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Help Wanted Nationwide

If you are looking to make a career move, look no further. Our classifieds section features immigration law openings across the country. Even if you are not looking to move, a quick daily glance of our advertising section offers you competitive intelligence and insight into law firms and other organizations that are hiring. Today's Immigration Daily carries 25+ help wanted ads for immigration attorneys and paralegals from coast to coast, including: Miami, FL; Washington, D.C.; Laguna Niguel, CA, Dallas, TX, Lincoln, NE, St. Albans, VT, Garden City, NY, Newark, NJ, Hartford, CT, Sacramento, CA, Honolulu, HI, St. Paul, MN, El Paso, TX, Cleveland, OH, Chicago, IL, Tampa, FL, San Bernardino, CA, San Jose, CA, Beverly Hills, CA, St. Paul, Minneapolis, Iselin, NJ. Scroll below for all ads.

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


Focus

Family-Based Immigration: Nuts And Bolts

Our new book, Family-Based Immigration: Nuts & Bolts; Editor: Charles Wheeler of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) features:

++ Chapters: Immediate Relatives And The Preference System, Overview Of The Application Process For Permanent Residence, Adjustment Of Status, Consular Processing, Immigrating Through Marriage, Grounds Of Inadmissibility, Waivers Of Inadmissibility, Affidavit Of Support, Self-Petitions For Abused Spouses And Children, & Ethics

++ 35 Appendices include: Sample Request For Criminal History, Documenting I-130 Petitions, Sample Motion To Reinstate I-130, Consular Processing Instruction Package, Consular Processing Appointment Package, Suggested Evidence Of Bona Fide Marriage, I-601 Waiver Packet Based On INA 212(h) (Criminal Convictions), I-601 Waiver Packet Based On INA 212(i) (Fraud Or Misrepresentation), I-601 Waiver Packet Based On INA 212(a)(9) (B)(v) (Unlawful Presence), & I-212, Request For Permission To Reapply For Admission After Deportation

++ CD-ROM includes: relevant regulatory sections from 8 CFR, 22 CFR, etc., many forms from USCIS, DOS, SSA & IRS, significant statutory provisions, key BIA & Federal cases, selected USCIS memos, public health service documents, etc.

For more info on Family-Based Immigration: Nuts & Bolts, and to order, http://www.ilw.com/books/familybasedimmigration.shtm. For the fax order form, see here.


Article

The "Enforcement Only" Approach: Be Careful What You Wish For, You Just Might Get It
Robert Gittelson writes "For starters, does anybody really think that because Hazelton passed a bunch of racist ordinances, (which of course later proved to be illegal), which ultimately drove away most of their undocumented laborers, that these people simply gave up and moved back home?"


News

DHS Secretary Chertoff On No-Match Rule
DHS issued a statement DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff on the no-match regulation ruling by the US District Court for the Northern District of California.


