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Immigration Daily February 16, 2007
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Dems Say No Benefits

Congress passed the FY 2007 continuing appropriations legislation (H.J.Res. 20) on February 14, 2007 (for the item, see below in news). It is the first major piece of legislation since the Democrats took control of Congress. Despite the cry from Americans for federal help on healthcare, no Schedule A relief was enacted. In fact, no immigration benefits were found in this gigantic half-trillion dollar legislation.

The need for immigration benefits is crystal clear in a country with 10 million undocumented and rising. It has fallen on deaf ears so far with the new Democratic majority. A visit at the time of press to both the Senate and House committee and sub-committee schedules for hearings and mark-ups reveals nothing planned for immigration benefits at this time. The window of opportunity for immigration legislation continues to narrow. Nero fiddled while Rome burned, we urge the Democratic majority not to follow in his footsteps while immigrants' lives continue to go up in hot air.

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


ICE, I-9s, States' Employer Sanctions - What Every Immigration Lawyer Needs To Know

FIRST Phone Session on Feb 22: States pass independent versions of Employer Sanctions - What every immigration lawyer needs to know

  • Which states have passed Employer Sanctions legislation?
  • What requirements are states imposing on employers?
  • How can an employer comply with Colorado HR 1017 and 1034?
  • Is there subcontractor liability?
  • Are employees outside the state subject to the rules?
  • What role does Federal preemption play?
  • What is the Basic Pilot and how does an employer participate?
  • Does Basic Pilot subject employers to any potential increased liability?

SECOND Phone Session on Mar 8: What's new with I-9 verification: Advising clients in a tumultuous times

  • Best practices in completing and maintaining the I-9 form
  • What voluntary government programs can employers use and what are their pros and cons: Basic Pilot, IMAGE program,SSNVS?
  • How should a company deal with a SS mismatch letters in light of the proposed regulation?
  • How are employers using electronic signature and storage?
  • What Employer Sanctions legislation is on the horizon?

THIRD Phone Session on Apr 5: How to prepare for ICE raids and possible criminal prosecution

  • What rights do employers and employees have?
  • When is the right time to involve employment and criminal counsel?
  • Cooperating with government - how far to go?
  • How to handle workers you think are unauthorized
  • What are the company's potential penalties?
  • Lesson learned from the Swift & Company raid

The deadline to sign up is Tuesday, February 20th. For more info, including speaker bios, detailed curriculum, and registration information, please see: (Fax version:


Getting It Done: Dispelling The Myths Of Outsourcing
Kunoor Chopra writes "Take a closer look at these [4] myths to better understand how outsourcing can be a sound solution for your firm."


Congress Passes FY 2007 Continuing Appropriations
Congress passed the continuing appropriations for Fiscal Year 2007, which included $20 Millon for the "critically understaffed workload associated with immigration and other law enforcement needs" and $95 Million for "costs associated with the care and placement of unaccompanied alien children under section 462 of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (6 USC 279)". We reproduce the enrolled version (H.J.Res.20) in its entirety.

USCIS Issues Redesigned Travel Booklet
USCIS issued a redesigned travel booklet as part of ongoing security improvements to update agency documents. The fraud resistant identification booklets include digital photographs and signatures and other enhanced security features to deter potential counterfeiting schemes.


Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Arlington, VA - Small, collegial immigration law firm seeks qualified attorney with 2 years+ of solid immigration experience in all phases of immigration practice emphasizing business needs such as H's, L's and labor certifications. Excellent compensation package and competitive benefits offered. Opportunity for partnership within two years of serving as an associate. Candidate must be enthusiastic and possess excellent communication skills (verbal and written). Individual must be a go-getter with the ability to bring in business. Ideal candidate is an individual imbued with professionalism and tempered with compassion. Interested candidates, send resume to Samuel Levine:

Help Wanted: Immigration Professional
Natick, MA - The MathWorks is the leading developer and supplier of software for technical computing and Model-Based Design. Employing more than 1,400 people, The MathWorks was founded in 1984. The company has been profitable every year since its inception and is privately held. We are currently recruiting for an Immigration Specialist. The Immigration Specialisht will oversee our immigration programs and will have the oppportunity to participate in recruiting related programs. Successful candidate will have: proficiency in Microsoft Windows products, 3 yrs. of relevant work experience in immigration or human resources, strong knowledge of immigration law and overall immigration practices, experience managing immigration practices including H-1Bs, F-1s, green cards, etc. For job details (#4736-DC), see here. Interested applicants, send your resume to

