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Immigration Daily Feberuary 26, 2007
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Today's Immigration Daily features many items of interest, including: An article by Donald Kerwin of CLINIC, a poem by Bill Dahl, a 4th circuit case on porting employment before an IJ for a 245(i) beneficiary, many help wanted ads for attorney and paralegal positions, 2 free event announcements and letters to the Editor. Please scroll below to find the item(s) of interest to you.

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Immigrant Integration In The United States And Europe: A Briefing To The Staff At The Open Society Institute On The European Learning Exchange, January 4, 2007
Donald Kerwin writes "while the United States has no formal integration policies, U.S. immigrants believe that they can become Americans. By contrast, the European Union has developed integration principles, goals, and even benchmarks, but many immigrants in Europe do not feel that they fully belong to their countries."

Bill Dahl has a poem on immigration.


IJ Can Determine Whether Aliens Can Port Employment Under 204(j)
In Perez-Vargas v. Gonzales, No. 05-2313 (4th Cir. Feb. 22, 2007), the court, in a case involving a 245(i) claimant who was seeking to port employment, said "By its terms, [INA section] 204(j) does not distinguish between those aliens whose adjustment applications are pending before DHS and those aliens whose adjustment applications are required to be filed with an IJ."


Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Chicago, IL - Laner Muchin, one of the nation's oldest labor law firms, seeks experienced immigration attorney with significant employment-based immigration experience, including PERM labor certifications. Laner Muchin successfully recruits quality candidates on a national basis. We provide opportunities to handle challenging responsibilities and exciting projects; have highly competitive salaries and benefits; informal, unpretentious office atmosphere; and demonstrate an excellent record of elevating associates to partnership. Position requires excellent academic credentials, 3+ years substantial experience in all aspects of employment-based immigration and strong case management, communication and writing skills. Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, Korean and/or other foreign language fluency a plus. Ideal candidate must be client-service focused and thrive in a challenging and fast-paced environment of congeniality and respect. Only qualified candidates will be considered. E-mail cover letter + resume to We are an affirmative action/equal employment opportunity employer. Women and minorities encouraged to apply.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegals
Chicago, IL - Laner Muchin, one of the nation's oldest labor law firms, has openings for full-time U.S. immigration paralegals. As part of our philosophy of providing cost effective counsel, whenever legal tasks can be done by a paralegal, the client benefits. Our paralegals have the opportunity to contribute to a growing immigration practice and do challenging work. Ideal candidates must have 1+ years of substantial experience in employment-based immigration, including substantial PERM labor certification experience. Successful candidates must be highly motivated, detailed-oriented and have outstanding communication, case management, computer and people skills. College degree required. Chinese, Korean, Japanese and/or other foreign language fluency a plus. Competitive compensation package + excellent benefits offered. E-mail cover letter and resume to We are an affirmative action/equal employment opportunity employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorneys
Iselin, NJ - Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP, the leading global immigration law firm, seeks associates, with 3+ years of business immigration experience and an interest in Global and International Immigration and Case Management, to work in its International Operations. Candidates must have experience representing multinational corporations (US and foreign), specialized workers and individuals. Must be ambitious and capable of demonstrating excellence in a congenial team environment. Outstanding academic credentials, superlative communication and writing skills are a prerequisite. Multilingual preferred. Fragomen offers a competitive salary and an excellent benefits package. Please send cover letter, resume, law school transcript, + writing sample to EOE.

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:

EB-5 Investor Program
An investor green card with no quota backlog for your clients. A generous finders fee from American Life Inc. for you, if allowed in your state. One of the best-kept immigration secrets... a real estate limited partnership investment of $525,000 in the American Life EB-5 Investor Green Card program in the Seattle Regional Center gives your accredited investor clients speed and freedom. Speedy conditional green card approval, typically in about 1 year. Freedom to live anywhere in the U.S. without being tied to a job or business. No need for day-to-day management of an active business. Limited Partners have a policy making role. American Life Inc. manages over 25 properties - over 1,350,000 sq. ft. The oldest active Regional Center, projects range from $3 million to more than $20 million. Want to know more about the immigration benefits of American Life's EB-5 program? Call Mark Ivener at 1-866-767-1800 to answer your EB-5 immigration questions. With more than 30 years immigration law experience and five immigration law books to his credit, Mark Ivener is American Life's Immigration Consultant. For more information visit American Life's website,

