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Immigration Daily March 7, 2011
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Comment: Immigration Consequences Of Budget Impasse - On March 2, Republicans and Democrats on the hill narrowly avoided an imminent government shutdown with the passage of a two week continuing resolution that keeps the government operating for now. All the parties have until March 18 to come up with a budget compromise. It is going to be a game of brinkmanship where both parties are going to feel out whether it would be politically expedient for them to precipitate a government shutdown rather than make a compromise. The effects of a government shutdown have not been felt since 1995.
What would be the immigration consequences of such a budget impasse? There are three kinds of agencies involved in providing immigration services. Firstly, in case of enforcement agencies like ICE and CBP we expect that they will be given the budgets they need to continue the record-breaking enforcement they have been doing. Secondly, the fee-based organizations like the USCIS have nothing to worry about regarding the budget impasse either, because as the economy continues to recover they will see an increase in their fee-based revenues.
But it is the third category of non-fee-based organizations such as DOS, DOL and EOIR that will present a serious problem. A disproportionate percentage of budget cuts will likely fall on these organizations, and we expect to see a dramatic deterioration of services. The last time there was a government shutdown, consular processing ground to a halt and DOL backlogs continued to grow until they culminated in RIR and the PERM rule. Our predictions here are somewhat speculative because there are so many moving parts that will shape how the money is actually allocated - with many of the parts jockeying with each other for their advantage. But we expect a significant (30-50%) slowdown of the cycle times at DOL, DOS and EOIR, in the event of a government shutdown. All practitioners dealing with these agencies have grounds to be concerned.

Article: Mexican Immigrants In The United States by Aaron Terrazas for Migration Policy Institute

Article: House Panel Measures The Value Of E-Verify by John Fay

Bloggings: Civil War Within The GOP by Gary Endelman

Bloggings: PERM: Business Necessity Revisited by Joel Stewart

Bloggings: Granular and Possibly Grand Immigration Reform by Angelo Paparelli

Bloggings: Political Asylum for Libyan Students in the US? by Jason Dzubow

Bloggings: Utah Heads In Different Direction Than Arizona by Greg Siskind

News: CRS Report On Trafficking In Persons In Latin America And The Caribbean

Focus: PERM For Experts: Post-Recruitment Issues
Tuesday, March 8 is the deadline for the Thursday, March 10 phone session of PERM For Experts, with Sofia Zneimer (discussion leader), Judy Bordeau, Catherine Haight, Douglas Hauer, Loan Huynh, Kimberley Best Robidoux and Roger Tsai. The curriculum is as follows:

  • Audits (Increase in audits; what to do if the beneficiary was laid off; Response to audit when the beneficiary was laid off; Deadlines; DOL indication about debarment)
  • Supervised Recruitment (Will be stepping up; Matter of Ola Miami - opportunity to provide evidence of previous work experience)
  • Request for Review/Reconsideration or Appeal (Matter of CVS RX Services; New evidence on reconsideration evidence that existed at the time the application was filed, but was not submitted in response to the CO's audit is barred from a reconsideration request by 20 CFR 656.24(g)(2)(i), Matter of Techdemocracy)
  • Further Strategies (Possibe BALCA appeal; Re-filing)
Tuesday, March 8 is the deadline to sign up. For more info, including speaker bios, detailed curriculum, and registration information, please see: Online: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/201101.shtm. Fax form: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/201101.pdf. Don't delay, sign up today.

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Headline: Mexico's President: 'Anti-American Feeling in Mexico Is Growing' Because of Public's 'Perception' About Undoc Immigrants http://ow.ly/49liB
Headline: Convention to cancel if immigration bill passes in Indiana http://ow.ly/49l9F
Headline: [Map] Position of each state on Real ID - see who has opposed it, denounced it, or is willing to take it http://ow.ly/49l0f
Headline: Homeland Security bows to Real ID outcry (and neglects to state real reasons): RealID Postponed till Jan 2013 http://ow.ly/49kxF
Headline: ICE to review fingerprints of everyone arrested in California to check on immigration status http://ow.ly/49kgr
Headline: Georgia bill would make a felony of DUIs for undocumented immigrants http://ow.ly/49ih8
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Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Cleveland, OH - Margaret Wong and Associates, LLP seeks to hire experienced family and removal immigration attorney immediately. Candidate must be an excellent researcher, communicater, and writer. Excellent advancement opportunities offered, including partnership track. Send resume + cover letter to: wong@imwong.com. All resumes will be treated in confidence.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Denver, Colorado - Ogletree Deakins is seeking an experienced business immigration paralegal for its Denver office. Candidates should have experience in business immigration law including preparation of H-1B, L-1, TN, O-1, P-1 and E-1/E-2 petitions, PERM applications, EB-1 and PERM based I-140s, and adjustments. Qualified candidates must have excellent organizational/communication skills and experience with one of the major immigration case management systems. Very competitive salary and excellent opportunity for professional growth. No relocation assistance. Send resume and cover letter with salary requirements to: cheryl.passini@ogletreedeakins.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Washington, DC - Boutique immigration law firm in downtown Washington, DC seeks experienced associate attorney. Ideal candidate will have excellent research, writing skills and client relation skills. Must have demonstrated experience in all business and family immigrant and nonimmigrant petitions and significant Immigration Court experience. Bilingual Spanish/English a plus. Collegial atmosphere. No billable hours. Competitive salary and benefits. Resumes, refs and writing samples to paulhaar@paulhaarlaw.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorneys
Reston, VA - Law Offices of Rakesh Mehrotra has immediate openings for junior associate attorneys for busy Immigration practice. Candidates must have experience in business immigration law, including preparation of H-1B, L-1, TN, O-1 and E-1/E-2 visa petitions, deportation and labor certification cases. Responsibilities include the preparation and filing of business and employment-related immigration documentation. Qualified candidates must have excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, accuracy and consistency. Excellent written and oral communication skills required. Competitive salary and benefits offered. Firm offers very congenial work environment with opportunity for professional growth. Send cover letter, resume and salary requirements to jobs@immigrationonline.com or call 703-230-6802.

Expert Witness Services
Muslim World Expert Professor Shaul M. Gabbay, Phd, offers expert testimony in immigration cases from Muslim countries/societies, including the former USSR. Dr. Gabbay prepared reports and testified in 250+ Immigration cases nationwide (asylum, cancellation of removal, asylum interviews, hardship waivers) with a 93% success rate. Examples of what Immigration lawyers say: ... "He is a consummate scholar and passionate about his subject ... He makes a wonderful witness... He is riveting on the witness stand, helping us win nearly unwinnable cases with aplomb. He has won the praise of numerous Immigration Judges." (Svetlana Schreiber, Esq.) ... "He provided the testimony we needed in numerous asylum cases ... in virtually all of those cases, but for the expert witness testimony, I doubt the cases would have been approved, I recommend Professor Gabbay to anyone with issues involving Islamic society and culture." (Stephen Berman, Esq.) ... "His testimonies, whether written or oral, are credible, persuasive, and non-refutable. I have never lost a single case which had Dr. Gabbay on as an expert witness." (Ally Bolour, Esq.). Contact Professor Gabbay with any questions. He can also recomend country experts outside his specialty. Professor Shaul M. Gabbay, Phd, Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver, sgabbay@du.edu, (303) 871-2560. www.Muslimworldexpert.com.

Credential Evaluation And Translation
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