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Immigration Daily May 11, 2009
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A Different Debate

Tamar Jacoby says in her latest editorial, "But with the Obama White House rekindling the conversation about immigration, skeptics ought to think again." For the full editorial, see here.

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US Tax Compliance For Immigrants And Employers: The Lawyer's Complete Guide

ILW.COM is pleased to announce a new book on tax compliance for immigrants and employers authored by noted authority Paula Singer. The outline is as follows:

  • International Aspects of Individual U.S. Tax Returns
  • A Guide for Filing IRS Forms 1042 and 1042-S
  • L-1 Intracompany Transferees on U.S. Assignment
  • J-1 Nonstudent Exchange Visitors Performing U.S. Services
  • U.S. Taxation of H-1B Specialty Workers
  • U.S. Taxation of B-1 Business Visitors
  • U.S. Taxation of Foreign Students
  • Tax Treaty Benefits for Foreign Nationals Performing U.S. Services
  • What You Need to Know About Exchange Visitors
For more info, including how to place a pre-publication order, please see: For info/ordering by fax, please see:


Bloggings on Dysfunctional Government
Angelo A. Paparelli writes "Still, in these straitened times, it sure seems like price gouging when an agency with the word "Services" in its title appoints officers who cannot acknowledge their own clear mistakes without shaking down the public by demanding almost six Ben Franklins."

Bloggings On The H-1B Visa
Anthony F. Siliato and Scott R. Malyk write "U.S. Department of Labor ("DOL") H-1B audits are just another unfortunate by-product of our uncertain economic times."

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Ciudad Juarez Update On H1N1 Flu Outbreak
U.S. Consulate General in Ciudad Juarez provided an update on Consulate General operations during H1N1 flu outbreak.


Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Atlanta, GA - USCIS Office of Chief Counsel (OCC) seeks experienced attorney for the position of Associate Regional Counsel, USCIS OCC, Southeast Region. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, providing legal advice to the Atlanta, GA and other field offices within the District on immigration benefits and related matters including adjudications involving issues of national security. Applicants must possess JD degree, be an active member of the bar and have 1+ years of post JD experience. For more info, key in Job Announcement Number: COU-CIS-2009-0004 at Submit cover letter demonstrating specific skills, experience, and interests qualifying candidate for position. Applicant should list references but recommendation letters not necessary. Applicants must also submit a resume + writing sample (max. 10 pps) to: Michael P. Conricode, Regional Counsel, USCIS, Southeast Region: Must be received by close of business Friday, May 22, 2009. Position is at the GS-13-GS-15 levels. No relocation reimbursement expenses available.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Reston, VA - Goel & Anderson, LLC has an immediate opening for an experienced business immigration paralegal. Ideal candidates will have 5+ years experience as an immigration paralegal handling employment-based NIV and IV cases. Prior experience should include demonstrated ability to manage large caseload, while effectively/accurately preparing wide range of employment-based immigrant and nonimmigrant petitions, with strong emphasis on H-1B and L-1B matters. Experience with PERM, I-140, adjustment of status, and complex RFE responses essential. Successful applicants will possess thorough knowledge of immigration law and procedure, excellent writing, communication, organizational, and computer skills, and ability to conduct legal research, analyze issues, and effectively interact with corporate petitioners, beneficiaries, and law firm staff. Five years of prior experience, a four-year college degree, and solid references required. Goel & Anderson is a nationally recognized business immigration firm that offers an outstanding compensation and benefits package. Apply with resume, cover letter, + salary req. to Principals only. No phone calls.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Long time NYC practitioner seeks young lawyer as associate (or not so young) with or without own practice to work with a view towards parnership and sucession. I wish to work less now and much less later but not retire completely. Harry DeMell (212) 732-2767.

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: 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, or email:

CLE Immigration Event
Memphis, TN - (May 15-16, 2009) The Federal Bar Association and AILA Mid South Chapter invite you to join us for one of the most exciting regional immigration conferences you will attend this year. The confirmed speaker line-up is a who's who, including respected AILA attorneys and government officials including chairman of BIA, US Court of Appeals judge, director of OIL, current and former immigration judges. This conference offers opportunity to hear from a panel of ICE and CIS supervisors discuss local priorities that affect the mid-South and nationwide. Mingle with faculty without large crowds. This intimate setting is perfect for both new and experienced practitioners alike. Program includes special programs for pro bono attorneys + criminal lawyers. Earn up to 16 CLE hours and have fun too. For more info, including speakers, curriculum, and registration see the attached brochure or register online at


Obama Reverses Stance On Immigration
Republicans say the shift is a sign that Mr. Obama, who during the campaign repeatedly called the issue a priority, is uncertain how to move forward.

