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Immigration Daily April 13, 2007
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Immigration to the US is a multi-faceted subject, and touches on an increasing number of issues, both at home and abroad. A critical connection that many Immigration Daily readers should know about is between PEMEX and Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CIR). PEMEX is Petroleos Mexicanos, the state-owned oil and gas company in Mexico. From its website "Petroleos Mexicanos was established by a decree of the Mexican Congress, effective on July 20, 1938, as a result of the nationalization of the foreign-owned oil companies which were operating in Mexico ... PEMEX is the largest company in Mexico and, according to the Petroleum Intelligence Weekly, in 2003 it was the ninth largest oil and gas company in the world. In the same year, it was the third largest producer of crude oil in the world." Any which way you crunch the numbers, PEMEX is the single largest economic entity in Mexico, and it affects the Mexican economy more than any other single factor. To the extent that immigration from Mexico to the US is driven by economic factors, especially the poor performance of the Mexican economy over the decades, the blame lies squarely on PEMEX's shoulders. This should come as no surprise given the abysmal record of state-owned companies throughout the world over the last century. If the oil and gas assets of Mexico were properly managed, the resultant wealth would result in the creation of opportunity in Mexico sufficient to significantly ameliorate some of the pressure on our southern border. Efficient management of PEMEX is possible by privatization - for example, by giving every person in Mexico an equal share, and then letting those shares trade freely in the international stock markets. A privatized PEMEX would result in wealth flowing to all ordinary Mexicans, unlike the situation over the last 80 years, when Mexican oil wealth has lined the pockets of only PEMEX's workers and the Mexican oil elite. While what to do with PEMEX is certainly a sovreign Mexican decision, the US could, as part of CIR, encourage our neighbor to the south to move toward privatization, and perhaps make some elements of CIR contingent upon this. To the extent possible, CIR should address both long-term and short-term issues. If improving the Mexican economy is part of the CIR equation, privatizing PEMEX has to be on the table.

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Lawyer Turned International-Restaurant Owner David Nachman
Mary Waldron writes "Coming from a background in business that he began building during his college years, Nachman has thriven in law for more than 15 years and has successfully started two companiesa restaurant and a baralong the way."


7th Circuit Says USCIS Cannot Usurp DOL Role, USCIS Cannot Re-Adjudicate Labor Certs Approved By DOL
In Hoosier Care, Inc v. Chertoff, No. 06-3562 (7th Cir. Apr 11, 2007), the court said that "an inquiry into the training requirements ... is a matter that the regulation - DHS's own regulation - confides to the Department of Labor" and further said that "DHS's 'delegating' [] responsibility to the Department of Labor in the regulation is actually recognition of the location of a responsibility implicit in the Labor Department's statutory mandate".


Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
7 person midtown NYC immigration law firm with offices in NY, LA, and Tokyo, seeks senior immigration paralegal. Minimum 3-5 yrs. experience preparing NIV and IV business visas (H1B, L1, E1, E2, O1, RIR/PERM, etc), experience in consular processing issues, generating and completing forms, assist in preparing petition letters, and performing research. Excellent English writing skills and attention to detail required. We are a unique firm in that we have a large Japanese clientele and we seek an individual with the ability to speak Japanese or at a minimum, specific interest in Japanese culture. If you are looking for an opportunity to learn from a close knit, professional group who takes great pride in their work, service, and in legal training, that offers full benefit and competitive compensation, e-mail resume + cover letter in word or acrobat format to David Sindell, Esq at

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
Lyndhurst, NJ - Ernst & Young, one of the Big Four professional accounting firms, seeks senior visa and immigration coordinator. Responsible for coordinating work permits/visas for Ernst & Young's expatriate population. Responsible for counseling international business travelers on what types of work is allowable under a business traveler visa and when a work permit/visa is required. Must keep up to date on emerging legislation. Education: bachelor's degree in related discipline or 4-6 years of business immigration work experience. Excellent compensation package offered. For job details, including how to apply online, please enter the search term "immigration" or "00BXN" in our US jobs search engine.