Classifieds

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Downtown Miami, FL - Immigration boutique law firm seeks paralegal with 2+ years of experience in business immigration. Must have experience with PERM, but also H, L, and E visas, and residency processing. Must be fluent in English and Spanish. Competitive salary, benefits. Fax resume to 305-577-0095 or email Armando Mosquera, Office Manager: amosquera@immigrateusa.com. No phone calls please.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorneys
Washington, D.C. - USCIS Office of the Chief Counsel (OCC) seeks (3) experienced attorneys for the position of Associate Counsel position with the Litigation Coordination Division for its Headquarters Office. This position is primarily responsible for assisting in the provision of litigation support in immigration cases involving USCIS operational components. The role of the Litigation Coordination Counsel is to assist in the oversight and tracking of federal court litigation facing USCIS through coordination with OCC counsel located throughout the country and at HQ. Deadline is October 19, 2007. E-mail Evan.Franke@dhs.gov to apply. For detailed information, including duties, qualifications, benefits, enter vacancy announcement #CIS-COU-2007-0022 at USAJobs.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Washington, DC - USCIS seeks experienced attorney for its Adjudications Law Division. The attorney will serve as an advisor to the Chief of the ALD, the Chief Counsel, and to USCIS and other Departmental components on issues relating to US immigration laws. Applicants must possess JD degree, be an active member of the bar and have 3+ years of post JD experience. For detailed information, including how to apply by mail, type COU-CIS-2007-0031 at USAJobs.com. Applications can be sent by e-mail (all attachments must be in MS Word or Adobe PDF format) to John Miles: John.Miles@dhs.gov. Applicants must possess a JD degree from an accredited law school, be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction), and have at least three (3) years of post-J.D. experience. The position is at the GS-13-GS-15 level. No relocation expenses. Applications must be received by the closing date/time of 5:00 pm Eastern Time on October 19, 2007.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Downtown Cleveland, OH - The Law Offices of Margaret Wong & Associates, LPA seeks an experienced employment based immigration paralegal with 3-5+ years of experience to join its thriving boutique immigration law practice. Founded over 30 years ago, the firm now consists of 36 staff members and 9 attorneys. Interested candidates submit resume and cover letter to hill@imwong.com or fax to 216-566-1125. No phone calls please.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Laguna Niguel, CA - USCIS seeks experienced attorney for Service Center Counsel position at the California Service Center. Responsibilities include, but not limited to, providing legal advice to CSC personnel on issues involving immigration related adjudications, inadmissibility and deportability grounds, and national security. Applicants must possess JD degree, be an active member of the bar and have 1+ years of post JD experience. For more info, key in Job Announcement Number: COU-CIS-2007-0028 at USAJobs.com. Submit cover letter demonstrating specific skills, experience, and interests qualifying candidate for position. Applicant should list references but recommendation letters not necessary. Applicants must also submit a resume + writing sample (max. 10 pps) to: Reid Tilson, Deputy Chief Service Center Counsel Division: TSC.litigation@dhs.gov. Must be received by close of business Friday, 10/19/07. Position is at the GS-13-GS-15 levels. No relocation reimbursement expenses available.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegals
Exceptional career advancement opportunities available for you in the New York and New Jersey offices of this prominent global immigration law firm. Candidates will work as part of a team of attorneys and professional support staff assisting multinational companies primarily with their US immigration requirements. Job involves extensive client contact and utilization of state-of-the-art case preparation and management systems to prepare, track, and manage cases in process. Congenial and dynamic environment. Only candidates with immigration experience should apply: recruitment@fragomen.com. Job Requirements: - 3+ years business immigration experience, including experience with PERM, - BA/BS degree srequired - MS Word and Windows 2000 required, - Excellent verbal and written communication skills, - Ability to perform multiple tasks in a dynamic work environment. The firm offers highly competitive salaries and excellent growth opportunities. EOE.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Dallas, TX - USCIS Office of Chief Counsel (OCC) seeks experienced attorney for Service Center Counsel position at the Texas Service Center. Responsibilities include, but not limited to, providing legal advice to TSC personnel on issues involving immigration related adjudications, inadmissibility and deportability grounds, and national security. Applicants must possess JD degree, be an active member of the bar and have 1+ years of post JD experience. For more info, key in Job Announcement Number: COU-CIS-2007-0027 at USAJobs.com. Submit cover letter demonstrating specific skills, experience, and interests qualifying candidate for position. Applicant should list references but recommendation letters not necessary. Applicants must also submit a resume + writing sample (max. 10 pps) to: Reid Tilson, Deputy Chief Service Center Counsel Division: TSC.litigation@dhs.gov. Must be received by close of business Friday, 10/19/07. Position is at the GS-13-GS-15 levels. No relocation reimbursement expenses available.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Lincoln, NE - USCIS Office of Chief Counsel (OCC) seeks experienced attorney for Service Center Counsel position at the Nebraska Service Center. Responsibilities include, but not limited to, providing legal advice to NSC personnel on issues involving immigration related adjudications, inadmissibility and deportability grounds, and national security. Applicants must possess JD degree, be an active member of the bar and have 1+ years of post JD experience.For more info, key in Job Announcement Number: COU-CIS-2007-0029 at USAJobs.com. Submit cover letter demonstrating specific skills, experience, and interests qualifying candidate for position. Applicant should list references but recommendation letters not necessary. Applicants must also submit a resume + writing sample (max. 10 pps) to: Reid Tilson, Deputy Chief Service Center Counsel Division: TSC.litigation@dhs.gov. Must be received by close of business Friday, 10/19/07. Position is at the GS-13-GS-15 levels. No relocation reimbursement expenses available.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
