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Immigration Daily July 8, 2009
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Citizenship for Beginners

The curriculum for the July 8th phone session of "Citizenship for Beginners" is as follows:

  • Naturalization requirements: LPR status, state residency, continuous residence, physical presence, and preserving residence for naturalization purposes, document, intent, 4-year rule
  • Definitions and standards: Criminal convictions, post conviction relief, good moral character, statutory period, expungements, motions to unseal, coram nobis
  • Risks of making application: Grounds for removal
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  • Going to court for background check delays not hard
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Risky Business - Some Thoughts On Legal Malpractice Insurance
Ed Poll writes "investigates these recent trends in malpractice insurance and provides preventative measures you may take to avoid malpractice."

Immigrant Of The Week: Charles Simonyi
Greg Siskind celebrates the achievements of these select immigrants.

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DOJ Immigration Litgation Bulletin: November 2007
We carry The Department of Justice Office of Litigation's November 2007 issue of its publication, Immigration Litigation Bulletin.


Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Las Vegas, NV - The Law Offices of Garcia-Mendoza & Snavely seeks an experienced paralegal to perform all types of business and family visa packages under supervision of attorney. Minimum 3-5 years experience required. Salary to be negotiated. Firm provides benefits including paid vacation and sick leave plus profit sharing plan. Located in a free standing building on ground level in downtown. Parking is free. Submit resume + cover letter to All replies remain in confidence.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorneys
The Murthy Law Firm is seeking immigration attorneys with at least three years of experience in business immigration law, with or without litigation experience. Our practice is dynamic and fast-paced. We have high standards with regard to integrity, work ethic, and quality. Successful candidates will have the ability to work both as members of a team and as team leaders. They will join over a dozen high-caliber colleagues and have quality support in the way of legal and administrative staff, as well as technology. They will bring in-depth understanding and knowledge of the breadth of immigration procedures, and are expected to supervise paralegals and support staff. Good writing and analytical skills are required, as well as experience dealing with complex immigration law cases. Litigation experience a plus. Interested candidates may visit for details regarding the unique benefits of working at the Murthy Law Firm. Resume + cover letter should be forwarded to All communication will be treated in confidence. Salary and benefits are commensurate with experience and abilities. We are an equal opportunity employer. Final interviews of candidates are at our office in Owings Mills, MD, a few minutes from downtown Baltimore, Maryland.

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City, County Hope To Boost Goodyear Project With Foreign Investment
Summit County is believed to be the first jurisdiction in Ohio that has been desginated by the US DHS as a "Regional Center" that will provide incentives to international investors, the city and county said in a news release."

Immigration Docket All Tied Up In Knots
But a busy calendar alone isn't necessarily enough reason to deny a continuance, the 9th Circuit reasoned.

Official: Farms To Get Help
John Young, of Goffstown, heads the New England Apple Council and has watched Congress move to give his members relief for its noncitizen workers only to have it tied up in a national, failed bill that offered amnesty to illegal aliens.

A Crash Course In Rending Red Tape
Forget about the parting of the Red Sea. Sister Joanna O'Meara is getting a crash course in the parting o red tape.


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New Partner - Long Beach, CA
Garg & Associates, PC (formerly Smith & Garg, PC) is pleased to announce that John C. Valdez has been promoted to Managing Partner. Garg & Associates is a full-service law firm with three offices in two states, Texas and California. Mr. Valdez will manage our Long Beach, California office. Telephone: 562.590.7300. Telecopier: 562.264.1051.


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Dear Editor:
The attention that is now being given to the unfortunately untimely death of Mr. Tanveer Ahmad, seems to suggest that this was an isolated incident (07/07/09 ID). Such is not the case. For those of us that have been involved in Immigration detention issues know first hand that lack of care, abuse, neglect are in fact the norm. When something like this comes to light then due care and attention are given - for the moment - thereafter the status quo resumes. There is absolutely no accountability. Eight years after having been involved in detention issues I am sad to say that we are still discussing the same issues over and over.

Rita Dave, Esq.

