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McCain Talks CIR

New York Times reports that, at a roundtable of business leaders in California, Senator McCain said that comprehensive immigration reform should be a top priority for the next president. He said "Senator Kennedy and I tried very hard to get immigration reform, a comprehensive plan, through the Congress of the United States. It is a federal responsibility and because of our failure as a federal obligation, weíre seeing all these various conflicts and problems throughout our nation as different towns, cities, counties, whatever they are, implement different policies and different programs which makes things even worse and even more confusing... I believe we have to secure our borders, and I think most Americans agree with that, because itís a matter of national security. But we must enact comprehensive immigration reform. We must make it a top agenda item if we donít do it before, and we probably wonít, a little straight talk, as of January 2009."

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


Focus

Deadline Is Tuesday, May 27th For Travel and Maintenance of Nonimmigrant Status

Tuesday May 27th is the deadline for the Thursday May 28th phone session on "Travel and Maintenance of Nonimmigrant Status", the curriculum is as follows:

  • Is it necessary/advisable/possible to maintain nonimmigrant status?
  • What affect will travel have on the AOS application?
  • H and L nonimmigrants and the dual intent travel memo
  • Extending status of those traveling on AP
  • Dependents - do they need to be in the same status as the principal?
  • Is it possible to get back into nonimmigrant status after allowing that status to lapse?
  • Post-sixth-year H-1B extensions with a new employer
THIRD Phone Session on June 26th: Dealing with Dependents and Understanding the Unpredictable Visa Bulletin The deadline to sign up is Tuesday, May 27th. For more info, including speaker bios, detailed curriculum, and registration information, please see: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/aprilB2008.shtm . (Fax version: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/aprilB2008.pdf).


Article

New Medical Form Means More Doom
Jonathan D. Montag writes "This new medical form may not do much in dealing with the problem of illegal immigration, but it will have a huge impact on legal immigration."

Immigrants Of The Week: Graham Nash and Jorn Olsen
Greg Siskind celebrates contributions of these outstanding immigrants to America.

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


News

USCIS To Revise Filing Instructions For Form I-751
USCIS announced that it will be revising the filing instructions for the Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence (Form I-751).


Classifieds

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Newark, NJ and New York, NY - Proskauer Rose LLP, one of the nation's largest law firms, seeks immigration paralegal. Must have a minimum three to five years experience with non-immigrant and immigrant casework (HIB, LIA, LIB, TN, E, O1, PERM, EB1, etc.), generating and completing forms, entering data into a case management system, and performing research. Bachelors Degree preferred. Excellent English writing skills and attention to detail required. Please send resumes to Angela Houghton via email to ahoughton@proskauer.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegals
Boston, MA - Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. has immediate openings for a senior and a junior immigration paralegal for busy Immigration practice. Candidates must have experience in business immigration law, including preparation of H-1B, L-1, O-1 and E-1/E-2 visa petitions and labor certification cases. Responsibilities include the preparation and filing of business and employment-related immigration documentation and communications with government agencies and clients. Senior paralegal's responsibilities include supervising and mentoring junior paralegals. Qualified candidates must have excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, accuracy, consistency and job ownership. The ideal candidates must have excellent written and oral communication skills. Bachelor's degree is required. Junior paralegal position requires 3+ years of experience and Senior paralegal position requires 7+ years of experience. Send cover letter and resume to mlhr@mintz.com. EOE.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Miami, FL - Feldenkrais Law, P.A. seeks immigration attorney with minimum 3-5 years of corporate business immigration experience with filings for H Visas, L visas, E visas, O visas, PERM cases and green cards. Experience should include full range of employment based immigrant and nonimmigrant categories. Experience supervising paralegal staff and managing corporate immigration accounts strongly preferred. Excellent legal writing, organizational and case management skills required. Please submit resume, cover letter and relevant, substantive legal writing samples (RFE responses, explanatory letters to clients, analytical case planning memos, etc.) to Michael Feldenkrais: mf@feldenkraislaw.net.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegals
Miami, FL - Feldenkrais Law, P.A. seeks senior level immigration paralegals. 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 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 communicating with US and foreign employers on 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 fast-paced, high-volume case-processing environment. Must be people- and service-oriented. College degree and excellent writing skills preffered. Competitive salary. Send cover letter, resume, and writing sample to Michael Feldenkrais: mf@feldenkraislaw.net.

Help Wanted: Immigration Professionals
Multiple Locations - USCIS seeks over 500 entry level Immigration Services Officers. Positions are available in duty locations around the nation at the GS-5/7/9 grade levels. Starting salaries range from $26,264 to $39,795. Promotion potential and regular salary increases may also be available. USCIS will accept applications starting Monday, May 12, through Monday, May 26, 2008. New recruits will attend a 8-week training program and practicum, during which new recruits will be provided with the skills needed to adjudicate applications and petitions. Applicants can qualify for the GS-5/7/9 grade levels based on education, experience, or a combination of both education and experience. All academic majors are acceptable for these positions. For more info, see here: https://cbpmhc.hr-services.org/ISO/. Please be sure to reference vacancy announcement number: FCIP-187891. To review the official vacancy announcement, key in vacancy announcement number: FCIP-187891 at OPM USA Jobs website.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegals
Chicago, IL - Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP seeks senior level immigration paralegals. 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 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 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 fast-paced, high-volume case-processing environment. Must be people- and service-oriented . College degree and excellent writing skills required. Competitive salary + excellent benefits package. Send cover letter, resume, + writing sample to mmolina@fragomen.com. EOE.

