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Comment: Immigration Anthem - "America" by Neil Diamond is an immigrant anthem. It was a hit in the 1980s and reached number eight on the Billboard Hot 100. A version that Diamond sang in 2008 on Madison Square Garden is available here.

We've been traveling far
Without a home
But not without a star
Only want to be free
We huddle close
Hang on to a dream...

My country 'tis of thee
Sweet land of liberty
Of thee I sing
Of thee I sing Today
In the harsh rhetoric on the issue of immigration today, the romance of immigration is often lost. The phenomena of people leaving behind everything that they have ever known, and facing enormous hardships in search of a new life promised by the beacon of freedom is an integral part of the American story. This song reminds us of that heritage.

Article: Giving Drivers Licenses to Illegal Immigrants By Bruce Schneier

Article: Taking a RIDE on the next E-Verify Release By John Fay

Bloggings: Justice Delayed is Justice Denied By Greg Siskind

Bloggings: US Healthcare Sector Growing Significantly By Chris Musillo

Bloggings: A family torn apart by immigration By Matthew Kolken

Bloggings: Some comments on Harry DeMell's article about federal preemption By Roger Algase

News: National Labor Relations Board Memo On Handling Immigration Status Issues During Proceedings

News: USCIS Releases QAs On I-9

News: USCIS Releases Updated Handbook For Employers On I-9 Compliance

Focus: THE H-1B BOOK
THE H-1B BOOK is Edited by Karen Weinstock, and features contributions by Prakash Khatri, Courtney Black, Mikiel J. Davids, Melissa Downing, Rajeshri Patel, Ari J. Sauer, and Elissa Taub. The Table of Contents is as follows:
First Step: Interview The Client
Second Step: Send The Client Intake Forms And Related Information
Third Step: Credentials: Verify That The Worker Has A US Bachelor's Degree Or Equivalent
Fourth Step: Determine The Prevailing Wage
Fifth Step: Prepare And File The Labor Condition Application (LCA)
Sixth Step: Prepare The I-129, Related Forms And Petition Letter
Seventh Step: Send All The Forms And Petition Letter To The Client For Review and Signature
Eighth Step: Assemble The H-1B Petition And Send To The USCIS Service Center
Ninth Step: Troubleshooting
Tenth Step: Post-Approval Case Management
H-1B Degree Equivalency
Reviewing The Path To Permanent Residency
Traveling On An H-1B Visa While Petition Or Application Is Pending
Dealing With Gaps In Employment
Temporary Visa Alternatives To The H-1B
The History And Economic Impact Of The H-1B Visa
When Are H-1B Visas Cap Exempt?
For more information about the book and to order, see here. For the fax form, see here.

Headline: Report: St. Louis immigrants unusually well-skilled
Headline: Report documents dramatic shift in immigrant workforces skill level
Headline: Research changes immigration debate, to a degree
Headline: Gov. Deval Patrick Is Latest to Buck Obama Deportation Program
Headline: Both Sides of Immigration Debate Speak Out
Headline: Ala. governor signs tough illegal immigration law
Headline: DREAM Act petition clears another hurdle
Headline: GOP gains support to challenge DREAM Act
Headline: Fifty States, One U.S. Immigration Law, Indicates a Big Unraveling: View
Headline: Opting out of Secure Communities: Law, technology make it tough to not enforce controversial immigrant-focused program
Headline: New Effort to Protect Immigrants From Tricks
Headline: Gov't aims to crack down on immigration scams
Headline: RT @mkolken: A family torn apart by immigration:
Headline: RT @emilyshaules Join me in supporting Sen. Dick Durbin's DrEAMAct. Learn more & cosponsor!immigration dreamact
Headline: RT @elearnnet edu education Most immigrants are 'fruit pickers' and 'potato diggers'
Headline: RT @photogdamon Alabama takes another step backwards: Tough immigration law signed by Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley
Headline: Undocumented Youth Blocked from Entering the U.S. Workforce Are Starting Their Own Businesses to Survive. FacesOfUSA
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Headline: Immigration Law Courses at CUNY NYC
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Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Austin, TX - Fulbright & Jaworski LLP has immediate opening for an Immigration Paralegal. Primary responsibilities include preparation of H-1B, L-1, O-1, TN, and E-1/E-2 visa petitions; preparation of PERM labor certification cases; preparation and filing of business and employment-related immigration documentation; extensive communication with governmental agencies and clients; proactive consideration of all options client must consider; and assist with special projects as assigned. Job requirements include Bachelor's degree, a minimum of 3 years, business immigration experience, and excellent written and oral communication skills; must be organized, detail oriented, responsive and have excellent follow through skills; ability to multi-task and work independently, have a strong sense of accountability, and take ownership and responsibility for projects; ability to work well under pressure and work effectively with clients, attorneys and staff, and have flexibility to work overtime when necessary. Knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel and basic technological and research skills necessary to pull requested documents from online resources and familiarity with legal technology and computer databases required. Qualified candidates may email resume to

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Crossing Borders: Migration and Citizenship in the Twentieth-Century United States - By Dorothee Schneider - Harvard University Press, 336 pp. - Hardcover, ISBN: 0674047567, $35.96 -

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