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Family-Based Immigration: Nuts And Bolts
Our new book, Family-Based Immigration: Nuts & Bolts; Editor: Charles Wheeler of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) features:
++ Chapters: Immediate Relatives And The Preference System, Overview Of The Application Process For Permanent Residence, Adjustment Of Status, Consular Processing, Immigrating Through Marriage, Grounds Of Inadmissibility, Waivers Of Inadmissibility,
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Blogging Policies And Best Practices For Lawyers And Law Firms
Ed Poll writes "Effective blogging requires some fundamental policies that are valid for individual lawyers and law firms alike."
Bloggings: March 21, 2008
Christopher T. Musillo of the Hammond Law Group shares the latest entries to his firm's blog.
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DOS Publishes Final Rule On New Classification Symbols
The Department of State published notice of a final rule, effective March 20, 2008, amending its regulations to add new classification symbols to the immigrant and nonimmigrant classification tables.
Help Wanted: Immigration Professionals
USCIS is currently hiring for Applications Adjudicators, applications accepted through Wednesday, April 2, 2008. We seek to fill several hundred entry-level Applications Adjudicator positions at the GS-5/7/9 grade levels in the following locations: Dallas, Texas; Lincoln, Nebraska; St. Albans, Vermont; Laguna Nigel, California; and Lees Summit, Missouri. As an Applications Adjudicator, you may plan and conduct independent research concerning eligibility and entitlement of persons seeking benefits, review case documentation to determine legal sufficiency and make recommendations, and perform preliminary fact-finding and initiate further action where information indicates fraud has been detected and review and making determinations on cases. For more information about USCIS career opportunities and how to apply, see here. Please reference Vacancy ID # FCIP-177028. Interested applicants are encouraged to act fast. EOE.
Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
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Charlotte, NC - USCIS Office of the Chief Counsel (OCC) seeks experienced attorney for the position of Associate Regional Counsel, USCIS OCC, Southeast Region. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, providing legal advice to the Charlotte, NC field office and other field offices on immigration benefits related matters including adjudications involving issues of national security. Applicants must possess JD degree from ABA accredited law school, be an active bar member, and have 1+ year post JD experience practicing law. Preference will be given to applicants with immigration experience, experience in federal court litigation and strong writing skills. For full details, enter COU-CIS-2008-0003 here. Applicants must submit (1) resume, (2) writing sample (10 pps. max), (3) references (4) cover letter. Send to: SER-COU@dhs.gov. All submissions must be received by close of business Monday, March 24, 2008. GS-13-15, position open until filled. No reimbursement expenses offered.
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New Appointment - Washington, DC
The Board of Directors of the National Immigration Forum is pleased to announce that Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the Boston-based Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition will be the next Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, one of the nation’s preeminent pro-immigrant advocacy organizations. www.immigrationforum.org.
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I am a proud American Legion member. How many other illegal acts does ID condone in addition to breaking the immigration laws? ID's fear of using the word "illegal" in its 3/19/08 ID comment is proof that ID was afraid of reminding its readers that those people it wants to protect are breaking our laws. A search of the comment indicated that "illegal" was used 5 times in quotes from the Legion report, and never used by ID.
There are too many way-out references in the main body of ID's comments to bother talking about. However ID's reference to the "pro-immigrationists" should have instead read "pro-illegal-immigrationists". Most Americans, and indeed most American Legion members, have always recognized and approved of the contributions to our country by legal immigrants. It amazes me that most open border advocates do not like to remember the meaning of illegal. And they say that we "anti illegal-immigrationists" propose a "mass deportation" that has never been considered an option.
William F. Miller
The url given would not work (see 03/21/08 ID comment) Here is a working url.
Editor's note: Thanks for pointing this out. The link has been updated on our website. The link was correct at the time of publication. It looks like the news site changed it later.
Not that further evidence was needed, but ID's latest Comment (3/19/08), regretfully solidifies its views as radical liberalism. Those who believe in prudent, limited, selective entry laws and enforcement thereof are once again, not anti-immigrant, nor their position " a lie" or " ... calumny perpetrated by the antis".Calling illegal aliens "undocumented" is designed to avoid the illegal stigma and is misleading when most of them are fully documented with fraudulent papers. The legal remedy for the unique violation of illegal entry or presence is deportation, not "legalization" by fines, touchbacks or other liberal amnesty schemes and can't be compared to tax or other violations of law by citizens. ID's attempt to minimize illegal entry as a minor violation is oblivious to the enormous costs of excessive numbers of entrants as Tom DeWeese wrote in "Why Illegal Immigration is a Threat to the US". This is why illegal presence should have been made a felony the day after 9/11. Many "paperwork offense"(s) by citizens are felonies, why should illegals be exempt? --- Welcome to Amerika. The "rule of the law" is the opposite of being "immoral". To the contrary, deportation law fully recognizes "malum in se" according to Blacks Law as: "A wrong in itself; an act involving illegality...upon principals of natural, moral and public law". Deportation by race neutral law and by attrition (removing benefits) is the solution, not immoral legalization by liberal fiat. Similarly, the correct solution to US budget woes is to reduce spending, not to "legalize" an increase in the debt limit. ID and many others giving support and sympathy to the illegal invasion just want to continue the excess by putting profits and self-interest above national concern and sovereignty.
