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Immigration Daily February 8, 2007
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Unions Split On Immigration

According to a Washington Post news story, "Union leaders are fundamentally divided over how to best tackle immigration reform as they wrestle with how to convert illegal immigrants from job threats to dues-paying members. The split reflects long-standing questions over the place of undocumented immigrants in the labor movement" (for the full story, see here).

Unfortunately, the post-split AFL/CIO appears to be returning to its historical anti-immigrant roots as the predominantly "Old Economy" AFL/CIO members view immigrants as detrimental to their job security (as contrasted to the predominantly "New Economy" SEIU members). If comprehensive immigration reform does not happen this year, the responsibility will lie in part with the AFL/CIO and those they support in the Democratic leadership.

We welcome readers to share their opinion and ideas with us by writing to


Robert C. Divine And R. Blake Chisam 2006-2007 Edition

Immigration Practice by Robert C. Divine & R. Blake Chisam 2006-2007 Edition is an invaluable supplement to Kurzban's with a different approach. It is also useful to newer practitioners and paralegals in view of its easy to understand and practical style. This new up-to-date reference work is shipping now! For more info, see here.


Armed And Ready For The Marriage Based Adjustment Interview
Elizabeth Reichard writes "Based on this changing climate, I have developed a top ten list to prepare clients for their adjustment interviews."


HHS Announces 2007 Poverty Guidelines
The Health and Human Services Department released its annual update of the HHS poverty guidelines.


Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Chevy Chase Pavilion at Friendship Heights Metro (Washington, DC) - Polished and meticulous senior business immigration attorney needed to join nationally recognized, fast-paced immigration team in friendly 10-attorney firm. You will work independently on diverse immigrant and nonimmigrant cases, manage paralegals, and coordinate directly with clients. Requires 4+ yrs experience, excellent PC, communication, interpersonal & organizational skills. Contact Denise C. Hammond, Tobin O.Connor Ewing & Richard, 5335 Wisconsin Ave., NW, Ste. 700, Washington, D.C. 20015,

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegals
NY, NY - The Law Offices Of Jan Allen Reiner, a law firm with impeccable reputation, seeks an immigration paralegal with 1+ years of experience in any and all areas of immigration. Candidate will work with some degree of independence, have extensive client contact, will have excellent written and verbal communication skills both in English and the Mandarin dialect of Chinese, the ability to multi-task in a fast paced environment, the desire to provide a high level of customer satisfaction, and word-processing skills. While a candidate with some experience is preferred, we will also train the right candidate. Please submit resume to Please only those with permanent legal status in the US need apply.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegals
Tyson's Corner, VA (Washington, DC) - Fast-paced growing immigration law firm seeks two experienced immigration paralegals. Experience in labor certs, NIV categories, AOS, and consular processing required. Experience with NIW, extraordinary ability a plus. Must have 2+ yrs of business immigration experience with direct case management of corporate clients' immigration legal needs and some familiarity with family based cases. Strong writing and verbal communication skills required. Westlaw, Lexis and AILA link research systems knowledge a plus. Benefits and salary commensurate with experience. Come and be a part of growing firm where your influence really counts. Send resume + salary expectations to Glendia Mondesir:

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Established downtown NYC immigration practice seeks paralegal with 2+ years of business immigration experience, including hands-on preparation of PERM applications. Must have Bachelor's degree as well as excellent writing, communication and case management skills. Opportunity to work closely with sole practitioner. Competitive salary/benefits. Submit resume and cover letter to Lynne R. Newkofsky, Esq.: All inquiries will be kept confidential.

Back Office Services
We offer a wide range of back-office & clerical support services to immigration attorneys in NIV and IVs, including managing checklists, form completion, drafting cover/employer letters, consular processing assistance, follow-up/correspondence with clients and other related services. Our services cover document generation, data entry, accounts, scheduling/calendaring, clerical & archival. Adnet Services, Inc. Headquartered in New York City, Adnet Services provides the highest quality services to law firms enabling them to cost effectively and securely outsource law firm back office processes, and focus on increasing earning, growth and servicing their clients. We work as your partner offering tailored services that accelerate product delivery. With state-of-the-art communication facilities and infrastructure, our offsite center functions as a virtual extension of your office providing 24 x 7 support and significant cost savings. Convenient billing options are available. For more info. Contact Johaina Mumtaz at or call 212 406-3503 ext 224.