St. Albans, VT - USCIS Office of Chief Counsel (OCC) seeks experienced attorney for Service Center Counsel position at the Vermont Service Center. Responsibilities include, but not limited to, providing legal advice to VSC personnel on issues involving immigration related adjudications, inadmissibility and deportability grounds, and national security. Applicants must possess JD degree, be an active member of the bar and have 1+ years of post JD experience.For more info, key in Job Announcement Number: COU-CIS-2007-0030 at USAJobs.com. Submit cover letter demonstrating specific skills, experience, and interests qualifying candidate for position. Applicant should list references but recommendation letters not necessary. Applicants must also submit a resume + writing sample (max. 10 pps) to: Reid Tilson, Deputy Chief Service Center Counsel Division: TSC.litigation@dhs.gov. Must be received by close of business Friday, 10/19/07. Position is at the GS-13-GS-15 levels. No relocation reimbursement expenses available.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
NY, NY - Lehman Brothers seeks immigration paralegal with 2-4 years experience. Responsibilities include: interacting with HR and employees/prospective employees on immigration matters, advising foreign national employees and HR reps on immigration policy and the preparation of employment-based visas petitions and green card applications. Requirements include: Bachelor's degree in liberal arts or equivalent experience; strong technical knowledge of non-immigrant and immigrant visas; organized and detail-oriented candidate with excellent writing skills; ability to juggle multiple tasks under time constraints; strong interpersonal skills. Visit www.lehman.com/careers for detailed information and to apply (select Experienced Hires, search for jobs in Americas, key word: paralegal). Please indicate in cover letter that position was seen in Immigration Daily. EOE.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Garden City, NY - USCIS Office of Chief Counsel (OCC) seeks experienced attorney for the position of Associate Regional Counsel, Northeast Region. Responsibilities include, but not limited to, serving as one of five attorneys providing on-site legal advice to District Office #3 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 one (1) year of post JD experience. Applicants must submit resume + writing sample not to exceed 10 pages. Send cover letter, resume, + writing sample to Luke.Mayville@dhs.gov. All submissions must be received by close of business October 19, 2007. GS13-GS15 levels and is open until filled. No relocation reimbursement available. For more info, key in Job Announcement Number: COU-CIS-2007-0032 at USAJobs.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Newark, NJ - USCIS Office of Chief Counsel (OCC) seeks experienced attorney for the position of Associate Regional Counsel, Northeast Region. Responsibilities include, but not limited to, serving as one of two attorneys providing on-site legal advice to District Office #4 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 one (1) year of post JD experience. Applicants must submit resume + writing sample not to exceed 10 pages. Send cover letter, resume, + writing sample to Luke.Mayville@dhs.gov. All submissions must be received by close of business October 19, 2007. GS13-GS15 levels and is open until filled. No relocation reimbursement available. For more info, key in Job Announcement Number: COU-CIS-2007-0011 at USAJobs.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Hartford, CT - USCIS Office of Chief Counsel (OCC) seeks experienced attorney for the position of Associate Regional Counsel, Northeast Region. Responsibilities include, but not limited to, serving as the primary attorney providing on-site legal advice to District Office #2 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 one (1) year of post JD experience. Applicants must submit resume + writing sample not to exceed 10 pages. Send cover letter, resume, + writing sample to Luke.Mayville@dhs.gov. All submissions must be received by close of business October 19, 2007. GS13-GS15 levels and is open until filled. No relocation reimbursement available. For more info, key in Job Announcement Number: COU-CIS-2007-001-0010 at USAJobs.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
New York, NY - USCIS Office of Chief Counsel (OCC) seeks experienced attorney for the position of Associate Regional Counsel, Northeast Region. Responsibilities include, but not limited to, serving as one of five attorneys providing on-site legal advice to District Office #3 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 one (1) year of post JD experience. Applicants must submit resume + writing sample not to exceed 10 pages. Send cover letter, resume, + writing sample to Luke.Mayville@dhs.gov. All submissions must be received by close of business October 19, 2007. GS13-GS15 levels and is open until filled. No relocation reimbursement available. For more info, key in Job Announcement Number: COU-CIS-2007-0012 at USAJobs.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorneys
Miami, FL and San Jose, CA - Littler Mendelson's Global Corporate Migration Group ("Littler Global") provides US and international business migration solutions for global companies around the world. Littler Global is the immigration practice for Littler Mendelson, the nation's premier employment and labor law firm. Littler Global is recruiting for candidates with a JD, plus 5+ years of business immigration law experience in high-volume practice. Candidates should possess excellent academic credentials, excellent written and communications skills. Applicants should be a quick learner, detailed, and organized. Fast-paced practice requiring good business judgment and an ability to respond quickly and effectively to change. Submit your resume online at www.littler.com/careers. Please reference Littler Global in your application. We offer a generous compensation package to full-time employees and are proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Sacramento, CA - 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 Kelly.Duehning@dhs.gov. All submissions must be received by close of business October 19, 2007. GS13-GS15 levels and is open until filled. No relocation reimbursement available. For more info, key in Job Announcement Number: COU-CIS-2007-0013 at USAJobs.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Honolulu, HI - 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 Kelly.Duehning@dhs.gov. All submissions must be received by close of business October 19, 2007. GS13-GS15 levels and is open until filled. No relocation reimbursement available. For more info, key in Job Announcement Number: COU-CIS-2007-0016 at USAJobs.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
