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Immigration Daily July 15, 2009
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The Orwellian State

Laws made in the name of security and imposed by a heartless bureaucracy on hapless immigrants who cannot vote are bad. Not just because of their impact on immigrants, deplorable as it is. But because such laws inevitably end up victimizing American citizens too. A story earlier in the year in the Marietta Register bears this out. From the story: “Bill Smith, 61, moved from Ohio to West Virginia. He tried to get a new license and ended up getting six years worth of legal battles and thousands of dollars worth of bills.” There are many on the political right who oppose immigration, and who support laws which ended up making Mr. Smith’s life miserable for 6 years. All this despite the fact that, per the story: “I served in the Air Force for four years in Vietnam,” Smith said. “My discharge and DD-214 said I was a citizen, but I guess that’s not good enough.” The executive branch in an equal opportunity enforcer, and will continue to create much misery for unlucky US citizens such as Mr. Smith’s family once the executive is empowered with post-9/11 immigration laws. We urge those on the political right to reflect on what they are wishing for since they might get it. In other words, the supporters of a mass-deportation policy aka attrition thru enforcement may end up being the ones attrited and deported by a blind bureaucracy. History shows that it is better by far not to empower the executive over much. If we don’t heed the lessons of history, we will end up with a fascist state. And those on both the right and the left ought to be able to agree that avoiding such an end is the American thing to do.

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Two Years And Four Thousand Arrests Later: Del Monte And The ICE Raids, An Update
Stephen Manning, Sarah Loose, and Alice Perry write "The most ferocious immigration raid in Oregon and, at that time, in the United States was underway."

Spotlight On Legal Immigration To The United States
Jeanne Batalova for Migration Information Source writes "This updated Spotlight takes a close look at the 2008 statistics on foreign nationals admitted for and adjusted to lawful permanent residence (LPR)."

Immigrants Of The Week: Omid Kordestani, John Catsimatidis, and Ray Young
Greg Siskind celebrates the achievements of these select immigrants.

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


Help Wanted: Immigration Attorneys
Midtown Manhattan - Boutique law firm seeks two attorneys: 1) Senior attorney with 3-7 years experience to manage own caseload of employment-based immigrant and non-immigrant visa petitions for a wide range of professionals, including research scientists, artists/designers, athletes, IT professionals, etc, family-based petitions, motions & EOIR matters. May also handle some litigation matters. 2) Junior attorney with 1-3 years experience to assist Senior attorney with business & family immigration matters and handle personal injury/no fault and matrimonial litigation. This position requires admission to NY Bar; admission to NJ Bar is a +. Both positions require great initiative and follow-through, as well as excellent writing and interpersonal skills. Ideal candidates will have graduated in the top 1/3 of their class and have Journal experience. Salary DOE. Please email cover letter and CV to

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegals
Downtown Washington, DC (K Street area) - Fast-paced boutique immigration law firm seeks legal assistants. 1-2 yrs exp req.d in business/family immigration law. Interesting work and clientele; no timesheets; latest technology; competitive salary and benefits (401K, health insurance, paid vacation, etc). Successful applicants will be detail-oriented, able to handle volume, highly organized and strong communicators. Email resume, cover letter and salary reqs to No calls please. EOE.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Lincoln, Nebraska - USCIS Office of the Chief Counsel (OCC) seeks an experienced attorney for the position of Service Center Counsel at the Nebraska Service Center (NSC). Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, serving as an attorney providing legal advice to the NSC personnel on issues involving immigration related adjudications, inadmissibility and deportability grounds, and national security; writing visa appeal briefs and providing litigation support to the U.S. Attorney's office on cases arising from Service Center adjudications. J.D. degree, active bar membership by the entry on duty date. For full details enter COU-CIS-2009-0005 here. Applicants must submit (1) resume , (2) writing sample (10 pps. max), (3) references to All submissions must be received by close of business on July 17, 2009. GS-13/15, position open until filled. No relocation allowance offered.

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.

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Miami-Dade Man's Life In Limbo As He Faces Deportation To Iran
A North Miami Beach imam facing deportation to Iran is seeking support from Rep. Kendrick Meek.

New Immigration Report, Same Old Call for Amnesty
And while its ‘bi-partisan’ nature is certainly attractive, it doesn’t make legalization anymore than a costly amnesty.

Chris Christie Leans To The Left Of Even Some Democrats
Two summers ago, he had a very public falling-out with Christie over the question of illegal immigration.

Yang Gets Jail Time For Harboring Illegals
A Duluth, Ga., man who ran an employment agency in Chamblee was sentenced on Monday to five years in prison for harboring illegal aliens.


