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Immigration Daily December 9, 2009
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Today Is Deadline For Introduction to the EB-5 Case

Tuesday, December 8th is the deadline to sign up for the Wednesday, December 9th phone session of “Investor Options For Beginners”, with the following distinguished speakers Carolyn S. Lee (discussion leader), Dan Berger, Sarah Buffett, Steve Clark, Nicolai Hinrichsen, Daniel Joyce and David M. Morris. The curriculum is as follows:

  • Historical overview - Creation and congressional intent, and AAO decisions
  • Basic requirements
  • Basic program vs. Pilot Program - Individual enterprises and regional centers
  • Removal of Conditions - Evidentiary burden, and comparison of basic program and Pilot Program
  • Legislative horizon - Pilot Program Sunset September 30, 2009, and expectations for renewal
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Back To The Future: The Impact Of Legalization Then And Now
Sherrie A. Kossoudji for The Immigration Policy Center writes "While there are many facets to an intelligent immigration reform package, one thing is clear: legalization for undocumented immigrants helps all of us."

Marcelo Lucero, Mi Hermano, Names In An Earth, d. Nov. 8, 2008
Michael O'Neill writes "yet immigrant heartbreak's everywhere, seen on lots, on streets, at 7-Elevens, all around us, in our face, in our hair just as it was our fathers' fathers kisses,

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DOS Cable On Worldwide Deployment Of DS-160
The Department of State issued a cable announcing the worldwide deployment of the fully web-based nonimmigrant visa (NIV) application form worldwide, DS-160. The DS-160 replaces the Electronic Visa Application Form (EVAF).

CRS On Data Mining And Homeland Security
The Congressional Research Service released a report providing an overview of the use of data mining as a potential means to identify terrorist activities and to identify and track individual terrorists themselves, such as through travel and immigration records.

CBP Final Rule On Newly Added PreClearance Stations
The Customs and Bureau Protection published a final rule, effective December 8, 2009, in the Federal Register to reflect that it has added preclearance stations in Halifax, Canada and Shannon, Ireland.


Help Wanted: Immigration Professional
Washington, DC - The American Council on International Personnel seeks a director of agency liaison. Work with ACIP members and federal immigration agencies to improve immigration policies/procedures for large multinational employers. Maintain relationships with policymakers and report on agency activities, organize and report on liaison meetings, identify emerging global mobility trends and explore best practices, draf Fed Register comments and amicus briefs as needed, analyze new policies and procedures, and communicate changes to members through weekly email bulletins, website updates, webcasts, and other venues. Involved in planning ACIP's Annual Symposium in June. Public speaking and travel required. Ideal candidate has law degree, detailed knowledge of business immigration laws + procedures, understanding of global mobility best practices, experience filing immigration applications on behalf of large employers, liaison experience, ability to juggle shifting priorities, excellent writing skills + ideas for improving immigration system. Send resume, cover letter, references + writing sample to

Immigration Event
Registration is available for Windstar's next comprehensive Nonresident Alien Tax Training, being held December 8th – 11th at the Doubletree Guest Suites in Boston, MA. This session has dedicated tracks featuring consecutive days of substantive tax and immigration-based class sessions along with consecutive days of Tax Navigator training. This format gives you the flexibility to attend all four days of training or just the two days that are specific to your needs. E-mail for more information.

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Credential Evaluation And Translation
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Ellis Island Visitors To Get History Lesson On Dalton
We wanted to go to five places that showed the changing of America since Ellis Island closed in 1954.

Drone Aircraft Will Be Used To Nab Illegal Immigrants On California-Mexico Border
Predator drones, the unmanned aircraft used by the U.S. military in the Iraq and Afghanistan war zones, will soon be employed to track illegal immigrants on the Mexico-California border.

Brother Of Accused Dallas Bomb Plotter Deported
Immigration officials in California have made good on their promise to return the brother of Hosam Smadi to his home country of Jordan.

Denver University Panel Suggests Immigration Reforms
A University of Denver panel has developed a list of 25 recommendations for lawmakers hoping to solve the nation's thorny illegal immigration problem.


