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Immigration Daily December 18, 2007
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Sanctuary Cities

Sanctuary policies prohibit city employees from querying an individual's immigration status, an issue that falls under federal purview. To see whether your city is a sanctuary city, see this working list prepared by Ohio Jobs & Justice PAC.

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


Focus

Deadline Is Tuesday, December 18th For 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

Consular Corner - December 2007
Liam Schwartz, Esq. presents the latest news from Consuls the world over.

Bloggings: December 18, 2007
Christopher T. Musillo of the Hammond Law Group shares the latest entries to his firm's blog.

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


News

USCIS Issues Latest Application And Receipting Update
USCIS issues latest application and receipting update, effective December 14, 2007.


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.

PERM Services
Adnet Advertising Agency Inc. has provided labor certification advertising services to immigration attorneys since 1992. Adnet helps attorneys find appropriate places to run labor cert ads, places the ads, obtains the tearsheets, and offers a variety of billing options. Attorneys can manage the entire ad process through Adnet's secure web-based Ad-managment system. Most of Adnet's services are free since we receive a commission from the newspapers and journals where the ad is placed. Adnet services large international law firms as well as solo practice attorneys. Call us at 212-587-3164, visit www.adnet-nyc.com, or email us at information@adnet-nyc.com. Contact us today to find out why we are the ad agency of choice for immigration attorneys since 1992.


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 Hire - San Francisco, CA
The Law Office of Randall Caudle / Caudle Immigration welcomes new immigration legal assistant Julie Mercer. Julie is currently in law school (and on law review writing about current immigration law relating to foreign national marriage to U.S. Citizen cases) at Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco, CA and an avid surfer/snowboarder. Law Office of Randall Caudle, 350 Townsend Street, Suite 305, San Francisco, CA 94107. http://www.caudleimmigration.com. Tel: (415) 541-9290. Fax: (415) 358-4104.


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:
I was shocked to see the following on the INFOPASS website when I went to schedule an infopass appointment at CDJ: "This service is no longer available for Cd. Juarez I-601 waiver filers. Beginning December 17, 2007, you must call 1-900-476-1212 from the US or 01-900-849-49-49 from Mexico. To use a credit card, call 1-800-919-1754 from the US or 01-477-788-70-70 from Mexico. Those persons that already have an InfoPass appointment do not need to make a new appointment".

Thomas Esparza, Esq.

Dear Editor:
I read the responses to Joe and Lisa's letter (12/14/07 ID) and uncharacteristically agree with almost all of them. I would add one thing though, a question. Why on earth would even illegals, except for those from the poorest and most discriminated against Indian enclaves in Mexico, want to come here for our anti-assimilationist, over-funded and woefully underperforming educational system? Even those poor Mexican Indians are generally horrified at the ultra-permissive attitudes towards sex and decisiveness towards hard work their children are inundated with (to the exclusion of literacy an math skills, not to mention "soft" disciplines like history and reading) when they go through our public education system. There is a reason my house price is three or more times more expensive than other comparable homes minutes away, and even some other "nice neighborhoods" have schools that are simply unacceptable. Why on earth would illegals come here to "steal" an "education" from the nightmare that is our public school system? Immigrants often come here despite our lousy yet world-beatingly expensive educational system, not because of it. "Brain drain" has been our salvation for decades, compensating for the most underperforming sector of our economy - middle and high school education. Where else does more money spent correlate so strongly with worse output? Why "steal" that?

Honza Prchal, Esq.
Birmingham, AL

Dear Editor:
As an immigration attorney, American, and beneficiary of the Jus Soli doctrine, I find the attacks on "birthright citizenship" some of the most disturbing rhetoric ever floated in our national discussion on immigration. The first time I heard about these debates, I was chilled, as the son of an Irish mother and German father with legal permanent residency, I knew how I attained U.S. Citizenship, birth in Dallas, Texas. Citizenship by birth is fundamentally American, as pointed out by the CRS report, derived from our English forefathers. It has set a standard of fair treatment for many classes of persons including African American compelled immigrants. It has also prevented the creation of a permanent underclass of non-Americans, such as the generations of Koreans and other nationalities that reside in Japan. I look forward to a time when the immigration debate matures, that we realize the benefit of new blood keeps us from aging into a less vibrant society such as the flagging economic examples of Italy and Japan. I look forward to a time when we have pride in what makes our country so uniquely American, including the opportunities afforded all persons lucky and blessed enough to be born on U.S. soil.

Robert J. Dupont, Esq.
Cerritos, CA

Dear Editor:
The FBI and other Federal and state agencies should be doing far more, not less, to catch terrorists, and should be proactive, not merely reactive (12/13/07 ID comment). Furthermore, your list is worthless because it does not include attempted terrorist incidents or those that were broken up before the attempt stage. There have been repeated attempts at major terrorism, but fortunately they have been caught.

David L. Amkraut


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