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Immigration Daily June 22, 2007
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Vote For Cloture

Immigration advocates should be aware that increased enforcement is coming our way in this Congress, whether CIR is enacted or not. Without the requisite 60 votes for the cloture vote coming up soon on the Senate floor, it is reasonable to assume that we will see increased enforcement sans benefits before the next election. Cloture is the key issue to getting immigration benefits at all since very few standalone benefit bills are possible if CIR fails (it is becoming clear that SKIL is unlikely to pass in a Democratic controlled Congress). Now is the time to contact your Senator to vote for cloture because it may be a close vote. Surprisingly, conservative Democrats including Jim Webb, Jon Tester and Claire McCaskill and not Republicans, are the key swing votes (for more info, see here). A bad Senate bill stands an excellent chance of improvement when reconciled with a generous House bill in conference later this year. A vote against cloture is a vote against immigration benefits - immigration advocates should act now!

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


Family Ties And Immigration

ILW.COM is pleased to announce our latest telephonic immigration law seminar, the curriculum is as follows:

FIRST Phone Session on June 28: Is Marriage the solution to your client's immigration problem

  • Prior marriages and prior applications
  • Issues if there is prior removal/deportation proceedings
  • What was basis of divorce
  • Should they get married or come as a fianc
  • Pitfalls what to watch out for
  • What if they are not living together?
  • I-864, Who can be a sponsor or co-sponsor
  • What about the I-751, getting the denial reviewed,filing a second I-751
  • Ethical problems representing husband and wife
SECOND Phone Session on July 19: Applying for relatives other than the spouse
  • Children and stepchildren
  • Marriage of the unmarried child
  • How does CSPA help
  • Illegitimate children proving the relationship
  • Adopted children
  • Bringing the family from abroad initial processing or following to join
  • What happens if the petitioner dies
  • Avoiding non-criminal grounds of inadmissibility
  • How to waive grounds of inadmissibility
THIRD Phone Session on August 9: Obtaining permanent residence in spite of a conviction
  • Effect of aggravated felony conviction
  • What is a crime involving moral turpitude
  • Disclosure of conviction, effect of expungement
  • What is the petty offence exception
  • What about drug convictions, Where do you live
  • Obtaining a 212(h) waiver
The deadline to sign up is Wednesday, June 27th. For more info, including speaker bios, detailed curriculum, and registration information, please see: (Fax version:


Attorney Marketing: Make Yourself Scarce And You'll Attract More Clients
Trey Ryder writes "If you're responsible for marketing legal services, you'd do well to incorporate the Bob Cialdini's scarcity principle into your attorney marketing efforts. Here's why:"


USCIS Modifies Participation Requirement in District Office Rapid Adjudication Pilot Program
USCIS announced today that immigrant applicants in the Dallas, El Paso and Oklahoma City areas will no longer be required to participate in a pilot program that uses alternate filing procedures to process permanent residence or adjustment of status applications. For the Federal Register notice, see here. For the USCIS press release, see here.


Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Cutting-edge law firm seeks paralegal with 3+ years of substantial experience in the US employment-based immigration processes, including drafting and preparing labor certifications, H1B, E and L visas. Experience with family based, naturalization and mandamus a plus. Fluency in a foreign language preferred. Excellent salary and benefits. For immediate consideration, send resume and cover letter to: Debra Villegas at or fax at (954) 527-8663.

Help Wanted: Immigration Professional
The NYC Human Resources Administration (HRA) seeks a dynamic and dedicated leader for its next Executive Director for the Office of Refugee and Immigrant Affairs (ORIA). Oversee, evaluate, and manage practices and new initiatives regarding refugees and immigrants and limited English-speaking individuals; consult with and train program areas in aspects of determining eligibility of applicants for public benefits; provide community education to external organizations; collaborate with other gov't agencies regarding immigrant issues; represent HRA at immigration-related and language access meetings. Guide HRA's interpretation and translation activities and determine scope for contracted language services; oversee the procurement process; monitor contracts; and supervise subordinate staff. Requirements: 4-year degree from an accredited college + 4 years of professional experience, including 18 mos. of executive, managerial, administrative or supervisory experience. Preference will be given to candidates with a law or master's degree in related field. NYC residency required within 90 days of employment. Salary Range: $56,158 - 119,833. Comprehensive benefits package offered. Send resume to: Donald Shire at or 180 Water Street, 4th Floor, NY, NY 10038. EOE.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Dallas, TX - USCIS Office of Chief Counsel (OCC) seeks experienced attorney for the position of Service Center Counsel, Texas Service Center. Responsibilities include, but not limited to, serving as attorney providing legal advice to TSC personnel on issues involving immigration related adjudications, inadmissibility and deportability grounds, and national security. Applicants must possess JD degree, be active bar member, and have at least one (1) year of post JD experience. Applicants must submit resume + writing sample not to exceed 10 pages. Send cover letter, resume, + writing sample to Reid Tilson, Deputy Chief of the Service Center Counsel Division, at All submissions must be received by close of business June 22, 2007. GS13-GS15 levels and is open until filled. No relocation reimbursement available. For more info, key in Job Announcement Number: COU-CIS-2007-0006 at