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 and conscientious. Candidate must also possess excellent writing, communication & case management skills. Competitive compensation package offered. Please email resume + cover letter in MS Word format to Marcia N. Needleman, Esq. at

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Grand Central Area, NYC - Hodgson Russ LLP, a 225-plus lawyer firm with offices in Buffalo, New York City, Albany, Boca Raton and Toronto seeks an associate attorney for our Immigration Group in NYC. Our group represents multinational corporations, entrepreneurs, athletes, entertainers, scientists and specialized workers. We seek an attorney with experience counseling U.S. and foreign employers. The ideal candidate will have 3-5 years of business immigration experience. Please send cover letter, resume and law school transcript to Mariely Downey, Attorney Employment Manager:

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Proskauer Rose LLP, one of the nation's largest law firms, seeks an immigration paralegal for its Newark, NJ and New York offices. Must have a minimum three to five years experience preparing non-immigrant and immigrant business visas (H1B, L1, TN, E1, E2, O1, RIR/PERM, etc), generating and completing forms, entering data into a case management system, and performing research. Excellent English writing skills and attention to detail required. Please send resumes to Angela Houghton:

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Washington, DC - Steptoe & Johnson LLP, an international law firm, seeks an immigration paralegal. Successful candidate has demonstrated experience with business and family immigration practices. We prefer candidates with strong academic credentials, excellent personal qualities, relevant experience in business & family immigration and the ability to work independently and supervise others. We encourage any qualified candidate to apply directly by sending a cover letter & resume to: or fax: 202-261-0627. EOE.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorneys
Dallas, TX - Reina & Associates is the largest immigration law firm in North Texas. The Firm currently consists of ten full time attorneys in addition to the two positions available. Job description: Perform initial consultations with clients; represent clients before immigration court and CIS; manage heavy case load; oversee paralegals and other administrative staff; complete legal research; draft legal briefs; and complete and review immigration forms. Emphasis in family base immigration and deportation defense. Requirements: JD degree from an ABA accredited law school or a LLM and must be admitted to practice law in the US. 1-2 years immigration law experience or training preferred. Candidates must be resourceful, intelligent, and able to multitask in a fast paced environment. Competitive salary plus comprehensive benefits package offered. Please email resume, cover letter, law school transcript, and a writing sample to Maria Maldonado:

Help Wanted: Immigration Professionals
Berry, Appleman & Leiden LLP, a global corporate immigration law firm, has immediate openings for experienced global visa associates in its San Francisco and Dallas offices. This position presents an exciting opportunity to join the global visa department of a rapidly growing firm. We are seeking someone to participate in the development and execution of our global visa team, as well as the expansion of our client base. We offer a one-stop, comprehensive solution with centralized tracking and global compliance assurance. We have the most up to date technology available, with on-line tracking and management of visa requirements, and cutting edge global immigration services. Candidate must have excellent communication skills, both written and verbal; ability to work well with all levels of personnel. A minimum of five years experience in corporate immigration, with a strong focus on the global visa market. Email resume + cover letter to or fax to 415.217.4426. Only qualified candidates will be contacted.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Downtown NYC - The Law Office of Barbara J. Brandes seeks experienced associate to represent individuals before the US Immigration Courts, attend adjustment of status, Stokes, and naturalization interviews. Good research and writing skills needed as individual will gather supporting evidence; prepare affidavits, write briefs, memoranda of law, motions to reopen/remand/reconsider, and federal court briefs. Prepare asylum applications, conduct research, interview clients, and witnesses in preparation for hearings. Minimum 2-3 years of related experience desired. Great opportunity for self-starter to work on wide variety of immigration law cases with seasoned practitioner. Knowledge of Spanish preferred. Competitive compensation package offered including health insurance and SEP. Salary based on experience. Submit your resume + cover letter to Barbara J. Brandes: All submissions remain confidential.

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Immigration Book
Deportation Nation - Outsiders in American History by Daniel Kanstroom. From Howard University Press "The danger of deportation hangs over the head of virtually every noncitizen in the United States. In the complexities and inconsistencies of immigration law, one can find a reason to deport almost any noncitizen at almost any time. In recent years, the system has been used with unprecedented vigor against millions of deportees ... Daniel Kanstroom shows that deportation has long been a legal tool to control immigrants' lives and is used with increasing crudeness in a globalized but xenophobic world." For more info, and to order:


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:
The latest right-wing plan would sell immigrants leave passes to visit their relatives abroad, along with partial immunity from the occasional round of capricious deportations, for a mere $1,200 a year in post-tax protection money. Those who can't cough up would face intensified oppression. The citizenship chimera (some 35 years, $50,000, a wait abroad, and a lucky drawing later) is undoubtedly there to try to save face with UNHCHR and the international community - outside of course of Latin America, where the sound of laughter is already loud enough to provide temporary relief from the sorrow and shame of having relatives in a more or less elective state of indentured servitude abroad. It's clear that the CIR consensus building process has been hijacked, and that the legislation's ideals are at risk of being turned upside down by those same shameless supremacist slimeballs that co-opted last year's S. 2611 into H.R. 4437. It's time to stop playing games with morality and decency. S. 9 should be a straight-up Democratic bill, and offer direct adjustment of status upon a background check. There are six Republican senators who will support any comprehensive bill. The Democratic leadership needs to get the five dissenting Democrats back into line for the cloture vote. The President will then have the choice of delivering three more Republicans for cloture, or leaving without a legacy. Among those still in office, eighteen Republicans voted for S. 2611. Finding three cloture votes can't be so hard, can it? No need to court the likes of Kyl and Cornyn. If that fails, attach S. 9 to a must-pass military appropriations bill. As for the Democratic anxiety calculus that the media loves to speculate on - it just doesn't add up. "If it's a success, Bush gets credit, if it's a failure, we get blamed" makes no sense at all. Hispanics, a core Democratic constituency, will know full well who to credit for CIR once the votes in Congress are tallied. Conversely, any racist ready to go up in arms about amnesty has already done so over the last year and a half, yet both chambers of Congress changed hands. And Americans in the great decent middle will know CIR was the right thing to do, once they witness their long-time neighbors, colleagues and acquaintances reveal themselves, emerging from the shadows of oppression with full rights. Those, that is, who'll even notice the difference.


Dear Editor:
Re. Honza Prchal, Esq. letter of 04/12/2007 (ID 04/12/07), we've had Latino's in the U.S. for as many generations as any other race. We played baseball with Mexican's at church leagues for decades and theres no problem with Mexicans. It the 'illigal' part we object too. Remember during previous immigrations they were invited. In Europe posters advertised the expanse of land in the west. The frontiers are gone now. If we had an expanse of millions of acres of land setting without inhabitants today, we'd be glad to have legal immigration to fill it up. I know the history of immigration, but in the cities melting pots, after one generation, the major differances were solved. Mexican people have been in the United States for over a century. No one ever had any problems with the Mexican people for this hundred plus years. We realize your sitation. The problem is that Americans are being made peasants by the sponsors and you too someday will be in the same situation when big money is done with you. We don't blame the illigals for trying to obtain the American dream, but in reality there is no longer an American dream. You're just being used by big business to replace the existing population from their rightful heritage. My empathy truly. But its the way immigrants are coming in and the purpose for bringing them in that the rightful citizens object to. Please remember there are 168 countries in the world that want to immigrate to Amica, not just those of South America, and other neighboring border countries and those that boat into our country. It is our country and thats the point.

david utterback

Dear Editor:
I wish to call attention to a spelling error in my letter of April 12 (ID 04/12/07) which inadvertently misspelled the word "bewildering". I apologize to all ID readers. Also, in response to a point that Honza Prchal's letter of April 12 (ID 04/12/07) makes, I totally agree with O.S. Fergusen (ID 04/11/07) that racism is an important (though of course not the only) factor in current attitudes toward immigration reform, and I think that those who try to downplay the role of racial (usually going by the euphemism "cultural") animosity toward Latino immigrants in particular,including legal ones as well as illegal ones, should spend more time watching Lou Dobbs or Fox News, or checking out the hundreds, if not thousands, of vicious internet comments about Latino (and, to some extent, Asian) immigrants that appear every day. Then it might be easier to understand what is really going on in America.


Dear Editor:
As noted in the past, I enjoy the variety of thought you present. In that light, Immigration Daily readers may enjoy an OpEd "Free Markets need Free People" provided in Monday's Wall Street Journal by Gordon R. Hanson,director of the Center on Pacific Economies at the University of California. It suggests "Illegal immigration is better than a poorly designed guest-worker program" noting inability of government to grant and issue worker visas in time to the beat of the economy / needs of industry. The grand scheme and failed reality of the "Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986" are offered as example. (A paucity of freely issued green cards would translate into a much reduced rate of fraudulent applications.) Interested readers could go to the new study by the Council on Foreign Relations that was the genesis of the piece.

Tim Houghtaling

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