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Immigration Daily August 2, 2007
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Justice Served

According to a news story, "[Rep.] Tancredo introduced [an] amendment to the appropriations bill for the Departments of Commerce and Justice to force the release of [two former Border Patrol agents] Ignacio Ramos and Jose Alonso Compean, (for the full story, see here). The issue is one of principle - if people get convicted and then are commuted by a pardon, how is justice served? If former BP agents Ramos and Compean are freed, the message to all Border Patrol agents is that the rule of the law does not apply to the border.

The fault in the result of this particular case lies with our penal system. It is too harsh with extremely high sentences being handed down, often disproportionate to the crimes being committed. Congress should change sentencing guidelines for all convictions and reduce the punitive consequences for crimes so that punishment is fairly meted out to all and that true justice is served. However, the President should not pardon the convicted former agents because (1) to do so would be to make an exception in one isolated case and (2) the folks pushing hardest for relief are no friends of the President.

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New 2007-2008 Editions - Essential Immigration Reference Books

ILW.COM is pleased to offer the new completely revised editions of Patel's Immigration Law Library, the 2007-2008 Edition. This collection includes the essential reference resource "The WHOLE Act, The INA (Annotated), 2007-2008 Edition", used by DHS officials, federal court libraries, and many veteran immigration practitioners. Once you have used this version of the INA, you will wonder why you ever used any other! This collection also features the fully indexed 8 CFR, 2007-2008 Edition, fully indexed 20/22/28 CFR, 2007-2008 Edition , and Patel's Citations, 2007-2008 Edition . Buy the library collection ($100 off). For more info, see here.


The Uses Of Forensic Psychological Evaluations In Immigration Proceedings
Stephen Reich writes "Psychological evaluations and reports are used in four major areas of immigration proceedings."

Bloggings: August 2, 2007
Greg Siskind shares the latest entries from his blog.


Rep. Lofgren Proposes To Void Fee Increase
Rep. Lofgren introduced a House Joint Resolution to void the recently introduced massive fee increase proposed by DHS.

USCIS Final Rule On Temporary Amending I-485 Fees
USCIS published a final rule temporarily amending the applicable fees for employment-based Forms I-485, and applications for derivative benefits associated with such Forms I-485 filed pursuant to the Department of State's July Visa Bulletin No. 107, dated June 12, 2007. The fees for all other petitions and applications administered by USCIS will continue in force as effective on July 30, 2007.


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:

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"From All Points: America's Immigrant West, 1870s-1952" By Elliott Robert Barkan. Indiana University Press, 598 pp. Hardcover, ISBN: 025334851X, $30.36.


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Dear Editor:
I would like to thank Robert R. Gard, Esq. (08/01/07 ID) for his letter concerning the revised forms I-765, I-129F and I-290B however, lest immigration lawyers around the country begin to telephone their forms program publishers in a panic, I must point out that Mr. Gard's letter may be incorrect and nobody need panic ... yet. In fact, notwithstanding Mr. Gard's letter's claim, as to the I-765, the USCIS Forms Index Page as of 2:55 p.m. PDT on 07/31/2007 says, "previous editions accepted" and on the I-765 Individual Page says the same. Confusion arises because the 07/30/2007 edition of the I-765 has an "N" at the bottom of the form, which means "No, prior versions can be used". As to the I-129F, a check of the USCIS Forms Index Page and the I-129F Individual Page both reveal that the 11/24/2006 edition can still be used, but other versions will not be accepted. As to the I-1290B Notice of Appeal, confusion reigns supreme. The USCIS Forms Index Page says "previous editions not accepted", but the I-290B Individual Page claims "02/26/2006 form can be used but other editions are not accepted" So USCIS errs again, but no need to panic - USCIS will not suffer one iota. They will merely do what ever they please, as they always do. (those of you who followed the Visa Bulletin snafu know what I mean). What do you do about these forms, you ask? Well, exercising the utmost of caution, as prudent lawyers always do, I will use the 07/30/2007 versions of all these forms. Why fight City Hall when it never worked before?

David D. Murray, Esq.
Newport Beach, CA

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