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Deadline Is Wed, June 27th For 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:


The Revenge Of Zorro On Immigration Reform
Nativo V. Lopez writes "The essence of the current immigration debate, in fact raging for the past fifteen years, essentially is the management of an amble, but vulnerable, labor supply for corporations, large and small, urban and rural, and on their terms."


Sen. Gregg Calls For Nurse Immigration Relief
Sen. Gregg urged Senate negotiators to address national shortage of qualified nurses by including provision in immigration measure.


Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
NYC mid-town law firm seeks paralegal with immigration experience preparing I-485 applications. This is a temp position. Send resume to: Melanie Smith, Employment Manager,, fax 716-819-4669.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Boston, MA - Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C., has immediate opening for an experienced immigration paralegal for a very busy immigration practice. Experience in business immigration law, including preparation of H-1B visa petitions and labor certification cases required. Responsibilities include preparation and filing of business and employment-related immigration documentation and communications with government agencies and clients. Qualified candidates must have excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, accuracy, consistency and job ownership. Must possess excellent written and oral communication skills. A bachelor's degree and minimum 3+ years experience required. Qualified candidates, please send cover letter + resume to EOE.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Boston, MA - Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C., a large international law firm with more than 450 attorneys in eight offices, seeks an immigration associate for the Boston office. Ideal candidate will have at least 4-5 years of business immigration experience. Candidates should have a background in the following: PERM Applications, H1B, O1, J1, E, and I-9's. Experience dealing with immigration consequences of merger and acquisition activity is strongly preferred. Interested candidates should submit a resume Catherine L. Murphy, Lateral Associate Recruiting Manager by mail: Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C., One Financial Center, Boston, MA 02111 or email:

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.

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The International Who's Who Of Business Lawyers 2007 - Troy, NY
Scott F. Cooper of Fragomen Del Ray Bernsen & Loewy LLP's Troy, NY office was awarded "The International Who's Who Of Business Lawyers 2007" honor.

Immigration Event - Raleigh, NC
Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) present "Immigration law and the Impact of Crimes" . July 11-12 2007. This two-day training program will review crime-based inadmissibility and deportability issues, waivers and remedies, and practice pointers for representing an immigrant with a conviction or a pending criminal charge. Proving good moral character for naturalization and other applications will be discussed. To learn more, including summary agenda, fees, and registration information, please see here. ILW.COM is pleased to be a media sponsor for this event.


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 a response to Mr. Everroad's statement (06/26/07 ID) that any federal law trumps state law. I would refer one to the Constitution, specifically the 10th Amendment. Such a sweeping statement would have our "Founding Fathers" rolling in their graves. It is true that federal law can trunp state law, but it is specific to the issue at hand and subject to a complex analysis. The "pre-emption doctrine" was developed to analyze and balance when, and if, federal law or state law controls. It is true today that immigration law is viewed as a federal issue. But historically, that was not so. In fact, until the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 immigration was viewed purely in terms of state control. It was really not until the Quota Act of 1921 that immigration was truly federalized. However, there is more room within the Constitution and within the statutes that the States than many have thought for a while and a number of states are again asserting their rights. Not so much as to control the border, but to regulate and attempt to place controls on the enforcement. So, we are left with an emerging patchwork where the states are asserting more their right to be involved in this field. The argument can certainly be made that whatever Congress says is the final word, but that does not mean that in all cases and in all instancs that the federal position will prevail. In short, this is our Federalist system at work, perhaps in ways we do not always like or approve of, but at work nevertheless. But to baldly state that federal law always trumps state law is simply not a correct legal statement.

Scott Hicks, Esq.

Dear Editor:
Misinformation serves nobody good and lest it become a tabloid of misinformation, Immigration Daily should be more selective in publishing misinformation in the form of letters to the Editor when those opinions issue as a categorical truth, rather than mere opinion. John Everrode's letter to the Editor claims (06/26/07 ID) that, "Any person in the US, including local law enforcement is required to uphold Federal law, including the President. Any federal law trumps any state law. Those two statements are, on their face, false and misleading. While people present in the US (and in some cases even when not present) must obey US law, only the police are vested with the responsibility of "upholding" the law, and federal law does not "trump any state law". With regard to "upholding the law", take for example, how foolish it would be for me, an un-deputized citizen, to round up illegal aliens in my neighborhood and put the under arrest for violating immigration law. With regard to "trumping", take, for example wage/hour laws, where the federal law sets certain minimums, but states are free to adopt more restrictive standards, as we have here in California, as in many other states, which mandate a higher minimum wage than the federal minimum. So in this case state law actually "trumps" federal law.

David D. Murray, Esq.
Newport Beach, CA

Dear Editor:
I just noticed that the link for the fact sheet on the Republic of Palau (06/26/07 ID) is the same as the link to the White House Report on economic impact. Thus, the fact sheet on Palau cannot be found.

David Rivera, Esq.
Washington, DC

Editor's note: Thanks for pointing out this error. The correct link is now available.

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