PERM Services
Adnet Advertising Agency Inc. has provided labor certification advertising services to immigration attorneys since 1992. Adnet helps attorneys find appropriate places to run labor cert ads, places the ads, obtains the tearsheets, and offers a variety of billing options. Attorneys can manage the entire ad process through Adnet's secure web-based Ad-managment system. Most of Adnet's services are free since we receive a commission from the newspapers and journals where the ad is placed. Adnet services large international law firms as well as solo practice attorneys. Call us at 212-587-3164, visit, or email us at Contact us today to find out why we are the ad agency of choice for immigration attorneys since 1992.


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Immigration Event - Chicago, IL
Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) & Depaul Law School Legal Clinic present "Bars and Waivers: How to Prepare Waivers to Overcome Grounds of Inadmissibility". February 22-23, 2007. This training will review common grounds of inadmissibility, including health, crimes, fraud, smuggling, and prior immigration violations, and provide guidance on preparing and documenting waiver applications. The deadline to sign-up is February 14, 2007. Registration is limited to 45 participants. To learn more, including summary agenda, fees, and registration information, please see here. ILW.COM is pleased to be a media sponsor for this event.


Readers are welcome to share their comments, email: (300-words or fewer preferred). Many letters to the Editor refer to past correspondence, available in our archives.

Dear Editor:
In response to Mr. Prchal's letter (02/07/07 ID), my point is quite simple. When the Vietnam disaster ended, we rightly let in many refugees from that country, which we had done so much to devastate in pursuit of a play for regional power that is now almost universally considered to have been a catastrophic mistake, despite Mr. Prchal's letter's valid point, based on what I am sure is bitter firsthand experience, that communists are not among the good guys of this world. Now we have made another catastrophic mistake in pursuit of oil and empire, and, yes, fighting some bad guys in Iraq too. We have to remedy the mistake and pull out. In the process, we have created more than a million refugees. We have to let some of them in. There will also be money to spend on useful things like immigration once we stop wasting the billions that we are now throwing away on this war. If that is simplistic, so be it.

Roger Algase, Esq.
New York, NY

Dear Editor:
Honza Prchal's letter states (02/07/07 ID) "American military intervention, even where it has involved strategic bombing, has generally changed the countries that encountered it for the better." Obviously, we were not in Vietnam in the 1960's and didn't see the effects of Agent Orange or the devastation of rice paddies that were the sole source of income for farmers. What countries have improved because of US "strategic bombing"? Grenada or Panama? Certainly not Somalia, Cambodia or Laos. As for George W. Bush being pro-immigration, I will believe that when meaningful immigration legislation is signed into law. Mr. Prchal's letter seems to blame General Patton for pulling out of Czechoslovakia in 1945 "to leave the field to the Soviets". Patton had nothing to do with it - he took orders from the President of the US and when the president entered into the treaty to end the World War II, America did not rule the world, and the spoils of war were divided between the "victors". That the Soviet Union abused so many countries for so long was not the fault of Patton - it was the fault of Stalin and the barbaric Soviets. As to Iraq, Mr. Prchal's letter seems to believe it is the Shiites that are the bad guys. How many more Americans should die while the world waits for the warring factions in Iraq to resolve their differences? Having suffered through a year in the US Army in Vietnam during 1968/69, I say, "bring our troops home now". If America had done that in 1967, American lives would have been saved, and the result would have been the same. And yes, as Mr. Algase's letter supports (02/02/07 ID), why not put the 500-billion Dubya wants to pour into Iraq into America? ... including the immigration system.

David D. Murray, Esq.
Newport Beach, CA

Dear Editor:
The colonial powers came to new worlds and others' land illegally, annexing them and the population of those colonial nations invaded and mass immigrated to their colonies. While this invasion and illegal immigration plus land grabbing were "OK", so why complain about few our those "third worlders" coming here for better opportunity and life then? I gave everybody about Youtube clip earlier (see 02/02/07 ID), it touched me so much. I couldn't imagine if Lou Dobbs' and Tancredo ancestors got kicked out back to Europe if the Native Americans had ICE and did immigration raid on them. Immigration laws were actually created to protect special interests living in denial. Denial that they must compete with others by merit not relying on their politicians and merely on their citizenship. No Democrats and Republicans can stop global competition, nor is our American blue passport a guarantee for a certain amount of salary in this planet. We may impose tariffs, quotas, trade barriers, other countries will do the same toward our exports even more as retaliation. Global trade and consumers will suffer the most. Why should governments tell me who can I hire legally for my business or why can't I sell for less for my customers and why can't I shop for the best deals because they want to protect these whiny special interest losers?

Robert Yang

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