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Immigration Daily July 23, 2007
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Immigration, The Board Game

Attorney Ferzana Hashmi and the Hashmi Law Firm have created a life size Immigration Board Game called, "Find a Legal Way to Immigrate" which seeks to inform and educate the public by simulating the real-life situations that result from broken immigration laws. Players will draw cards that will be actual scenarios that immigrants face on a routine basis. All scenarios will be based on current laws and the resulting challenges for immigrants. From there, the players must navigate the life-size game board in an attempt to immigrate legally. The general public is invited to participate in the game, which is to be held Saturday, July 21, 2007, in Des Moines, IA. For more details, see here.

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Preparing The Asylum Case: Key Issues

ILW.COM is pleased to announce a new 3-part telephone seminar series "Preparing The Asylum Case: Key Issues", the curriculum is as follows:

FIRST Phone Session on July 26: Harm And Motive

  • Economic harm
  • Emotional harm
  • Physical harm
  • Future harm
  • Harm not considered to be persecution
  • Internal relocation
  • Race, religion, political opinion, nationality as motives
  • Proving motive of the persecutor
SECOND Phone Session on August 16: Particular Social Groups And Bars To Asylum
  • My husband punched me
  • FGM
  • Recruitment by a gang
  • Juveniles
  • Other particular social groups
  • The one-year deadline
  • Firm resettlement
THIRD Phone Session on September 13: Preparing The Application
  • Persecutor of others
  • Material support
  • How to get letters from the old country
  • Country conditions information from where?
  • How to interrupt the Asylum Officer
  • FOIA?
  • Objections to DHS documents
  • Overcoming Dandan case
  • DHS attorney and IJ relations
The deadline to sign up is Tuesday, July 24th. For more info, including speaker bios, detailed curriculum, and registration information, please see: (Fax version:


Why Detention Is A Bad Idea And Why Detention Is Not Smart Enforcement
Andrea Black et al. of the Detention Watch Network writes "Because determining whether someone is a US citizen is an extremely complicated legal question, the reality is that many US citizens are held in detention for long periods before their citizenship is confirmed which exposes criminal and immigration systems to liability."

Low Salaries For Low Skills: Wages And Skill Levels For H-1B Computer Workers, 2005
John Miano for the Center for Immigration Studies "examines the most recently available wage data on the H-1B program and finds that the trend of low prevailing wage claims and low wages continues."


Text Of Passport Backlog Reduction Act
Congress passed S.966, the Passport Backlog Reduction Act", we reproduce the text in its entirety.


Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Midtown NYC - Immigration law firm specializing in medical immigration cases, seeks paralegal with 2+ years of medical or business immigration experience. Prepare non-immigrant and immigrant petitions, PERM, Family based cases. Substantial interaction with clients. Excellent writing, communication and organizational skills required. Email cover letter, resume and salary requirements to

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Washington, DC - Polished, reliable & meticulous individual needed to join fast-paced business immigration team in small firm in Chevy Chase Pavilion at Friendship Heights Metro. Position offers broad responsibility to work extensively with clients on interesting immigrant and nonimmigrant cases. Requirements include: 2+ yrs exp., excellent PC, communication, interpersonal & organizational skills. Friendly environment and competitive salary. Contact Denise C. Hammond, Tobin O'Connor Ewing & Richard, 5335 Wisconsin Ave., NW, Ste. 700, Washington, D.C. 20015,

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Encino, CA - Immediate opening for junior immigration attorney in collegial, fast-paced immigration law boutique. Prior experience and fluency in Spanish preferred. Competitive benefits package (salary, 401K, health insurance) offered. Send resume to or fax at 866-451-2015.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Los Angeles, CA - Immigration law firm, with strong reputation, seeks bi-lingual (Eng/Span) paralegal with 2+ years experience in immigration law setting. Firm specializes in deportation defense, VAWA, federal court work and family and employment immigration. Ideal candidate should have knowledge of immigration court litigation, legal research, document creation and submission. Candidate should be computer savvy, with word processing skills (Word or WP), accurate data entry skills and calendaring. Knowledge of Time Matters a plus. This is a full time position. Salary commensurate with experience. Email resume (MS word or pdf)+ salary requirements to:

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegals
NYC - Expanding 45-person business immigration practice within general practice law firm seeks paralegal(s) with 2 - 5 years of business immigration experience to assist attorneys involved in full range of diverse nonimmigrant and immigrant matters. We offer a competitive compensation arrangement and a collegial work environment. Please submit resume, cover letter, + writing sample by email to: Dannielle M. Parker,

