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Immigration Daily August 14, 2007
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Immigration Man And America

We present music videos of Neil Diamond's "America" and Crosby, Stills, and Nash's "Immigration Man", two of the most recognized American songs on immigration.

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


Focus

Deadline Is Tues, August 14th For Particular Social Groups And Bars To Asylum

The curriculum for the August 16th telephonic seminar is as follows:

  • My husband punched me
  • FGM
  • Recruitment by a gang
  • Juveniles
  • Other particular social groups
  • The one-year deadline
  • Firm resettlement
The deadline to sign up is Tuesday, August 14th. 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

CIS Ombudsman Addresses Excessive Name Check Delays
The Murthy Law Firm write "The CIS Ombudsman's office recently addressed various issues, including their ongoing efforts to reduce name check delays."


News

USCIS Launches Toll-Free Military Immigration Line
USCIS announced the establishment of a dedicated, toll-free telephone help line for immigration services and benefits by members of the US military and their families stationed around the world.


Classifieds

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Newark, NJ - Proskauer Rose LLP, one of the nation's largest law firms, seeks an immigration attorney for an opening in its growing Corporate Immigration Practice Group. Applicant must have broad experience in business related immigration law. Minimum of 3 years experience, superior communication and writing skills. Highly competitive compensation. Fifteen minute train ride from NYC. Please send resumes to Angela Houghton:ahoughton@proskauer.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Professional
San Francisco, CA - The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC), a nonprofit legal services organization, has an immediate opening for a Project Director for a newly-created Immigration Advocates Network (IAN). IAN is a collaboration of immigrants' rights organizations whose goal is to create an integrated national legal and advocacy support network to increase access to justice for low income immigrants. The Project Director is responsible for overall management of the project, including strategic direction and project planning and sustainability. This position will also oversee project staff (initially a Project Coordinator position located in NYC) and report to senior CLINIC staff and the IAN Working Group. For more details, see here. Interested applicants should submit resume, references, + writing sample by August 30, 2007 to Juakeita Norman at jnorman@cliniclegal.org. No telephone calls. EOE. www.cliniclegal.org.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Rockville, MD - Largest suburban MD law firm seeks proactive, result-oriented immigration associate with 3+ years of attorney immigration law experience, including Emp.-Based IV (EB-1, EB-2, EB-3), and NIV (E-1, E-2, H-1B, L-1A, L-1B, O-1, TN), Family-Based IV, naturalization, adjustment of status, consular processing, I-9 compliance/employer sanctions, and litigation. If you have excellent academic credentials and strong drafting skills, you will find an exciting, diverse practice with opportunity for further career development. Work with a team of experienced immigration attorneys and professionals who are passionate about the practice of immigration law in a fast paced, collegial setting with all the resources of a large law firm. Excellent salary/benefits package. Submit resume to: Ms. Maura Bowen, Shulman, Rogers, Gandal, Pordy & Ecker, P.A., 11921 Rockville Pike, 3rd Fl., Rockville, MD 20852-2743. Fax (301) 230-2891. mbowen@srgpe.com.

Immigration Law Certificate
Master the complex and ever changing maze of immigration policies and regulations with the Immigration Law Studies Certificate Program offered by CUNY's School of Professional Studies. This graduate-level certificate program, consisting of (3) three-credit classes, offers students who complete it a comprehensive understanding of the laws, regulations, and processes surrounding the status of immigrants in the US, including family and employment-based immigration and deportation defense. It is designed for individuals working in law firms, companies, government agencies and nonprofit organizations where they interact with immigrants and immigrant legal concerns on a regular basis and would therefore benefit from greater knowledge of the laws and regulations surrounding immigration. Beginning this spring, the program is also being offered online. For more information on class schedules, tuition and fees, course applications and to register, see here.