Readers can share professional announcements (up to 100-words at no charge), email: To announce your event, see here

Immigration Event - Washington DC
Institute for the Study of International Migration invites you to attend 'The Challenge of Circular Migration: A Triple Win Solution?', 8:30-10:00 a.m., Friday, July 17, 2009, Georgetown University Law Center, McDonough Hall, Room 200, 600 New Jersey Ave., N.W., Washington, DC, 20001.


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

Dear Editor:
Carmen Benavides' letter recommends going back to the pre-1965 immigration system. As my letters have explained many times before, this was based on a restrictive immigration law enacted in 1924, at a time of widespread prejudice against, Italian, Jewish, Eastern European, Middle Eastern and East Asian immigrants, who were considered to be unassimilable because they were allegedly biologically inferior to whites from Western Europe. As a result, Congress enacted a "national origins" quota system, which was not based on the most recent census (from 1920), but on the 1890 one, from 30 years earlier, before much of the great wave of immigration from the above areas. The clear purpose was to give preference to white immigrants from Northern and Western Europe. This is the system of prejudice that Ms. Benavides, whose letter evidently believes that Latinos are also unassimilable and would like a total moratorium on immigration, would like to see reinstated. The fact that the writer of that letter happens to have an Hispanic name, does not, of course, deprive the letter of the right to whatever views on immigration the writer wishes to express. Nor does it make the letter any less racist. As long as letters like this are being written, we should not be surprised that immigration reform is likely to remain a distant dream and that even the seriously flawed legal immigration system that we now have is on life support.

Roger Algase, Esq.
New York, NY

Dear Editor:
I was rather surprised at the amount of cynicism emanating from the letters of 7/14/09, and I felt the need to chime in with a few choice responses. First of all, Roger Algase's letter attempt's to speak for all of us, but it certainly does not speak for me and many of my fellow CIR advocates. Not only am I "almost" sure in my heart, and pretty sure in my mind, that CIR will pass this session, but I insist that earned legalization is but one of many parts to CIR, and that, while instrumental to the legislation, is but one vital ingredient to a comprehensive solution. Carmen Benavides's letter proves that the anti-immigrant propaganda machine is quite alive and well in California. First of all, the figure of 4,000,000 new undocumented immigrants per year is ludicrous, (right now it is about zero), and the figure of $10.5 billion per year in cost only tells a small fraction of the story. It neglects to mention that ledger has two sides, and you can't talk about the debits without talking about the credits. Finally, I vehemently disagree with the very notion, as put forth by Robert Yang's letter. Religious values not withstanding, most people are good at heart, though flawed. The letter should not paint all people with the juice of the few bad apples. Furthermore, as to his letter's constant barrage of free trade arguments, his letter neglects to consider that these other countries that his letter would have the U.S. compete against on an equal footing, benefit from the very expensive liberty and freedom that we provide to the world. Our first concern, as a nation, must be our own financial health, as that is in the best long term interest of the rest of the world.

Robert Gittelson

Dear Editor:
Just a comment on the recent editorial on immigration fees (07/10/09 ID), I am Canadian and a permanent resident of the US for many years (also an ESL teacher) and recently decided to have dual citizenship ... until I found out the cost. I am retired and have financial priorities that do not include paying $800. just to vote. The fees are outrageous and its a wonder anyone gets citizenship.

Linda Dysart

Dear Editor:
I read with interest and hope your article on abolishing immigration fees. That is an excellent proposal. Also, what can we do to start a grass roots campaign on this issue. I believe that you will receive support from the public. Anyone who has been before an ALJ knows of the delays, abuse and ridicule that they have to suffer. This after having to pay outrageous fees (continuously) to have their petitions filed and then processed. The arguments raised on both sides are compelling but I feel that the time may be appropriate to raise the matter and seek congressional support. The very fact that this agency takes years to process these applications speaks volumes of its inefficiency. The fact remains that this office currently exists as an agency were the principles involved (ALJ's) simply use this as a forum to abuse the petitioners and ridicule them as soon as they appear before the court. It is a shameful waste of time and energy as families place their entire life before an administrative agency that does nothing. How many families have paid their fees only to be subsequently removed or deported simply because their case has not been adjudicated. The real question why should this agency move to change the process? They have no oversight. They do not have to answer to anyone and it is job security for all those people employed. I wonder if anyone has ever questioned the total amount received in application fees and related charges. I hope you continue calling attention to this matter and solicit support from the public. I am prepared to do whatever I can to help. I reside in Southern California (San Diego) and I know I can secure additional support for this project.

Pedro Nunez

Dear Editor:
I agree with ID's 07/09/09 comments about the PERM system. Is there any way to get this system work better than the present condition? People like us are really screwing up their lives in the process of getting a green card. I personally feel about this. We cannot go back to India or can stay here. I have filed my LC in March 2008 and still waiting on decision (received random audit). There should be specific time period to people know their status, so that they can take serious decision about next steps. Is there anything we can fight for the change?

Gajani Mahmad

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

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