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Detention Overhaul

Los Angeles Times reports "The Obama administration announced plans today to change how immigration violators are detained in the U.S. by shifting from a system that relies on a network of jails and private prisons to one that is designed specifically for civil detention. As part of the plan, which will take years to implement, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement will review its roughly 350 existing operating contracts and will increase oversight throughout the system." We welcome this move.

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  • Chapter 1: Removal proceedings
  • Chapter 2: Grounds of deportability
  • Chapter 3: Grounds of inadmissibility
  • Chapter 4: Contesting removability
  • Chapter 5: Adjustment of status
  • Chapter 6: Waivers of inadmissibility and deportability in Removal proceedings
  • Chapter 7: Section 212(c) and Cancellation of Removal for lawful Permanent Residents
  • Chapter 8: Cancellation and Suspension for Non-Permanent Resident Aliens
  • Chapter 9: Asylum, Withholding of Removal and protection under the Convention Against Torture
  • Chapter 10: Voluntary departure
  • Chapter 11: Naturalization as a defense to Removal
  • Chapter 12: Administrative review of Removal Orders
  • Chapter 13: Judicial review of Removal Orders
  • CD-ROM has 600+ important documents including: key BIA & Federal cases, selected USCIS/ICE memos and DOS cables, forms from USCIS & EOIR, relevant regulatory sections from 8 CFR & 42 CFR, significant statutory provisions from the INA, 18 USC & 28 USC, Links to informative internet resources, etc
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Bloggings On Updates In Immigration Law
Carl Shusterman writes "If you are looking for a multi-million dollar settlement, immigration law is not for you."

Bloggings On Nurse And Allied Health Immigration
Christopher T. Musillo writes "The next few months will shape Americas nurse visa policy for years to come."

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USCIS Reopens Fiscal Year 2009 H-2B Petition Filing Period
USCIS announced that it has reopened the fiscal year 2009 H-2B petition filing period and will immediately accept new H-2B petitions that meet certain specific criteria.


Help Wanted: Immigration Attorneys
Washington, DC - USCIS Office of the Chief Counsel (OCC) seeks experienced attorneys for its Refugee and Asylum Law Division in Washington, D.C. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, advising the Division Chief, the Chief Counsel, and USCIS on issues relating to US immigration laws and international treaty obligations, and providing legal advice on domestic asylum law and practice, overseas refugee resettlement programs, temporary protected status, and the Convention Against Torture. J.D. degree, active bar membership, 1+ years of post-J.D. experience required. For full details enter COU-CIS-2009-0007 here. Applicants must submit (1) writing sample (5 pps. max) (2) resume (3) cover letter, to All submissions must be received by close of business on August 14, 2009. GS-13/15. Position open until filled. No relocation allowance offered.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Dallas, TX - USCIS Office of the Chief Counsel (OCC) seeks an experienced attorney with experience in immigration law and training for the Training and Knowledge Management Division (TKMD). Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the development of course materials and delivering of instruction, developing and managing content with the USCIS Knowledge Management Center, and serving as an advisor to the Chief of the TKMD, the Chief Counsel, and to USCIS on issues relating to immigration laws. J.D. degree, active bar membership, 3+ years of post-J.D. experience and experience in classroom instruction required. For full details enter COU-CIS-2009-0006 here. Applicants must submit (1) cover letter (2) resume , (3) two writing samples (10 pps. max) to OR Mail to: Janice Neetenbeek, Chief, Training and Knowledge Management Division, OCC, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, 8801 N.W. 7th Ave., Suite 2012 Miami, Florida 33150. Applications faxed or submitted through USAJOBS will not be considered. All submissions must be received by close of business on August 14, 2009. GS-13/15. No relocation allowance offered.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Midtown NYC - Attorney for nationally recognized immigration firm specializing in immigration for physicians, scientists, and business professions. Will train but experience with O-1's and EB-1's a plus. Please send resume + writing sample to

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Administration Announces Overhaul Of Immigration Detention System
The Obama administration announced plans Thursday to overhaul the nation's much-criticized immigration detention system by strengthening federal oversight and centralizing a 32,000-bed system now scattered throughout 350 local jails, state prisons and contract facilities, officials said.

