There is a surprising opportunity for real immigration benefits in the next two weeks, here's why. There are several immigration bills up for consideration in Congress, including the recapture of 500,000 unused family and employment visa numbers (also including nursing relief, relief for military immigration families, and reauthorization of E-Verify). With Congress adjourning, the next two weeks are pivotal with all the pending matters over the past two years being combined in an omnibus appropriations bill. In addition to this traditional end-of-Congress opportunity, we have a close Presidential election. Presidential elections happen only every other Congress, close Presidential elections are even less common (this is the third close Presidential election in recent history). The historic point is that this time both political parties are aware that there is a key swing bloc, the immigrant vote. As usual, both Republicans and Democrats in Congress want to help their Presidential candidate on key issues before adjourning, and this is even more important given the closeness of the election. Since it is becoming clear that the immigrant vote will be the decisive voting bloc in most key states, Congress is likely to be more sensitive to immigration advocates now. We urge immigration advocates to reach out to their local newspapers and tv stations and make the case for immigration benefits, Congress is listening.
Tuesday, Sep 16th is the deadline for the Sep 18th phone session of "Family
Hot Issues In Family Immigration" (with Angie Junck, Katherine Brady, Romulo
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- Family Separation
- Hardship to Children
- Medical Conditions
- Bringing in hardship to non-statutory relatives
- Conditions in Home Country
- Community Ties
- Adding it up
- Documenting Your Case
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What Part of Legal Immigration Don't You Understand?
Mike Flynn and Shikha Dalmia for Reason Magazine offer a chart visually depicting the maze to US citizenship.
Bloggings on PERM Labor Certification
Joel Stewart shares the latest entries as of September 9, 2008 on his PERM Labor Certification blog.
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USCIS Houston Offices Remain Closed
USCIS announced that its Houston office and all three local Application Support Centers remain closed due to Hurricane Ike.
ICE Announces 7 Federal Contractors Debarred
ICE notified seven companies that they will be considered for debarment from federal contracting because each has been found to be unlawfully employing persons without employment authorization.
DOS And DHS Say 12,000 Iraqi Refugees Successfully Admitted
The U.S. Departments of State and Homeland Security are pleased to announce we have successfully achieved our goal of admitting more than 12,000 Iraqi refugees States through the US Refugee Admissions Program during fiscal year (FY) 2008. For the statement, see here. For the fact sheet, see here.
ICE Announces New Performance Based Detention Standards
ICE announced the publication of forty-one (41) new performance-based national detention standards, four of which are new including: news media interviews and tours, searches of detainees, sexual abuse and assault prevention and intervention, and staff training.
Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
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Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
New York - Troutman Sanders LLP, an international law firm, seeks immigration paralegal. Ideal candidate possesses: four-year degree plus a paralegal certificate (ABA-approved preferred); 2+ years of business immigration experience; ability to read, write, and speak Korean preferred; knowledge of preparing H, L, O, E non-immigrant visas, I-140 petitions and adjustment of status applications; experience with multi-national corporations, start-up companies and PERM applications; must have excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, initiative, strong client relations skills and be a quick learner by relating individual tasks to the "big picture" issue in complex business transactions. If interested, please visit http://www.troutmansanders.com/careers/paralegals/ to apply online.
Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
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Help Wanted: Immigration Professional
Secaucus, NJ - Ernst & Young LLP seeks Visa & Immigration Manager to manage and administer the visa and immigration work for firm's expatriate and international business travelers. Manage firm's external immigration providers, ensure all expatriates and business travelers are in compliance with host countries' immigration laws, manage firm's International Travel Compliance (ITC) policy. Oversee and monitor ITC hotline call volume and provide appropriate consultation or resolution as needed. Stay current on emerging legislation and assess its impact on firm business. Responsible for monitoring volume and review costs of outsourced arrangements. Oversee work and supervise a team of 5. Bachelor's degree, 5-7 years immigration experience, global immigration preferred. Experience working with government agencies, foreign embassies
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EB-5 Business For Sale
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Groups Try To Sound Alert On Immigration Raids
There are signs when an immigration raid is coming – federal agents check into local hotels, they rent local facilities and there often is a sudden surge of activity at the local courthouse.
Latino Workers Decided To Stay During Gustav
For many Latino construction workers, the threat posed by Hurricane Gustav paled in comparison to the fear of getting caught and deported if they evacuated.
Minneapolis Adopts Sister City Based On Immigration Trend
Minneapolis recently entered into a “sister city” agreement with Cuernavaca, the capital of Morelos, a small Mexican state that is the homeland to nearly 30,000 immigrants who have resettled in the area.
Before New Citizenship Test Takes Hold, Some May Opt For Old One
It is now too late for them to vote for the nation's next president, but some aspiring voters may choose to apply for citizenship this fall before a new test takes effect.
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New Appointment - Immigration Judges
Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) Director
Kevin A. Ohlson announced that two immigration judges were sworn in last week during an
investiture ceremony at EOIR Headquarters in Falls Church, Va. Chief Immigration Judge David L. Neal administered the oath of office to Philip Verrillo, Hartford Immigration Court, and Scott D. Laurent, Lancaster (CA) Immigration Court.
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Dual citizen is not a crime or disloyal to USA (see09/15/08 ID comment). In the contrary you feel united of both countries and feel the necessity to infuse your native country with the wonderful opportunities in USA. I myself see no wrong in this unless you cannot see the wealth to be share in the less developed country. Use your capacity of enhance your native country to be as good as the USA.
Gladys C. Farris
I disagree with the argument made in Angelo Paparelli's blog entry, 'Conscience May Thaw ICE-Cold Immigration Raids Strategy' (ID 09/15/08). ICE agents should not be allowed to refuse to participate in immigration raids.
To allow law enforcement officers to refuse to perform lawful duties that conflict with their personal beliefs is unacceptable. Any ICE agent who believes that participation in immigration raids is morally wrong should find another line of work. The agent should either join another law enforcement agency or apply for a non-law enforcement position within ICE. Any ICE agent who refuses to participate in an immigration raid should be fired.
Allowing law enforcement officers to refuse to perform lawful duties based upon their personal beliefs leads the nation down a slippery slope. At the bottom of that slope are the sheriffs and police officers who refused to protect African-Americans from violence during the many race riots and lynchings that have stained our history. No government employee should be allowed to refuse to perform lawful job-related duties. The State of California recently legalized gay marriage. Many state and local government employees who perform marriages in California sincerely believe gay marriage to be immoral. I understand that some, if not all, of these employees are allowed to opt out of performing marriages. Should they be allowed to continue to perform heterosexual marriages while refusing to perform gay marriages? I think not. Either they perform marriages for both heterosexual and gay couples or they perform no marriages at all. The ICE agent has the same choice. Either s/he performs all immigration law enforcement duties, or s/he performs none.
Bruce R. Mulraney
Los Angeles, CA
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