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Immigration Daily March 31, 2008
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Is The Grass Greener

A news story on solos reports "While some may shy away from its less-than-glamorous trappings, others are attracted to the idea of building a career unique to their own interests, time constraints and even whims, without the restrictions a larger firm might impose." For the full story, see here.

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Deadline Extended To Monday, March 31st, 9am (ET) For Latest In Consular Processing

ILW.COM is pleased to announce " Latest In Consular Processing", with Greg Siskind, Christi Hufford, Gary Chodorow, Allen E. Kaye, Jan Pederson, Charlotte Slocombe, other speakers to be announced. The curriculum for the 3-part phone seminar series is as follows:

FIRST Phone Session on March 31st: Top 10 Issues to Consider in Non-Immigrant Consular Processing Cases

  • Are there any bars on admission and, if so, how do you get them waived?
  • How long will processing take?
  • Can an individual process in a third country and, if so, how do you get the consulate to accept the case?
  • Is a visa even necessary?
  • What role may a lawyer play in the consular application process?
  • What fees must be paid as part of the visa application process?
  • How does E visa processing differ from the normal non-immigrant visa case?
  • What documents does an applicant need to take to the visa interview?
  • How does the case move from USCIS to the consulate?
  • How do you get information on the particular consulate?
SECOND Phone Session on April 10th: Select Regional Consuls - Asia

  • Beijing Consulate
  • Seoul Consulate
  • Manila Consulate
  • India Update
THIRD Phone Session on May 8th: Select Regional Consuls - Other

  • London Consulate
  • Canada Update
  • Mexico Update
  • United Arab Emirates Update
The deadline to sign up is Monday, March 31st, 9am. For more info, including speaker bios, detailed curriculum, and registration information, please see: (Fax version:


No Coyote Needed: U.S. Visas Still An Easy Ticket In Developing Countries
David Seminara writes "There is another side to America's immigration problem, however, that most know very little about - those who come with valid, temporary visas and do not return home."

Ku Klux Klan Rebounds
Glen S. Lewy et. al of the Anti-Defamation League write "At the sentencing in that case, US District Judge Tucker Melancon emphasized the malevolent role that the Klan plays in the US, saying that "while foreign terrorists would kill our bodies and destroy our buildings, the American Invisible Empire and the Ku Klux Klan and what they stand for and the type of conduct these defendants engaged in to rid themselves of their black neighbors, attacks our nation's very soul."

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OSC Releases Anti-Discrimination Guidance For Employers Following DHS Safe Harbor Procedures
The Office of Special Counsel released anti-discrimination guidance for employers following the DHS safe-harbor procedures.


Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Boston, MA - Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. has immediate opening for experienced immigration paralegal for a very busy immigration practice. Candidates must have experience in business immigration law, including preparation of H-1B visa petitions and labor certification cases. Responsibilities include: preparation and filing of business and employment-related immigration documentation and communications with government agencies and clients. Qualified candidates must have excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, accuracy, consistency and job ownership. Ideal candidate must have excellent written and oral communication skills. Bachelor's Degree and 3+ years experience required. Qualified candidates, send cover letter + resume to EOE.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorneys
Washington, DC - USCIS Office of the Chief Counsel (OCC) seeks experienced attorneys with 3+ years demonstrated experience in immigration law for the Adjudications Law Division (ALD). Attorneys will serve as advisors to the Chief of the ALD, the Chief Counsel, and to USCIS and other Departmental components on US immigration law issues. Applicants must possess JD degree from ABA accredited law school, be an active bar member, and have 3+ year post JD experience. For full details, enter COU-CIS-2008-0005 here. Applications must be received by 5pm ET, April 14, 2008. Applicants must submit cover letter, resume, 2 writing samples. Submit to: Claudia Salem, Acting Chief of ALD: indicating in email subject header: Experienced Attorney Position, ALD, at USCIS.