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Immigration Event - New York, NY
Tuesday, December 15, 2009 at 6:00 PM, Counting Us Out? Why Everyone Should Care About the Census Undercount Demos will host a public forum in a discussion about the 2010 decennial census count and its implications for residents (citizens and non-citizens alike) and communities all around the nation. 12/15 Public Forum Featuring Joe Salvo, Director at the NYC Department of City Planning, and Other National Experts Hunter College Faculty Dining Room, West Building - 8th Floor, 695 Park Avenue, New York, NY


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Dear Editor:
I also want to commend Sergi Sheplov's excellent letters (for an example, see 12/08/09 ID) for their focus on the urgent humanitarian issues raised by our current one-sided, enforcement only policies. Particularly, I agree with his letter's defense of citizenship by birth. Depriving people of this basic right, simply because their parents may have done something wrong or because some Americans may think that this country already has too many other people from the same ethnic, linguistic or economic group that these children's parents belong to goes against everything that makes America great. Nor do I mean to imply that I disagree with everything in Robert Yang's letters. They make many good and valuable points, especially when dealing with the hypocrisy which characterizes so many of the restrictionista arguments. But sometimes their relentless bashing of Americans as being lazy, afraid of foreign competition, etc. goes far beyond the boundaries of reasonable discussion.

Roger Algase, Esq.
New York, NY

Dear Editor:
Regarding yesterday's Articles/Letters (12/8/09 ID), the H. DeMell article does an excellent critique of the failures of the '86 amnesty with the fraud and lack of the promised enforcement which has created an even greater problem today for which Janet N. (DHS) and others call for the same shamnesty "solution". While H.D.'s Article questions the practicality of deportations, the required police force to do this is now in place. It just requires that local police inquire about legal status upon probable cause, the same procedure for any crime and to work with ICE. The letter of R. Algase adds more evidence to the lack of credibility by suggesting my letters are "xenophobic", "tirades" and not serious. The former means, "fear or hatred of foreigners" which I have neither. The AZ town of 8,500 I was born in today is about 500,000 and I have seen the damage of excessive growth that profiteers are addicted to that diminishes quality of life for others in many ways which is also happening to US. The two articles that S. Sheplov is, "not sure how to take", is plain to those concerned about numbers. The liberal misinterpretation on the 14th Amd. from the Wong Kim Ark ruling presumed to apply to illegal aliens but SCOTUS hasn't ruled on this "subject to the jurisdiction thereof" application specifically and there is no hypocrisy here as RA has charged. The nations "fabric" to which I primarily had in mind was the original principles of the Constitution and it's legacy of Liberty. That S.S. would think of skin color here and what entrants want displays the assimilation and allegiance problems that are counter to US interests. D. Murray joins growing numbers of those who wish to see this obvious abuse and dilution of citizenship ended.

Jim Roberts

Dear Editor:
How can I be anti Americans by telling my fellow Americans that protectionism won't work and is unfair, that being ignorant, unskilled and uneducated Americans won't help to compete in the global economy and trade, that US citizenship is not something we can take for granted and or an entitlement guarantee to good job and salary without our own objective merits and qualification and an excuse to be exempted from global market competition. Is it un American also to tell and remind my fellow Americans that it's actually very un American to discriminate our fellow human beings and strip off their inalienable rights to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness as written in our second paragraph of Declaration of Independence ? Our country is bankrupt because of our corrupt politicians waster our tax dollars in endless costly wars and unless we go back to gold standard currency system then our politicians, Republicans or Democrats will print money as they wish, keep spending and wasting recklessly to buy our votes and on their partisan agendas and don't care about the consequences. Peaceful, more prosperous and secure USA and world can only be achieved by strong commitment to combat ignorance, intolerance, violence and barbarism in the name of God and religions by using enlightenment and zero tolerance policies on religions that promote hatred, sexism, inequality, intolerance and violence and much more investments worldwide in improving quality of our life and environment instead of financing arms race and supporting the economy based on exploitation and corporates greed.

Robert Yang

Dear Editor:
I think D. Murray's letter's discussion (12/08/09 ID) of birthright citizenship ignores the cost to society of implementing a system to deal with citizenship claims. Currently if born on US Soil nothing more than a birth certificate is needed. In the "new and improved citizenship" scheme Murray's letter advocates the State Department would be involved in issuing a certificate for each US Citizen born, and of course the paperwork associated with it would stagger the imagination. What then of those who have no knowledge of thier parents citizenship? How about those cases where the father is unknown, apparently his letter thinks one US Citizen parent is not enough. Its interesting to note that the "pro-lifers" his letter discusses could not get farther from the court case that actually conferred citizenship rights to an unborn fetus. One would think this would be the case they are looking for, but sadly being "pro-life" has little to do with being "pro-human" or humane. Sadly never in all the discussions of these cases as is often true of this forum do we hear a solution that is realistic and deals with the tragedy of mixed-status marriages and families like Myrna Dicks. Her husband and her child are US Citizen's and no one in the government seems the least bit interested in his rights to live in his own country with his wife and child. I see that several attorneys post in this forum, can one of them tell me where in the Constitution a US Citizen loses his/her right to family unity when they marry a foriegn national?

Sergi Sheplov

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