New York, NY- Klasko, Rulon, Stock & Seltzer, LLP, a nationally-known immigration law firm, has an opening for an associate with 1-3 years experience in immigration law matters. We are a full-service practice, and you will work predominantly on employment-related immigration matters, with focus on Eb-1, O-1, and J-1 waivers. If you have excellent academic credentials and are interested in working on challenging cases at the cutting edge of immigration law, fax your resume to (215) 825-8699 or email: hrpa@klaskolaw.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
St. Paul, MN - USCIS Office of Chief Counsel (OCC) seeks experienced attorney for the position of Associate Regional Counsel, Central 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 Judith.Patterson@dhs.gov. All submissions must be received by close of business October 19, 2007. GS13-GS15 levels and is open until filled. No relocation reimbursement available. For more info, key in Job Announcement Number: COU-CIS-2007-0019 at USAJobs.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
El Paso, TX - USCIS Office of Chief Counsel (OCC) seeks experienced attorney for the position of Associate Regional Counsel, Central 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 Judith.Patterson@dhs.gov. All submissions must be received by close of business October 19, 2007. GS13-GS15 levels and is open until filled. No relocation reimbursement available. For more info, key in Job Announcement Number: COU-CIS-2007-0018 at USAJobs.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
The 160-lawyer Minneapolis-based law firm of Gray Plant Mooty (GPM) seeks qualified immigration attorney to join its established and growing employment law practice. Applicants should have minimum 6 years experience in employment-based immigration law. Successful candidate will have a portable business practice as well as proven business development skills. We offer a collegial work environment, plus competitive compensation + benefits package. In 2007, GPM was selected as one of the top five corporate law firms in the Twin Cities, for the third time in four years, by Corporate Board Member magazine, and has been recognized as one of the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal's "Best Places to Work" for the past 5 years. Interested applicants should send cover letter + resume to: Martha Gentilini, Lateral Recruiting Manager at martha.gentilini@gpmlaw.com. An Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Dallas, TX - USCIS Office of Chief Counsel (OCC) seeks experienced attorney for the position of Associate Regional Counsel, Central 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 Judith.Patterson@dhs.gov. All submissions must be received by close of business October 19, 2007. GS13-GS15 levels and is open until filled. No relocation reimbursement available. For more info, key in Job Announcement Number: COU-CIS-2007-0017 at USAJobs.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Cleveland, OH - USCIS Office of Chief Counsel (OCC) seeks experienced attorney for the position of Associate Regional Counsel, Central 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 Judith.Patterson@dhs.gov. All submissions must be received by close of business October 19, 2007. GS13-GS15 levels and is open until filled. No relocation reimbursement available. For more info, key in Job Announcement Number: COU-CIS-2007-0021 at USAJobs.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Chicago, IL - USCIS Office of Chief Counsel (OCC) seeks experienced attorney for the position of Associate Regional Counsel, Central 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 Judith.Patterson@dhs.gov. All submissions must be received by close of business October 19, 2007. GS13-GS15 levels and is open until filled. No relocation reimbursement available. For more info, key in Job Announcement Number: COU-CIS-2007-0020 at USAJobs.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Prominent Beverly Hills, CA firm seeks associate with 1-2 years experience. Good writing skills. Great opportunity to learn and grow. Salary open. Email resume to: richard@richardfraade.net or fax 310.274.8591. No phone calls please. All replies will be held in confidence.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Tampa, FL - USCIS Office of Chief Counsel (OCC) seeks experienced attorney for the position of Associate Regional Counsel, Southeast Region. Responsibilities include, but not limited to, serving as providing on-site legal advice to District Office #10 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 one (1) year of post JD experience. Applicants must submit resume + writing sample not to exceed 10 pages. Send cover letter, resume, + writing sample to Luke.Mayville@dhs.gov. All submissions must be received by close of business October 19, 2007. GS13-GS15 levels and is open until filled. No relocation reimbursement available. For more info, key in Job Announcement Number: COU-CIS-2007-0026 at USAJobs.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
San Bernardino, CA - 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 an 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 Kelly.Duehning@dhs.gov. All submissions must be received by close of business October 19, 2007. GS13-GS15 levels and is open until filled. No relocation reimbursement available. For more info, key in Job Announcement Number: COU-CIS-2007-0015 at USAJobs.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
San Jose, CA - 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 an 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 Kelly.Duehning@dhs.gov. All submissions must be received by close of business October 19, 2007. GS13-GS14 levels and is open until filled. No relocation reimbursement available. For more info, key in Job Announcement Number: COU-CIS-2007-0014 at USAJobs.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Downtown Cleveland, OH - The Law Offices of Margaret Wong & Associates, LPA seeks an employment based immigration attorney with 1+ years of related experience to join its thriving immigration law practice. Founded over 30 years ago, the firm now consists of 9 attorneys and 36 other staff members. Licensed in Ohio preferred. We offer a challenging and exciting work environment and seek a candidate possessing a keen legal mind. Research and drafting skills are a must. Competitive benefits package offered. Interested candidates submit resume and cover letter to hill@imwong.com or fax to 216-566-1125. No phone calls please.

