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Immigration Daily July 12, 2007
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Who Owns American Jobs

A labor certification seminar held by a law firm hit and caused a stir (for the full story, see here.) We don't believe that the video is controversial as to its legal content. Attorneys Cohen & Grigsby zealously represented their clients' interests within the confines of labor certification law, a topsy turvy Alice-in-Wonderland world based on legal fiction created solely by DOL. Relatedly, Senators Grassley and Leahy issued a letter to USCIS Director Gonzalez. Labor certification provides for permanent visas and requires a vetting process to ensure that no able, willing, qualified, and available American worker can do the job. Conversely, L and H visas are temporary visas and do not require recruitment efforts. Senators should know the difference between temporary and permanent immigration requirements. But the fundamental issue underpinning these disagreements is this, "Who owns American jobs?" - American workers or American employers? American employers own the jobs they create and the proof is evident when jobs go overseas. A recent case in point is Microsoft's recent expansion to Vancouver, BC, illustrating that employers will look elsewhere when the US immigration regulations stifle job creation in the US.

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DVDs - Lory Rosenberg, Robert Divine, Angelo Paparelli

We do NOT usually record our all-day workshops. We made an exception in the last week of March since many people wrote to us saying that the H1B deadline and the RIR conversion deadline made it impossible for them to travel to New York City. We are pleased now to make these DVDs (together with extensive printed materials) of these workshops available to attorneys across the country. For more info, please see:

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A Close Look At The Intent Of 214(b)
Marc Ellis writes "Looking back at the legislative history of the law, it can be argued that Congress never intended 214(b) to be utilized in the way it is often being used today."

Bloggings: July 12, 2007 by Greg Siskind
Greg Siskind shares his latest blog entries.


CRS On Immigration Consequences Of Criminal Activity
The Congressional Research Service issued an updated version of its report on the immigration consequences of criminal activity.


Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Premier Manhattan immigration law firm seeks immigration lawyer with 3+ years experience in corporate immigration law to handle a full range of advanced immigrant and nonimmigrant matters. We require a person of recognized organizational, communication and techncial skills to augment a high standard of client representation. E-mail resume with salary requirements and writing samples in confidence to:

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Midtown NYC - 13 person fast paced, leading immigration law firm seeks lawyer with 2+ years of business immigration experience. Handling full range of diverse nonimmigrant and immigrant matters. Must have excellent writing, communication and organizational skills. Competitive compensation package offered. Please email cover letter and resume in MS Word format to Marcia Needleman at

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Philadelphia, PA - Primary responsibility will be management + oversight of the national green card sponsorship program for the Deloitte U.S. entities. Focus is on technical aspects of managing the program which requires a high level of communication, managing all program changes and their impacts, identification of trends and oversight of case workflow and resources involved in all aspects of the process from start to finish. Day-to-day responsibilities include case review, individual case strategy development, + managing overall internal compliance details including posting and recruitment requirements. Qualifications: specialized knowledge in immigration law and paralegal experience or related (4 -7 yrs. relevant experience); strong project management skills to lead special projects as required by senior mgmt; excellent customer service and communication skills; ability to manage process effectively and efficiently; excellent analytical and organizational skills with attention to detail; ability to communicate effectively with multi-national employees. Send resumes to:

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Kent, WA, a Seattle suburb - Hanis Greaney Prothero, PLLC seeks to hire a full-time immigration paralegal. Paralegal will support attorneys with the processing and management of a high volume caseload of all types of immigration petitions. The position requires substantial direct client interaction. Successful candidate must be organized, detail-oriented, with strong interpersonal and communication skills. Applicants should have minimum 2+ years experience as an immigration paralegal and must speak, read, and write Spanish fluently. We provide a collegial atmosphere with high professional standards and offer a competitive salary and benefits package. Please e-mail a cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegals
The Washington, DC and San Francisco offices of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, LLP are currently looking for paralegals to work directly with the Immigration Practice Group. Qualified candidates must be able to work under minimal supervision. The firm offers an excellent compensation and benefits package, outstanding work environment, and comprehensive support to enable our immigration paralegals to assume significant responsibility, including contact with clients. Qualified candidates must have at least two years of business immigration experience in employment-based immigrant and non-immigrant categories. Candidates must possess strong organizational, research and writing skills. Knowledge of PC applications and flexibility to work overtime are required. An undergraduate degree from accredited university is required. EOE. M/F/D/V. Please apply online via the career link of the Morgan Lewis website,

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Seattle, WA - USCIS Office of Chief Counsel (OCC) seeks experienced attorney for the position of Associate Regional Counsel, Western Region. Responsibilities include, but not limited to, serving as attorney providing on-site legal advice to local District Office USCIS 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 two (2) years of post JD experience. Applicants must submit resume + writing sample not to exceed 10 pages. Send cover letter, resume, + writing sample to All submissions must be received by close of business July 16, 2007. GS14-GS15 levels and is open until filled. No relocation reimbursement available. For more info, key in Job Announcement Number: COU-CIS-2007-0007 at

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Charlotte, NC - Moore & Van Allen PLLC, a large business immigration practice seeks experienced immigration paralegal. Four-year degree is required. Candidate must be well-organized; have strong writing, communication and computer skills with strong attention to detail; and have the ability to work independently on multiple tasks. Prior employment-based immigration experience in a practice is preferred. Candidate should also have experience working with Fortune 500 clientele and international executives. Salary is negotiable and commensurate with experience with an attractive benefits package. Relocation assistance may be offered to the right candidate. Interested candidates, send resume to