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
Madison, WI - Quarles & Brady LLP seeks attorney with 2-4 years experience practicing business immigration law. Quarles & Brady, a national law firm with offices in Wisconsin, Arizona, Florida and Illinois, has been providing immigration services for over 30 years. Experience in range of business immigration matters, ability to provide exceptional client service, and superb analytical, organizational and case management skills required. We offer collegial environment and competitive salary and benefits. Submit resume, cover letter, transcripts and at least two writing samples of a substantive support letter or a significant memo to: Michelle Bigler, Manager of Legal Recruiting, Quarles & Brady LLP,

PERM Services
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Expert Witness Services
Are you involved in litigation requiring an expert witness with a sophisticated knowledge of immigration law and agency practice? Look no further. Angelo Paparelli and Lory Rosenberg offer their services as expert witnesses. Their litigation experience includes business, tax, employment, personal injury and family disputes as well as criminal-defense. Angelo has twice been named by his peers as the world's leading authority on corporate immigration and received the AILA President's Award for his work in mergers and acquisitions. Lory is a former Judge on the Board of Immigration Appeals, adjunct professor, co-author of the treatise, "Immigration Law and Crimes", and the recipient of AILA's prestigious Edith Lowenstein award. Offices in CA, NY & MD; Services: worldwide. To discuss how we can assist you with your case, contact Angelo Paparelli at 949-955-5555 or


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Readers are welcome to share their comments, email: (300-words or fewer preferred). Many letters to the Editor refer to past correspondence, available in our archives.

Dear Editor:
Mr. Carrion's letter to the Editor (03/28/08 ID) accuses me of being a historical ignoramus. Whatever my other faults, I am not that. The best studies I am aware of chronicling the assimilation of discrete groups of Italians into US cultural and economic life is Thomas Sowell's work for the Urban Institute in the 1970s. Many observers, myself included, consider uneducated poor Mexican immigrants to be the new South Italians - hard working and patriotic but generally slow to assimilate into the more productive aspects of American life. In point of alarming fact, they tend to lose much of the amazing work-ethic of their parents in the second generation here after contamination by many of our worst public schools. Any hard-nosed immigration reform would make it easier for people to come legally than illegally and would tip the balance of admittees strongly in favor of those statistically most likely to produce the most wealth once they escape the wealth-destroying strictures of their societies of origin. Unfortunately for the hard-working peasants we generally see featured in our immigration fights, that new calculus would disfavor the peasantry and favor the more educated and/or entrepreneurially successful in these countries. Paradoxically, such a policy would pose discrete economic challenges to American elites more likely to resemble the readers of this publication, rather than to Americans near the bottom of our socio-economic ladder whose wages are actually lowered by low-wage competition of similarly uneducated but generally harder-working immigrants. The whole race-focus of this immigration debate by both sides is deleterious to understanding how silly our present immigration policies are. Unfortunately, such reforms are unlikely to happen. Short term, the best we can expect is an increase in the costs to illegal immigration versus legal immigration and some tinkering around the bureaucratic edges of our creaky system.

Honza Prchal, Esq.
Birmingham, AL

Dear Editor:
Do I correctly read Robert Yang's letter (03/28/08 ID) as saying that since colonialists oppressed the citizenry of colonies, it is now justified that those people now have the unfettered right to enter the country of their oppressors with certain inalienable (no pun intended) rights that are not granted by law? If this is the case, then this is anarchy. Carried to its extreme, this argument would have the people of the Neolithic era of China claiming ownership over all the land of that country, because the dynasties of China were unlawful interlopers. Preposterous. America is a nation of laws, not men. If the laws are unjust, then work to change them. But I don't think it has come that far in the immigration debate. As Mr. Yang's letter points out, "Fences and barriers will never stop and prevent the global competition." This is correct, but fences and barriers, whether physical, virtual or legal, can work to protect the economy and welfare of a sovereign nation - a right that every sovereign nation has under international law. In response to Mr. Yang's letter's question, " ... if "Native Americans" never "owned", the land so why there were wars between the European settlers and them then?," I can only say that I have no idea, but I doubt a title search on the ownership of American land, pre Pilgrim will reveal any ownership, or even possessory rights. I would be interested in some authority in international law that says land or title to land can never be taken from its original owner under any circumstance. Let's stick to the facts - the US needs immigration reform, not an open invitation to the world to occupy our shores.