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Washington, DC - Highly motivated, detail-oriented individual sought for business immigration senior paralegal position with managerial responsibilities. Strong organizational, writing, and interpersonal skills required. Prior business immigration experience required, including labor certification and basic understanding of most nonimmigrant visa types. Excellent career advancement possibilities and work environment. Competitive salary and benefits. Visit Please email resume, salary requirements, and references to: No calls please.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorneys
Chicago, IL - A 30 attorney law firm seeks licensed attorneys to join its immigration practice group. Our practice serves a diverse clientele with business, family, and removal immigration services. Associate: Min. 1-3 years of immigration experience; and Senior Associate: Min. 4 years of immigration experience. Fluency in Spanish is highly preferred for both positions. Please email your resume + cover letter (please indicate position sought in subject header) explaining interest in the position to: This is a blind listing.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegals
Houston and Austin, TX - Tindall & Foster P.C., a leading immigration law firm, seeks experienced immigration legal assistant applicants. Position requires a university degree, strong writing skills, and Word, Outlook, Excel and Access proficiency. Competitive salary and benefits. No calls please. Send resume via e-mail to

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:

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

PERM Services
Adnet Advertising Agency Inc. has provided labor certification advertising services to immigration attorneys since 1992. Adnet helps attorneys find appropriate places to run labor cert ads, places the ads, obtains the tearsheets, and offers a variety of billing options. Attorneys can manage the entire ad process through Adnet's secure web-based Ad-managment system. Most of Adnet's services are free since we receive a commission from the newspapers and journals where the ad is placed. Adnet services large international law firms as well as solo practice attorneys. Call us at 212-587-3164, visit, or email us at Contact us today to find out why we are the ad agency of choice for immigration attorneys since 1992.


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Honors And Awards
Sergio R. Karas is pleased to announce that he has been appointed Vice Chair of the Canada Committee of the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of International Law. The ABA is the world's largest professional lawyer gathering and its Section of International law is dedicated to the education of the public and the legal profession, as well as to promoting the rule of law around the world and raising awareness of international legal issues. Karas & Associates, Barristers and Solicitors- Immigration Lawyers- 65 Queen Street West, Suite 1505 - Box 35 - Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5H 2M5. Tel: (416) 506-1800. Fax: (416) 506-1305.


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:
Rob Sanchez's letter (07/20/07 ID) stated that "Handing out more green cards without adequate security checks and without proper labor certification is just plain irresponsible." In other words, someone with an anti-immigrant bent either does not know what he is talking about or is trying to muddy the waters. The fact is that an FBI background check is part and parcel of every permanent resident case, as it should be, and I do not know of any immigration lawyer who has ever suggested otherwise. The fact also is that there are a few situations in which, for valid reasons, labor certification is not required, but that does not eliminate the required FBI background check. The letter writer would be better informed spending less time making ad hominem attacks against immigration lawyers and more time learning something about immigration law. One would then understand that the USCIS backed down for the simple reason that what it did at the beginning of this month was wrong.

Sid Lachter, Esq.

Dear Editor:
Please be aware that the class action lawsuit filed by my office, Azulay, Horn & Seiden, LLC, is still pending before the US District Court. We continue to examine the actions and statements of the State Department and CIS in order to see if any harms or issues have not been addressed, or are not yet clear. Representative issues that we have identified are: concurrent filing handling, I-765 and I-131 filing fees after July 30, aging out handling, effect of accumulating more than 180 days of unlawful presence occasioned solely by the wrongful purported unavailability of EB immigrant visas, etc. We are in discussions with the defendants in order to resolve the still open issues. Only once we are comfortable with the complete resolution, will we seek leave of the court to dismiss the class action lawsuit. If any reader has any circumstances that arose out of the Visa Bulletin Update, that you are concerned may not be fully addressed by the August Bulletin and July Visa Bulletin Update Withdrawal, please contact me by email through our law firm website. We want to make sure we address all situations in our conversations with the Court and with the applicable Government agencies.

