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Immigration Daily October 16, 2008
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Businesses Challenge State Law

Legal Newsline reports that a coalition of business groups has sued to block the Oklahoma state law that requires employers to verify the immigration status of their employees and contractors or subcontractors. "At trial, U.S. District Chief Judge Robin Cauthron of the Western District of Oklahoma ruled that the law's employer provisions are unconstitutional because they subject employers to penalties for not using a federal online verification system to determine workers' legal status. Business groups critical of the law, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Oklahoma Restaurant Association, and the Oklahoma Hotel and Lodging Association argue the Oklahoma statute conflicts with federal law that makes participation in the worker verification system purely voluntary."

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


Focus

EB-5 Immigrant Investors: Here And Now

ILW.COM is pleased to announce a new 3-part telephone seminar series "EB-5 Immigrant Investors: Here And Now" (with Lincoln Stone, Edward Carroll, Kevin Cummings (USCIS), Robert Divine, Carolyn Lee, Joseph Whalen (USCIS) and Other Speakers To Be Announced). The curriculum is as follows:

FIRST Phone Session on October 23: Essentials for Developing Expertise in EB5

  • Tackling recurring problem issues with EB5 petitions
  • Planning for the petition to remove the conditions
  • Professional responsibility
SECOND Phone Session on November 20: USCIS Administration of the EB5 Program
  • Recent developments at USCIS with the EB5 program
  • Hot issues at USCIS in EB5 adjudications
  • Expedites and other processing pointers in EB5 adjudications
THIRD Phone Session on December 11: EB5 Practice with Regional Centers
  • Overview of EB5 regional center law
  • Identifying problem issues with regional centers
  • Practice pointers
The deadline to sign up is Wednesday, October 22nd. For more info, including speaker bios, detailed curriculum, and registration information, please see: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/octoberB2008.shtm . (Fax version: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/octoberB2008.pdf.


Article

For The Beneficiaries: Licenses, Taxes & The Ancillary Considerations To Holding Immigration Status In The U.S.
Adam Ketcher writes "Specifically, I am referring to beneficiaries' tax liability, their eligibility to obtain driver's licenses and their ability to open bank accounts in the U.S."

Bloggings On Immigration Law And Policy
Greg Siskind shares the latest entries as of October 16, 2008 on his immigration law and policy blog.

Black Innovators And Entrepreneurs Under Capitalism
Andrew Bernstein for the Foundation For Economic Education writes "In the name of justice, the prejudices of both white racists and Marxist intellectuals must be swept aside. Capitalism is the Great Liberator."

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


News

USCIS Increases Period Of Stay For TNs
USCIS increased the maximum period of time a TN worker from Canada or Mexico may remain in the United States. The initial period of admission for TN workers is increased from one to three years, and extensions of stay are allowed in increments of up to three years. See the USCIS announcement here, the FAQs here and the advanced copy of the final rule here.

USCIS Announces Adoption Policy For Hague Transition Cases
USCIS announced its policy on grandfathered Form I-600A processing for prospective adoptive parents already in the process of adopting a child from a country that has implemented the Hague Convention. See the annoucement here and the FAQs here.


Classifieds

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
El Paso, TX - USCIS Office of Chief Counsel (OCC) seeks experienced attorney for the position of Associate Regional Counsel. Responsibilities include 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, and providing litigation support to U.S. Attorneys' Offices on cases arising from local District adjudications. Applicants must possess a JD degree, be an active member of the bar (any jusrisdiction) and have 2+ years of post JD experience. For more info, key in Job Announcement Number: COU-CIS-2008-0012 at USAJobs.com. Submit a resume, cover letter + writing sample to: William.Finley@dhs.gov. Must be received by close of business Friday, October 24, 2008. Position is at the GS-13-GS-15 levels, open until filled. No relocation reimbursement available.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Atlanta, Georgia (Midtown/Buckhead) - Boutique international corporate firm seeks experienced (5-10 years) attorney to maintain the firm's immigration practice. This of counsel position will primarily focus on investment and employment based visas for the firm's corporate clients, as well as some LPR and naturalization. Must have sustainable book of business, be willing to promote firm's practice, and familiarity with dual citizenship and expatriation. Please send CV to: Claudia.Lang@bridgehouselaw.us.

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Border And Consular Assistance
For visa application processing at US-Canada border or at US Consulate in Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa and/or Quebec, please contact Charles J. Leamy at Ogilvy Renault LLP. Mr. Leamy is a Montreal-based AILA member with more than 15 years experience in U.S. immigration law. Ogilvy Renault s Business Immigration team will accompany your client and provide representation at border/consular posts. We have wide-ranging expertise with border/consular issues including all TN visas, L visas and waiver of inadmissibility cases. For more information: Charles J. Leamy at Ogilvy Renault LLP; Montreal, QC; (514) 847-6103; cleamy@ogilvyrenault.com


Headlines

Business Groups Seek To Block Oklahoma Immigration Law
Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce are at odds over whether the state's anti-illegal immigration law can be enforced.

Arpaio Critics Keep Heat On Supervisors
Their persistence has made them the most prominent activist groups in recent memory.

Local Latino Activists: Obama, Mccain Should Stop Dodging Immigration
I hope they talk about immigration because until now one of the most important issues in the country has been overlooked in two presidential debates and one vice-presidential debate

Immigration Lawyer Guilty Of Green Card Fraud
An immigration lawyer based in Brooklyn was found guilty by a jury Tuesday afternoon in Manhattan federal court of conspiring to defraud the U.S. Department of Homeland Security by helping others obtain permanent resident cards, commonly known as "Green Cards," through sham marriages.


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 - Philadelphia, PA
Philadelphia, PA - CGFNS International hosts its fifth annual Building Global Alliances Symposium on December 7-8, 2008 at The Four Seasons Hotel, One Logan Square. The theme for this year's symposium is: The Challenges of Migration for Health Professional Women. National and international guests will be in attendance. For full details, including curriculum, speaker bios, and registration, go to www.cgfns.org/globalevent2008. ILW.COM is pleased to be a media event sponsor.


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:
IRJ 's letter (10/15/08 ID) accuses Obama supporters of wishful thinking about comprehensive immigration reform, but no amount of wishful thinking could be greater than that contained in his own letter. The fantasy that John McCain, if he were elected president, would be willing to stand up to his own party and work with the Democrats for a second time on this issue, after having been burned so badly for his support of legalization last year, would be laughable if this question were not so serious. McCain has already renounced his previous support of CIR in order to curry favor with his party's right wing, much as Galileo recanted his views on the solar system under pressure from the Inquisition. True, Galileo, even after renouncing his heresy, still stated "Eppur si muove", ("The earth still moves"). But McCain is no Galileo. Would McCain really be willing to double cross his own right wing base just as he has already double crossed millions of Latino and other minority immigrants? Not very likely.

Roger Algase, Esq.
New York, NY


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