From Sotomayor To June 8
President Obama's nomination of Sonia Sotomayor for the Supreme Court is yet another in a series of politically astute moves by the White House, in this case seeking to cement Latinos into the Democratic coalition. The nomination raises the question as to whether this is a down payment for CIR or a substitute for it. Some in the anti camp suggest that "Sotomayor was guaranteed to get the nod -- as a consolation prize for Hispanic pressure groups, since there isn't going to be an amnesty." However, the pro-immigration America's Voice argues that the SCOTUS nomination has nothing to do with CIR, and that "Obama has renewed his campaign pledge to move reform forward in year 1. Again, and again, and again."
The President's savvy political staff realizes that the honeymoon period is of limited duration and that the President cannot postpone action on immigration indefinitely--if immigration is to be a priority at all, it must be a priority early. The Sotomayor nomination puts the June 8 White House bipartisan summit on immigration with legislative leaders in the spotlight, since the Administration's plans will likely be clarified at that meeting. Mark your calendars, and stay tuned to Immigration Daily for the latest!
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Today Is The Deadline For Employer Sanctions For Beginners
The curriculum for our new 3-part telephone seminar series "Employer Sanctions For Beginners" is as follows:
FIRST Phone Session on May 28: I-9s
SECOND Phone Session on June 18: E-Verify
- Overview of IRCA’s employer compliance provisions
- Review of I-9 requirements
- Changes on the new I-9
- I-9 compliance tips
- Electronic I-9s – Time to switch?
THIRD Phone Session on July 23: State Laws/No-Match
- Overview of E-Verify
- Benefits of signing on
- Risks associated with signing on
- E-Verify Federal Contractor rule
Wednesday, May 27th is the deadline to sign up. For more info, including speaker bios, detailed curriculum, and
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- Business license laws
- E-Verify mandates
- Other state laws
- Update on the no-match regulation
Consular Corner: May 2009
Liam Schwartz writes "I've heard consular officers deny they profile visa applicants; then, when they describe exactly how they adjudicate, you're left with the impression that profiling is exactly what they're doing."
Competition What And When
W.A. Paton for the Foundation For Economic Education write "The individual worker is in competition, in a sense, with his fellow workers, and thus may well be in favor of a low birth rate and restricted immigration, while at the same time supporting the view that capital should command as high a return as the forces of a free, competitive market will afford."
Bloggings On Immigration Law And Policy
Greg Siskind writes "There are basically two big camps in the immigration reform debate and each has subsidiary interests that diverge in important respects from the bigger group."
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USCIS Updates H-1B Cap Count
USCIS announced that as of May 22, 2009, approximately 45,700 H-1B cap-subject petitions and approximately 20,000 petitions qualifying for the advanced degree cap exemption had been filed.
Expert Witness Services
Muslim World Expert Dr. Shaul M. Gabbay is pleased to offer expert testimony on immigrants from Muslim countries/societies, including the former Soviet Union (USSR). I have testified in 150+ Immigration Court cases nationwide (asylum, cancellation of removal) and to USCIS (asylum interviews, hardship waivers) with very high success rates. For more info, including detailed biography + testimonials from lawyers who have worked with me in the past, see: www.muslimworldexpert.com. Please contact me with any additional questions: Dr. Shaul M. Gabbay, Muslim World Expert, Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver, Denver, Colorado, firstname.lastname@example.org, (303) 871-2560. For countries outside of my expertise, I may be able to recommend an expert in that area.
Immigration Law Certificate
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Court Pick Could Buy Time On Immigration
President Obama's decision to nominate federal appeals court Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court may help him delay a thornier challenge: what to do with millions of illegal immigrants living in the United States.
Deal Wants Change To Citizenship Rules
A Georgia congressman is behind a plan to change a long standing federal law that gives citizenship to any baby born on US soil.
Hampton Bays Woman Founds New Pro-immigration Organization
Sylvia Baruch has witnessed firsthand the struggles of immigrants living on Long Island while volunteering with the Norfolk Spanish Apostolate, a Riverhead group that serves Latino families in need of assistance.
12 Charged In Massive Labor Trafficking Scheme Based In Kansas City
Federal officials have accused 12 people and three companies of illegally luring foreign workers to the United States to work for low pay and live in substandard conditions, prosecutors announced today in Kansas City.
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Juan Osuna has been appointed to be Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Immigration Litigation. For more info see http://www.usdoj.gov/opa/pr/2009/May/09-civ-504.html
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Regarding Robert Yang'[s letter (05/27/09 ID). As one old enough to remember the rude refusal of president Eisenhower to meet with Fidel Castro when he came to Washington as Cuba's new leader, I understand that long ago Cuba/US relations were decided by Castro, not the US. After Eishenhower's rebuke, Castro envisioned Soviet support. But the Soviets minimalized cooperation after JFK forced them to remove their missles from Cuba in 1962. Castro failed, but to this day refuses to admit it. The Cuban-Americans in Miami who fled to form a successful city state in the US will not tollerate normalization with the Castro regime - nor does Fidel desire this. At least until Fidel dies, things will remain the same.
Haiti's economy is of no benefit to the US; they speak French patois and cannot offer the US the time of day, much less mutually beneficial trade. We have enough bananas. Haiti's plight is sad, but not a US problem and their people have no US legacy, as do Cubans. China/US trade relations are imperative to the success of both nations. The US can thank China for continuing to purchase Treasury Bonds, rather than selling, which would throw the US into instant depression. Of course, the Chinese government's policies have one ultimate goal - their own long-term financial success in the world marketplace. Although we call it "Communist," China is really a party-run semi-totalitarian, semi-capitalist, semi-free enterprise state. Finally, Mr. Yang's letter recognizes, "we can't afford them (immigrants) to come here in hordes." I am happy to see that at long last his letter finally admits this and appears to understand that foreign trade does not mean trade in people, and globalization does not mean "all for one and one for all".
David D. Murray, Esq.
Newport Beach, CA
That's true immigrants cant vote, but you know what? Immigrants have sons and daughters who can vote and maybe a family members who is already voting now, so I think is a big mistake for politician to ignore that. So I think they will try and do the right thing for all Americans.
Regarding ID article "A Sunny Day at a Dreary Place" (05/19/09 ID): I attended that meeting and felt this article was a little one-sided.
Speaking as someone who is a user of the CSC's services, I thank the CSC for sending out their email in advance to help manage people's expectations. Like it or hate it, they did manage everyone's expectations. Those who did show up were explained what the process would be: (hand out written answers, any follow-up questions could be submitted via a 3x5 card, they would be vetted and distributed to the appropriate ACD and an answer would be given if appropriate) and that is the process that was followed.
I love how everyone was insulted with the CSC's, and I quote, "appalling vague and unresponsive" written answers. I didn't hear anyone say they were insulted and I definitely didn't hear anyone mention how insulted they were regarding the person or firm who chose to use informal discussion in litigation. Isn't that what we owe all of this too? Any of us in the private sector (even service sectors) would be required to change the way we do business if something like what happened to the CSC happened to our business.
Although it wasn't the most insightful CSC meeting I have attended, I can understand the reasoning behind it, and I see both sides of the fence. I would not only bash the CSC when it was the CSC who was forced into this hand by those who point fingers at the CSC.
I agree that the relationship will be rocky for quite some time and we owe all of that thanks to the person or firm who decided to use discussions from these settings as an argument in litigation.
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