Robert R. Gard, Esq., Azulay, Horn & Seiden, LLC
Chicago, IL

Dear Editor:
America has to decide if it wants to continue to have legal immigration or not. Anyone naive or disingenuous enough to believe that the current wave of anti-immigrant madness is only directed against people who have broken the law by coming here illegally or overstaying visas should pay more attention to Lou Dobbs. I will admit that this is something I look forward to doing about as much I would look forward to being renditioned, but unless we are willing to endure this form of cruel and inhuman punishment, we cannot fully understand why so many regulations and policies are suddenly going against people who are trying to play by the immigration rules, even as the goalposts are constantly being moved. In his July 18 show, Dobbs flashed the titles of many of the most important visas, beginning, of course, with H-1B, and announced that there are "over seventy" different legal visas, every one of which is allegedly designed to make it easier for terrorists to enter and stay in the US. The distorted malevolence in his facial expression reminded me of the "two minutes hate" daily ritual described on Orwell's "1984" which, although written 60 years ago, is becoming more and more relevant to today's America. But Dobbs' show is not just for two minutes. At least 30 minutes of every night is devoted to the intense hatred of all immigrants that used to be the monopoly of people like David Duke and his neo-Nazis. If we just sit back and tolerate this poison, without protesting to CNN and boycotting their advertisers, don't be surprised if President Clinton, Obama, Giuliani or Gingrich signs a total ban on legal immigration into law sometime sooner than we think.

Roger Algase, Esq.
New York, NY

Dear Editor:
In response to Rob Sanchez's letter (07/19/2007), about the only "red herring" I can see his linking immigration to terrorism, Mohammad Atta not withstanding. Aha. The smoking gun, the proof of the pudding, the link personified. Nonsense. Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh was an American citizen and an ex-GI. The Unabomber was an American. So was Ted Bundy. The only foolproof way to insure that immigrants do not commit acts of terror within the US is to seal the borders and let nobody in. Of course this would be ludicrous. These are dangerous times, but let the CIA deal with terrorists through the gathering of good solid intelligence. Let USCIS deal with the adjudication of immigration applications, let USICE do the enforcement of immigration law and let USCBP protect the borders from smugglers and the like - great job they are doing with drugs, huh? Let's be fair - notwithstanding Mr. Sanchez's letter's claim, I have not seen USCIS "handing out more green cards without adequate security checks and without proper labor certification." As to Mr. Sanchez's letter's unwarranted remark about immigration lawyers caring about nothing but their "next fat paycheck" . . . Immigration lawyers are often portrayed in ID Letters to the Editor as the villains in immigration. This is unfair, just as it is unfair to criticize defense lawyers who defend criminals. Lawyers do their jobs and are constrained by the law, with the justice system being the messenger of the legislature. If you don't like the law, don't kill the messenger, rewrite the message. The only "insanity" in immigration right now is not that legal immigration is "out of control", it is that the present controls do not meet the needs of the 21st century.

David D. Murray, Esq.
Newport Beach, CA

Dear Editor:
Responding to Mr. Griswold's letter to the Editor (07/20/07 ID), one must think about the cost of deporting millions of people. Try to raid all businesses at Chinatowns in the USA and the entire Chinatowns will shut down. Try to raid more businesses in this country and many businesses will shut down also. It will be chaotic. To fire all of those "illegal" workers are not easy. Even with higher wage and benefits, it won't be easy to attract Americans to work there and trained immediately. Even they got hired, will these Americans have the same work ethics and attitude? Mr. Griswold's letter rejects the fact that we are living in a competitive world not a dreamland. There's no such thing as "Americans' jobs". Jobs are jobs. Period. Many Europeans and Americans flock to Thailand as medical tourists to save money on expensive surgeries and check ups in their home countries. I don't blame them nor curse them as unpatriotic. They're savvy shoppers and that's it. As shoppers should be free to shop the best deals for their money, why employers can't shop the best employees that offer the best deals as well. Why shoppers and employers must be the victims of protectionist laws to make some special interests that feel being US citizens entitle them to certain comfort and entitlements and exempt them from the real world competition? If Microsoft is not happy with the current US immigration laws, it simply moves the jobs to Canada and benefits from more sensible immigration laws there to attract the best global talents. It's not about nationalism, but it's about business, profit and the bottom line. Those who are unhappy facing the competition, job outsourcing and immigration should consider to move to the Antartica.

Robert Yang

Dear Editor:
Responding to ID's 07/19/07 comment, ID cautions journalists to describe "Rep. Tancredo and others like him" as "closed borders advocates" because he favors reducing legal immigration by two-thirds. ID, grandly, goes on to write that accuracy is important and that "...the battle for reform begins with language". Agreed, it does. Now which way does ID want it? Does they want accuracy or hyperbole? If it's accuracy, ID should "practice what they preach". Reducing legal immigration is not the same as "closing" the borders, anymore than advocating for immigrants is the same as "opening" the borders. To me, language and accuracy are very important to the debate over immigration; and, to me, ID is "wanting" on both counts.

John F.

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