Just Makin A Living
Contrary to what many believe, the immigration bar, as a whole, does not make money hand over fist. The majority of immigration attorneys get by and make just enough to support themselves and their families. Post 9/11, unforgiving immigration laws coupled with draconian interpretation are just two of the factors that have made it very difficult to get benefits for clients right now. Despite this, many immigration attorneys find fulfillment in making a difference in people's lives - it is the satisfaction from helping their clients that allow many immigration attorneys to continue in their practice. Kudos to the immigration bar for keeping up the good fight on their client's behalf in these difficult times.
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Deadline Is Tues, Oct 16 For Resuscitating Status Through Adjustment
The curriculum for "Resuscitating Status Through Adjustment", the phone seminar on October 18th is as follows:
The deadline to sign up is Tuesday, October 16th. For more info, including speaker bios, detailed curriculum, and registration information, please see: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/september2007.shtm. (Fax version: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/september2007.pdf).
- Exploiting the 245(c) technical failure exception
- Understanding the 180 day grace period under Section 245(k)
- Grandfathering under Section 245(i) - analyzing recent case law
- Other exceptions: Immediate Relatives and Battered Immigrants
- Waivers of inadmissibility in conjunction with adjustment filing
- Adjustment for Special Categories: Asylees, Cubans, Hatians, etc.
Addendum To Any Relief For Aggravated Felons? A Brief Note On A Valuable Lesson: A Close And In-depth Examination Could Lead To Relief Even For Aggravated Felons
Pravinchandra J. Patel writes " My immediate purpose is to remove a couple of errors that might tend to mislead some readers, particularly those who may fail to read the primary source material-the INA, and to add some explanatory notes."
USCIS Issues TPS Reminder To El Salvador Nationals
USCIS reminded nationals of El Salvador eligible for TPS to file a re-registration application by October 22, 2007.
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The discussion in ID (10/09/07 ID comment) speculating how Philippe Kahn received his "green card" raises more questions than it answers. The sketchy facts available indicate that he was not in the US on Dec.31, 1981 and would not have been eligible for the general legalization. Nor is there any indication that he worked in agriculture between May 1, 1983 and May 1, 1986 so that legalization would not have been available for him. Labor certification would be a possibility. However, he founded Borland in 1982 and was still there in 1986. Assuming he was a substantial owner of that business a labor certification was probably inappropriate. The date he married Korean born Sonia Lee is not indicate in any biography I found on the web. Nor is it indicated if she was or is a US citizen. There is no indication that either were married before. Interesting. Maybe someday a reporter will ask Mr. Khan how he obtained permanent residence.
Eugene J. Flynn, Esq.
In attempting to find "the meaning of and intent behind anchor babies", I believe Semakweli's letter (10/12/07 ID) misses the point of what, in the broad scope, is an "anchor baby". Some believe it is simply an illegal Mexican woman giving birth in the US, then patiently waiting in unlawful status until the child reaches age 21. While this can and often does happen, the more typical traditional "anchor baby" is when an expectant mother comes to the US from anywhere, Indonesia, Taiwan, Hong Kong, South Africa, Argentina, the UK, to give birth, knowing that under the laws of both countries the child will either be a dual citizen, or will at least be able to choose its citizenship upon reaching a certain age. The expectant mother putting down the "anchor" may be the wife of a Taiwanese or Hong Kong businessman, not necessarily a poor Mexican. It is irrelevant whether the mother, or the anchor child, remains in the US during all or part of the 21 years it takes to confer parental immigration benefits. In fact, non-Mexican mothers routinely leave the US and return to a normal life in their home country. Some buy houses in the US and occasionally commute, or have relatives in the US with whom the child can live when it gets older and begins high school, so upon graduation he/she can qualify for in-state tuition rates at state universities. The parents do not, as Semakweli's letter suggests, necessarily need to be "an illegal immigrant hoping to survive in the US without proper documents." In the immigration debate, we must understand that not all illegals, not all amnesty candidates, and not all anchor babies are Mexican, or poor, but come from varying socio-economic backgrounds, from the four corners of the globe.
David D. Murray, Esq.
Newport Beach, CA
According to Robert Gittelson's letter (10/15/07 ID), there is a high correlation among opposition to illegal immigration, dislike of people speaking Spanish, and prejudice against Latinos in general. This is just one more piece of evidence that the immigration issue is not primarily concerned with the question of whether immigrants are here legally or not, but rather with which language group, and, beyond that, which racial or ethnic group, they belong to. The current craze for enacting "English only" laws is obviously aimed against Latino legal immigrants and US citizens, who speak one of the world's great literary and cultural languages, as well as illegal immigrants. And our history shows that hatred of a particular language stands for hatred of the people who speak it. A hundred years ago, people who were opposed to Jewish immigrants complained that they were "jabbering" away in Hebrew, the language of the Bible (despite the fact that very few, if any, people in America actually used it for non-religious purposes). And the fact that 19th century Irish immigrants were native English speakers was of little importance to the Know-Nothings, with whom today's Minutemen have so much in common. English speakers may not always understand Spanish, but the language of hatred is universal.
Roger Algase, Esq.
New York, NY
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