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Immigration Daily March 3, 2009
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Erratum

Due to a production error, Immigration Daily's March 2, 2009 issue "from address" was not Immigration Daily from ILW.COM at editor@ilw.com. We regret the error.

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


Focus

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FIRST Phone Session on March 5: J-1 Waivers

  • Filing for a Case Number
  • No Objection, IGA, Hardship, Persecution
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  • Pursuing More than One Waiver
  • While the Waiver is Pending (Travel/Status)
  • What happens After Waiver Approval
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  • Training: J-1, H-1B, F-1 OPT; and O-1
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  • Immigrating: EB-1, NIW and PERM
  • Special Considerations for Canadian Physicians
  • Legislative Horizon
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  • DOS Final Rule on Visa Screen
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Articles

Update From Ciudad Juarez
Charles Wheeler writes "The following is a summary of the minutes provided by the State Department and USCIS, respectively."

New Americans In The Silver Plate: The Political And Economic Power Of Immigrants, Latinos, And Asians In Nevada
Angela Kelley for the Immigration Policy Center writes "There are few states where the growing political and economic clout of immigrants, Latinos, and Asians is as apparent as in Nevada."

Bloggings On PERM Labor Certification
Joel Stewart writes "A question that comes up frequently is what to do if the I-140 Petition was filed with the wrong preference category checked off."

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


News

EOIR Issues Latest Disciplinary Actions
The Executive Office for Immigration Review released its latest disciplinary actions: ten attorneys immediately suspended; nine received final orders.


Classifieds

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Washington, DC - USCIS Office of Chief Counsel (OCC) seeks experienced attorney with 2+ years demonstrated experience in immigration law or related experience for the Legislative Counsel Division. Function primarily involves proposed changes to the immigration laws, it also includes legislation on the subject of appropriations, public benefit programs, Federal personnel law, and any other matter affecting the operations of USCIS as a Federal agency. Applicants must possess JD degree, be active bar member (any jurisdiction), and have 2+ years of post-JD experience in immigration law. For more info, key in Job Announcement Number: COU-CIS-2009-0003 at USAJobs.com. Submit a resume, cover letter + writing sample (max. 10 pps.) to: Philip B. Busch, Legislative Counsel, USCIS Office of the Chief Counsel at Philip.Busch@dhs.gov. Must be sent by 5pm, EST, Friday, March 13, 2009. Position is at the GS-13/15 levels. No relocation reimbursement available.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Roseland, NJ - Fox Rothschild LLP has an opening for an immigration paralegal. The ideal candidate will have 5+ years of employment based immigration paralegal experience. Experience must include preparing and filing full range of employment-based applications, independently conducting research, analyzing legal resources, maintaining document files and case docketing. Must be team player, detail oriented and possess excellent communication, writing, organizational and computer skills. Will consider Bachelor's degree, Associate's degree, or paralegal certificate and 5 years of experience or 10 years of comparable work experience. Please apply online at http://www.foxrothschild.com/careers/paralegal/default.aspx?id=9164. EOE.

Position Sought
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Headlines

Concerns Arise Over Fast-Track Deportation Program
Federal authorities are increasingly deporting illegal immigrants through a fast-track program that bypasses court hearings, an effort by the federal government to save money, reduce backlogs and clear detention beds.

Families Hurt By US Immigration Policies Speak Out
Families who have been harmed by the lack of comprehensive national immigration reform gathered at an Albuquerque church to tell an Illinois congressman how U.S. laws have affected them.

ICE Raid Renews Questions About Obama Plans on Immigration Reform
The raid and mass arrests raise some curious questions about the Obama administrationís immigration policy.

Immigration And Hope Are Inseparable
It is the hope that moves immigrants to leave their land and their family.


comingsNgoings

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Immigration Event - Washington, DC
'How Many and Which Migrants Leave? Estimating the Unknown and Why it Matters'. Sponsored by the Institute for the Study of International Migration. 8:30-10 am, Friday, March 27, 2009. Georgetown University Law Center, McDonough Hall, Room 200, 600 New Jersey Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20001. http://www12.georgetown.edu/sfs/rsvp/index.cfm?Action=View&EventID=2247 [link corrected 3/3/09 Ed].