Help Wanted: Immigration Professional
Charlotte, NC - Moore & Van Allen PLLC, a large southeastern law firm seeks legal assistant. This full-time position requires an organized self-starter who is able to prioritize assignments while supporting several attorneys and paralegals. Prior experience as a legal secretary and an interest in internationally related immigration activities as well as a 4-year degree preferred. Must have excellent MS Office and typing skills. Send resume for consideration to:

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Immigration Event
The Office of the CIS Ombudsman (CISOMB) is pleased to invite you to "The Ombudsman's Recommendations to USCIS: Your Questions and Comments". Session 1: Fri, July 20, 1:30 - 2:30 pm. Session 2: Fri, July 20, 3:00 - 4:00 pm. Please join us to share your comments and suggestions, as well as any issues of concern. RSVP to specifying which call and session time you'd like to join. Indicate the city, state from which you are calling. Participants will receive confirmation email. Send your comments in advance to

Immigration Event - Lansing, MI
Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) present "Bars and Waivers Understanding Inadmissibility Grounds and How to Prepare Waivers to Overcome Inadmissibility" . July 26-27 2007. This training will review common grounds of inadmissibility, including health, crimes, fraud, smuggling, and prior immigration violations, and will provide guidance on preparing and documenting waiver applications. This training is interactive, with large and small group exercises on determining inadmissibility and preparing and submitting waiver applications. 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:
Responding to ID's comment (07/10/07), "Benefits agencies like USCIS should realize that issuing green cards is their job, not catching terrorists. Let the CIA and FBI be the terrorist catchers, while other agencies do their jobs." This is probably one of ID's most stupid statements yet. Keep them coming. In the interest of professional journalism, I am sure ID is concerned with presenting a balanced story. See CIS's report, "Immigration and Terrorism: Moving Beyond the 9/11 Staff report on Terrorist Travel" September 2005.

Jim Daly, Esq.
Santa Barbara, CA

Dear Editor:
I always look for common ground, even with people who might have differing views from mine in some respects. Therefore, I am glad to see that I can so readily agree with the first sentence of Peter Griswold's July 11 letter, namely that we should look at the immigration policies of other countries and learn what we can from them. I would like to suggest two countries, Canada and Australia. Both of these once exclusively white countries are opening up to immigrants from different parts of the world. Some of their laws are strict, but their basic attitude toward immigrants seems to be one of respect and welcome.

Roger Algase, Esq.
New York, NY

Dear Editor:
I sent the flowers on the address suggested by some links on some websites but USCIS is not accepting if the exact suite number is not mentioned on the address (see 07/11/07 ID comment). I called their office and asked for the addtress for Emilio Gonzalez but they did not give the suite #. But they mentioned that he is on 5th Floor. Can you please have that address visible very clearly as lots of people are not able to send the flowers because they don't have the correct address. Also, we should continue to keep sending even beyond 12th. Please use the following address: Emilio T. Gonzalez, 5th Floor, 20 Massachusetts Avenue Northwest, Washington D.C. 20529. I know it will cost some money but please have faith on this campaign and keep sending the flowers. It will definitely create a big wave. This is the only way one can get some media recognition. Otherwsie no one other than us gain anything from it. Politicians are not intersted in talking about it. For media whole DOS/USCIS hoax is not worth covering as it will not get attention from americans. But by participating in the campaign will really get some attention. Let's help ourselves by sending flowers.

Rahul Sharma

Dear Editor:
Responding to VB Gate, first: I feel it is extremely unlikely DHS/USCIS will change the July Bulletin again, however, I hope that the AILF et al, in their class action suit will ask that the filing fee increase for I-485 and associated documents be waived for people who did get their documentation filed on July 2. Second: How is it that the June bulletin, in paragraph E says "demand is much less than anticipated...", and "we expect this to continue for the next few months"... then yes, the July bulletin is published June 12 or 13 saying "we're caught up", then two weeks later says "oops, we don't know what we're doing, we're locking the door until further notice, no sooner than Oct 1"? To quote Jerry Seinfeld: "What's up with that?"

Don Russell

Dear Editor:
There're many "white" illegal immigrants in this country especially Irish, Canadians and Europeans. They may have higher education, speak perfect English and maybe other languages as well. And I believe they don't possess any bad intention toward this country including seeking welfare. I don't mind them to stay, live and work here legally while Mr. Grisworld in his letter indicates that he wants them to be deported. If these folks can benefit and contribute to this country why can't they stay here? Illegal immigrants become burden to our hospitals and schools because we don't let them to get papers to buy insurances, properties and pay the properties taxes to pay the public school systems. And some towns are even make it illegal to rent properties to illegal immigrants as well, next maybe they want the Pizzeria to check their customers' greencard before serving them, this is really ridiculous. Canada doesn't limit the numbers of skilled immigrants who may come there, but it sets certain points on skill and education level on those who wish to come there, much smarter and less hassles than US system. So that's why Microsoft moved some jobs and offices to Vancouver, BC in Canada because of US immigration system hassles. Talking about welfare abuses, why not look at those Hurricane Katrina US citizen victims who defrauded our tax dollars handout. Where's the outrage? Many lazy US citizens are begging on the streets, on drugs and alcohol and still expecting handouts, while many good people who are working so hard and ready to be great citizens of this country are denied legal status, just because of some xenophobes' paranoia. Closing the border won't protect our jobs. Remember jobs can be outsourced. Stop whining and grow up.

Robert Yang

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