Petitions For US worker Green Cards Down Sharply
The number of petitions from employers trying to bring foreigners to work permanently in the U.S. has declined dramatically over the last two years, an Associated Press review of government data has found.

2 Charged In Immigration Consultant Scam In NYC
Two people have been arrested on charges of illegally practicing law and operating a fake immigration consultation business in New York City's Chinatown.

Immigration: Let's Get Over It Already
In this excerpt, the fourth of five pieces to appear on, [the author] argues that open borders and innovative immigration policy are critical to America's rebound.


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New Partner
Yee Durkin & Puri LLP is pleased to announce that Richa Puri, Esq. has joined the law firm as partner. Ms. Puri possesses more than 7 years of experience handling a broad range of immigration matters. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Puri was an associate at Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP.


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

Dear Editor:
At Federalist Society meetings, the group is heavily peopled with immigrants and their children. It seems we are more politically diverse than native born attorneys. But groups like Numbers USA have found an appeal that gets around the membership composition which may interest readers of Immigration Daily. I've posted a rebuttal on the Federalist Linked-In site, for whatever it is worth.

Honza Prchal, Esq.
Birmingham, AL

Dear Editor:
A lawyer submitting an opinion letter in ID has an Esq. after their name - but who are the other people who submit opinions? To evaluate a letter, shouldn't we know who is the writer and from where does their mindset come? Remember the person submitted ID letters under the moniker R.L. Ranger? He now is gone, but recent anti-immigrationist letters sound just like him/her. And for a while, Ali Alexander letters, were rather moderate at times, but we never discovered who he was, other than a Middle Eastern naturalized citizen with Hispanic relatives. We recently discovered Robert Yang is one of the "qualified individuals" for whom he seeks permanent residence, because he is one of them. Jim Roberts. Who is he and where are his opinions formed? His letters support Mark Krikorian and CIS and lock horns with Roger Algase, a dedicated lawyer, fighting injustice, championing civil rights, distinguishing himself since before the passage of the Civil Rights Act in 1964. Now we have the pen of Haydee Pavia (08/04/09 ID), South American born, whose letter with pull-up-the-ladder mentality recommends fixing our government, rather than fixing immigration because, "Our government is broken and it no longer wants to enforce our laws, mostly immigration laws." VDARE website, a hate monger group whose readers viciously attacked me by email several years ago for my opinions supporting H-1B, reports Haydee is a South American born "activist" with the California Coalition for Immigration Reform, an immigration restrictionist group that evidently hates Hispanics. (Not all South Americans, and not all Mexicans, are "Hispanic") So, will the US get any meaningful legal immigration reform in the next four years? In my opinion no. Not while the atmosphere it is a hotbed of bigotry, hate and politics. Lets move on with fresh ideas.

David D. Murray, Esq.
Newport Beach, CA

Dear Editor:
I can see that what is happening is Ms Napolitano is an enforcer of the law in Immigration and not deliver a better system for those who are awaiting to be legalized. In my opinion part of the undocumented are families member of those who are citizen and or Legal Permanent Resident who applied many months or years ago and the system has been processing so slow for whatever category the family member is. So in reality I say from what I can deifer the amount to be about 30 million half or maybe less than that are undocumented with no chance to legalized unless a law is created in immigration. Can you imagine a person awaiting to be legalized maybe 16 to 20 years after the I-130 was approved?

Gladys C Farris

Dear Editor:
So many Americans are forgetting that this is the US and we need to enforce the laws. What is the reason we as Americans have to "press 1 for English"? In the US, English is our language. In the event we go to Mexico do you actually think they will treat us with respect and have things in English for us? Think not. If they want to live in the US they need to learn the language and become citizens and respect our flag and all that goes with it. Sheriff Joe does not tolerate any harassment from anyone and that is a good thing maybe more of the officials need to take notice and apply some of his beliefs and get serious about protecting the USA. God bless the USA. Let's take back our country and enforce the laws and remember we are the Americans and English is the language

Cheryl Saienni

Dear Editor:
Regarding ID comment (08/04/09 ID) Joe Arpaio is the best thing that ever happened to this country. Too bad we can't clone him and put him in every city and state in the US. He calls a spade a spade and has the guts to treat criminals exactly as they should be treated. As he says, "if you don't like it, don't come back!" However, there are far too many jerks in the country that won't take his advice.

Gail Rogers

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