Letters

Readers can share comments, email: editor@ilw.com (up to 300-words). Past correspondence is available in our archives

Dear Editor:
Melissa M. Chase's Article, "Last I Checked, A Human Could Not Be "Illegal" (02/30/09 ID Article) once again complains about the use of the term "illegal alien. Perhaps I'm dense, but I cannot follow the logic of her Article's claim that, by definition, an illegal alien must be a citizen of the US. The simple fact is: the word "illegal" is an adjective that describes the noun "alien". Other adjectives that could be used to describe aliens (both legal and illegal) are, "fat alien" - "talented alien" - "rich alien" - and, (drum roll) "law-abiding alien". We call some people "African American" - could we not call a US permanent resident from Congo an "African alien"? Certainly; but it would be ridiculous. The crux of Ms. Chase's Article's arguments seem to be that, "Anytime a label is pejorative label is placed on people it is designed to reduce people to non-beings that are excluded from our conscience and that don't deserve any constitutional or civil rights (sic)." Whoa now. Most people are just human beings speaking an imprecise language. The bottom line remains, when an alien enters or remains in the US in violation of law, they are "illegal aliens". Political correctness will not change that. We chose our words to make certain points. Ms. Chase's Article overuses the word "pejorative", a word I have always found "snooty", rather than simply saying "disparaging" or belittling" - words common folks understand. Itís time to come out of our ivory towers and use plain language to describe plain things. Like the proverbial spade, we should call it just that - illegal alien. PS: Oxymorons are contrary terms, like "jumbo shrimp" - "pretty ugly" - or "military intelligence". There is nothing contrary about "illegal alien", except the contrariness of breaking the law.

David D. Murray, Esq.
Newport Beach, CA

Dear Editor:
Bravo to Max Gutierez's wonderful letter (03/02/09 ID) attacking the bigoted and cowardly Obama administration policy of continuing the Bush anti-Latino workplace immigration raids, which are a such a terrible stain on America's conscience and its ideals of justice and tolerance. Honza Prchal's letter (03/02/09 ID) upholds the validity of alleged "overstay" statistics in order to justify the blatant racial discrimination in the US visa waiver program. But "overstay" statistics can never fully explain why, out of 35 visa waiver countries, 31 are white. That is the most damning statistic of all.

Roger Algase, Esq.
New York, NY

Dear Editor:
I applaud Ms. Chase's letter (03/02/09 ID) on no humans are illegal as the inconvenient truth. It's an irony for a nation who was founded by those who believed that all human beings are created as equal and have equal rights to pursue liberty, prosperity and happiness and which believe in free market capitalistic economy which always support the concept of voluntary exchange of products and services between competing buyers and sellers based on free market principles. Yes, we can't afford to have the entire population of planet Earth moving to this country but we can't stand silent on global economy injustice and apartheid policies that discriminates so many of others of their fundamental rights to sell the fruits of their honest labor for better compensation from any willing buyers just because the need to protect special interests who hate the reality of life that they must compete squarely and openly to justify what they earn.

Robert Yang

Dear Editor:
It is hypocritical to have laws on the books, and then ask that they not be enforced. Those who believe they should not be enforced, should work to remove those laws. Those who work illegally should not be relying on non-enforcement or lax enforcement as a permission slip to work.

Michael Steinberg

Dear Editor:
H. Prchal's comment (3/2/09 ID): "Roger Algase's letter (02/27/09 ID) is entitled to state opinion, but not to create its version of the facts." could also be made about the RA letter of 3/2/09 ID where the letters long list of things that the ICE raid in Bellingham WA did not accomplish failed to mention the one thing it did which was to remove illegal aliens from our interior who are in violation of our entry laws. The latter are also fully responsible for any disruptions for their illegal activities as is the case with any lawbreakers. That the letter would characterize the ICE enforcement function as a "reign of terror" further displays the letters myopic views as does the comments about, "their legal rights, and who have the least responsibility for the economic mess we are in" They have everything to do with the "mess" we are in from subprime mortgages to billions of dollars of public benefits. Removal of these parasites is exactly, "the way to deal with our immigration problems" and must increase, not end. If this is not the view of HS Sec'y Janet Napolitano it should be. [ ID Comment: "Freezing ICE - 3/2/09 ] She did sign the Employers Sanctions Law in AZ. Perhaps it's more of what we can expect from our first illegal alien "president" who still resists clearing up the essential matter of his qualifying as a "natural born citizen". While the R. Yang letter rants about globalist labor arbitrage are faulty and wrong, the letters suggestion of replacing the present, flawed Visa Waiver Program with a "guarantor visa system" and a bond requirement is a good one. But it should be under the control of ICE/HS with perhaps private bailbondsmen, not the self-serving, special interest tourist industry.

Jim Roberts


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