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Lead business immigration paralegal wanted for Stamford, CT law firm. Salary commensurate with abilities. Full benefits offered, collegial environment. Must be fully versed in PERM and employment-based visa petitions. Send resume and cover letter to

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
13-person midtown NYC immigration law firm seeks paralegal with 2+ years of experience with business applications: nonimmigrant and immigrant. Experience with family based, naturalization and other applications a plus. Ideal candidate has BA degree, is detail oriented, organized, conscientious. Candidate must also possess excellent writing, communication & case management skills. Competitive compensation package offered. Email resume + cover letter in MS Word format to Marcia Needleman:

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 Paralegal
Boutique immigration practice located downtown NYC seeks paralegal with 2+ years of business immigration experience, including hands-on preparation of PERM applications. Candidate will have extensive client contact. Must have Bachelor's degree as well as excellent writing, communication and case management skills. Competitive salary/benefits. Submit resume and cover letter to Lynne R. Newkofsky, Esq.: All inquiries will be kept confidential.

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Readers can share their professional announcements (100-words or fewer at no charge), email: Readers interested in learning about featuring your event or conference in Immigration Daily, see here. To feature your newsletter in Immigration Daily, see here.

Immigration Event - Chicago, IL
Internationally Recruited Nurses: Creating Positive Practice Environments, March 5-6, 2007, Chicago. This conference focuses on strategies that create a positive work environment and facilitate the successful integration of internationally recruited nurses into the health care team and provides a better understanding of the immigration processes related to internationally recruited nurses. Co-sponsored by the American Nurses Association and the International Centre on Nurse Migration. For details, see here. For the registration form, see here. ILW.COM is pleased to be a media sponsor for this event.

Immigration Event - Newark, NJ
The Office of the CIS Ombudsman (CISOMB) is pleased to invite you to participate in "Newark District Office-How Is It Working For You?", Friday, Feb 16, 11-12pm, part of the CISOMB's community call-in teleconference series pilot program. CISOMB looks forward to hearing your comments for improvement as well as any related best practice suggestions. To participate, RSVP, indicating interest in joining the PA call. The first 50 people to sign up for each call will be able to participate and will receive a return email with the call-in information. For more info, including a schedule of other upcoming calls, see here.


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:
Kim Bilyou's letter (02/15/07 ID) denounces Mr. Utterback letter's apparent lack of education and then compares him to R.L. Ranger, which is understandable, but more than a tad unfair. Mr. Ranger's letters are culturally over-defensive and far too restrictionist for my taste, but hardly a racist or uneducated. Ms. Bilyou's letter also ridicules the spelling in Mr. Utterback's letter, but neglects to capitalize a word that needs capitalization, "American". One is tempted to puckishly ask whether the slip is Freudian. Of course, we should all spell-check before we write, as it makes us more convincing - certainly, I would take her letters more seriously if she would and I sometimes forget myself, and look quite the fool as a result. Certainly Mr. Utterback isn't helping his cause with his screeds. Nevertheless, blanket denunciations from those of us who oppose his viewpoint may make us feel better but rarely advance our ideas. Does anyone have a theory on why Mr. Utterback's family changed the spelling of their name from "Utterbach"? I wonder if he resents or is aware of the change? Regardless, American society did a great job of uplifting the human capital inherent in the previously generally backwards Germanic peoples in a way that the "civilization" of most American indigenous peoples never did. Culture is important, and those who dislike America's culture would at least do well to acknowledge the consistent underperformance of the alternatives. After all, part of what makes our American culture so appealing is it's massive capacity for assimilation (note the number of Latin Americans starting to follow the NFL mentioned in the Washington Times story the ID comment (02/15/07) concurrent with the effective and highly flexible use of human and other forms of capital. That's certainly why so much of my family came here.

Honza Prchal, Esq.
Birmingham, AL

Dear Editor:
Perhaps someone out there can help with this... I am an administrative assistant in a firm that specializes in immigration (90-95% of our work). I have been learning our billing system for the last 4 months or so. An awful lot of our bills are returned each month because the clients move and leave no forwarding address. Since most of them do not have social security numbers - thereby making most internet searches useless -- how do I go about finding them?

Pat Martin

Dear Editor:
The link to the unpublished AAO case cited in Maria Cordons article does not work. Can you please fix?

Betsy Bedient, Manager, International Scholar and Student Services University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center

Editor's note: Thanks for bringing this to our attention. The document has been uploaded and is now available.

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