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Immigration Daily August 5, 2008
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Double Jeopardy

Washington Post reports "Lawyers and activists said Ingleson is one of a rising number of legal immigrants with relatively old and minor criminal records to be snagged in the federal government's stepped-up efforts to deport those whom authorities refer to as "criminal aliens." Unlike illegal immigrants captured in raids or while crossing the border, lawyers said, these legal immigrants are often people who believed they had paid their dues, only to be flagged while presenting green cards at customs checkpoints or applying for visa renewals or citizenship."

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Deadline Is Tuesday, August 5th For Raids, Removal and Review: ICE Enforcement and EOIR Issues Reach the Courts

ILW.COM is pleased to announce a new 3-part seminar series "Raids, Removal and Review: ICE Enforcement and EOIR Issues Reach the Courts" (discussion leader: Lory Rosenberg). The curriculum is as follows:

FIRST Phone Session on August 7th:

  • Brand X & Chevron doctrine
  • BIA and circuit court views of deference
  • Application in asylum, aggravated felony context
  • Responses and strategies in statutory interpretation
SECOND Phone Session on September 4th:
  • ICE raids, employer/employee rights, ethical issues
  • Suppression of evidence, statements, hearing rights
  • Aggravated identity theft, other charges
  • Preservation of petitions, applications, re-entry issues
THIRD Phone Session on October 8th:
  • REAL ID standards in practice
  • Credibility and corroboration requirements
  • Removal and relief strategies
  • Jurisidiction in circuit court; due process claims
The deadline to sign up is Tuesday, August 5th. For more info, including speaker bios, detailed curriculum, and registration information, please see: . (Fax version:


Certifiable: The Department Of Labor's Approach To Labor Certification
Stuart Anderson writes "It increasingly appears that the process contrived by the Department of Labor and the department's battles against employers and their attorneys is not about protecting jobs for U.S. workers but jobs for employees at the U.S. Department of Labor."

Bloggings On PERM Labor Certification
Joel Stewart shares the latest entries as of August 5, 2008 on his PERM Labor Certification blog.

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USCIS Memo On Implementation Of Terrorist Activity Inadmissibility Grounds
Michael L. Aytes, the Acting Deputy Director of USCIS, published a memo on implementation of Section 691 of Division J of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2008, and Updated Processing Requirements for Discretionary Exemptions to Terrorist Activity Inadmissibility Grounds


Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegals
Reston, VA - Feeling undervalued? Goel & Anderson, LLC, seeks experienced business immigration paralegals to provide professional services to its clientele, composed of Fortune 1000 corporations and leading multinational firms. Our compensation and benefits package is commensurate with top-tier law firms, with no billable hour requirement. We offer family-friendly work hours (with little/no OT required), attorneys who are easy to work with, business-casual dress policy, fully paid health/dental/vision insurance premiums, 401(K) plan with generous match, free parking, and occasional additional perks (this year, our entire staff, along with spouses/significant others, was treated to a paid vacation at the Atlantis resort in the Bahamas). Ideal candidates will have 4-6 years of experience as a business immigration paralegal with a top tier law firm or in-house corporate immigration team, coupled with undergraduate degree, excellent organizational and communication skills (both written and oral), and ability to work independently. Please apply with resume, cover letter, + salary req. to or fax to (703) 796-9232. All submissions kept confidential. No phone calls please.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
New York, NY - A downtown Manhattan immigration law office seeks associate/senior paralegal. Prepare NIV & IV/consular applications. Experience with O-1 visas for artists preferred. Handle billing, calendar deadlines, client queries. Good writing skills essential. Use ImmPro, Access, Excel. Must be able to multi-task. Own office. P/T possible. Japanese language skills a plus. Email resume to

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Los Angeles, CA - Stone & Grzegorek LLP, an immigration law firm in downtown LA, seeks an experienced Paralegal. Candidates should have 5+ years experience in immigration practice. The position requires attention to detail and a team work ethic. Stone & Grzegorek LLP offers work in a pleasant environment with a supportive team and excellent compensation and benefits plan. Please submit your resume to

