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Immigration Daily October 20, 2009
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Top Links September 2009

We feature the most accessed links by our readers in September 2009 below:

Top five September Immigration Daily Articles

Top five September Immigration Daily Items

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The Immigration Compliance Book

The Immigration Compliance Book, Editors Angelo A. Paparelli, L. Batya Schwartz Ehrens, and Dan Siciliano features the following:

  • Sections: Understanding I-9 Concepts, I-9 Advanced Topics, Employer E-Verify Considerations, E-Verify Advanced Topics, DHS Enforcement Through ICE Raids and Audits, Specialty Topics
  • Sample Proposed I-9 Policy and Procedures, Sample Form I-9 Verification Procedures – Guideline for Employers, Sample Checklist for I-9 Audit and Correction Guidelines
  • Critical Resource Materials: Selected Statutory Provisions, USCIS Memos, Executive Orders, USCIS Publications on I-9s and E-Verify, USCIS Press Releases/Q&As/FAQs, etc
  • Resource Materials on CD-ROM: 100+ Relevant Cases from OCAHO, BIA, Federal District and Circuit Courts, Important Statutes, Regulations, Forms, Weblinks, etc.
  • 750+ pages, 850+ footnotes
  • 33 authors: Adam Ketcher, Angelo A. Paparelli, Bonnie K. Gibson, Cynthia Lange, Cyrus D. Mehta, Dan Siciliano, Douglas D. Hauer, Francis E. Chin, Greg Wald, Jason Burritt, Jay Jorgensen, John Fay, Johanna Marmon, Julie Pearl, Justin A. Rymer, Kevin Lashus, Kristin Major, L. Batya Schwartz Ehrens, Laura Danielson, Loan Huynh, Lynn O. Tarran, Maggie Murphy, Matthew Warren, Michael Patrick, Michael J. Wildes, Olivia M. Sanson, Philip C. Curtis, Richard Gump, Robert F. Loughran, Steve Trow, Susanne C. Heubel, Susan Kelly, Vinh C. Trieu
For more info on this book, see here (fax version, see here).


The DHS Brief Of April 2009 On Particular Social Groups
David L. Cleveland writes "Every asylum lawyer should read the brief the Department of Homeland Security [DHS] submitted to the Board of Immigration Appeals on April 13, 2009 in Matter of L-R-." [Ed. corrected 10/20/09]

Observations On J. R. Edwards, Jr., "A Biblical Perspective On Immigration Policy"
M. Daniel Carroll Rodas writes "My hope is that this presentation will be helpful to those who are advocates for immigrants, both documented and undocumented."

Bloggings On PERM Labor Certification
Joel Stewart writes "The Board was quiet about prevailing wage issues for some time after PERM was introduced, but recently some new cases have been decided, giving us some insight into how the process for determining prevailing wages works and how disputes might be resolved."

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ICE Announces Standardized 287(g) Agreements With 67 State And Local Law Enforcement Partners
Assistant Secretary ICE John Morton announced standardized Memorandums of Agreement with 67 state and local law enforcement agencies to participate in 287(g) partnerships-improving public safety.


Help Wanted - Immigration Attorneys
Owings Mills, MD - The Murthy Law Firm seeks attorneys with 3+ years of experience in business immigration law. Our practice is dynamic and fast-paced with high standards of 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 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. They will join more than a dozen high-caliber colleagues and have quality support in the way of legal and administrative staff, as well as technology. Visit for details regarding the unique benefits of working at the Murthy Law Firm. Send Resume + cover letter to All communication will be treated in confidence. Salary and benefits are commensurate with experience and abilities. Final interviews of candidates are at our office a few minutes from downtown Baltimore, MD. EOE.

BIA Delivery Service
Have you missed the deadline for overnight delivery to the Board of Immigration Appeals? We offer same day service to the BIA. We are conveniently located only a block away. Fax us your Notice to Appeal or brief by 2pm ET on the due date to: (703) 845-5991 and we will personally file it for you, obtain a stamped date copy and mail/fax it back to you. We offer competitive rates and unparallelled service. For information, contact us: Brief-X-Press, Falls Church, VA Fax: (703) 845-5991.

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.

Immigration Law Certificate
Master the complex and ever changing maze of immigration policies and regulations with the Immigration Law Studies Certificate Program offered by CUNY's School of Professional Studies. This graduate-level certificate program, consisting of (3) three-credit classes, offers students who complete it a comprehensive understanding of the laws, regulations, and processes surrounding the status of immigrants in the US, including family and employment-based immigration and deportation defense. It is designed for individuals working in law firms, companies, government agencies and nonprofit organizations where they interact with immigrants and immigrant legal concerns on a regular basis and would therefore benefit from greater knowledge of the laws and regulations surrounding immigration. Beginning this spring, the program is also being offered online. For more information on class schedules, tuition and fees, course applications and to register, see here.


Semantics Do Matter In The "Illegal" Debate
Still, it wouldn't hurt for the mainstream media to get past the NAHJ's obviously emotional request and confront the heart of this matter: responsible, fair, and non-simplistic coverage of the complex illegal immigration issue is in order.

Minuteman Project Founder Is Banned As Speaker
James W. Gilchrist, founder of the Minuteman Project, was uninvited from a speaking engagement Saturday at the Harvard Undergraduate Legal Committee’s annual Public Interest and Law Conference, sparking debate over the limits of free speech.

As Retailers Dump Offensive Illegal Alien Halloween Costume, Fox Calls The Item Fantastic
Immigration activists are calling on retailers to stop selling a controversial "Illegal Alien" Halloween costume featured on the websites of Walgreens, Toys R Us, Target, Meijer, Amazon, and other retailers.

