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Immigration Daily May 30, 2008
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Hispanic Caucus Veto

An opinion piece in Wall Street Journal comments on the removal of AgJobs from the Iraq Supplemental appropriations bill:

"The likely story is that Mr. Menendez was carrying water for Hispanic political activists who dislike this kind of piecemeal reform, even if it solves a genuine problem and would help millions of migrant workers. Such groups as the National Council of La Raza figure they can wait until next year when Democrats will probably run the entire government and they won't have to make any compromises on citizenship."
The Democratic leadership in the House has thrown immigrants under the bus on the way to election victory. Mr. Menendez's killing of AgJobs shows that such stopping of benefits can go both ways. The Hispanic caucus is invoking a veto on immigration benefits which do not include legalization, even when such benefits have wide Democratic or bipartisan support. The logjam in immigration reform is not just between the Democrats and Republicans, but also between pro-immigration and anti-immigration factions within both parties.

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


Focus

Crimes And Immigration: A Definitive Manual For Winning Cases

The following is the table of contents for this book which is now being shipped:

  • Chapter 1: Evaluating A Criminal Case For Immigration Purposes
  • Chapter 2: Criminal Grounds Of Inadmissibility And Waivers
  • Chapter 3: Criminal Grounds Of Deportability
  • Chapter 4: Good Moral Character
  • Chapter 5: Detention And Removal Of Noncitizens Charged With Criminal Grounds Of Inadmissibility Or Deportability
  • Chapter 6: Applications For Relief From Removal For Criminal Aliens In Removal Proceedings
  • Chapter 7: Working With Criminal Defense Counsel And The Criminal Courts On The Structure And Amelioration Of Convictions
  • Chapter 8: Judicial Review
  • CD-ROM: Over 700 Critical Documents - Significant statutory provisions of 8 USC, 18 USC, and other public laws, Relevant regulatory sections and forms from USCIS and EOIR, Key BIA and Federal Court cases, Links to informative internet resources, etc.
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Article

Know Your Niche: Knowing Your Target Audience Will Help You Distinguish Yourself From The Competition
Paramjit Mahli writes "Once you can answer these questions, your other marketing activities - such as speaking, writing, networking and becoming a source for press - will become easier."

Bloggings: May 30, 2008
Christopher T. Musillo of the Hammond Law Group shares the latest entries to his firm's blog.

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


News

USCIS Implements Required DNA Testing For Vietnamese Adoptions
USCIS announced that its office in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam is implementing a DNA testing requirement for Vietnamese adoption cases where the birth parent(s) of the adopted child has been identified, and published a Q&A on the topic. See the announcement here, and see the Q&A here.


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.

J-1 Visa Program
Discover the ease and flexibility of the J-1 Trainee visa with AIESEC United States. For 50 years, AIESEC U.S. has offered foreign nationals the opportunity to grow both personally and professionally by sponsoring exchange visitor traineeships. Enjoy unparalleled customer service, including in-depth guidance on J-1 Trainee visa regulations and the changes effective July 2007. We also offer logistical and cultural reception services in locations nationwide. Expect a 24-48 hr. application processing time. The J-1 Trainee visa can be used for individuals to participate in training programs in the following fields: information media and communications, education, social sciences, library science, counseling and social services, management, business, commerce and finance, the sciences, engineering, architecture, mathematics and industrial occupations, public administration, and law. Attorneys interested in learning more about AIESEC United States and the J-1 Trainee visa, please email Melany Hamner: MelanyH@aiesecus.org.

Immigration Consulting Services
Angelo Paparelli, a nationally-renowned expert with an outstanding breadth of immigration law knowledge and expertise, is available to provide immigration- related consulting services to corporate executives, general counsel, HR departments, foundations, attorneys and law firms in private practice. He consults on employment-based immigration, job portability, remedies for status violations, mergers and acquisitions, immigration-related corporate policies, crisis communication, government investigations, employer sanctions, legislative advocacy, waivers of ineligibility and litigation. Offices in CA & NY. Services: worldwide. To discuss how he can consult on your case, contact Angelo Paparelli at 949-955-5555 or aap@entertheusa.com.

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Headlines

Upstate Needs Immigration Reform
One of the enduring myths about America's immigration problem is that the industrial Northeast is somehow exempt from the issues of undocumented workers, border agents and besieged farmers.

Seattle's Laws Look Past Immigrants On The Run
When a coalition of pro-immigrant church groups kicked off the "new sanctuary" movement on May 9, 2007, Seattle was one of five cities chosen to host a kickoff press conference.


