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Immigration Daily December 2, 2008
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Holiday Hiring

Many immigration law firms are firing not hiring. However, this is the ideal time to advertise job openings if you are an employer looking to hire the best and brightest. The downturn in immigration law leaves many highly qualified immigration professionals - who would otherwise not be in the job market - seeking employment. Moreover, as the New Year approaches, employed individuals not actively seeking a job, are open to new employment opportunities. If you want to reach this audience, now is the ideal time. To place an ILW.COM classified, see here.

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Family-Based Immigration: Nuts And Bolts

Our new book, Family-Based Immigration: Nuts & Bolts; Editor: Charles Wheeler of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) features:

++ Chapters: Immediate Relatives And The Preference System, Overview Of The Application Process For Permanent Residence, Adjustment Of Status, Consular Processing, Immigrating Through Marriage, Grounds Of Inadmissibility, Waivers Of Inadmissibility, Affidavit Of Support, Self-Petitions For Abused Spouses And Children, & Ethics

++ 35 Appendices include: Sample Request For Criminal History, Documenting I-130 Petitions, Sample Motion To Reinstate I-130, Consular Processing Instruction Package, Consular Processing Appointment Package, Suggested Evidence Of Bona Fide Marriage, I-601 Waiver Packet Based On INA 212(h) (Criminal Convictions), I-601 Waiver Packet Based On INA 212(i) (Fraud Or Misrepresentation), I-601 Waiver Packet Based On INA 212(a)(9) (B)(v) (Unlawful Presence), & I-212, Request For Permission To Reapply For Admission After Deportation

++ CD-ROM includes: relevant regulatory sections from 8 CFR, 22 CFR, etc., many forms from USCIS, DOS, SSA & IRS, significant statutory provisions, key BIA & Federal cases, selected USCIS memos, public health service documents, etc.

For more info on Family-Based Immigration: Nuts & Bolts, and to order, For the fax order form, see here.


Consular Corner: November 2008
Liam Schwartz presents the latest news from Consuls the world over.

Next Steps For Immigrants List In 2009
Josh Gray writes "Now that Americans have a new administration, headed by a political party that is typically more receptive to positive immigration reform, Immigrants' List can capitalize on this change and re-motivate our base to give additional funds and become more involved in IL."

Bloggings on PERM Labor Certification
Joel Stewart shares the latest entries as of December 1, 2008 on his PERM Labor Certification blog.

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DOS Cable On Alien Medical Exams
The Department of State issued a cable to all diplomatic and consular posts providing CDC updates to medical examinations of aliens.


Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Rockville, MD - Shulman, Rogers, Gandal, Pordy & Ecker, P.A., the largest suburban MD law firm, seeks a proactive, result-oriented immigration associate with 3+ years of attorney experience in immigration law including employment-Based IV (including EB-1, EB-2, EB-3), and NIV (including E-1, E-2, H-1B, L-1A, L-1B, O-1, TN), family-Based IV, naturalization, adjustment of status, consular processing, I-9 compliance/employer sanctions, and litigation. Position includes supervision of paralegal and administrative staff. If you have excellent academic credentials and strong drafting skills, you will find an exciting, diverse practice with opportunity for further career development. We offer an excellent salary/benefits package. Work with an experienced team of professionals who are passionate about the practice of immigration law in a fast paced, collegial setting with all the resources of a large law firm. Submit resume to: Ms. Maura Bowen, 11921 Rockville Pike, Third Floor, Rockville, MD 20852-2743, Fax (301) 230-2891, e-mail:

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Sherman Oaks, CA - The Law Offices of Jessica Dominguez has an immediate opportunity for an immigration attorney to work on a wide range of cases in a diverse, full-service immigration law practice. Attorney must be bilingual in English and Spanish. Attorney will represent clients before immigration officers and in immigration courts including employment-based IV, NIV, family-based IV, and naturalization. Excellent legal research/writing and outstanding communication skills needed. Ideal candidate has 2-4 years of experience - exceptional, motivated candidates with less experience also encouraged to apply. Right candidate shows initiative and works independently. Great office environment and wonderful clients. We are pleased to offer an alternative work-plan schedule that allows its employees to take one Friday off every 8 weeks. Send cover letter, resume, + writing sample to Jessica Dominguez: Replies will be treated in strictest confidence and references will not be contacted without prior approval.

J-1 Visa Program
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ICE Air: The Deportees-Only Airline
The little-known Flight Operations Unit was established by Immigration and Customs Enforcement in 2006 to handle the repatriation of the surging number of illegal immigrants caught up in tougher enforcement.

Simple Reality
Republican pragmatism may turn immigration reform into a bipartisan priority next year.

Documenting The Undocumented
The immigration debate isn't just on Capitol Hill; documentation woes are hitting home - and hospitals - as well.

Georgia on Your Mind?
We also remind them that Obama has promised pro-immigration groups he will work to legalize 12 million illegal aliens.


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Honors And Awards
Lisa R. Brenman of Chapel Hill, North Carolina is now certified by the North Carolina State Bar as a Certified Specialist in Immigration Law.Brenman Immigration Law Firm, 1829 East Franklin St., Building 600, Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27514. NC Tel: 919-932-4593. Toll Free: 1-866-99-VISAS (1-866-998-4727).