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PERM Services
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Headlines

US, G-8 Immigration Affected By Rapid Economic Globalization
Few can doubt that the global immigration system is built on the old adage of Adam Smith namely that "Man is of all sorts of luggage the most difficult to be transported."

Missouri To Curb Illegal Immigration
Pressured by Governor Matt Blunt to pass immigration legislation or return for a special session, Missouri lawmakers approved measures last Friday aimed at discouraging illegal immigration.


comingsNgoings

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Immigration Book
"Debating Immigration" Carol M. Swain, Cambridge University Press, 328 pp. Paperback, ISBN: 0521698669, $19.99 http://www.amazon.com/Debating-Immigration-Carol-M-Swain/dp/0521698669/


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:
Robert Yang's letter takes the position that the immigration debate is all about fear of competition (05/23/2008 ID, etc.). Roger Algase's letter takes the position the immigration debate is all about racial prejudice (05/23/2008 ID, etc.). I take the position they are both right, and both wrong. There is no single motivating, or even compelling, position. Everyone seems to have their opinion about the immigration debate, even those who have never really thought about or studied immigration issues. Then there are special interest groups like the Center for Immigration (CIS) at one end of the restrictionist scale and FAIR and DARE at the other, and the pro-immigration champions, AILA and Immigration Daily on the more liberal side. While some immigration lawyers are activists, most immigration lawyers are busy making their living by helping immigrants through the maze of existing law, regulations, procedures and policies that are so complex it takes a qualified and knowledgeable lawyer to make any sense, if the government's miasma we call our "immigration system" can ever make sense. ID's editorial entitled "American Suicide" (05/23/2008 ID), quoting New York Mayor Richard Bloomberg, contains the statement, "If our country's future is going to be as great as our past, we have to start realizing that immigrants have always been - and always will be - one of our greatest economic and cultural assets." While this is surely true, America needs to responsibly control its influx of immigrants in order to insure domestic economic stability. It would be impossible to throw open our borders and survive economically. Cogent immigration reform should not include prejudice, but on what is good for America. Of course, viewpoints of what is good for America differ dramatically - and that's a problem.

David D. Murray, Esq.
Newport Beach, CA

Dear Editor:
Further to my letter (05/23/08 ID), some recent restrictionst letters in ID have argued that their opposition to both legal and illegal immigration is not based on prejudice toward any particular group, but is only concerned with rational factors such as how many people this country can absorb and the effect of immigration on wage levels, public services, security, law enforcement, etc. But if opposition to immigration is entirely rational, what is the point of trying, as some recent ID letters have done, to demonize Spanish-speaking and other minority immigrants, as "violent criminals" "murderers", "rapists", and "invaders", or as members of a supposed "Aztlan" plot for the "reconquista" of the Southwest? This latter fantasy can only remind one of the infamous anti-Semitic forgery, "Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion" that was disseminated by Henry Ford and other hatemongers beginning in the 1920's. Just as vicious, false charges against the Jews led to restrictive policies that once turned away thousands of refugees from Nazi Germany, similar expressions of hatred toward Latino and other darker-skinned immigrants are now leading to the tragic increases in deaths at the Mexican border, from deliberate medical neglect and similar cruelties at immigration detention facilities, and to many other abuses inconsistent with the values of a civilized, democratic society. "Enforcement only" is not an immigration policy..It is nothing but popular prejudice, political pandering, and persecution.

Roger Algase, Esq.
New York NY

Dear Editor:
United States Of America is blessed by being an immigrant country. Everyone in this land pay taxes every time they buy anything from water , cigarettes, food, clothing, etc. US is a big capitalist country than anyone in the world why then we are refusing customers to our shores? This is insane. No business will like to stop customers to coming to their stores. Let's legalize today all our people that are great contributors to this great nation.

Juan Correa

Dear Editor:
Once again it seems Mr. Utterback's letter (05/22/08 ID), just doesn't get it. This country needs the illegal immigrant workforce to function, and anybody who thinks Americans will fill the jobs illegal immigrants do, has their head in the sand. Employers cannot afford to offer $30 an hour with benefits which is what most Americans expect before they even lift a finger. Why do you think so many jobs have been outsourced and companies forced to move overseas? Illegals will work for much less and take those hard, low-paying jobs. And they bring their families with them. This is to be expected and it is inhumane to expect otherwise. A guest worker program should be established but in the meantime the U.S needs the cheap labor we receive from south of the border. Stop worrying about any perceived "threat" from illegal immigrants and try getting realistic about the tremendous economic contribution they make to our country. All they want from this country is a chance to work.