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 - New York, NY
June 2 - The New York Immigration Coalitionóone of the leading immigrant advocacy groups in the nationówill hold its 20th anniversary gala , celebrating two decades of landmark work to improve the lives of immigrants and all New Yorkers. The awards gala will honor the following individuals and institutions: Wyclef Jean, Lin-Manuel Miranda, NY Daily News & Mort Zuckerman. For more info, see here: http://www.thenyic.org/content.asp?cid=562#562


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:
Regarding Mr. Murray's letter (05/28/08 ID): USCIS is already on its knees--but not for prayer. I went to an InfoPass appointment this morning. Within minutes of my finding a seat I learned of two green card holders who have been waiting years for their oath of citizenship. One filed in 1998, had the exam, passed, and then nothing. He tried again in 2002, had the exam, passed, and then nothing. The other had only been waiting for five years. Between the two they have been in the U.S. 35 years. During and after the practice fire drill for which all aliens had to exit through one single door, I chatted with Information Officers and other attorneys about the erstwhile acting chief of naturalization who is now serving 12 years in a federal penitentiary. I had no luck with my case questions though for a change they did locate the files and promised to send an inquiry sheet upstairs. In my experience that is as useful as writing a letter to the Field Operations Chief and expecting an answer.

Paul Good, Esq.

Dear Editor:
I would like to echo the concerns of Jim Daley, Esq.'s letter (05/29/2008 ID) regarding the slice and dice the ID Editor sometimes performs on Letters to the Editor, which result in either misstatement or, as Mr. Daley's letter says, "misrepresentation." I believe it is less ID's intent to "suit its purpose" rather than just insensitive editing; like my reference to MAD Magazine, edited to read "mad"... obviously, the ID editor had never heard of Alfred E. Neumann or MAD Magazine, a sleazy humor magazine, around since the early 1950's. As the Editor's response to Mr. Daley's letter's expression of concern for maintaining the integrity of his writing, ID claims that letters are sometimes changed to comply with libel laws. I am happy ID has awakened to that fact. Over the past six years or so that I have been submitting letters and articles, with one exception, I have always found the Editor fair to both sides of the issues and always willing to publish letter writer's clarification follow-up's. However, not everyone who reads the initial letter reads the follow-up, so sometimes the embarrassment or harm to reputation cannot easily be undone. Although obviously not unbiased on the issues of immigration reform and legalization of illegals, ID presents a fine publication, providing newsworthy information and lively debate on the issues of immigration. Thank goodness for ID, or all we would have left to read is the profit-driven hatemongering anti-immigrationist web based publications.

David D. Murray, Esq.
Newport Beach, CA

Dear Editor:
I can't read these daily emails. Are you going to cut back? or I'll have to drop out.

Mary Fran

Editor's Note: Immigration Daily is a daily newspaper helping subscribers stay on the top of the latest developments in immigration law. If that frequency is higher than you would like, we recommend that you unsubscribe and instead bookmark our homepage to visit it at a frequency of your choice.

Dear Editor:
As for Sian Mang's letter's (05/28/08 ID) argument that we are all immigrants except "Native" Americans who crossed the land bridge in successive invasive waves, the answer is no, we are not. My daughter was born a child of a US parent in the United States, making her native-born. I was born in Canada and my wife overseas. We are immigrants. This is not Switzerland, where the grandchildren of immigrants are still "those American (or choose your nationality) kids". No blud, no volk, no religious creed is required to be an American. Just passable English, cultural assimilation and adherence to most basic norms of American behavior, including the really radical ones like being able to self-identify with any religion you want and change that self-identification at the drop of a hat. As for Jim Roberts' letter's (05/28/08 ID) assertion that The Protocols of the Elders of Zion "have never been disproved", read the Russian and German study of same. One would think a website purporting to understand the Bible would have some facility with foreign languages, including the ones the Protocols were written in. They are comic opera forgeries, besides which, they must be proved, not disproved. Try to disprove the economic and foreign policy agenda of something you disagree with and see how hard it is even for the nonsense.

Honza Prchal
Birmingham, AL

Dear Editor:
Is there a double standard here? Mr. Algase, Esq.'s letter (05/27/08 ID) says "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?"... "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." Contradictions, contadictions. and those nasty facts. Did the US ever have this relationship between other immigrant groups under legal immigration or historical legal immigration with the host countries of immigrants? Its not in the archieves of history, the Jews under Hitler were not dark skinned.

David Utterback

Dear Editor:
The Roger Algase letter (5/29/08 ID) states that my letter's (5/28/08 ID) mere mention that others disagreed with his position on "Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion": "has no place in an ID discussion" and "should be strongly condemned by all ID readers" is beyond intolerance. A search of the topic will readily show that, while controversial, many believe "Protocols" to be valid and even Abraham H. Foxman of the Anti-Defamation League has said: "The non-Jewish world to a large extent believes" in their validity. If there is anything "shocking" and "outrageous", it is the preposterous position that the RA's often specious letters are to be read, but that others should be condemned and banned. What is more "extremist" than this? And how can a prudent restrictionist policy advocation that promotes a cohesive society be so characterized? The agenda that would pursue this path would tend to prove the premise of "Protocols". Discussion, disagreement and facts are not "attacks", neither is racial discussion the same a as racist comment. The truth is that all of the many inflammatory words that the RA letters have so frequently and wrongfully charged others letter writers with, are appropriate to his own.

Jim Roberts


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