Like this letter I type, ID's March 19th comment would be so much more powerful if it had stuck to one point, though I have the excuse of responding to an article. Multiple points seem to lend themselves to overstatement, and they did in the editorial. There is a rule in pop culture that the first side to invoke Hitler and the Nazis must have lost the argument. That is a pity, because until Nazi law was cited, ID's comment was good. Further, one can prefer European immigration without being racist per se. There is overlap between those concerned about culture and behavior and those concerned about race but there is certainly no identity, even abroad. Saudi Arabia's immigration policies and legal codes (if not it's popular culture) are admirably race-blind but culturally discriminatory in the extreme (France strives with some success for something similar), whereas the right of return of Germany and Japan are race-based irrespective of the culture, and Israel's and the purported Palestinian right of return are a conflation of both. Aside from Saudis, I would not say any is beyond the pale, as racism is. One can favor or disfavor a culture without caring a whit about the race of the person in question. I do not recall even Buchanan caring if Europeans were gypsies or white so long as they were Western and generally well-educated high-performing Church-goers is what I seem to recall he cares about. Finally, the prediction of Congressional action forgets how many times the crystal balls of all sides have been cloudy on amnesties or earned legalization or whatever we want to call them before. Triumphalism over future actions tends to be an accurate prediction of future failure in immigration fights.
Honza Prchal, Esq.
ID's comment (03/19/08) uses convoluted logic to try to deny the truth that us anti-illegal-immigration protestors recognize.
Our "law" regarding immigration is based on first-come, first-served within the bounds of the numbers that we can assimilate while retaining the unique culture that supports and defends our system. When that law is violated, there is no fine or civil mechanism that makes the violation acceptable because there is no way to correct the wrong done to those already in line; and there is no way to correct the wrong done to our culture by allowing hordes of illegals to overwhelm and corrupt the system created by our unique culture. Two wrongs never make a right, and ID's desire to apologize for criminals to support whatever is ID's agenda (income?) is also wrong. ID's arguments to undermine our society, culture, and national identity are acts of sedition if not treason.
Responding to the following points made in ID's comment (03/19/08), (1) "Firstly, every legal system includes provisions for offenders to "make good" on their offense, to make themselves "whole" after having crossed the law." - In this situation making them "whole" would be putting them back to where they were before they entered without authorization or overstayed a temporary admission, which would be out of the country but without anything in their record that would make it more difficult for them to return lawfully. We need to go the next step and justify letting them stay with lawful status. (2) "Almost every immigration violation decried by the antis is at-most a misdemeanor." - The INA only provides incarceration for up to six months for making a single entry. A second entry, however, is a felony punishable by incarceration for up to two years. We need to be careful in the way we describe the ones subject to felony charges, particularly if they have returned after being deported. (3) "In Nazi Germany it was the law to turn Jews over to the Gestapo. By the anti-immigrationists' argument about respect for the rule of the law, law-abiding citizens in those circumstances should turn Jews over to be murdered." - Henry David Thoreau argued that people should not permit governments to overrule or atrophy their consciences, and that people have a duty to avoid allowing such acquiescence to enable the government to make them the agents of injustice. Civil disobedience has been used in many nonviolent resistance movements. Entry without inspection, however, is more complicated. The case for disregarding it only applies to the present situation. Many of us are going to want the entry without inspection provisions to be enforced when the present difficulties have been resolved and the law provides ample opportunity for lawful entry.
I am really disgusted by many anti immigrationists accusation on ID as a "liberal" media and Republican bashing outlet (see 03/19/08 ID comment). This country is going into deep recession because of expensive war monger, borrow and spend, pro millionaires Republican failure policies, and yet none of these conservatives anti immigrationists say anything about them but blame the "illegal" immigrants as scape goats of convenience. Republican politicians have lied and failed us on balance budget, small government and other conservatives' principles. Borrow and spend Republicans are much worse than any tax and spend liberals. If our US dollar declines and becomes worthless, inflation is soaring, we are losing jobs, our infrastructures are crumbling and our country is bankrupt, maybe it's time for these people to look the other way. It's not the illegal immigrants, but it's their ignorance and stupidity to elect corrupt and incompetent politicians to run and wreck this country by their failure policies.
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