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Immigration Daily November 15, 2007
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People Versus Policy

Lamar Smith, the dean of the anti-immigration legislators, penned the following truly remarkable words:

The first step toward creating a sound and enduring immigration policy entails recognition of what we refer to in this Article as the "human face of immigration." Anyone who has witnessed people attempting surreptitiously to cross the Rio Grande, visited illegal aliens detained in [INS] facilities, or interviewed those who have risked their lives in rickety vessels to reach our shores can agree on certain facts. These are not the faces of hardened criminals. While a small proportion of these individuals do wish us harm, the vast majority of those who seek to enter the United States, even by illegal means, are not our enemies. People are any nation's greatest resource, and the United States has been greatly enriched by the contributions of those who, though not born here, have pledged their lives, allegiance, and human capabilities to building this nation. Therefore the problem we face in the realm of immigration is not the people, but the policy. A policy that disregards the basic human dignity of any person, especially one whose violation of the law was motivated by the great opportunities that this country has to offer, is offensive to American ideals and utterly inconsistent with a system of ordered immigration. Lamar Smith & Edward R. Grant, Immigration Reform: Seeking the Right Reasons, 28 ST. MARY'S L. J. 883, 893 (1997).
We wonder how Rep. Smith can explain his comments in light of his longstanding record of anti-immigration legislation.

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


Focus

Relief From Removal: A Definitive Manual For Winning Cases - Now Shipping

The following is the table of contents for this definitive work which is now being shipped:

  • Chapters: Removal proceedings; Grounds of deportability; Grounds of inadmissibility; Contesting removability; Adjustment of status; Waivers of inadmissibility and deportability in Removal proceedings; Section 212(c) and Cancellation of Removal for Lawful Permanent Residents; Cancellation and Suspension for Non-Permanent Resident Aliens; Asylum, Withholding of Removal and protection under the Convention Against Torture; Voluntary departure; Naturalization as a defense to Removal; Administrative review of Removal Orders; Judicial review of Removal Orders
  • 23 Appendices include: Sample cover letter and instructions for requesting a FBI criminal record check; Sample Motion to Suppress; Sample Motion to Dismiss; Sample Brief in Support of Motion to Terminate Removal Proceedings; Sample Motion to Terminate to Proceed on an Application for Naturalization Pursuant to 8 CFR 1239.2; Sample Notice of Appeal from a decision of an Immigration Judge; Sample Motion for Extension of Time to File Brief to BIA
  • CD-ROM has 600+ important documents including: key BIA & Federal cases, selected USCIS/ICE memos and DOS cables, forms from USCIS & EOIR, relevant regulatory sections from 8 CFR & 42 CFR, significant statutory provisions from the INA, 18 USC & 28 USC, Links to informative internet resources, etc.
For more info, and to order, please see here. For the fax order form, see here.


Article

DerKevorkian v. Lionbridge Techs, Inc.
John Rotterman, Esq. writes "This case emphasizes how important it is for employers to craft their green card sponsorship agreements is such a way as to clearly define what if any additional contractual obligations they intend to create."

Bloggings: November 15,2007
Greg Siskind shares the latest entries to his blog.


News

CRS Report US International Borders
The Congressional Research Service report on US international borders provides information on the international boundaries that the US shares with Canada and Mexico.