David D. Murray, Esq.
Newport Beach, CA

Dear Editor:
As an advocate for CIR, I depend on IDís informed and insightful observations on issues where your depth of knowledge far exceeds my own. Every new White House operates with three top priorities. Should the new president pursue more than three while staffing the government and dealing with the inevitable crises that accompany the first year, then he or she will have no priorities at all. Further, no matter who wins the presidency, the top three priorities are already decided. One is dealing with Iraq and Afghanistan, and whether our troops stay or go, the wars will consume a vast amount of the new presidentís and his or her staffís time. Second will be rebuilding the US relationships in the international community. The new president will have to devote an inordinate amount of time reestablishing trust with international leaders on both commercial and military issues. Like Iraq and Afghanistan, there is no option for postponement. That leaves room for one major domestic issue in the first year. Again, there is no choice: it will be a revision of the US Tax Code, a huge portion of which expires at midnight December 31, 2010. Expiring provisions include personal rates, capital gains, the inheritance tax, deductions, credits ó damn near the whole thing. Again, no option for postponement exists; further, it cannot be done overnight. It will require a vast investment of the new presidentís political capital over the first two years to accomplish a desirable result. The competition for the next rung on the priorities ladder will be intense. The three secondary priorities nearest to a crisis situation include the transportation system, health care, global warming and immigration. In that architecture of issues confronting the new Clinton-Obama-McCain Administration, there will not be much difference in priority setting.

Billy Moore
Washington, DC

Dear Editor:
The Ramon Carrion, Esq. letter of 3/28/08 ID expresses dismay about voting for the war candidate McCain in regards to ID's Comment of 3/26/08 and other Letters about whether Obama, Clinton or McCain can provide the most "immigration benefits". For restrictionists, the leading choices are even worse. It would appear that money and the special interests have prevailed again as all three of them are lax on entry enforcement according to their records despite recent "conversions" to appear otherwise. As H. L. Mencken observed, "elections are advance auctions of stolen goods" (or favorable, self-serving policies). Only Ron Paul, who is popular with citizens, but not special interests, puts the Constitution and America first. Robert Yang's 3/28/08 ID letter makes many broad generalizations and "what if" scenarios, most of them inaccurate and irrelevant. It is absurd to attempt to justify entry policy today based upon centuries old circumstances. Despite his letter's charges of "imperialism" and "stolen wealth", he certainly seems interested in claiming a share of it which truly is a, "..clear example of double standard and willful ignorance" as most wealth is created, not stolen. While labor has it's grievances, his letter's fail to recognize that America is more than a marketplace or an international job fair. It is our national home where we have the sovereign right to invite or restrict whom we may and the invitations never seem to be enough for some, thus the need for laws, fences and other barriers.

Jim Roberts

Dear Editor:
Short memories seem to plague us a great deal. Recent history tells us quite clearly that republican administrations have been hell on earth for immigrants and immigration. Call me whatever name makes ID's day but these administrations have not been good for the economy either. And when the economy is tough, immigrants (at least, recent immigrants) feel the pain much faster than most groups. I am not sure if anyone has heard that Republicans solely fuel the current stalemate on immigration in Congress. Perhaps, it will be enlightening to look a little farther to see if any other republican administration, save the Reagan administration, has in the last 50 years been better than lukewarm toward immigration. A lukewarm reaction is even welcome from them. My experience is that they are unpretentiously hostile to immigrants and immigration (or am I living in another world?). McCain may have co-sponsored a bill that we want but that does not tantamount to doing same if he became President. With opposition from the extreme right, he has changed positions quite a few times. In the face of recent history, therefore, your conclusion that McCain will be better for immigration is not only suspect, it is close to the conclusion of a final-year law student at one of our law schools who recently said that he would like to practice immigration law but that he'd like all the "illegal Latinos" to be expelled from the US. I could not tell if it was ignorance or simply feeding into the regular, the familiar, the routine and the ordinary. One more thing: the law student was brought here in diapers from Asia; so, he really does not understand what people go through to obtain status.

Joseph St. Daniel
Atlanta, GA

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