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The Role Of Immigrants In The US Labor Market
Peter R. Orszag provided the following statement before the Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security, and International Law Committee on the Judiciary, US House of Representatives.

Due Process: A Matter Of Life And Liberty
Donna Lipinski writes "Due process is fundamental to our country, and although immigration matters frequently involve issues of life and liberty, our immigration system lacks some of the most basic due process protections that we take for granted in our American system of justice."


USCIS Posts Incorrect I-485 Form
USCIS posted the following statement on its website, "On Monday, July 23, USCIS inadvertently posted on its website a version of Form I-485 that reflected the fee increase which does not take effect until July 30, 2007. USCIS has now posted the correct version of the Form I-485. We regret any confusion this may have caused."

USCIS Neufeld Memo On Fee Waiver Guidelines
USCIS Acting Associate Director Neufeld issued a memo providing updated fee waiver guidelines.

USCIS Says Scheduled E-Filing System Outage Is Postponed
USCIS posted the following statement on its website, "The e-Filing system outage scheduled for July 27, 2007, has been postponed."

USCIS Modifies DORA Pilot Program Participation Requirements
USCIS announced that immigrant applicants in the Dallas, El Paso and Oklahoma City areas will no longer be required to participate in a pilot program (DORA) that uses alternate filing procedures to process permanent residence or adjustment of status applications.

Hazleton Ordinance Is Ruled Unconstitutional
In Lozano v. City of Hazleton, No. 03:06cv1586 (USDC Middle District of PA. Jul. 26, 2007), the court said that "Whatever frustrations officials of the City of Hazleton may feel about the current state of federal immigration enforcement, the nature of the political system in the US prohibits the City from enacting ordinances that disrupt a carefully drawn federal statutory scheme. Even if federal law did not conflict with Hazleton's measures, the City could not enact an ordinance that violates rights the Constitution guarantees to every person in the US, whether legal resident or not. The genius of our Constitution is that it provides rights even to those who evoke the least sympathy from the general public. In that way, all in this nation can be confident of equal justice under its laws. Hazleton, in its zeal to control the presence of a group deemed undesirable, violated the rights of such people, as well as others within the community. Since the US Constitution protects even the disfavored, the ordinances cannot be enforced."


Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Washington, DC - USCIS seeks experienced attorney for its Adjudications Law Division. The attorney will serve as an advisor to the Chief of the ALD, the Chief Counsel, and to USCIS and other Departmental components on issues relating to US immigration laws. The selected attorneys will be primarily responsible for providing legal analysis and advice on matters relating to the USCIS Employment Eligibility Verification program and the Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE) program. For detailed information, including how to apply by mail, type COU-CIS-2007-0008 in the keyword search here. Applications can be sent by e-mail (all attachments must be in MS Word or Adobe PDF format) to Claudia Salem: Applicants must possess a JD degree from an accredited law school, be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction), and have at least three (3) years of post-J.D. experience. The position is at the GS-13-GS-15 level. No relocation expenses. Applications must be received by the closing date/time of 5:00 pm Eastern Time on August 1, 2007.

Help Wanted: Immigration Professional
Buffalo, NY - The University at Buffalo, State University of New York seeks applicants for the position of Director, Immigration Services. The person hired will manage the preparation and submission of H-1B, TN, O, Outstanding Professor/Researcher petitions, PERM (regular and special handling) certifications, and Adjustment of Status applications on behalf of the University. He/she will also advise the university community on relevant immigration regulations, and serve as the Responsible Officer for its J-1 program. A JD degree and 3 or more years of directly related experience required. SEVIS experience preferred. Salary range: $70,000 - 95,000 per yr. For more details, see here. All applications must be submitted via by August 22, 2007. The State University of New York at Buffalo is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer/Recruiter.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Arlington, VA - Small, collegial immigration law firm seeks qualified attorney for our business immigration law division. Must have 2+ years of solid experience Opportunity for partnership within two years of service as an associate. Canidate must be enthusiastic and possess excellent communication skills (verbal and written). Individual must be a "go-getter" with the ability to bring in business. We are a boutique law firm established in 1973 having completed 16,000+ cases. Internally we offer a relatively relaxed environment which makes the production of work product easier. Team players are encouraged to send an email to which should include resume, a personal statement about your legal abilities in business immigration law, plus financial compensation requirements. All replies are confidential. We offer a base salary and bonuses dependant upon production.

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

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.

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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:
Mike D.'s letter to the Editor (07/27/07 ID) suggesting that we should stay away from political advocacy concerning immigration and concentrate only on the nuts and bolts is the worst possible advice, which I doubt very much that ID will follow. As I pointed out in a letter in the Washington Post (07/17/07 ID)) anti-immigrant prejudice is having a direct effect on policies concerning legal immigration, not just on issues dealing with illegal immigrants. Is it just a coincidence that new rules or proposals restricting access to religious worker visas, J-1 visas and labor certifications (in the case of the latter, by putting a heavy financial burden on employers) are all appearing at the same time, just as the Bush administration is trying to recover from the backlash over its alleged support for "amnesty"? What is the use of focusing on nuts and bolts when the tools, the workbench and the factory itself are being stolen? How valuable is all of our accumulated wisdom about H-1B nuts and bolts for example, when there are no visas left? Mr. D's letter's accusation that ID is parroting a "racist, take back the Southwest" agenda, reminds me of the very bad old days when advocates of civil rights for African-Americans were accused of being Communists and Jews fighting against discrimination were accused of being part of an "international Zionist conspiracy". I hope we will see even more ID advocacy in favor of fairness and tolerance for all immigrants, regardless of legal status or the lack of it.

Roger Algase, Esq.
New York, NY

Dear Editor:
S. Accarino's letter to the Editor (07/24/07 ID) says that the children born here are not citizens according to the Child Citizenship Act of 2000 which requires one parent to be an American citizen. This Act seems to be dead act since the children born here whose both parents are holding F1 visa, are found to have been issued American passports to travel to foreign countries with their parents. Not only this, the children born here to H-1B visa holders are also issued American passports. Therefore, it is very important that either Congress abrogate this Act or USCIS stop issuing US passport to the children born here whose one of their parents is not an American citizen.

S. Salike

Dear Editor:
In regard to Mr. Algase's letter (07/27/07 ID) concerning racism among many of the nativists, I fully concur with his letter's appraisal. However, I don't believe racism is the motive for Lou Dobbs. His motivation is money and the notice he receives from it.

Dave Anderson
Gainesville, GA

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