Dear Editor:
I had promised to be silent for a while, but I cannot overlook J. E. Smith's letter's distorted attempt to imply that Martin Luther King and one of his lawyers, Clarence B. Jones, would have in any way supported the ''blame the victim" anti-immigrant ranting in Mr. Smith's July 7 letter. I worked for Mr. Jones for a few years in the early 1960's after graduating from law school, and I had the privilege of playing a small role in drafting some court papers for a lawsuit to which Dr. King, whom Mr. Jones represented, was a party. Clarence Jones, whom I worked with every day, and Martin Luther King (whom I never met or had any direct contact with) were passionately against racial discrimination in all its forms and, while I never heard about any discussion of immigration one way or another while I was working for Mr. Jones, it would be absurd (for lack of a stronger word) to claim that either he or Dr. King would have supported the current attempts to make Latino, Asian, African and Caribbean immigrants scapegoats for America's current problems and targets of its current prejudices. Certainly, they supported changing the law, not breaking it. But, if Martin Luther King were still alive, I believe that he would oppose the heavy handed, "enforcement only" anti-immigrant policies of today's white supremacists with the same intensity that he opposed the segregation laws of his time. If he were making another "I Have a Dream" speech today, I am sure that it would be one in support of legalization for illegal immigrants and a much fairer and more open system for legal immigration.

Roger Algase, Esq.
New York, NY

Dear Editor:
Sorry, I ain't buyin' it . . . (Luis Nevada letter 07/07/09 ID). The letter claims he has been on an F-1 for fourteen years. The letter claims he has two master's degrees. It claims two companies have "tried to hire me and applied for my green card." It claims he speaks "three languages and have a broad range of experience in various Latin American countries working for an international consultancy company ranked among the 500 international top companies worldwide." The letter claims he had been "working in Europe for almost ten years." Evidently, Mr. Nevada must be a guy in his sixties to have that type of experience behind him. And still a student? Peter Pan graduated at an earlier age. But I wonder. Fourteen years on an F-1 Student Visa. Evidently, either Mr. Nevada is very rich, or he has been working in the US. I also wonder why, with his brilliant education and background, he could not find a job and get an H-1B visa? How can one have two failed Labor Certifications? In thirty years of filing them I have only had one Labor Certification denied. And, why still a student? And what has he ever done to make the US a better place to live? "Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country." - John F. Kennedy, January 20, 1961. Mr. Nevada's letter takes the same position as Mr. Colorado's (07/03/09 ID), that he will go to Canada, because he feels unwelcome in the US. I'll be the first to bid him goodbye.

David D. Murray, Esq.
Newport Beach, CA

Dear Editor:
Any foreigners as long as 1. they're self sufficient, 2. of good moral characters, 3. believe and accept in whole in our democratic and secular system, 4. posses minimum skills or education level required here, 5. not asking for any kind of welfare assistance and become public burden, 6. of good health and productive age, 7. being proficient in speaking, reading and writing English proven by TOEFL test conducted out of their own pockets, they should be granted authorization of temporary legal residents to stay in the US for 6 years and after that they can apply for permanent residency upon meeting certain objective criteria such as home ownership, minimum net worth, taxes paid and other positive contribution to this country, then 5 more years to get US citizenship. We have no rights whatsoever to deny the rights of foreigners to seek out jobs in the US nor foreign nations should deny the most fundamental right of human beings including us as Americans to access their job market. Re : Mr. Murray's and Mr. Smith's letters on ID 7/6/09 ID, mentioning about rule of laws, nation of laws and obeying the laws, come again what kind of laws? Should one never question any laws that unfairly restrict their rights to advance themselves and be equal just because those laws were designed for the purpose of protectionism? Or say none on laws that treat people of colors, ethnic and faith minorities and women as second class pariah citizens? Or holier than thou laws that ban same sex marriage but ignore sex outside marriage and divorces supported by some hypocrite religious fundamentalists who love to cherry pick verses on their Holy Books for convenient and discriminate the rights of others?

Robert Yang

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