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Immigration Daily June 19, 2009
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Sanctuary Ruling

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Second District Court of Appeal in Los Angeles ruled that a city can prohibit its police from stopping or arresting people to find out if they are illegal immigrants. "San Francisco's 1989 sanctuary ordinance includes a virtually identical provision, barring city employees from arresting, stopping or questioning people based solely on their national origin or immigration status. The ordinance also forbids the use of city money to help enforce federal immigration law, except as required by U.S. or state law."

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Business Immigration Law

ILW.COM is pleased to announce that "Business Immigration Law: Strategies For Employing Foreign Nationals" edited and co-authored by: Rodney A. Malpert and Amanda Petersen and its companion book "Business Immigration Law: Forms and Filings" published by Law Journal Press are now available for purchase on ILW.COM. Contributors to the book include Chuck Kuck, Tarik H. Sultan, Roger C. Wolf, Rebecca S. Whitehouse, George N. Lester, IV, Richard A. Gump, Jr., Leslie K. L. Thiele, Ellen G. Yost, Nancy H. Morowitz, Vicki L. Martin-Odette. For more info, including how to order, see here. For the fax order form, see here.


Bloggings on Updates in Immigration Law
Carl Shusterman writes "The Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) issued a decision which eliminates one of the principal benefits of the Child Status Protection Act of 2002 (CSPA). We believe that this decision is fundamentally flawed and should be overturned."

Bloggings on Nurse and Allied Health Immigration
Christopher T. Musillo writes "The Senate shortly is expected to consider the Travel Promotion Act (S. 1023)."

Immigrants Of The Day: Amado Campos of Mexico
Kevin R. Johnson writes "Hector Becerra of the L.A. Times has a wonderfully rich story about Los Angeles street vendor Amado Campos, an immigrant from Mexico."

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Aytes Memo Responds To Ombudsman's EB-5 Program Recommendations
Michael Aytes, Acting Deputy Director, USCIS, issued a memo responding to recommendation 40, Employment Creation Immigrant Visa (EB-5) program recommendations by CIS ombudsman.

Neufeld Memo Provides Guidance Regarding Surviving Spouses of Deceased US Citizens and Their Children
Donald Neufeld, Acting Associate Director, Office of Domestic Operations, issued a memo providing guidance to USCIS field offices and service centers regarding the processing of surviving spouses of deceased US citizens and qualifying children of the surviving spouses.

Velarde Memo Provides Clarification Of Evidence Required To Satisfy US Interest Requirement For H-2A Or H-2B Beneficiaries
Barabara Velarde, Chief Service Center Operations, issued a memo providing clarification regarding the evidence required to satisfy the U.S. interest requirement for beneficiaries from countries not listed on the H-2A or H-2B eligible countries list.

CBP Reminder On Electronic Passport Requirement For VWP Emergency Or Temporary Passports
CBP issued a reminder that effective July 1, 2009, Visa Waiver Program (VWP) emergency or temporary passports must be electronic passports (e-Passports) to be eligible for travel to the United States under the VWP.


Help Wanted: Immigration Professional
U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI), an Arlington, VA not-for-profit national organization dedicated to addressing the needs and rights of refugees and immigrants, is seeking a highly motivated proven leader to serve as Vice President. Responsibilities include oversight, implementation, and accountability for quality of programs and delivery of services. The Vice President reports to the President and CEO and works as part of the Senior Management Team. Strong and significant experience in program growth, development of proposals, project design, implementation and management, is required. He/She will have budget, fundraising and supervisory responsibilities. For a more detailed job description and application process please visit job openings at

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegals
Leading immigration law firm, Foster Quan, LLP, seeks experienced immigration legal assistants for its Houston and Austin, TX offices. Applicants must have two years of employment based immigration experience. A university degree is required, as well as strong writing and communication skills and proficiency with Microsoft Word, Outlook and Excel. Foreign language fluency is preferred. Must be detail oriented, able to multi-task and have strong analytical and organizational skills. Send resume and cover letter via e-mail to, referencing the position title in the subject line.

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:

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 or fax your document at 818-907-9763.


Study Finds Immigration Courtrooms Backlogged
The report, by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, a nonpartisan group that analyzes data about federal government performance, found that the shortage of judges had contributed to a 19 percent increase in the backlog of cases since 2006.

US to Let Immigration Agents Make Drug Arrests
The Obama administration is preparing to give more U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents authority to make drug arrests.

More Than 100 Kids Sue Over Parents' Deportations
They are suing President Barack Obama, asking a court to halt the deportations of their parents until Congress overhauls U.S. immigration laws.

California May Apologize For Past Discrimination
Legislators are considering issuing a formal apology to Chinese Americans for official acts of discrimination, such as banning cultural practices and barring interracial marriage, dating back to the 1800s.


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Dear Editor:
Please note that "bussing," which has been used in several recent letters dealing with court decisions on school integration, is not the preferred spelling when referring to transportation by buses. "Bussing" is an old-fashioned term for kissing. Of course, it may also be used in the context of restaurant work.

Paul Good, Esq.

Dear Editor:
Honza Prchal's letter (06/18/09 ID) is incredulous that there could have been segregated schools in Boston, as if there had never been any history of racial discrimination in America outside the South. It is safe to assume that letter writer was not familiar with the Boston area during the seven years that I was attending high school, college and law school there in the 1950's and early 1960's, or it would have been impossible for the letter to make such a statement. The letter also disputes the alleged implication in my letter (06/17/09 ID) that his presence in school may have made his black classmates smarter. None of my letters has ever suggested any such thing. If any of them did, I stand corrected.

Roger Algase, Esq.
New York, NY

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