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Immigration Daily February 23, 2009
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Survival Tips

Law.com reports "Wall Street layoffs, mortgage foreclosures on a massive scale and a freeze in the financial transaction sector have affected attorneys across all practice areas, some more than others. The smaller the firm, the bigger the impact." For the full story, see here.

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


Focus

Investor Options For Beginners

Wednesday, Feb 25th is the deadline for "Investor Options For Beginners" a 3-part telephone seminar series, featuring Edward Carroll as discussion leader and Robert Gaffney, Barry Gleen, Carolyn Lee, Susan Pilcher, Richard Sindelar and other speakers to be announced. The curriculum is as follows:

FIRST Phone Session on February 26: Options for Entrepreneurs

  • H-1B - Beneficiary Ownership
  • L-1 & E-2 - A Comparison
  • LPR - Extraordinary Ability
  • LPR - Multi-National Executives and Managers
SECOND Phone Session on March 26: Comparing E-2 and EB-5 Investments
  • Amount of Investment
  • Type of Investment
  • Employment Creation
  • Source of Funds
  • Risk
  • Involvement of the Investor
  • Timing
THIRD Phone Session on April 30: EB-5: Individual v. Regional Center Cases
  • Commercial Enterprise
  • Employment Creation
  • Management / Role of Investor
  • Amount of Investment
  • Source of Funds
  • Removal of Conditions
Don't wait to register, Wednesday, February 25th is the deadline. For more info, including speaker bios, detailed curriculum, and registration information, please see: Online: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/200906.shtm. Fax form: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/200906.pdf.


Articles

Bloggings on Dysfunctional Government
Angelo A. Paparelli writes "The MOU requires an employer to refuse to accept for E-Verify purposes a document of identity that is otherwise acceptable as a Form I-9 List B document if it lacks a photograph."

Immigrants Of The Day: Justice Joyce Kennard of Indonesia, James Barrett Reston of Scotland, and Dorothy Jacobs Bellanca of Latvia
Kevin R. Johnson celebrates the achievements of these immigrants.

Immigration Relief Available Today
Roque Leonel Rodriguez, Esq. writes "In the interest of providing ideas in regards to Legal Immigration, I would like to suggest a series of proposals that can be implemented immediately or in a very short period of time, without the need to wait for several months or years, to approve a new immigration reform."

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


News

USCIS Reminder On EB-5 Investor Program Expiration
USCIS reminds customers that the applicable provisions of immigration law concerning the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Pilot Program (Pilot Program) will "sunset" or expire at midnight on March 6, 2009 unless the date is extended by Congress.


Classifieds

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Redmond, WA - Are you ready to make a significant impact on an industry leader? Would you like to have the ability to contribute to the success of many businesses and products in the technology arena as well as make a positive impact on individuals and their families' lives? If you do, come join us at Microsoft as a US Immigration Attorney. We are a diverse and global company that makes a significant positive impact on 600 million plus customers worldwide. The Microsoft Corporation Legal & Corporate Affairs Global Migration department plays an integral role in helping hiring managers and recruiters hire and on board the best and brightest. If you are ready to make a difference and learn and grow in the US Immigration arena, we offer an opportunity like no other. This position requires excellent academic credentials, 4-6 years experience in all NIV business visas, labor certifications, and other business-related immigration matters. Strong case management, customer facing, communication and writing skills required. Full relocation package offered. To view detailed job description and apply, see here.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Beverly Hills, CA - Busy immigration law firm has immediate opening for experienced, hard-working and creative self-starter. Candidate must be able to thrive in challenging, trial-oriented environment where deadlines are critical, must be active bar member (any jurisdiction), and have experience in handling nonimmigrant business and/or NIV visas and consular practice, PERM, family, removal proceedings, as well as BIA and Circuit Court Appeals, and federal litigation. Must have following: demonstrate quick analytical ability and facility to articulate critical issues in case; have superior oral and writing skills, strong research and interpersonal skills, and good judgment; possess excellent courtroom skills and exhibit ability to work in professional manner with others, demonstrate computer literacy skills. Expected to do own legal research and writing and to be substantially self-sufficient in preparing day-to-day correspondence/pleadings. Occasional travel required; bilingual a plus, but not essential (spanish or korean) No relocation reimbursement. Send cover letter, resume, + writing sample (max. 10 pps. in MS Word or Adobe PDF format) to sirennesanchez@asherson.net.

