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Immigration Daily January 11, 2008
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CIR Back On Table

If people on opposite sides of the immigration issue can agree on a middle ground, it makes it a lot easier for Congress to step in with legislation enshrining the compromise into law. We believe that Sen. McCain's win in New Hampshire is already reshaping the immigration issue on the right.

It began on the eve of the New Hampshire primary, with most polls showing a victory for Mr. McCain. Victor Davis Hanson, an influential right-wing thinker (and among the first of the intellectuals on the right to turn anti-immigration years ago), wrote on National Review Online that the strategy of mass deportation was an "Albatross" around the right's neck. Mr. Hanson has followed this up with an article in Real Clear Politics today saying "Republican candidates must risk angering their base by ruling out mass deportation. Democrats should support closing the border tightly and quickly -- and not cave in to open-borders pressure groups."

We believe that Mr. Hanson is the first of a wave of right-wing thinkers who will see the folly of a mass-deportation policy (aka "attrition through enforcement"). This will set the stage for something like the Kennedy-Kyl compromise of spring 2007 to succeed. The Presidential race is showing to the Republican party the limitations of relying on anti-immigration as a defining issue. In an article in the Washington post titled "McCain's Back, But Immigration Reform Isn't" Rep. Gresham Barrett (R-SC) is quoted as saying "the early results might just mean that immigration isn't quite as hot a topic in New Hampshire and Iowa as it is in his state." We believe that Rep. Barrett has nailed it. Anti-immigration is a southern issue, with very little resonance in the Republican party outside the south. However, Presidential races require more than winning just one geographical region (as do creating majorities in both Chambers of Congress). If the Republican party wants to be something other than a permanent minority, the mass-deportation position of some of its leaders will need to be toned down. In their own interests, Republicans in Congress will reach out to the wiser members of the Democratic majority to create a compromise. Perhaps CIR can still be accomplished in this Congress after all. If the voice of the American people must be heard before Congress can move, we are hopeful of movement on CIR very early in the next Congress. Stay tuned as America votes in this Presidential race.

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


Focus

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Article

Cultural Differences Affecting Transactions: From The Western Perspective
John Vigman writes "Subtle east-west communication differences can derail even the best-planned transactions."

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News

USCIS Announces E-Verify Customer Service Improvements
USCIS announced efforts to expand and improve contact services for customers to obtain important information and assistance on the E-Verify program.


Classifieds

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Newark, NJ - Garces & Grabler, P.C. with seven offices seeks attorney with 5-10+ years immigration law experience, with an emphasis on removal proceedings, appeals, family cases, aos interviews, and consular processing. Excellent writing, technical, communication and organizational skills are essential. Demonstrated ability to be team player. Candidates with bilingual spanish language skills desired. E-mail resume, with your specific experience, salary requirements and writing sample to aaraujo1@verizon.net or fax: (732) 745-1249. All submissions will remain in confidence.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Chicago, IL - Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP seeks senior level immigration paralegal. Ideal candidate will have 5+ years of experience in senior level capacity with an immigration law firm, law department or corporate immigration function. Manages caseload with a large degree of independence. May manage a team of one or more legal support staff. Serves as team resource for client and office procedures. Communicates regularly with clients regarding procedural and case processing issues. Candidates will have experience counseling US and foreign employers on a range of immigration issues, including nonimmigrant and immigrant visa matters, preparing PERM applications, and O-1, H-1B, TN, and L-1 petitions. Must be able to work in a fast-paced, high-volume case-processing environment. Must be people- and service-oriented. College degree (B.S. or B.A.) and excellent writing skills required. Competitive salary + excellent benefits package. Send cover letter, resume + writing sample to mmolina@fragomen.com. EOE.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Dallas, TX - Epstein Becker seeks paralegal with minimum 5 years business immigration experience, including PERM and all NIV and employment-based IV cases. Must be self-starter with ability to communicate with employers and foreign nationals; bachelor's or equivalent required. Salary commensurate with experience; excellent benefits. Submit cover letter + resume to nward@ebglaw.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Downtown NYC- Prominent Immigration law firm seeks experienced associate attorney to: interview, prepare, and represent clients/detainees before the US Immigration Courts; Adjustment of Status/Stokes/Naturalization interviews. Research and gather supporting evidence. Prepare affidavits, asylum, waiver, applications. Draft memoranda of law, motions to reopen/remand/reconsider, immigration and federal court briefs. Must have strong work ethic; excellent research, analytical, writing and computer skills. Must be organized, able to work under pressure, and independently, under supervision of experienced attorney. 2 or more years immigration litigation experience desired. Knowledge of Spanish preferred. Salary based on experience. Submit resume, writing sample, + cover letter to: immres714@aol.com. All submissions will remain confidential.

