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Immigration Daily June 9, 2008
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Comment

The Great Immigration Panic

A trenchant editorial by New York Times prophesies that the largest toll of an unjust immigration policy is the undercutting of our national identity itself. "Someday, the country will recognize the true cost of its war on illegal immigration. We donít mean dollars, though those are being squandered by the billions. The true cost is to the national identity: the sense of who we are and what we value. It will hit us once the enforcement fever breaks, when we look at what has been done and no longer recognize the country that did it... Every time this country has singled out a group of newly arrived immigrants for unjust punishment, the shame has echoed through history. Children someday will study the Great Immigration Panic of the early 2000s, which harmed countless lives, wasted billions of dollars and mocked the nationís most deeply held values."

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


Focus

The PERM Workshop Last Chance

The PERM Workshop will be held on Wednesday, June 25, 2008 in Vancouver, Canada. The speakers are Joel Stewart, Kate Lopez Ley, Angelo A. Paparelli, Elizabeth Reichard, Rohit Turkhud And David Ware. The curriculum is as follows:

Session 1: Mechanics of PERM: Preparation & Prevailing Wage

  • Understanding O*Net
  • Understanding Job Zones & SVP
  • How to use the DOL's Trinary System: SVP Ranges, Competency Levels, and Educational Ratings for Schedule D Professionals
Session 2: The Recruitment Process & Strategy
  • Tips for Advertising, Coordinating the Campaign in 180 Days
  • Analysis of the 10 Professional Recruitment Options
  • Review of Resumes, Contacting and Interviewing US Workers, Recruitment Reports & Categorizing Reasons for Rejection, Preparing the Record File and Supporting Documents
Session 3: Restrictive Requirements, Audit Proofing, and Electronic Filing
  • Defining Normal Requirements, Foreign Languages, Combination of Occupations, Alternative Requirements, Actual Minimum Requirements, Combinations of Education Experience, and Training
  • Layoffs, Alien Influence and Control
  • Documentation of Employer, Job Requirements v. Alien Qualifications, How to Fill in H-4 to H-10, When and Where to Put the Magic Language
  • Tips on Filing Electronically
Session 4: Reconsideration, Appeals to BALCA, & Federal Court Litigation
  • Understanding Audit Letters and Final Determinations, Retention of Documents, CO Requests for supplemental information and/or documentation, Supervised Recruitment Pros & Cons
  • Motions to Reconsider with or without Request for Appeal, Which BALCA En Banc Cases Differ from PERM, Arguing Harmless Error after Matter of Health America
  • Legal Arguments on Appeal, When Introduction of New Facts May be Possible, Exhausting Administrative Appeals Not Required
For details on curriculum, speaker bios, and registration information, please see: http://www.ilw.com/workshops/june2008perm.shtm. For the fax form, see here. Don't delay, act today!


Article

FDL Welcomes Frank Sharry Of America's Voice
David Neiwert writes "Sharry, who stepped down as the NIF's executive director earlier this year, did so because he had in mind a bridge-building venture that would try to provide a voice for the majority of Americans who want a sensible, humane solution to the nation's dysfunctional immigration policies."

Immigrants Of The Week: Preetal Bansal, Petr Sykora, and Howard Cho
Greg Siskind celebrates contributions of these outstanding immigrants to America.

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


News

USCIS Centralizes Initial Naturalization Application Processing
USCIS announced that it has centralized initial processing of all applications for naturalization (Form-400) at its National Benefits Center in Missouri.


Classifieds

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Lexington, KY - Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC, a large Kentucky law firm, seeks employment-based immigration paralegal/case manager. Position requires strong organizational, writing, communication, and computer skills. Experience preferred in H-1B, L-1, PERM, and I-140 cases. Spanish or Japanese language skills considered a plus. Salary commensurate with experience. Competitive benefits. Great work environment. Please email your resume and salary requirements to denise.wilson@skofirm.com. EOE.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Cerritos, CA - The Chugh Firm, a mid-size law firm, seeks business immigration attorney with a minimum of 3 to 5 years experience in employment-based immigration. Email resume to jyoti.singh@chugh.com.

Position Sought
Experienced immigration specialist seeks immigration contract work for immigration law firms on a telecommute basis. Possess 10+ years experience in law firm environment and corporate environment managing the immigration department with primary responsibility for all phases of immigration processing and administration. Provides a wide range of immigration support services to immigration attorneys and organizations including, but not limited to: preparation of all IV and NIV documents and support letters (B, H, E, L, TN, O, P, PERM and PR), onsite I-9 and Public Access File auditing services to ensure corporate compliance with labor and immigration regulations, and coordinating visa applications requiring host-country filings. Resume, writing sample, and references available upon request. Email: imm.specialist@gmail.com.

Case Management Technology
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PERM Services
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Headlines

Immigration And Philanthropy: The Potential Of Both
Nonprofits that recognize these changes will be equipped to respond in a timely fashion while developing strong relationships with immigrant communities that build on philanthropic traditions in the U.S. and abroad.