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
San Bernardino, CA - USCIS Office of the Chief Counsel (OCC) seeks an experienced attorney for the position of Associate Regional Counsel, USCIS OCC, Western Region. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, serving as an attorney providing on-site legal advice to the local District Office USCIS personnel on issues involving immigration related adjudications, inadmissibility and deportability grounds, and national security, providing litigation support to U.S. Attorneys' Offices on cases arising from local District adjudications, consulting with USCIS; responding to inquiries from the private sector; providing legal opinions on cases involving criminal aliens; and preparing USCIS' brief to the BIA on visa petition appeals. J.D. degree, active bar membership, and 2+ years of post J.D. experience required. Immigration law experience, background in federal litigation, excellent academic record, and strong writing skills preferred. For full details enter COU-CIS-2008-0008 here. Applicants must submit (1) resume , (2) writing sample (10 pps. max), (3) references, (4) cover letter to All submissions must be received by close of business on August 8, 2008. GS-13/14/15, position open until filled. No relocation allowance offered.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Dallas, TX - USCIS Office of the Chief Counsel (OCC) seeks an experienced attorney for the position of Service Center Counsel at the Texas Service Center. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, providing legal advice to the TSC personnel on issues involving immigration related adjudications, inadmissibility and deportability grounds, and national security, writing visa appeal briefs and providing litigation support to the U.S. Attorney's office on cases arising from Service Center adjudications. Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction) and have at least one year of post J.D. experience and be a US citizen. Need to complete a background security investigation before being appointed. For full details enter COU-CIS-2008-0007 here. Applicants must submit (1) resume , (2) writing sample (10 pps. max), (3) references, (4) cover letter to All submissions must be received by close of business on August 8, 2008. GS-13-15, position open until filled. No relocation allowance offered.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
San Francisco, CA - Weaver Schlenger & Mazel, a nationally respected immigration law firm, seeks senior immigration paralegal. 4+ years of employment based immigration experience and excellent verbal, written and organizational skills required. Collegial atmosphere, 401k, health and dental. Opportunity to work directly with partners and train junior paralegal staff on sophisticated corporate and research institution cases. Send cover letter and resume to: or fax to: (415) 395-9372. No phone calls please.

Case Management Technology
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Immigration Law Certificate
Master the complex and ever changing maze of immigration policies and regulations with the Immigration Law Studies Certificate Program offered by CUNY's School of Professional Studies. This graduate-level certificate program, consisting of (3) three-credit classes, offers students who complete it a comprehensive understanding of the laws, regulations, and processes surrounding the status of immigrants in the US, including family and employment-based immigration and deportation defense. It is designed for individuals working in law firms, companies, government agencies and nonprofit organizations where they interact with immigrants and immigrant legal concerns on a regular basis and would therefore benefit from greater knowledge of the laws and regulations surrounding immigration. Beginning this spring, the program is also being offered online. For more information on class schedules, tuition and fees, course applications and to register, see here.


Experts Slam Report By Anti-Immigration "Think-Tank" Claiming Undocumented Migrants Leaving Due To Raids
Immigration experts attribute the decrease in illegal immigration to the U.S. economic downturn, rather than stepped-up enforcement measures as findings by the Center for Immigration Studies conclude.

Homeland Security: All Your Laptops Are Belong To Us
Federal agents may take a traveler's laptop or other electronic device to an off-site location for an unspecified period of time without any suspicion of wrongdoing, as part of border search policies the Department of Homeland Security recently disclosed.

GOP Accused Of Using Immigration As Wedge Issue
Immigration is having an impact on congressional campaigns across the country - from Ohio to North Carolina - and more will follow, according to political analysts and experts on both sides of the immigration debate.


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Immigration Book
"Immigration and the American Dream: Battling the Political Hype and Hysteria" by Margaret Sands Orchowski, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 240 pp., ISBN: 0742558746, $24.95


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:
Jim Roberts' letter's insinuation (08/04/ID) that my letters are anti-white, merely because they speak out against prejudice against non-white immigrants (legal and illegal) is so patently absurd that it should not require any response. However, for the record, I will merely state that it would be hard for my letters to be against whites, since I am white myself, all of my grandparents having been part of what immigration opponents of that time were already calling an "invasion" of Eastern European Jewish immigrants who came to this country in the late 19th century. Indeed, In my grandparents' time, immigrants from Southern and Eastern Europe were not always considered "white" by American anti-immigrant bigots. Many books have been written on this subject. Also, today's "invaders", by and large, learn English faster than was the case a hundred years ago. Many already speak it more correctly when they arrive than most American "English-only" nativists. This includes only immigrants from Europe, but many from Asia, Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America as well. For restrictionists, of course, the biggest difference between then and now was that the earlier, European, immigrants by and large came here legally. But almost anyone could immigrate legally then (unless one happened to be Chinese). Now, everyone agrees that we need limits on immigration. But to suggest that these limits, and our policy of enforcing them, should be realistic, fair and humane, instead of based on "attrition" that borders on persecution, is to risk being called a supporter of "open borders" by those who cannot deal with the fact that America is a multicultural nation and will be even more so in the future, no matter how desperately the white supremacist King Canutes among us order the waves to turn back.