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Honors and Awards
Dayzad Law Offices, PC is pleased to announce that Navid Dayzad has been selected as a "Rising Star" - among the top 2.5% of the outstanding, emerging lawyers in Southern California. This recognition was published in Los Angeles magazine and Law & Politics Super Lawyers magazine. Dayzad Law Offices, PC, 3255 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 1688, Los Angeles, CA 90010. www.dayzadlaw.com. dayzad@dayzadlaw.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:
The latest fiascos mentioned in ID's comment (08/13/07 ID) are par for the course at USCIS. As an immigration practitioner for 35 years (and the son of a Border Patrol Agent/Immigration Inspector/Assistant General Counsel), I assume that the Service will get it wrong and am pleased when they get it right. It takes the agency forever to issue new regulations and decisions and when they do, they often reveal (1) the marks of serious infighting (and unworkable compromises) inside the agency, (2) shocking lack of insight into their impact on or interplay with existing rules, regulations and case law and (3) serious lack of understanding regarding the implications of their decisions on immigrants and their own personnel. The primary cause of the ineffectiveness of the administration of the USCIS lies in the way its senior mangers are chosen. They are virtually always promoted from within the ranks. This means that senior managers were not hired based on their qualifications to manage a multi-billion dollar business but on their ability to learn a narrow area of law and to then conduct interviews. With very few exceptions, USCIS leaders are polite, honest, intelligent and hard working and it is only because they have these admirable qualities that the USCIS works as well as it does. But dedication and hardwork will only take one so far. They may be doing the best they can, but as is all too often glaringly apparent, that is not good enough. Until the USCIS is restructured to create a professional officer corps that has the education and authority to focus entirely on the management of the Service, all we observers can do is to be periodically prepared to cringe and shake our heads and perhaps shed a tear or two in sorrow or in anger.

Land Wayland, Esq.

Dear Editor:
What struck me as much as the caption (see 08/13/07 ID comment) was the image of the America USCIS is protecting: little blond haired blue eyed girl. How more racist can it get?

Joyce Antila Phipps, Esq.
Bound Brook, NJ

Dear Editor:
In a column a few days ago, Senator Arlen Specter said that the defeated Senate bill dealing with immigration reform may have been too ambitious and he suggested a more modest approach. He said that instead of offering a path to citizenship for this country's estimated 12 million illegal aliens, we should just offer green cards to them. In other words, he doesn't know that there is no such thing as going directly from alien to citizen without getting a green card first or that what he is proposing was included in the defeated bill. He then went on to step two: Illegals-turned-green-card-holders who want to become citizens should have to go to their home countries and wait like everyone else. In other words, he doesn't know that people waiting in other countries are waiting for immigrant visas, not for citizenship, or that living in this country as a green card holder is the only way to qualify for citizenship. If a respected senior Senator like Specter knows so little about immigration, we can safely assume that a lot of his House and Senate colleagues know even less and that their lack of basic knowledge may have played a big role in how they voted. What are the chances that AILA or some other pro-immigration group can offer Congress an Immigration 101 course?

Sid Lachter, Esq.
Tucson, AZ

Dear Editor:
Please tell me, were the Pilgrims and European colonists coming to the Western Hemisphere illegal immigrants, tresspassers or "legal" immigrants. Were the annexation of California, New Mexico, Texas, Arizona and parts of Colorado and Nevada an act of tresspassing, stealing, illegal or absolutely "legal"? The native people of Western Hemisphere never invited or welcomed them with open arms, many wars occured to fight the invasion of these illegal immigrants in the past from Europe and how dare these descendants of the real thiefs and invaders try to label the Mexicans as illegal while many of these Mexicans are also native people of this land who have blood relationship with their counterparts in the US and Canada? According to Islamic laws "The Sharia" it's a crime punishable by death for a Muslim to convert to other beliefs, Apartheid Laws, it's a crime for a people of colors to sit on white section on public buses in South Africa 20 years ago, Chinese Exclusion Act 1882, it's a crime for a Chinese immigrant to come here to build his American dream. But does it mean that these laws fulfill our true sense of universal justice? The real criminals and evil persons are those who selfishly deny other human beings rights from God Almighty to pursue happiness, justice, freedom, prosperity and safe haven just because they feel they don't have to face competition based on their national origins, citizenships, races and beliefs. I never call my competitors as thiefts and criminals for stealing my customers and my job. If somebody can do it, it means I have to be better and empower myself to win back the competition. Please folks, grow up. C'est la vie.

Robert Yang

Dear Editor:
Justice is not blind as it is painted. However I believe in justice and that the law should not be politicians as it is normally used today. We need conscientious law abiding Judges and anyone connected to the law. If this going to happen soon? No, because every person is only interested in their own benefit and not what happen if you are wrong.

Gladys Farris


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