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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.

Honors And Awards - Overland Park, KS
Overland Park, KS - Immigration Attorney Mira Mdivani of the Mdivani Law Firm www.uslegalimmigration.com recently received three professional honors: she was named Best of the Bar, Immigration Law by the Kansas City Business Journal (for the 4th year in a row), Missouri Lawyers Weekly named her Immigration Lawyer to Call When Immigration Calls, and the Pitch Weekly named her Best Immigration Lawyer.


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:
Just one observation regarding the (10/16/07 ID) comment about Just Makin A Living. I think many immigration attorneys sell themselves short when it comes to valuing the services they provide. Not only are the services invaluable in some cases, but the clients often have the ability to pay a reasonable fee for the services. I think it can be an insult to the client for an attorney to automatically assume that the client cannot afford to pay a reasonable fee merely because of the nature of a case. As with many other areas in life, we should not make such assumptions. While there is certainly a place for pro bono or reduced fees, there is no nobility in giving our services away to those clients who can readily pay for them.

Vincent P. Martin, Esq.
Bloomington, MN

Dear Editor:
ID's Making a Living comment (10/16/07 ID) is right on point. I believe it is an honest down to earth admission of how things are going with immigration attorneys in their practice. I myself have gone down in income considerably in the last 7 months. Its a tough field to be in at this time. However, one cannot live on satisfaction alone.

Rogelio Quesada, Esq.

Dear Editor:
I would like to correct a potential misconception caused by an ambiguity in my last letter (10/16/07 ID), through my remark about some illegal Mexican women giving birth in the US and then waiting the necessary 21 years until being eligible to apply for permanent residence. The ambiguity emanates from my use of the word "illegal," and not differentiating it from "overstay," once again proving the importance of the Semantics of Immigration, (Oct. 06', Immigration Monthly, David Murray, Esq.). I believe the way I worded my remark made it appear that this was an easy and automatic way to obtain permanent residence, but it is not quite that simple. Although otherwise exempt from the harsh requirements of INA 245(c), an "illegal," who entered without inspection, is not eligible to adjust status in the US, but must do consular processing, because the law only allows people who were inspected and admitted to adjust status to that of permanent residence within the US. Years ago, that was not a problem, one merely nipped across the border, had their permanent residence interview and re-entered the US. However, since the 1996 IRRIRA went into effect, upon leaving the US an illegal (and an overstay) is subject to the ten-year bar to admissibility. While in theory a waiver of the 10-year bar is available to parents of US citizens, the waiver has some harsh realities tied to it and it may be difficult to obtain approval. On the other hand, an "overstay," a mother who made an inspected entry and waits the 21 years, is not subject to the 10-year bar to admissibility because under the law, they need not leave the US to adjust. That, is an easy adjustment, providing they still have their old I-94 form to prove they made an inspected entry.