Steve Cedillos

Dear Editor:
Roger Algase's letter (05/23/08 ID) is welcome. "Prejudiced" is a far less loaded term than "racist", even if we all know he means the same by the two terms. I whole-heartedly congratulate him on making the concession. As for irrational assumptions, Mr. Algase letter (05/22/08 ID) tossed in an irrelevant observation that voter identification laws are "intended to make it harder for African-American and Latino US citizens to vote". When even the Carter Center supports such laws to prevent non-citizens and felons, along with fraudulent voters, from tipping elections, I would suggest the letter review "irrational hostility" again. People can disagree without being "irrationally hostile". That said, the concession of refraining from tossing charges of racism about will likely calm a lot of letter-writers down and get more of us to actually focus on... immigration. That would be a virtuous circle. I know I'll spend relatively more of my letters pointing out that we could do with a few tens of thousands more highly skilled, highly motivated immigrants every year instead of defending restrictionsists from charges of racism. Bill Dahl's article (05/21/08 ID) likely shares almost all of Mr. Algase's opinions, and thus I disagree with many of its assumptions, but I found his article, The Disease Without A Name, moving. I wish I would take Mr. Dahl's object lesson in catching more flies with honey than vinegar and in assuming one's opponents are human beings worthy of respect to heart more often.

Honza Prchal

Dear Editor:
Whether or not the letters of R. Algase or R. Yang (5/23/08 ID) continue charges of "racist", "prejudiced" or "fear of competition", respectively, towards responsible restrictionists, their "irrational hostility" towards this group meets the stated definition of being prejudiced with their refusal to attribute other valid reasons and motives for reduced numbers of entrants other than "negative views" towards ethnic groups. Thus, their letters display real prejudice while irresponsibly and falsely railing against the moderate position. It is the "monster" of excess and uncontrolled numbers that is: "looming over our immigration system, threatening to destroy it" and US. Excessive numbers of legal entry are just as problematic as are the illegal variety as David Seminara's backgrounder reports: "No Coyote Needed: U.S. Visas Still an Easy Ticket in Developing Countries" (3/31/08 ID). Mr. Seminara, a U.S. Foreign Service tenured member from 2002-2007, discusses his inside view of the disaster that is U.S. visa policy. The teachings of Jesus appllied to personal behavior, not national policies. Even so, how many invite strangers to live in their homes? An article by Joe Guzzardi says: "It's Official! Legal Immigration Is A Bigger Problem Than Illegal Immigration!" concludes: "With visa fraud raging, legal immigration has emerged as a bigger peril to American sovereignty than illegal immigration". Reduced visas and entry numbers, secured borders and adequate enforcement with no birthright citizenship should be our policies to reduce entry numbers to reasonable limits. This is not racism, hatred or anti-immigrant. It is arrogant, irresponsible, and against the interests of American citizens to suggest otherwise.

Jim Roberts

Dear Editor:
Regarding Roger Algase, Esq.'s letter (05/23/08 ID), I attended an immigration ceremony and there were people of all races present. The Secy of Agri was there and he was Latino and i shook his hand. He's a very nice gentleman. When I worked, I was taught by a US citizen, a Mexican gentleman and he was better than all the whites. He had compassion. Then too, in another department it was an islamic gentleman that helped me the most. It is not the race that makes a differance here, but the motive of American corporations bringing Latino's in the country, and it is the burden on American taxpayers when we can't raise our own children in America for the massive ADC and illegals that puts our own freedoms and our own ability to enjoy our own country in jepordy. So, you work in a meat packing plant, whatever you do, you replace American workers, you place your dependents on an already burdened citizen. This is a excreciating delima, but the methods are discriminitory against the citizens. This is not a solution, but adding fire to the problem. I continue to press for overseas workers in America. Our government doesn't like that as everyone should be equal. But, all the countries of the world are being indunated by illegals whether France, england, Denmark, Australia and its a major problem and no one address the real solution. I say, the Americans need help, not competetion for their sacrifices. Whats wrong with fulfilling your needs not your wants. Whats wrong with being an overseas worker making less, keeping your family in your host country, providing them food, clothing, housing. It's done all over the world and it works. Its not ideal, but it fulfills your need. Thats compassion with reality.

David Utterback

Dear Editor:
Regarding Mr. Utterback's letter (05/23/08 ID) that the U.S. should keep it's money for itself. The facts: The U.S. has always been a generous, loving and caring country. It has always helped it's neighbor no matter whether they like us or not. Even to the present day where a government doesn't want our help, we keep knocking to let us in to help their people when we see a need. We give more than even the richest country including the U.N. many times over. And yes we need the money for ourselves. But our country is not a scrooge. It gives even when it hurts. That's why the United States of America is a blessed country. Simple principal that works even for private enterprises and individuals. The more you give, the more you receive.

Ben


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