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Immigration Daily February 3, 2011
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Comment: Democrats versus Immigrants - The continued acquiescence by Democrats to Republican intransigence on amnesty coupled with record-breaking enforcement by the Obama administration is causing serious schisms between the Democratic Party and the immigrant vote. An article in the Daily Beast (albeit slightly dated) captures the prevailing zeitgeist, in the voice of Rep Gutierrez of Illinois:

" when the lame duck ends, Gutirrez and his movement allies will ask for a divorcefrom the Democratic Party, from the entire lawmaking process. To hear Gutirrez tell it, Hispanic leaders are about to stage a full-tilt campaign of direct action, like the African-American civil-rights movement of the 1960s. There will be protests, marches, sit-inswhat Csar Chvez might have called going rogue. The movement will operate autonomously, no longer beholden to wavering Democrats, filibustering Republicans, andperhaps most tantalizinglyno longer beholden to Barack Obama."
The article goes on to quote Jorge Ramos, an uber-influential anchor on Univision, the primary Spanish-language TV station in the country:
"The real story behind everything has to be that we missed a great opportunity to have immigration reform approved when Barack Obama and the Democrats had true control of both chambers "
The fact of the matter is that the Democratic Party in general (and President Obama in particular) has adopted the "enforcement-first" strategy of the anti-immigrationists. Several legal scholars have clearly spelled out the enormous power the Executive Branch can wield in order to deliver immediate, mammoth-scale benefits to long-suffering people, but the Obama administration is hell-bent on continuing with its "enforcement-first" strategy absolutely no immigration benefits are in the works.
Well, the 2012 elections are not all that far away, and the 10,000,000+ immigrant vote cannot be ignored. The only question is this: will President Obama wield his pen right away, early in 2011, or does he prefer to wait till later, when the election spotlight will sharply highlight all his actions? We will soon find out, stay tuned to Immigration Daily.

Article: Unauthorized Immigrant Population: National and State Trends, 2010 by Jeffrey S. Passel and D'Vera Cohn for the Pew Hispanic Center

Article: Capacity Building: ICE/HSI Form I-9 Audit Fusion CenterOpen for Business by Dawn Lurie and Kevin Lashus

Article: Does Your Firm Have A Language Gap? by Ed Poll

Bloggings: Immigrant Of The Day: Benjamin Millepied - Dancer, Actor, Choreographer by Greg Siskind

News: USCIS Issues Memo On Evaluation Of Evidence Submitted With Certain I-140 Petitions

News: CRS Report On Health Care For Noncitizens In Immigration Detention

Focus: The Immigration Compliance Book
The Immigration Compliance Book, Editors Angelo A. Paparelli, L. Batya Schwartz Ehrens, and Dan Siciliano features contributions from Jason Burritt, Francis E. Chin, Philip C. Curtis, Laura Danielson, John Fay, Bonnie K. Gibson, Richard Gump, Douglas D. Hauer, Susanne C. Heubel, Loan Huynh, Jay Jorgensen, Susan Kelly, Adam Ketcher, Cynthia Lange, Kevin Lashus, Robert F. Loughran, Kristin Major, Johanna Marmon, Cyrus D. Mehta, Maggie Murphy, Michael Patrick, Julie Pearl, Justin A. Rymer, Olivia M. Sanson, Lynn O. Tarran, Vinh C. Trieu, Steve Trow, Greg Wald, Matthew Warren and Michael J. Wildes. The Table of Contents is as follows:

  • Editors' Introduction
  • 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
  • Resource Materials
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Headline: Mexican ambassador says illegal aliens burdening taxpayers is "urban myth"
Headline: George W. Bush Warns Of Nativism, 1920s Style Immigration Backlash
Headline: Ga. immigrationbill targets employer checks
Headline: Damron's immigration bill clears House committee
Headline: RT @TheAngryindian ImmigrationProf Blog: Article: The Unspoken Voices of Indigenous Women in Immigration Raids
Headline: RT @thejval Sexual violence against Farmworkers as Hate Crime
Headline: RT @Carydc Activists urge halt to US deportations to Haiti...
Headline: RT @7GOD7 How We See Immigration -- And Why We're Wrong.
Headline: RT @Ausgewandert A legal immigrant's take on immigration
Headline: House GOPer Links Illegal Immigration to Animal Snuff Films
Headline: flip flopper RT @jaxsun Interesting! McCain aide says immigration is on agenda with Obama (they meet today)
Headline: so why have sb1070? RT @jjhernandez81 Arizona's illegal immigrant population down 20% since 2007.

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Help Wanted: Immigration Attorneys
Lees Summit, MO - U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Office of the Chief Counsel, Department of Homeland Security (DHS), seeks an experienced attorney with demonstrated experience in the Freedom of Information Act, Privacy Act, and other laws related to federal records. The selectee will work at USCIS. National Records Center (NRC) located in Lees Summit, MO. The selectee for this vacancy will serve as a senior attorney providing advice to the Chief of the Commercial and Administrative Law Division, the Chief Counsel, and USCIS officials located at the NRC on issues related to federal disclosure laws and other forms of general administrative law in support of USCIS. mission. The attorney would report to the Deputy Chief of the Commercial and Administrative Law Division in Washington, D.C. The attorney must have five or more years of professional legal experience, acquired after being admitted to the bar. For more info, key in Job Announcement Number: COU-CIS-2011-0001 at Submit cover letter, resume, and writing sample (max. 10 pps.) to: Must be received by close of business, Tuesday, February 15, 2011. Position is at the GS-12/GS-13/14/15 level.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
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