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Immigration Daily August 11, 2008
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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

Immigrants Of The Week: Howard Bach, Bob Malaythong, and Phillip Dutton
Greg Siskind honors the immigrants of this week.

Bloggings On Dysfunctional Government
Angelo Paparelli shares the latest entries as of August 8, 2008 on his Dysfunctional Agencies blog.

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


News

USCIS Says Passport Card Acceptable For I-9 Process
USCIS informed the public that the new U.S. Passport Card may be used in the Employment Eligibility Verification form (I-9) process.

DOS Eliminates Board of Appellate Review
DOS published an interim final rule eliminating the Department's Board of Appellate Review (L/BAR). L/BAR's jurisdiction has been in large part replaced by review of loss of citizenship and passport matters by the Department's Bureau of Consular Affairs.


Classifieds

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 careers@goellaw.com 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 lawyersinternational@gmail.com.

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 Candice@lskglaw.com.

Case Management Technology
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Credential Evaluation And Translation
As the nation's leader in foreign credential evaluations and translations, American Evaluation and Translation Service, Inc. (AETS) provides the most competitive rates in the industry $50 educational evaluations, as well as $200 'expert opinion' work experience and position evaluations completed by PhD university professors who have the "authority to grant college level credit for work experience and/or training." AETS offers a variety of turn-around times, including same-day service for educational, work experience, and position evaluations. For list of rates and times, see: http://aetsinternational.com/applicationforevaluationservices.pdf. AETS also provides certified translations in 100+ languages, with translators that are specialists in 80+ fields. For a copy of the Application for Credential Evaluation and Translation Services, please contact AETS at (786) 276-8190, visit http://www.aetsinternational.com, or email: info@aetsinternational.com.


Headlines

Tweaking Immigration
The public outcry that derailed last year's push for comprehensive immigration reform hasn't stopped lawmakers from trying to change immigration law.

Former Immigration Lawyer Practiced Law Sans License
Former immigration attorney James C. Lopez, 50, was arrested July 17 on a $50,000 warrant and faces felony charges that include several counts of practicing law after he had resigned from the California State Bar, as well as charges of grand theft.

Drawing Accurate Pictures of Immigration
It's surely the most emotionally charged highway sign in America: A father, mother and little girl, silhouetted as shadows against a yellow background, desperately darting across a roadway.

Why Don't The Candidates Have A Solution For The Illegal Alien Problem?
With regard to immigration, most pundits inside the blogosphere suggest little difference between the Presidential candidates.


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 Book
Sweet Mandarin: The Courageous True Story of Three Generations of Chinese Women and Their Journey from East to West By Helen Tse. Thomas Dunne Books, 288 pp. Hardcover, ISBN: 0312379366, $16.29. http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/asin/0312379366/.


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:
Honza Prchal's letter (08/08/08 ID) says that racism was not the only reason for restrictive immigration practices in the 1880's or 1950's. However, my letter of August 7, which his letter was responding to, was focused on the Chinese exclusion laws, though some other groups were also mentioned (in a reference to the 1924 Immigration Act). In reply, I can only say that if racism was not the reason for the Chinese exclusion laws, that were not totally done away with until the 1950's, or for the 1924 "national origins quotas" law that stayed on the books until 1965, then the Soviet Union had nothing to do with the fact that communism prevailed in Czechoslovakia and the rest of Eastern Europe from 1945 to 1989.

Roger Algase, Esq.
New York, NY

Dear Editor:
Matt M. Dummermuth, United States Attorney, defends the handling of 305 criminal cases in Postville, Iowa. Each participant in the criminal cases had ethical obligations. This includes the U.S. government, the criminal defense lawyers, and the judges. It is difficult to believe that in four days over 300 defendants gave up their rights and agreed to be deported. In the raid at the Bianco factory in New Bedford, Massachusetts, on March 6, 2007, the government said that 71 of the workers who had been arrested and quickly moved to Texas had signed away all of their rights. As attorneys for New Bedford detainees, when we spoke with them, 54 stated that they didn't know what they were signing or felt they had no choice. As it turns out many of the workers were Maya from Guatemala who had legitimate claims for political asylum. In Iowa, the criminal prosecution served as a sledgehammer forcing detained immigrants to give up their rights in their criminal and deportation cases. So many questions remain unanswered. Why did over 300 criminal trials have to be decided in four days? Who explained to the workers their options under our immigration laws? Did any of them have a legitimate fear of returning to their countries? Efficiency cannot trump due process. Each participant in the Iowa criminal cases must examine his or her role. Did each really meet his or her ethical obligations?

Harvey Kaplan, Esq., Kaplan, O'Sullivan & Friedman, LLP
Boston, MA

Dear Editor:
If American citizens abroad were treated the same way non US citizens are treated in the US for imigration purposes US Embassy's abroad would be up in arms. The trouble with the USCIS is they don't use any amount of common sense they just go by the manual. I have been helping UK citizens emmigrate to the US for the past 12 years, the sad fact is that a lot of British don't want to come here anymore and that won't bode well for the future. USCIS wake up.

C Harewood


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