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Immigration Daily November 16, 2007
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Asylum Seeker Wins $100K Judgment

According to an Associated Press news story, "A federal jury on Tuesday awarded a political asylum seeker $100,001 after finding that her rights were violated while in custody at a detention center operated for U.S. immigration authorities by a private contractor, the immigrant's lawyer said." For the full story, see here.

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The PERM Workshop - Only Few Seats Left

ILW.COM is pleased to announce The PERM Workshop in New York, NY on Friday, November 30, 2007. For details on curriculum, speaker bios, and registration information, please see: For the fax form, see here. There are only a few seats available, late registrants will be waitlisted and offered refunds.


Management Networking Misconceptions: Business-Related Networks Provide An Array Of Benefits
Paramjit Mahli writes "[B]usiness-related networks provide us with an array of benefits, often overlapping into our personal lives: they help us create strategic partnerships, foster professional development, and as an added benefit, many lifelong friendships are formed along the way."


Revised Active EB5 Regional Centers List
We provide an updated list of currently "active" regional centers, effective as of October 2007 (the contact information for one of the EB-5 regional centers was updated).


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

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 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: 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 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

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 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

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 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: 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 with "Attorney for expansion plan 2007/08" in subject line. All communication treated in confidence. Salary + benefits commensurate with experience and abilities. EEO.

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Immigration Event - Philadelphia, PA
Philadelphia, PA - A world divided by health inequities poses challenges for global health. CGFNS International brings together thought leaders to discuss health systems and actions that address health inequity in its Building Global Alliances Symposium. Stephen Lewis, respected commentator on social affairs, international development and human rights will be the keynote speaker. William L. Holzemer, RN, PhD, FAAN, will receive the CGFNS 2007 International Distinguished Leadership Award. December 3-4, Four Seasons Hotel. For details and online registration, see:, or contact Kathleen Rohrbaugh at 215-243-5880 or ILW.COM is pleased to be a media sponsor for this event.


Readers are welcome to share their comments, email: (300-words or fewer preferred). Many letters to the Editor refer to past correspondence, available in our archives.

Dear Editor:
There is no conflict between between Rep. Larmar Smith's positive comments on limited, legal immigration and his stellar record on fighting the illegal variety and the appearance of such arises only because of ID's faulty definition and charge of the term, "anti-immigrant" (ID comment 11/15/07). This label is erroneous to the millions who favor some legal entry, but not in excess and no illegals. The illogical rantings of Robert Yang's letters are a prime example as to why this is sound policy. His latest (see ID 11/15/07) would have us believe that the term "invasion" is limited to the military kind, although the "truth" is that there are many kinds of invasions including illegal immigration. The dictionary defines invasion as "an intrusion or infringement". There are also many other considerations besides the desire of foreigners to migrate for economic reasons in formulating entry policy. Calling restrictionist tired and meaningless names does not change this "truth" or add anything to the debate. His letter also criticizes early immigration (which cannot logically be compared today) for lack of controls and then advocates the same open border policy today which would result in the same destruction of our culture. His letters display the danger of too much immigration and why he would be better off studying American history, grammar and proving his allegiance to citizenship than attempting to dictate our right to determine wise immigration policies.

Jim Roberts

Dear Editor:
Et tu, Spitzer? Here I am, thinking that I'm "fighting the good fight" for comprehensive immigration reform, and when I turn around, I realize that I'm the only advocate left in the room. All of the people that are for immigration reform have run away, and I'm left surrounded by Dobbsian footsoldiers, marching in lockstep. The ink isn't even dry yet on the Letter to the Editor that I wrote praising Eliot Spitzer's political courage. I've come to realize that nothing positive can possibly happen on immigration reform until after the next election cycle. This immigration debate, (such as it is, with only the "anti" side talking), has taken an even uglier turn. The "anti's" are steadfast in their refusal to give the undocumented immigrants a gosh darn thing, much less a driver's license, because they don't want to reward illegal behavior. They have a point. One shouldn't reward illegal behavior, all things being equal. But there's the rub, isn't it? For example, why did they come here? We know why they left their homes, they were starving and/or repressed. But why did they come here? Because we welcomed them, to put it bluntly. Yes, they entered illegally, but we didn't really try to stop them, or to kick them out, because we needed them. If they came here and couldn't find work, they wouldn't have kept coming. My concern is that the only thing happening now is more enforcement. I have much more to say, but in truth, I feel that I am Spitting in the wind, (no pun intended). I've said it before, but not too many people were listening, so I'll say it again; be careful what you wish for, you anti's, because it seems that you will probably get it. More is the pity.

Robert Gittelson

Dear Editor:
ID "wonder[s] how Rep. Smith can explain his comments in light of his longstanding record of anti-immigration legislation" (see 11/15/07 ID comment). Perhaps he has been persuaded by ID's sparkling, unbiased editorials. Or maybe he's been pro-legal immigration all along and simply against the illegal kind, as are many of us who are contemptuously referred to as anti-immigrationist. What happened to that middle ground mentioned in ID's recent 11/13/07 ID comment? Is that only available to those who pass ID's test for repentance?

Bill Glenn

Dear Editor:
Responding to Lamar Smith's quote as reported in ID's 11/15/07 ID comment. Now I've seen everything. I mean this, of course, in a positive sense. Representative Smith's comments would have been even more helpful, however,if they had been made in September, 1996, before IIRIRA was enacted. Does this mean that we can expect Lou Dobbs to run an entire show (or shows) on Lamar Smith's "treason" to the "middle class", as Dobbs like to call the anti-immigrant fanatics who make up a large part of his audience?


Dear Editor:
Steven A. Camarota's article (11/14/07 ID) is misleading, since his Article accuses illegal immigrants of taking out welfare without contributing and not counting all taxes paid by illegals using bogus SSNs that they never get the returns nor the benefits. If any Americans ever wonder why this nation is bankrupt they must look at the real costs the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan which is about 1.9 trillion dollar and counting using borrowed money mostly from Chinese and Arabs instead of simply blaming "Jose the illegal". As many emerging economy nations are growing and catching up with developed nations, there will be less immigration. Why Indians, Chinese and Mexicans want to come here, if jobs being outsourced and US businesses come to their countries. It's our greedy imperalism policies that create millions of desperate refugees that we have to care of, it's our our unfair protectionist racist trade policies that disadvantage the opportunities of Africans, Asians and South Americans businesses and farmers to compete on the level playing field with Europeans, Japanese and Americans in form of corporate welfare and farm subsidies. We need to go back to trade with gold currency instead of fiat paper currencies like Euro or USD which is unfair to those who can't print and spend them at will. The freedom of any human beings to move and seek better opportunities is not a crime but a right. The only criminals are those who prevent this from happening, a crime against human right and humanity.

Robert Yang

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