Translation Services
Eurasia Translations, Inc. has been proud to serve immigration attorneys and individuals since 1993 with the translation of personal documents, academic credentials, criminal clearance letters, etc. Our customers can rest assured that all of our translations are prepared in accordance with USCIS requirements and are accompanied by a notarized certificate of accuracy. For more information, please call 888-887-1884 or visit our website. For a free quote, please complete http://www.eurasia-usa.com/quoteRequestForm.html or fax your document at 818-907-9763.

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

New Gay Immigration Bill Introduced
Last week, lawmakers from both houses of Congress resurrected a bill that would provide for more equitable treatment of binational LGBT couples.

Four Admit Guilt In Immigration Scam Run By Edison Businessman
Four men from India pleaded guilty in federal court today to participating in an immigration scam that authorities say was run by an Edison, NJ businessman.

Obama Says He Is Very Committed To Immigration Reform, Will Start Working On It Soon
Obama called on pro-immigrant organizations to propose ideas on how to pass the reform through Congress.

Perez In The Mix For Immigration Job
Immigrant advocates say the White House and the Department of Homeland Security have nearly finalized their choices to lead two major immigration agencies.


comingsNgoings

Readers can share their professional announcements (100-words or fewer at no charge), email: editor@ilw.com. To feature your event in Immigration Daily, see here.

New Partner - Jackson Walker
Jackson Walker welcomes new partner Richard Sindelar to the firm's Houston office. Mr. Sindelar's experience includes representing a range of domestic and multinational companies on all aspects of employment-based immigration matters, including such activities as offshore (OCS) matters for the energy industry, shipping, treaty investors/traders and foreign investment under the Congressionally-mandated EB5 Program for job creation. www.jw.com.


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:
I was at Detroit's ICE office one day and met a woman who took volunteer departure to her home country. Here is her story how she was arrested at her house: At 7am in the morning a couple of months ago, there was a loud knock on the door by people who claimed they were police. They yelled that we found bombs and guns in your trunk and we needed to talk to you. The family members opened door because they had no guns or bombs ever in their car trunk. The ICE people walked in and did not ask a simple question on bombs and guns. Verify the ID of the woman and her husband and arrested both. For her, failure to maintain her F-1 status and for her husband, overstay B-2. Either of them have any criminal records. I would like to share this story with other people to show ICE treats aliens in the country.

Sufen Hilf, Esq.
Franklin, MI

Dear Editor:
I welcome the return of policy proposals to the letters to the Editor section. Ali Alexander's letter's suggestion that we scrap H-1Bs and their accompanying helot immigrant status and return to the old practice of sponsoring companies sponsoring the immigrant for a green card seems a good idea. Robert Yang's letter's idea of tour companies bonding tourists and assuring their timely repatriation at the expiration of their visas is also interesting, and more easily enforceable than our present system - think bail bonding for Disneyland or the highly successful British practice of outsourcing airport and port security to private contractors, with government only monitoring effectiveness. Unfortunately Mr. Algase's letter on the visa waiver program do not seem as interesting or as factually based. His letter's suggestions that Icelanders can be expected to behave like Uzbeks or Haitians (or even like Irishmen in the 1980s in terms of visa overstays) simply because of their banking collapse is risible. Culture matters, and it matters more than race or income. Turkish tourists generally have a good, if impecunious, reputation in the Middle East and Europe. Saudi tourists have a different one, though it is often paired with enough money to make them tolerated. The visa waiver program seems to be well advised to view skeptically any policy reforms suggested in Mr. Algase's letters and instead to keep focusing on visa overstay statistics.

Honza Prchal, Esq.
Birmingham, AL

Dear Editor:
Citizens of developing nations should be able to easily obtain US visas if they can prove they're wealthy enough and have more incentive to stay, live and work at their home countries. It's absurd to expect 60 seconds or less interviews with sometime overworked, mean, ignorant and arrogant US consuls can determine the eligibility of visa applicants in those countries. Many wealthy potential tourists got upset and felt insulted when their visas application got turned down by US consuls who think all Kenyans, Chinese or Indians are poor and want to work illegally in the US and they feel they got ripped off for $ 100 even they don't get visas. It's smart to establish a guarantor system. Travel agents in China, Brazil, Indonesia etc. can act as personal guarantors that will verify the financial information and bonafidity of all US visitor visa applicants, and visas will surely be granted with condition they join a group tour and pass our background check. Well known and wealthy foreigners living in many developing nations can be granted special VIP visitor visas that they may enter and leave US as they wish provided they don't work here illegally. Credit card companies can act as the guarantor here to verify the identity and financial stability of the applicants.

