes to: cojohnson@deloitte.com.

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.

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comingsNgoings

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New Offices - NY, NY
Michelle L. Alexander is pleased to announce the opening of her immigration law practice. Ms. Alexander has years of experience handling immigration cases and can be reached at the Law Office of M.L. Alexander, 305 Broadway, Suite 900, New York, NY 10007. Phone (212) 822-1481.

Immigration Event - Manila, Phillipines
July 17, 2007 - Wilner & O' Reilly is pleased to invite you to an informative seminar on US immigration law and consular practices. Speakers Robert J. DuPont, Esq. and US Embassy officials will discuss: (1) immigration developments for coming year (2) employment-based methods of entry (3) family-based petitions, visa categories, CSPA and K1 and K3 NIVs. (4) consular interview preparation and processing. 9-11am and 12-2pm sessions available. Location: AIM Conference Center Manila, Benavidez cor. Trasierra Streets, Legaspi Village, Makati City, 1260 Philippines. Call 888.762.2842 to register. This is a free event, seating is limited. ILW.COM is pleased to be an event media sponsor.


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'm an immigration attorney with many employment based adjustment of status applicants. I understand that USCIS was requesting visa numbers in the waning days of June and even early July to approve pending employment based cases, even some with background checks still pending. However, I have several clients with I-485's pending whose background checks were the only thing holding them up and none of them were approved in late June or early July. I think ID is right about the 30,000 numbers being wasted for the year. I suggest ID does a poll of immigration attorneys to find out if anyone got a flurry of I-485 approvals in late June/early July. As I said, I got none.

Juan DeKruyff, Esq.
Austin, TX

Dear Editor:
I concur with John Frecker's excellent letter (07/13/07 ID) and share his letter's sentiment about the race and hatred issue relative to immigration. The US should not use a reverse race card in pandering to MacArthur Park Latinos clamoring for the reward of blanket amnesty. US immigration policy should be made by Americans, not Mexicans, but should never be denied on the basis of race. Likewise, immigration quotas should be, and currently are, blind to race, although not to national origin. The US needs ethnic diversity, and in that regard the annual DV-Lottery Program is not all bad. The mere fact that the majority of illegals presently in the US are from Latin America is only coincidental to the contiguous border. If there is ever a "guestworker" program, it should not, and will not, be a Mexican Worker Program ... in fact French, Argentineans, Swedes and Icelanders would be free to apply for jobs picking tomatoes and strawberries, trimming trees or working hard labor construction in the hot California or Texas summer sun. Enforcement of immigration laws against illegals is not racist and let's call it like it really is ... lawbreakers, no matter what race, color or creed, should not be tolerated - and that includes US employers. But the reality is that the US needs temporary workers, both skilled and unskilled, and I have no trouble with the concept of a temporary worker program for existing illegal workers who are presently on payroll of US employers and paying taxes - giving the amnesty to the law-breaking employers, not to the aliens, in conjunction with an expedititious method of legalizing present illegal workers through their employers, based on certain realistic criteria, later to be established by Congress. But a blanket amnesty, such as the likes of 1986, will not work.

David D. Murray, Esq.
Newport Beach, CA

Dear Editor:
I would like to extend my thanks and respect to Mr. Baileyville's letter to the Editor (07/13/07 ID) for doing his job in the service of our country as a border patrol agent. I have a question as to why his letter puts my name in quotes, since it is my real name, not an alias. None of my letters have advocated disregarding the law. They have, however, questioned whether we should not be letting more of our neighbors in legally so that fewer people will be faced with a choice between coming here illegally or starving. Second, just as every sovereign nation has the right to make its own laws, it has the right to decide how to enforce them. Sometimes, for policy reasons, enforcement should be strict. In others, valid policy reasons may indicate less strict enforcement. Arguments for less strict enforcement would be factors such as recognizing good conduct, such as working hard and paying taxes, a policy of not breaking up families, especially those with small children, and the fact that, despite all the hype, our country faces a lot more serious threats at the moment than that from the millions of Spanish-speaking, brown skinned people who are not here to commit crimes or blow up buildings, but to feed their families. Of course, if someone believes that our nation will break up if too many people eat tacos or press button #2, these considerations wouldn't matter very much.

