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Immigration Daily December 17, 2007
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Comment

Pepper Spray And Tear Gas

According to a Los Angeles Times news story, "In an escalation of clashes between U.S. Border Patrol agents and rock-throwing smugglers, agents have begun launching pepper spray and tear gas into densely populated Mexican border neighborhoods, according to witnesses, Mexican authorities and human rights groups." For the full story, see here.

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


Focus

Conquering The Tsunami: Employer Enforcement Hot Topics

ILW.COM is pleased to announce "Conquering The Tsunami: Employer Enforcement Hot Topics", with discussion leader Cynthia Lange, the noted national scholar and expert in this area of immigration law. The curriculum for the 3-part phone seminar series is as follows:

FIRST Phone Session on December 20th: Practical Aspects of E-verify, State Enforcement of Immigration Laws and Preemption

  • How does E-verify work and how does an employer decide to participate?
  • Which states have passed Employer Sanctions legislation and what do the laws cover?
  • Are employees outside the state subject to the rules?
  • Has there been any enforcement action and what role does Federal preemption play?
SECOND Phone Session on January 24th: Developing Company Policy in light of the New I-9, No Match Letter controversy, OSC and ICE investigations and workers rights
  • The New I-9 form and reduced documents
  • How has the No-match litigation and the government's response affected employer's "constructive knowledge"
  • How should employers/workers respond to a mistaken no match triggered by basic pilot or Social Security
  • What are the recent investigations and charges is OSC involved in?
  • Do employers have responsibility to protect individual worker's rights in anticipating federal enforcement programs?
THIRD Phone Session on February 7th: ICE Enforcement and Criminal Prosecution - What every employer needs to know
  • Case stories of ICE enforcement actions
  • What can you do to prepare?
  • What rights do employers and employees have?
  • Cooperating with government - how far to go?
  • How to handle workers you think are unauthorized
The deadline to sign up is Tuesday, December 18th. For more info, including speaker bios, detailed curriculum, and registration information, please see: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/december2007. shtm. (Fax version: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/december2007.pdf).


Article

The Cruel And Intolerant Myth of Attrition: Why The Huckabee-Krikorian Scheme To Starve 20,000,000 Undocumented Economic Refugees Out Of The Country Is Inhumane, Fiscally Irresponsible, And Undermines American Values
Robert Gittelson writes "In the Presidential race, the Republicans are behaving like a pack of rabid wolves, each trying to out flank and attack the others by moving further and further to the right on the immigration issue."

Law Library Of Congress Global Legal Monitor: Immigration And Nationality Law
Rubens Medina, Law Librarian of Congress tracks recent immigration-related legal developments around the world.

To submit an Article for consideration, write to editor@ilw.com.


News

USCIS Green Card Proposal Comment Period Expires
USCIS issued a press release stating that the comment period for the proposed rule which would require lawful permanent residents to replace permanent resident cards (Form I-551) with no expiration date is now closed. This proposed rule in no way affects the current validity of these permanent resident cards.