Robert Yang

Dear Editor:
ID contributors are loudly blaming the wrong person in the matter of this brazen, lawbreaking, illegal alien. The culprit here is the woman who was arrested, not the 287(g) procedure under which Sheriff Arpaio lawfully operates. If people would cease to receive such loud support from so many ID readers, the illegal alien problem in this country would disappear immediately. How these lawbreakers are able to find so many defenders is beyond my comprehension. Illegal behavior is to punished at all times, at any cost. If not, the illegal behavior will continue, then exponentially multiply as has happened to our immigration system once the Reagan administration decided to get passage of a very tepid "IRCA" which the Gipper never never intended to use to bring about reform of a rapidly deteriorating system, and never intended to provide reform for. Those of you who constantly whine against the enforcement of our immigration laws never provide any framework for reform, other than to demand that 12 to 20 million illegal aliens be "brought out of the shadows". What makes any of you believe that any form of legalization of unlawful behavior would not serve as encouragement for anyone not qualifying for the benefit under even the most liberal program to simply melt back "into the shadows", only to emerge several years later making the same demands as the 20 million are doing today? I urge all of you who agree that legalization is correct and proper in the case of illegal aliens be also willing to remove all locks from your doors, thereby giving unfettered access to all who decide that they need to be in those places, and deserve the right to be in those places, with or without (preferably without) your permission. How then would ID editorialize about such an occurrence?

J. E. Smith
Brunswick, GA

Dear Editor:
I am troubled by the emotional pandering and complete failure to investigate the truth in ID's comment (02/20/09 ID). It claims the Maricopa County Sheriff's office is blatantly discriminating against illegal immigrants, and acting in an inhumane way. However, the referenced video itself should alert any viewer to raise serious questions about the premise. The woman's daughter openly states that her mother was driving without lights. That is a completely legitimate reason for a police officer to stop a vehicle at night. This should lead an honest viewer to search for further information. Several of the comments following the blog note that the woman was driving without a license, and had a warrant for her arrest from a previous stop for driving without a license and without insurance. It is not inhumane for the officer to take the woman into custody, it's his job. Clearly the officer recognized the tender years of the children and appears to have arranged for their aunt to come pick them up. He also gave them a stuffed animal. This would appear to be a thoughtful act. I do not see any blatant discrimination, just an officer doing his job. When ID presents stunningly manipulative commentary, it diminishes my impression of ID's real interest to engage in a meaningful discussion of the issues without bias. These types of comments breed hate for law enforcement. They divide people and stifle discussion and debate. I don't know the details of what's going on with the Maricopa Sheriff's Department; it may be that there is targeting of Mexican descendants, which would need to be resolved. But if this comment and its linked video and article are indications of the tactics and genuine investigation of those making the claim, then I have my serious doubts about their truthfulness.

Charles W. Bennion

Dear Editor:
Responding to ID's 2/20/09 ID comment, while Borderpol cannot comment on the suggestion of ID to Secretary Napolitano, good law enforcement of immigration legislation in any civilized country should always be seen as just and humane. A mean spirited approach to immigration enforcement is neither helpful or constructive and traumatizing children in the name of immigration law enforcement is simply unnacceptable.

Thomas A. (Tom) Tass, Executive Director
Borderpol

Dear Editor:
All illegal aliens must leave or be forcibly removed. Anything less is an afront to all American citizens who follow the law.

Thomas Giezey

Dear Editor:
Rgarding Roger Algase's letter's reference to Thailand as a relatively prosperous country from which Thais would prefer to stay in rather than immigrate to the U.S (see 02/20/09 ID). I spent five very happy years working in Thailand. One of my jobs was to recruit high school seniors for a year's exchange program in a U.S. high school. We had over 300 exchange students per year. During my five years I do not recall a single returning Thai student who was not planning/scheming to immigrate to the U.S. So far as I know, most of them succeeded in immigrating though it took years in most cases.

Paul Good

Dear Editor:
I sympathize with ID to try and show how some Americans are and can be cruel in deporting illegal immigrants (02/20/09 ID comment). I do not agree with that. They should remember that their antecedents were also immigrants at one time or another. However, the video being shown here will be used against you because the reason the lady was stopped was because she did not have her lights on (According to the little girl speaking in Spanish), then the police found she had not paid a speeding ticket, it was then they found out she did not have papers. Yet the whole scenario was an attempt to blame the Sheriff and his deputies as if they were the ones doing wrong. Anyone who can understand Spanish will see this for themselves. If you are going to assist Illegal immigrants, please select the correct videos to show. If I am wrong in this, tell me why.

Emilio Decker Jr.


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