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Immigration Daily November 19, 2007
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Virginia Democrats Stand Up To Demagogues And It Works, Some House Democrats Stand With Demagogues And It Won't
Frank Sharry of National Immigration Forum writes "As the saying goes, the only polls that matter are on Election Day. Forgive us. We are biting our tongue. We want to scream "We told you so!" But we are above that. We will refrain from such childish triumphalism and seek to educate."

Can't We Just Get Along?
Vance Winningham writes "Imagine you were the head of a poor household in Mexico, and you wanted to provide more for your wife, children and for yourself. Would you not respond to job opportunities in the United States, as have so many millions of others like you?"


USCIS Answers National Stakeholder Questions
USCIS published its responses to national stakeholder questions from its October 30, 2007 USCIS National Stakeholder meeting.


Help Wanted: Immigration Professional
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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.

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Honor And Awards
Senator Johnny Isackson and Congressman Tom Price nominated Irene Steffas for the Angel in Adoption (TM). On October 3, 2007, Senator Mary Landreu presented Irene Steffas with the award from the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute, a bipartisan organization that promotes adoption and recognizes individual for their work in the area of adoption. Irene Steffas was given this award for her work with immigrant children in the US foster care system and for her efforts as a good will ambassador for the State Department in promoting intercountry adoptions in Armenia, Kazakhstan and Ukraine. Irene Steffas, Esq., Ph: 770.642.6075.


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:
The always incendiary but often sensible letters by Robert Yang (11/15/07 ID) repeated an irritating trope that many other commenters have used on these pages in the recent past, to whit: "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'." Whatever the merits and demerits of blood spilt centuries ago, borders as a concept is a good thing that ameliorates conflict. Borders were drawn once states became powerful enough to stop their neighbors from enriching themselves,and relieving boredom by conducting raids. These were slave raids often enough and occasionally even involved human sacrifice and cannibalism, to pick on the quaint traditions of our southern neighbors. I recall that back when it was still a world-beater, Han China built a rather Great Wall to hamper raids on their settled, relatively productive people and to keep out "smelly barbarians" in order to enforce it's "imaginary border". Thank God for borders. People on different sides get to govern their lives in radically different ways, and get to regulate entry in order to maintain a broad variety of social norms as well. I do not want the world to be an amorphous undifferentiated mass, especially since I have chosen to settle here, and abided by local law, law being another one of those "artificial constructs" that so seems to grate on people who lose public policy fights or who dislike manners, to do so. So thank God for "artificial" concepts like borders, private property, the rule of law and money. The artificial construct of "society" needs them to function. Places without them tend to be places one would rather escape.

Honza Prchal, Esq.
Birmingham, AL

Dear Editor:
I have no quarrel with the exercise of the right to freedom of expression in Jim Roberts' letter (11/16/07 ID), except for the last sentence, which is an unwarranted personal attack. If Mr. Roberts' letter disagrees with the views on immigration in Mr. Yang's letters, that is fine. But questioning some one's allegiance to the US merely because of a dispute over immigration policy is not only an insult to Mr.Yang. but to all ID readers. I am also more than a little suspicious of Mr. Roberts' use of the word "culture". This has become a transparent code word for race, as in the sentence: "The open border crowd is destroying American culture!" As for Robert Gittleson's letter's (11/16/07 ID) question, "Et tu, Spitzer?", I could not agree more. Even though Spitzer sold out on the driver's license issue just in time for the Hillary Clinton and other Democrats to avoid taking the heat in last night's debate, ugly racial immigration politics will not go away in next year's election. In 1988, the Republicans had Willie Horton. Now, they have millions of legal and illegal Latino, Asian, Middle Eastern, African and Caribbean immigrants who are allegedly "destroying American culture". We should be burying the politics of racial divisiveness, not praising it.

Roger Algase, Esq.
New York NY

Dear Editor:
Jim Roberts' letter (11/16/07 ID) said that my letter's comparison of today immigration and past one is "illogical". This a prime example of double standards and blatant hypocrisy on the same issue. Mexicans immigrants today and my Chinese ancestors came in California in 19th. century are and were not invaders. They didn't steal lands, committing genocide, pointing weapons on the "natives". The "natives" don't like these people simply they're willing to work harder, better for less and they try to make barriers and make it "illegal" to compete with them. Why did Jim Roberts's letter not mention about white Europeans' invasion and colonialism on the true native people of Western Hemisphere, Australia and New Zeeland? Will the anti-immigrationists be honest with themselves about this historical facts and the true motive of why they feel they have rights to exclude certain people so they can't compete with them? Folks, please be honest, the support on immigration restriction is all about to discourage more competitors coming in, it's all about protectionism. Making the right of free movement and seeking best opportunity for all human beings as a crime and illegal is just like Best Buy trying to call Circuit City next door commits criminal act because it's selling exactly the same items cheaper and vice versa and won't let the consumers have the freedom to shop wherever they find the best deals. How can it be fair?

Robert Yang

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

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