Classifieds

Help Wanted: Immigration Professional
downtown San Francisco - Are you a techie trapped as an immigration paralegal? Are you great at project management and enjoy working directly with clients? Do you want a position that encourages self-management and creativity for a growing technology company that rewards performance and hard work? ImmigrationTracker is the premier provider of immigration case management software in the country. We offer an energetic team-oriented working environment and a comprehensive benefits package. As an Implementation Specialist you will provide customized project planning and implementation, training, and/or support services to Tracker clients, while always ensuring clear communications and a consistently high level of customer service. Successful candidates will have experience working in/with law firms, be strong project managers, preferably with software implementation experience, have strong customer service, training and presentation skills, technical aptitude with PCs and industry related software, and a commitment to accuracy and attention to detail. Effective written and oral communication skills, excellent documentation skills, and the ability to work both independently and as a team member are essential. A willingness and ability to travel is required. Email your resume to trackerjobs@immigrationtracker.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Washington, DC or Burlington, VT - USCIS Office of Chief Counsel (OCC) seeks attorney who wants to transfer at his or her own expense to work as an Associate Counsel with the Commercial & Administrative Law Division working primarily with issues from the USCIS Office of Security & Integrity (OSI). Applicants must possess JD degree, be an active member of the bar and have 3+ years of post JD experience. For more info, key in Job Announcement Number: COU-CIS-2007-0035 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: Lakisha Richardson, Commercial & Administrative Law Division: Lakisha.Richardson1@dhs.gov. Must be received by close of business Friday, November 23, 2007. Please indicate desired location(s). Position is at the GS-13-GS-15 levels. No relocation reimbursement expenses available.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Los Angeles, 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 November 23, 2007. GS13-GS15 levels and is open until filled. No relocation reimbursement available. For more info, key in Job Announcement Number: COU-CIS-2007-0034 at USAJobs.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Raleigh, NC - USCIS Office of Chief Counsel (OCC) seeks experienced attorney for the position of Associate Regional Counsel, USCIS OCC, Southeast Region. Responsibilities include, but not limited to, serving as providing on-site legal advice to Raleigh, NC and other field offices within the District on immigration, including adjudications involving issues of 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 November 23, 2007. GS13-GS15 levels and is open until filled. No relocation reimbursement available. For more info, key in Job Announcement Number: COU-CIS-2007-0033 at USAJobs.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Reina & Bates Immigration Law Group invites resumes for the position of associate attorney. 1+ years experience in immigration law, particularly employment-based immigration, preferred. Interested applicants, please indicate desired job location when sending resume + cover letter to jobs@reinalaw.com. All replies will be held in confidence.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Sherman Oaks, CA - The Law Offices of Jessica Dominguez has an immediate opportunity for an immigration attorney to work on a wide range of cases in a diverse, full-service immigration law practice. Attorney must be bilingual in English and Spanish. Attorney will represent clients before immigration officers and in immigration courts including employment-based IV, NIV, family-based IV, and naturalization. Excellent legal research/writing and outstanding communication skills needed. Ideal candidate has 2-4 years of experience - exceptional, motivated candidates with less experience also encouraged to apply. Right candidate shows initiative and works independently. Great office environment and wonderful clients. We are pleased to offer an alternative work-plan schedule that allows its employees to take one Friday off every 8 weeks. Send cover letter + resume to Jessica Dominguez: abogadalatina@aol.com. Replies will be treated in strictest confidence and references will not be contacted without prior approval.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorneys
The Murthy Law Firm is pleased to announce that we are entering a phase of planned expansion. Seeking attorneys for increasing client volume and growth into new areas of practice, including: (1) junior attorneys with 2+ years business immigration law experience (should have intense business-immigration work with excellent academic credentials); (2) senior-level attorneys with 5+ years business immigration law experience. Senior-level applicants should have real-world experience, be up to date on recent changes in immigration laws and regulations, and should have ability and interest needed to supervise legal staff; (3) immigration attorney with litigation experience. Dynamic and fast-paced, with high standards regarding integrity, work ethic, and quality. Our attorneys work both as team members and team leaders. Successful candidates will join a dozen high-caliber colleagues, all supported by cutting-edge technology and top-notch legal and administrative staff in congenial atmosphere. Good writing and analytical skills required. Candidates with law firm or government experience considered. Forward resume + cover letter to hr@murthy.com with "Attorney for expansion plan 2007/08" in subject line. All communication treated in confidence. Salary + benefits commensurate with experience and abilities. EEO.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Reeves & Associates (R&A) seeks associate with immigration and federal litigation experience for its Pasadena office. R&A has been practicing immigration law exclusively for more than a quarter of a century and has 60+ employees including 16 attorneys in 4 offices. Ideal candidate should have 5+ years in immigration with federal immigration litigation experience. The job requires the ability to handle immigration appeals including mandamus, and declaratory relief in the US District Courts. The position also requires exceptional writing ability, case management skills and ability to supervise support staff. Excellent career opportunity for qualified candidate licensed to practice law in California. Competitive salary & excellent benefits package including fully paid medical, dental and vision plan, 401(k) with matching dollars, long term disability, CLE expenses, commissions, plus a yearly bonus offered, all in a friendly environment. All applications confidential. Please submit resume with cover letter + salary history to hr@rreeves.com or fax to (626) 795-4999.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Rockville, MD - Seeking proactive, result-oriented immigration associate with 3+ years of attorney experience in immigration law including employment-based IV (including EB-1, EB-2, EB-3), and NIV (including 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. 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. We offer an excellent salary/benefits package. Submit resume to: Ms. Maura Bowen at: mbowen@srgpe.com or fax: (301) 230-2891. www.srgpe.com.

Immigration Consulting Services
Angelo Paparelli, a nationally-renowned expert with an outstanding breadth of immigration law knowledge and expertise, is available to provide immigration- related consulting services to corporate executives, general counsel, HR departments, foundations, attorneys and law firms in private practice. He consults on employment-based immigration, job portability, remedies for status violations, mergers and acquisitions, immigration-related corporate policies, crisis communication, government investigations, employer sanctions, legislative advocacy, waivers of ineligibility and litigation. Offices in CA & NY. Services: worldwide. To discuss how he can consult on your case, contact Angelo Paparelli at 949-955-5555 or aap@entertheusa.com.


comingsNgoings

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New Offices - Miami, FL
To better serve our community, Jason St-Fleur + Associates, P.A., is pleased to announce the opening of our Miami, FL office. Jason St-Fleur + Associates, P.A., Miami- Ft. Lauderdale- Boynton Beach, Tel: (305) 947 -2055. (954) 775 -2477. (561) 244-8834. http://www.STFLEUR.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 word "invasion" isn't appropriate to describe Mexicans or Chinese immigrants coming to the USA. None of them came here with weapons directing on Americans, none commit genocide by throwing small pox blankets, none steal Americans' lands and properties. The natives people of the Americas (all Western Hemisphere) may call Europeans coming to their lands in the past as invaders and colonialists and in fact they were. It's very shameful for anybody here to do name calling on these poor people if they remember the dark history of past illegal immigration and invasion committed by their white ancestors. It's the western colonial powers that drew the imaginary borders that separate these native people and under what circumstances and rights they may call other human beings as "illegal". How comes invaders that invade one's home then deny the true home owner's family members right to live and visit at that home? The only reason of those who agree with immigration restriction is to discourage competition from others. It's a blatant human rights violation, racism based on apartheid policy. Under what rights ones must deny other human rights for his freedom of movement to trade his labor, goods and services to anybody for better compensation? If these selfish restrictionists are called also as racists, xenophobes etc., it's well justified. It's an inconvenient truth but the truth.

Robert Yang

Dear Editor:
Mr. Dobbs remark (see 11/13/07 ID comment) is not out of the ordinary and is true we need a middle ground to intervene and proceed with the immigration laws. No matter what is going on between the ones in favor and the ones against it the nation is hurting as a whole. I can see this in Arkansas in the families, commerce, and the Churches. God bless America that we can speak out yet.

Gladys C. Farris


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Publisher:  Sam Udani    Legal Editor:  Michele Kim                        ISSN:   1930-062X


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