Roger Algase, Esq.
New York, NY

Dear Editor:
I am sure many have mentioned this before but again, why must visa numbers be available when filing an adjustment of status application when the visa number is actually only needed used at the time the adjustment is granted. Why can legal immigrants not be moved into the adjustment status phase and wait there until all the security checks are done and they are documentarily read. At that time a visa number should be requested if available if not available keep the immigrant waiting in the adjustment phase. The same way the Department of State handles the case. Consulates only request the visa number when the case is ready for the appointment at the Embassy/Consulate. Why is it so complicated and difficult to keep people in the adjustment of status phase until the Government is ready to grant them the green card? I have been working as a paralegal for 30 years and I have never seen something happening like this. It is outrageous how DHS has caused this situation and is misleading everybody and it is outrageous how DHS can manipulate the system. This entire immigration systems is out of control. It seems that nobody is able to keep proper track of how many visas were requested or issued. This applies to immigrant visas as well as nonimmigrant visas like the H1Bs. I think it is time to get out of this line of work ...

Monika Abels
Miami, FL

Dear Editor:
We all need to understand that, there is a limit to every step. Today's immigration problem is as a result of yesterday's politics which aims at controlling all movement of people entering the US for permanent establishment and job purpose reasons. No country can succeed in it's economic planning without getting full control of immigrants coming in. On the other hand, one of the most important duties of any government is to act in such a way as to maximise job profitability to all its citizens, before inviting or accepting people from outside the country in order to contribute one way or the other to the sustainable developpment of the country. On the other hand, there exist various possibilities of getting foreign workers such as seasonnal workers coming from neighbouring countries and ready to return back on a regularly monitored bases. Finally, various if not, most people think that fedarating countries and bringing them together is one of the best solution against immigration problems and havocs to all parts. The actual President's Bush vision to grant 12 million foreigners in America with a special certification that will regularise their illegal situation is not commandable because other hundred of millions of people from Asia and Africa are still contemplating the same issue of immigrating to America,and rescue themselves from poverty and life damnation, and what the spanish government has decided to regularise all illegal immigrants has not changed the immigration situation in Spain as of now. I propose the following solutions: (1) co-development with poor countries (2) implementation of fair and true democratic system in poor nations (3) fair trade and genuine price fixing for raw materials and items from poor countries (4) encourage federation and unions in Africa, South America, and Asia on a regional or continental bases.

Wilson Samuel

Dear Editor:
No country on this planet can really "control" their borders. Borders are actually imaginary political apartheid line between nations. It's absurd and idiot for anybody to suggest us to build 9000 miles fences on the north and 2000 miles fences on the south of our country. Illegal immigrants can cut it, dig a tunnel under or use ladder to jump over. Work sites enforcement is the only answer if we really want to enforce our protectionist immigration laws. Fine the big bosses, not the poor immigrants. But "big bosses" can move their businesses overseas. Nobody can stop it. In the globalized and interconnected planet at 21st century, immigration laws and border control become obselete. I never understand where's the fairness of preventing other human beings to pursue prosperity, happiness and better deals for their labor and skills just because of his nationality. Why it should be fair to force the businesses to hire the best workers for less and to force global consumers to pay more because of protectionist laws that protect special interests that are unwilling to compete fairly. It's sad for Americans who still live in fantasy and never expect that they have to face the fierce global competition unless they empower themselves to win it without asking their Senators and Congresspersons as their nannies.

Robert Yang

Dear Editor:
Responding to Roger Algase, Esq.'s letter to the Editor (07/13/07 ID), one should try living or working in any other country, especially Mexico. His letter's entire outlook would turn 180 degrees in a very short time. For retires, things might not be so bad, but many of them also have big regrets.

Peter Griswold

Dear Editor:
In response to Roger Algase, Esq.'s July 13,2007 letter, the US, must be a country for its people, not simply an economy. It does the US citizen nothing by having their country become a business rather than a country for the benefit of its citizens. Having no ethic identity, we need the attributes of a country that cares for its citizens, those who fight the wars. I remind you, that the US is not a business, its our country.

David Utterback


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