Study Cites Immigrants' Economic Impact
Iowa's economy would lose $4.4 billion in annual spending if all undocumented workers were exported from the state, a spokesman for a national advocacy group said Thursday.


comingsNgoings

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Immigration Book
"Americans in Waiting: The Lost Story of Immigration and Citizenship in the United States" Hiroshi Motomura, Oxford University Press, USA, 256 pp. Hardcover, ISBN: 0195336089, $24.95 http://www.amazon.com/Americans-Waiting-Immigration-Citizenship-United/dp/0195336089/


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:
Another example of the bias of these US govt departments is the recent clampdown on all professional workers who have to go out of USA to get their passports stamped with a visa. Inspite of having worked or studied in US for many years have been stopped at the consulates or embassies behind the veil of secret background security clearances. These professionals are stopped from returning to their well established jobs, homes and families for months. These professionals are humiliated by the consulate/embassy staff and are refused basic information about their cases such as why they are being scrutinized/harrassed. These professionals are being forced to loose their jobs for no fault of theirs and yet have to keep paying for their apartment rents, mortage payments, utility bills, credit card bills and other such activities of a normal life in US. Some professionals have school going kids who cannot attend school or have their wife and or kids back in the US. This is happening despite the fact that these professionals have perfectly legal work authorization notices from the USCIS/DHS to work in US. The USCIS/DHS itself approves work petitions after a through check of the forms and legal documents that the employer/lawyer submits for the intended employer. This appears like DHS proposes while the DOS disposes the wishes of an employer/employee. Remember that these legally working professionals have hundreds and thousands of friends and families around the world and try the understand what is happening to the already torn image of the brand USA in the eyes of these thousands of law abiding people in the world. This is fuelling hatred and distrust for USA in the eyes of even those people in the world who would otherwise be supportive of larger goals of it's policies.

Rinku

Dear Editor:
Regarding ID's comment regarding AgJobs, and itís removal from the Iraq Supplemental Spending Bill (05/30/08 ID), I am a huge advocate for CIR, and AgJobs. This AgJobs-Light bill that was in the Iraq Supplemental Spending Bill would have been a godsend for farmers and agri-workers. Sen. Diane Feinstein is very correct that this legislation is urgently needed. It failed because both the far left and the far right were against it, even though there was broad bi-partisan support among the moderate middle. However, I can't entirely fault the Hispanic Caucus, and by extension Bob Menendez. When they say that incremental legislation hurts their plans for an overall and far reaching CIR, they aren't wrong. As much as I would love to see AgJobs or the Dream Act passed, I can't fault the logic behind the concept of the all or nothing approach. Perhaps if Diane Feinstein would have tried for a shorter Agjobs-Light bill it might have flown. She might have had better luck if she had tried something along the lines of my idea from the article, "A Temporary Immigration Solution: Making Lemonade Out Of Lemons" (ID 2/13/08). In that article, I suggested that as a temporary solution, we consider something along the lines of TPS, which runs for a period of 18 months at a time. In effect, in her bill, she was mandating a 5 year TPS, which would have intruded into the time period that the Hispanic Caucus hopes to be able to pass broad CIR with a new and more amenable Congress. Look, I don't like it, but it seems that we all have to hold our breath, (and perhaps our noses), until such time as Congress can get their collective acts together. Perhaps a prayer or two would hurt, either.

Robert Gittelson

Dear Editor:
Mr. Rinku's extensive letter (06/06/08 ID) claiming the efforts of DOL/ICE/FBI and other alphabet soup agencies are all demonstrative of "racist xenophobes" at action is a bit much. One ought digest the history of non-interior enforcement as Congress pull the rug from under Immigration Agent efforts to assure Ronald Reagan's "once in a lifetime amnesty" grant was in exchange for "employer sanctions" geared to "level the playing field" for law abiding employers attempting to compete with those who pay nothing for worker help. Mr. Rinku's letter ought consider the possibility the public in general has figured out there is a "problem" of 20 million unauthorized migrants aggravated by reality that Congressional types will tell anyone anything for a vote, regardless of fact, history, and reality. Racist Xenophobe? No. Realist? Yes. This is the first time in thirty years our laws may be enforced, even if it is by the Customs types who took over INS.

Tim Houghtaling
Lexington SC

Dear Editor:
Regarding the letter of Paul Good, Esq. (06/06/08 ID), the post my letter was responding to was about Jews entering Germany, not Israel. And Jews can be dark skinned, however the majority of Jews were not dark skinned. Furthermore, this immigration has nothing to do with Israel's immigration policy. For three decades, the Latino, has been the number one legal immigrant into the U.S. If the U.S. were racist, the Latinos certainly would not have been #1 legal immigrant group into the U.S. A typical immigration ceremony has people becoming u.s. citizens from all counties of the world. That definitely is not racism and this argument is ridiculous. For over a year, Latinos don't understand illegal is illegal.

David Utterback

Dear Editor:
The often thoughtful letters of Honza Prchal miss the mark (06/05/08 ID) by calling the Atzlan movement "fantasism" and the similarities between "Protocols" methodology with the techniques Globalists are using today as "paranoid". While ReConquista advocates includes "young punk" criminals -- many mainstream students, adult Latinos, and others also push the agenda. In Tucson, AZ and other schools, LaRaza/Chicano class studies openly teach: "that the SW was taken from Mexicans" and: "still rightfully belongs to their descendants". Mario Obledo of MALDEF bragged: "We're going to take over all the political institutions in CA. In five years the Hispanics are going to be the majority population of this state and those who don't like it should go back to Europe". David Rothkopf's book: "Superclass -- The Global Power Elite and the World They Are Making", identifies 6,000 globalists who influence the lives of millions of people with allegiance to themselves rather than to any nation or borders. Nationhood has already been bypassed in Europe with the EU and plans are underway for US, Canada and Mexico with the NAU. British PM Gordon Brown's recent visit demanded that we submit to global governance in a speech that used the word global 69 times and globalization 7 times in rejecting the traditional concept of national sovereignty by accepting "new global rules, institutions and networks". He wants to "transcend states and borders" to build "a global society" which includes drastically reducing our standard of living and putting US workers in a common labor pool with the world's billions who subsist on less than $2 a day in a surrender of our prosperity and liberty. This process is well underway and while it is not inevitable, it won't be deterred by those who scoff.

Jim Roberts


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