Classifieds

Help Wanted: Immigration Professional
San Francisco, CA - Are you an immigration paralegal who loves training clients? Are you great at project management and enjoy working directly with multiple clients? Are you looking for a change of pace? 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 management software. We offer an energetic team-oriented working environment, convenient downtown location, and comprehensive benefits package. As an Implementation Specialist you will provide customized project planning, implementation and training to new 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, have strong customer service, training and presentation skills, technical aptitude with PCs and industry related software, and commitment to accuracy and attention to detail. Effective written + oral communication skills, excellent documentation skills, and ability to work both independently and as team member are essential. Willingness and ability to travel. Email resume to trackerjobs@immigrationtracker.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegals
Reston, VA - Feeling undervalued? Goel & Anderson, LLC, seeks experienced business immigration paralegals to provide professional services to its clientele, composed of Fortune 1000 corporations and leading multinational firms. Our compensation and benefits package is commensurate with top-tier law firms, with no billable hour requirement. We offer family-friendly work hours (with little/no OT required), attorneys who are easy to work with, business-casual dress policy, fully paid health/dental/vision insurance premiums, 401(K) plan with generous match, free parking, and occasional additional perks (this year, our entire staff, along with spouses/significant others, was treated to a paid vacation at the Atlantis resort in the Bahamas). Ideal candidates will have 4-6 years of experience as a business immigration paralegal with a top tier law firm or in-house corporate immigration team, coupled with undergraduate degree, excellent organizational and communication skills (both written and oral), and ability to work independently. Please apply with resume, cover letter, + salary req. to careers@goellaw.com or fax to (703) 796-9232. All submissions kept confidential. No phone calls please.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorneys
Pasadena, CA - Reeves & Associates (R&A) seeks two immigration attorneys. R&A has been practicing immigration law exclusively for more than a quarter of a century and has 60+ employees including 15 attorneys in 4 offices. Ideal candidate for position (1) should have 5+ years in immigration with federal immigration litigation experience. Job requires ability to handle immigration appeals, including mandamus and declaratory relief in the USDCs. Position (2) requires 5+ years deportation defense and immigration appellate practice experience. Any Federal court experience is a plus. Both positions also require exceptional writing ability, case management skills and ability to supervise support staff. Excellent career opportunity for qualified candidates 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 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 - Shulman, Rogers, Gandal, Pordy & Ecker, P.A. seeks proactive, result-oriented immigration associate with 3+ years of attorney experience in immigration law including emp.-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 11921 Rockville Pike, Third Floor, Rockville, MD 20852-2743 or by fax (301) 230-2891 or by email: mbowen@srgpe.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Miami Beach, FL - Bratter Krieger LLP, a professional immigration law firm seeks experienced immigration paralegal. Candidates should have bachelor's degree and 2+ years of immigration experience, including NIV (H-1B, L1s, Es, TN, I, O, P, R) and IV (PERM, EB-1, family based) applications, managing multiple case loads. Will liaise closely with attorneys and clients; prepare applications, schedule consular interviews, and keep track of deadlines. Must have stable work history; minimum 2 years in each previous position; handle multi-tasking with ease, possess strong knowledge of legal principles and practices, and perform as committed team player. Must have strong, concise communication skills (verbal and written) in English and Spanish. Competitive benefits package, including paid parking offered. Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. Immediate need; we encourage qualified applicants to apply now. Submit resume to Matthew Krieger: matt@bklawgroup.com or fax to 305-695-1520. All submissions held in confidence.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
13 person midtown NYC immigration law firm seeks paralegal with 2+ years of experience with business applications: nonimmigrant and immigrant. Experience with Family based, naturalization and other applications a plus. Ideal candidate has BA degree, is detail oriented, organized, conscientious. Candidate must also possess excellent writing, communication & case management skills. Competitive compensation package offered. Email resume + cover letter in MS Word format to mneedleman@levittandneedleman.com.

Credential Evaluation And Translation
As the nation's leader in foreign credential evaluations and translations, American Evaluation and Translation Service, Inc. (AETS) provides the most competitive rates in the industry – $50 educational evaluations, as well as $200 'expert opinion' work experience and position evaluations completed by PhD university professors who have the "authority to grant college level credit for work experience and/or training." AETS offers a variety of turn-around times, including same-day service for educational, work experience, and position evaluations. For list of rates and times, see: http://aetsinternational.com/applicationforevaluationservices.pdf. AETS also provides certified translations in 100+ languages, with translators that are specialists in 80+ fields. For a copy of the Application for Credential Evaluation and Translation Services, please contact AETS at (786) 276-8190, visit http://www.aetsinternational.com, or email: info@aetsinternational.com.

Case Management Technology
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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.