Roger Algase, Esq.
New York, NY

Dear Editor:
I am pretty concerned about a new program called Operation Scheduled Departure, for "Fugitive non-criminal" aliens. Are they trying to pull a fast one on us? Are they letting people off the hook? Are they handing out amnesty? How could they soften up now if all this stuff is working so well? And how about that idea of Fugitives being released back into the wild business? What if they show up and get the electronic bracelet and then just keep the free bracelet? They come here for the free health care and the free schools, those electronic bracelets cost money, and we are going to just trust these people to show up in 90 days return the bracelet and go home? What about all the other "non-criminal aliens" that were in that report, those "non-criminal" meat packing plant employees were charged with a crime and transformed into criminal aliens for government reporting purposes. So this batch of aliens is really getting rewarded with amnesty in my opinion. Shouldn't ICE fabricate a charge just like the last batch they rounded up? That way they cannot ever legally return to the United States because of the conviction. Then if the US Citizen spouse or "anchor babies" they had while they were here will have to go visit them or live with them in their country. I think our next order of business is to find out a criminal charge and a way to strip citizenship from the wife and kids. Not only do we get rid of those pesky illegals but also the sympathetic wife and kids. Otherwise they could stick around here and live off of public assistance for years since we booted the worker in their family, we certainly don't want them to hang around they might join advocacy groups or become anarchists.

Janet Fitzgerald

Dear Editor:
Border patrol agents Ramos and Compean ended up in jail because the dirty rotten Mexican drug dealer they shot, got it in the back while he was running away from them. The fact the victim of the shooting was a scum bag doesn't absolve the Border patrol agents from the crimes they committed on that day, and during the subsequent investigation of the incident. To argue the BP agents should have shot the guy because he was a scum bag and the witness was a scumbag puts Compean and Ramos in a judicial role not a law enforcement role. Arguing the jury should have been emotionally manipulated by information about the victim and the witness (even if it was factual) instead of sticking just to the facts of the case at hand, is an attempt to extract vigilante justice. The question of whether the illegal alien drug dealer deserved what he got was not left to the discretion of Compean and Ramos. The BP agents were trained in the law and the procedures they should follow. They didn't "happen upon" a criminal in the desert. It was not a matter of "if" they would run into someone out there but "when", and they were trained to handle it appropriately. BP agents routinely encounter these criminals and are bound to a course of action . Compean and Ramos deviated from established law and procedure and then subsequently tried to cover it up. Now Compean and Ramos also become scum bags criminals. We will never know if they had been honest and forthright immediately following the incident instead of acting like criminals themselves this would have turned out differently for them.

Frank Walters

Dear Editor:
Peter Griswold's letter's (08/04/08 ID) obsession with taking away the constitutional right of US born "anchor babies" to American citizenship shows that his letters are not only opposed to illegal immigration. His letters also belittle, disparage and demean his fellow US citizens, especially the youngest and most innocent, who broke no law by being born here, having no more control than anyone else on this planet over where they would be born or what their parents' immigration status would be. Therefore, Mr. Griswold's letter's views are not only anti-immigrant, but anti-American in the most literal, as well as the most profound, sense of that word.


Dear Editor:
Imprimis' July 2008 Readers Monthly is fantastic-very thoroughly researched and concise in layman terms. The lead article is "Birthright Citizenship and Dual Citizaenship: Harbingers of Administrative Tyranny" by Edward J. Erler. It gives the true meaning of the Fourteenth Admendment to our Constitution. The second article entitled: Immigration and National Security by Michelle Malkin, is also excellent.

John Kelly

Dear Editor:
Regarding D. Murray letter (8/4/08 ID), I didn't know how to spell Aztlan either until over 40 yrs. ago I began to study the nature of the Latino migration and how the Globalists were promoting excessive entry to weaken/dilute US to easier establish the NWO. The Voice of Aztlan or La Voz de Aztlan website is: where updates on the movement can be found as well as the article: "The Quest for Aztlan" which identifies the Southwest US as the area. There are many Latino groups pursuing this goal, the most visible of these are MEChA, The Brown Berets de Aztlan, OLA (Organization for the Liberation of Aztlan), La Raza Unida Party, and the Nation of Aztlan to name a few. To different degrees, they share the same radical objectives as each follows the Raza manifesto, "El Plan de Aztlan", which seeks to abolish the border between the US and Mexico and to "liberate" Aztlan. Raza college newspapers includes: El Popo, Aztlan News, Chispas, Gente de Aztlan (UCLA), Voz Fronteriza (U.C. San Diego), La Voz Mestiza (U.C. Irvine) and La Voz Berkeley. It is not uncommon for the writers of these publications to refer to the US as "AmeriKKKa." The acronym MEChA stands for "Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan." or "Chicano Student Movement of Aztlan." whose symbol is an eagle holding a machete-like weapon and a stick of dynamite that encourages anti-American activities and civil disobedience. MEChA groups exist on 90 percent of the public high school, college and university campuses in the SW. CA's Santa Barbara School District's Chicano Studies textbook, "The Mexican American Heritage" s hows a redrawn map of the US, showing Mexico with a full one-third more territory, all of it taken back from the US. "Aztlan, shmazatlan"? --- Count the numbers. Denial is also a River.

Jim Roberts

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