Case Management Technology
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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: CIS Ombudsman Teleconference
The CIS Ombudsman's office has a Community Call-In Teleconference Series Pilot Program to discuss issues of concern to individuals and employers as they interact with USCIS. During these calls, CISOMB looks forward to hearing your comments, thoughts, and suggestions for improvement as well as any best practices you have noticed related to the topics of discussion. The next teleconference is on Wednesday, Feb 28, 2:003:00pm, "National Customer Service Center- How Is It Working For You?" To participate, please RSVP to The first 50 people to sign up will be able to participate and will receive a return email with the call-in information.

Immigration Event: Washington, DC
"Local Governments and Illegal Immigration" event hosted by Judicial Watch on Wednesday, February 28, 2007, 9:30-11:00 a.m. at the National Press Club, 529 14th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. More info at: Moderator: Tom Fitton, Judicial Watch. Participants: Louis Barletta, Mayor, Hazelton, PA; Starletta Hairston, Former Council Member, Beauford County, SC. To Register: or (202) 646-5188.


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:
It is indeed amusing that in criticizing my letter (ID 02/12/07) which commented on his opinions regarding marketing an immigration practice, Mr. Anise used the term, " ... my clients and seminar attendees know of dozens. But make no mistake, they're laughing, too. All the way to the bank." Mr. Anise's letter (ID 02/23/07) claims that my letter advocated "only two" very effective methods of marketing an immigration practice, but that is not true. My letter clearly said, "There are as many ways to market in immigration practice as there are immigration lawyers. But there are two very effective ways to market an immigration practice." Of course there are more ways, and I take no position, one way or the other on all the different ways to do anything. My comments about Mr. Anise's article (ID 02/16/07), and about which I am still laughing at, is his article's representation that simply by networking with everyone with whom you come into contact, you can reasonably expect to somehow obtain a client who will bring in $250,000 worth of business. If you want that kind of client, in my opinion, my two suggested methods of marketing remain foremost, and that is (1) referrals from other lawyers, especially corporate and business lawyers, which can be accomplished by advertising in your local bar magazine, and by joining and becoming active in Bar Association Practice Sections; and (2) direct marketing to corporations. Of course there are other ways of marketing an immigration practice, of that I am well aware, and a closer reading of my letter will reveal I never said there were not.

David D. Murray, Esq.,
Newport Beach, CA

Dear Editor:
I would like to mention some other points in the New York Times editorial of February 18 that I referred to in my previous in my previous two letters (ID 02/23/07 and ID 02/21/07). In speaking about the denial of due process to immigrants which has become so common these days, the Times says: "Immigrants are routinely detained without bond, denied access to lawyers, deported without appeal and punished for one-time or minor infractions with a mechanistic ferocity that precludes a judge's discretion or mercy." I don't think anyone else can say it better. The Times also mentions the mania among state and local government to pass vindictive measures designed to inflict maximum suffering on illegal immigrants. Many of these measures, however, would not only affect illegals themselves, but also anyone else who has dealings with them. This would cause great hardship, or even terror, in immigrant communities, which is exactly what the real purpose of these proposals is. And what about the current frenzy for enacting "English only" laws? There is something more than a little suspicious about the current "surge" in persecution against people who happen to speak Spanish, as opposed to other, more "acceptable" (and mainly white) foreign languages, which so many of our grandparents spoke and are still in fairly wide (if somewhat diminished) use today. Do Spanish speakers, perhaps, fly around on brooms? I can understand that the comments in my letter may irritate many people who think that this country is becoming too "Hispanic", just as a lot of people 150 years ago used to think that there were too many Irish here. However, for anyone who finds my letters' views offensive, please be patient. In a future letter, I will argue that our asylum laws should be changed to allow in certain types of "economic", not only political, refugees, which would include quite a few Mexicans, Central Americans and other Latin Americans, not to mention people from other areas of the world which are suffering from US economic exploitation. Then, I would imagine, the fur will really begin to fly.

Roger Algase, Esq
New York, NY

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