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Immigration Daily May 11, 2007
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Here is a potpourri of recent developments in immigration law and policy.

  • A symptom of the collapse of our immigration policy is that religioius leaders find themselves compelled to offer sanctuary to the undocumented hounded by ICE (see article from the Seattle Post Intelligencer)
  • A symptom of the tensions in the ongoing CIR negotiations in the Senate is that the AGJOBS compromise language is coming unglued (see article from the Wall Street Journal), this can also be seen as a symptom of the advanced state of negotiations on CIR which appears to be imminent
  • Another symptom that CIR is about to move from back-room discussions to the public arena of the Senate floor, is an "Urgent Action" plea by AILA for attorneys to call their Senators (see AILA posting)
  • The long range solution to continued Congressional myopia of the problems immigrants face is increased voter registration among new citizens, the good news is that Univision is throwing its formidable resources at this issue (see article from the Wall Street Journal)
  • Despite warnings from Congress about usurious fees, and an outpouring of comments on the subject from every quarter, USCIS seems determined to squeeze applicants for every penny they have, here's hoping that USCIS sees the light (see article from the Orange County Register)

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


Complex Issues With The H

The curriculum for the telephone seminar on May 17th: "Beat The Cap And Fix The Law: All About the H - Complex issues with the H" is as follows:

  • Problematic occupations: Market Analyst, etc
  • Credential evaluations: NSC on degree equivalency, etc
  • Special considerations for H1B dependents
  • Speculative Employment
  • Itinerary for consultants
  • Up-to-the-minute Legislative update: Items to be announced before the seminar
  • Up-to-the-minute USCIS update: Items to be announced before the seminar
The deadline to sign up is Tuesday, May 15th. For more info, including speaker bios, detailed curriculum, and registration information, please see: version:


How To Break Through The Time And Income Ceiling
Edward Poll writes "Your hired help can do some of the repetitive tasks so that you can break through the time and income ceiling an do both the marketing and what you were trained to do, the creative legal work."


CRS Report On Temporary Admisssions
The Congressional Research Service produced a report on "U.S. Immigration Policy on Temporary Admissions"


Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Solo Practitioner in Springfield, NJ with diverse practice is looking for a NJ licensed Associate fluent in Russian language. Immigration practice experience is a plus. Good benefit package. Salary commensurate with experience. E-mail resume to Isabella Mayzel, Esq. at

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Robert W. Yarra, A Professional Law Corporation, Fresno, CA, has an immediate opening for a licensed associate attorney bilingual in English and Spanish. The ideal candidate will have 3 plus years experience in all areas of immigration law, including Removal/Deportation Defense, Family and Business Immigration Law. In addition to courtroom experience, excellent writing skills are required, as this position includes appellate work. Recent law school grads with a demonstrated interest in immigration law also considered. We offer a competitive salary, our benefits package includes 401(k), medical, dental and vision plans. Expedited partnership track considered. Fresno is centrally located between Los Angeles and San Francisco, close to Yosemite and Kings Canyon National Parks. Housing is affordable, cost of living adds to a great community for raising a family. Please mail resume and writing samples to: Office Manager, 1250 Fulton Mall, Suite 202, Fresno, CA 93721 or e-mail Robert W. Yarra at:

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorneys
Memphis, TN - National immigration law firm Siskind Susser Bland, P.C., a cutting edge, entrepreneurial practice representing many of the worlds best known companies and individuals, is seeking motivated, experienced employment immigration lawyers in its headquarters office. We are hiring mid-level associates (two to five years experience) as well as senior attorneys (five+ years experience). Candidates should possess outstanding academic credentials and writing skills. Excellent benefits and salary commensurate with experience. Interested candidates should send resumes to

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegals
Chicago, IL - Laner Muchin, one of the nation's oldest labor law firms, has two full time paralegal openings: (1) experienced US immigration paralegal and (1) entry-level global immigration paralegal. Our paralegals have the opportunity to contribute to a growing immigration practice and do challenging work. The ideal experienced US paralegal candidate must have 1+ years of substantial experience in a wide variety of US employment-based immigration processes. Also, an entry-level opportunity is available for global immigration paralegal to manage non-US visa case matters. Mandarin fluency required for this position. For both positions, successful candidates must be highly motivated, detailed-oriented and have outstanding communication, case management, computer and people skills. College degree required. Competitive compensation package + excellent benefits offered. E-mail cover letter + resume to, specifying either the experienced paralegal or entry global paralegal position. We are an affirmative action/equal employment opportunity employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Dupont Circle, Washington D.C. - Maggio & Kattar, a nationally recognized, full-service immigration law firm seeks an experienced and exceptionally capable business immigration attorney to join our dynamic and fun-to work at firm. All inquiries will be kept confidential. Send resumes to the attention of Jim Alexander at:

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Laguna Niguel, CA - USCIS Office of the Chief Counsel seeks experienced attorney for the position of Western Regional Counsel. Directly oversee and supervise the performance of the eight (8) associate regional counsel located throughout the Western Region along with the deputy western regional counsel. Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction), and have at least five (5) years of post J.D. experience. They must submit a cover letter that demonstrates the specific skills, experience, and interests that qualify them for the position. Preference is given to applicants with immigration experience, management experience, excellent academic record, and strong writing skills. For detailed information, type CIS-COU-2007-0003 in the keyword search here. The applicant should list references, which may be verified, but letters of recommendation are not necessary. Applicants must also submit a resume and a writing sample not to exceed 10 pages. Submissions can be either e-mailed (all attached documents must be in MS Word or Adobe PDF format) to All submissions must be received by close of business on Friday, May 11, 2007. The position is at the GS-15 level and is open until filled. No relocation expenses.

Case Management Technology
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Immigration Event - Washington, DC
Migration and Development Conference; cosponsored by: World Bank's Migration Working Group, OECD Development Centre and Migration Policy Institute; Wednesday-Thursday, May 23-24, 2007, The World Bank, Washington, DC Speakers: Tito Boeri, University of Bocconi; Louka Katseli, OECD Development Centre; Danny Leipziger, The World Bank; Robert E.B. Lucas, Boston University; Kathleen Newland, Migration Policy Institute; Ana Palacio, The World Bank; Demetrios Papademetriou, Migration Policy Institute; Donald Terry, Multilateral Investment Fund; Patricia Tomas, Development Bank of the Philippines; Sessions: Wednesday, May 23rd, 2007 (I: Labor Markets and Migration: Evidence and Policies, II: Enhancing the Role of Diasporas: Trade, Technology and Knowledge, III: Brain Drain, Service Delivery and the Public Sector) Thursday, May 24th, 2007 (IV: Migration Policies and Interventions, V: Remittances and Financial Inclusion of the Poor, High-Level Panel: Analytical and Policy Directions) Register online:


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 analysis of forces in motion that will dictate a possible new direction for migration law was appreciated (ID 05/10/07). Should you get the opportunity I would enjoy learning your observations concerning any progress in boosting capacity for handling what may likely be an impending flood of petitions. More importantly, from my perspective, the amount of concern or non-concern for identification and response to the inevitable tsunami of fraudulent applications by the profiteers.

tim houghtaling
INS retired

Dear Editor:
In response to Mr. Murray's letter (ID 05/09/07), in which he asked, "What if we all filed Writs of Mandamus to compel the government to act within a reasonable time? And I mean thousands of Writs, filed by every immigration lawyer whose cases go over 90 days. Would that get the government's attention?" Yes, that would get the government's attention, but only after they catch up, in say, a forever mythical six or seven years.

Dave Anderson

Dear Editor:
Concerning your support of eliminating parents from the Immediate Family category (ID 05/10/07), why would it be inhumane to separate husband from wife or parent from child but be totally OK to separate son or daughter from mother and father? Aren't parents equally important to the life of an adult person and isn't the opposite even more important: don't elderly parents need their children in old age and time of need? Picture the following situation: you are the only child of your parents. You come to the US, become an American, come to love and appreciate this country. You marry and have children. Why should the US government deprive your children of the right to have grandparents, to love and cherish them and be loved and cherished by them? Equally important, why would you be deprived of the right to enjoy the company of your mom and dad, the opportunity to seek their advice any time you need it? Finally, imagine that years go by and your parents grow old and weak but you cannot sponsor them to come to America to live with you. What do you do - put them in a home? Well that is just unacceptable to me. I love my parents very much and I would gladly care for them in their old age. They did that for their parents and it is my duty to do the same for them. The solution, which you did not offer in your article, is to keep family immigration intact and bring employment immigration up to the needed level. I do not see why, in order to achieve "a balance" as you put it, we need to take away from family and give to employment. Comprehensive Immigration Reform can be a win-win situation.

Ned Markoff

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Publisher:  Sam Udani    Legal Editor:  Michele Kim                        ISSN:   1930-062X