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Immigration Daily December 23, 2008
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Today's issue of Immigration Daily has many items of interest including: Articles by noted scholars Tom Barry, Robert Divine and Joel Stewart, ICE's latest updated list of SEVP approved schools, several advertisements of interest to immigration lawyers including one for help wanted, links to news on immigration from newspapers and TV stations in New Jersey, Rhode Island and Texas, an announcement from EOIR about the swearing in of 5 new BIA members, and a letter to the Editor. Please scroll below for the item(s) of interest to you.

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Both Sides Of Immigration Debate Retrench
Tom Barry writes "The two sides of the immigration debate—immigration restrictionists and immigrant advocates—are reframing their messages in the wake of the Democrats' sweeping electoral victory."

New Process For Expanded Visa Free Travel To U.S.
Robert C. Divine writes "Tourists and business visitors from an expanded number of countries may travel to the United States without a visa, but now they must electronically register before travel. The U.S. has added approval in the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) as a pre-requisite for travel under the Visa Waiver Program on or after January 12, 2009. This alert provides details about these developments."

Bloggings On PERM Labor Certification
Joel Stewart writes about "H-1B Beyond the Sixth Year".

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ICE Releases Updated List Of SEVP Approved Schools
ICE released a 176 page list, updated as of December 15, 2008 of SEVP approved schools.


Help Wanted: Immigration Attorneys
Washington, DC- USCIS Office of Chief Counsel (OCC) seeks experienced attorneys with 3+ years demonstrated experience in immigration law for the Adjudications Law Division (ALD). The attorneys will serve as advisors to the Chief of the ALD, the Chief Counsel, and to USCIS and other Departmental components on issues relating to U.S. immigration laws. Applicants must possess a JD degree, be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction), and have 3+ years of post-J.D. experience in immigration law. For more info, key in Job Announcement Number: COU-CIS-2008-0013 at Submit a resume, cover letter + (2) writing samples to: Claudia Salem, Acting Chief, Adjudications Law Division at Please make sure to note in email subject header that you are applying for the Experienced Attorney Position, ALD, at USCIS. Must be received by 5pm, ET, Friday, December 19, 2008. Position is at the GS-13-GS-15 levels. This job is being filled by an alternative hiring process and is not in the competitive civil service. No relocation reimbursement available.

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Deported too quickly
The Morristown Daily Record opines "The line that immigration judges deal solely with immigration issues makes no sense. The suspect should not have been deported before answering for his alleged crimes."

Cleaning costs at state office are up
WPRI reports "Immigration raids that led to the firing two state janitorial contractors has had the unintended consequence of driving up the cost of cleaning state offices."

DHS spots on NPR raise ire
The Brownsville Herald reports "While spots at the end of National Public Radio programming are usually met with little response, underwriting credits announcing support from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security have had many listeners shaking their heads."

Hispanic professionals inspired to organize in Farmers Branch
The Fort-Worth Star Telegram reports "life for Hispanics has changed in Farmers Branch."


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5 New BIA Members Sworn In
The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) announces that Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey administered the oath of office to five new members of the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) at an investiture ceremony held on December 15 at EOIR Headquarters. EOIR Director Kevin A. Ohlson introduced the Attorney General who joined BIA Chairman Juan P. Osuna in officially welcoming the new BIA members on board. The new members, who were appointed by the Attorney General earlier this year, are: Charles K. Adkins-Blanch, Anne J. Greer, Garry D. Malphrus, Hugh G. Mullane, and Linda S. Wendtland.


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:
As an Immigrant of this country I have seen a lot of blunders but that because of the recession Congress will not pass the Guest Worker bill is not conceivable. You and I know that who holds the jobs no one wants are the non immigrants who do anything for less money than those born or legal here. Those millions of people are holding the basic of the economy for less expenses than those who can vote. Why this type of thinking goes on in today’s society so we can have people do the job for less sort of slaves of the past. At least that Tribal knows how it feels to be non-grata. For centuries we have treated the American Indians less than a human. I see the empathy towards the Immigrants myself and I am an Immigrant per se. Let treat them as human I say and give opportunities that I believe this population has earned.

Gladys C Farris

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Publisher:  Sam Udani    Legal Editor:  Michele Kim                        ISSN:   1930-062X

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