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Immigration Daily March 9, 2011
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Comment: Out Of The Box - Mexican President Calderon visited Washington DC last week, immigration was among the issues discussed. Mr. Calderon complained about Arizona's immigration bills, a result of that state's hyperactive legislature, and over which the Federal government has little control. Apparently, a problem was the Arizona bill preventing undocumented children from attending school. That bill would violate the Plyer vs. Doe doctrine, which the Arizona state legislature may seek to test.

The immigration issue is clearly at an impasse. There is no trace of forward movement on this issue in Washington, DC, or indeed in Mexico City. We need creative ideas to start making some headway. In the spirit of brainstorming, we offer the following ideas which are controversial, provocative and out-of-the-box.

  • Craft CIR legislation that excludes Mexican nationals, i.e. the single largest number of potential beneficiaries.
  • An idea we have floated before is to link some of the immigration benefits for Mexico to the privatization of PEMEX the largest economic unit in Mexico. Making PEMEX modestly more efficient will make more sons and daughters of Mexico happier to stay in their homeland, an outcome which would have the rare distinction of being something which both anti-immigrationists and pro-immigrationists can agree on.
  • To the extent to which Mexico seeks favored treatment from the US, the US can well expect favored treatment from Mexico: Mexican troops should serve alongside our troops whenever they are in harm's way across the globe.
  • The biggest bone of contention between the US and Mexico is not the immigration issue but the drug issue. Legalizing Marijuana, which some say is less damaging than tobacco or alcohol, would be a way of diffusing tensions between the neighbors - the US Congress can do this unilaterally, without needing any Mexican help.

The purpose of raising these provocative ideas is not to push for any of them specifically, but to spur creation of more such out-of-box ideas to get immigration legislation moving again. We encourage our readers to sound off on our blog about this.

Article: Form I-9 Document Alert: USCIS Issuing New Version of EAD (Form I-766) Card by John Fay

Article: New Practice Tips To Ensure Success by Ed Poll

Bloggings: FSBPT To Have Fixed Testing For All Applicants by Chris Musillo

Bloggings: March 10, 2011 - Coming Out - Undocumented, Unafraid, Unapologetic by Matthew Kolken

Bloggings: Twenty-Year-Old Mexican Police Chiefa/k/a the Bravest Woman in MexicoFiles for Asylum by Jason Dzubow

News: DHS Publishes Final Rule On Deadline For State Compliance On REAL ID Act

News: USCIS Updates H-2B Cap Count

Focus: The Consular Posts Book
The Table of Contents for "The Consular Posts Book" is as follows:
A chapter each on - Argentina - Buenos Aires; Armenia - Yerevan; Australia - Sydney; Brazil - Sao Paulo; Canada -Toronto; China - Beijing, Guangzhou, and Shanghai; Colombia - Bogota; France - Paris; Germany - Frankfurt, and Munich; Haiti - Port au Prince; India - Chennai, Kolkata, Mumbai, and New Delhi; Jamaica - Kingston; Nigeria - Lagos; Philippines - Manila; Taiwan - Taipei; Trinidad and Tobago - Port of Spain; United Kingdom - London; Vietnam - Ho Chi Minh City.
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: New Attorney Vulnerabilities in International Practice
Chapter 3: Trade and Immigration Tightening? NAFTA, WTO, GATS Soup to Nuts
Chapter 4: Tips for Avoiding B-1/B-2 Visa Denials and Correcting other Refusal Issues with the Consul
Chapter 5: The Visa Waiver Program (VWP): Not As Simple and Easy As It Looks
Chapter 6: Non-Immigrant Classes and Their U.S. Tax Obligations
Chapter 7: E-1/E-2 Treaty Traders and Treaty Investors
Chapter 8: The Consular Role in L-1 Blanket Petitions
Chapter 9: H-1B "Dependent Employees": From Labeling to Lawbreaking
Chapter 10: Temporary Assignment of H-1B Employees to Client Work Sites
Chapter 11: State Department Name-Checks and Security Advisory Opinions (SAOs)
Chapter 12: ICE Data-Mining and Federal Benefits Fraud Task Forces - Send In the Marines: Best Practices to Survive Audits and Task Forces
Chapter 13: What to do if Your Client's Visa is Denied: Visa Office Advisory Opinions
Chapter 14: A Template for Attorney Risk-Assessment
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Headline: Utah Legislature passes immigration reform package
Headline: RT @mkolken Utah State Senate OKs Utahns sponsoring immigrants
Headline: RT @d17r Students to perform SB1070 play at ASU West, Capitol.
Headline: RT @RaysFH Mass Immigration and the Dilemma of American Unions
Headline: RT @LongIslandWins: What does the Arizona State Senate know about US government?
Headline: RT @buzzmontgomery Alabama House Committee Approves Immigration Bill
Headline: RT @cmnnews Students protest immigration bill
Headline: Immigrants Press for Passage of Maryland DREAM Act
Headline: DREAMers Come Out: 'I'm Undocumented, Unafraid, and Unapologetic'
Headline: Hammon's immigration bill passes committee
Headline: Pearce puts Arizona illegal immigration bills on hold
Headline: Senate committee reshapes driver's license bill
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Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
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