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London, UK - Have you always wanted to work in England? Hodkinson Law Group, a U.S. immigration law firm based in London, is looking for an experienced business immigration legal assistant to provide professional services to our clients. Become a part of our friendly team and enjoy a great working environment. We are looking for a university graduate with 2-4 years of business immigration paralegal/legal assistant experience who has excellent communication and organizational skills as well as the ability to work autonomously. Please email resume, cover letter, + salary requirements to khodkinson@usvisalg.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 Attorney
New York, NY- Klasko, Rulon, Stock & Seltzer, LLP, a nationally-known immigration law firm, has an opening for an experienced immigration attorney in our New York City office. We are a full-service practice, and you will work predominantly on employment-based immigration matters, with focus on EB-1, O-1, and J-1 waivers. If you have excellent academic credentials and are interested in working on challenging cases at the cutting edge of immigration law, please fax your resume to (215)-825-8699 or E-mail: hrpa@klaskolaw.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
New York, NY- Klasko, Rulon, Stock & Seltzer, LLP, a nationally-known immigration law firm, has an opening for an experienced immigration paralegal in our New York City office. This position will handle employment-based immigration matters for universities, hospitals, research organizations and corporations. Our firm provides paralegals with a collegial atmosphere with high professional standards. Excellent academic credentials at a minimum of a Bachelor's degree level; strong verbal, written and organizational skills; and computer literacy required for this position. Successful paralegal candidates should have at least 3 years of employment-based immigration experience. Fax resume + salary history/requirements to (215)-825-8699 or E-mail: hrpa@klaskolaw.com.

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comingsNgoings

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Honors And Awards - Super Lawyer
The Murthy Law Firm is pleased to announce that the January 2008 issue of Baltimore Magazine reveals Attorney Sheela Murthy to be a Maryland Super Lawyer for another year. Super Lawyers Magazine names attorneys in each state who receive the highest point totals, as chosen by their peers and through the independent research of Law & Politics. www.murthy.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:
ID's Jan 10, 2008 comment on McCain's win in New Hampshire was poorly reasoned. McCain's win in NH definitely does not send a "strong message by the rank and file" that anti-immigration policy is not popular with GOP voters. I respect McCain for trying to buck his party and do the 'hard thing' of immigration reform; but his victory in NH is certainly not an argument that a pro-immigration candidate can win the Republican nomination. McCain got 37% of the vote. All of the "hardliners" got 63% of the vote. Further, it is pretty well established that McCain's victory in NH is tied to the fact that independents can vote in the GOP primary, Romney lost in Iowa and had a backlash against his negative ads in NH, and Bhutto's assassination made foreign policy expertise more prominent. Further, the relatively small number of evangelicals kept Huckabee from being a serious contender. McCain still has a long road to the nomination. Huckabee's proxies have already leaked his interest in taking away birthright citizenship, which is a move to distinguish himself from McCain. Both Romney and Huckabee are distancing themselves from McCain on the issue of immigration. In general, I have appreciated Immigration Daily's attempts to cut against the grain and speak in a different way about politics and immigration; but in this comment, ID just really got carried away.

Bob Webber, Esq.
Edina, MN

Dear Editor:
In response to ID's comment (01/10/8), the Republicans are not against immigration. Their position has consistently been that they are opposed to illegal immigration.

D. Burns


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