Marina To Consider Foreign Cash
The Marina City Council on Tuesday is scheduled to consider the request from Silicon Valley venture capitalist Rock Clapper, who is proposing to create Citizen Fund LLC that would target foreign capital through a federal immigration program.


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Immigration Book
The Guest Worker Question in Postwar Germany By Rita Chin. She argues that the efforts to come to terms with the permanent residence of guest workers, especially Muslim Turks, forced a major rethinking of German identity, culture, and nation.


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

Dear Editor:
Linda Cogill's October 17 letter is critical of my October 16 letter for "asking for favors" for people who are here without valid permission, to the exclusion of legal immigrants. My letter said nothing of the kind. To the contrary, my letter went into detail about the hatred and prejudice that legal immigrants, of whom she is one, have encountered in America throughout our history. Far from asking for favors for human beings here illegally (my apologies to any reader who finds that phrase offensive) my letter pointed out that amnesty will solve nothing without fundamental reform. Were it not for the influence on our laws of prejudice against all immigrants and would-be immigrants, legal and illegal, Ms. Cogill might have had her US citizenship ceremony a long time ago. I rather doubt whether a vote for Jim Roberts would be the best way to hasten that day. Marc Seguinot's October 17 letter is a brilliant description of how the legislative travesty known as IIRIRA was inflicted on this country in September 1996 by a Republican congress that attached the bill to a veto-proof military spending measure just before the presidential election. How many other legal immigrants, who were also patiently waiting to become US citizens, were arrested and locked up in intolerable conditions before being deported for "aggravated felonies" committed long before this heinous law was rammed through, such as drunk driving or stealing a tube of toothpaste? If Ms. Cogill, who is so anxious to become a US citizen, wants to show the truly American spirit of favoring the underdog, an ounce of compassion for other people, even "illegals", who like her, are also suffering from long delays and worse due to overly harsh immigration laws might be useful.

Roger Algase, Esq.
New York, NY

Dear Editor:
As an practicing criminal defense attorney and immigration attorney, I believe that a criminal defense attorney should consult with an immigration attorney before pleading out any criminal case. I have several clients now in removal proceedings who based on the advice of their public defenders are now facing removal. Criminal defense attorneys often confuse a withhold of adjudication in state court as not a conviction. Of course for immigration and federal law purposes a withhold of adjudication is a conviction. In these tough time and immigration crackdowns, criminal defense attorneys who do not practice immigration law should be given an opportunity to consult with an immigration attorney before entering any plea deal. I know that they have the best interest of their clients at mind at the state level, but at the federal level it just does not pass the test.

Beres, Esq.

Dear Editor:
ID has known readers who have violated the spirit and now the letter of the law when it comes to the H-1b visa, see Contra Costa Times, "Immigration attorney charged with perpetrating visa fraud to buy grave sites" October 16, 2009. Doesn't the ID publication have an obligation to denounce those people who perpetrate fraud on immigrants and American workers? I can't recall your website taking any lawyer to the wood shed, ever, for any of the immigration related crimes they were involved in. I find that strange.

Roy Lawson

Dear Editor:
David Murray's letter (10/16/09 ID) alleges that there are jobs that Americans won't do. If that were taken to an extreme, there would be occupations that are filled with 100% foreign workers. Actually, there are very few jobs that even have a majority of foreign workers. Granted, there are jobs that most Americans wouldn't like to do, but in many cases they do them. There are other jobs with a considerable number of foreign workers, such as construction, landscaping, etc., that many Americans would take if they were available. Perhaps where Mr. Murray lives there's a sufficient pool of aliens, legal and illegal, to fill the jobs that local Americans feel are beneath them. Here in Maine where we don't have that pool of foreign labor, local Americans do just about all the jobs. We have a few foreign workers in a few occupations, but very few. Perpetuating the myth that "there are jobs that Americans won't do" only adds to the problem.

John F.

Dear Editor:
Regarding 10/19/09 ID Letters, the R. Yang rant makes the Chinese Exclusion Act look like a stroke of genius with inane name calling and other illogic, easily refuted and has been. We read in Gen. 8 where, "did the Lord scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth" with separate cultures/languages. Profiteers and Globalists exploiting foreign labor and flooding US markets without tariffs ignore citizens, culture and God. The L. Coghill letter and others point out how unfair amnesty and benefits given to illegals are to legal entrants. Regarding 10/16/09 ID Letters and Comment, the "Founders Visa" makes sense if the numbers of other entrants were reduced. The R. Algase letter again misleads by placing a false bigotry/racism view upon entry policies when other reasons exist including free choice and stating that: "ethnic change is what this country is all about". Perhaps so with the liberal radicals, but entry used to be about becoming Americans and still should be. It really is a "Dream Act" if the D. Murray letter believes that: "jobs illegal aliens take normally would not be filled by Americans anyway". Increasingly, this is not true and never has been completely. If the letter "predicted long ago" that illegals would leave with "vigorous" law enforcement, why abandon deportation laws now with reform/amnesty [Gutierrez Principles]? Just like raising the debt limit to allow more spending, we have always been told that shamnesties "will never again happen", That dog is too tired to hunt anymore. The economy of CA has collapsed because of illegals.

Jim Roberts

Dear Editor:
This immigration overhaul I am hoping is not to prejudice much more the situation of the immigrants. We need a truly fair and adjustable immigration law that will be uniform in the whole nations and not be interpreted in each unit differently.

Gladys C Farris

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