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Dear Editor:
Why is this Virginia attorney who allegedly filed 2,700 phony labor certs being referred to as an "immigration attorney"? He may never have practiced immigration law until he seized the opportunity to make quick mega bucks in 245i's April 30, 2001 deadline. Many opportunists came out of the woodwork at that time even though ethical rules require that you defer cases oustide your area of practice or competence. As a long term practitioner in the business immmigration field, I was contacted by some from other areas of law (e.g. a solo dom rel practitioner) for a quick freebie course in labor certs. I referred such callers to AILA for learning and certain industry cases to other immigration attorneys whose familiarity with the industry would provide a reasonable chance of drafting a successful labor cert on short notice. This Virginia attorney who took such cases on himself is not a currently listed member of AILA - not that AILA membership alone makes you an immigration attorney but it is an indication of practicing in the field. And that is the issue: did this man ever practice in the field prior to these 2700 bad labor certs? If not, he should not be called an "immigration attorney". He could be one of those who came out of the woodwork to take advantage of desparate clients in 245i's short timeframe. If anything is blamed here, besides this guy, it ought to be the oppportunity created by that short timeframe.

Margaret Makar, Atty, Denver