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Immigration Daily December 21, 2007
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FBI Name Checks And Mandamus

We wish to highlight a quote on the efficacy of mandamus actions with respect to FBI name checks by a government official, (for the full DHS Office of Inspector General report, see here):

Previous options that USCIS had for completing these four types of cases in a timely manner were insufficient. Given their partially automated systems, staffing level, and number of customers other than USCIS, the FBI's National Name Check Program officials said they could not complete USCIS' routine cases more quickly. The American Immigration Lawyers Association said that lawyers have begun to recognize that filing mandamus lawsuits helps to expedite FBI name check results. The USCIS Office of Chief Counsel estimated there were 1,000 cases filed in the federal courts last year naming USCIS as a party, of which 80 to 90 percent relate to security checks. This "solution" may assist applicants, but the volume of cases consumes USCIS time and resources that could be used elsewhere. Regardless, there are not enough "expedite" slots for all pending FBI name checks.
According to the OIG report, there were 1,000 pending FBI name check cases in FY 2004. Immigration Daily has learned that the backlog since mushroomed to over 5,000 cases. Immigration Daily predicts that mandamus actions will likely occur with increasing frequency unless the Executive Branch delivers faster service on FBI name checks.

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


Focus

The Indispensable All-In-One CSPA Handbook

ILW.COM is pleased to present the Child Status Protection Act Handbook by Charles Wheeler of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC):

  • Chapter 1: Overview Of Age Out
  • Chapter 2: Overview Of The CSPA And Implementation
  • Chapter 3: The CSPA And Family-based Visas
  • Chapter 4: The CSPA And Employment-based Visas
  • Chapter 5: The CSPA And Diversity Visa Lottery
  • Chapter 6: The CSPA And Asylee/Refugee Processing
  • Chapter 7: The CSPA And VAWA
  • Twenty-four Appendices
  • Numerous CD-ROM Resource Materials
For more info on the Child Status Protection Act Handbook, and to order, see here. For the fax form, see here.


Article

Making The Most Of A Speaking Campaign
Paramjit Mahli writes "Whether working with external consultants or on their own, attorneys must avoid shortcuts and take the time to plan and define all their objectives before embarking on a speaking plan."

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


News

Updated CRS Report On UN Convention Against Torture
The Congressional Research Service issued an updated version of the UN Convention Against Torture: Overview of US implementation policy concerning the removal of aliens.


Classifieds

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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.

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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.

Immigration Event - Chicago, IL
Chicago, IL - American Conference Institute presents Worksite & Immigration Compliance, Feb 28-29, 2008, to educate you about the increased risks these enforcement activities pose and the steps you need to take. Leading immigration & employment attorneys will address appropriate compliance policies and practices. Safeguard your corporate interests and avoid potential criminal liability by improving your worksite enforcement of employee regulations. To register, call 1-888-224-2480 or visit us online at www.AmericanConference.com/ICE. Sign up by Dec. 27, 2007 and qualify for a $100 discount on the registration fee. ILW.COM is pleased to be a media sponsor for this event.


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:
In Steve Camarota's backgrounder (12/20/07 ID Article), was the Article trying to be intentionally misleading, or am I just misunderstanding the Article's use of Census Bureau statistics? If one reads the footnotes, the Article uses the terms "foreign-born" and "immigrant" synonymously. At what point does a person cease to be an "immigrant" and become an "American"? What Steve Camarota has done, is take everyone who was born in a foreign country and count them as "immigrant" so... my niece adopted from another country by my American sister and brother-in-law will never be an American but always an immigrant; my foreign-born husband even with his US citizenship will never be considered an American by Steve Camarota; my grandfather who immigrated from Ireland around the turn of the century (when few immigration laws existed unless you were Asian) is not an American but still an immigrant. Do you see where I am going with this? The US government considers someone an American when they are granted hard-won citizenship to the US, but Steve Camarota still wants to count anyone born in another country as an immigrant. This is a wonderful example of twisting statistics just by using two words synonymously, to fit a predetermined agenda. It has once again taught me not to believe everything I read, especially if it is packaged in a fancy wrapper. Ask questions and read the footnotes.

Natalie Fair-Albright


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