New Offices - Waterbury and Danbury, CT
James A. Welcome is pleased to announce the formation of the law offices of James A. Welcome. Attorney Welcome will continue his practice of vigorously defending the rights of individuals in matters involving immigration law, criminal defense and personal injury law and offers two locations in Waterbury and Danbury, CT. 52 Holmes Ave., Waterbury, CT 06710. Tel: 203-753-7300. Fax: 203-753-7302. 57 North Street, #210, Danbury, CT 06810. Tel: 203-748-9600. Fax: 203-755-7302. www.welcomelawfirm.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 letter from "Joe and Lisa" (12/13/07 ID) is so mean and spiteful that one wonders why anybody would want to be in a country with people like that. The letter is also filled with errors in every sentence. First, name check delays are not a matter of waiting "a little longer." It's a matter of the US Government not doing its simple duty for years and years, which causes great hardships not only to the immigrants but also to thousands of US citizens. Second, the great majority of immigrants do not "cheat the tax, welfare and education systems." We're talking about people who are going through the legal immigration process. The assertion that they all cheat the system is a racist and cowardly and unpatriotic lie. Third, the letter writer's views are ignorant and it is incorrect to claim that people are not properly called "immigrants" until they are granted the right to stay permanently in the US. See how the term "immigrant" is actually defined in Section 101(a)(15) of the Immigration and Nationality Act. Under US law, all of these people waiting on name checks are immigrants. Joe and Lisa's letter to the Editor claim to know the law, but they obviously have not actually read it but are just reading secondary materials from nativist organizations. Fourth, everyone has a right to have their legal rights protected. See Matthew 25:45. Fifth, a government that tramples the rights of immigrants will not hesitate to trample the rights of citizens. Sixth, the broader objection to this kind of hate-talk concerns the fact that US citizens really don't have superior rights to anybody. All human beings have equal rights and are equally deserving of dignity and fair treatment.

Bruce A. Hake, Esq.
New Windsor, MD

Dear Editor:
Joe and Lisa's letter raises the question of which people are more in tune with the real spirit of America, immigrants who are trying to attain the dream of a better life in this country by following the law, no matter how unreasonable or unfair the procedures may be, or mean-spirited nativists who, without any reason or justification, accuse legal immigrants of coming here to cheat? America's real immigration problem is not caused by immigrants. It is caused by people who may call themselves Americans but know nothing (pun intended) of the spirit of tolerance that has made our country the greatest and most unique in the world. This letter also overlooks the fact that the Immigration and Nationality Act defines every person in this country is an "immigrant" regardless of his or her legal status (or lack of it), unless the person is either a US citizen or has been granted "nonimmigrant" status as a student, temporary worker, etc. Therefore, the above letter's claim that people who are still waiting for their green cards do not deserve to be called "immigrants" shows as much ignorance of the law as its charge that all legal immigrants are cheaters shows an abysmal lack of understanding of what it really means to be an American.

Roger Algase, Esq.
New York, NY

Dear Editor:
My father , Juanito C. Gutierrez, a Filipino and an "honorable discharge" US Navy during World War ll is still waiting for his children to be immigrants for 50 years . He is now 85 yrs. old and is still waiting in vain. Are cass like this could not be prioritize?

Eesperanza G. Beltran

Dear Editor:
Regarding the Letter to the Editor by Joe & Lisa dated 12/14/07, I must take exception to almost everything that they said. While they correctly point out that all immigrants should be properly checked and cleared, I take extreme umbrage with the slanted and biased rant that comprises the balance of their opinion piece. Their assertion that it is the intention of every foreign immigrant to “come to our country and cheat the tax, welfare and education systems” might be the single most ignorant and racist comment that I’ve ever read on ID, and that’s saying something. I’ve personally met several thousand immigrants over the past 30 years, and I can say with absolute certainty that there are many reasons why they do come here, but cheating the system is almost never one of them. They are predominantly here to work, or to escape persecution. In virtually all cases, they are here to make a better life for themselves and their families. There are many serious issues that need to be addressed if we are to fix the problems inherent in our immigration system. The hateful fears of Joe and Lisa are not among them.

Robert Gittelson


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