David D. Murray, Esq.
Newport Beach, CA

Dear Editor:
Roger Algase's recent letter (10/16/07 ID) is a deliberate play with the race card. His letter accuses American citizens of being against all Spanish speakers. But of course a lot of his business likely comes from Spanish speakers. If a majority of illegals are Spanish speakers, and an American citizen refers to them as Mexican, it is only a stereotype, not a slur, against all Mexicans. When you go by a casual labor corner, almost everyone is speaking Spanish. And most are from Mexico. In fact, they would expel any white or black or asian who tried to solicit work there. So is it prejudice that they are referred to as Mexican? Go to a construction housing tract, a farming harvest area, or any other business using high levels of labor. If one does not ask for directions in Spanish, you will not find a toilet.

Peter Griswold

Dear Editor:
I have always been highly opposed to giving any form of amnesty, or any benefit to illegal immigrants except for a one-way ticket back home. I felt that being a legal immigrant, patiently waiting for a greencard, I would be unfairly prejudiced if amnesty was given. However, seven years later, thousands of dollars, and no more patience, not to mention the umpteenth request for some ridiculous irrelevant piece of "officially" stamped, repeat request, proof of something that proves nothing document, I regret attempting to do this legally. And for the record, we are model "immigrants", who speak english, have college and above degrees, pay high taxes, have our own health insurance, and donate many dollars to our kids schooling. The US is happy to use immigrants for what they can, keep us dangling for years, and then pretend they have done us the greatest favor, whether we are legal or illegal. It is too late for us, we are in this screwed up immigration system already, but illegal immigrants still have some hope of actually getting more out of it eventually, as long as they stay "illegal". Of course you know you will still be used to pick whatever fruit is the flavor of the month.

Linda Cogill

Dear Editor:
I would be the last person to dispute David D. Murray's letter's definition of "anchor babies" (ID 10/15). My comments were directed to this term as I understood it from Peter Griswold's recent letter. As my earlier letters mentioned, if Mr. Griswold's letter is read in context, it implies a perjorative, demeaning meaning for this term, namely children conceived for the purpose of enabling illegal parents (most likely Latino) to stay here. I do not read Mr. Griswold's letter as implying the broader, more neutral and entirely accurate definition given in Mr. Murray's letter. If Mr. Griswolds's letter did not intend a negative meaning for "anchor babies", why did it recommend changing the law to eliminate them? I will leave it to a future letter by Mr. Griswold to explain further, if I have misunderstood his letter's meaning.

Semakweli

Dear Editor:
Here's a proposal fo the undocumented, there will be earned legalization, there's a cut off date, background checks, health screenings, pay back taxes and welfare ever taken, mandatory health insurance. Those who had paid their income without lapse and their identities can be verified and background checked may be fined USD 1000 plus processing fee of USD 1500 per person and will get 12 years deferred of removal status. This benefit will include those who fled from deportation order including failed asylum applicants as long as they don't commit other crimes. It doesn't make sense to give legalization to completely undocumented persons who just jumped the border but not those who have some kind of documents and pursued legal avenues but out of luck. Those who can't verify their arrivals and tax payments must be fined USD 1000 per year up to 12 years to make up their lapsed tax payments. Adjustment of status maybe made after 12 years after submitting the result of TOEFL test score of 500 paper based, proof of income tax payments for 12 years, clear background check and paying another find and processing fee of USD 2500. Greencards should be available on the spot. There should be increased and simple guest workers program with electronic jobs posting for Americans to find and fill first then after 2 weeks of posting, employers may sponsor foreign workers to fill the position. The wages should be a US living wage and include the benefits. Foreign workers may not bring their spouses and minors. Temporary workers who wish to be US PR must meet the new points system of eligibility otherwise they must leave the country after their visas expired. All beneficiaries of this program won't be eligible for all kind of welfare local or federal ones, until they're US citizens.

Robert Yang


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