For Immigration Reformers, A Renewed Focus On The Family
On March 30, the boy and his mother marched through the Loop with about 40 other people, roughly half of them children, to protest federal immigration laws, which allow for the deportation of illegal immigrants who may have family ties to the United States.

Thai Family Will Get Reprieve In Citizenship Quest
A Thai family that faced the threat of deportation because of a 1975 divorce proceeding will not be forced to leave the U.S. after living here for nearly four decades, their lawyer told The Associated Press.

A Trial-Filled Trail Leads Immigrant Home
Two years of uncertainty, trying to squash her biggest fear: That she would be sent back to India, while her American-born children would stay.


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New Counsel - West Palm Beach, FL
Lawrence P. Lataif is pleased to announce that as of May 11, 2009, he will be joining Shutts & Bowen, LLP as senior immigration counsel to augment and expand its immigration practice. For more than 30 years, Mr. Lataif has represented individuals and business clients in all aspects of immigration law. Shutts & Bowen, LLP, 525 Okeechobee Boulevard, Suite 1100, West Palm Beach, FL 33401. Tel: 561-650-8504. Fax: 561-822-5534.


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

Dear Editor:
I stand corrected and would like to thank John Frecker for his letter (05/08/09 ID) which referred to 8 USC 1325, which reveals that it is indeed a crime for any person to enter or attempt to enter the United States at any time or place other than as designated by immigration officers, or elude examination or inspection by immigration officers, or attempt to enter or obtain entry to the United States by a willfully false or misleading representation or commit willful concealment of a material fact in fact. For the first commission of any such offense, that crime is punishable by a fine under title 18 or imprisonment of not more than 6 months, or both. And for a subsequent commission of any such offense, be fined under title 18, or imprisoned not more than 2 years, or both. In addition, 8 USC 1325 provides for civil penalties on top of the criminal penalties for anyone apprehended while entering (or attempting to enter) the United States at a time or place other than as designated by immigration officers. The civil penalty is at least $50 and not more than $250 for each such entry (or attempted entry); or twice the amount specified in paragraph (1) in the case of an alien who has been previously subject to a civil penalty under this subsection. It is clear that civil penalties are in addition to, and not in lieu of, any criminal or other civil penalties that may be imposed. So that settles it. Semantics aside, illegal aliens are, as a matter of law, criminals.

David D. Murray, Esq.
Newport Beach, CA

Dear Editor:
The terms like "first" and "third" worlders are indeed racist and an insult to skills, labor and intelligent of those who poses much better skills and talents than pardon me snobbish "first world" Americans, Japanese, Europeans etc. but unfortunately were born to "the wrong side" of this planet such as Kenya, Brazil, India, Mexico or China (see Murray's letter 05/08/09 ID). It's absurd to say that we believe in free market and competition if we practice, support and believe in protectionism, socialism and apartheid immigration laws and shamefully we support a divided world and humanity by creating terms such as "first and third worlders" to satisfy our ego and self entitlements. The notions that citizens of developing nations can't and shouldn't expect to improve their life by selling their labor to global market and compete squarely and openly with citizens of developed and rich nations, is indeed racism and apartheid policy. We have no rights to take away others' right to pursue happiness, freedom, equality and prosperity. It's absolutely mind boggling to understand that we don't mind invading, exploiting natural resources and enjoy sweat shops labor on our imported products and services in those "third world" nations and yet we slam the golden door and build fences to those world poor to improve themselves, because we don't want them to compete with us. It's a blatant hypocrisy to me.

Robert Yang

Dear Editor:
The SPLC seems to constantly tar citizens who stand for enforcing the law as racist and nativist. Law enforcement is a critical piece of CIR (see 05/08/09 ID). Immigration Daily usually provides more balanced reporting than this. Shameful.


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

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