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:
If President Elect Obama does not understand that the American people shut down amnesty twice this year, then there is something wrong with him. Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, Menendez and Rep. Gutierrez are all traitors to the USA. Along with all of the elected officials in the State of Maryland, Amnesty was granted in 1986 under the table by Ronald Regan. The American people have already been raped of our children's future, as our future is already gone because our elected officials have allowed Wall Street and Capitalism to destroy our country. The big greedy people on that invisible street have infused our nation with un-told amounts of illegal immigrants and legal immigrants that have overstayed visa's, be they for visits, school, or work. It is most unfair for our government to continue to take tax payer dollars and dole them out as if they are paying for illegal activity out of it's own pocket. No, we are tired now, we have lost our homes, jobs and now we can't even afford to send our children to school. We are being made to pay in-state-tuition for people who should not even be here, and now there are overcrowded conditions everywhere. I don't know whose pocket the monies are going in, but it is definitely not the tax payer. We the citizens of the USA are now in a situation of taxation without representation, who speaks for us when our own elected officials ignore us for votes. We are being killed in more ways then one by Mexican illegal's and other illegal immigrants in our country and now we are being robbed as well. I demand a bail-out, to whom do I send my request, as I want all of my tax dollars back from 1986 to present?

Pree Glenn-Graves, Esq.
Washington, DC

Dear Editor:
Good letters (12/1/08 ID) by Robert Gittelson and Robert Yang showing that the alleged costs of "amnesty" are a myth. I suppose that there are no costs at all for "enforcement" - building more concentration camps for immigrants, hiring government goons for workplace raids, and acquiring syringes to forcibly drug immigrants with before deporting them and shackles to chain them to their seats with on the way home are presumably free. along with the material and labor for the Berlin Wall Mexicana. The problem is that even when one anti-immigrant lie after another is exposed as utter nonsense -whether it be the canard that Mexican immigrants are criminals who won't learn English and want to take back the Southwest, or the equally vicious smear that H-1B skilled workers are "cheap labor'' imported for the purpose of throwing Americans out of work, the restrictionists don't care. When has the truth ever been more popular than prejudice, race-baiting and anti-immigrant hate? Certainly not now.

Roger Algase, Esq.
New York, NY

Dear Editor:
Rob Keeler's New York Post piece featured in ID's 12/01/08 issue finds Matthew 25:31-46 "terrifying," in that Jesus will "judge" us, but although it mentions "aliens," that scripture actually makes no mention of immigration. Of course, verse 46 ends with the typical Christian admonition of, "if you do what we say, you'll be saved, and if you don't you'll be damned forever," implying that those in fear of damnation should be pro-illegal immigration. Mr. Keeler's Article quotes Leviticus 19:33-34, which recommends, "When an alien resides with you in your land, do not molest him . . ." But are the scriptures reliable source for preaching about secular political and economic issues? Take for example, Leviticus 11:6-8, which admonishes that touching the skin of a dead pig makes one unclean. Can I still wear Hush Puppies? And if I do, am I subject to stoning, as authorized in Leviticus 24:16? Perhaps, but only if I blaspheme God while wearing the shoes. And remember that Leviticus 19:19 prohibits planting two different crops in the same field and prohibits wives from wearing garments made of two different kinds of thread. Taken to the extreme seemingly suggested by Mr. Keeler's Article, "can't ignore the words of Scripture," I suggest the church preach salvation, not immigration. It is no surprise a Bishop is "proud" of illegal aliens, and it is no surprise the Catholic Church is pro-illegal immigration; every genuflecting Mexican that crosses the border to earn higher wages weekly fills the coffers of their local parish. America and Americans welcome strangers every day, both inside the US and abroad, through good deeds and unwavering compassion. America does love and care for its aliens - the legal ones. It should not, however, take an acceptance of lawlessness to make a person, or a country, compassionate, or worthy of heaven.

David D. Murray, Esq.
Newport Beach, CA

Dear Editor:
Robert Gittelson and Robert Yang's letters (ID 12/01/08) have once again sung the praises of illegal immigration by pointing out to us how very beneficial it will be for us to legalize as many as 12-20 million "new immigrants". What these letter writers and all others who support the mislabeled "CIR" continue to sidestep is the fact that those 12-20 million knowingly, purposely violated our immigration laws to get here or to remain here, without the duly required authorization of our Federal government. Once they "hid in the shadows" to avoid detection by our immigration system, they and there advocates holler loudly about the need to "bring these productive, unfortunate souls out of the shadows" and make them legal. This is the only area of our jurisprudence in which even attorneys are quick to blame the government for the law-breaking of their clients. In what other category of law-breaking do we as a society fall for such bogus claims? The other lie being bandied about by the supporters of illegal immigration is that the beneficiaries of amnesty will pay the full costs of our government allowing them to "come out of the shadows". Mark my word, if a new amnesty program becomes a reality, you can bet that we will once again see those in our society demanding that "package deal amnesty" be once again made available to this new wave of "huddled masses". Why don't we simply eliminate immigration laws from our code of laws, and permit any human being on the face of the Earth to simply establish him/herself in what is now the territorial limits known as the US and live as he/she best sees fit? Maybe that way we could finally find cheaper lawyers, doctors, builders, professors, etc.. Life would finally be great.

J. E. Smith
Brunswick, GA

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