Credential Evaluation And Translation
As the nation's leader in foreign credential evaluations and translations, American Evaluation and Translation Service, Inc. (AETS) provides the most competitive rates in the industry $50 educational evaluations, as well as $200 'expert opinion' work experience and position evaluations completed by PhD university professors who have the "authority to grant college level credit for work experience and/or training." AETS offers a variety of turn-around times, including same-day service for educational, work experience, and position evaluations. For list of rates and times, see: AETS also provides certified translations in 100+ languages, with translators that are specialists in 80+ fields. For a copy of the Application for Credential Evaluation and Translation Services, please contact AETS at (786) 276-8190, visit, or email:

Case Management Technology
Judge an immigration management system (IMS) by: (1) what it empowers you to do (2) what its customers say (3) its track record. 1. What you can do - manage client relationships - optimize your operations - assemble documents automatically from a database - share calendars, notes, alerts, and reminders - work anytime, anywhere with Microsoft Office alongside your IMS and more. More, like tailoring an IMS to your needs. Others claim their packages are customizable, but you may need their technician plus hundreds of hours from your staff to get what Tracker gives you out-of-the-box. Mature yet flexible, Tracker lets you easily configure your ideal system. 2. What customers say - "Choosing ImmigrationTracker was a no brainer." -Steve Clark, Flynn & Clark "ImmigrationTracker is head and shoulders above the rest." - Bruce Larson, Mayo Clinic. 3. Track record - top law firms who license immigration management software, choose Tracker: 90% of practicing Past AILA Presidents, 86% of the 25 largest immigration firms (IndUS Business Journal, 2006), 75% percent of the AMLAW 200 (American Lawyer Media, 2006). Did others promise you the moon and deliver dusty cheese? Make up for lost time. Reserve your private Tracker demo. Call 1-888-466-8757 ext. 278 or email


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New Offices - Cameron, TX
Chad Van Cleave, Attorney at Law, has relocated to rural Cameron, Texas. For the last three years he has offered quality representation before the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in appeals from the Board of Immigration Appeals. Chad additionally handles Federal criminal defense cases and Federal asset forfeiture cases nationwide. P.O. Box 999, Cameron, Texas 76520. Ph: (512) 497-0604. Fax: (254) 697-4528.


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:
This is to invite any input from practitioners of immigration law who have been in the federal district court to seek naturalization after denial by USCIS of a 336 hearing. The reason for denial was a 1-year probation ordered by a family court judge within the 5-year statutory period. Any input by attorneys will be helpful.

Peter Kollory, Esq.

Dear Editor:
We appreciate ID's coverage of the congressional struggles with immigration reform, and hope you will continue your efforts on this matter. We hope your readers saw the Washington Post article from May 28, 2007 by Spencer Hsu, "Immigration Agency Mired in Inefficiency."

N. and D. Friedman
Bronx, NY

Dear Editor:
On the Government website, processing times are shown, and it is pointed out that applications are processed in the order they are received. The website states that the processing of applications is curretnly working on Sept, 2006. This would be acceptable to me to a point, but a very good friend, from the same country, who had come on the same visa, etc,, who filed their greencard application at the end of March, 2007, received their greencard on June 18th. How can it be fair for one applicant to wait 8 months already, with no end in sight, and a 100% similar application, get finalised in 3 months.

Linda Cogill

Dear Editor:
Section of Title 8 deals with illegal aliens. For those of you who are not familiar with US law, federal law is referred to as "code" and local laws are referred to as "statutes". All federal law (codes) must be enforced by local authorities. They have no choice. As as example, Title 8 states it is illegal to rent a living facility to an illegal alien. Local law enforcement must enforce this regardless of how they "feel" nor can they pass a law contrary to a federal code. What's wrong with helping an illegal? It's illegal. The US also has what is called the "Clean Hand" Law. It says if you break the law, as every illegal has, you have no rights to anything. Go ahead and read Title 8. The answer to my question is yes.

John E Everroad, Jr.

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